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Thinking to taking a vacation but want to do so on a budget? Try a staycation instead. There is so much to do in and outside of Denver that you sometimes don't think about what all is right in front of you (especially the outdoors). Sound intriguing? Follow along and we'll highlight some things that you can do on your staycation that you may not have thought of before plus we'll highlight savings opportunities and coupons (if any are available) for even more savings on your Denver staycation. There's also plenty of day trip opportunities from Denver that are within a 2 hour drive or 100 miles from the center of Denver. Or, you can turn the day trip into an overnight or weekend trip for a getaway that's still on a budget. Sometimes it's nice to escape for just a little while and recharge.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. Morrison Natural History Museum
  2. Jumpin Jordy’s
  3. Dinosaur Ridge
  4. Clyfford Still Museum
  5. Comedy Works
  6. Jesters Dinner Theatre
  7. Denver Merchandise Mart
  8. Butterfly Pavilion
  9. Lakeside Amusement Park
  10. Children’s Museum of Denver

Glenwood Caverns Winter Adventure Park Coupon

2015 January 27
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The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is always a lot of fun any time of the year. During the winter time the park is lit up by over 500,000 lights. When you visit the park you can enjoy a scenic tram ride, experience the thrill of racing down the mountain on the Alpine Coaster, watch a film at the Winter Wipeout in the 4D Theater, take a cave tour, or warm up at the Fire Pits and Warming Hut. The Winter Adventure Park is open on weekends (Friday through Sunday) through March 1st from 10 am to 9 pm. There are several different pricing options available for your day of fun at Glenwood Caverns.

Get 50% Off Admission to the Glenwood Caverns Winter Adventure Park

If you want to visit just for the winter then the Winter FunDay Pass gives you the best overall value. It gives you access to the Iron Mountain Tramway, unlimited access to Alpine Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Laser Tag, 4D Motion Theater, and two cave tour sections: the King’s Row Cave Tour and the Fairy Caves Historic Tour. Of course the Annual Thrill Pass includes everything that the Winter FunDay Pass offers. You also get a 10% discount at the Lookout Grille, Snack Shack and General Store Gift Shop.

Tickets can be purchased online and if you do so then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a link to click to enter your promo code. Choose your ticket option and then enter your coupon in the promo code box at the bottom left of the checkout page. Click apply and you should see your discount appear to the right. Check with the convention and visitors bureau or check the local family and kids publications as they often have promo codes inside for either the tram rides or the passes for Glenwood Caverns.

If you are visiting at another time then be sure to check out the Glenwood Caverns coupons to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your tickets.


"5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" Pokes Fun at the Politics of Fear

at Avenue Theater, Denver
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The year is 1956, and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is having its annual quiche breakfast. Daily life is calm and quiet, and excitement is kept to a minimum. However, ... [more+]

The year is 1956, and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is having its annual quiche breakfast. Daily life is calm and quiet, and excitement is kept to a minimum. However, there's an unexpected item on the agenda this year: the very real threat of atom bombs being dropped on their idyllic town. As the meeting adjourns to the bomb shelter, things take a turn for the worse. Cramped in a small space with the last quiche on Earth and the future uncertain, scandalous secrets come out and tensions -- sexual and otherwise -- rise among the women. [less-]

"Annie Jr." -- Dinner Theater With an All-Youth Cast

at Jesters Dinner Theatre, Longmont
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Thu, January 29
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Leapin' lizards! This beloved story of a plucky young orphan girl adopted by a wealthy businessman ran for nearly six years on Broadway and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In this all-y... [more+]

Leapin' lizards! This beloved story of a plucky young orphan girl adopted by a wealthy businessman ran for nearly six years on Broadway and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In this all-youth cast production, Jesters Dinner Theatre brings all the iconic characters to life, including the adorable orphan herself, the lovable Daddy Warbucks, the wicked Miss Hannigan and the conniving Rooster and Lily. "Annie Jr." is a pared-down children's theater production for youngsters and features one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including the song "It's the Hard-Knock Life" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow." [less-]

