Sheep Shearing at Gale Woods Farm

Spring is my favorite time of year.  Spring means it’s time for Sheep Shearing at Gale Woods Farm.  This event means you’ll learn how a sweater becomes a sweater. You can watch the annual sheep shearing and learn about wool processing. Then meet the sheep and make a craft!

The event takes place March 3rd with a small admission fee of $6 per person.  Registration can be done here on the Three Rivers Park District Website.

Gale Woods Farm

Outdoor fun on a real working farm. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm features a unique educational opportunity where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship.

Schell’s Bock Fest 2018

Schell’s Bock Fest 2018

Minnesota is home to many historical things and places.  The Schell Brewery is just one of them, dating all the way back to 1860.

Schell’s Bock Fest is a time to enjoy and celebrate this historical place.  Located in New Ulm, the Fest takes place March 3rd from 11-4:30 at the Schell Brewery.  A limited number of the $10 admission tickets are available in advance here on their website and the remaining are available at the gate.

Come beckon warmer weather with a mug full of Bock, live music, and German food. Seven Bocks of Winter are hiding around the brewery and in Flandrau State Park, waiting for brave fest-goers to venture out and capture them. Armed with ambiguous clues and Bock beer, hunters will comb the park in search of these elusive bocks. For those not hearty enough to leave the Schell’s Brewery fest grounds, feel no shame. Beer, brats, and music await you. You can also head over to the fire to have your beer “poked” by our fire tenders, giving your Bock beer a rich, caramel flavor.

This is a 21 plus event. ID’s required. No backpacks or pets are allowed on the fest grounds the day of Bock Fest. No outside food or beverages will be allowed inside the gates.

It is illegal to drink on the streets of New Ulm so we ask that if you are coming early to get in line, refrain from drinking on the streets. Fest-goers refusing to abide by this may be cited by local authorities.

Star Wars Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Short notice but I just discovered that Saturday (February 24th) is Star Wars Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota.   We’ve been to this previous years and really enjoyed it.  So many great activities and fun photo opportunities, our kids loved it.  There’s regular admission but all the extra Star Wars activities are included.

Saturday, February 24 Noon to 4 p.m. * All activities are included in regular museum admission.
Meet members of the 501st Legion and participate in design-based activities with a Star Wars spin!Test your Star Wars IQ in the Jedi Trials on our Atrium Stage, build jitterdroids, launch stargliders, create stop motion animations with toys, compete with wind powered pod racers, and more.

Verizon Innovative Learning Lab – Music Mixing Youth Lab at MOA

The Verizon Innovative Learning Lab – Music Mixing Youth Lab is this Saturday at the Mall of America.  The workshop is for kids age 8-12 and is free, although registration is required. Click here to register for a time slot.

Youth Workshop: Children 8 – 12 Years Old

Do your kids love music? Have they ever wondered how their favorite songs are created? In the Music Mixing lab, kids will learn to mix music samples and create loops to produce their own songs. They’ll use real-time effects, volume controls, and their own vocal recordings to create a unique mixed track. At the end of the session, kids will have become their own mix-masters and will have their first track ready to take home!

If Saturday doesn’t work for your schedule, they have other fun events coming up.

Upcoming Labs:

February 24, 2018 – Music Mixing
March 24, 2018 – Code Design
April 21, 2018 – Internet of Things
May 19, 2018 – 3D Printing
June 16, 2018 – Augmented Reality
July 21, 2018 – Emoji Design
August 18, 2018 – Holography



Minneapolis Home + Garden Show Discount Tickets – Save 50% or More!

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show Discount Tickets

The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show is coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center Mar. 30-Apr. 1 & Apr. 6-8, 2018. Order your Minneapolis Home and Garden Show discount tickets now and you can get them for half price! You pay $7 for one Single-Day Ticket ($14 Value). This year Paige Davis, host of TLC’s Trading Spaces, will be sharing home design tips and behind-the-scenes stories during the first weekend.

Plus, through today only (Tuesday, 2/20) you can use the coupon code NOW25 to save an extra 25%, dropping your price to just $5.25!

Minneapolis Home Show Discount Tickets

About the show:

  • Tour the Timeless Contemporary Idea Home and get more than 1,000 square feet of modern, yet classic design ideas. Built by EPS Homes, Furnishings by HOM Furniture, Landscaping from By the Woods and windows by Andersen Windows
  • Get home design tips & behind-the-scenes stories from Paige Davis, host of TLC’s Trading Spaces on March 30 & 31
  • Meet expert handyman and landscaper Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes & Man Caves April 6-8
  • Enter a doorway to spring when you stroll through the Feature Gardens with more than 13,000 sq ft of gorgeous greenery and florals presented by Star Tribune


Order your discount Minneapolis Home and Garden Show tickets HERE.

