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Entertainment on the Cheap in Broomfield and the Surrounding Area

Dec 27, 2018 10:34AM

By Sara Baker, MS, CSCS

Broomfield and the surrounding areas have plenty of activities for great entertainment, however, the cost of these activities can definitely add up. By taking a little extra time to look for free or low cost options or discounts online before heading out to your activity you can save quite a bit of money.

The easiest way to check for discounts for certain activities is to visit the website of the place you would like to go. Some sites offer specials on their website or will send a discount code or coupon for signing up for their newsletter. Following the company on social media can also provide access to information about deals. 

Another simple way to check for savings is the website Retail Me Not. Though known mostly for retail coupons, Retail Me Not does offer mobile coupons and codes, cash back offers, and discount gift cards for various activities such as movie passes, theme parks, and more. The site will either give you a coupon code to use or take you to a specific deal on the brand’s website.  

If you plan on going to a place more than a few times, one of the best ways to save money – especially for families – is to buy an annual membership. In only about three visits, a membership investment to places like the Denver Zoo, WOW Museum in Lafayette or the Children’s Museum, will quickly pay off. Members often also get a certain number of guest passes, discounts on food, and other special privileges. 

Laura Daily, publisher of Mile High On The Cheap, a community resource website for deals, discounts, and free events in the Denver/Boulder area said, “There are so many free and low-cost events in the area, it’s mind boggling. Our motto is “never pay full price.”

She also offered the tip that many entertainment venues sell surplus tickets through companies such as Goldstar. For a small service fee, you can get up to 50 percent off. “Another free option is to attend a movie sneak preview. Local promoters offer passes to all the new movies. Sometimes you download the pass, or you enter to win a pass. In either case, you do need to get to the cinema early because these previews are overbooked. But if you are one of the early-birds you can see a film for free,” she said. Mile High On The Cheap also has found that local breweries have become hot spots for free entertainment including concerts, one-man shows, trivia nights, and more. The site publishes a daily newsletter, which is free to subscribe to and compiles many free and low-cost activities onto several calendars including this one: https://milehighonthecheap.com/free-cheap-things-denver-weekend/

If you are looking for some local free or low cost entertainment, look no further than the Broomfield Recreation department for many low cost options. Angela Delier, Recreation Supervisor described local outdoor activities, “McKay Park is a great free recreational opportunity that allows everyone an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a neighborhood park area. Broomfield skate park is free and open year round weather permitting. March through October Broomfield operates an outdoor automated batting cage facility for many levels and abilities.”

Broomfield Recreation offers a wide variety of low cost entertainment options for kids of all ages. Preteen Palooza is an inexpensive program offered to middle schoolers in Broomfield. The program allows parents to leave their children under supervised care for a couple hours each day, during school breaks. Fees are $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents. Beverly Burbach, Child Sitting Director said, “Parents Night Out is an another inexpensive program that allows parents to leave their children supervised for three hours on a Saturday evening, every other month.  Fees are $30 per family for residents and $35 per family for nonresidents.”

We are fortunate to have so many options for fun entertainment in our community.  Take a few extra minutes to research online what is available and any discounts that might be offered to keep your family entertained without breaking the bank.