Last night I had a screaming good time with my date at the Haunted Field of Screams and in the Dead Mans Night Maze! Haunted Field of Screams was kind of enough to set us up with VIP passes to try each of the three attractions they run.
We first entered the Dead Mans Night Maze. The VIP pass allowed us to jump to the front of the line, nice! We were given some basic information about the maze before we passed through the door at the entrance of the maze. There are three buildings in the maze to pass through before you can find the exit, each of them themed and frightening. There are also actors wandering the maze to heighten the tension by being generally creepy or by jumping out of the corn to startle you. The costumes and make-up was generally very well done and ranged from creepy dead girls to disgusting animal/human hybrids. It took us about 30 minutes to get through the maze although you could spend more time if you get turned around a bit.
Next up was a cup of hot chocolate! It was a bit chilly so having something to warm up with was nice, there were other snack and drink options available.
We then dared to enter the Haunted Field of Screams itself! Once again the VIP passes were worth it as we bypassed the line. Again some quick instructions before we set off. Rather than a maze the haunted field is a path cut through the corn with “attractions” set along the route. The “attractions” included a school bus and house, a fun-house, an asylum, and our favorite was a Norman Rockwell style house given over to Tim Burton to make creepy. As in the maze actors were wandering the path. It took us about 45 minutes to get through the field, we were stuck behind a slower group, you may make it faster.
We did not make it to the Zombie Paintball Massacre, although it got rave reviews from some boys that we saw going in to it.
The attractions produced some “jump” moments for us and we could hear screams from the corn although we managed not to scream. We had a lot of fun, my favorite part was definitely the way my date held onto my hand and at one point buried her face in my back, but not because she was scared. You should check it out if you have free evening and want to hold hands, tightly.
10270 Riverdale Road, Thornton CO 80229
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He said/She said – would you take two groups of kids on a date to a karaoke bar? We did!
“How would you and your kids like to go to karaoke with me and my kids?”
Karaoke? I can’t sing, I don’t want to get up in front of a bunch of strangers and embarrass myself. Could you possibly have a worse idea? Now, in a rare moment of self control, I managed to keep these thoughts in my head and what came out of my mouth was simply, “Sure, that sounds like fun”.
Well, he can’t sing, but I LOVE to sing – my kids hate it, but are used to me bursting into song in the car, so that was a good start!
Voicebox, located in the RiNo district near downtown, welcomed us in and showed us to our private room which accommodated up to ten, which is their “Regular” Suite, other rooms are available for larger parties. The room was spacious enough that everyone could sit on the couches, my 16 year old to sat in the corner on her phone pretending she wasn’t singing along to the songs!, or get up and dance around. The lighting was fun, disco ball, and the sound was good. The controls to add and move selections in the queue was easy and accessible to everyone via phone, even my tech challenged date! The selection of songs was varied enough to have something everyone wanted to try.
After the hostess finished explaining the system and left the fun started. They started with karaoke all stars Don’t Stop Believing and Bohemian Rhapsody before my twelve year old took over with Everything is Awesome! Then we launched into a duet of Love Shack. I did an admirable job of Add It Up before giving the mics back to the kids. Did I mention the uncomfortable 16 year old? She got up and sang a duet with her not-so-introverted 14 year old brother! My not so introverted kids sang and danced to everything! Everyone found multiple songs they wanted to add to the queue and before we knew it we were having to pick and choose what we really wanted to fit in.
There was a ton of dancing, bad singing, and a lot of fun! And it was fun, I mean Fun with a capital “F” Fun!
Do I want to go sing karaoke at a bar in front of a bunch of strangers? No. Yes, but that’s another conversation (and maybe another date).
Would I go back to Voicebox? You bet. Absolutely!
At $85 an hour it was really a bargain! The food was amazing and they delivered drinks and food to the room (which I love – easy for me!). Prime hours (which are more expensive) are 7pm-2am Friday and all day Saturday. One thing to be aware of is that if you take teens you need to make sure your session is wrapped up by 9:00 when they turn into a 21 and over establishment.
