Winter Trails Day 2017 @ Fort Snelling State Park

With warm spring like temps lined up for the weekend, it’s a great time to enjoy the Winter Trails Day 2017 @ Fort Snelling State Park.  Taking place on Saturday January 21st from 11-4pm.

Join us for Winter Trails Day 2017! This annual tradition is a day of fun, free winter activities. Partners from the National Park Service, REI, Minnesota DNR, U.S. Forest Service, and others will come together to provide a range of activities to help you make the most of the season. Try ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, fat biking, quinzee building, and much more!

This event is free and open to everyone, however Minnesota State Parks require a vehicle permit – $5 for the day or $25 for the year.

Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill- Eagan

I’m seeing some warmer temps this week, a perfect time to find a new spot for tubing.  Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill is located in Eagan.  Admission is very reasonable, only $4 person and kids under 42” in height are free when accompanied on a tube by a paid adult.  This hill does not have a tow rope, so it’s a great way to get some exercise and burn off extra energy.

Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill

The tubing hill is open for the season. For weather related closings, please call the hotline:  (651) 675-5511, option 3.

The Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill is located on Wilderness Run Road between Dodd Road and Lexington Avenue is open for the season. Approximately 75 tubes designed for winter tubing are available. To ensure the safety of all guests, you may not bring any of your own inner tubes, sleds, toboggans or other sledding devices during regular hours in the designated tubing area. Participants must be able to walk up the hill as tow ropes are not available at this facility.

Trapp Farm Park is a very busy site and birthday parties, presents, food or group events will not be allowed in the shelter during regular hours. However, groups and/or parties are encouraged to reserve the facility for their event by calling Eagan Parks & Recreation at (651) 675-5500. Check out Group Reservations for more details.

Eagan Parks & Recreation encourages you to call the Recreation Hotline at (651) 675-5511, select option #3 for Outdoor Ice Rinks and Tubing Hill. The hotline is typically updated one hour prior to opening times and updated throughout the day if weather and site conditions change. Sites may be closed and programs cancelled, if any of the following weather and ice conditions occur:

  • The temperature is –10 degrees or colder.
  • The wind-chill index is –15 degrees or colder, as per the National Weather Service.
  • Snow or ice has accumulated to the point where it can not be cleared by City staff.
  • Warm temperatures cause significant melting on the sledding hill.

Fees

  • $4.00 per person
  • Children under 42” in height are free when accompanied on a tube by a paid adult.
  • $24 for a 10 visit punch card

Regular Hours

Day Hours
 Thursday  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 Friday

 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Saturday

 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Sunday

 Noon – 8:00 p.m.

 

2017 Minneapolis Boat Show Ticket Giveaway

With the slight warm-up in the weather this week, it’s the perfect time to start dreaming about spring and attend the Minneapolis Boat Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 19-22.

As always, the event is full of education and family-friendly events including:

  • NEW! Cruising the Water with Wings Financial Credit Union, an immersive experience featuring the Minnesota Wine Experience with wine tastings from three top Minnesota cold-climate wineries and Cruisin’ Cuisine with boat cooking demonstrations from three of the Twin Cities’ most popular chefs (1/20 and 1/21).
  • Free daily seminars on a variety of topics that will help you stay safe and make the most of your time on the water, including the popular Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center for DIYers looking to learn how to repair and maintain their boats.
  • Antique Boat & Classic Boat Display, a fan favorite returning this year with an impressive display of antique and classic boats from old wooden beauties to quirky crafts from days gone by.
  • Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, which allows you to take the helm of a virtual boat and sharpen your driving, docking and other important skills.
  • Contests and giveaways each day of the show, including a chance to win a new Sea-Doo Spark!

2017 Minneapolis Boat Show Info:

When: Thursday, January 19, 2pm–9pm
Friday, January 20, 12pm–9pm
Saturday, January 21, 10am–9pm
Sunday, January 22, 10am–5pm

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tickets: Tickets are regularly priced at $14 for adults and free for children 15 and under with paid adult. Active military are free with ID. Senior Day is Thursday, January 19, where 62+ ticket price is $11. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.MinneapolisBoatShow.com or onsite the day of the show.

For more information about the Progressive Insurance 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show, visit MinneapolisBoatShow.com. You can also follow the show on Twitter, Facebook andInstagram. Look for the hashtag #MPLSBoatShow!

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win four (4) tickets to the 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/19/17. Good luck!

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Dive-In Movie Night – Shoreview Community Center

Dive-In Movie Night - Shoreview Community Center

It’s almost time to find your swimsuit and head to the Shoreview Community Center for their Dive-In Movie Night.  It takes place this Friday January 20th from 7-9pm.

Join your friends and family at the Tropics Indoor Waterpark for a Dive-In Movie Night! Guests can relax on giant sea creatures or lounge on pool-side chairs while watching a family-friendly movie. No need to register; the purchase of a daily pass the day of the movie is your ticket. Free for members! Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to advertise the movie title on our Facebook page; please call 651.490.4750 for movie title. Join us for our next Dive-In Movie on March 3, 2017!

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Ralph Reeder food shelf and receive one free glow stick per family member*! (*While supplies last, limit one per person)

Daily Pass Rates:
$10 per adult (18+)
$9.25 per youth (1-17)
Additional rates online: http://bit.ly/2fHIQYe

Please note: Pool capacity is limited to 300 guests.

