Denver Weekend Fun

Now that the snow is clearing, everyone is ready to get out and have some fun! St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, March 17th and along with that comes many great, local events. So if you’re looking for something to do, we’ve got you covered!

☆ The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being held on Saturday, March 16th with a 9:30 am start time. For parade route or parking info, visit here.

☆ Olde Town Arvada is putting on a St. Patty’s Day festival from noon to 6 pm on Saturday, March 16th. The family friendly street festival will have food, vendors, beer and live music. There will also be kids’ activities and street entertainment. Admission to the festival is free. 

☆ Run in the the Lucky Laces 1 mile, 5K or 10K race on Saturday, March16th at 8 am. The races will be held at Denver’s City Park. A Lucky Laces after-party will have live Irish music, beer and more. Race registration can be completed online.

☆ The Denver Nuggets continue their stellar season with a Saturday night matchup against the Indiana Pacers. The Nuggets and Pacers will tip off at 7 pm at the Pepsi Center. Denver Nuggets Family Night and Military Appreciation tickets are available at AltitudeTickets.com or by the Pepsi Center box office.

☆ Actor John Cusack will attend a screening of his movie Gross Pointe Blank on Sunday at Denver’s Paramount Theatre. After the movie, Cusack will hold a live conversation regarding the making of the film and his career in Hollywood with hits such as Say Anthony, High Fidelity and Better Off Dead, sharing stories and taking audience questions. Tickets and VIP seats (with post-show photo op with Cusack), are sold through AltitudeTickets.com

☆ The 31st Annual Runnin’ of the Green begins St. Patrick’s Day Sunday in LoDo in front of Union Station. The family-friendly, race/walk begins at 10:15 am, with on-site registration opening at 7 am. The race, which raises funds for Volunteers of America, also features a post-race party and Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and spring. Visit ROTG.org for Runnin’ of the Green race registration.

☆ If you’re looking to plunge into water to benefit Special Olympics Colorado, there’s still time this winter! Another plunge will take place at 11:30 am, Saturday, March 16th at the Boulder Reservoir. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their best Irish costumes for a chance to win the coveted Irish Polar Bear Trophy. An After Splash Bash, hosted by Rayback, will offer one free beer per participant (21+), food and more. Boulder Polar Plunge registration information is available at SpecialOlympicsCO.org.

☆ The Colorado Avalanche complete their homestand with two games this weekend at Pepsi Center. The Avs battle the Anaheim Ducks at 7 pm, Friday, March 15th and the New Jersey Devils at 1 pm, Sunday, March 17th. Friday’s game is a Military Appreciation Night and Sunday’s event is a Family Night as well as a Happy Hour St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 

☆ Colorado’s largest rummage sale for a cause returns to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds this Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th. The sale is the largest bargain shopping extravaganza in Jefferson County with over 10,500 square feet of jewelry, collectibles, vintage odds and ends, a vast array of household items, sporting goods, holiday decor, kitchen gadgets and more. The show offers buy one, get one free general admission tickets for $5 and children 16 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Jeffco Action Center, which helps those in need.

→ And if you like to plan ahead, consider going to this fun event next weekend!

March 23, 2019 | 10 am – 1 pm

The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop, Cherry Creek North

Indulge in a sweet and savory menu from the top brunch restaurants in Denver at The 5280 Brunch Event. Fun cocktails, a build-your-own drink bar, and photo booths galore. Get tickets for you and your crew!


Snow Day Survival

With the impending bomb cyclone hitting the Denver area today, you might be wondering how you’re going to make it through a day stuck inside?! Here is how we are staying busy at home with kids during today’s snow day!

Baking- Whipping up a special treat is a must for a day stuck indoors. These chocolate chip cookies by Pinch of Yum are a favorite!

These snickerdoodles are a close second! Soft, yet chewy- these make the perfect snickerdoodles.

This snow ice cream is the perfect project for the kids to work on while you are baking up some cookies.

SNOW ICE CREAM

This 5-minute recipe for homemade snow ice cream is a sweet way to celebrate a snow day!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 cups clean snow or shaved ice (more or less depending on the density of the snow)
  • optional (but strongly suggested) topping: sprinkles!!!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined. Go scoop up some fresh (clean!) snow, and immediately stir it into the milk mixture until you reach your desired consistency.  (The ice cream should be fluffy, not runny.  But it melts quickly, so dive in quickly.)
  2. Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings if desired, and enjoy!

*Consume fresh snow at your own risk.

Movie Marathon- Nothing beats snuggling up on the couch to a good movie. Put some cozy pj’s on, flip on the fire and turn on Netflix. Our top picks for today are- Disney’s Christopher Robin, The Incredibles 2, Hairspray and Beauty and The Beast.

Game Time- Spend some time as a family with a little friendly competition. Uno, Go Fish and Monopoly are fun classics for older kids. Zingo, Candyland and Guess Who are perfect for the little ones.

Outdoor Fun- If the worst of it is over and you are able to venture outside, bundle up and go build a snowman, make snow angels or go sledding! For something different, consider going on a snow day scavenger hunt!

Free printable found at Funlovingfamilies.com

Craft Time– Make some coffee filter snow flakes to kill some time on this long day inside. And bonus- they will fill your home with beauty and color once you hang them up! Find out how to make these and more craft projects here.

☆ We hope you can take something useful from this list today and no matter what you do, HAVE FUN!


Denver area ranks fifth in the country for housing cool down

According to a recent analysis from Zillow, metro Denver’s housing market is among those that are facing a big cool down.

“It is no surprise that the markets which pushed the bounds of affordability over the housing recovery are now experiencing significant cooling,” Skylar Olsen, Zillow’s director of economic research, said in the report.

The report found that in metro Denver 18 percent of listings took a price cut in January, compared with 11 percent in January 2018. Homes sold for 97 percent of list price in January, compared to 99 percent a year earlier. And homes are taking a week longer to sell: 65 days versus 58 days.

Despite this, metro Denver still remains among the most favorable markets for sellers even as it cools down.

Read more about it here.

Read about the best time to list your Denver home here.