Erickson’s Petting Zoo Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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Coming up on Saturday April 4th, will be the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Erickson’s Petting Zoo. Erickson’s is located just outside of Osakis, in central MN.  The admission into the Easter Egg Hunt includes the petting zoo and playground as well.  Admission is $6.50 per person and age 1 and under are free.  The time along with other information can be found on their website.

Erickson's BarnOur annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 4th from 10-2. We put out plastic eggs through the day so you can come when ever you would like. Egg baskets are furnished, search around the yard or our hay shed. Then take the basket to the party shed and open the eggs to see what you have won. Besides the egg hunt, many animals waiting to be fed and petted. Remember to use the hand sanitizer that is available for your use.

This is a USDA licensed, inspected and insured farm. Many families, daycare centers, school groups and youth organizations come here every year.  Make plans now to visit Erickson’s Petting Zoo.  The rates are reasonable, so you can come back often.

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Free Family and Toddler Flicks, Mall of America

howtotrainyourDragonFamily and Toddler Flicks are the free movies on Saturday and Tuesday mornings at the Mall of America.  This coming Saturday, March 28th at 10am will be “How to Train your Dragon 2″.  You can go here for more information or to check out other movies if this Saturday doesn’t work for you.   They don’t post the movies too far in advance though, so you might just have to check periodically and see what the free flick will be.


Coming on Tuesday March 31st at 11:30, the Toddler Free Flick will be “Yogi Bear”.   The link again to see future movies is here but I don’t see anything past March just yet.

Join the Theatres for Free Toddler Flicks every Tuesday after Toddler Tuesdays®. Enjoy a special $4 kids concession package including popcorn or a hot dog, crackers and juice pouch or water.





Minnesota Easter Egg Hunt List 2015

Minnesota Easter Egg Hunt List 2015
Minnesota Easter Egg Hunt List 2015

There are lots of fun Easter Egg Hunts being held over the next week. We have a Minnesota Easter Egg Hunt List 2015 including those we have found below, but please leave a comment or email us at thriftyjinxy@ if you know of any we missed! For each of the hunts below, click on the city name for further information and find out details like whether you need to register in advance. We have tried to include mainly the FREE hunts on the list. Have fun!

Minnesota Easter Egg Hunt List 2015

March 27 – Blaine – 6:30 pm (6:20 check in)
Super spectacular spring egg hunt, followed by a prize raffle. Plastic eggs filled with candy are hidden on three different softball fields – divided by children’s ages. Kids will have the opportunity to gather at least 8 eggs. Bags are provided. Egg hunt begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.! Event held at Airport Park. No registration required; check-in by 6:20 p.m.

March 28 – Burnsville – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School – 10-3
Divided by ages and times. Additional activities include hands- on, experiential Easter story center, Bounce house & games, Art Center with face art and activities, Craft Center with a craft activity child/family photo with Bunny. A concession stand is available.

March 28 – Spring Lake Park – 12:30 (Registration starts at Noon)
A joint event by the SLP Recreation Department and the SLP Lions Club features an egg hunt divided by age groups in different park areas at different times. Parents can enter to win an Easter Bunny Basket full of great prizes. There may be a visit by a special bunny guest so please be sure to bring your camera! Lions Park.

April 3 – Minneapolis Creekview Park – 9pm
Flashlight Egg Hunt. Pre-register at link above.

April 4 – Chanhassen – Noon
The 32nd Annual Easter Egg Candy Hunt at City Center Park features prize giveaways, a coloring contest, the candy hunt, and an appearance from the Easter Bunny!

April 4 – Minneapolis – Various Times
Minneapolis Parks have egg hunts on this day, some free and some with a registration fee.

April 4 – Plymouth Messiah United Methodist Church – 1-3
The 2nd Annual Easter Egg-stravaganza features An Easter egg hunt for children ages 3 through 5th grade, A petting zoo, A cake walk,
Face painting, Yummy snacks, A chance to meet the Easter bunny… and much more!

April 4 – Osakis – Erickson’s Petting Zoo – 10-2
They put out plastic eggs during the day, so no matter what time you come between 10:00 and 1:00, there will be plenty of eggs to find. Basket provided to fill with eggs and take to the party shed to see what you have found. All eggs have either candy or small prizes in them. Some will have a paper in them it you have won a bigger prize.

April 4 – Waterville First Baptist Church – 11am
Thousands of eggs. Corn dogs, cookies and activities are free. Also enjoy a bounce house, puppet show and music. Egg hunts are for 1 through 12 year old children. There will be lots of golden eggs and door prizes!

Minnesota Vintage Themed Paper and Stickers Scrapbook Kit

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Minnesota Scrapbook Pages

I was browsing Amazon last night and found this super cool Minnesota Vintage Themed Paper and Stickers Scrapbook Kit. It looks perfect for scrapbookers or for kids doing reports about our state.

The kit includes four background papers, three state papers, and a travel collage paper with 60 plus phrases. It also includes a paper cut out alphabet with 135 characters and a half sheet of state fun facts to accentuate your projects. Vintage stickers with the state flag, state shape, state symbols, and more are also included. the papers and stickers are made of high quality cardstock that are acid free and lignin free.

The current price is $11 and it ships free with an Amazon Prime Membership.

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling

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Even though it’s still cold outside, summer will be here sooner than we know it. That means it’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp!

