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Parties at Big Time Trampoline

We recently attended a birthday party at Big Time Trampoline in Arvada. Before the party, I wasn’t aware of this jump house. My 8-year-old loved it and said it was better than the other jump houses we’ve visited. Now that’s saying something! Here’s a deal for anyone looking to schedule a birthday party, wear down the guests and not stress…

Big Time Parties are fun for guests and easy for you! Your party has access to all attractions for one low price.

Plus you can watch all the excitement from your choice of three central party areas. Bring in any food or have it delivered. Big Time sets up and cleans up, too!

  • $10 Parties & Playtime at Big Time Trampoline
  • $6 Hoppy Hour Mon-Fri Arrive between 10 – noon Up to 2 hrs. All ages. (Not valid Dec. 23 – Jan. 7. Walk-ins only. No parties or reserved groups.)
  • WOW WEDNESDAYS! Reserved Parties $10 pp! Walk-ins get 2 hours of all-area playtime for just $10. (Price special not valid on school-closed days.)
  • One free adult pass with kids 7 and under everyday! (Limit one per family)

This post is sponsored by ColoradoKids.com and Big Time Trampoline. My family was given a free pass to try out Big Time outside of our birthday party visit. An honest review will follow.

Trek-or-Treat Off the Street at the Wildlife Experience

This year, we decided to skip the zoo, pumpkin patches and all of the traditional activities we work our way through in the fall. This year, I took my youngest to the Wildlife Experience’s Halloween trick-or-treating.

We waited until later in the afternoon on Saturday. The crowds weren’t bad at all. The place was busy and hopping, but we didn’t encounter the huge crowds and parking issues found at other Halloween events.

Trek or Treat Off The Street at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO

My daughter and I began in the great hall and visited all of the trick or treat stations, including a very cool exhibit featuring live bats. The little guys were tiny, but it was fascinating to get up close and personal with these creepy Halloween icons. I unfortunately didn’t get a great picture of the bats, because this was a very popular and busy location. The great hall also offered a Halloween photo, bounce house and shooting gallery.

Our other favorite place was Globeology. On our regular visits, this is always where we spend the most time … an exhibit that takes you from the tops of the trees in the rainforest, through the Arctic cold and finishing on the African savannah. There wasn’t trick or treating in Globeology, but each child received a map of the exhibit and had to stop at different stations along the way and learn something from the host before earning a stamp. A fully stamped map earned a special prize at the end. My daughter learned (and has repeated over and over) that a Narwhal’s “horn” is really a tooth. Their upper left canine to be exact.

Trek or Treat Off The Street at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO

The only downer, was at the end of the trek in the haunted cave. There were two entries into the haunted area – one was lit and great for littles, but one was very dark and included people dressed like zombies, or at least I think so, who jumped out. My 8-year-old did not enjoy this and asked to get out immediately. It would have been nice to get a warning about the fear factor, especially because this was a family-friendly event.

There was also an area above Globeology that offered crafts and Halloween-themed art projects.

This isn’t an all day activity and you won’t come away with a ton of candy (I was happy about this) but it’s family-fun, inside, off the street and easily accessed. I really enjoyed not having to stress about parking. We also really enjoyed finding all of the little touches throughout the museum – like skeletons riding the big horn sheep on the staircase.

Trek or Treat Off The Street at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO

I highly recommend a visit to the Trek-or-Treat Off the Street at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado.

My family and I received complimentary admission to the Wildlife Experience in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are ours.

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The Wildlife Experience – Trek-or-Treat Off the Street – Oct. 26, 9am – 7pm

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Ghosts and goblins, vampires and werewolves, skeletons, witches and ghouls of all kinds – flock to The Wildlife Experience for the greatest Halloween spooktacular in Colorado.

Will you dare take the Haunted Hike through Ghoulology?

Are you brave enough to enter the dark regions of Living Lights?

Will the dead rise from the graves of the haunted graveyard?

Creep, crawl, or slither into the Wildlife Experience for the spookiest Trek you’ll ever take while collecting Treats from the candy booths lining the museum’s hallways.

