Rita’s First Day of Spring – FREE Italian Ice

It almost feels like Spring has already been here.  With our fickle weather, it’s been difficult to keep track of what season it actually is.  The first day of Spring on the Calendar is tomorrow and Rita’s is celebrating by giving away FREE Italian Ice.  There are four locations in MN.

A COOL tradition for 25 years and counting!

Rita’s, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 locations, will hold our 25th Annual First Day of Spring FREE Italian Ice Giveaway on Monday, March 20!

From Connecticut to California, Guests across the country who visit Rita’s Italian Ice between noon and 9pm will receive a FREE Italian Ice in the available flavor of their choice.

 

 

 

Dairy Queen Free Cone Day March 20th

It’s time to celebrate Spring.  In Minnesota, we never know if it will be 60 or snowing in March, but when the calendar says spring, we celebrate.  On Monday Dairy Queen is helping us celebrate by giving out free cones.  One per person and at participating non-mall locations.

LEGO Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Not only is tomorrow Saturday, it’s also Lego Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota.   Who doesn’t love LEGO?  There’ll be all sorts of LEGO fun happening.  Movies, making, designing, watching and more fun for all ages. The event takes place from noon-4pm and is included in the regular Science Museum admission.

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Join us in celebrating the creativity and inventiveness of LEGO bricks! Spend the afternoon building LEGO contraptions that you can run down a zipline, filming a LEGO stop motion movie, creating drawing machines, tops, and mosaics, and checking out remarkable creations of the Twin Cities LEGO User Group. Join us in combining LEGO bricks, technology, and great ideas—and let your imagination run wild!

Corda Mor Irish Dance Performances at MOA

Photo from Corda Mor Irish Dance FB Page

Are you looking for something family friendly to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  One idea is to watch the Corda Mor Irish Dance Performances at MOA.  The performances take place tomorrow at 2:45 and 3:45 in the Sears court of Mall of America.  The performers are students that range in age from 5-20.

Photo from Corda Mor Irish Dance FB Page

Corda Mor (meaning “great heart”) teaches Irish dance to more than 100 students, ages ranging 5 through 20. Though the studio is located in Edina, Minnesota, these dancers travel throughout the Midwest, providing entertainment in a variety of venues as well as participate in competitions all over the world. Stop by Mall of America on St. Patrick’s Day for two special performances from Corda Mor dancers!

Buck Hill Spring Thing

With Spring just around the corner, Buck Hill has decided to host a Spring Fling.  It takes place Saturday-Sunday (March 18-19). With the recent snow and warmer temps on the way, it’ll be a great weekend to have some fun on the hill.   There’ll be deals on skiing, food and drink specials, and a pond skip.

Join us for the Buck Hill Spring Thing! We are celebrating another great season of winter fun at Buck Hill with fun events and specials for the whole family. LET’S PARTY!

• Bring 3 non-perishable food item donations and an all day ski or board ticket is only TEN BUCKS on Saturday March 18th and Sunday March 19th.

• St Patrick’s Day food and drink specials ALL WEEKEND at Black Diamond at Buck Hill

• POND SKIP! Sunday, March 19th at 1pm – All skiers and boarders are welcome (bring dry clothes). Pond skip in a Hawaiian shirt and get a FREE waffle from Malcolm’s. Pond skip registration form

• SNOW TUBING is open from 10am-6pm both Saturday & Sunday!

Maple Syrup Through History at The Landing

What better way to learn about the history of Maple Syrup, than by riding a horse-drawn trolley along the route?  The Landing, located in Shakopee has an event this Saturday called Maple Syrup Through History.  People will be dressed in period clothing, answering questions and explaining about the historical aspects of Maple Syrup in Minnesota.  It takes place this Saturday, March 18th from 10am-4pm.

Ride a horse-drawn trolley and visit with maple syrup makers from the past. Journey to the sugar bush with a naturalist from Richardson Nature Center and discover how the trees of Minnesota helped serve early pioneers. Perfect for scouts working on badge requirements. Last entry at 3 PM. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

To preregister, call 763.559.6700; drop-ins welcome.