2601 Walnut St.
Denver, Colorado 80205
Under 21 welcome until 9pm Mondays – Thursdays and 7pm Fridays – Sundays. No alcohol served in suites when minors are present.
By Mindy Sink
There comes a time in family life when you want to get away for a weekend in the mountains, but you just don’t have the time or energy to pack the tent, the food, and so on. The YMCA of the Rockies knows this and makes it possible to have an affordable and comfortable family vacation in a variety of lodgings at their property.
My family recently stayed in a yurt at the YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado (a mere 90 minutes from Denver) and found ourselves with a significantly lighter load than when we tent camped in the summer. While some might call this “glamping,” (glamorous camping), it’s still pretty rustic with a short walk to the restroom and BYOSH (Bring Your Own Space Heater) policy for the cooler nights of early fall.
A yurt is a circular tent, in this case with room to sleep six (one double bed, two bunks), with power, but no bathroom facilities. These spacious yurts have hardwood floors, a table and chairs, a mini fridge, a microwave, and a skylight to watch the clouds and stars. The bathrooms with flushable toilets, showers, and even tubs, are a short walk away and part of the yurt village.
Another plus, you can walk to the dining hall for your meals and not bother with meal prep (or clean up) yourself. It’s like being on vacation, actually.
Since you’re not unpacking so much stuff, pitching a tent or starting a fire to cook dinner, you can enjoy the activities and the gorgeous setting. Your activity choices will depend on the season, ages and preferences of your group. For two adults and an 11-year old in mid-September, we had a blast on the tubing hill, tried zip-lining for the first time, gave archery a shot, and hiked to a waterfall. Oh, and took part in a little square dancing on a Saturday night. We could have also gone swimming indoors, taken a wagon ride or gone horseback riding, played mini golf, toured a gold mine, or enjoyed a campfire just outside of our yurt. Check the website for seasonal activities and set your own pace.
Being unplugged can mean just appreciating the setting: we saw deer, a fox and other wildlife wander through the yurt village, gazed at the clouds rolling by through the yurt’s skylight dome, and got up close to the fall colors in various groves of aspen trees. And we also got to try new things like zip-lining, tubing and archery which made for wonderful memories together.
*The yurts (made in Colorado) are ideal in summer due to the lack of heat; they are primarily available from late May through early October.
*Bring “house slippers” for inside the yurt as you can easily track dirt in.
*Note the dining hall hours—we almost missed breakfast on our first day!
*Do schedule your activities when you make a reservation.
With the release of Pokemon Go, most parents are thrilled to see their kids out and about and playing in parks. However, there’s a downside – data! Has your data shot through the roof?
Verizon is trying to help – they have unveiled a new My Verizon app where you can gain complete control of your wireless plan. Beginning today, you choose the amount of data you want and make your choices through the app and can change your plan size and options as often as you want so you can enjoy more of what you love and try new things with your mobile devices on the most reliable network.
The new My Verizon app lets you access all of the new Verizon Plan options with a few simple taps. You get all of these capabilities in the palm of your hand:
- The Feed: All you need to know about your data, account and bill in one real-time feed, with personalized products and content just for you.
- The Data Hub: Your data control center. Clearly see how much data is being used, who is using it and how to get more if you need it.
- On-Demand Support: In-app help that’s there before you need it with immediate answers without calling for help.
- Simplified Bill: A clear and simple bill that explains what’s changed from month-to-month. Understand and pay your bill with just a few taps.
I particularly like their new Safety Mode – especially with the amount of Pokemon Go we’ve been playing. If you’ve used all your data allotment for the month, you can choose to add Safety Mode for free, (on the XL or XXL data size,); SM-L size customers pay $5 per month if they choose to add Safety Mode. Switch on Safety Mode within your new My Verizon app, and the benefit is once you’ve hit your data limit they’ll move your data from 4G LTE to 128 kbps speeds – and you don’t pay anything for that data you use over your plan size. The slower
speeds in Safety Mode apply to all your data usage until you upgrade your plan, buy more data through Data Boost, or until the end of the month, when you start over with your new allotment of 4G LTE data. This is a huge improvement over the data overage costs our family has been paying!