Children will get to collect candy and make creepy crafts in a safe, fun environment regardless of the weather. Complete the Haunted Hike for a special prize! Bound through the bounce house! We’ll have live bats from Organization for Bat Conservation from 2-5pm. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26th. You’ll have a howling time at Trek or Treat Off the Street!

Cost: Included with the price of museum admission (members are free).

For more information visit the Wildlife Experience website.

My family is receiving complimentary admission to this event in exchange for this post.

Escape from Planet Earth – A Cute Family Movie that is Out of this World!

The family and I caught a screening of the new animated movie Escape from Planet Earth. The story revolves around a blue alien species from the planet Baab (pronounced Bob.) The movie stars Brendan Fraser ast Scorch Supernova, a national hero who saves the day using braun and risky moves instead of listening to his uber intelligent brother Gary (Rob Corddry). Gary is head of mission control at BASA, plays by the rules and doesn’t want to stray into the danger zone.

When BASA’s chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from the Dark Planet, a place where no one has ever returned from, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for another mission. Soon after landing on The Dark Planet (Earth) Scorch finds himself caught in a trap set by Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to Gary to do the rescuing.

The star-studded cast also includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Sophia Vergara, Ricky Gervais, Steve Zahn, George Lopez, Jane Lynch and Craig Robinson.

My girls (ages 7 and 11) really enjoyed the movie. The story pokes fun at science fiction movies while also following a storyline unto itself. Adults will enjoy the cultural references and humor while kids will crack up at the lovable aliens and their slapstick. The kids in the theater cheered and laughed out loud.

Plan a movie night or afternoon and take the family to see Escape from Planet Earth. The kids will giggle and shriek with laughter and you’ll smile a little bit too.

My family and I received complementary tickets to screen this movie in exchange for my honest review.

GIVEAWAY – See Escape from Planet Earth in Theaters February 15

Contest is over – Congratulations to our winner, Comment #16 Heather
My girls and I can’t wait until the new family movie, Escape from Planet Earth opens in theaters nationwide on February 15th.

The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-averse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure-hungry son Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit).
You can WIN an Escape from Planet Earth goodie bag which includes an activity book and crayons, a tattoo sheet and backpack clip. It also includes a $25 gift card to use towards a movie night to take your family to see the movie after it opens.
To enter to win, leave us a comment below with your favorite Science Fiction space movie of all time. Mine is the Star Wars series with Wall-E winning in the animated space category.
For a bonus entry, Tweet about the contest. Leave your Twitter handle and link to the tweet in your comment.
WIN a $25 movie gift card & Escape from Planet Earth goodie bag from @ColoScienceMom & 2Hands 2Feet. http://ow.ly/hgIoT #EscapePlanetEarth
Contest ends Saturday, February 2nd at 5p.m. MST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim the prize. After 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Weinstein Co. will ship prize directly to winner.
Check back after the movie opens for a review on Two Hands Two Feet.

To learn more, please visit: EscapeEarthMovie.com
Watch Trailer on YouTube.com
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This blog post is sponsored by the Weinstein Co. I have received four tickets to the screening in exchange for this post and an honest review.

WIN 4 Tickets to Monster Jam Coming to Denver February 8th – 10th

Contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Comment #2, Kristi!

Last year, I took my 6-year-old daughter to Monster Jam for a dirt-filled, truck roaring mother-daughter date. She loved it. Monster trucks racing, jumping and rolling. We had such a good time, that my now 7-year-old is all ready to go AND my very girly 11-year-old can’t wait.

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through!  Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

If you love to get dirty, cheer and shout and watch some mechanical beasts take to the race track indoors, than Monster Jam is for you!

Get $10 Kid Tickets and $15 adult tickets for Friday, February 8th  at 7:30pm. Get four kids tickets per adult ticket. Use discount code MJSTATION at checkout. Purchase tickets through TicketHorse.  Tickets prices – $20, $25, $35 GOLD CIRCLE, $50 FRONT ROW. All tickets are $2 more the day of the show, so buy in advance.

