*IT’S BACK* Como Town Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

We grab this Como Town deal from Star Tribune Steals every year! It’s a great way to plan ahead for a fun summer day at both Como Zoo AND Como Town!  Right now you can get 2 all-day wristbands and 1 Pluck a Duck game for $23.45 ($46.90 Value).

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Located adjacent to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest.

Our family always has SO MUCH fun at Como Town. It’s a small park, but they pack a lot of fun into that small space. My favorite ride is the scrambler, but we all like the bumper cars too. Plus, once you’re done at Como Town (or before) you’re right next door to Como Zoo where you can spend a few hours exploring the animal exhibits.

Voucher is good through the end of the 2018 Season. ORDER HERE

Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) – As Low As $85/Night + Extra 10% Off!

Yay! I’m so excited to share with you that the new Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington is now available on Groupon for discounted stays! With this Groupon, you and your family will be able to stay overnight with daily water park passes for as low as $99 per night!

Options include:

  • $99+/night – Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite
  • $85+/night – Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite (2 night minimum)
  • $109+/night – Family Suite
  • $129+/night – Queen Cabin Suite

Note that these are the starting prices; your price may vary depending on which night you choose. Select dates are available from June 15th to July 31st.

Plus, you can save an extra 10% off these prices with coupon code SALE3 through June 13th! Note that there is a $30 maximum discount with the extra 10% off code.

The heart and soul of Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington is its 75,000-square-foot indoor water park. Splashy rides such as River Canyon Run—a four-story raft water slide—and a zero-depth-entry wave pool with 3-foot swells surround the park’s iconic hub: a four-story treehouse with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket. Younger kids will have a blast with the gentle spray features of Cub Paw Pool.

The water park, which hovers around 84 degrees all year long, isn’t the resort’s only family-friendly activity. You’ll also find an arcade with more than 100 games and Scooops Boutique, where visitors can get fun nail polish and glitter tattoos.

  • Extended and exclusive water park access: You can enter the water park at 1 pm on the day you check in and stay until close on the day you check out (essentially 2 days’ water park admission). And since there are no day passes for outside visitors, resort guests have exclusive access and won’t get stuck in long lines.
  • Family-friendly fun: The resort has games and activities for kids of all ages. Explore options by age group here.
  • Hands-on crafts and activities such as face painting and balloon twisting during the Lunch Time Lineup can keep kids entertained when they want a break from the water park action.
  • Roomy suites comfortably sleep up to six guests. Some suites offer extra privacy with enclosed bunk beds.
  • Fuel up with food and drinks at eight restaurants and snack bars.
  • Add a Paw Pass or Pup Pass to your stay to enjoy kid-friendly activities and sweets at Creation Station, Oliver’s Mining Co., and more at a discounted rate. See everything that’s included—as well as other available packages—here (additional fees apply).
  • Safety first: Complimentary life jackets in multiple sizes and trained lifeguards help keep families safe and secure.
  • Distance from Minneapolis: 10 miles

Great Wolf Adventure Park

Besides the water park, don’t forget that there is plenty of dry fun, too! Great Wolf Adventure Park is filled with activities and experiences that are fun for the whole family. There are lots of active experiences to work off that never-ending kid energy and ways for them to put their thinking caps on, too. Check out our crew’s experience with Great Wolf Adventure Park in Bloomington to see what they have to offer!

This offer is only available for a limited time, so get your Groupon HERE!

Free Incredibles 2 Advance Screening!

Incredibles 2 Movie Poster

Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 is coming to theaters everywhere June 15th! It has been 14 years since the first Incredibles movie was released and I’m super excited about seeing our favorite superhero family back again! This movie beings just 15 seconds after the first ends and brings the family on all-new adventures! Keep reading for your chance to grab tickets to a special advance screening to see the movie early!

 

 

About Incredibles 2:

In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

Free Incredibles 2 Poster

 

Free Incredibles 2 Poster Offer:

 
Buy your tickets to INCREDIBLES 2 via Fandango and choose 1 of 2 FREE collectible posters from Fandango FanShop! (Plus $7.95 standard shipping & handling.) You can choose between a fun tropical summer poster with the family in their Hawaiian gear and mask tan lines, or a graphic design with the whole family in action. The high quality poster comes straight from the Studio and sent directly to you!

Not only do you get the free poster, but you can also take 10% Off all FanShop’s Disney gear when your promo code is used during the same transaction. If you order $50 or more, shipping is free! They have some really fun Incredibles 2 merchandise to choose from. Offer is valid through 9:00 a.m. PT on 7/31/201.

