2017 Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

This year is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day.  Reuse, recycle and reduce.  Party for the Planet is an annual event at Como Zoo.  it takes place tomorrow and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd beginning at 10:00.  It’s important to note that the shuttle will also start for the 2017 season, check out information here here so you can plan ahead.

April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a global celebration that also reminds us what we can do to protect the planet’s most precious resources. At Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, we invite the public to a free, family-friendly “Party for the Planet: Conservation Superheroes” weekend presented by Xcel Energy. Dress as your favorite Superhero and then come discover ours! Visit our Conservation Stations to see and learn more about our animals with the POWER OF FLIGHT! MASTERS OF DISGUISE! SUPER BUILDERS! Activities, crafts, and cool conservation stations will be set up both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy will be unveiling, for the first time ever, their new 110sq foot Tiny House. You’ll have to see it to believe it and all the remarkable energy efficient features packed into it. Step inside the Xcel Tiny House and learn how you can bring energy efficiency and renewable energy options into your home, no matter what size it is.

Party for the Planet – Daily Schedule
10:30 Polar Bear Program……………………………………….Polar Bear Odyssey
11:00 Zookeeper Talk……………………..…………………..Wyoming Toads
11:30 Primate Program…………………………..………………Primate Building
12:00 Story Time: One Plastic Bag……. …………………………..Visitor Center Lobby
1:00 Gardener Talk: Million Shades of Green……Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2:00 Gorilla Program ………………..…………..………………Gorilla Forest
2:30 Polar Bear Program…………………………………………Polar Bear Odyssey
All Day: Endangered Species Drawings……………………..………Exhibit Gallery
All Day: Final days of the Spring Flower Show……………………Sunken Garden

On Saturday, April 22 at 1:30, The Merry Minstrels (kids from St John the Baptist school in New Brighton, MN) will be entertaining the crowds with English Morris Dancing!

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2017

The Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival is something new for 2017, however if you’ve been to the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze, it’s at the same location.  It will take place weekend in April, beginning the 14th, but closed on Easter Sunday.   Hours will be 10-5.  You can purchase discount tickets online or regular price at the gate.

Fun For All!

Come and experience the inaugural 2017 Twin Cities Spring Babies! From cute baby animals to a kids corn pit, everyone’s sure to have a great time! Enjoy petting or holding adorable baby animals that include bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves and much more. So bring the whole family for a fun day in the field. The baby animals are inside, so come rain or shine. See you soon! Click here to buy your tickets now!

Included in the ticket price:

  • Baby Farm Animals Petting Zoo
  • Kids Corn Pit
  • Straw Bale Maze
  • Hayride
  • Kids Play Area

For a little extra:

  • Food Vendors*
  • Pony Rides*
  • And more!

*Not included in the ticket price. Additional cost applies.
**Dogs/pets are not allowed. Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm.

Spring Babies 2017 at Erickson’s Petting Zoo

Perhaps you live near central MN or maybe you want to take a road trip.  The Spring Babies 2017 at Erickson’s Petting Zoo near Osakis is a great family friendly event.  The first time we went to Erickson’s was in the fall.  What we discovered was a great family owned farm, with a nice selection of animals and activities.  Spring Babies event takes place this Saturday, April 15th from 10am-2pm

Nothing like baby animals to Celebrate Spring. Come on out to see, feed and pet baby lambs, goats and miniature donkey. Many other farm animals and birds, also. Our pony ring will be set for free rides with regular admission.($6.50 per person, 2 and under, free.) Will, also, have our Haflinger team and wagon giving rides this day. We won’t be having an actual egg hunt this year, but will have plastic eggs for kids to choose from for some nice prizes. Come on out to a real farm and partake in all the new arrivals.



Teddy Bear Park Is Open for 2017

If you’ve never been to the one of the kind Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, add it to your list.  Not only does it offer some great outdoor fun for kids, it’s a nice spot to enjoy the view of Stillwater as it’s located up on the hill.  There’s also nice indoor bathrooms on site as well.  It’s not open all year, but we just received news that Teddy Bear Park is Open for 2017.  There’s sure to be plenty of warm days ahead to enjoy this great place.

