2015 Macy’s Flower Show: 12 Fun Facts


Have you had a chance yet to visit this year’s Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis 8th Floor Auditorium? If not, what are you waiting for? The event is free, open to the public and not to be missed. This year’s theme, Art in Bloom, combines flowers and art to make a masterpiece. Here are 12 fun facts about the show:

• The 2015 Macy’s Flower Show features 11 art-inspired gardens in the 8th Floor Auditorium of Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis, each taking inspiration from art genres of the past.

• For more than 50 years Bachman’s has been a partner of Macy’s Flower Show®.

• Approximately 24 truckloads of plants and flowers comprise the Flower Show’s palette which total nearly 100 varieties and several thousand plants. Some of the varieties are hardy to the Twin Cities climate.

• Michelangelo’s ‘David’ gets a modern makeover this year. Standing over 10 feet tall, this year’s centerpiece will sport an array of ever-changing projections of floral and geometric patterns.

• Plants featured in the show named after artists include Picasso’s Paintbrush Croton, Picasso’s Red Cordyline, and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Lipstick Vine.

• Construction begins in January and requires 3,000 hours of labor to complete with the support of more than 40 locally based artists, florists, landscapers, carpenters, visual specialists and electricians.

• It takes 9 days to plant the full Flower Show display and 4 days to remove it.

• More than 180 cubic yards of soil is moved into the Auditorium to create 4,000 square feet of landscape.

• Some flowers, including Amaryllis, Daffodils, Hyacinths and Tulips are replaced half way through the show to keep it looking fresh and vibrant.

• In order to keep the gardens fresh, the average temperature in the show is maintained at a cool consistent 65 degrees.

• Each year, more than 65,000 people come to view the Flower Show during its 2-week run.

• The soundtrack for the show is custom-made locally in the Twin Cities and is used at all 5 flower shows across the United States.

When: March 22-April 4, 2015  Where: 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis  Tickets: Free  More Info: Macys.com

Macys Flower Show 2015 Minneapolis

Hyland Play Area, Bloomington

Hyland Park Play

Looking for a great park to take the kids to have them get rid of some of that excess energy?  This park in Bloomington is awesome! I have seen infants, all the way up to junior high here.  There is also a section designed just for children under five or those with disabilities.  You may have heard it referred to Chutes and Ladders as well.  In the heat of the summer there are a few small misting stations, so keep that in mind in case you need to pack extra clothing.  Hyland Park has a lot of great activities besides the play area, check out the website here.

Hyland Park 2




Get Complimentary Minneapolis Theatre Tickets!

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Goldstar is back with another Comp Train promotion featuring complimentary tickets to lots of fun events throughout the country. In Minneapolis, this means THEATRE TICKETS!  Yes, for our area there are several complimentary Minneapolis theatre tickets offers where are you have to pay is the ticket handling fee of $7.

Local events are These are the Men, Hollywoodland and This is Our Youth at The Southern Theater, A Drinking Game: Office Space and Phoenix Cabaret at the Phoenix Theatre, and The Importance of Being Earnest at Black Box Theater.

For just 48 hours, Goldstar is offering free tickets and since all you pay is a tiny service fee (the amount varies depending on the event, but it’s usually just a couple bucks), the Comp Train is a great way to discover new events in our area and treat your plus one, a group of friends or even just yourself to something totally great — and totally unexpected.

Check out all the complimentary tickets HERE!

Complimentary Minneapolis Theatre Tickets

Minnesota Nice T-Shirts: Some Cute, Some Clever, Some Just Plain Nice

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Some call it Minnesota Nice and some call it passive aggressiveness, but whatever it is – – it’s what we’re known for. Zazzle has made some awesome designs to celebrate our “state of being” with Minnesota Nice T-shirts.

Some designs are cute, some are straight-forward and some are quite clever and funny. They have Ts for men and for women and some of the designs are also available on hats, tote bags and mugs. You can see them all HERE.

Monroe Crossing, Alexandria, April 18th

Monroe Crossing

There is a great upcoming concert in the Alexandria area on April 18th.  Monroe Crossing is a fabulous blue grass band.  Tickets are very reasonable at only $15 a person. The concert will be at the Phoenix Event Center at 7:30 pm on April 18th. You can purchase them on-line here or if you are local to Alexandria they can be purchased in advance at Trumm Drug Downtown.

phoenix event center

Easter Egg Hunt, James J. Hill House, Saint Paul

James Easter outdoors

Celebrate spring at the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt on the lawn. Reservations are strongly encouraged.  This year it will be April 4th, 10-11am. Cost is $6 for all ages, with a $2 discount for MNHS members.

The hunt is for children ages 2-7. Participants can win prizes, enjoy a small snack, hear stories and look around the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. When the Hill children enjoyed their own egg hunt in 1898, Mrs. Hill noted in her diary, “a large gray and stray rabbit joined them most unexpectedly.” All children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Please bring a basket for the eggs.

Colored Eggs


Erickson’s Petting Zoo Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Erickson's logo

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.

Erickson's Easter


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@ 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. 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.