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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

2014 Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens Coupon

2014 October 25
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This time of year it is family by day and fright by night at Elitch Gardens. Starting at 6 pm every evening Elitch Gardens turns into Fright Fest where ghosts, monsters, zombies, and everything else that is terrifying take over the theme park. This is an annual event and for 2014 the event features attractions like Side Show: Parade of Freaks, FLESH FACTORY, OUTBREAK, TERROR CHAMBER 2, SEANCE, and HURL. Don’t forget to dress up too. Now you will need an admission ticket to this event so if you don’t already have one, take a moment to check for all of the available discounts and coupons on tickets to Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens.

Get 30% Off Tickets to Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens

Now you can purchase your tickets to Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens online. If you do that then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the very top of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon in that box and click apply. You should then see your discount appear in the ticket price. Just keep in mind that there are actually several different ticket options available which gives you admission to each of the attractions at this event. Finally, you may want to check out the daily deal / coupon sites because they will sometimes offer great deals where you can save as much as 50% off the total cost of your ticket packages for Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens. It’s worth checking even up to the last weekend of this Halloween event.

Planning a visit the Elitch Gardens theme park at another time? Be sure to take a moment to check out the Elitch Gardens coupons to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your general admission ticket this theme park.


"Scrooge: Bah Humbug!" Musical Dinner Theater

at Jesters Dinner Theatre, Longmont
OFFER DATES:
Mon, December 22
Tue, December 23
Wed, December 24
+ 4 more dates
Mon, December 22
Tue, December 23
Wed, December 24
Thu, December 25
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
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FULL PRICE: $22.00 - $39.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $20.00

This musical Christmas show based on Dickens' timeless tale is back at Jesters Dinner Theatre and still going strong after more than 20 annual productions, making it a true holiday tradition. The orig... [more+]

This musical Christmas show based on Dickens' timeless tale is back at Jesters Dinner Theatre and still going strong after more than 20 annual productions, making it a true holiday tradition. The original "Christmas Carol" tells the story of grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who's offered a second chance to become a kind and generous human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. This tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family. Opt for dinner and the show, and enjoy your choice of an entree with sides. [less-]

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

at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
Fri, January 02
Fri, January 09
+ 3 more dates
Fri, December 26
Fri, January 02
Fri, January 09
Fri, January 16
Fri, January 23
Fri, January 30
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FULL PRICE: $8.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $4.00

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-]

"An Improvised Christmas Carol": You Control the Story

at Vintage Theatre, Aurora
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
FULL PRICE: $16.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.00

Did you ever wonder where Scrooge worked? Or what was for dinner at the Cratchit house? Well, you'll be able to help solve those questions during the fast-paced and funny "An Improvised Christmas Caro... [more+]

Did you ever wonder where Scrooge worked? Or what was for dinner at the Cratchit house? Well, you'll be able to help solve those questions during the fast-paced and funny "An Improvised Christmas Carol", where Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale gets turned on its ear. The audience controls and decides the entire story, so if you want to say that Tiny Tim has chicken pox and the Ghost of Christmas Past has a lisp, you can make that happen! Each night is an entirely different, and twisted, new version of this old favorite. Bring the family and have a blast creating your own Xmas classic! [less-]

Holiday Drama "The Perfect Gift" Reminds Us About the True Spirit of the Season

at Dangerous Theatre, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
Sun, December 28
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Dangerous Theatre brings this heartwarming holiday favorite back for a third year. Stacia hates the holidays and the over-the-top consumerism it's come to represent. Instead of spending quality time w... [more+]

Dangerous Theatre brings this heartwarming holiday favorite back for a third year. Stacia hates the holidays and the over-the-top consumerism it's come to represent. Instead of spending quality time with loved ones, it seems to be all about finding that "perfect gift" for everyone on your list. But will the jaded Stacia's faith in the season be renewed when she gets invited to a very special Christmas Eve celebration under a bridge hosted by two homeless men and their invisible friends, and they discuss their favorite Christmas traditions and their shared love of holiday TV shows? [less-]