Monster Jam will have more performances than ever before at Pepsi Center at the following dates and times: Friday, February 8, 2013:  7:30 pm – New performance added this year! Saturday, February 9, 2013:  2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday, February 10, 2013:  2:00 pm   More Trucks than ever before!!! – including Four-time World Champion Grave Digger®, the Denver debuts of Scooby Doo and Advance Auto Parts Grinder, El Toro Loco®, Raminator, Incinerator, and Rammunition!    The Party in the Pits on February 9 and 10 is before the 2:00 pm shows from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm. The Pit Party gives fans the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers of the massive monster trucks. Pit Party passes are $10 and require an accompanying 2:00 pm event ticket.

PERFORMANCE TIMES MORE SHOWS THAN EVER BEFORE!!!

FRIDAY, FEB. 8 – 7:30 pm
SATURDAY, FEB. 9 – 2:00 pm
SATURDAY, FEB. 9 – 7:30 pm
SUNDAY, FEB. 10 – 2:00 pm
PIT PARTY Party in the Pits
SAT, FEB. 9 – 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
SAT., FEB. 10 – 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

Enter to WIN 4-Tickets to opening night, Friday, February 8th at 7:30pm. Leave a comment below with your favorite Monster Truck. Our Favorite is Monster Mutt.

Contest ends Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5pm MST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond. Winners can only win one contest per show.

WIN Tickets to Phineas & Ferb The Best Live Show Ever in Denver

The contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner, comment #8 – Sarah.

My girls and I saw the Phineas and Ferb Show last year in Denver and thought it was a Hoot! If you are fans of the Disney show, then you can’t miss this special show coming to the Wells Fargo Theater in Downtown Denver the first weekend in February. Yes their eyes are a little creepy and their heads look like they are going to teeter over, but the music and characters make this live event fun for the whole family.

“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a LIVE tour!!!” School’s out for summer and anything is possible as Phineas and Ferb create their biggest invention yet- Disney’s Phineas and Ferb:The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Phineas, Ferb, and the whole Tri-State Area gang embark on a bold escape jumping out from behind your TV and onto the stage in a live action adventure-right in your hometown! And, before you can wonder, “Hey, where’s Perry?” the beloved pet platypus shifts to his secret double life as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans. Musical madness abounds in an escapade so awesome that even Candace can’t help but join the hilarious hijinks. It’s the ultimate end to summer vacation, so seize the day ’cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all!

There are three shows available at the Wells Fargo Theater at the Convention Center in downtown Denver.

February 1st at 7pm
February 2nd at 12pm and 3pm

DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Save $4 off the Friday, February 1st show. Use 4MOM discount code at checkout. Call 1-800-745-3000 or visit TicketMaster to order tickets.
Discount does not apply to Stageside or VIP seats. No double discounts. Not valid on Saturday shows.

WIN a FAMILY 4-PACK OF TICKETS

Leave a comment below with your favorite Phineas and Ferb episode or character. Mine is the episode where they go to the Comic-Con-like convention and have a battle between the sci-fi-space-geekers and fantasy Lord-of-the-Rings-geekers. I also love Ducky Mo Mo.

Contest ends Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5pm. Winner will be notified via email.

Additional Entries -
Leave a comment with one of the famous tag lines from the show like “Where’s Perry?”  OR answer the trivia questions correctly. Each comment is one entry.

1. Q:  What season does the show take place?
2. Q:  How are Phineas and Ferb related?
3. Q:  What color is Ferb’s hair?
4. Q:  How old is Candace?
5. Q:  Who is Linda Flynn-Fletcher?
6. Q:  Who is Lawrence Fletcher?
7. Q:  Who has a secret identity and what is his name?
8. Q:  Who is Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz’s daughter?
9. Q:  Who has a crush on Vanessa?
10. Q:  What does is the SSSN stand for?

Win Tickets to Dare to Dream – Disney On Ice Comes to Denver

Contest Closed. Winner is comment #21 – Michelle Stice. Congratulations!


