Winter Frolic – North West Company Fur Post

North West Company Fur Post Winter Frolic

This Saturday (January 20th) would be a great time to head to the North West Company Fur Post, located near Pine City.  The Fur Post is part of the Minnesota Historical Society.  The Winter Frolic event takes place from 12-4.  It’s supposed to be a bit warmer, so only minimal layers will be needed.  If you have a Historical Society membership, you can save 20% on admission to the event.

North West Company Fur Post Winter Frolic

Shake off the winter blues by heading outdoors at the fur post. Learn about winter travel during the fur trade and join in activities like throwing a curling stone, playing a round of Ojibwe snow snake, or snowshoeing along two miles of trails.

Guests can also relax indoors, enjoy a cup of cocoa before a blazing fire; watch the outdoors festivities from the visitor center and play period parlor games.


Children’s Theatre Company: The WIZ Discount Code and Ticket Giveaway!

Children's Theatre Company: The WIZ Discount Code and Ticket Giveaway

We are super excited. The WIZ is coming to Children’s Theatre Company! The WIZ is a joint venture between CTC and Penumbra Theatre.  If you aren’t familiar with The WIZ, I won’t spoil it for you, but can tell you it shares a strong resemblance to The Wizard of Oz.  Although it is similar, there’s so much that is different too.  I can tell you one thing for sure, The WIZ is full of excitement, music and fantastic energy.

I had the opportunity for a behind the scenes sneak peek of it and this is a production you don’t want to miss.  The one-of-a kind costumes are amazing.  On the tour of the costume shop, we saw glimpses of all the colorful, creative clothes and wigs coming to life.

Watching the cast rehearsing one of their songs was amazing.  By the smiles and laughter along with the energy in the room, I could tell they love this show and are excited to bring it to the stage.

Childrens Theatre Company Wiz Munchkin Costume


Discount Code:


The WIZ runs January 23rd- March 18th with a run time of about 2 hours.  Because we love to help you save you money, we have two deals for you.  First we have a giveaway contest for two tickets (to be used for weeknight performances T-F) at the bottom of the post.  We also have a 20% off discount code that can be used towards the purchase of tickets.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in partnership with Penumbra Theatre will present The Wiz, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; directed by Lou Bellamy, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Penumbra Theatre Company, assistant directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris (Broadway credits as Choreographer for A Raisin in the Sun), with music direction by Sanford Moore (Musical Director at Penumbra Theatre). The extraordinary cast includes Paris Bennett (American Idol top five finalist 2006) as Dorothy, Dennis Spears (Ivey Award for Excellence in Acting, Member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame) as Tinman, CTC’s Performing Apprentice Dwight Leslie as Scarecrow, Aimee Bryant (CTC’s Akeelah and the Bee) as Addaperle, T. Mychael Rambo (Guthrie Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood) as The Wiz, Rudolph Searles III (Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Park Square Theatre) as Lion, Greta Oglesby (Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, and more) as Aunt Em/Evillene, and Jamecia Bennett (Guthrie Theatre, Lab Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Capri Theatre) will take the stage as Glinda/Crow/Ensemble.

The production also includes scenic design by Vicki Smith (Bay Area Critics Award, Drama-Logue Award, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award, Denver Critics Award), costume design by Mathew LeFebvre (Guthrie, Signature Theatre, Minnesota Opera and others), lighting design by Don Darnutzer (Broadway credits as Lighting Designer for It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues) and sound design by Sten Severson (CTC, Broadway, West End, Off-Broadway, Public Theatre (Audelco Award).

“My concept for our production is rooted deeply in African American history & custom,” stated Director Lou Bellamy. “Dorothy’s journey from (in our production) Nicodemus, Kansas to the Wiz’s palace in Harlem, pays homage to the Great Migration made during Reconstruction by thousands of African Americans from rural environs to urban living.”