10th Annual Italian Film Festival of MSP

The 10th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis & St. Paul returns this week (February 22-25).  This year’s festival will host a mix of documentaries, dramas, and comedies that will take viewers on a spectacular journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people. 

You can purchase a ticket for a single movie, or a pass that’s good for all four days.  You can read about each film here on the event website. 

Celebrating its 10th year, the Italian Film Festival returns to the St. Anthony Main Theatre, hosted by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul (ICC), a nonprofit committed to sharing Italian art, culture, and language in the Twin Cities, the festival screens the best contemporary Italian movies, from quirky “Italian-style” comedies to socially-relevant documentaries.

Alongside Minnesota premieres, the festival showcases Italy’s cinematic history with a newly-restored Italian classic each year–this year, we celebrate the work of Vittorio De Sica with a digitally restored screening of his timely comedy Il Boom (1963) starring Alberto Sordi.

To commemorate the IFF’s 10 years in Minnesota, we have created something new this year, the “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards.” Our talented jurors have selected two short films by new filmmakers living in Italy and Minnesota and you’ll have a chance to see the winning films and meet the filmmakers at the awards ceremony.

Join us Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25 for an amazing mix of documentaries, dramas, and comedies that will take viewers on a spectacular journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people.

Ice Skating in Saint Paul

This time of year is when winter can’t quite make up it’s mind.  Will spring arrive early or will another snow storm show up on our doorstep?  It’s still important to get outside and have some fun.  Ice Skating is a great outdoor activity.  Saint Paul has some great rinks to skate on.  Not quite sure which ones are still open?  Check out their website or call ahead.

Saint Paul has fourteen general skating rinks, as well as the WinterSkate refrigerated general rink at Landmark Plaza and three additional refrigerated hockey rinks located at Phalen Recreation Center, North Dale Recreation Center, and Palace Recreation Center. McMurray Field has four rinks used exclusively for broomball and Groveland Recreation Center has a large oval rink. All hockey rinks have boards and nets. Non-refrigerated rinks are typically ready by the end of December and stay open through February, weather permitting. Refrigerated rinks may be open earlier in the season and stay open longer in the year.

  • Cold Weather Policy: Rinks will close if temperatures reach -25F.
  • Warm Weather Policy: In order to prevent extended closures due to damaged ice, rinks will close if meltwater is visible on the surface.

Cub Foods $10 Off $100

Still need to do your grocery shopping for the week? Now through 2/21, you can save $10 off your in-store purchase of $100 or more at Cub Foods! You’ll need to add this offer to your My Cub Rewards card and have the cashier scan your card before you check out.

Offer is valid with $100 minimum purchase requirement. Discount taken at register. Limit one discount per family per visit. Excludes fuel, fresh milk, pharmacy, beer, wine, spirits, lottery, gift certificates and gift cards, free product offers, stamps, MoneyGram, Rug Doctor rentals, tobacco and sales tax. Cannot be combined with a similar store offer. Limit 1 coupon per customer. Valid at all Cub grocery locations. One time only.

Grumpy Old Men Festival in Wabasha

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The 25th Annual Grumpy Old Men Festival starts this Friday (February 23rd). I think most all of us Minnesotans are fans of the movie Grumpy Old Men. You just gotta love a move that is set in Minnesota AND did filming here! The city of Wabasha proudly declares itself “Home of Grumpy Old Men” and that gives us all a reason to celebrate at the silver anniversary of the Grumpy Old Men Festival  there!


The two day festival in Wabasha kicks off with a showing of the movie; Grumpy Old Men at the local library.  The fun continues after the movie and then all day Saturday. Events include:

  • Music
  • 10th Annual Grumpy Plunge
  • Spaghetti Feed
  • Vintage Wool & Hand Knit Trunk Show
  • Ice Fishing Contest
  • Bingo
  • Minnow Races
  • Plus more


Grumpy Old Men Grumpy Plunge. Photo Courtesy of the Wabasha Kellogg Chamber of Commerce Website.

You can find the complete schedule here on the event website.

Minnesota Parent’s Camp Fair

Not sure how to keep your kids busy during the summer?  The Minnesota Parent’s Camp Fair will have plenty of ideas for you! Sport camps, art camps, camps with an animal theme and everything in between.

The Camp Fair takes place next Saturday (February 24th) from 10-2 at the Como Zoo and Conservatory.   The fair is free and includes information about various camps as well as activities, crafts and fun for the kids.


Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer?

Join Minnesota Parent magazine at its 12th Annual Camp Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul.

This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their summer adventures for kids.

Early spring is the best time to get started planning children’s summer camp adventures because the most popular camps can fill up quickly!

Summer camps and activities help kids thrive with opportunities to explore their interests (and discover new ones) while making friends and developing new skills, too.

Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more.

Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair — held in the spacious zoo visitors center — will include craft stations and appearances from a few special animals from the zoo.