 

FREE Incredibles 2 Advance Screening:

 
You and a guest are invited to a special IMAX advance screening of INCREDIBLES 2 on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00pm at AMC Southdale 16. Download your pair of passes to see the film below (while supplies last)! Please arrive early as seating is first come, first seated and is not guaranteed. No one will be admitted late.
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FREE Screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Fred Rogers

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the documentary about the life of Mister Rogers,”Won’t You Be My Neighbor“, which comes to theaters everywhere this Friday, June 8th 2018. Like millions of other kids, I grew up with Mister Rogers. I remember sitting cross-legged on the floor in our living room looking up at the small screen (our TV was tiny compared to today’s standards) and being totally engrossed in what Mister Rogers had to say, the stories he brought to life with his puppets and his message that I was special just the way I was.

As an adult, I’m able to look back and see what a truly remarkable person Fred Rogers was and how groundbreaking Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was as a television show. I do have to admit that when he passed away, I cried like a baby. We need more people like Fred Rogers in the world!

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Fred Rogers (left) with Francois Scarborough Clemmons (right) from his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood in the film, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, a Focus Features release.

That lifetime of good experiences with Mister Rogers makes me super excited for the release of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” coming to select theaters on June 8th 2018. I’m hoping the release of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” makes people remember what an amazing individual Fred Rogers was and inspires many to follow his example.

 

 

About the Movie:

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America.  In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. 

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

 

Free Screening Passes:

 

Check out the link below for a chance to see WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR for free! We could all use a little more kindness in our lives – why not learn how to share it with others from Mr. Rogers himself?

The screening is Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at AMC Southdale 16 in Edina.

Download your advance screening passes here: http://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/WYBMNThriftyMN

Oceans 8 Free Advance Screening Monday Night – St. Louis Park

Oceans 8 cast

Oceans 8 is opening in theaters every on June 8, but you and a friend have a chance to see it early with a local advance screening Monday night! (See below to download tickets.)

In this high stakes adventure, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter team up to take on an incredible heist.

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(L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK as Debbie Ocean and CATE BLANCHETT as Lou in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “OCEANS 8,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

About the Movie:

Five years, eight months, 12 days…and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock)—just released from prison—has been concocting the greatest heist of her storied career.

She knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field, starting with her former partner-in-crime Lou (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweler Amita (Kaling); street con Constance (Awkwafina); expert fence Tammy (Paulson); hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); and fashion designer Rose Weil (Bonham Carter).

The target is $150 million in diamonds—diamonds that will adorn the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), who will be center stage at the event of the year, the Met Gala.

Their plan appears rock solid, but it will need to be flawless if the team is to get in and get away—all in plain sight.

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(L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK as Debbie, CATE BLANCHETT as Lou, RIHANNA as Nine Ball, MINDY KALING as Amita, AWKWAFINA as Constance, HELENA BONHAM CARTER as Rose, ANNE HATHAWAY as Daphne Kluger and SARAH PAULSON as Tammy in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “OCEAN’S 8,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

“Ocean’s 8” also stars Richard Armitage as Claude Becker, Kluger’s unwitting date at the Gala, and James Corden as John Frazier, an insurance investigator trying to put the pieces together.

Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit,” “The Hunger Games,” “Pleasantville”) directed “Ocean’s 8” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Olivia Milch, original story by Ross. Steven Soderbergh and Susan Ekins produced the film. Michael Tadross, Diana Alvarez, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman served as executive producers, with Milch co-producing.

Ross’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Eigil Bryld (“In Bruges”), production designer Alex DiGerlando (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”), Oscar-nominated editor Juliette Welfling (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), costume designer Sarah Edwards (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), and composer Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”). “Ocean’s 8” is based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell.

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Free Advance Screening Tickets:

 
You and a guest are invited to a special advance screening of OCEANS 8 on Monday, June 4 at 7:00pm at Showplace ICON at The West End. Download your pair of passes to see the film below (while supplies last)! Please arrive early as seating is first come, first seated and is not guaranteed. No one will be admitted late. Download HERE.
 

Free Oceans 8 Movie Poster Offer:

 
Buy tickets to ‘Ocean’s 8’ and get a FREE* exclusive Oceans 8 poster from Fandango FanShop! Offer is valid through 7/20/2018, subject to availability. *Shipping/handling fee required.

Printable Holiday Gas Coupon – Save 6¢ Per Gallon

It has been a while since we shared one of the printable Holiday Gas coupons, but we have a brand new one just in time for the end of the month and the long Memorial Day weekend! You can fill up at Holiday and save $.06 per gallon with this printable Holiday Gas Coupon. It’s valid for up to 20 gallons and expires 5/31/2018.

Looking for someplace to drive with that full tank of gas? Check out all the fun Minnesota attractions we have featured here on ThriftyMinnesota.com.

