family friendly activities boulder colorado

Things to Do in Boulder This Weekend.

Plus Hotwire coupons for visitors from out of town.

With BoulderFest happening this weekend, and dozens of families visiting from the around the country, we wanted to create a guide for activities for them to do in and around Boulder. These activities are all budget-friendly and family-friendly as well. You can also use a military discount or promo code to save money on your trip if you book through Hotwire.

Cheap Family Fun in Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado is located just next to the mountains and is not only one of the most beautiful places to visit, but also one of the least expensive when it comes to family activities. While travel costs and hotel rates can quickly add up, family fun doesn’t have to be a dreaded part of your vacation. Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, there are a number of free and cheap activities your family can participate in during your visit.

The Pearl Street Mall

Located in downtown Boulder, the Pearl Street Mall has tons of cool things for kids to see and interact with. There are live street performers that the kids will get a kick out of, as well as designated children areas where they can play.

Fiske Planetarium

Kids love outer space. Located at the University of Colorado, the planetarium is full of cool activities for kids. There are shows and events that coincide with major celestial events (like the transit of Mercury). Tickets are priced around $10 per adult and $7 per kid.

The Boulder BookStore

Also located downtown, the Boulder Bookstore is a massive bookstore with areas for kids of all ages to see find new books. There are also play areas for younger kids that parents can take them to let them burn off some energy.

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The Why and How of Cleaning a Coffee Maker, Plus Promo Codes!

When it comes to cleaning coffee makers, too many people resort to vinegar. Yet vinegar alone is not sufficient. Cleaning a coffee maker with vinegar does not remove the nasty bacteria, mold and other contaminants that accumulate in this oft-used machine. Vinegar merely descales. It does not clean the entire coffee maker in a thorough manner.

But first, promo codes for coffee, coffee makers, and more!

Whether you are looking to invest in a higher end machine that can make different kinds of coffee drinks or just need a machine that can make a good cup of basic drip coffee, you can use promo codes to get the best deal possible. They have lots of coffee related coupons and merchants, but also ones for travel and more. You could use a rebate to save on a trip to Paris where you could enjoy a cup of coffee on the banks of the Seine!

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Be Proactive by Cleaning Your Coffee Maker With a Professional Cleaning Solution

If you notice that the taste of your coffee seems a bit off or if you haven’t cleaned your coffee maker in a while, it is time to take action. Drinking coffee brewed in a moldy or otherwise tainted coffee maker has the potential to harm your health. According to an NSF International study, half of the world’s coffee makers contain either mold or bacteria. Making matters worse is the fact that the levels of unsavory contaminants in these coffee makes are actually higher than the grime found in toilets. This is a growing problem that can only be remedied with the type of comprehensive clean provided by a professional coffee maker cleaning solution.

The Benefits of Using a Professional Cleaning Solution

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Kuerig versus Nespresso

Kuerig versus Nespresso: Who Rules The World Of Coffee?

Do you love coffee, but don’t have the patience (or capital) to invest in one of the best coffee grinders? Even if have great coffee grinds, you’ll need an equally good (and expensive) drip brewer (like the Technivorm Moccamaster) to get the best out of your coffee. If you’re like me and you’re willing to trade just a little bit of flavor for lots of time, then getting a single-cup brewer is the best option for you.

You might just be planning to get a coffee maker then. But then, as usual, there’s a catch. There are too many brands, and you need just one machine. There’s a choice you have to make. Well, Nespresso and Keurig are the biggies of the game. But, but, but, which is the best. Let’s know the two machines better to decide.  Here is a look at both the systems up close.

Brewing System

Both the Keurig and Nespresso are single serve coffee machines. However, the brewing system of the two machines is contrasting. Keurig uses pressure to brew your coffee whereas Nespresso works with centrifugal force. The brewing time for them both is 3 to 4 minutes, and the flavor wins hearts. Keurig gives you a choice to have other drinks like tea and hot chocolate as well which is not the case with the Nespresso. But, Keurig can’t do an espresso.

K-Cups versus Capsules

Keurig coffee machines use K-Cups. The K-Cups are crafted out of plastic and covered with foil. Keurig’s coffee pod can fill only a cup at a time but saves your drink from exposure, keeping it fresh for longer. Nespresso, on the other hand, has been using capsules in its brewing system since evolution. These aluminum capsules use a food-grade lacquer to protect your drink. The … Read the rest

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The Advantages of Single Cup Coffee Makers

The Advantages of Single Cup Coffee Makers

Coffee is one of those drinks that every adult loves. It has a myriad of health benefits. Everyone from office workers to weight-lifters drink coffee for its perceived benefits (not to mention taste). The advent of the single cup coffee makers, a coffee maker brews only one cup of coffee at a time, as the name suggests, is a marking point to change the lives of coffee lovers. The single cup coffee maker has the following benefits;

Fresh coffee

Most people who enjoy a hot cup of coffee, enjoy a fresh one even more. The greatest advantage of the single cup coffee is that it brews fresh coffee whenever needed. In the office and at home, you can enjoy the great taste of a high-quality coffee, and with the single cup coffee maker, the high quality and excellent taste will be added into by the flavor of freshness.


The fact that the single cup coffee maker brews directly into a travel mug or cup makes it more convenient than the other coffee makers out there. It is most suitable for those who are maybe running late to the office and to people in travel mode. With the single cup coffee maker, you are only required to grab your mug, push the button and get out of the door once the coffee is ready.

Saves on costs

Brewing only one cup of coffee at a time indicates that you will be using less coffee and at the same time washing off little coffee, ultimately the single cups will eventually save up on the coffee costs. Moreover, if you’re substituting the daily purchases of coffee each morning with the single cup coffee maker, then you will realize even more saving.

Easy to clean

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