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!

The Works Museum Robot Day for Kids and Families + Reader Giveaway

It’s almost time for The Works Museum annual Robot Day family event on Saturday, April 8th! Gather your kids, friends, and family of all ages and head on over experience a hands-on celebration of National Robotics Week. You can see demos from robotics experts, interact with robots used in industry, and meet student robotics teams showcasing their competition robots. Plus, if you register ahead of time you can save $2! (See details below.)

“With robotics of all shapes and sizes, Robot Day is just one way The Works Museum inspires kids to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). But kids just know they’re having fun,” says Kit Wilhite, Director of Education.

Highlights of Robot Day 2017 will include the chance to drive a law enforcement robot, see a 3D printer that replicates human organs for surgeons to practice, and an opportunity to build and program your own LEGO robotics.

When: Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Works Museum, 9740 Grand Ave S., Bloomington, MN, 55420

Cost: $8 pre-registered through Thursday, April 6/$10 at the door. Free for members.

More: Visit www.theworks.org for more details or call 952-888-4262.

ABOUT THE WORKS MUSEUM. The Works Museum is all about hands-on engineering for kids.  We serve more than 70,000 children, families, and educators annually, inspiring the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem-solvers. For regular hours and admission, membership, and camp information, visit theworks.org.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family four pack of tickets to the event. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/6/17. Good luck!

The Works Museum Robot Day Giveaway

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

 

2017 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List

2017 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List

2017 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List

 

NOTE: This is a ROUGH DRAFT of the final list. I have only worked my way through about the middle of May and am still waiting for confirmations on many of the dates for sales up through that time. I’ll keep on working on the list over the next few weeks. If you know of any confirmed sale dates that I have not yet listed, please let me know by leaving a comment here or e-mail me (or leave a comment here) and I will get it added to the list.

I have had SO MANY emails and Facebook messages for the last few weeks asking about our annual list of Minnesota City-Wide Garage Sales that I figured it was time that I better get it started. This year marks the SEVENTH annual listing of city-wide, town-wide and neighborhood sales throughout the state of Minnesota! We greatly appreciate all of the people and organizations who come forward to provide us with information each year to help us put together this list.  It is a huge project that takes many hours of work! I’m happy to see so many people using the list and am honored by all your kind comments about it.

All of the sales below are those that I have been able to confirm the dates either via the city hosting the event, a local resident or a reader with information about the sale. If you have confirmed information of additional sales, please e-mail me (or leave a comment here) and I will get it added to the list.

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APRIL

April 7, 8 – Plato

April 21 – Le Center

April 21, 22 – Madison

April 27, 28, 29 – Pierz

April 27, 28, 29 – Braham

April 28, 29 – Blue Earth

April 28, 29 – Dassel

April 28, 29 – Fairfax

April 28, 29 – Nicollet

April 28, 29 – Pine Island

April 29 – Appleton/Holloway

April 29 – Braham

April 29 – Cokato

April 29 -Grand Meadow

April 29 – Janesville

April 29 – Jonathan Neighborhood (Chaska)

Garage Sale TShirt

MAY

May 3, 4, 5, 6 – Oaks of Shenandoah Neighborhood Sale (Coon Rapids)

May 4, 5, 6, 7 – 100 Mile Garage Sale More Info

May 4, 5, 6 – Fairmont

May 4, 5, 6 – Gaylord

May 4, 5, 6 – Melrose

May 4, 5, 6 – Oakdale

May 4, 5, 6 – Sleepy Eye

May 4, 5, 6 – Springfield

May 5, 6 – Amboy

May 5, 6 – Avon

May 5, 6 – Caledonia

May 6 – Annandale

May 6 – Austin

May 6 – Belview (Maps at Cenex, Post Office)

May 6, 7 – Brownsdale

May 6 – Hutchinson

May 6 – Mora

May 6 – North Branch

May 6 – The Wilds of Sartell

May 8, 9 – Proctor (At Fairgrounds)

May 11, 12, 13 – Champlin

May 11, 12, 13, 14 – Osseo More Info and Map

May 11, 12, 13 – Stewartville

May 11, 12, 13 – Woodbury More Info

May 12, 13 – Lake Crystal

May 12, 13 – Mapleton

May 12, 13 -Menahga

May 12, 13 – Sauk Centre

May 12, 13, 14 – Wanamingo

May 12, 13 – Winnebago

May 13 – Albany

May 13 – Blooming Prairie

May 13 – Highview/Oakridge Neighborhood (Sauk Rapids)

May 13 – Johnsonville Neighborhood (Blaine) More Info

May 13 – Lonsdale

May 13 – New Prague

May 13 – Pine City

May 13 – Royalton

May 13 – Rush City

May 18, 19, 20 – Elko New Market

May 18, 19, 20 – St. Joseph

May 19, 20 – Esko

May 19, 20 – Jordan

May 19, 20 – Long Prairie

May 19, 20 – Mankato

May 20 – Clarks Grove

May 20 – Lafayette

May 20 – Lakeville More Info

May 20 – Spring Valley

JUNE

June 1, 2, 3 – Brooklyn Park (More Info/Maps)

June 1, 2 – Freeport

June 2, 3 – Finlayson

June 3 – Hayfield

June 3 – Victory Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

June 7, 8, 9 – Albertville

June 8, 9 – Princeton More Info

June 8, 9, 10 – Spring Lake Park

June 9, 10 – Adams

June 9, 10 – Flensburg

June 9, 10 – Lamberton

June 9, 10 – LeRoy

June 9, 10 – Shooting Star Scenic Byway (in cities along the Shooting Star Scenic Byway)

June 15, 16, 17 – Hamburg

June 16, 17 – Medford

June 17 – Tracy

June 22, 23, 24, 25 – Lewiston

June 23, 24 – Root River Trail Towns (Harmony, Preston, Fountain, Whalen, Rushford, Rushford Village, Lanesboro, Peterson, Houston) More Info

More Info

JULY

AUGUST

August 3, 4, 5 – Gaylord

August 18, 19 – Long Prairie

SEPTEMBER

September 15, 16 – Blue Earth

September 7, 8, 9 – Sleep Eye

September 29, 30 – LeRoy

OCTOBER

Garage Sale T Shirt Long Sleeves

 

Large Charity Sales:

 

April 21, 22 – 15th Annual Rosemount High School Marching Band Garage Sale – Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 7am-4pm (High School Student Center)

May 4, 5, 6 – Benilde-St. Margaret’s School More Info

September 16, 17 – North Oaks Rummage Sale supporting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota More Info


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.

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.