Lunds & Byerlys 99¢ Picnic Sale!

It’s time to plan some outdoor meals – Lunds & Byerlys is having a 99¢ Picnic Sale! They have deals on everything you need for a picnic or backyard barbecue with some great prices. These deals are all available with an additional $10 purchase while supplies last through May 23, 2018.

I have to say that my favorite thing on this list are the Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – the Chipotle Ranch style is amazingly delicious! The rest of the items in the picnic sale include:

L&B Fresh All-Natural Brats – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save $1 ea.)

L&B Fresh 85% Lean Premium Ground Beef Patties – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save 70¢ ea.)

Village Hearth Classic Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns – 99¢
8 count – Limit 2 – selected varieties (Save $2.20)

Bi-Color Sweet Corn – 3/99¢
Limit 6 (Save $1.26 on 3)

Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce – 99¢
18 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.50)

Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – 99¢
8 oz. – Limit 4 (Save $2)

Heinz Ketchup – 99¢
20 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.80)

With additional $10 purchase. While supplies last. Prices valid May 17-23, 2018 only.

Minnesota Map Canvas Prints Just $3.49!

Minnesota Map Canvas Print

You can share your love of your home state with this beautiful Watercolor Minnesota Map Canvas Print from Jane.com! These are 8.5×11 linen canvas prints that can be trimmed to an 8×10 frame or used with an 8×10 matte in an 11×14 frame. You’ll receive an actual print shipped to your home – this is not a digital download. All you need to provide is the frame! {Please note: The pictures on the website make the prints appear larger than they actually are – break out a ruler if you want a better idea of how they will look on your wall. :)}

These watercolor map prints would make for stunning and unique wall decor for your home or office. Celebrate your honeymoon destination, your favorite city, your wanderlust, your hometown or heritage. These would also make wonderful gifts for your child’s geography or foreign language teacher.

And they have lots more places besides Minnesota. There are 76 different destinations to choose from – a great gift idea!

They have taken map outlines and filled them with a variety of beautiful vistas, city skylines, and landmarks. From France to Arizona by way of Italy and New York – these prints really are stunning.

Shipping is $3.25 for the first item and just $0.25 for each additional item, so consider ordering ahead for wedding gifts, anniversary presents – even Christmas! Head to Jane.com to get started with yours.

Free MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE Screening Sunday + Send a FREE Mother’s Day Card!

mamma mia singalong screening

Universal Pictures is offering a FREE sing-along screenings of the blockbuster musical comedy MAMMA MIA! on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, at 25 theater locations across the U.S. and Canada. Our Minnesota screening will be at Marcus Southbridge Crossing in Shakopee at 10:00 a.m. Get ticket information below, but first see how you can send a card to your mom!

 

 

MAIL MOM A HANDWRITTEN NOTE FOR FREE:

You can also do something special for Mom! Mail your mom a handwritten card this Mother’s Day compliments of #MammaMia2. Just visit http://unvrs.al/DearMammaMia to design your card and provide her address to have the card sent to her. Moms love getting cards in the mail!

mamma mia mothers day cards

 

MAMMA MIA SCREENING TICKETS:

Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the theater box office starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 13.  This offer is valid for the 10:00 a.m. showing of MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE on May 13, at participating locations only.

For more information and a list of theaters offering the special screenings, please visit www.MammasDaySingAlong.com.

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MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN FREE SONG DOWNLOAD OFFER:

For a limited time, when you buy tickets to #MammaMia2 on Fandango you’ll get a FREE song download of ‘When I Kissed the Teacher’!

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SHOW DOGS Advance Screening Saturday + Free Printable Show Dogs Activity Sheets

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Dog lovers and comedy lovers unite! There is lots of dog-powered fun coming up when SHOW DOGS hits the theaters May 18th. And, what’s even better is that you and your family have a chance to see it early at a local advance screening on May 12th!

Show Dogs Papillon
 

About SHOW DOGS:

Starring Will Arnett, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O’Neal, Alan Cumming, and Stanley Tucci, SHOW DOGS is a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world’s most exclusive dog show to solve his biggest case yet.

 

 

Show Dogs Coloring Sheets:

For a bit of extra doggy fun, grab these free printable Show Dogs Coloring Sheets! They feature three of the dog stars of the film, Max (voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Sprinkles (voiced by Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias), and Daisy (voiced by Jordin Sparks).

Show Dogs Coloring Sheet

You and your family are invited to an advance screening of SHOW DOGS Saturday, May 12th – 11:00am at AMC Rosedale 14. Click on the following link to access your admit-4 pass to the screening. Download passes here —> http://www.gofobo.com/aSjPg22124 Know that seating is given on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to arrive early!

Show Dogs Movie Poster