Teddy Bear Park is located at 207 Nelson Street E on the corner of 2nd Street South and Nelson Street near downtown Stillwater. The park is open to the public 8 am to 8 pm from mid-April to mid-October weather dependent.
The park play equipment is designed for children 7 years of age and younger.  There is no admission to visit and play in the park.

We don’t live close enough to visit this great park very often, but we do stop by when we are in the area.  Are there other great parks you’ve discovered in outstate MN that we can write about?  Please send us a message or comment below. Would love share other great places with our readers.

2017 Season Opening of Three River Parks District Outdoor Play Areas

Hyland Park

Many of look forward to the 2017 Season Opening of Three River Parks District Outdoor Play areas.  We would all love it if they were open year round, but many of the larger areas are not.  Thankfully the list of the open outdoor play areas seems to be getting longer, so there are more options.  You can take a look at what is open and what is not here on the website.

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Remember the fun of playing on a playground? Climbing, sliding, swinging higher and higher. Create new memories at our Play Areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun. The structures are inspected every year prior to opening and daily by Three Rivers Staff to ensure safety

Elm Creek


Rock the Cradle 2017

Music is something that connections generations.  Sure, we might not all prefer the same kind of music.  Music is still something we can all enjoy in some form or another.  Rock the Cradle 2017 is all about music and kids, it takes place this coming Sunday, April 9th.  It’s a free event that’s recommended for kids ages two to eight (and their grown-ups).  Rock the Cradle takes place at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. We attended Rock the Cradle when our girls were younger and I’m not sure who enjoys the event more, the kids or the adults.  This is not one of those events where parents stand around bored, it’s where both generations enjoy all things music together.  Take a look at the fun filled schedule and plan your day.

Presented by The Current and Children’s Minnesota, we’re excited to offer another free event for kids and their grown-ups at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company, featuring musical performances, hands-on activities, engaging experiences with station hosts and plenty of surprises along the way. Rock the Cradle has something for the whole family!

Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo

It’s almost time to find your swimsuit and a floatie and head to Eden Prairie.  Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo takes place tomorrow, March 31st.  It sounds like a great family friendly event.   Open swim begins at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6pm.  You can find the address, as well as the admission information on the website.




Kid City Laugh In Event

Most of us know that laughter really is contagious and it’s truly the best medicine.  The Kid City Laugh In Event take place on Saturday, April 1st in Maplewood at the Community Center YMCA.  April 1st as many of you know is typically called April Fools Day, what’s more fun than laughter on the day that usually filled with jokes.  This is the 2nd annual event, it’s free and fun for the whole family.  There’ll be puppets, activities, treats, and more.  You can find more information about the event here.


Minnesota Easter Egg Hunts 2017

There are lots of fun Easter Egg Hunts being held over the next few weeks. We have a Minnesota Easter Egg Hunts List 2017, including those we have found below, but please leave a comment or email us at thriftyjinxy@ live.com if you know of any we missed! For each of the hunts below, click on the city name for further information and find out details, like whether you need to register in advance. We have tried to include mainly the FREE hunts on the list, but found a few that have an admission and we noted that.

April 7th- Minneapolis Creekview Park– 4/7 8:30-9:30pm

Flashlight Egg Hunt. Located at Creekview Park. Bring your flashlight, the egg hunt begins once it is dark.  The event is set up for different age groups. Registration is not required for the event, but you must be in the Creekview Park building by 8:30pm to be included in the hunt. There will be activities to keep kids busy inside the building while the eggs are hidden outside.

April 8th – Anoka – George Green Park – 10 am
Games. Crafts. Snacks. Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Sponsored by Anoka Women of Today.

