Free Comic Book Day, May 2nd

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Coming up on May 2nd is the annual Free Comic Book Day.  This is a national event as well as a local one.   Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! (while supplies last).  Not only will there be free comic books, there will also be some special releases as well.  To name just a few of the metro stores that will be participating: Comic Book College, Source Comic and Games, and World of Games. There are a lot of stores participating all over Minnesota, go here to find a store close to you.  Comic

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where comic book shops across North America open their doors and give free books to anyone who visits (while supplies last). More than two million books will be given away to readers of all ages, with the ultimate goal of introducing a whole new generation of comic book fans, something that is of course very near and dear to our hearts.

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Minnesota Horse Expo, State Fair Grounds, Today April 26th

expo logoThe MN Horse Expo started on Friday. Today (Sunday April 26th) is the final day and will be packed with a full schedule.  If you or someone in your family loves horses, this is the place to be today. Demonstrations, Horse Rides, Rodeo, Seminars and so much more. Go here to the website for the full information. Admission info can be found here.  Hours today are 8:30-5pm, check out the full schedule to see the specific times for things.  A special offer to Military families (Special Offer for military personal attending the Minnesota Horse Expo on Sunday April 26, 2015 The Minnesota Horse Expo is pleased to announce that all active-duty military, National Guard and reserve members, retired military, veterans and their immediate families (spouses and minor children) who pay admission to the Minnesota Horse Expo on Sunday, April 26, are invited to attend the Sunday 3:00pm Horse Expo PRCA Rodeo for free as our thank you for your service.  A military ID card or other proof of service must be presented at the Coliseum Rodeo ticket windows to receive the free admission Sunday rodeo tickets. Tickets will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Please call 612-716-1522 with any questions.

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Parking for vendors and attendees is free in parking lots adjacent to the Expo grounds.
Parking of horse trailers and stock trailers is available in the parking lot on the west end of
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CoreValley Outdoor Park, Eagan

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First of all… if there are other parks like this in Minnesota, I would love to know.  This park looks like the idea of playing in nature is “with” nature. I have not been to CoreValley in Eagan yet, but it is on our list of parks to try soon. The website says it is for all ages, but again no personal experience to say for sure what there is for the younger crowd.  I have been told there is a “regular” playground right near it.  A back up plan if this type of place is not quite what your kids were looking for in a “park”.

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What is Core Valley?  It’s a new custom-designed fitness area that encourages outdoor natural play for all ages.  A series of large logs, placed at angles and at varied heights, are designed to encourage one-of-a-kind workouts on a unique course.  Whether you are seeking general fitness, athletic development or training for an obstacle course run, the Core Valley equipment will help you work toward your fitness goals and keep your workout fun.  Come and climb over, crawl under or swing on the equipment – the sky is the limit for what you can do at Core Valley.  Core Valley is located in Eagan’s Central Park near the Eagan Community Center.

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If you have been to CoreValley in Eagan, let us know your thoughts about it in a comment!!

 

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.

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 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

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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.

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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

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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.

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 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.

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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.