The holidays also mean it’s time for Disney on Ice to visit Denver. This year, Dare to Dream, comes to Pepsi Center December 6-9, 2012. Use promo code 4MOM to save $4 off each ticket (VIP and Front Row not included) at TicketHorse.  You can win a Family Four-Pack to see the show on December 6th.

Get tangled up in Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths!  Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss.  And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime!  Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown!

Quick Tips:

Parking is not free at Pepsi Center (like it is at Denver Coliseum). Know that you will need to pay for your own parking if you attend the show.

The Sunday, Dec. 9 show at 7 pm will be performed in Spanish.

Opening night tickets for the Thurs., Dec. 6th, 7 pm show are just $15! ($15 for 200 and 300 level seats. $20 for 100 level seats. Front Row and VIP seats are full price. Additional fees apply)

Win a Family 4-Pack:

  • Leave me a comment below with your favorite Disney character
  • Leave a comment with your favorite saying from a Disney movie. Mine? “Frying pans, right? Who knew?”
  • Like Two Hands Two Feet on Facebook (leave a comment below saying you follow with your Facebook name)
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  • Tweet about the contest – Enter to #win a family 4-pack to #DaretoDreamDenver from 2Hands2Feet & @ColoScienceMom http://ow.ly/fi3RE (leave link to tweet)
  • Like this post on Facebook or give us a Google+ (just leave a comment below with your name and link if possible)

RULES: This contest will run from now through Monday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m. MST. One winning family will be selected from all eligible entries using Random.org and will be notified by email on Tuesday, November 20. Winner will have 24 hours to claim the prize. If the prize is not claimed within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. You MUST be over 18 to enter and available to attend the December 6th show at 7 p.m.

Win $50 from Tiny Prints and Order Those Holiday Cards

I always begin planning my Christmas cards in October. What will I put on them, what will I say, will I include a letter or a quick update, etc. Don’t get excited about my planning yet. I plan, but I usually don’t order until after Thanksgiving. And I usually don’t finish mailing all of them until a few days before Christmas.

I try to follow in the footsteps of a friend of mine who prides herself with getting her cards all postmarked by December 1st. But that’s so not me.

Christmas Cards are  a month-long project of planning, ordering, writing, addressing, chasing missing addresses and dropping in the mail box.  I swear every year I will be organized and get it completed in an evening. That never happens.

Once again, I’m planning and I’m focusing my efforts on getting my Christmas cards done early. This year, I have help from Tiny Prints and Shutterfly.

Receiving Christmas cards in the mail is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. It’s the only time of year when my mail box is full of happy letters vs the usual junk and bills. It is unfortunate that so many are forgoing the holiday card and moving to online or nothing. Hopefully I’m not the only one who enjoys sending and receiving cards and the tradition will continue for a long time.

Tiny Prints 2012 Holiday Collection has arrived with fresh designs and fun features, especially their new Premium DoubleThick Matte Paper.

They’ve got a wonderful collection this year from traditional colors and embellishments to merry and bright colors that take on a modern feel. They also feature religious/scripture based cards (including Hanukkah). I love their modern and unique designs and colors. There is something for everyone.

http://youtu.be/-RkNuHqMiD4

Tiny Prints is currently running several special offers and savings. To find out more, visit their Special Offers page.

GIVEAWAY:

Win $50 off your total order (expires 12/14/12). Does not include shipping and cannot be combined with any other promos.

To enter, leave me a comment below sharing why you enjoy sending or receiving holiday cards. Extra entries can be earned by following Tiny Prints on Twitter or Pinterest and Hands and Feet on Twitter or Pinterest. Follow us on Facebook – Tiny Prints and 2Hands 2Feet too! Just leave me a comment below with your Twitter handle, FB page or Pinterest name. Follows will be verified.

Contest closes on Friday, November 16 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Winner will be announced Saturday, November 17th.

**This is a sponsored post. I am receiving compensation in the form of merchandise from Tiny Prints in exchange for this post.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch a Hit

This past weekend my girls and I played at the Botanic Gardens Chatfield Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. The weather was perfect as we headed out to have some fall fun. We love the Chatfield fall festival and try to attend every year.