"I Am My Own Wife": Incredible True Story of WWII Survival

at John Hand Theater, Denver
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Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

The story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is almost too incredible to be believed, yet during the height of World War II in Germany, this 65-year-old transgender German managed to live openly as a woman un... [more+]

The story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is almost too incredible to be believed, yet during the height of World War II in Germany, this 65-year-old transgender German managed to live openly as a woman under the noses of both the Nazis and Communists. Based on conversations with Charlotte, playwright Doug Wright wrote this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, which also scored two Tonys on Broadway. Now, 10 years after its premiere, "I Am My Own Wife" comes to Denver's John Hand Theater in a Firehouse Theater Company production. [less-]

Shakespeare + Denver's Top Improvisers = Voodoo Comedy's "Makeshift Shakespeare"

at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver
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None of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies and histories are safe from the hilariously unpredictable and fast-on-their-feet improvisers of "Makeshift Shakespeare". Each week, Denver's brainiest improv ... [more+]

None of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies and histories are safe from the hilariously unpredictable and fast-on-their-feet improvisers of "Makeshift Shakespeare". Each week, Denver's brainiest improv troupe creates new Shakespearean plays on the spot, based solely on an audience member's suggestion for a title. The unlimited possibilities of improvisation combine with the richness of William Shakespeare's legacy, turning the language, characters and stories from the greatest playwright who ever lived into something totally new -- and totally hilarious. [less-]

Jealousy and Drug Addiction in "The Motherf**ker With the Hat"

at The Edge Theater, Lakewood
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Fri, January 30
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Finding evidence of another lover in your partner's apartment is always a heated moment, and Jackie doesn't take the situation lightly when he gets out of jail and discovers a hat in his childhood swe... [more+]

Finding evidence of another lover in your partner's apartment is always a heated moment, and Jackie doesn't take the situation lightly when he gets out of jail and discovers a hat in his childhood sweetheart's bedroom. But that's not his only problem in "The Motherf**ker With the Hat", which was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play. Jackie was in jail for dealing drugs, and now he's trying to stay clean even though his lady is still addicted to cocaine. Add a handgun into the mix, and you've got a recipe for a tense final act. [less-]

"Other Desert Cities": Tense Family Drama Sparks & Snaps

at Vintage Theatre - Black Box, Aurora
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
FULL PRICE: $24.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.00

As scorching as the Mojave sun, "Other Desert Cities" is a family drama that sears the memory and melts the heart. Christmas is always somewhat surreal in Palm Springs. It's made even more so this yea... [more+]

As scorching as the Mojave sun, "Other Desert Cities" is a family drama that sears the memory and melts the heart. Christmas is always somewhat surreal in Palm Springs. It's made even more so this year when Brooke returns home after a long absence to present her conservative parents with a tell-all confessional novel that exposes a pivotal event in their family history. Old wounds are reopened, childhood memories are tested and the Wyeth clan learns that some secrets can't stay buried forever. Now, "Other Desert Cities", long one of Broadway's hottest tickets -- and a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- comes to Aurora in an exciting new production from Vintage Theatre. [less-]

"Hit and Run: Musical Improv" -- Broadway-Style Shows Created on the Spot

at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver
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Fri, February 06
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Get ready for a spontaneous Broadway-style, song-and-dance spectacular courtesy of Colorado's premier unscripted musical comedy team. Each week, audience members throw out suggestions, and the perform... [more+]

Get ready for a spontaneous Broadway-style, song-and-dance spectacular courtesy of Colorado's premier unscripted musical comedy team. Each week, audience members throw out suggestions, and the performers of Hit and Run create an hourlong musical comedy on the spot with live music. From the melodies to the lyrics and choreography, every show is different. You'll see flashy dance moves, soaring ballads and more emotional outbursts than "Rent" and "The Phantom of the Opera" combined. While Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber may take years to write a musical, Hit and Run thinks fast on their feet and sings whatever pops into their heads, debuting a hilarious new show every time they step on stage. [less-]

