Deals for kids at Elitch Gardens and other free and cheap things around Denver, March 9-16

Child’s play

Thanks to this deal, Elitch Gardens will be a major destination for frugal families this spring and summer. The amusement park just introduced its new Pre-K Pass. Kids (ages 3 to 5) get free unlimited visits to the theme and water park for the entire 2018 season. (Children 2 and under always get in for free.) Parents must register kids online by May 20 and then activate the pass at the park by June 24. The pass is for admission only and does not include any other benefits. Still, it’s quite the savings, given the regular online daily ticket price for children is $35.99. There is a limit of two Pre-K Passes per family. To maintain the family summer entertainment budget, everyone else might consider getting a season pass — starting at $69.99. The park opens on April 28. elitchgardens.com/pre-k

Field day

If you need a break from basketball or hockey, check out action-packed rugby for an alternative. March 10 is Fan Appreciation Day at Infinity Park (4599 E. Tennessee Ave.) in Glendale. Colorado’s professional rugby team, the Glendale Raptors, takes on the New Orleans Gold at 3 p.m. for a free exhibition match. Fans can meet Rudi the mascot, learn the rules of the game at the Rugby 101 corner and enjoy a fun afternoon in the sun. Outside food and beverage are not allowed, except for factory-sealed or empty water bottles. For a double dose of rugby action, go early for a match between Regis High School and Jesuit NOLA at 1:30 p.m. glendaleraptors.com

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Spell it out

Can you spell competition? The annual The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee is on March 10, with the oral part of the competition beginning at 1 p.m. It’s free and open to the public at Sturm Hall on the University of Denver campus (2000 E. Asbury Ave.) The winner will represent Colorado at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May. It’s an afternoon of fun, a little suspense and testing your own spelling skills that will have the whole family buzzing. Info: 303-945-2673. spellingbee.com

Lunch counter

Hungry on a budget? Little Caesars has a low-cost lunch option for busy bargain hunters. For a limited time, the pizza chain is offering its Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo for $4. On weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., get a four-slice Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza with pepperoni and a bottled (20-ounce) Pepsi product for the special price. The best part is that it’s hot “Hot-N-Ready,” so no waiting — just grab and go. littlecaesars.com

Good fortune

Make your way to Pei Wei for citrusy savings. The Asian-inspired diner is serving up a new dish — Wei Better Orange Chicken, made with fresh, house-cut chicken. With each dish made-to-order, the hand-battered chicken is wok-seared in orange sauce and tossed with orange slices. For a limited time, get on order for just $5 — small or regular. For maximum savings, budget-conscious diners should order the larger size. If you can’t eat it all, split the dish with a friend or take the rest home. peiwei.com/orangechicken

More freebies, discounts and deals at MileHighOnTheCheap.com.

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