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Feb 1, 2011 10:52 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Cashing in on the cold

At age three and a half, Jamison Pickerill can bowl a mean, yet slow-rolling game at Mr. Bigg's Family Fun Center. His dad enjoys the price - free!

"It's always a good price here. It was an extra bonus they had with the Mr. Bigg's hot on an ice cold day," says Jamison's dad, Jason.

Mr. Bigg's offered a "snow day" deal Tuesday: play all day for five dollars off the original price. The fun center also threw in $5 worth of arcade for free or a free game of bowling.

"It's an unexpected treat to be able to come out during the week, so we wanted to make it as inexpensive as possible and to have as many people enjoy themselves as possible in this warm building on a cold day," explains Jim Fenalson, Mr. Bigg's CEO.

The library is always free, from books to DVDs, and plenty of people ventured out to find a good story or movie. At the Penrose branch downtown, children enjoy the books and computers, but the live rabbits are the real treat.

"It's also good for her, because it gives her a change of scenery, gets her outside for just a little bit and she can be in a warm environment that's not cold and play with the toys," says Arlene Hall, talking about her 3-year-old daughter, Molly.

Ice cream in this weather? Absolutely. Finding an open ice cream shop in this weather was tricky. Squeak Soda Shop and Josh & John's were both closed for scheduled remodeling. Maggie Moos closed early because it was too cold both inside and outside of the store. The Colorado City Creamery was also closed. Pikes Peak Chocolate in Manitou was open with a sweet cool deal.

"If you buy an ice cream and it's below zero you'll get 15 punches on your card and your next ice cream will be free," says Emily Hamer.

Chipotle also has a burrrrrito deal: five or more burritos for half price, and free chips and guacamole for the poor person you send to pick up the meal (online or fax orders only).

And if you were looking for free running, not on this frozen night. Jack Quinn's Running Club cancelled the Tuesday night 5K. Although, we understand a couple of runners showed up but chose to stay inside and enjoy a pint instead of a run. The last time the running club tried to cancel a run was a couple of years ago, when it was snowing heavily. Fifty runners still came to brave the elements.

Many businesses post last-minute deals on Facebook, saying it is a good way to reach customers and give them unique deals on unique days.



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