Sinatra Tribute "My Way": A Swinging Musical Revue

at John Hand Theater, Denver
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Sun, February 08
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Ol' Blue Eyes lives again for a night in "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra". A nostalgic song-and-dance revue, "My Way" celebrates the pivotal moments in Sinatra's life. From the swinging '4... [more+]

Ol' Blue Eyes lives again for a night in "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra". A nostalgic song-and-dance revue, "My Way" celebrates the pivotal moments in Sinatra's life. From the swinging '40s to the bright lights of '60s Vegas and beyond, "My Way" incorporates songs from throughout the Chairman of the Board's career. The cast of talented singers will perform everyone's favorite numbers, like "Strangers in the Night," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Fly Me to the Moon" and of course, "New York, New York." [less-]

"Radio Voodoo": Comedy, Live Music & More

at Dangerous Theatre, Denver
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Thu, February 12
Thu, February 19
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

Experience radio as it was meant to be heard and be part of the live studio audience for "The Radio Voodoo Show"'s podcast recording. A throwback to the golden days of radio, the show features comedy ... [more+]

Experience radio as it was meant to be heard and be part of the live studio audience for "The Radio Voodoo Show"'s podcast recording. A throwback to the golden days of radio, the show features comedy bits, a live band, special guests and holiday plays planned for this special event. "The Radio Voodoo Show" is a fun, hour-long ride featuring some of Denver's star performers, storytellers and personalities. Between interviews and musical performances, you'll also hear the new installment of the show's unscripted serial following the characters and crazy schemes of Palm Valley. Refreshments are included in the ticket price for this lively evening at the Dangerous Theatre. [less-]

"Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical" Does Denver

at The Bug Theatre, Denver
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Fri, February 13
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Cheekily adapted from the classic pornographic movie, "Debbie Does Dallas" is the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town sweetheart named Debbie Benton. Debbie's the captain of her high sch... [more+]

Cheekily adapted from the classic pornographic movie, "Debbie Does Dallas" is the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town sweetheart named Debbie Benton. Debbie's the captain of her high school cheerleading team, but she dreams of making it to the big-time by becoming a Texas Cowgirls cheerleader. When she receives a letter telling her she's qualified for the professional squad, the only thing that stands between her and the realization of her dream is bus fare to the big city: Dallas. Strapped for cash, Debbie and her plucky friends soon discover a new and exciting way to raise money. The girls "work hard for the money" and through sex, sweat and tears, they begin raising money for Debbie to realize her dream and make it "all the way" to Dallas. This fun and flirty musical version retains all the sass of the original, but exchanges song and dance numbers for the film's notorious sex scenes. [less-]

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra Presents "From Russia With Love"

at KPOF Hall, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Fri, February 13
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Celebrate the wonderful sounds of the East when the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra performs a beautiful pair of works by Tchaikovsky in "From Russia With Love". Pianist Jeffrey LaDeur takes center stag... [more+]

Celebrate the wonderful sounds of the East when the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra performs a beautiful pair of works by Tchaikovsky in "From Russia With Love". Pianist Jeffrey LaDeur takes center stage to present the suspenseful and exciting "Piano Concerto No. 1." Then, the dramatic and cozy "Winter Reveries" gives you a chance to get close to a loved one. Before the show, take part in a pre-concert chat session to gain some insight into what will be played later that evening, and after the performance, join the soloist and other performers for a reception. [less-]

Puccini's "Tosca": Love, Lust & Intrigue in Concert

at Colorado Symphony - Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver
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Fri, February 13
Sun, February 15
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OFFER PRICE: $28.05 - $36.85

Highly acclaimed American soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart, who counts both Muddy Waters and Tina Turner as her relations, takes on the lead role in the Colorado Symphony's semi-staged production of Pucc... [more+]

