Smurfs: The Lost Village Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway!

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It’s time for Smurfs fans to get ready for an all new adventure, Smurfs: The Lost Village, headed to theaters on April 7th!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

 


Reader Giveaway:
Ten (10) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a family 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Saturday April 1 at 11am. To enter, head on over to our Facebook page!

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!

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5 Ways to Save Money on Gas – HyVee Gift Card Offer + #HyVeeSv10 Reader Giveaway

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When we’re looking at a monthly budget, one item that can always make a big dent is gas for our cars! Living without a car can be difficult for most of us, so the only option is to keep that expenditure in control. You can get a good start with these ideas for 5 ways to save money on gas:
 

5 Ways to Save Money on Gas

 

  1. Drive Less – Yes, most of us need our cars, but do we really need to make as many trips? Try to combine errands into one big trip or do them on the way home from work or school. Carpooling is a way to drive a lot less!
  2. Watch Your Brakes – Excessively braking not only causes your brake pads to wear out quickly, but it also wastes gas! Stop with plenty of time and you’ll improve your car’s efficiency
  3. Check Your Tire Pressure – If your tires are under-inflated, they will wear out faster AND waste gas. Proper inflation reduces tire friction and gives you better gas mileage.
  4. Don’t Leave the Engine Running – If you’re waiting to pick someone up or eating that food you just picked up at the drive through, turn off your engine and save gas.
  5. Look for Discounts on Gas Purchases – You can pay a lot less for gallon if you get a discount on every gallon you purchase. Use a loyalty program like the one at Hy-Vee and save even more with the current offer running right now!

 

If you visit your local Hy-Vee store now through March 21, 2017, you can score a great gas deal when you purchase gift cards! You can save up to as much as 40¢ per gallon! Those savings can really add up. Here’s how it works:

  • Find a Hy-Vee Store near you
  • Purchase gift cards and save 10¢ cents on gas for every $25 purchased in gift cards; 20¢ cents every $50, and 40¢ cents for every $100 gift cards purchased
  • Take advantage of this offer before it ends on 3/21/2017.

You can make this offer an even better deal by using your favorite rewards credit or debit card to purchase. That way you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase on top of the great gas savings offer. Depending on the type of gift cards you choose, you can even use them to buy gasoline, making your savings come full circle!

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with several other great blogs to bring you this reader giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card! For your chance to win, just leave us a comment and complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 3/20/17. Good luck!

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NEWSIES The Broadway Musical on the Big Screen – Reader Giveaway

It’s not so easy to get to a Broadway show here in Minnesota, especially with the original Broadway cast members, but Fathom Events and Disney Theatrical Productions are teaming up to make that a bit easier! They are bringing the Tony Award-winning musical NEWSIES to theaters throughout the country on Feb. 16, 18, and 22! This family friendly show is no longer on Broadway or touring, so this will be the last chance to see NEWSIES, and many original Broadway cast members are returning for this performance! Order tickets HERE.

Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars Original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as “Jack Kelly,” Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey” and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie”. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” and Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin,” and Ethan Steiner as “Les” along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more “newsies” and more dancing than ever before.

 

 

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.

Reader Giveaway: Two (2) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each win a family four-pack of tickets to see NEWSIES at AMC Coon Rapids on Saturday, February 18! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/14/17. Good luck!

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Have You Seen this DAVANNI’S Remodel? + Reader Gift Card Giveaway

DAVANNI’S has been part of the Twin Cities for over 40 years. While I’m happy that many of the things I loved about DAVANNI’S in my youth are still the same, it is great to see them continuing to make changes and improvements every year. Some of the recent changes have been to remodel several locations. Last week we took a visit to the recently remodeled Minnetonka store to take a look and, of course, eat some of our DAVANNI’S favorites AND something new.

To give you an idea of the OLD look of the Minnetonka location, this is a glimpse of what it looked like before the remodeling job was started. (I have to say I’m not a fan of that crazy print on the fabric covering the booth seats.)

The DAVANNI’S Minnetonka “facelift” created a brighter and airier interior. A bar serving wine, and tap and bottled beer, including several kinds of locally brewed craft beers, was added, complete with bar seating. The store’s party room was also remodeled.

Several other DAVANNI’S locations have also been remodeled including Edina and Eagan, with bars/beer taps added to the Chanhassen, Cleaveland and Grand and Uptown locations. The Eden Prairie location will also be adding a bar and updating soon. Additional bar tap installs will be found in Arden Hills, Bloomington, Woodbury an Plymouth.

Once we took a look at the remodeling results, it was time to eat! For lunch we mixed things up and had a few things that we tend to order on almost every visit, but also tried a couple of new things. For the kid, pizza was a must!

