Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday, November 4th


Try Hockey for Free Day is Saturday, November 4, 2017! USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey as part of the NHL’s Come Play Hockey Month. All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use.

To find the closest location to you, visit, search with your zip code, and click the pinpoint for event details and to register. There are many participating rinks in Minnesota.

Contact the local participating host site with any questions or USA Hockey at (719) 538-1124 or

Bat Week Celebration

This week just happens to be Bat Week, an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature.  The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, will be hosting a Bat Week Celebration.  The event takes place on Saturday, October 28th from 9-3, a free event and all ages are welcome to attend and participate in several Bat themed events.

The third annual free Bat Week Celebration will be held from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Bloomington, Minn.

Bats! These creatures of the night, often associated with Halloween, are frequently considered to be scary and creepy, but they are actually fascinating and vital to the health of our environment and economy. Participants can learn more about bats (and why they need our help now more than ever) and build a FREE bat house to be used by bats to raise their pups. Other activities include a demonstration cave to explore, bat survey technology demonstration by MN DNR, U.S. Forest Service bat tracking activity, bat chats (including a talk on the latest in white-nose syndrome research by U of MN researcher), face painting, information on planting for bats (free seed packets), bat trivia, arts and crafts, and bat-related interactive art with local artists.

The City of Bloomington and Artistry are coordinating three free creative activities, led by Artists from Springboard for the Arts ReadyGo program, to join the event. Celebrate bats through art and make your own postcards using a 100-year-old letterpress, receive a 19th-century style photographic portrait, and help create a bat quilt which will be on display at the Visitor Center.

There is no need to preregister, all activities for the bat celebration are open to the public. For more information about the Bat Week Celebration event, call 952-854-5900 or email

Pearson’s 6th Annual Halloween Bash

This coming Tuesday, October 24th, is the 6th Annual Halloween Bash at the Pearson’s Candy Company.  Located in St. Paul, Pearson’s is home to my favorite candy bar, the Salted Nut Bar.  They make several other types of candy as well and have been around for many years.  The kids are welcome to dress up in costume for the Halloween Bash.  It takes place from 4-7 on Tuesday.

Get ready for the spookiest night of the season: Pearson’s Annual Halloween Bash is back!

Join us at our iconic factory on West 7th in St. Paul to celebrate.

This FREE celebration will include a hay barrel maze, halloween crafts, games, photo booth and of course – lots of candy!

To fill your Halloween stash, you’ll be able to purchase bulk candy while directly supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest. WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS FOR CANDY PURCHASES!

Costumes are encouraged!

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Leaf for Lupus Event

Many of us at one time or another, raked up a pile of leaves, only to jump in and make a big mess.  The smell of the leaves, the crunching sound and peeking out of the pile.  Great memories of fall.

Hidden Greens Golf Course is located near Hastings. They decided to not only have some extra fun with their leaves, but to make it a fundraiser as well.  The Leaf for Lupus Event takes place Saturday, October 28th (weather permitting) from 10am-4pm,  

JUMP in the Leaves for a Good Cause! Hidden Greens Golf Course has hundreds of trees which produce enough collected leaves to create 12-foot high piles to jump in! So, come out and jump in the piles and partake in the other family activities too! $5 Admission. Jump in giant leaf piles, Hayride through the woods, crazy hair, cookie, decorating, staged photo booth (bring your own camera), silent auction, concession stand.

100 percent of proceeds from admission, concession stand sales, and silent auction items benefit Lupus Link Minnesota.

Weather permitting; parent supervision required.

Minnesota Fall Fun Discounts

LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal!

LuceLine Orchard Discount Tickets

LuceLine Orchard, about 45 minutes west of the Twin Cities Metro in Watertown, MN, has lots of fall fun for kids and adults alike! Keep reading below to find out about a GREAT LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal!

At LuceLine, you can explore the orchard’s trails by foot, bike, horse, or hovercraft, and take along binoculars for bird-watching stops. In the “Mess Hall” you can feast on Minnesota-made brats, burgers, hot and dogs cut in apple cider, as well as house-made apple slaw. And be sure to pick up a pumpkin pie to take with you when you go. There is also a corn maze, petting zoo, kiddie train rides, and hay mountain. Before you leave, explore the tornado trail to see trees that have been twisted 180 degrees from the tornado that hit in July 2015.


