Tubing with Teens at Elm Creek Park Reserve

We might not have any mountains but we are lucky enough to have some great hills for sledding and tubing.  One of our favorite spots happens to be part of the Three River Park District.  Elm Creek Park Reserve is located near Maple Grove.  We like that they provide the tubes and having a magic carpet to get back up to the top.

Elm Creek is hosting a Tubing with Teens event this coming Friday from 6-9pm.  There’s a small fee for this evening of fun, only $5 and it’s well worth three hours of fun! It’s important to note that only 200 passes will be sold at this thrifty rate so you might want to plan ahead and purchase your pass.  The event is for kids 12-19. **Each Teen needs to have a parent waiver signed.  Hot cocoa will be provided and there will also be a nature photography contest which you can read about here on the event FB page.

A selection of board games will be available indoors.

6:00PM – Tubing Passes can be purchased for $5 by teens with tubing lasting for 2 hours from the time of purchase. Only 200 passes will be issued at the $5 rate.
7:30PM – All photos must be entered for the photo contest
8:00PM – The TRPD Teen Council will select 10 finalists for the photo contest and voting will open up to all teens to choose a winner
8:30PM – Voting closes for the photo contest
8:45PM – Winner is announced.
9:00PM – Teen Night Ends


Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum of MN

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Are your kids off from school tomorrow?  Bring them to the Science Museum of MN for a behind the scenes day.  It’s a rare day when the Collections Vault will be open and activated by museum staff and volunteers giving the public access to objects not normally on display.  It takes place from noon to 4 and is included with the regular museum admission.

Monday, January 21st Highlights:

Peek inside the Science Museum’s state-of-the-art Collections Storage Vault on Monday, January 21! Home to over two million objects, the vault houses artifacts and specimens that span millions of years of Earth’s history and come from all over the world.

See a tooth from Megalodon, the largest species of predatory shark that ever lived. View Inuit artifacts and pre-Columbian textiles, including a shirt from Peru that is over 600 years old. Be dazzled by brightly-colored bird specimens from around the world, and much more.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the vault, meet scientists and hear about their favorite objects, and ask questions!

Winter Play Day at Silverwood Park

Silverwood Park offers a huge variety of fun activities, even during the winter.  Silverwood is hosting a Winter Play Day this Monday from 11-4:30.   Almost all of the activities are free with a couple of exceptions, which is awesome for the thrifty crowd. The day is geared toward all ages so if you happen to have the day off bring the whole family.

  • Kite flying on Silver Lake
  • Snowman Making Contest
  • Free Family Concert *Roe Family Singers
  • Kite Making Activity *First 40 are free then $6 each.

Check out the full schedule of events on their FB page, as well as notice of cancellation if the weather is bad.


ReStore Annual 50% Off Everything Sale

It’s time once again for one of our favorite sales.  The ReStore Annual 50% Off Everything Sale!   If you have plans to remodel, redo or just redecorate, you don’t want to miss this sale.  ReStore carries everything from: appliances, furniture, windows, doors, lighting, tools and much more.  A great place to find new and gently used home improvement products and building materials.

This amazing 50% off sale is one day only, January 26th from 9:00am-4:00pm.  ReStore has two locations:

2700 Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis
510 County Road D. West in New Brighton

On the day of the sale, there are some special things to keep in mind, as it will be a busy day for shoppers and staff alike:

  • This is a one-day only sale, with special store hours.
  • It’s Pay and Carry Only: We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash. No Checks. No product holds.
  • Parking: If it’s busy, look for one of the parking attendants, and please follow their instructions. We have limited parking space and appreciate your patience.
  • Carts: We may not have carts available for everyone. Stay near your item, or talk to a volunteers, they will have tags to mark your item while waiting for a cart.
  • No Other Coupons or Discounts: No other offers are accepted during the sale.
  • Checkout: The lines may be long- we only have 3 registers. We will have volunteers helping to tally each sale before getting to the checkout register. If there are not enough attendants, you may be asked to help tally your items. Please be patient.
  • Amazon Paint and Paint Supplies: Amazon Paint and new paint supplies will not be included or available during this sale.
  • Check out the other tips and suggestions to help you navigate the sale here.

Finally, if you have some spare time on Saturday, you can also sign up to volunteer at the sale. The ReStore locations both operate with a small staff, and since this is their largest sale of the year, they could use extra pairs of helping hands.


Free Sanctus Real Concert

With the recent cold temps you might be hunting for indoor fun.  The Free Sanctus Real Concert taking place at the Mall of America tomorrow evening (January 18) should be at the top of your list.  Taking place in the Rotunda area from 7-9, the pefect warm indoor place to be.