My all-time DAVANNI’S favorite is the Garlic Cheese Bread. I seriously don’t know anyone else who can make a garlic cheese bread as good as DAVANNI’S!

For something new we tried the Chicken Cobb Salad. It’s made with Sliced Chicken, Hard Boiled Egg, Crumbled Bacon, Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato and Dressing of Choice. It’s very good and very filling!

A must when I visit DAVANNI’S with my sister is sharing an Assorted Hot Hoagie on grain bread. That has been our go-to sandwich for close to two decades. It’s made with an assortment of three meats (thus the name Assorted) — Ham, Smoked Ham, and Salami and topped with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese, then broiled. It’s dressed with tomatoes, lettuce, mayo (which we get on the side), onions, and DAVANNI’S own secret dressing. It’s so delicious that I am going to have to head to DAVANNI’S to get one for lunch when I finish writing this.

We topped off our meal with cookies – Chocolate Chip for the kid and the NEW Sea Salt Caramel Cookies for the grown-ups. These new cookies are DELICIOUS and were developed by Davanni’s own in house Oven Hearth bakers and are made and baked fresh at their totally company-owned bakery in Saint Paul. The Sea Salt Caramel Cookies are only in “test” right now. So, the more you buy, the more likely they will be added to the permanent menu. So everybody PLEASE buy these cookies because I want them to stay on the menu!!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will receive a $25 DAVANNI’S gift card. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/16/17. Good luck!

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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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Buy $100 in Visa Gift Cards and Get a $10 Hy-Vee Card! + Reader Giveaway #HVVisa16

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It’s hard to believe that there is only about a week left of 2016!! Are you prepared for the end of the year? Have you purchased all your gifts? This end of the year always seems like such a crazy time. We’re busy making holiday plans, shopping, cooking, decorating – all while working around holiday events like school concerts and holiday get-togethers. Even though the year has almost run out, there is still time for YOU to run out to Hy-Vee to get a great deal when you buy Visa Gift Cards.

If you have some last minute holiday gifts to buy, you can get a little extra bonus for yourself or to give as an extra give when buying gift cards Visa Gift Cards at our local Hy-Vee Stores. Not only will you get the rest of your holiday shopping done (finally!), but you will get a bonus Hy-Vee gift card to use toward your groceries or for buying some delicious holiday treats.

When you purchase Visa gift cards at your local Hy-Vee store now through 12/27, you can take advantage of this special offer. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy $100 or more in Visa gift cards at Hy-Vee
  • Receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card to use toward any Hy-Vee purchase (or to give as a gift)!
  • That’s it! A total win-win situation.

 

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Looking for some fun ideas as to how to present your Visa gift cards as a present under the tree this year? Try one of these ideas:

  • Place the card in a mason jar and fill the remaining space with wrapped candies.
  • Use a small Christmas stocking to hold the card and decorate with a candy cane sticking out of the top.
  • Tape the gift card to a square candy bar or to a pack of gum.
  • Place in a cardboard takeout container (you can get them at the craft store for under $1) and fill the remaining space with ribbon shreds.

However you choose to present your gift card it’s sure to be a hit. Plus, you’ll have the added gift for yourself of spending your bonus $10 Hy-Vee gift card.

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with some other great blogs to host this giveaway where one lucky reader will receive a $75 Amazon e-gift card! To enter, just fill out the form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/26/16. Good luck!

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Buy Visa Gift Cards at Hy-Vee and Get a Bonus! + Reader Giveaway

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Now that we have passed Black Friday and Cyber Monday we are definitely in the BIG holiday shopping season! Did you start tackling your holiday shopping lists already? Or are you more of a last minute holiday shopper? Do you spend Christmas Eve racing to the store to grab last minute gifts? I admit I have spent plenty of December 24ths shopping myself. At this point it has almost become a tradition for me and my sister to race about doing last minute shopping on that day. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This year I vow to get things done early so I can enjoy the last days before Christmas celebrating rather than shopping.

By starting holiday shopping NOW we can also get a great deal buying gift cards Visa Gift Cards at our local Hy-Vee Stores. Not only will you get your holiday shopping done early, but you will get a bonus Hy-Vee gift card to use toward your groceries or for buying some yummy holiday treats.

When you purchase Visa gift cards at your local Hy-Vee store now through 12/14, you can take advantage of this special offer. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy $125 or more in Visa gift cards and receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card to use toward any Hy-Vee purchase (or to give as a gift)!
  • You can try the new Five Back Visa Cards for even greater savings. (More details about that below)
  • The Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card offers 1.5% cash back.

If you choose a Five Back Visa gift card, it can be used anywhere Visa debit is accepted. Then, when you shop at select stores, you get up to 5% of your purchase price added back to your card! That means more savings for you if you choose to use the card yourself or a bigger gift for your recipient if you chose to give the card as a gift!

