Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) – As Low As $75/Night

It’s finally starting to warm up around here, but it’s not quite time to jump in the outdoor pools yet. Good thing it’s always 84° at Great Wolf Lodge! Plan your spring getaway today for as low as $74.99/night when you use a special coupon code.

Book your stay by 3/28/19 and use the coupon code GETAWAY2 to see these special rates which are available on dates through 5/24/19 (note that discounts may vary by date).

(Update: If you’re reading this after the 28th, keep an eye out for Great Wolf Lodge MN deals on Groupon!)

Options include:

  • Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite, Queen Sofa Suite, Queen Suite (Accessible), Junior Queen Sofa Suite: $74.99+/night
  • Family Suite: $84.99+/night
  • Queen Cabin Suite: $94.99+/night
  • Deluxe Family Suite (Accessible): $124.99+/night
  • Royal Family Suite: $154.99+/night
  • Deluxe Majestic Bunk Bed Suite, Grand Bunk Bed Suite, Majestic Bunk Bed Suite: $174.99+/night
  • Grizzly Family Suite, Northwoods Suite, Junior Grizzly Family Suite (Accessible): $274.99+/night


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!

Tim Burton’s Live-Action DUMBO Advance Screening

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We are soooo excited about the all-new DUMBO movie coming to theatres everywhere March 29th. What’s even more exciting is that we all have a chance to see it early!! (Keep reading for passes.)

Tim Burtons Dumbo

If you have already seen the Dumbo trailers, I have a feeling you’re also looking forward to this new Tim Burton version of Dumbo. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out:



About Tim Burton’s DUMBO:

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure DUMBO expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Danny DeVito Dumbo

DUMBO Advance Screening Passes:

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of Disney’s live-action DUMBO on March 26 at AMC Southdale at 7pm. To download a 4 pack of passes click on the link below (while supplies last). Seating is based on first come, first served. It is recommended to arrive early. Get your passes HERE.

Experience a Day of Dancing with Dancing with the Stars Pros in Minneapolis

Chrysa Duran Nutcracker Dance Lesson

During the holidays I had one of my most fun and memorable days ever when I got a dance lesson from “Dancing with the Stars” pros Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten and Gleb Savchenko at Gleb’s dance studio, Pro Dance LA, when I was visiting Los Angeles for the Nutcracker and the Four Realms premiere.

I’m a HUGE fan of Dancing with the Stars and having a chance to meet the pros and have a dance lesson from them was a dream-come-true for this former dancer. I’m happy to say that lots more Minnesotans are going to get a similar experience coming up in May!

A Day of Dancing with Gleb Alan Artem

If you love to dance (or are just a dance fan), you’ll be excited to hear that Minneapolis is one of the specifically chosen cities for the spectacular Day of Dance! Pro Dance LA is bringing the hottest professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars including Artem Chigvintsev, Gleb Savchenko and Alan Bersten .

Enjoy one full day of learning to dance from the best, in an up close and personal setting, on May 4, 2019. It’s a chance to experience their teaching and get to know them through Workshops, Private Lessons, Meet & Greet Photo Session and Q&A.

A DAY OF DANCE Minneapolis

Did you know that Alan Bersten is from Minnesota? Yes, he is! And his brother and sister-in-law, champions Elena and Gene Bersten, own Dance with us America, at Southdale in Edina, where the Day of Dance will take place.

No matter if you are a dancer, dance student, a dance fan or have never stepped foot on a dance floor – this day is for you! This event is for ages 13 and up. You can learn more and register at

Five Feet Apart Advance Screening – Grab Your Passes!

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I’m always a sucker for a good tear jerker and that looks like what we’ll be getting with Five Feet Apart. It’s coming to theaters March 15, but you can have a chance to see it early – and bring along a friend!



About Five Feet Apart:

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old… she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control – all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse).

There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Further complicating matters is Will’s potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits?

Five Feet Apart Movie Poster

Five Feet Apart Advance Screening:

You’re invited to an advance screening of the new movie FIVE FEET APART starring Haley Lu Richardson & Cole Sprouse on Monday, March 11 at 7:30pm at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park. Download a pair of free passes by clicking the link below (while supplies last).

