Open Eye Driveway Tour, various locations around the metro

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What is the Open Eye Driveway Tour you ask? The website explains it this way: “All summer long we perform puppet shows in backyards, front yards, parks throughout the Twin Cities, bringing communities together with original family-friendly theatre”   Our family has attended a few driveway tour events.  Showing up to someone’s yard that we did not know felt a bit strange…but then we sat down and started chatting with the people next to us and it became a fun adventure.  The performances are free but donations are accepted.  To attend all you have to do is check out the schedule and then show up.Open Eye Drive way

Printable Holiday Gas Coupon


Planning to head out of town for the holiday weekend or any time in the next two weeks? Fill up at Holiday and you can save $.06 per gallon with this printable Holiday Gas Coupon. It’s valid for up to 20 gallons and expires 7/16/15.

Looking for someplace to drive with that full tank of gas? Check out all the fun Minnesota attractions we have featured here on

Rosedale Center Free Family Thursdays


Looking for something to do today?  Bring the kids to Roseville, and join in the fun at the Rosedale Center Free Family Thursday event. They started back in June, and go each Thursday through August 20th. It takes place from 10AM-11AM at Rosedale Center. Concerts are held outside, in the Northeast Parking Lot near the lower level Plaza Rain or Shine. (Events held indoors in lower level East Court if rain. The event today July 2nd, is the Splatter Sisters live Music, along with patriotic crafts and face painters.



If you cant make it today here are the events for upcoming Thursdays:

July 9 – Circus Manduhai
Circus Variety Show – plus face painters

July 16 – World Beats: Duniya West African Drum & Dance and Mu Daiko Taiko Drumming
Drummers & Dancers – plus face painters

July 23 – Will Hale & The Tadpole Parade
Live Music – plus temporary tattoos

July 30 – CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
Chinese Dancers – plus Chinese craft and face painters

August 6 – Kid Power with Rachael
Live Music – plus temporary tattoos

August 13 – Dazzling Dave Yo-Yo Master
Yo-Yo Performer – plus face painter, temporary tattoos

August 20 – Choo Choo Bob & Friends
Variety Show & Music – plus games and face painters



43rd Annual Music in Plymouth, Tonight July 1st

Music in Plymouth Audience shot

I just found out about this event, and it takes place this evening. Beginning at 5:30 is the 43rd annual Music in Plymouth.  An event that includes the Minnesota Orchestra, T6 Thunder air show, Face Painting, Heart of the Beast Puppets, fireworks and much much more.  All of the fun takes place on the grounds of the Hilde Performance Center

Music in Plymouth

This appears to be a large event so the shuttle service would probably be a good idea.

The City of Plymouth has arranged for shuttle services on the evening of Music in Plymouth. The shuttle services will begin at 5:00pm and continue throughout the evening at the following locations:

Plymouth Fireworks

Enter Our Minions Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway

Minions Movie Poster

We are SUPER excited about MINIONS arriving in theaters July 10th! Who is with us? We have loved these little yellow guys ever since we first saw them in the original Despicable Me. Now they have a whole movie to themselves! They so totally deserve it!

This new film features Sandra Bullock as the super-villainess Scarlet Overkill and shows us the development of Minions over time:

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.

Next week, July 8, there will be a special advance screening of MINIONS in St. Louis Park. Enter our giveaway below for a chance to join us at this sneak peak!


Reader Giveaway:  Two lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each win a family 4-pack of tickets to a special advance screening of MINIONS on July 8th. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 7:59 pm CT on 7/2/15. Winners MUST respond to the email to claim their prize by noon on 7/3.

Minions Advance Screening

50% Off Padelford Riverboats Sightseeing Tickets


How about a trip down the river? Padelford Riverboats offers historically narrated public excursions depart from Harriet Island in St. Paul. The trips run 1 1/2 hours and include sights along the way such as: the St. Paul High Bridge, Pig’s Eye’s Cave, the Minnesota River mouth, Pike Island, and the timeless splendor of the mighty Mississippi River. All sightseeing cruises offer a full bar as well as snacks such as hot dogs and popcorn (please no outside food or beverage).

