Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo

It’s almost time to find your swimsuit and a floatie and head to Eden Prairie.  Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo takes place tomorrow, March 31st.  It sounds like a great family friendly event.   Open swim begins at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6pm.  You can find the address, as well as the admission information on the website.




Kid City Laugh In Event

Most of us know that laughter really is contagious and it’s truly the best medicine.  The Kid City Laugh In Event take place on Saturday, April 1st in Maplewood at the Community Center YMCA.  April 1st as many of you know is typically called April Fools Day, what’s more fun than laughter on the day that usually filled with jokes.  This is the 2nd annual event, it’s free and fun for the whole family.  There’ll be puppets, activities, treats, and more.  You can find more information about the event here.


Bunny Garden at the Woodlake Nature Center

Most of us can admit it, bunnies are adorable.  Would I want to own one, probably not, but I still think they are adorable.  If you’re like me then the Bunny Garden at the Woodlake Nature Center event would be a great thing to check out. This event was actually started because of all the ads for bunnies this time of year.  The Bunny Garden is not an event where you go and get pressured to buy a bunny, it’s part education and also fun. There are various dates to choose from starting on April 2nd through April 15th.       You can read what the event is all about, as well as purchase tickets for a date that works for you, here on their website.


Knitting Social at Minnesota History Center

Do you enjoy knitting?  I have several friends who always seem to have some sort of project in the works.  Socks, blankets, hats and even a sweater or two.  I can’t keep track what they are all tackling as their hands work so fast.  Someday I hope to learn, until then I enjoy watching what everyone else is creating.  If you love to knit perhaps you might want to attend the Knitting Social at Minnesota History Center.  It’s an event that takes place on a few separate occasions.  The next one is tomorrow March 28th,  from 6-8pm, but if you can’t make that one then check out the dates coming up in April, May, June and July.

Bring a creative project from knitting to embroidery and join a social circle to sit, chat and work at the History Center the final Tuesday of each month. The circle is held on the third floor of the museum. Yarn and needles will be available.


Minnesota Easter Egg Hunts 2017

There are lots of fun Easter Egg Hunts being held over the next few weeks. We have a Minnesota Easter Egg Hunts List 2017, including those we have found below, but please leave a comment or email us at thriftyjinxy@ live.com 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, but found a few that have an admission and we noted that.

April 7th- Minneapolis Creekview Park– 4/7 8:30-9:30pm

Flashlight Egg Hunt. Located at Creekview Park. Bring your flashlight, the egg hunt begins once it is dark.  The event is set up for different age groups. Registration is not required for the event, but you must be in the Creekview Park building by 8:30pm to be included in the hunt. There will be activities to keep kids busy inside the building while the eggs are hidden outside.

April 8th – Burnsville – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School – 2-5pm
Hunt is for ages 10 and under, held outdoors. Divided by ages and times. Additional activities for the entire family 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.

April 8th- Hinkley-4/08 10am-2pm

Ages 8 and under. Wear your best Easter Costume or Outfit for your photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and all the fun! Lots of prizes to win plus a bike and trike drawing. Crafts for the kids plus come support The Hinckley Royalty Bake Sale. Cupcake walk is always fun for the kids!

April 8th & 15th- Minneapolis Park and Rec– Various Times

Minneapolis Parks have egg hunts, a bunny brunch, helicopter egg drop, spring fling and a bunny party.  Some free and some with a registration fee. More information here.

April 9th & 15th- James J. Hill House/St. Paul- 4/9 & 4/15 at 10-11

An outdoor egg hunt for children age 2-7 on the lawn. Participants can win prizes, enjoy a snack, hear stories and look around the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. Reservations are strongly encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is outdoors and please bring a basket to collect eggs. *Admission/Reservations*

April 9th- Spring Valley– 4/9 1pm-3pm

In collaboration with the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce, Good Earth Village will host the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 9th from 1 – 3 p.m. With a terrific view of the valley, your family will love this fun afternoon adventure. Hunts begin at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, with separate options for ages 0-7 and 8-12.  For uncooperative weather, meet in Log Lodge, and the hunt will go on! Find out more and RSVP

April 15th- Bloomington 4/15 at 10-11:30

Egg Hunt for kids 8 and under. Activities start at 10am and egg hunt will be at 11am.  Music, information booths, prize drawings and other family fun activities.

April 15th – Chanhassen 4/15 at 9am
The 34th 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!  Children ages 12 and under. Each participant will also be eligible for the door prize drawings (must be present to win). Event will be held rain or shine at City Center Park, just north of Chanhassen City Hall. Advanced Registration

April 15th- Janie’s Playground at Casey Lake in North St. Paul 10-11:30
Children ages 0-12 welcome to hunt for eggs.  Two different egg hunt areas, separated by age ! The NSP police and fire dept will host activities for kids as well as show off the cities fire engines! The playground will be open the entire events for kids to play on. The spring bunny will be present for lots of pictures this is a free event to all who attend!

