A Gibbon ape watches from his perch as thousands of runners run through the Denver Zoo during the Colfax Half Marathon in City Park on May 20, 2018 in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
You know Denver is cemented as a major tourist destination when CityPASS comes to town. For more than 20 years, the discounted, bundled tickets for local attractions have been a favorite for bargain travelers visiting major cities. Now, CityPASS has arrived a mile high. And, while it’s great for tourists, locals can use the pass and save big on a staycation. Visit some of Denver’s most popular attractions and save more than 30 percent off on admission. Pricing is based on the number of attractions you visit: Three attractions are $39 for adults and $29 for children (ages 3 to 11); four attractions are $48 and $38; and five attractions are $57 and $47, respectively. Participating locations include the Children’s Museum of Denver Marsico Campus, Denver Art Museum. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, Downtown Aquarium, History Colorado Center and Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum. The mobile ticket is valid for seven consecutive days, from and including the first day of use. citypass.com/denver
Sunset Cinema returns to the Denver Performing Arts Complex at the intersection of 14th and Curtis with a season dedicated to the whimsical Wes Anderson. Denver Arts and Venues will be celebrating the director’s unique brand of filmmaking with movie trivia, craft cocktails, a photo experience and costume contest from 7 to 8 p.m. To top off the night, fan-chosen Wes Anderson films will screen at sunset. Bring a chair and come prepared for any weather, as the event is rain or shine. Movie theater fare will be available for purchase. Here’s the line-up: June 12 – “Moonrise Kingdom”; July 10 – “Fantastic Mr. Fox”; Aug. 14 – “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”; and Aug. 21 – “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Attendees must RSVP first at artsandvenuesdenver.com/nextstagenow
Families looking for summer fun will be bowled over by this freebie. All summer long, kids can bowl two games daily for free at Arapahoe Bowling Center (Greenwood Village), Chipper’s Lanes (Broomfield), Holiday Lanes (Lakewood) and Western Bowl (Arvada). There are additional participating locations throughout the state. Hours and age requirement varies by location. Kids Bowl Free is designed to provide a safe, secure way for children to spend their summer. Participants must be registered at the specific alley. Shoe rental is not included. If families knock down pins every day, organizers state the program’s valued at more than $500 per kid. For more details, including registration, visit kidsbowlfree.com.
There’s nothing better than a summer night in the park, with stars in the sky and on the big screen. For 11 years, Infinity Park (4599 E. Tennessee Ave.) in Glendale has hosted its family-friendly Monday Movie Madness of free summer flicks. Stake your spot on the rugby-ready lawn by bringing your own snacks, blankets and chairs. Then, relax and enjoy a film on the park’s jumbo screen. Concessions are also available for sale. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and movies start at 7:30 p.m. Here’s the 2018 schedule: June 11 – “Moana”, June 25 – “Back To The Future”, July 9 – “Wonder Woman”, July 23 – “Coco” and Aug. 6 – “Black Panther”. moviesatinfinitypark.com
If you weren’t blessed by the musical theater gods in getting a great seat to see “The Book of Mormon,” you still have a prayer. Producers are offering low-priced tickets via a day-of-performance lottery. The show plays the Ellie Caulkins Opera House from June 13 to July 7 every Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Two-and-a-half hours prior to each performance (11:30 a.m. for matinée and 5 p.m. for evenings), enter your name into the random drawing at the DCPA box office. Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of tickets at $25 each. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. The turn-out is expected to be large for each drawing, as many as 800 entrants for a show, so plan accordingly. denvercenter.org/shows
Slam dunk! Thanks to the Golden State Warriors stealing a road win in the NBA Finals, America gets to crunch on a cheesy freebie. On June 13, stop by Taco Bell to pick up a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2 to 6 p.m. No purchase necessary, but limit one per person. Expect long lines, as the taco is one of the chain’s most popular menu items ever. tacobell.com/stealataco
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