Right now you can get TWO tickets for $16.80, but this offer ends TODAY! Tickets are valid through 8/31/2015.

Pierre Bottineau House Open House near Maple Grove, July 4th

Pierre B houseLooking for something historical to do on July 4th?  Why not step back in time at the Pierre Bottineau Open house?  Located near Maple Grove at the Eastman Nature Center.  Hours for the event on July 4th will be 1-4pm.  If you cant make it on the 4th the website does list other upcoming open house dates in July and August.   Pierre Bottineau inside

Built in 1854 – four years before Minnesota became a state – the restored Pierre Bottineau House is one of a handful of homes remaining from Minnesota’s territorial era. Explore exhibits highlighting the life and times of the legendary Bottineau, whose varied roles – hunter, trader, entrepreneur and founder of cities – impacted the early development of the state. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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Foshay Museum and Observation Deck, Minneapolis


We don’t have the Eiffel Tower but we do have the Foshay. Located in downtown Minneapolis, the Foshay has a Museum and observation deck at the top of it. The Foshay Tower was the first skyscraper built in the state of Minnesota and remained the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929-1971. The building, now on the National Register of Historic Places, remains in excellent shape.  For hours and admission  in tho the museum and observation deck check out the website.

Foshay inside

Tickets must be purchased at the hotel front desk located in the 1st floor lobby.
The Observation Deck is not wheel chair accessible.
The Foshay Tower is significant to Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota not only as a unique example of architectural design and engineering, but as a prominent reminder of the taste and expression of “conspicuous consumption” which was felt throughout the United States during the economic boom years of the 1920s.

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Kiddywampus Bubble event at Wood Lake Nature Center, Today June 28th

bubbles at woodWho doesn’t love bubbles?  They are a fun for all ages activity. Today, Sunday June 28th you can join a FREE kiddywampus family event at Wood Lake Nature Center.  The Wood Lake Nature Center is located in Richfield. Hours for the event are 1:00pm-4:00pm. Activities include: examining, exploring, investigating, & experimenting with the science of bubbles! There will also be a take-home activity of bubble makers and play, play, play! bubbles in nature

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Niagara Cave near Harmony MN

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You didn’t know MN had any caves that you could tour?  Well there is actually more than one, but our post today is about Niagara Cave. Located in Southern MN near Harmony.  It is a private cave, open for tours.  You can find the hours of operation as well as admission rates here.

A tour group makes their way through Niagara Cave near Harmony, Minn., on Monday, June 21, 2011. The cave is open to tours daily. (AP Photo/Winona Daily News, Andrew Link)

A tour group makes their way through Niagara Cave near Harmony, Minn., on Monday, June 21, 2011. The cave is open to tours daily. (AP Photo/Winona Daily News, Andrew Link)

Niagara Cave is one of the most fascinating and unique geological attractions in the United States. In fact, it has been rated one of the top ten caves in the United States by many outdoor recreation sites! On our 1-hour guided tour…

  • Hike one mile Underground
  • Discover fossils ≈450 million years old
  • See cave formations both delicate and massive
  • View our underground waterfall
  • Visit a subterranean wedding chapel where over 400 weddings have been performed.

Niagara Cave is a constant 48 degrees F (9 degrees C), so a light jacket or sweatshirt is suggested.

Proper walking shoes are required, flip flops and Crocs are not recommended. High heels and bare feet are not allowed.

Also, because there are several sets of stairs on the cave tour wheelchairs and strollers can not be used on the tour. However, the gift shop, gemstone mining, and mini golf are wheelchair accessible.

If you have a heart condition, difficulty taking steps, severe asthma, or any condition that may hinder your ability to walk one mile and descend and climb 250 stairs in an environment with high humidity, we do not recommend that you take the tour.

Niagara Cave is NOT a bat habitat.
Reservations are not required.

Niagara cave Waterfall