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Looking for some fun ideas as to how to present your Visa gift cards as a present under the tree this year? Try one of these ideas:

  • Place the card in a mason jar and fill the remaining space with wrapped candies.
  • Use a small Christmas stocking to hold the card and decorate with a candy cane sticking out of the top.
  • Tape the gift card to a square candy bar or to a pack of gum.
  • Place in a cardboard takeout container (you can get them at the craft store for under $1) and fill the remaining space with ribbon shreds.

However you choose to present your gift card it’s sure to be a hit. Plus, you’ll have the added gift for yourself of spending your bonus $10 Hy-Vee gift card.

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with some other great blogs to host this giveaway where one lucky reader will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card! To enter, just fill out the form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/13/16. Good luck!

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The Official Adventures Book Series – Set in Minnesota! Reader Giveaway

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As a parent, I love that our girls’ favorite pastime is reading.  It makes road trips much easier, when they can pass the time lost in a great story.  I especially, love it when I see them reading books that also teach valuable lessons.  The Official Adventures is a new children’s chapter book series (set in Minnesota), that has countless important lessons.  These books should even keep some of the sport fanatics interested as hockey is a main theme.

The books tell the tale of two brothers, Blaine and Cullen. On and off the ice, they have deep love for the game and also each other! Cullen is the all-star team captain and Blaine, who has Down syndrome, is the team manager and clearly the “unsung hero” of the team. The brothers join Rylee and Rosee, America’s favorite referees, in game day adventures that will have elementary and middle school aged readers laughing out loud, fist bumping the pages and cheering for more stories. Packed to the brim with laughter, love and lessons, “The Official Adventures” is sure to steal young reader’s hearts.

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The authors of the “The Official Adventures” book series

The first two books in the series “Drop the Puck, It’s Hockey Season” and “Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup” are out now, with the third book “Drop the Puck, Let’s Play Hockey” set to be released later this Fall.

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Drop the Puck: It’s Hockey Season – The Official Adventures Series drops the puck with a tale of two brothers, Blaine and Cullen. On and off the ice, they have a deep love for the game and each other! The brothers are joined by Rylee and Rosee, America’s loveable, inspirational, funny, and down-to-earth referees. Together they will steal young readers’ hearts. Sharpen your skates and grab your stick! It’s time to play hockey!

Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup: The Official Adventures

Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup – Your favorite brothers, Blaine and Cullen return and are joined by Avery and Paisley, two girls who play on the boys’ team! Snowballs and fun fly high when the young friends make a ”Mount State of Hockey” snow sculpture with the faces of their hockey heroes! From high school to pee wees, from hockey hair to the game-ending handshake, Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup captures hockey’s best state tournament moments.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win the first three books in the The Official Adventures series. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 11/7/16. Good luck!

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Halloween at FlyOver America! Ticket Giveaway

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Have you been to the FlyOver America at Mall of America yet?  If you haven’t, their Halloween event would be the perfect time to go. What could be more fun than to be suspended in a chair, feet dangling, in front of a four-story spherical screen? Special effects including wind, mist and scents, combined with the chair’s motion, will truly make you feel like you are soaring after Broomelda through the American skies.  I know I’m excited for this event! I love rides! Halloween is such a fun holiday with the decorations and seeing all the fun costumes!.

HALLOWEEN AT FLYOVER AMERICA
October 13th – 31st

An experience like no other, FlyOver America uses the latest in flight ride technology to give you a bird’s eye view as you soar across America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes and national monuments, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty.

Halloween at FlyOver America welcomes aspiring witches, wizards and guests of all ages to experience a seasonal event featuring a Witches Academy-themed pre-show with special guest Broomelda, the Witches Academy Headmistress.

FlyOver America’s first-ever Halloween event will last between 20 – 25 minutes including:

  • The Ultimate Flying Ride, FlyOver America, a breathtaking 10-minute flight ride experience
  • Broomelda’s Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show
  • Your very own Official Witches Academy Diploma to take home
  • Spine-tingling decorations in the Haunted Hallway
  • Witches and Wizards of all ages are encouraged to dress up!

This is a fantastic family-friendly event with the ‘spook-factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up. Children must be at least 102cm (40″) to participate on the ride and guests 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older. Halloween event-goers will sit in a suspended chair, feet dangling, in front of a four-story spherical screen. Special effects including wind, mist and scents, combined with the chair’s motion, will truly make you feel like you are soaring after Broomelda through the American skies.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 9:30 pm; Sundays, 11:00 am – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12.95-$16.95.
Location: Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America, Bloomington.

For more information on FlyOver America’s Halloween event, please visit http://www.flyover-america.com/ or connect with FlyOver America on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tel: 952-853-6000.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a pair of tickets to FlyOver America at Mall of America! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 10/18/16. Good luck!

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