Whether you’re a seasoned bargain hunter or new to being thrifty, you now have the perfect excuse to explore the Mile High Flea Market (Interstate 76 & 88th Avenue) in Denver. This summer, admission is free on select Fridays: May 28, June 25, July 30 and Aug. 27. The traditional flea market offers everything you need for a fun weekend day on the cheap, including a four-season farmers market, covered shops, food stands and, of course, lots of deals. Open every weekend year-round, the market often boasts more than 2,500 sellers. If you don’t make it on one of the free Fridays, admission is affordable at $2 per person on Fridays and $3 on Saturdays and Sundays. A $5 three-day pass is good all weekend. Kids (12 and under) get in for free. Go treasure hunting from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. milehighfleamarket.com
Make a big splash without breaking your summertime fun budget at Surfside Spray Park (5330 W. 9th Ave.) in Lakewood. The low-cost water park is open from May 29 to Sept. 6 and boasts one main splash pad and a second splash pad for small children. Both areas offer plenty of fountains and fun. Plus, there’s an abundance of shade, grass and water features throughout the family-friendly park. Admission is only $1 per person for Lakewood residents, and it’s just $3 for non-residents. For the regular season (May 29-Aug. 13), the park’s hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check the park’s daily status, call the Aquatics Weather Hotline at 303-987-7006. lakewood.org/Surfside
Families will be bowled over by this summertime offer. Through September, kids can bowl two games daily for free at Arapahoe Bowling Center (Greenwood Village), Chipper’s Lanes (Broomfield), Holiday Lanes (Lakewood), Coal Creek Bowling (Lafayette) and The Summit (Thornton.) There are additional participating locations throughout the state, and hours and age requirements vary by location. Kids Bowl Free participants must be registered at the specific alley. Shoe rental is required, but not included in the offer. kidsbowlfree.com
You can celebrate National Donut Day at national chains, but many prefer their bakery treats local. On June 4, Denver’s only potato-style doughnut shop, Berkeley Donuts (located within Hops & Pie), is celebrating the day with a free honey glazed doughnut. No purchase necessary. The shop is open from 7:30 a.m. until they sell out for the day. In years past, chains like Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme and LaMar’s have honored National Donut Day with a discount or giveaway, so check for more deals as the food holiday approaches. berkeleydonuts.com
Friends and family can get hooked up this weekend, as fish start to bite at waters across the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) invites anglers of all ages and skill sets to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend June 5-6. Although no license is required, all other rules and regulations apply. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a favorite pastime or bait a hook for the first time. The CPW website is a river of helpful of information, including stocking reports, bait fishing basics and the best spots to take kids to. Kids (15 and under) always fish for free and seniors (Colorado residents 65 and older) can obtain an annual fishing license for $10.07. cpw.state.co.us
Families looking for frugal summertime fun will appreciate the curtain rising on Harkins Theatres’ Family Fun Series. The series runs at both Harkins locations this summer from June 11 to July 22, at Northfield 18 (8300 E. Northfield Blvd.) and Arvada 14 (5550 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.) Harkins loyalty members pay $3 for each kid-friendly flick; non-members pay $5 per film. Each week, the screenings run from Friday to the following Thursday, with typically two showtimes daily. The series includes “Despicable Me,” “Trolls World Tour,” “Kung Fu Panda” and more. harkins.com
Families can make their world a little more colorful at Marjorie Park at the Museum of Outdoor Arts. To celebrate the art park’s major facelift, the museum will host a free family-friendly event on June 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy artwork walking tours, art activations and entertainment by DJ Walt White. Drinks and food are available for purchase from Simply Pizza Food Truck and Em’s Ice Cream. The park features more than 40 permanent artworks, most of which are sculptures. MOA will regularly fill Marjorie Park with a variety of programs and entertainment, including a summer concert series, artwork demos, a weekly fitness series and more. Event registration is required at moaonline.org/events.
Tiny homes – 500 square feet or less — are a growing trend in the United States. Proponents appreciate the pared-down lifestyle because it’s easy on the budget and environment. If you’re looking to make a “small” move, the Colorado Tiny House Festival returns for its fourth year at Riverdale Regional Park on the Adams County Fairgrounds. The festival features an assortment of small living structures including tiny houses on wheels, container homes, van conversions, skoolies, gypsy wagons, teardrops and yurts. There will also be presentations, a product and service marketplace, food, drink and live entertainment. The event takes place July 10-11, and you can get early bird tickets before June 15 for half price, just $10. Pile on even bigger savings by using promo code MHOTC-TINY and save an additional 25 percent. Children (12 and under) are free. coloradotinyhousefestival.com
“Fore” your fathers
Hit the “mini” greens with dear ol’ dad on Father’s Day weekend at The Orchard at Town Center in Westminster. From June 18 to 20, the shopping center will host a neon-lit mini golf course. A Master of the Green putting contest will win one participant an Orchard swag bag. Challenge pops to a golf game while enjoying music, special offers, a photo booth and axe throwing. Attendees will have a chance to win a full bag fitting from Club Champion. Hours and events vary each day. theorchardtowncenter.com/events
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