One Actor, 30 Characters: Off-Broadway Hit "Fully Committed"

at Aurora Fox Arts Center - Studio, Aurora
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
FULL PRICE: $28.00
OFFER PRICE: $14.00

Steven Burge reprises his award-winning tour-de-force performance as a cast of over 30 characters in the acclaimed one-man show "Fully Committed", which was named one of "Time" magazine's top ten play... [more+]

Steven Burge reprises his award-winning tour-de-force performance as a cast of over 30 characters in the acclaimed one-man show "Fully Committed", which was named one of "Time" magazine's top ten plays of 2000. In this wry, witty show, Sam is an out-of-work actor manning the phones of a five-star Manhattan restaurant. When not placating his celebrity chef boss, Sam has to fend off a nonstop parade of desperate callers (socialites, glitterati, pushy tourists, cranky senior citizens and the occasional mafioso) who will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation. Tired of the constant barrage, Sam decides to change his circumstances for the better and begins accepting bribes for "giving good table." For Steven Burge's turn as the entire zany cast, "The Denver Post" called him "one of the most fearless comic actors in town," and gave "Fully Committed" the 2009 Ovation Award for Best Solo Performance. [less-]

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

at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
Fri, January 02
Fri, January 09
+ 3 more dates
Fri, December 26
Fri, January 02
Fri, January 09
Fri, January 16
Fri, January 23
Fri, January 30
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FULL PRICE: $8.00
OFFER PRICE: $4.00

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-]

Christmas Comedy "Unwrapped" Charts Love's Quirks

at Dangerous Theatre, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Relieve the stress of the holiday season with this lighthearted Christmas comedy. An original play from Denver's Dangerous Theatre, "Unwrapped" tells the story of people in love. Bradley is chomping a... [more+]

Relieve the stress of the holiday season with this lighthearted Christmas comedy. An original play from Denver's Dangerous Theatre, "Unwrapped" tells the story of people in love. Bradley is chomping at the bit to give his gift to Janet, but she never arrives. Meanwhile, Stacia purchases herself the gift of love, but what arrives is not what she had expected. As the two sort out their woes, a narrator adds spark to their stories with his own song and dance interpretation of the season. This funny comedy captures the holiday spirit in a whole new light. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective" Interactive Murder Mystery Show -- Everyone's a Suspect!

at Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 27
Wed, December 31
FULL PRICE: $89.81 - $199.81
OFFER PRICE: $53.88 - $65.88

Could you be dining with a killer? Might "you" be the killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" now comes to downtown Denver to serve up... [more+]

Could you be dining with a killer? Might "you" be the killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" now comes to downtown Denver to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course sit-down dinner and a commemorative mug to take home. And since this comedic murder mystery involves the audience, you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

"Miss Saigon": Hit Musical From the Creators of "Les Miz"

at Vintage Theatre, Aurora
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
FULL PRICE: $26.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.00

This epic, award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of "Les Misérables" tells the tale of the tragic romance between a strong-willed Vietnamese girl and an American G.I. during the last days ... [more+]

This epic, award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of "Les Misérables" tells the tale of the tragic romance between a strong-willed Vietnamese girl and an American G.I. during the last days of the Vietnam War. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. The powerful love story is a modern retelling of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" and boasts such songs as "I Still Believe," "Sun and Moon," "The American Dream," "Why, God, Why?" and "I'd Give My Life for You." Nominated for 11 Tonys in its original run, it took home three for its stars Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Hinton Battle. [less-]

"The Familiars": An Original Holiday Comedy

at The Edge Theater, Lakewood
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
FULL PRICE: $24.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.00

In this world-premiere comedy, a family's Christmas Eve festivities seem headed up the chimney when the matriarch, who's usually the one on top of the holiday preparations, goes all grinchy. That leav... [more+]

