National Skating Month Celebration Tomorrow in Edina

With the above average temps we’ve had recently, many of the outdoor skating rinks have had to close, just until colder weather comes back again.   There’s still some indoor places to skate and the National Skating Month Celebration tomorrow in Edina is a great indoor event.  There’s no admission and it takes place from 1:10-2:40 tomorrow January 22nd at the Braemar Arena.

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National Skating Month Celebration

Free Skating- All Ages

Join us to celebrate National Skating Month. We will have our skate school and club staff on hand to assist new skaters on the ice. Enjoy the Braemar- City of Lakes Figure Skating Club demonstrations on jumps and spins at center ice.

Time: 1:10-2:40pm, Sunday, Jan. 22

Cost: Free

Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show Discount Tickets

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Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show Discount Tickets

A new sister show to the Minneapolis Home + Gardening Show is coming this way with the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show AND it has a new show location in the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium. That means not only will it be the perfect time to check out what’s new for your home, but ALSO to check out the new home of the Vikings if you haven’t yet visited the stadium. You can do it for less if you plan ahead with these Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show Discount Tickets.

Get a jump on those spring cleaning projects or make your Pinterest dreams a reality when the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show rolls into U.S. Bank Stadium, offering the best and brightest ideas for making over your kitchen, bath, décor and more. This three-day expo features appearances by experts like designer Vern Yip of HGTV’s Design Star, remodeling queen Kayleen McCabe of DIY Networks’ Rescue Renovation and feng shui guru Julie Ann Segal. Stroll through the show to learn about everything from alternative living spaces to furniture hacks to low-maintenance houseplants. Your voucher is good for admission on the day of your choice.

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 on the home show web site, but you can get them for only $9 each (which includes all fees) from Goldstar HERE!

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House in Eden Prairie

Are you looking for something to do tomorrow? We found a great free event.  Each Saturday morning from 10-12pm the Outdoor Nature Center in Eden Prairie hosts an open house.  There will be free family activities including:  crafts, hiking, interaction with live animals and more.

The Eden Prairie Outdoor Center is a refurbished cabin located on the north shore of Staring Lake at 13765 Staring Lake Parkway.

A wide range of classes, workshops, trips and activities in outdoor recreation and environmental education are offered.

Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more!

Every Saturday from 10-12pm.


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.


  • $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.

 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


 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 or onsite the day of the show.

For more information about the Progressive Insurance 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show, visit 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:

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.


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 starting at 8am.