 

Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center

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As we prepare for the start of Black History month in two weeks, take a look at Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center. The Underground Railroad one of the greatest collaborations against racism in American history. Through this productions you and your family can learn about the lives of the major players, including Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe, through stories and songs of the period. You’ll also hear about the lesser-known heroes, like mysterious “Peg Leg” Joe, who taught slaves to escape, and Henry “Box” Brown, who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom. Relive the journey at Youth Performance Company’s Black History Month production at Minneapolis’ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center.

Right now you can pre-order discount tickets for only $8 plus service fees here.

Winterfest at River Bend Nature Center

River Bend Nature Center

It’s time to celebrate Winter!  Winterfest takes place at the River Bend Nature Center near Faribault, Saturday January 21st.  Hours are from 1-4.  Activities include:  live animal shows, crafts, games, an opportunity to try out kicksleds or snowshoes and more. There is a small admission of $7 (max of $27 per family).  Lot’s of fun to be found for all ages.

River Bend Nature Center

Join us as we celebrate the winter season at River Bend Nature Center. Try out snowshoes, kicksleds, enjoy the St. Olaf College Carolers, live animal shows, games, crafts, s’mores, popcorn, and cocoa and more! $7 a person; max $25/family. RBNC members: $5 a person or max $20/family.

 

 

 

 

 

Honoring the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow.

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Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There are several events taking place, we will highlight just a few that are open to all and no pre-registration needed.

One of the events “Guide My Feet”, held at Luther Seminary in St. Paul begins at 8:30am.  It includes several keynote speakers, a worship service as well as a community lunch.  You can find more specifics here about the free event.

An evening event in Minneapolis begins at 7:30.  World premiere of “The Man Behind the Dream,” a music and spoken-word piece that celebrates the work of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, a mentor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. By One Voice Mixed Chorus and featuring T. Mychael Rambo and Aimee K. Bryant. 7:30 p.m. at South High School, 3131 S. 19th Ave., Minneapolis. Free.

If you live in other areas of MN or unable to get to any of the public events, there’s an on-line, live streaming event as well. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast, an event that includes several keynote speakers and authors will broadcast on TPT.org starting at 8am.

 

 

 

Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up FREE Admission Sunday

Minnesota Children's Museum MOA Free Sunday

Have you visited the Minnesota Children’s Museum Pop-Up Museum at Mall of America yet? If not, you can visit tomorrow, free of charge! Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, admission is free every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up Museum.

Due to the number of visitors on Target Free 3rd Sundays, they suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car. It’s more fun for everyone when there is more room to move around! For more tips on visiting the Museum on Target Free 3rd Sunday, visit their website.

 

 

Snowman Making Contest and Concert

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With a lot of kids out of school on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. day, you might be looking for something for them to do? The Snowman Making Contest & Concert at the Silverwood Park, located in St. Anthony sure sounds like a fun idea.   Think of all the fun creative types of snowmen, snow-women, perhaps even an animal or monster that they could make!  The bonus is, it’s a free event.  Just need some creativity and whatever tools you need to bring that creativity to life!

Creatively build a snowman, snow-woman, or snow monster. Bring shovels, props, and natural materials to accessorize. Enter as a team or individual. Judging at 3:00 PM; certificates and trophies awarded at 3:30 PM. Enjoy marshmallow roasting and an indoor concert with Bunny Clogs after. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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Newly Opened Can Can Wonderland: Cocktails and Mini-golf

Photo from Can Can Website

With names like State Fair, Squirrel Scrambler, Blue Toad and Gramma’s Living Room, how could mini golf not sound more fun? It sounds a bit like an indoor version of Alice in Wonderland mixed with Minnesota Landmarks and an artistic flair that everyone is sure to love.  The Newly Opened Can Can Wonderland: Cocktails and Mini-golf is located in the midway area of St. Paul, not too far from Hamline University. It just opened a couple of days ago and I am super excited to try it out!

Pricing, per round

$12 – 12 years of age and up

$9 – Under 12 years of age, 62 years of age and up, Veterans

Can Can Wonderland is a mini golf course. We didn’t design it though. We asked the mini golf enthusiasts of the world to do that. We sent out a call for artists asking “What is the mini golf hole you have always wanted to play?” We received over 200 proposals from all over the country and as far away as Australia. A jury of talented architects, visual artists, fabricators, and electrical engineers helped us select the 18 mini golf holes to be built for our course, and we believe they are spectacular!

What is Can Can Wonderland?

Located in St. Paul’s Hamline Midway neighborhood and the Creative Enterprise Zone, Can Can Wonderland combines art and play to create a one-of-a-kind arts immersive environment for people of all ages to enjoy.

We offer a truly unique, 18-hole artist designed, indoor mini golf course. But Can Can Wonderland isn’t just mini golf; it’s a wonderland full of arts-based fauna and flora for you to explore and delight in! Our boardwalk is full of attractions and amusements (created by/with artists). Our two stages offer a wide array of local and regional talents. We have a couple bars…we might have a secret bar! We have noshes! We even have a few unicorns.

Building History

The oldest part of our building dates back to 1889 with additions added multiple times through the 1970s. For many years, the American Can Company operated in this sprawling complex and manufactured metal food cans for Carnation, Campbell’s Soup, Del Monte, American National Can, and others. In 1999, they won Canmaker magazine’s “Can of the Year” award for their two-piece Spam can.

Our name is a nod to the history of the building as well as the French populist art movement, Can Can.

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