January Adult Night Out at the Zoo

Adult Night Out at the Zoo

A night out with the animals?  Without the sound of kids?  Almost unheard of, however occasionally the the MN Zoo hosts an adult night out.  The January event is coming up on the 21st.  It takes place from 4:30-7pm.  A great date night idea, or perhaps just quiet time to wander the zoo.  If photography is your thing, this would be a great time to get some shots of all those critters.  You can purchase $10 tickets here (free for zoo members).

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Saturday, January 21, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
18+ to attend, 21+ to drink (no exceptions)

Explore a grown-up, kid-free version of the Minnesota Zoo after hours and enjoy cocktails and keeper talks.  Discovery Bay and the Tropics Trail will be open along with Animal Encounters at 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.

$10 admission (free for members); food and beverage available for purchase.

 

 

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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Half Price Tickets for Hard-Hitting Roller Derby: North Star Roller Girls

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If you’ve never watched the North Star Roller Girls, now is your chance.  The Roller Derby is a great action packed sport to watch. The energy when they’re all racing around, is so much fun.  Plus, when tickets are such a good deal, it’s even more reason to check it out if you haven’t. Or if you’re already a fan, grab these tickets and mark your calender. These great half price, $6.50 per person tickets can be purchased on-line here.  The event takes place February 11th at 7pm.

Cheer on your favorite team when the North Star Roller Girls hit the track in fast-paced bouts. Powered by their impressive athleticism and spirited attitudes, these skaters serve up hard-hitting, exciting roller derby. Featuring a full bar, concessions, photo booth fun, face painting, balloon animals and the mascot Gnarly the Narwhal, the whole family can get in on the action at Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in the Minneapolis area.

Whistler Soda Launch Party!

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We first wrote about Minnesota made Whistler Soda, about a year ago when they had an open house in Forest Lake.  Whistler Soda now has a new home, located in Spring Lake Park, at the Blue Sun Soda Shop.  To celebrate the move, they are hosting a Whistler Soda Launch Party.  It takes place this Saturday, January 14th from 10-8pm.

Come Celebrate Whistler Sodas new home!
See a 1952 Dixie Bottling machine in action making Minnesota’s ONLY returnable bottle soda!
All Day long we will have:
– Free Whistler Soda Tastings. 40 Flavors!
– Tour the OPERATING Bottling Line and learn about making soda.
– Free Pinball
– Free Popcorn
– Bottle for a Buck! Whistler Soda discounted to just 99 cents a bottle Saturday ONLY. No limit on how many you can grab. (Deposit on bottle still applies)
– AND Only $20 a full case!(24 bottles) Mix and match all the flavors you want!
– Billy The Soda Jerk will be here

Saturday at the Soda Factory

 

Snowshoeing in Minnesota

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I myself, have only tried snowshoeing once. It’s on my radar to find time to try it again, when the temps get a little bit warmer. Doing some research, I found that there are endless places to rent snowshoes.  That means there’s really not a good reason to give it a try.  Our recently retired neighbor decided this year is the year to get better nature and wildlife photographs.  He decided that snowshoes just might be the trick to getting those.  Another friend of mine wanted to exercise where there is scenery.  Whatever your reason to give it a try, check out some of these places to rent or try them out.  Also if anyone knows of a place we did not mention, please let us know and we will add them to the list.

So many different options, think of all the different scenery you can explore this winter.  A great inexpensive way to get out and see some wildlife and get some exercise.

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National Skating Month Free Skating Event

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January is National Ice Skating Month.  What better way to celebrate, then to go Ice Skating.  The Burnsville Ice Center is hosting a celebration tomorrow, January 8th from Noon-1:30.  Free admission, discounts on skate rental, and activities for the whole family.

Sunday, January 8

Come celebrate National Skating Month at the Burnsville Ice Center on Sunday, January 8, from Noon – 1:30pm. Besides FREE admission and discounted skate rental, we will also offer free mini private lessons for new skaters on a first come first served basis. Also, the Burnsville MN Valley Figure Skating Club will be here and will host a small exhibition that will highlight some of their skaters and Synchro teams at the beginning of the event!

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Symphony Free Family Concert Tomorrow

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If you or your kids love music, reserve your tickets for tomorrow’s concert at the Ordway.  A perfect indoor event on a cold winter day.  The Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East Orchestra will join together for an hour long free concert.  It takes place from 2-3, tomorrow January 7th at the Ordway in St. Paul.  You can call or go online to reserve the free tickets, 651.291.1144 or www.thespco.org.

GTCYS joins forces with the SPCO to present a FREE family concert in the Ordway Music Theater! Why do composers write what they do? Join the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East orchestras and actor Dylan Fresco as they journey together to explore musical inspirations and interpretations of several orchestral masterpieces. Listen as we explore the Russian folktale of “The Firebird” that led to Igor Stravinsky’s masterful Suite of the same name, and a new piece by contemporary composer Michael Abels that draws inspiration from all around the world!

Free tickets are available through The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s ticket office at 651.291.1144 or www.thespco.org.

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Free Advance Screening: 20th Century Women

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How about fighting this cold by escaping to a great movie?? You have the opportunity to see the movie 20th Century Women, staring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning.  The movie comes out on January 13th, but there will be a preview showing on Thursday January 12th, at the Landmark Lagoon Theatre. You can download passes here (while supplies last).  Be aware that you should arrive a little early as these events tend to fill up and it’s first come first serve seating.

Synopsis:

With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®- winning Beginners) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.

 

 

Dakota Curling Open House

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The sport of Curling is becoming more popular.  My husband even had a work party where they all went curling, he said it was super fun.  If you’ve been wanting to try it, or learn more about it, now is your chance.  A new Curling club is opening in Lakeville. The Dakota Curling Open House is this Saturday, January 14th from 1-4pm.

Come on over and check out the new curling club in historic Downtown Lakeville! This event is free to all who want to tour the facility and learn more about leagues, classes, and private events.

Those who are interested in giving curling a try are invited to sign up for an optional mini-lesson lasting about 45 minutes. This event is open to all ages, and all instruction and equipment are provided. Mini-lessons are $10 per person.

Groups of 16 will enter the ice every 10 minutes and move through stations where you will learn how to throw rocks, how to sweep, and how to score. Reserve your spot ahead of time to make sure you’re not standing around waiting too long!

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Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show

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Big dogs, little dogs, furry dogs, tall dogs, short dogs, yes it times for the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show.  It takes place this coming weekend Jan 6-8th, at the St. Paul RiverCenter.   You can find the schedule, admission information as well as parking suggestions here.  Looks like a great event that the whole family can enjoy. Watch dogs compete for Best in Show.

 

See live demonstrations of fun activities for you and your dog at the Unleashed 1.0 Dog Expo.
Meet the Breeds!
Partners in Performance will feature seminars on service dogs, therapy dogs, and more.
Visit the Ringside Market for all kinds of goodies for your dog.
Behind-the-scenes tours of the show will be offered every hour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, free with the price of admission.
Once again, Partners in Performance will feature owners of search and rescue dogs, police dogs and assist dogs who will give 30-minute demonstrations on what makes their dogs unique.

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