Children’s Theatre and Penumbra Theatre are excited to embark upon an historic partnership that will bring Minnesota audiences the best of what both companies offer. Long heralded as the leading theatre for young audiences in the country, CTC creates artistically excellent, sophisticated theatre for multigenerational audiences, while Penumbra Theatre, the leading African American theatre company in the nation, produces artistically excellent, socially responsible drama depicting authentic representations of black life and culture. Both companies bring a passion for advocacy for their often underserved audiences, and have pioneered educational programming that innovates within the field – CTC’s critical literacy work and Penumbra’s racial justice work will allow these two treasured companies to forge something together that neither could do alone. Leadership at both organizations is committed to forging a deep and equitable partnership that will indelibly impact both for the better.

Photo: Dan Norman

“It is a great thrill and honor to partner with Penumbra Theatre,” stated CTC Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. “They are a major force in the national theatre world as well as a local treasure. The insights and experience they bring to this partnership have been extraordinary and we look forward to continuing to find ways to work together.”

“This relationship isn’t transactional,” stated Penumbra Theatre Artistic Director Sarah Bellamy.  “We are getting to a space of depth and real honesty with each other in terms of our conversations about equity, what our aesthetics are, how we can create a proactive, equitable, shared learning environment and that feels very unique.”

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends with a dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Embark on this Oz-some adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, winkies, Addaperle and Evillene. You don’t need a wizard—just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day.

To learn more about this partnership between CTC and Penumbra Theatre, take a look at this video here.


Reader Giveaway:

One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win 2 Weeknight Tickets to Children’s Theatre Company The Wiz!! (2 tickets for any weeknight performance that isn’t already sold out – that’s any Tuesday through Friday performance.) To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/29/18. Good luck!!

Children’s Theatre Company The Wiz Ticket Giveaway

Winter Fete in Bloomington

It’s time for the the 14th annual Bloomington Winter Fete.  A family friendly winter celebration filled with a variety of activities.   It begins January 20 and goes through the 28th.

  • Skiing activities
  • Biking events
  • Ice Skating
  • Winter Kite Festival
  • History Festival

Check out the website for all the details.


Family Skating Party in St. Paul

Check the family calendar for January 19th.  The Hayden Heights Rec. Center is hosting a family skating party event.  It’s free and open to ages 3-99.  If you have your own skates bring them, as they will have limited skates available.  The party is from 6-7:30.  You can find more information here on their website and register in advance to let them know you’re coming.

  • Ice Skating
  • Play Board Games
  • Hot Cocoa and Cookies

If you can’t make it January 19th.  Check out the calendar, other locations in St. Paul will be hosting family skating parties on January 26th.  


Save 50% on Admission to Minefaire at the RiverCentre in St. Paul for Minecraft Fans!

Disclosure Affiliate

Minecraft fans, mark your calendars for March 17th and 18th, 2018 for Minefaire at the RiverCentre in St. Paul! A tip: save on admission by purchasing your tickets in advance via Groupon. Options include:

  • $29.50 for a one-day general-admission ticket (up to $49 value)
  • $44.50 for a one-day VIP ticket (up to $69 value)

Tickets are valid for admission either Saturday, March 17th or Sunday, March 18th. VIP tickets include 9 am early access to the event, priority seating at the Diamond Stage, a VIP bag, and a special VIP lanyard. General-admission tickets have access to the event starting at 10 am.

These prices are already a nice discount off the full ticket price, but right now you can take an additional 25% off the final price with coupon code WANT25. This means that a general-admission ticket will be just $22.12 (over 50% off) and a VIP ticket will be just $33.37 (also over 50% off).

MINEFAIRE, the Ultimate Minecraft Fan Experience, is coming to St. Paul for two days only – March 17-18, 2018.

Minecraft players and their families unite at Minefaire to meet their favorite YouTube creators, compete in tournaments and build battles, participate in the famed costume contest, witness live stage shows, learn from Official Minecraft Education Global Mentors, shop at the World’s Largest Official Minecraft Merch Store for event exclusives, and more!

Children 2 and under are free.

The Groupon offer has a limit of 8 per person, and you’ll redeem your voucher on the day of the show for a ticket at the venue box office. Get your Groupon HERE!

GRAND Opening: Bartz Snow Sculpture

Mother Nature and a crazy amount of creativity make a great team in New Brighton. The Bartz family has been creating large snow sculptures in their front yard since 2012. These sculptures aren’t just large, they are gigantic.