98.5 KTIS is happy to welcome Sanctus Real for a free winter concert at the Mall of America Rotunda on January 18! Get an up-close performance before you hear them on the big stage at Joyful Noise this summer. There will be plenty of standing room, but if you want to sit up-close and get a photo with the band, be sure to get a wristband. A limited number will be distributed beginning at 5:30.

While we are safe and warm on a cold January night inside the MOA, there are many teens who are homeless and looking for ways to stay warm.  Last December, Good in the ‘Hood provided backpacks, filled with winter survival supplies, to homeless youth. These backpacks included hand/feet warmers. John was one teen who received a backpack. Upon receiving this gift he said: “I thought I was one of the forgotten few…that nobody cared about. Thank you for helping us believe that we actually matter.”

MacPhail Free Family Music Series: The Bazillions – Saturday, January 19th

MacPhail Free Family Music Series The Bazillions

There is a great free event that is taking place on Saturday. It is indoors, so you don’t have to bundle up too much. 🙂 The MacPhail Free Family Music Series: The Bazillions takes place at 10:15 am and 11:15 am on Saturday the 19th.

No tickets are required, and the concerts are free and open to the public. This event is held at the MacPhail campus in Minneapolis; find directions and more information here.

Jam with The Bazillions, a kid-friendly indie rock band. The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities’ parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. A free, family event for music-loving families and those who want to explore music for the first time! The centerpiece of this series is a live concert. Before and after each concert, the musicians will give free sample lessons to kids and adults on the instruments featured in the concert. Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® staff will also be on site to engage families in a music-themed art project. Light refreshments will follow the concert.

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

Coming up on January 26th is the 18th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival.  It takes place on the north end of the lake from noon-4.  You can choose to participate or just observe all the fun kites flying above. Back again, just for one day this year will be the Art Shanty Projects!  Mark your calendar, this is one of our favorite events!

This is a free event, no admission required.  Other fun family activities at the festival include:

  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
  • ART Shanty Projects!
  • Snowshoeing
  • Marshmallow Roast
  • Ice Fishing
  • Plus kite viewing of all shapes and sizes

The 18th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival will take place on the north end of Lake Harriet near the Lake Harriet Band Shell. Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet.

Minnesota Kite Society experts will demonstrate their skills maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, and offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime. Bring your own kite, or buy an inexpensive one at the lake.

Tips Outdoors will teach kids ice fishing skills and safety tips. Equipment and permits for children will be provided.

The Big Chill Winter Party in Chaska

It might be a warmer than normal January but we can still have some winter fun!  The Big Chill Winter Party in Chaska takes place this Friday, January 18th from 6-7:30.  A family friendly event for all ages, with all the fun taking place at Fireman’s Park.  No Registration needed.  Some of the fun includes:

  • Free S’mores over the bonfire
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Glow in the dark bowling
  • Bring your Ice Skates and Skate to the DJ Music from KIDSDANCE



Ice Harvesting Day at Richardson Nature Center

Are you interested in how things used to be done?  Ice Harvesting isn’t something we hear much about these days, but it used to be very important.  The Annual Ice Harvesting event takes place Saturday, January 26th at the Richardson Nature Center,  A great opportunity to see just how things used to be done. There’s a small fee for all of the activities, only $5 a person which is still a bargain.

Experience the adventures of Minnesota’s hardy ice harvesters. Cut blocks of ice out of the pond with a vintage ice saw and pull an antique ice plow. Weigh blocks of ice, use chipping tools, and make ice cubes. Discover food preservation techniques with costumed interpreters from The Landing and hear stories from ice harvesting historian, Tim Graf. Try a kicksled, determine water quality, and watch ice rescue demonstrations by Bloomington Fire and Rescue. Explore Phase Two, a dynamic public artwork made of melting ice representing the effects of climate change in sculptural form. Keep warm by a campfire outside or enjoy hot cocoa and a film of early-1900s ice harvesting inside. Drop in anytime.

Full Moon Walk at Pine Point Regional Park

So far we’ve had a pretty mild winter, that just means an evening walk is a little easier.  Seeing the beautiful moon makes it worth it, even if is winter and you can see your breath.

The Full Moon Walk at Pine Point Regional Park takes place January 22nd from 7-8pm.  It’s a guided hike and you are welcome to bring snowshoes or just walk along the trail.  No reservations needed and it’s free with a vehicle permit for Washington County Parks.