Harlem Globetrotters at Target Center Discount Tickets

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Target Center in March and Groupon has discount tickets available for as low as $38 each! Choose from the 1 pm game on Saturday, March 30th or the 2 pm game on Sunday, March 31st.

When the Globetrotters hit the road in celebration of their 93rd anniversary, they won’t forget to bring their jaw-dropping blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship that has entertained hundreds of millions of fans over the past nine decades. Throughout the lengthy world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites—including a trio of female players—will take to the hardwood each game.

Spectators might spot guard Torch George sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker Thunder Law, who also holds the world record for farthest basketball shot made backwards at 82 feet 2 inches. Speaking of long-distance shots, the Globetrotters court features basketball’s first four-point line, which is more than 6 feet behind the NBA’s current three-point line. After a successful debut last year, The Flying Globies acrobatic dunk team returns to the court for another round of sky-high trampoline stunts.

See all the ticket options and order HERE.

NBC’s THE VILLAGE Advance Screening – You’re Invited!

NBC The Village

NBC has a brand new show, The Village, premiering on March 19th! You can have a chance to see it EARLY at a special advance screening (complete with refreshments) next week!

About NBC’s The Village:

Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own.

These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.

The cast of The Village includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.

NBC’s THE VILLAGE Advance Screening:

You’re invited to a special advance screening of NBC’s The Village Wednesday, March 6 at Showplace ICON at 7:00pm. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Click on the link below to RSVP.

RSVP Link:

Punch Pizza – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE for Valentine’s Day

We love Punch Pizza all the time, but just a little bit more when they have one of their awesome offers. They have a GREAT one for Valentine’s Day! To celebrate this day of love, visit Punch Pizza to buy one pizza and get one FREE from 4 pm – close! Print out the coupon HERE or show it on your phone.

Free pizza must be of equal or lesser value. Limit one per customer. Not valid for takeout at the Highland Park location or with any other offer.

Isn’t It Romantic Free Advance Screening

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Need a pre-Valentine’s Day girls’ night out? An advance screening of Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson, sounds like a good option, doesn’t it? The trailer for the film looks super funny – especially for anyone who has seen more than their fair share of romantic comedies. Check it out:



More about Isn’t It Romantic:

From New Line Cinema comes the romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic,” starring Rebel Wilson (“How to Be Single,” the “Pitch Perfect” films), Liam Hemsworth (the “Hunger Games” films), Adam Devine (“The Intern,” the “Pitch Perfect” films) and Priyanka Chopra (“Quantico,” “Baywatch”), under the direction of Todd Strauss-Schulson (“A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” “The Final Girls”).

New York City architect Natalie works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare—a romantic comedy—and she is the leading lady.

Wilson stars as Natalie, alongside Hemsworth as Blake, a handsome client; Devine as her co-worker and earnest best friend, Josh; and Chopra as Isabella, a model and self-proclaimed yoga ambassador.

See ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ in theaters February 13.

Free Advance Screening:

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of ISN’T IT ROMANTIC on Monday, February 11 at Showplace ICON at The West End at 7:30pm. To download a pair of passes click on the link below (while supplies last). Seating is based on first come, first served. It is recommended to arrive early. Download here:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Advance Screening


Exciting news! Thrifty Minnesota is going to be hosting a special advance screening of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD this weekend! We are BIG fans of the How to Train Your Dragon series of movies (as well as the DreamWorks Animation Television original series Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix)!

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That’s ME with Toothless at DreamWorks Animation Studios!

While we are a bit sad that this will be the last film in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, we’re still super excited to see it! If you have seen the trailer already, you are probably wondering (like we are) who this female Light Fury is and what type of adventure Hiccup, Astrid and Toothless will go on in this last hurrah.

Toothless Female Light Fury


From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown … and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2).



Head on over to the Thrifty Minnesota Facebook page to enter to win reserved seats at the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD advance screening at 10am on Saturday, February 9th at AMC Southdale.

We also have ten sets of general admission (first come, first served) passes to give away – each seats 4 people. For a chance at one of these passes, just complete the form by 11:59pm on Thursday, 2/7. We will email passes to the winners on Friday morning.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Advance Screening Passes Giveaway

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 any spring break road trips you might be taking (or just to fill the car to get back and forth to work!)

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 4/3/2019.

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