The GRAND Opening: Bartz Snow Sculpture event takes place tomorrow January 16th.   This year’s sculpture will be a giant lobster. They’ve been asking for name suggestions on their FB page.  There’s no admission to view the sculpture, however the family appreciates donations. Each year the money raised goes towards clean water through the organization One Day’s Wages.

JOIN us for the unveiling of our newest snow sculpture on! A giant Snow Lobster! We will be outside to answer any questions! Lights will be illuminating the sculpture until 11 pm. Once again, we will be raising money for clean water through the organization One Day’s Wages. We would love to see you!!

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Free Admission Day

Tomorrow, January 15th is a Free Admission Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  If you can’t make it tomorrow, mark your calendar, each third Monday of the month is a free admission day.

And, actually, ANY day this month is a great time to visit because they are offering Buy One, Get One Free Admission every day during January 2018 for non-members!

Located near Chanhassen, the Arboretum is a place to embrace each and every season.  The Arboretum offers a wide range of activities and classes for all ages, take a look at what they offer on their website.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum History and Mission

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters creating the Arboretum as a gift to the University of Minnesota.

Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous

The 24th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous is coming up in Pequot Lakes.  The Rendezvous takes place January 18-20.  If you have an old sled, this is a great opportunity to join the fun. The event is free for spectators and more information can be found on the event website.

Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets

Attention brides to be! Get ready and grab your Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets before it arrives at Saint Paul RiverCentre this Sunday, January 14th! If you’re determined to make your dream wedding a reality, skip all the nightmarish running around and spend a fun afternoon enjoying the Twin Cities Bridal Show. See your Pinterest boards come to life at this all-encompassing expo, which includes the Aisle of Style fashion show, Glam 2 Go Makeover Zone and the Inspiration Station, spotlighting the latest design trends. More than 130 companies are planning to be on hand with samples, previews and planning advice, from caterers and photographers to DJs, florists, lighting experts and beyond.

Buy your tickets now and you can snag Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets for only $10.50 each (a $4.50 discount over the regular $15 price). Another option: if you know you’re bringing two people, you can get two tickets for $15 (no service fee) through Daily Deals (you’ll need to scroll down the page to find this deal).

Wine Bottle Labels for Engagement Party Gift, Bridal Shower, Bachelorette PartyWine Bottle Labels for Engagement Party Gift, Bridal Shower, Bachelorette PartyHe Said She Said Bridal Shower Game (50-sheets)He Said She Said Bridal Shower Game (50-sheets)Something BlueSomething BlueVenusvi Crystals Bridal Wedding Headband, Hair Vine and Headpiece (19.7 Inches)Venusvi Crystals Bridal Wedding Headband, Hair Vine and Headpiece (19.7 Inches)The Bride-to-Be Book: A Journal of Memories From the Proposal toThe Bride-to-Be Book: A Journal of Memories From the Proposal toKate Spade New York Bridal Planner, Love is in the Air (167830)Kate Spade New York Bridal Planner, Love is in the Air (167830)Bridal GuideBridal Guide12 Bridal Shower Lip Balms - Bachelorette Party Favors - Kissing the Single Life Goodbye - Gold Glitter Bridal Shower12 Bridal Shower Lip Balms – Bachelorette Party Favors – Kissing the Single Life Goodbye – Gold Glitter Bridal ShowerPhilosophy Here Comes The BridePhilosophy Here Comes The Bride

Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

The Music Under Glass series is back for another season at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.  Although it’s winter in MN, the conservatory is a fabulous place to escape and pretend you’ve escaped to a warmer destination.

You’ll find a nice variety of free music on select Sunday afternoons.   Take a look at the great line up of musicians on their website.  Concerts take place January 7th through March 11th.


Join Us For “Music Under Glass” Sunday Afternoons

Join us select Sundays beginning January 7th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for live, local music.

Beat the winter weather blahs inside the comfy confines of the Conservatory.

Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase. (Please, no outside food or beverages)

** There will be no concert on January 28 due to the the Winter Carnival Orchid Show, and on February 4 due to the Super Bowl