Touch a Truck Event

Do you have kids that love to watch big firetrucks, semi’s or the garbage truck?  I know my nephew gets super excited when it’s garbage day and the big truck comes down the street.  Save the date because the Touch a Truck event at the Maplewood Mall is a time to get the kids up and close with lot’s of the big engine vehicles.  The free event takes place Saturday May 20th from 10am-2pm.

Touch-A-Truck is a family focused event that allows children the opportunity to climb in and around some of the coolest vehicles around. By partnering with local business and public servants, we are able to bring the community together and create a unique and fun experience.

Don’t miss our KidX Club Activities supporting the local Boy Scouts of America. Unlimited Bounce House wristbands available for $5! All proceeds go to charity.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Free Advance Screening

It’s time for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to get excited for a new adventure with DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL! Based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course–thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous!

You and your family are invited to a free advance screening of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL this Saturday, May 13 at Showplace ICON (West End) at 10am. Download a family-four pack of passes to the screening HERE (while supplies last). Please be aware that seating is given on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to arrive early!



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Hwy 61 Junk Jaunt Spring 2017

It’s time to borrow a truck and get ready to hit the road for the Hwy 61 Junk Jaunt Spring 2017.  With 10 stops, you’re sure to find something, perhaps a gift for that special someone or maybe just for yourself.  The Junk Jaunt is all about recycling, reusing, and re-purposing of “junk”.   The route is from White Bear Lake to Forest Lake with 10 different shops along the way.  You can find more information as well as the list of participating shops here. 

10am-5pm on:
• Thursday, May 11th
• Friday, May 12th
• Saturday, May 13th

Parks and Pints: The Lore of Lebanon Hills

Sometimes the most regular, unsuspecting places have the most fascinating, mysterious history.  This Friday evening May 12th at the adults only; Parks and Pints: The Lore of Lebanon Hills, history and mystery will be the theme.  This is a bring your own beer or wine event, and participants will receive a commemorative pint glass.  Advance tickets can be purchased here on their website.

Explore the mysteries and histories of Dakota County Parks. Bring your own bottle of beer or wine. Participants will receive a commemorative pint glass. Ages 21 and older. Pre-registration required.
Join experts from the Dakota County Historical Society as they share stories from the area that is now Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Free Angelica Choir Concert at the Ordway

What better to celebrate spring than by listening to beautiful voices at the Ordway.  The Free Angelica Spring Choir Concerts at the Ordway takes place tomorrow, May 7th at 1:30 and also at 4pm. It’s a free event with donations accepted.  The Angelica Cantanti consists of 5 different youth choirs with children ranging from grade 2-12.  You can find more information here on their website.

Annual Spring Concert
Featuring All Choirs
Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm & 4:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
Doors open 30 minutes before each concert
No tickets are necessary, General seating

2017 Festival of Nations

This is a weekend you can travel without a plane ticket.  Traveling is almost all about the food, scenery and culture right?  Well the Festival of Nations might be missing out on the scenery, but the food is certainly plentiful.  The 2017 Festival of Nations has more food and activities than you can imagine.  It begins today May 5th and goes through Sunday May 7th, taking place at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  You can find ticket information as well as a schedule here on the website.

For nearly 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.

In 2017, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and, once again, collaborate with more than 90 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections.

Children’s Theatre Company – A Year with Frog and Toad – Discount Tickets

Update: While they last, you can get discount tickets for A Year with Frog and Toad HERE.

“A Year with  Frog and Toad” was at the Children’s Theatre about 10 years ago and, if you were lucky enough to see it then, you know why it’s back.  We loved it so much that we hope to go again. I remember the books when I was a kid, and when our girls discovered the books it was a perfect opportunity to take them to the play.  “A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad” is for all ages and a perfect introduction to theatre for the younger kids who may have not been to a performance yet. It’s also a great performance for the older kids who have been to several plays.  It’s a story about two best friends and all of the regular, as well as the not so regular, day to day things that best friends go through.  Everyone is sure to take away some valuable lessons from Frog and Toad.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony® Awards including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring.
A Year with Frog and Toad runs April 18 through June 18, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale nowon sale now starting at $15.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota Reader will win 4 tickets to see A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad. To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/16/17. Good luck!

Children’s Theatre Company A Year with Frog and Toad Ticket Giveaway

MN Reptile Show and Sale

Some people like furry animals, while others prefer animals without fur.  If you like snakes, frogs and lizards, the MN Reptile Show and Sale is the place for you.  It takes place this Sunday, May 7th in Bloomington from 10-4pm.  You can find the location information as well as advance tickets here on the website.

There will be REPTILES, REPTILES, and more REPTILES at this show.

There might be some small exotic mammals, such as sugar gliders and hedgehogs.

There will also be food items at this show such as CRICKETS, MICE and RATS (both live and frozen), Mealworms, Super worms and pelleted food.

Did we mention we’ve also got a great variety of supplies–cages, tanks, bedding, toys, and decorative items.

Beard-A-Whirl 2017

You might not have time to grow a beard that you can curl, but perhaps you can come close.  The Beard-A-Whirl 2017 is coming up on May 20th.  The event is hosted by the The Minneapolis Beard & Moustache Club and will take place at Dangerous Man Brewing Co.  The best part, the event isn’t just for men with fancy beards, there’s events for women and kids too.  Here are the categories:

  • Women’s Craft Beard
  • Kid’s Craft Beard
  • Freestyle (All Facial Hair Types)
  • Moustache
  • Dangerous Man Beard (6″ and under, measured from bottom lip)
  • Even Dangerouser Man Beard (6″ and over, measured from bottom lip)

You can find the registration information as well as more event specifics here.



Create Your Dream Ice Cream Flavor – Kemps Locally Crafted Sweepstakes!

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I think that most all of us who grew up here in Minnesota also grew up with Kemps Ice Cream! I remember always having at least two cartons in our freezer. One of vanilla for topping pies and making shakes (my dad made the BEST shakes with fresh raspberries) and another carton of a fun flavor – toasted almond fudge and mint chocolate chip were always favorites. While those flavors are still delicious, there are lots of newer flavors that we never even would have dreamed of as kids – flavors like Moose Tracks, Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll and Caribou Coffee Java Chunk.

In our family today, we have a big gender divide when it comes to ice cream flavors. The boys are what us girls like to call “boring” and only like to eat plain vanilla. We girls however, like to have “stuff” in our ice cream and the more imaginative the flavor the better! We had a fun family day on Saturday and to prep the snacks I headed to Target for ice cream. I got Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla for the boys and Double Fudge Moose Tracks for the girls – so good!

If you could create any Kemps Ice Cream flavor imaginable, what would it be? I can think of lots of individual ingredients I would love in my ice cream, but finding the correct combination is the tricky part! Candy pieces, cookie chunks and nuts are usually my favorites and I really love a sweet and salty combination.

Kemps is always on the lookout for new flavors and now they are asking YOU to create your own new Kemps ice cream flavor in the Kemps Locally Crafted Sweepstakes! By submitting your flavor idea you have a chance to win a year’s supply of Kemps ice cream! They are even ready to help you create your flavor by letting you know all of the base flavors you can start with and then all the swirls, and mix-in toppings that you can include.

My idea for a delicious flavor is Salty Snack Bowl. It would start with a salted caramel base with a peanut butter swirl and then have chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered peanuts mixed in. YUM! Use the widget below to enter your own flavor idea. Kemps will select the best flavors from this Sweepstakes and produce for purchase later this year. Plus, once you submit your flavor idea you can download a $.50 off coupon for Kemps ice cream products!

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