April 8th – Burnsville – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School – 2-5pm
Hunt is for ages 10 and under, held outdoors. Divided by ages and times. Additional activities for the entire family include hands- on experiential Easter story center, Bounce house & games, Art Center with face art and activities, Craft Center with a craft activity child/family photo with Bunny. A concession stand is available.

April 8th- Hinkley-4/08 10am-2pm

Ages 8 and under. Wear your best Easter Costume or Outfit for your photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and all the fun! Lots of prizes to win plus a bike and trike drawing. Crafts for the kids plus come support The Hinckley Royalty Bake Sale. Cupcake walk is always fun for the kids!

April 8th & 15th- Minneapolis Park and Rec– Various Times

Minneapolis Parks have egg hunts, a bunny brunch, helicopter egg drop, spring fling and a bunny party.  Some free and some with a registration fee. More information here.

April 9th & 15th- James J. Hill House/St. Paul- 4/9 & 4/15 at 10-11

An outdoor egg hunt for children age 2-7 on the lawn. Participants can win prizes, enjoy a snack, hear stories and look around the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. Reservations are strongly encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is outdoors and please bring a basket to collect eggs. *Admission/Reservations*

April 9th- Spring Valley– 4/9 1pm-3pm

In collaboration with the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce, Good Earth Village will host the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 9th from 1 – 3 p.m. With a terrific view of the valley, your family will love this fun afternoon adventure. Hunts begin at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, with separate options for ages 0-7 and 8-12.  For uncooperative weather, meet in Log Lodge, and the hunt will go on! Find out more and RSVP

April 15th- Bloomington 4/15 at 10-11:30

Egg Hunt for kids 8 and under. Activities start at 10am and egg hunt will be at 11am.  Music, information booths, prize drawings and other family fun activities.

April 15th – Chanhassen 4/15 at 9am
The 34th annual Easter Egg Candy Hunt at City Center Park features prize giveaways, a coloring contest, the candy hunt, and an appearance from the Easter Bunny!  Children ages 12 and under. Each participant will also be eligible for the door prize drawings (must be present to win). Event will be held rain or shine at City Center Park, just north of Chanhassen City Hall. Advanced Registration

April 15th- Janie’s Playground at Casey Lake in North St. Paul 10-11:30
Children ages 0-12 welcome to hunt for eggs.  Two different egg hunt areas, separated by age ! The NSP police and fire dept will host activities for kids as well as show off the cities fire engines! The playground will be open the entire events for kids to play on. The spring bunny will be present for lots of pictures this is a free event to all who attend!

April 15th- St. Peter– 10am

Come celebrate Easter with a fun egg hunt. Kids age up to 12 welcome. Please bring an item for the food shelf to donate! Volunteers are welcome to assist with set up at 9am.

April 15th- Waterville– 4/15,  10-11am

Come search with us among thousands of eggs, and take a photo with the Easter Bunny! You can also sign up for fun door prizes! 

April 15-16 –  Blaine  –  4/15 at 1:00, 2:30 & 4pm; 4/16 at 9:00, 10:15, & 11:30am.

Largest Egg Hunt in Blaine!  Organized by Renovation, there are free enormous egg hunts after each of our FIVE services.  There will be 20,000 eggs filled with candy, bouncy balls, stickers, and prizes from donors like Chick-fil-A, Culver’s, and Target!  We have three different age zones (0-3, 4-6, 7-11).

April 16thFridley/Maple Grove4/15 at 8:00, 9:00, 10:15, 11:30 and 1:00
100,000 eggs, multiple indoor egg hunts with age appropriate candy and “No peanuts”. Live animals, cast from Disney’s Frozen, Ironman and all the superheroes and more. Pre-register to skip the long lines.



Free Spring Break Movies at Paragon Theaters

Do you have kids home from school on spring break?  Not sure what to do all week?  If you live near Burnsville or Rochester, you can take them to some free movies.  The Paragon Theaters will be having free movies at 10am.  Burnsville location is March 27-31st and Rochester is April 3-7th.  First come first serve so keep that mind and allow enough time.