In this world-premiere comedy, a family's Christmas Eve festivities seem headed up the chimney when the matriarch, who's usually the one on top of the holiday preparations, goes all grinchy. That leaves her three adult children to try and salvage the celebration, or miss out altogether on beloved traditions like the turducken. They include Kath, who's conscientious but afraid of commitment, the eager-to-please Dom, an occasional huffer, and the captivating yet ineffectual Chris. This timely production comes from local playwright Ellen K. Graham and the Edge Theatre Company. [less-]

The Denver Nuggets Fly High at Pepsi Center

at Pepsi Center, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 28
Wed, January 07
Sat, January 17
FULL PRICE: $33.00 - $96.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.00 - $35.00

Cheer for your Denver Nuggets in the Mile High City. With blazing speed from point guard Ty Lawson and a talented starting lineup, the team is looking to break out in the second half of the season. La... [more+]

Cheer for your Denver Nuggets in the Mile High City. With blazing speed from point guard Ty Lawson and a talented starting lineup, the team is looking to break out in the second half of the season. Lawson may have the quickest feet in the league and is staying busy feeding teammates Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo with terrific scoring opportunities. The Pepsi Center crowd will be up and on their feet rooting on the Nuggets, which sports one of the deepest lineups in the NBA. [less-]

"Dreamgirls": The '60s Musical Sensation

at Aurora Fox Arts Center - Main Stage, Aurora
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 28
Fri, January 02
Mon, January 05
+ 5 more dates
Sun, December 28
Fri, January 02
Mon, January 05
Sat, January 10
Sun, January 11
Fri, January 16
Sat, January 17
Sun, January 18
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FULL PRICE: $27.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.50

Famous as both a Tony-winning Broadway musical and the star-studded film that won Jennifer Hudson an Academy Award, "Dreamgirls" is a soulful sensation and a chart-topping favorite of millions worldwi... [more+]

Famous as both a Tony-winning Broadway musical and the star-studded film that won Jennifer Hudson an Academy Award, "Dreamgirls" is a soulful sensation and a chart-topping favorite of millions worldwide. Featuring '60s Motown hits (and a dash of disco), and inspired by true stories of R&B stars like the Supremes, the Shirelles, James Brown and Jackie Wilson, "Dreamgirls" follows the tumultuous rise to fame of a female trio from Chicago whose joy and celebration come hand-in-hand with deceit and betrayal. The sparkle, sass and sorrow of the girls' journey is captured in unforgettable songs like "One Night Only," "Cadillac Car," "Steppin' to the Bad Side," "I Am Changing" and the gorgeous torch song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." [less-]

Abstract Expressionism and Free Gifts With Clyfford Still Museum Membership

at Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 01
FULL PRICE: $60.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.00

The Clyfford Still Museum holds 95 percent of Still's work -- an Abstract Expressionist who's considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century. This 12-month membership, which allows ... [more+]

The Clyfford Still Museum holds 95 percent of Still's work -- an Abstract Expressionist who's considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century. This 12-month membership, which allows you free admission every day for a year, is your ticket to understand the legacy of Still, an artist whose life has been shrouded in mystery and most of his work has been hidden from public view for more than 30 years. Plus, as a museum member, you'll get access to private events, free guest tickets and discounts at the museum shop, not to mention a special gift set that includes a limited-edition poster of a work by Still from the '40s, two commemorative mechanical pencils and a set of 12 note cards featuring images from Still's time with the Colville Confederated Tribes near Nespelem, Washington. [less-]

"Seussical the Musical" Brings the Cat in the Hat & More to Life

at Jesters Dinner Theatre, Longmont
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 02
Sat, January 03
Sun, January 04
+ 5 more dates
Fri, January 02
Sat, January 03
Sun, January 04
Fri, January 09
Sun, January 11
Fri, January 16
Sat, January 17
Sun, January 18
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FULL PRICE: $24.00 - $39.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $20.00

The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, the Whos of Whoville and the grouchy Grinch in this whimsical productio... [more+]

