Outdoor Adventure Expo, April 24th-26th, Minneapolis

Outdoor expoLooking for an event to get you really excited for spring and summer.  Or just itching to get outdoors, then perhaps the Outdoor Adventure Expo, going on this weekend April 24th-26th is the event for you. Located at the Midwest Mountaineering store,  / as well as the U of M in Minneapolis. It is a free event except for the Radical Reels Tour which you can find information here. (no tickets at the door for that event so be sure to purchase ahead if interested) There are a lot of great things happening, presentations exhibitors, speakers and programs and more.


 Twice annually Midwest Mountaineering hosts the Outdoor Adventure Expo, typically the last weekend of April (Spring Expo) and the second weekend of November (Winter Expo).  We blow the doors out and rent exposition tents that cover our entire parking lot, creating a very large venue that is somewhat like a small-scale state fair for outdoors enthusiasts.

Riverview Theater, Minneapolis

Riverview nightGoing to a movie at a theater can now cost close to $30 for a family of four.  If you don’t mind waiting an extra couple weeks, you can see a movie at the Riverview in Minneapolis, for the thrifty price of $2-$3.  Occasionally they have a special event movie, or documentary series that costs a little more.  Their website says they are the 21st Century Cinema Technology in a 1950’s Style Theater. Riverview Seating

Even the concessions are a bit more reasonable, and the best part is the popcorn, real butter on it!  I have been to a few movies here where the audience claps afterwards. Quite the experience to find a place where people really enjoy the movies at the neighborhood theater.

 **NOTE: Cash only, please. We do not accept credit cards. However, there is an ATM on site

Riverview lobby

Ironhorse Railroad Park, Chisago City – 50% Off Discount Tickets

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Do you love trains? Do your kids love trains? What train-loving kid doesn’t dream of owning their own iron horse? Ironhorse Railroad Park is Robert Thompson and Doug Alexander’s way of bringing their childhood dream of owning an iron horse to life. Over a number of decades, they amassed a collection of life-sized train memorabilia, including actual vintage cars and one restored depot dating back to 1895. Inside the depot, you can explore railroad-related artifacts while waiting to depart on a train ride that loops around the park. Beyond the depot, you can play around the trains and jump on and off steam locomotives and cabooses, pretending to be the engineer or a passenger.

Right now through Groupon you can save 50% on four tickets by paying only $24 rather than the usual $48. If you only need two tickets, you can get those for $14. Ticket vouchers are valid through 10/31/15. ORDER HERE.

Ironhorse Railroad Park is in Chisago City, about 40 miles NE of Minneapolis.

Union Depot Board Game Night, Wednesdays

Union Depot Game nightI was trying to find something unique to post for Earth Day. I decided that a recurring event that includes something fun, and typically recycled many times over would be a great post.  So… looking for something fun to do tonight?  Head on over to the Union Depot in St. Paul for Board Game Night.  It is held most Wednesdays from 4-8pm.  As with any event that is supposed to be weekly, it’s best to check the calendar before driving over, just to make sure.

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Union Depot hosts Board Games Nights every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests of all ages will be invited to play giant-size versions of many of their favorite games including Chess, Checkers, Kinect Four, Dominoes, Jenga, Tic Tac Toe and others. The events are free and open to the public and guests are also invited to bring their own games.

Union Depot

Minions Meet and Greet at MOA this Saturday

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Here come the Minions! Stuart, Kevin and Bob, stars of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s MINIONS, are headed to Mall of America for a meet and greet this Saturday, April 25!

Take a photo with the MINIONS, get a free activity sheet and enter-to-win tickets to a special advance screening! MINIONS opens in theaters nationwide July 10! Minions will be available for meet and greet from 11-11:30 a.m., Noon-12:30 p.m., and 1-1:30 p.m. Southeast Court.

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Good Times Park, Eagan

Good Times Park, Eagan

With weather still giving us the cold shoulder, it seems appropriate to find another indoor park. Yesterday I highlighted a great place in Shoreview, and today is a place in Eagan to burn off energy. Many of our friends rave about Good Times Park.  It is an unstaffed, electronically monitored privately owned park. You can purchase a day pass, a monthly pass or an annual pass. The cost of admission depends on the number of kids you have, ages 1- through 17-years-old.  It is highly suggested you pay in advance prior to arrival, but there are self use computer stations to pay on-site if needed. Another reason to check ahead and look at the website for this particular park is my favorite thing about it… notices of upcoming events.  I remember the days of having a park picked out and we would arrive only find out it was packed with groups or parties. Good Times requires groups and parties to pre-register for this reason.   Directions and hours can be found here.

Good times logo

 The entirely indoor Good Times Park brings the outside feel inside and features in its spacious zones a well-equipped basketball court, turf field and 38ft inflatable jumper, while the Imagine & Build area features large soft units for construction play with other related features.

Plus the Spintastic Playground offers a thrilling range of kinetic play equipment, and the high tech EyePlay hologram game will have the whole family darting about in a literal world of their own. The Itty Bitty Play Space is a sensory-filled play area for children under 3 years old.

Good Time park indoor
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Free Advance Screening of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

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I love movies based on classic novels and can’t wait to see Fox Searchlight’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD based on Tom Hardy’s classic. Are you excited to see it too? You can make it a Moms’ Night Out! and attend an advance screening Wednesday 4/29 at 7:00pm at ShowPlace ICON in St. Louis Park.



Download free tickets here (while supplies last): http://www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/MOMSNIGHTOUT. As always,  the theater is overbooked to ensure full capacity, so get there early to grab your seat!

Synopsis: Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

50% Off at Zantigo Restaurants – 5 Twin Cities Locations

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I haven’t been to a Zantigo restaurant in many, many years (maybe decades), but saw one recently and want to give it a try again. Now would be a good time to do it because there is a 50% off deal through Groupon!  You can get $24 worth of food at Zantigo’s for only $12.  This is split into two separate vouchers since you’re unlikely to spend $24 all in one meal.  SO, you get two vouchers, each worth $12.

Locations to choose from are Blaine, Fridley, Woodbury, Downtown St. Paul and East Bloomington. Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 voucher per visit. Limit 1 per order. Not valid with other offers or discounts.


Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, Shoreview

Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, Shoreview

Looks like our summer weather has taken a vacation again.  Of course it is only April, so the weather could still have a chance of “winter”.  Todays post is about a place to take kids to burn off energy, and not have to worry about the weather. Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, located inside the Shoreview Community Center.  Admission is very reasonable at $5 per child ages 1-12 yrs.  Located in the lower level is a place for snacks or lunch, the Wave Cafe.

Tropical park indoors

Come crawl through the caves, swing through the jungle, slip down the waterfall slide, and scream down the five level spiral slide!

Indoor Playground Policies
  • The Tropical Adventure is an unsupervised area. Children 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Socks must be worn by everyone using the playground.
  • Wristbands must be worn at all times.
  • No running or rough play.
  • For children ages 1-12
  • No food allowed in the playground area.

Save an EXTRA 15% Off Groupon Local Deals Today – Restaurants, Golf, Gluten-Free Fest & More

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Through the end of today, 4/20,  you can take advantage of the latest Groupon super deal with an extra 15% off up to 3 local deals with coupon code SAVE15 at checkout! They already have such great deals as much as 50% off or more, but this code will take an EXTRA 15% off those local deals.

The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest tickets have been very popular recently and you can save even more with this code. There are also LOTS of restaurant deals right now!