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps are now enrolling. At these camps, campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!

Visit their WEB Sites and to see dates and locations for these day camps.

Camps are Girls and Boys – Aged 7 to 14. The Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps are offered during June, July and August.

A few facts:

– 1 week (5 days) long

– Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

– CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants
-Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

– Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!


Short Film Showcase, St. Cloud, March 31st.

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Coming up on March 31st in St. Cloud is the Short Film Showcase. presented by the Central MN Arts Board and the St Cloud Film Fest.  There will be series of short films (all made in central MN) that will be followed by a Q&A afterwards.  Located at the Pioneer Place on fifth in the downtown area of St. Cloud.  It will be at 7:30 on the main stage, and it is free. If you can’t make this event check out their calendar for other events coming up.



Presented by the Central MN Arts Board and the St Cloud Film Fest

There will be series of short films (all made in central MN) that will be followed by a Q&A

HOLDING (dir. John Scott) – a man who has lost 20 years being imprisoned gets out with nothing but the money he buried before being caught. Made by SCSU’s Film Studies 470 Class. Runtime: 12 minutes

LABYRINTH (dir. Andrew Zachariason) – Made by SCSU’s Film Studies 470 Class. Runtime: 10 minutes

6402 (dir. Benjamin Watkins) – a documentary about Tom Decker, a Rocori police officer who was killed in the line of duty, and his family. Runtime: 10 minutes

BETWEEN FRIENDS (dir. John Scott) – constantly bullied by their landlord, two women plan their revenge. Runtime: 10 minutes

This show is FREE to the public but seating is limited.

Show starts at 7:30 – Q&A following immediately afterward.

Chef Tom Douglas at Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis Friday April 3

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Do you love to cook? Ready to learn some new techniques from a master chef? Next Friday, April 3, join us in welcoming Chef Tom Douglas to Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis. He will show us how to prepare some of his favorite award-winning dishes. But you won’t just get to look at the dishes – you can try samples too!

Chef Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas is the Seattle based chef known for cooking global cuisine with regional ingredients. Along with his partners Jackie Cross and Eric Tanaka, he owns of many different culinary-based businesses including: Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s, Seatown, Rub with Love Shack, Palace Kitchen, Lola, Serious Pie, Serious Biscuit, Dahlia Bakery, Trattoria Cuoco, Brave Horse Tavern, Assembly Hall Juice and Coffee, TanakaSan, and Home Remedy. His company also runs runs a catering business, an event space, and the Rub with Love product line. They even run Prosser Farm which produces organically grown produce for the restaurants. Tom is also a 3-time James Beard Award Winner and the author of four cookbooks.

Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis
Friday, April 3 at 12:00pm
Lower Level, Culinary Kitchen

The Dahlia Bakery

During the event, if you make a purchase of $35 of more in the Home department,* you will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card and a copy of Chef Douglas’ cookbook, The Dahlia Bakery,** which he will sign for you!

Please RSVP to: 1.800.329.8667

To learn more about Macy’s Culinary Council and upcoming events visit Follow @CulinaryCouncil on Twitter.

Event subject to cancellation or change. *Purchase must be made on April 3, 2015 at Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis. Gift cards and cookbooks will be distributed on April 3rd. **One per customer, while supplies last, while time permits. Seating is 1st come, 1st served. Macy’s gift card valid April 3 – April 10, 2015.


Farm Babies, Gale Woods Farm

Gale Woods

Spring is coming, and with spring comes green grass, flowers and Farm Babies! A great place to visit farm babies for a thrifty price is Gale Woods Farm.  Gale Woods Farm is part of the Three Rivers Park System, located near Minnetrista.  Their website shows a lot of different dates, however you will want to reserve your time slot to make sure you can get it on it.  Mostly Saturdays but there are a few weekday times as well.  April 2nd is the start of the Farm Babies season.



Barn/Animal Hours
The barn is only open for scheduled groups and public programs. Check the Complete Event Listings for details.



Family Day: Annie, April 4th


Leapin’ lizards,” Annie is coming to the Orpheum! On Saturday, April 4th between matinee and evening performances of the beloved Broadway hit Annie, Hennepin Theatre Trust welcomes you to attend our Family Day event at FAIR School in Downtown Minneapolis. Join the fun and enjoy face painting, a photo booth, snacks and more!

Family Day: Annie
Saturday, April 4
4:30 – 6:00pm
FAIR School Downtown

Nicollet Mall
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

This is a FREE event.  Reservations for Family Day are required as space is limited! Please RSVP for this free event below.


Through Family Day events, Hennepin Theatre Trust introduces young audiences and their families to the magic of live theatre on a night designed especially for them around an appropriate Broadway show.


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Get an EXTRA 20% Off Local Groupon Deals Today

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UPDATE: This offer has been extended through Tuesday, 3/24!

Through the end of today you can take advantage of the latest Groupon super deal with an extra 20% off up to 3 local deals with coupon code MEGA3 at checkout! They already have such great deals as much as 50% off or more, but this code will take an EXTRA 20% off those local deals. You can also use the same code to get 10% off Good deals and 10% off getaways deals. I always think their vacation packages look so tempting!

The local deal for Dunn Brothers Coffee is still available and I noticed they have tickets for Peter Pan at Children’s Theatre Company. Head on over and see what is available because you only have through the end of the day for the extra discount!