The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, the Whos of Whoville and the grouchy Grinch in this whimsical production of "Seussical". The famous stories of Dr. Seuss are linked together in the show by JoJo, a young boy who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Each charming story is backed by a myriad of musical styles, from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. Dr. Seuss's trademark sense of fun and wonder come through loud and clear, making this a musical that appeals to all ages. [less-]

COmingle: Games, Trivia, Performances and More Bring Colorado History to Life

at History Colorado Center, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 08
Thu, March 12
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

Typically a museum visit involves strolling through photo and artifact displays, reading informational signs and occasionally interacting with the exhibits. But with History Colorado Center's COmingle... [more+]

Typically a museum visit involves strolling through photo and artifact displays, reading informational signs and occasionally interacting with the exhibits. But with History Colorado Center's COmingle events, they're thinking "outside the box" and bringing historical topics to life in a fun, immersive way. Participate in games, trivia contests and hands-on activities, watch performances and demonstrations and get a fascinating in-depth look at the great state of Colorado. Plus, there's a cash bar and snacks on hand to really make it a fun night out. COmingle events cover everything from racism to the hippie movement; music to architecture -- so there's sure to be a topic that'll interest everyone in your group of friends. See the upcoming lineup in the description to discover which COmingle topics you'll be exploring during your next date night or friend outing. [less-]

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

at John Hand Theater, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 09
Sun, January 11
Fri, January 16
+ 6 more dates
Fri, January 09
Sun, January 11
Fri, January 16
Sun, January 18
Fri, January 23
Sun, January 25
Fri, January 30
Sun, February 01
Fri, February 06
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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-]

Sinatra Tribute "My Way": A Swinging Musical Revue

at John Hand Theater, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 11
Sun, January 18
Sat, January 24
+ 4 more dates
Sun, January 11
Sun, January 18
Sat, January 24
Sun, January 25
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
Sat, February 07
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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-]

One-Woman Show "Spirit and Sworded Treks" Takes a Journey of Faith

at Center Stage, Evergreen
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 16
Sat, January 17
Sun, January 18
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Combining tai-ji, stir-fry and stand-up comedy, Maria Cheng's one-woman show "Spirit and Sworded Treks" is a tour-de-force look at spirituality that won the People's Choice Award at the 2014 Colorado ... [more+]

Combining tai-ji, stir-fry and stand-up comedy, Maria Cheng's one-woman show "Spirit and Sworded Treks" is a tour-de-force look at spirituality that won the People's Choice Award at the 2014 Colorado Theater Festival. The work addresses Cheng's struggles at following a spiritual path, and everything -- from Johnny Unitas, a beheaded Barbie and martial arts -- is fair game as she works her way through her dilemmas. Don't miss this powerful showcase from an important, and often overlooked, voice. [less-]

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

at The Edge Theater, Lakewood
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 17
Sun, January 18
Fri, January 23
+ 11 more dates
Sat, January 17
Sun, January 18
Fri, January 23
Sat, January 24
Sun, January 25
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Mon, February 02
Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
Sun, February 08
Fri, February 13
Sat, February 14
Sun, February 15
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FULL PRICE: $26.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.00

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", winner of 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-]

Boulder Phil's "Creative Legends": Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto & More

at Macky Auditorium Concert Hall , Boulder
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 17
FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $44.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $22.00

The Boulder Philharmonic presents "Creative Legends", an exploration of humanity's origins through creation-inspired music from four cultures. The program includes a jazz-infused piece by Darius Milha... [more+]

The Boulder Philharmonic presents "Creative Legends", an exploration of humanity's origins through creation-inspired music from four cultures. The program includes a jazz-infused piece by Darius Milhaud based on African mythology, as well as Haydn's depiction of chaos in "The Creation." Musical phenom Conrad Tao then joins the Phil in two roles: first, as a composer presenting his orchestral work "Pangu" (based on Chinese creation stories), and finally as a piano soloist in the epic "Emperor" concerto by another true "Creative Legend," Ludwig van Beethoven. [less-]