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!

RAD Zoo at Mall of America Toddler Tuesday

RAD Zoo will be bringing some of their animal fun to the Mall of America tomorrow for Toddler Tuesday.  The RAD Zoo is located in Owatonna and worth the drive if you’ve never been.  We spent an afternoon there not long ago and we all had fun.  Lot’s of snakes, alligators and other fun animals.  Tomorrow is a great time to check them out at the Mall of America, bring your toddler and have some animal theme fun.

  • Tuesday, March 7
    10 a.m. – noon
    Rotunda

    Calling all explorers! Discover reptiles, amphibians and other creatures from the wild with the Reptile + Amphibian Discovery Zoo. Shows will be at 10 + 11 a.m. Learn about all our cold-blooded friends and make a creepy crawly craft. Hope you’re able to hop on by!

 

The Smurfs Around Town – St. Paul and at Mall of America

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Not only is there a new Smurf movie coming out in April, Smurfs: The Lost Village, but they’ll also be in town this weekend.  Yes, the fun, lovable, memorable Smurfs! You have two opportunities to see Smurfette, Hefty, and Brainy. Tomorrow, January 28th they’ll be at the Winter Carnival in St. Paul and on Sunday, January 29th you’ll have a chance to see them at the Mall of America. 

Saturday, January 28  12pm-6pm

Meet Smurfette, Hefty and Brainy at St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Grand Day in the Park. Stop by the SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE booth between 12pm-6pm for your chance to meet the characters & win fun prizes.

Details: https://www.wintercarnival.com/event/grand-day-in-the-park/

Sunday, January 29  12pm-4pm

Join us as we prepare for the upcoming, thrilling journey through the Forbidden Forest with SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE themed crafts & activities! Smurfette, Brainy & Hefty, characters from the film, will be available for photos, plus there will be face painting, giveaways, and more!

Details: https://www.mallofamerica.com/events/view/1917

Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up FREE Admission Sunday

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Have you visited the Minnesota Children’s Museum Pop-Up Museum at Mall of America yet? If not, you can visit tomorrow, free of charge! Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, admission is free every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up Museum.

Due to the number of visitors on Target Free 3rd Sundays, they suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car. It’s more fun for everyone when there is more room to move around! For more tips on visiting the Museum on Target Free 3rd Sunday, visit their website.

 

 

Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday

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Are you trying to plan your weekend, perhaps looking for something fun and free to do with the kids?  You can bring them to the Mall of America, take the opportunity to Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday!   The Target Free 3rd Sunday, is typically held at the main St. Paul Children’s Museum location.  With the big renovation and remodel taking place, the FREE event is being offered at the satellite location, The Pop-Up, at the Mall of America.

 

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Explore the Pop-Up Museum for FREE! with Target Free 3rd Sundays

Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, visitors can roam the museum free of charge, the third Sunday of each month.

Special Activities in the Sears Court

January 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for a dose of healthy, physical fun during this energetic and lively large motor play activity. Plus! Enjoy a special Sneetches mini performance and teaching artist activity with Children’s Theatre Company.

If you are a member we recommend you plan a visit for another day if possible.

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MOA Toddler Tuesdays: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

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Here comes Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, with his nose so bright!  That’s right, tomorrow for Toddler Tuesday at Mall of America you can enjoy a preview of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer The Musical. Toddler Tuesday is a free event at the Mall of America, taking place at 10am.

Rudolph and friends fly back onto Stages Theatre Company stage this Holiday Season for an encore production of this audience favorite. Come celebrate the spirit of the holidays with this timeless tale of misfits, elves, an abominable snow monster and a whole lot of Holly Jolly good fun. This enchanting musical, based on the classic television special features all the characters and songs you love, and will inspire you to sing along with glee! Preview performances begin at 10 + 11 a.m.

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Walk to End Hunger, Thanksgiving at MOA

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and spend time with family and friends.  For some, it’s a reminder that they struggle to have enough to eat, even on holidays.  For those of us that are blessed with enough, it’s a great day to give back and join others for the Walk to End Hunger.  Taking place from 7-10am on Thanksgiving morning at the Mall of America.  This year marks the 9th annual event and you can find more information here.

The 9th Annual Walk to End Hunger will return to the Mall of America® on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th, 7 to 10 am. Thousands of Minnesotans are expected to walk once again to raise money for 12 area hunger relief organizations.

This year’s event, created by the Minnesota Hunger Initiative and presented by the Mosaic Company, will feature several changes, including a new walk route, the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line, other entertainment, and the addition of three “fun zones.”

“The need for hunger relief is has not changed, however,” said the Minnesota Hunger Initiative’s Associate Director Sophia Lenarz-Coy. “Minnesota food shelf usage continues to rise, especially among seniors. So this fundraising event is critical to putting food on hungry Minnesotans’ tables. Every dollar raised means three meals.”