Fees

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free

 

Puppet Lab 2017

If you’ve ever been to a Heart of the Beast show, you will know it’s not an ordinary puppet show.  If you’ve never seen one of their shows, it’s really something to add to your must do this year.  They put on a lot of great events and you can read more about them here on their website.   One of their upcoming events is the Puppet Lab.  It takes place over the next two weekends with several shows to choose from. * important to note that these shows are for ages 13 and up.  Tickets can be purchased here on their website.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is excited to announce the 2017 Puppet Lab performances, featuring brand new experimental work by four local emerging artists: Chamindika Wanduragala, Allison Osberg, Patty Gille, and Madeline Helling. After an intensive fellowship program that paired each artist with a mentor, these works are now ready for the main stage!

The series is broken up into two weekends with two artists featured each weekend. Chamindika Wanduragla and Madeline Helling will showcase their work March 17 – 19. Patty Gille and Allison Osberg will perform the following weekend, March 24 – 26. Tickets are $15 for each performance.

InnerActive in Minnetonka

Well it looks like mother nature decided to show us winter is still here.  Do you have a house full of stir crazy kids. I just learned about a new place in Minnetonka you can add to your list of indoor options. InnerActive is a place where kids can burn off some energy.  The best part about this place, it’s open 365 days a year from 7:30-9pm, plus it’s for kids of all ages.   InnerActive is unstaffed and it’s suggested you purchase your admission ahead of time.  You can read about how it all works here on their website.

What are your hours and prices?
We are open 365 days a year from 7:30am to 9:00pm – Yes, including holidays!  All children ages 1-17 are $9.00 each per day.  We also offer memberships at very affordable rates!  Adult patrons are free with paying child.  Please visit our Buy Now page to purchase your play pass or membership.

How is InnerActive secured?
The outer door to our facility is open from 7:30am-9:00pm every day. The inner door is always locked. To enter our facility you must purchase an entry code.  We suggest you purchase online before you arrive.  There is also a computer in our entry. You must enter your code into the keypad to enter our space.
All activity is monitored by cameras throughout the space.  We will be able to see a live feed at all times.  If you have any concerns/questions, please contact us.

What do you mean by “unstaffed”?
Unstaffed means we do not devote staff resources to accept payment at the door or to monitor children. It allows us to remain open from 7:30am-9:00pm every day of the year!
Many times we will have staff on site to help monitor security, to maintain the facility, and simply to answer any questions you may have!  Please contact us if you have any issues and we are not on-site.

 

March Free Ice Cream Tasting

Are you looking for something to do tomorrow, perhaps to acknowledge that it’s still winter here in MN?  How about an ice cream tasting?  The Free Ice Cream Tasting takes place at Tin Whiskers Brewing Co, and is hosted by Sweet Science Ice Cream. There’ll be 15 different and unique flavors to try.  I suggest the Earl Grey White Chocolate if you’ve never tried it, it’s delicious, or perhaps the honey vanilla.  You can get more specifics on this event here on the fb page.

 

Urban Expedition: Colombia at the Landmark Center

We would all love a vacation to somewhere far away, but perhaps it’s the cost or the time that makes it difficult.  The Landmark Center in St. Paul has a way to help us vacation without leaving the state.  This Sunday you can join the Urban Expedition and learn about Colombia.  A free event with activities for the whole family.  It takes place from 1-3pm, with music, dancing, and even live animals.  If you can’t make it this Sunday, mark your calendar for April 9th (Togo) and April 23rd (Karen/Burma).

Landmark Center’s popular Urban Expedition program, which provides families with an opportunity to learn about the world right here in Saint Paul’s backyard, returns for the 13th year.  The five individual programs provide authentic cultural experiences that include music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.

All programs are from 1 to 3 pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Children and adults alike receive a travel “passport” that will be stamped for each country in the series. Along with music and dance, each Urban Expedition features live animals native to the featured country, and language lessons.