Family Arts Day in Bloomington

Check your calendar and plan to get the family together! Saturday, December 15th is Family Arts Day at the Bloomington Arts Center – a day to enjoy free interactive art activities, theater games, artist demos, and get an inside look at the studios and theaters. You can find the schedule for the day here on their website

Saturday, December 15
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Arts

Join us in the studios and BCA lobby December 15 where families can create and learn with local artists, enjoy interactive arts activities and games, enter our summer camp raffle, and much more. This is a great time to swing by Artistry not only for this very fun event but also for our Gifts in the Gallery sale in the Greenberg Gallery. Enjoy this free day of art with your loved ones and celebrate the season and your creative side all in one stop!

Kwik Trip: Karuba Gold Drinks for 99¢ – Daily from 3-7 pm Through 12/20

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Swing by Kwik Trip for Karuba Gold Happy Hour from 3-7 pm each day now through Thursday, 12/20. You’ll be able to get any size Karuba Gold Genuine Espresso beverage for just $0.99!

Note that you’ll need to swipe your Kwik Rewards Card to redeem this offer (it’s free to join).

Be the Light Winter Solstice Walk

Not everyone is happy this time of year.  Many of us have lost someone this past year and we are struggling to enjoy the upcoming holidays.  The Be the Light Winter Solstice Walk is a chance to take some time and think of those that are struggling and trying to get through each day.  it takes place Friday, December 21st from 6:30-8 at the Westwood Hills Nature Center. The event is free but registration is required.

We will use this shortest day of the year to help us remember that many in our community aren’t able to “see the light” because of struggles with mental illness or difficult situations. Together we can be the light for those in our community and help them take their first “steps” out of the darkness. Activities will include a self-guided luminary trail, a fire 🔥, s’mores 🍫 and making your own luminary 🕯️. The event is free, but registration is required at

Lunds & Byerlys 12 Days of Extras – December 13 through 24

Lunds & Byerlys 12 Days of Extras kicks off today with a new daily deal each day for L&B Extras members! (It’s free to join if you haven’t already.) As far as I can tell, it looks like no additional purchase is required to get the sale prices.

Here’s the lineup:

$1.99/lb. Fresh 85% Lean Ground Beef
Limit 2 lbs. Offer valid Dec. 13, 2018.

35% OFF Deli Specialty Cheeses
Offer valid Dec. 14, 2018.

$7.99 L&B Cream Pies
9 inch. Limit 2. Offer valid Dec. 15, 2018.

$4.99 L&B Boxed Chocolates
6.5-8 oz. Limit 2. Offer valid Dec. 16, 2018.

$3.99/lb. Bell & Evans Boneless Chicken Breasts
Excludes organic. Limit 2 lbs. Offer valid Dec. 17, 2018.

$1.49 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
16 oz. Limit 2. Offer valid Dec. 18, 2018.

$1.99 Driscoll’s Strawberries
1 lb. Limit 2. Offer valid Dec. 19, 2018.

$2.99 Bellatoria Pizza
12 inch. Limit 2. Offer valid Dec. 20, 2018.

99¢ L&B Frozen Soups
10 oz. Limit 4. Offer valid Dec. 21, 2018.

$1.49 Simply Orange Juices
52 oz. Limit 2. Offer valid December 22, 2018.

$2.99 Hormel Bacon
Excludes microwavable. 12-16 oz. Limit 2. Offer valid Dec. 23, 2018.

$1.99 Kristian Regále Sparkling Juices
25.4 oz. Limit 2. Offer valid Dec. 24, 2018.

They also have deals on Wines & Spirits at select locations.

Cross Country Skiing at Night

Many of us look forward to Winter for one reason, the snow.  We live in Minnesota so we might as well embrace it and enjoy the winter activities right?  While cross country skiing is fun, many of us work during the day and have a hard time fitting it into our schedule.

The Three Rivers Park District has the perfect solution; skiing at night and saving money at the same time.  If you ski during evening after 6pm you can save 50% off of ski rentals.  With four different locations to choose from, it provides a nice variety of scenery. You can choose from: Cleary, Elm Creek, French or Hyland and take advantage of 50 percent off cross-country ski rental sets. View regular rental rates.