The WTEH has raised more than $2 million in eight years to provide financial support for hunger issues facing Twin Cities metro area residents. Walk proceeds are funneled back to the 12 hunger relief organizations: Aliveness Project; The Food Group; Hunger Solutions; ICA Foodshelf; Keystone Community Services; Loaves and Fishes; Meals on Wheels; Minnesota FoodShare;, Neighbors, Inc.; The Salvation Army; Second Harvest Heartland; and VEAP.

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Hard Rock Cafe World Burger Tour + Reader Giveaway

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My first memory of eating at a Hard Rock Cafe, I was probably in middle school and I was with my family in Orlando.  Years later while in college, I ate at several while wandering through different countries.  I still have the t-shirts from Berlin and Paris. Fast forward to just a couple of days ago, the four of us enjoyed a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe here in Minnesota.  If you haven’t been to our local Hard Rock Cafe, it’s tucked into Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America.

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We decided to celebrate my husband’s birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe. He was excited after learning about their special World Burger Tour menu. There are lots of worldly options to choose from:

English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans

Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño

Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayonnaise

ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayonnaise

Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli

Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice

Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

*World Burger Tour menus may vary by location; guests should consult their local cafe for a full list of featured burgers.

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To experience the World Burger Tour my husband ordered the Jamaican Jerk Burger, and was pleasantly surprised to find he liked it.  He likes beef burgers, but wanted to branch out and try the chicken.  He really enjoyed the combination of flavors:

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It was fun to see all the music memorabilia as well as the artwork on all the walls.   Our girls recognized some of the artists that had guitars, or clothing framed up on the walls.

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One special area that caught all of our attention, the Prince window.  It had three of his outfits, as well as a photograph of him.

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Burger Tour for the Roadie

Are you even a little more hungry?? Hard Rock is bringing its menu to life and offering a unique burger experience that will take your taste buds on an international journey! Hard Rock, in conjunction with global experience agency RPMC, is offering a World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities including London, England; Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Seattle, United States. This four-stop, once-in-a-lifetime excursion celebrates the cities that inspired Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour

The World Burger Tour travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and music experiences at Hard Rock Cafe locations in each city not typically available to the public.

Hard Rock Giveaway Prize Pack

Reader Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a Hard Rock Cafe gift pack including an apron, oven mitt and spatula. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/30/16. Good luck!

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The Angry Birds Movie- Bird Island Experience at Mall of America

Concerned villagers, including Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), Matilda (Maya Rudolph), Stella (Kate McKinnon) and Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) gather on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation's ANGRY BIRDS.

Concerned villagers, including Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), Matilda (Maya Rudolph), Stella (Kate McKinnon) and Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) gather on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation’s ANGRY BIRDS.

If your family is like mine, Angry Birds is a favorite game.  We love every version of it, quite often holding friendly competitions.  I love the sound effects, while my husband and daughters try to tweak their technique with each game. Very soon, this favorite game will be a movie on the big screen!! This Saturday April 2nd, you can have some The Angry Birds Movie fun at the Mall of America.  The “Angry Birds Movie Bird Island Experience” takes place at the MOA Rotunda from 11-5pm. It’s a free event and fun for all ages.

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE Bird Island Experience

Where: Mall of America Rotunda

When:Saturday, April 2, 11am–5pm

The Angry Birds Movie will take over the Rotunda at Mall of America® for the Bird Island Experience, featuring a Digital Arcade, Ashley HomeStore Nest and Relaxation Lounge, power bungee jump, face painting, photo booth, crafts and more!

Test your Angry Birds digital gaming skills at the Digital Gaming Arcade!

Relax and manage your stress with massages, relaxation tips and Zen tea samplings from Teavanna in our Nest and Relaxation Lounge.

Take midafternoon snack break at the Hanger ManagementStand with sweet treats from Doc Popcorn, Nestle Tollhouse and Peeps.

Participate in The Angry Birds Movie Egg Hunt and locate the Red Bird Ticket for your chance to win a trip to The Angry Birds Movie Premiere in Los Angeles!

https://www.mallofamerica.com/events/view/1436

Don’t miss this once in lifetime EGGSperience!

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Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy at MOA

Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy at MOA

Did you know 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime and they can happen for no apparent reason to anyone at any time?  This Saturday, March 19th is the 2nd Annual Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy, taking place at the Mall of America.

Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy at MOAAfter the walk, let the brain games begin in the MOA™ Rotunda!  Local and national organizations will host creative and educational brain games. In celebration of our little heroes and their families, we’ll dance and celebrate to live music, enjoy local artists and magicians, and pose on a purple carpet.

  • To register, visit purpledaywalk.org.   Registered walkers will each receive a jam-packed gift bag and t-shirts for adults with hero capes for the children.

WHY:

  • One-in-four children and their families who live with a neurologic disorder.
  • Anyone with a brain can have a seizure

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2016

8:00 a.m.       Registration OpensLevel 1, East Entrance

9:00 a.m.       Walk officially begins in the Rotunda

9:30- 11:30 a.m.       Brain Games with Walk Sponsors,     Local advocacy groups and MOA Retailers

11:30-Noon:    Closing celebration with The Bazillions!

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