Highly acclaimed American soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart, who counts both Muddy Waters and Tina Turner as her relations, takes on the lead role in the Colorado Symphony's semi-staged production of Puccini's "Tosca". Set in revolutionary Rome, the celebrated diva Floria Tosca finds herself trapped in a dangerous love triangle with her beloved, a political rebel, and the villainous police chief who vows to have her. With a minimal set and just a few props, this intimate production in the round at Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall showcases the symphony, chorus, Colorado Children's Chorale and its fine soloists, under the baton of Music Director Andrew Litton. Kizart's starred as "Tosca" several times in Europe and in fact, made her American debut in a production by the Dallas Opera in '08. Since then, she's appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in a variety of roles, leading "The New York Times" to call her voice "powerful, lustrous [and] silky." [less-]

"Les Misérables": The Epic Musical + Dinner

at Jesters Dinner Theatre, Longmont
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Fri, February 13
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Grand and uplifting, "Les Misérables" is one of the most popular musicals of all time. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, "Les Mis" won seven Tony Awards on Broadway and was adapted int... [more+]

Grand and uplifting, "Les Misérables" is one of the most popular musicals of all time. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, "Les Mis" won seven Tony Awards on Broadway and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film. Jesters Dinner Theatre presents this sweeping tale of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit along with a delicious dinner. You'll be immersed in the tale of ex-convict Jean Valjean's struggle for redemption while trying to outrun the determined police inspector Javert, and moved by the innocent love of his adopted daughter Cosette for the revolutionary and student, Marius. It's a celebration of the human struggle for justice and happiness in the face of hardship, backed by a gorgeous score, including the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear the People Sing?" and more. [less-]

Boulder Philharmonic Plays Cupid With Romantic Valentine's Day Concert

at Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, Boulder
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Sat, February 14
FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $44.00
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Let Boulder Philharmonic set the mood for love this Valentine's Day with this evening overflowing with some of the most romantic music ever composed. First, violin virtuoso Philippe Quint, a multiple ... [more+]

Let Boulder Philharmonic set the mood for love this Valentine's Day with this evening overflowing with some of the most romantic music ever composed. First, violin virtuoso Philippe Quint, a multiple Grammy-nominated artist who's played everyone from Carnegie Hall in New York to Gewandhaus in Leipzig, dispatches musical fireworks in the "Red Violin Concerto", based on the Oscar-winning film score by John Corigliano. The intensity continues after intermission as Wagner and Tchaikovsky distill the passion of two of literature's most famous couples -- Tristan and Isolde, and Romeo and Juliet -- into some of the greatest music ever written. [less-]

Valentine's Concert From Colorado Wind Ensemble: "An Evening of Embraces"

at Littleton United Methodist Church , Littleton
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Sat, February 14
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.50

Wrap yourself up in music during an "An Evening of Embraces", a concert of classical and contemporary music from Colorado Wind Ensemble, now in its 33rd season. Perfect for Valentine's day, the latest... [more+]

Wrap yourself up in music during an "An Evening of Embraces", a concert of classical and contemporary music from Colorado Wind Ensemble, now in its 33rd season. Perfect for Valentine's day, the latest performance of Denver's beloved "Symphony of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion" is a sonic sampler with delectable treats from Wagner, Mahler, John Mackey, Carter Pann and many more. Guest conductor Dr. Alan Mills, director of bands and music professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo, leads the CWE at Littleton United Methodist Church. [less-]

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater: Moscow Circus Star With Rescued Animals

at Teikyo Loretto Heights Theater, Denver
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Sun, February 15
Sun, February 15
FULL PRICE: $45.00 - $50.00
OFFER PRICE: $22.50 - $25.00

Moscow Circus star Gregory Popovich performs with a talented cast of cats and dogs all rescued from shelters in a show featuring comedy, juggling, acrobatics and amazing animal stunts and skits. The f... [more+]

Moscow Circus star Gregory Popovich performs with a talented cast of cats and dogs all rescued from shelters in a show featuring comedy, juggling, acrobatics and amazing animal stunts and skits. The frisky felines and clever canines jump through hoops, swing on trapezes and show off their various talents. In addition to the dogs and cats, look for special appearances by a variety of other animals, including a miniature horse, a goat duo, geese, mice and more critters. Popovich and his pals have been seen on "The Tonight Show", were finalists on "America's Got Talent" and have their own hit show on the Las Vegas Strip. [less-]