The gardens at Chatfield are at the edge of the western suburbs in Littleton, just west of Chatfield Reservoir and Park. The fall festival was packed, but parking isn’t a problem, because there are huge empty fields. I’m not sure they’d ever run out of parking. The only problem with this is it’s a bit of a hike up to the festival. Not such a bad thing going in, but tough when you are lugging four pumpkins and three kids. Just be prepared to do a lot of walking on mostly dirt paths. A wagon isn’t a bad idea either. They do have some, but they are tough to secure.

The ticket booth is a tad confusing. It’s hard to tell if you just walk in, or if you pay admission, or how the entire system works. Attending the festival is free, but the activities are a fee. The corn maze is $10 Adults, $8 Member, Student, Seniors (65+), $6 Child (ages 3-12), $4 Child Member, Free for children 2 and under. There is also a mini maze – perfect for the little ones.

I had 7 to 11 year olds so they weren’t going near the “baby” maze. We hit the big maze. I thought i

t was interesting that the gardens didn’t print maps of the maze to be green, but did hand out papers with a “passport” or clues. I didn’t look at the passport and let the kids do the navigating. That was my first mistake. They didn’t understand how the passport worked, but weren’t letting on. We’d get to a fork in the path, they’d look at the passport and say “go right” or “go left.” I thought they knew what they were doing until I realized we had traveled in several circles.

When I took over the passport, I discovered that you had to find marked posts in the maze, read a trivia question, and then the right answer would tell you to go in the right direction. It was difficult to find these posts and without a map, we were caught with a lot of people just wandering the maze trying to navigate ourselves.

And don’t try to cut through maze walls, pick the corn or throw anything. The gardens has people on cranes up above the maze who are watching your every move. Those caught cutting will be removed. The nice thing about the Big Maze Brothers in the sky is that they were also giving hints here and there. While probably also laughing at us as we hit repeated dead ends. The hints may have been pity – they couldn’t take us walking in any more circles.

I’ve been to a few corn mazes and we always enjoy the ones where you get  a map and have to find punches or markers along the way. It adds to the fun and you aren’t just looking for the end. But that’s my opinion.

After about an hour of wandering around the first half of the maze, we found the bail out exit. We were done and took it. We aren’t exactly the best navigators. Next time, I’m taking the piece of paper in the beginning and starting us out on the right foot. Hopefully.

After escaping the maze alive, we grabbed a few snacks, tried out the other activities and then hit the pumpkin patch last. It took forever for the kids to find the perfect pumpkin. There isn’t a fee to visit the patch, but pumpkins are charged according to height. I spent $16 on two mid-size pumpkins.

Like I mentioned above, the tickets are a little confusing. They are sold in a large yurt in the middle of the festival. There’s a sign that says “TICKETS” but many people (including us) weren’t sure if they needed to buy general admission tickets or patch tickets or what. The yurt sells tickets to the corn maze, the jumping pillow, hay rides and pony rides. One ticket at the jumping pillow gets you 5 minutes of jumping. ($3 for one ticket, $8 for three tickets, $13 for five tickets). The hay and pony rides are $5 each. It would be nice if an all-inclusive ticket was available or there were signs explaining all of the different fees. Do your research ahead of time so you know what you want to do and how much it will cost. It’s cash only (there is an ATM available) and you can burn through your money quickly as you pay for each activity individually.

For the older kids and adults, the gardens also offer a Haunted Maze from after dark until 11 p.m. It’s $15 per person.

Trick-or-Treat in the Trail
Little ones 12 and under can trick or treat in the trail (in McDonald’s Mini-Maze) on Sunday, Oct. 21 or Sunday, Oct. 28, 1-3 p.m. It’s free.

Don’t miss this family-fun event near Denver. For more information visit the Botanic Gardens Chatfield Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze.

Hours & Location

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 14 through Oct. 28, 2012 at our Chatfield location.
Fridays 4-9 p.m.
Saturdays Noon – 9 p.m.
Sundays Noon – 6 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128

My family and I generously received four free passes to explore the corn maze in exchange for this article.