April 15th- St. Peter– 10am

Come celebrate Easter with a fun egg hunt. Kids age up to 12 welcome. Please bring an item for the food shelf to donate! Volunteers are welcome to assist with set up at 9am.

April 15th- Waterville– 4/15,  10-11am

Come search with us among thousands of eggs, and take a photo with the Easter Bunny! You can also sign up for fun door prizes! 

April 15-16 –  Blaine  –  4/15 at 2:30 & 4pm; 4/16 at 9:00, 10:15, & 11:30am.

Largest Egg Hunt in Blaine!  Organized by Renovation, there are free enormous egg hunts after each of our FIVE services.  There will be 20,000 eggs filled with candy, bouncy balls, stickers, and prizes from donors like Chick-fil-A, Culver’s, and Target!  We have three different age zones (0-3, 4-6, 7-11).

April 16thFridley/Maple Grove4/15 at 8:00, 9:00, 10:15, 11:30 and 1:00
100,000 eggs, multiple indoor egg hunts with age appropriate candy and “No peanuts”. Live animals, cast from Disney’s Frozen, Ironman and all the superheroes and more. Pre-register to skip the long lines.



Smurfs: The Lost Village Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway!

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It’s time for Smurfs fans to get ready for an all new adventure, Smurfs: The Lost Village, headed to theaters on April 7th!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!


Reader Giveaway:
Ten (10) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a family 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Saturday April 1 at 11am. To enter, head on over to our Facebook page!

Free Spring Break Movies at Paragon Theaters

Do you have kids home from school on spring break?  Not sure what to do all week?  If you live near Burnsville or Rochester, you can take them to some free movies.  The Paragon Theaters will be having free movies at 10am.  Burnsville location is March 27-31st and Rochester is April 3-7th.  First come first serve so keep that mind and allow enough time.

Farm Babies Opening Weekend at the MN Zoo

It’s time for one of my favorite events.  Yes it’s already time for Farm Babies opening weekend at the MN Zoo.  That means spring is really here, the calendar says so, and now the zoo agrees.  We have always enjoyed, the walk out to the farm area each spring at the MN Zoo.  Just something about walking along the path, knowing those red buildings filled with farm animals is just ahead to greet us. March 24th is opening weekend, with farm babies events continuing through April 30th.  The farm area is included in the cost of the regular zoo admission.

Farm Babies
March 24 – April 30

Gather the whole family and celebrate spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm, March 24 – April 30. Say hello to
our adorable farm babies, including goats, chicks, piglets, lambs, calves and bunnies. All the cute happens daily, with special family activities each weekend.

Drive Inside Movie at the Maplewood Mall

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on Saturday (March 25th) morning?  Bring them to the Maplewood Mall for the Drive Inside Movie. It’s a free event and no reservations or tickets needed.  A perfect indoor activity for a Saturday morning.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC. No ticket required.

Bring the kiddos out to Maplewood Mall for our Hawaiian themed Drive In{side} movie special feature! We will be watching Moana. All kids will receive a coupon for a FREE kiddie popcorn from our friends at Dairy Queen. First 50 kids to arrive will receive a free Luau Lei.

Free to the public and no ticket required.

Doors open at 10am. Come early, find your spot, grab your popcorn and settle in for the movie that starts promptly at 11:00!

Be sure to bring a blanket for the kiddos to sit on. There will be folding chairs in the back of the space for adults. See you there!

Located on the upper level between Sears and Dairy Queen.

10:30 – Gates open. Bring your beach blankets and reserve your space on the floor before grabbing your free Kids popcorn courtesy of our friends at Dairy Queen
11:00 – Movie begins {approximate run time is 1 hr and 56 min}

Saint John’s Maple Syrup Festivals

Nestled in the trees and right along Interstate 94 is the campus of St. Johns and St. Benedict University.   Each year, on the beautiful campus, the Saint John’s Maple Syrup Festival takes place.  It takes place on two different dates, this year March 25th and April 1st. It’s an all outdoor event, so rain or shine and perhaps some mud or snow, it will still happen. Some of the activities include: sap collecting, syrup cooking, horse-rides, demonstrations, hot maple syrup sundaes and even more fun for the whole family. The hours are from 1pm-4pm.  There’s an admission charge, with a discount if you purchase in advance.


Registration is near the Saint John’s Prep School on the Old Entrance Road

The Sugar Shack is approximately 0.8 miles from the New Science Center at Saint John’s University.

  • Take the Saint John’s University exit from Interstate I-94 and head towards campus
  • Continue straight at the 4-way stop, heading toward the Abbey Bell Banner.
  • Follow the signs and volunteers to available parking near the Prep School or Science Buildings.
  • Registration will be visible on the Old Entrance Road beyond the Prep School.
  • View a campus map.