Humanitarian Sister Rosemary: One of "Time"'s 100 Most Influential People of 2014

at Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver
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Mon, February 16
FULL PRICE: $84.00
OFFER PRICE: $40.00

Singled out by "Time" magazine in their 2014 edition of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe's incredible story is of one woman's fight to bring hope and dignity back... [more+]

Singled out by "Time" magazine in their 2014 edition of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe's incredible story is of one woman's fight to bring hope and dignity back to the victims of her war-ravaged nation. Armed with only a sewing machine, Sister Rosemary, a Catholic nun of The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, openly defied Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army -- who terrorized villages and stole children from their families, forcing them into slavery -- throughout their decades-long reign of terror. Since 2002, Sister Rosemary has enrolled more than 2,000 girls who had been abducted and abandoned by their families into her Saint Monica's Girls Tailoring Center in Uganda, a shelter for women and girls whose lives have been shattered by violence, rape and sexual exploitation, providing them with ways to support themselves through job training to restore dignity, independence and hope. Now Sister Rosemary comes to the Seawell Grand Ballroom to share her remarkable life story. [less-]

Popular Music and Civil Rights in Compelling Lecture From History Professor Luis Alvarez

at History Colorado Center, Denver
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Tue, February 17
Tue, February 17
FULL PRICE: $8.50
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $4.25

The year 1968 was one of America's most turbulent, with the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, not to mention the political upheaval surrounding the Vietnam War. In the ta... [more+]

The year 1968 was one of America's most turbulent, with the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, not to mention the political upheaval surrounding the Vietnam War. In the talk "Utopian Rhythms, Interracial Blues: Popular Music, Civil Rights and 1968", Luis Alvarez of the University of California, San Diego will discuss the soundtrack of that historic year, listening for political undertones from Motown acts in Detroit and Latino soul musicians in Los Angeles. Hear how the pop music of that era was a reflection of its society and a way to aspire to something greater. [less-]

Colorado Ballet's "MasterWorks" by Balanchine & Jerome Robbins

at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver
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Fri, February 20
Sat, February 21
Sat, February 21
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FULL PRICE: $50.00 - $90.00
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Colorado Ballet's been celebrating the art of classical ballet in Denver for over 50 years. Its newest show, "Ballet MasterWorks", showcases the artistry and athleticism of Colorado Ballet's dancers i... [more+]

Colorado Ballet's been celebrating the art of classical ballet in Denver for over 50 years. Its newest show, "Ballet MasterWorks", showcases the artistry and athleticism of Colorado Ballet's dancers in works created by some of dance's greatest. Featuring live music from the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the performances include "Concerto Barocco", by choreographer George Balanchine with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, "Fancy Free", choreographed by Jerome Robbins with an original ballet score composed by Leonard Bernstein and, back by popular demand, "In Pieces", which was choreographed by Val Caniparoli and features music by Poul Ruders. Enjoy the work of this masterful ballet company at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. [less-]

Devilishly Fun Music & Sketch Comedy: "Hell Toupee Cabaret"

at Dangerous Theatre, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Thu, February 26
Thu, March 26
FULL PRICE: $7.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $3.50

Come for an evening of eternal damnation -- and still be home by 10 o'clock. Denver's Dangerous Theatre is gearing up to transport audiences to the 9th Plane of Hell with their live music and sketch c... [more+]

Come for an evening of eternal damnation -- and still be home by 10 o'clock. Denver's Dangerous Theatre is gearing up to transport audiences to the 9th Plane of Hell with their live music and sketch comedy show "Hell Toupee Cabaret". This eclectic evening of songs, sketches and other devilishly fun forms of entertainment features Demi Urge and the Hell Toupee Band and your host with the most, Infernal Phil. Damnation has never been this much fun! [less-]