With this LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal you can pay only $20 for a hayride, corn maze AND meal for two! Or, you can pay $38 and get the same deal for 4 people ($56 value). Bringing 5 people? You’ll pay $48 ($70 value). Enjoy a hayride drive through the orchard and a corn maze for kids. For the meal, customers choose from an apple burger, a bratwurst, or a quarter-pound hot dog and pair it with a drink and a bag of chips.


Get your LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal HERE!

Raptor Watch

The Dakota County Parks – forever wild, is hosting a Raptor Watch at the Spring Lake Park Reserve, just outside of Hastings.  You can join others, spotting Eagles and other birds on Sunday from 1-3pm.  It’s a free event but they are requesting that you register in advance so they can better plan for the event.  You can register here on the park website. 

Join our park naturalist (who is a birding expert) for the great raptor migration as seen from towering bluffs along the Mississippi River in Spring Lake Park Reserve, Hastings.

Search the skies over Schaar’s Bluff for migrating raptors. Binoculars provided or bring your own.
Ages: All ages.

Kids at the Castle-Movin’ and Groovin Event – American Swedish Institute

Are you looking for something to do with the kids tomorrow or Saturday?  Bring them to the Kids at the Castle event, taking place at the American Swedish Institute.  Admission is only $8 for the entire family, a nice price break from the typical $9 for an adult admission.

Kids at the Castle – Movin’ and Groovin’

Friday, October 20, 2017 – 9:00am to 10:00am (and Saturday October 21 + Mini Transmission!)

During this morning playdate at the Castle, it’s primetime fun time for kids and their grown-ups.  For an hour before the general public can enter the museum, ASI throws opens its doors and its grounds (weather permitting) to the younger crowd for creative activities including visual games, storytelling, music and movement inspired by ASI exhibitions, the Turnbald Mansion or special times of the year to encourage adventurous and curious young minds. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must attend with their children.Cost:  $8 per Family, Registration not required

Mini Transmission: Movin’ and Groovin’ at the Castle

Saturday, October 21st 10-1pm

It’s a boogie morning for the young and young at heart, hosted by popular, local DJ Jake Rudh.

Known as a popular host on MPR’s The Current 89.3 and for his grown-up Transmission music nights, Rudh has been inspired by fatherhood to host ASI’s Mini-Transmission dance party.

Families can stay after ASI’s Kids at the Castle morning program to wiggle, do a make n’ take craft activity, enjoy balloon art and photo stations, and drink kiddie and adult beverages.

Presented by Whole Foods Market, which will be providing healthy snacks for kids during Mini-Transmission! We appreciate your support!

A Bad Moms Christmas Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway!

Moms, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit with A Bad Moms Christmas, headed to theaters on November 1st! We LOVED the first Bad Moms movie and now it’s time for a new hilarious movie to ring in the holiday season!

This sequel to Bad Moms follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

A Bad Moms Christmas stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reprising their roles from the first Bad Moms film, with Christine BaranskiCheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon joining the cast as their moms.




Reader Giveaway: Five (5) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of A Bad Moms Christmas at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Monday, October 30 at 7 pm. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 10/25/17. Good luck!

A Bad Moms Christmas Advance Screening Passes Giveaway

FREE Boo Blast Events at Lunds & Byerlys Stores

Dress up the kids and join Twin Cities area Lunds & Byerlys stores for Boo Blast events! The fun starts October 21st and continues through October 30th (different stores are hosting events on different dates). Costumes are optional, but always fun, and the kids can enjoy free tricks and treats and other fun activities. Find the Lunds & Byerlys Boo Blast schedule HERE.

Pumpkinfest in St. Cloud

The Pumpkinfest in St. Cloud sounds like a fun way to start the weekend.  It takes place this Friday evening, from 4-7pm.  The event is free and all ages are welcome.  Food will be available for purchase

Bring your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins to join us at Lake George/Eastman Park for the annual spooktacular Pumpkinfest, Friday, October 20th from 4pm-7pm! The spine tingling evening includes trick or treat stations, petting zoo, painting in the pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more. Check out Comedy Juggler Extraordinaire Alan Johnson on the performance stage at 4:30pm and 6pm (bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating)! Fun will be lurking around every corner during this FREE, safe, family-friendly event!