Trail conditions are available here.

Let’s Dish Groupon: Save on Freezer Meals for the Family

Woohoo! I’m so excited to share this deal with you as I LOVE Let’s Dish! It’s a great meal solution for busy families, especially this time of year. Right now through Groupon you can save 22% on their freezer meals, plus get a $20 gift card to spend on an additional purchase!

After you purchase your Groupon, you’ll place an online order for four customized, freezer-ready Dish-n-Dash meals and then pick up the order in-store. Each meal has four to six servings and can be split in half upon request. There are five locations: Apple Valley, Blaine, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Woodbury.

You’ll also receive a $20 gift card when you show up to pick up your order. This gift card can be redeemed for ready-made items from the store’s retail case (they usually have sides or desserts along with entrees), applied toward future sessions, or given as a gift.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Dunn Brothers Coffee – 50% Off Holiday Drinks

Treat yourself to a holiday drink at Dunn Brothers and you’ll save 50%! Choose from a medium or large Candy Cane Mocha, Cinnamon Roll Nirvana, or Spiced Eggnog Nirvana. Just present this coupon (offer code 10163) to the barista today (Wednesday, 12/12/18). Find a Dunn Brothers Coffee near you.

And if you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a $2 credit when you first download the app.

Santa and His Reindeer at Twin Cities Premium Outlets

This Saturday you can see Santa and His Reindeer at Twin Cities Premium Outlets!  A chance to get up close, take a few photos and enjoy some shopping too.  This free event takes place from 10-noon on December 15th.  A fun event for the kids and adults too!

Head to the outlet for some holiday shopping but don’t forget your camera to snap some photos.  


Donate to Toys for Tots at Kowalski’s or Creative Kidstuff, Get Free Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Ticket

If you and your family plan to donate to Toys for Tots this year, note that if you donate at a Creative Kidstuff or Kowalski’s location, you’ll receive a free Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Ticket which ranges in value from one ride to a full day of rides at Nickelodeon Universe. There is a limit of 4 tickets per family, while supplies last. Mystery tickets expire 12/24/18.

Creative Kidstuff locations:

  • Edina Galleria
  • Mall of America
  • 4314 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • Ridgedale Center
  • Shops at West End, St. Louis Park
  • 1074 Grand Ave, St. Paul

Kowalski’s locations:

  • 1646 Diffley Rd., Eagan
  • 16500 West 78th St., Eden Prairie
  • 440 Water St., Excelsior
  • 1261 Grand Ave., St. Paul
  • 5327 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • 5801 Neal Ave. N., Oak Park Heights
  • 5615 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • 441 Highway 96 W., Shoreview
  • 2440 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
  • 4391 South Lake Ave., White Bear Lake
  • 8505 Valley Creek Rd., Woodbury

Toy donations need to be new and unwrapped and are accepted through Sunday, December 16. (Of course, you can donate to Toys for Tots at many locations – we just wanted you to know about this unique opportunity.)

Gift Idea: Minnesota Vikings Kids Club Membership – Just $20!

Got any kiddos on your gift list who LOVE the Vikings? Consider getting them a Vikings Kids Club Membership! A year-long membership for kids ages 14 and younger is only $20 and includes LOTS of fun goodies.

Details: The Minnesota Vikings Kids Club offers the younger generation of Vikings fans a unique opportunity to engage with their favorite team. Memberships include a kit full of Vikings goodies, access to VIP events during Training Camp, a select game day, and at the new Twin Cities Performance Center practice facility, members-only contests for autographed merchandise, monthly newsletters, and more.

Here’s a list of all the items included in this kit:

  • Vikings Drawstring Backpack
  • Adam Thielen Growth Chart
  • Vikings Helmet Squishie
  • Mustache Sunglasses
  • Vikings Foam Football
  • Minneapolis Miracle Poster
  • Norseman Temporary Tattoos
  • Kids Club Membership Card
  • Access to VIP experiences at Vikings events
  • Entry into member-only contests
  • Eligibility to win Vikings Autographed Merchandise
  • E-birthday cards and newsletters

Sign up your child for the Vikings Kid Club Membership today!

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