Winter Movie on Ice in Willmar

Willmar Winter Movie on Ice

For those of you in central Minnesota, we found some winter fun for you this weekend!  Head to Willmar on February 16th for the Winter Movie on Ice Event.

You only need to bundle up a little since the event is held indoors at the Civic Center.  Bring your own skates or there’ll be some skates available on a first come, first served basis. (Helmets are recommended for beginner skaters.)

The movie is Incredibles 2 and it begins at 6pm.  If you need skates it’s suggested to arrive at 5:30.

Official Willmar Winter Movie on Ice Event Info: 

Everyone is welcome to the 2019 Winter Movie on Ice Event!
Saturday, February 16th starting at 6pm at the Willmar Civic Center
Skates will be available on a first come basis starting at 5:30pm
Movie starts at 6pm

FREE Admission, FREE Popcorn, FREE Pop
FREE ice skate rental is available on a first come basis.
***Please bring your own skates if you have them.

Winter Games at Westwood Hills Nature Center

Bring the whole family for some Winter Games at Westwood Hills Nature Center, located in St. Louis Park.  It’s a chance to enjoy and embrace winter.

The event takes place Sunday, February 17th from 3-4:30.  There’s a small fee but with so many great activities and events planned the admission is a great deal.  They do ask that you pre-register and you can do that here.

  • Snowbowling
  • Kicksledding
  • Winter Games
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Plus more….

* All ages. $5 per person (resident) / $8 (non-resident)


Teen Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota

We all know that teens enjoy having some independence.  The Teen Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota event is not only fully staffed, they are also offering discount admission rates.  For only $6 your teen can enjoy some fun science time with their peers.  This special event takes place February 22nd from 6-11pm.

A chance to do all the fun activities and experiments for an evening of fun!   It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance and you can do that here.

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Move over, dinosaurs – teens are taking over the museum!

Teen Night at the Science Museum on Friday, February 22 is for fun-seekers ages 13-19. $6 and a student ID will get you access to the exhibit galleries, as well as teen-only activities and special late-night admission to the new Game Changers exhibit. With over 100+ playable games to choose from, you’ll make friends – and frenemies – as you battle for top score. Play DDR, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, and more!

Teen Night runs from 6 – 11 p.m. Pass the word along to your favorite young people!

Parents: While this event’s festivities are just for teens, the museum will be fully staffed and all activities will be supervised. You’re welcome to stay and enjoy free WiFi at Java Lab in the lobby, where food, coffee, and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Or catch an Omnifest film!


HANC Open House

If you’ve never been to the Harriet Alexander Nature Center, here is your chance to check it out.  We discovered it for the first time a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much we have returned several times.  Located in the Roseville area, you can forget how close you are to the city at this hidden gem.  We enjoy the great walking trails and the nature center itself offers some great learning opportunities.  Tomorrow is the annual open house at HANC (Harriet Alexander Nature Center).  It takes place from 12:30-4:30.  The theme is “The Year of the Pig”, with all sorts of great activities, crafts, treats and exhibits to enjoy.

Come out to the Harriet Alexander Nature Center’s Open House for a celebration of pigs and their relatives as we mark the Year of the Pig on Sunday, February 10, 12:30-4:30pm. You’ll be “happy as a pig in clover” as you enjoy some music, treats, and some of the fun customs of Chinese New Year. As a special treat, Mudonna, the St. Paul Saints mascot, will be making an appearance from 1:30-2:30pm! You can also check out the nature center’s displays including the fabulous indoor tree feature and explore the boardwalk out in the marsh.

Annual WRC Open House!

The annual Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) open house takes place February 10th.  The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota does amazing things and this is an opportunity to get a closer look.  A chance to meet the staff, get a look behind the behind the scenes a bit and see how they help sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.  The actual open house takes place from 12-4.

Everyone gets to “admit” a stuffed animal and go through the exam process. You’ll have a chance to learn about x-rays (radiographs), peer into microscopes, see cool parasites, watch a presentation on our work here – all sorts of fun things.

***As always, we follow state regs – there will be no animals on display.


Showing of The Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries

One of my favorite annual movie events is back again.  The 2019 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries will be showing at the Riverview Theater in south Minneapolis.  Each year, for just a brief time the Riverview shows the Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries.  The select showings for 2019 starts Friday February 8th, and will continue for just a few days, the last showing is on February 14th. Only one showing per day beginning at 4:15.

The admission is a little higher than the typical $2 you pay at the Riverview.  For this event, tickets are $7 or $5 for students and seniors.  I don’t recommend bringing young kids.  Sometimes the content can be graphic and it’s a long time to sit with no breaks between films.

There’re five nominations, all shown in succession, bringing the viewing to around 3 hours.  Some years I have gone, not knowing anything about the nominations and decided to just be surprised.  Other years I’ve decided to read up a bit and have more of a background of what I would see.  I have to admit, I think I prefer to not know anything about them, just my preference though.  One of the friends that I was with, had done some lengthy research prior to the viewing.  Whatever you decide, I can promise you that these nominations will bring a wide array of emotions.  If you choose to read about the nominations you can do that here.

Northeast Flannel Fest


Winter, Flannel and Fun.  Head to Northeast Minneapolis this Saturday (February 9th) for the Northeast Flannel Fest.   A chance to enjoy winter for a family friendly event.  The proceeds from the event benefit Camp Bovey   Tickets can be purchased in advance here on the event site.

This winter family festival features a snowshoeing scavenger hunt, a chili feed (with adult beverages for parents), Quinzhee (snow shelter) making, sledding, cookie decorating, bird house kits, and a communal art piece!

$25 per family (Individual adults $12; individual children $5)
Proceeds benefit Camp Bovey

Grumpy Old Men Festival in Wabasha

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The 26th Annual Grumpy Old Men Festival starts Friday (February 22nd). I think most all of us Minnesotans are fans of the movie Grumpy Old Men. You just have to love a movie that is set in Minnesota AND did filming here! The city of Wabasha proudly declares itself “Home of Grumpy Old Men” and that gives us all a reason to celebrate at the silver anniversary of the Grumpy Old Men Festival  there!


The two day festival in Wabasha kicks off with a showing of the movie; Grumpy Old Men at the local library.  The fun continues after the movie and then all day Saturday. Events include:

  • Music
  • 10th Annual Grumpy Plunge
  • Spaghetti Feed
  • Vintage Wool & Hand Knit Trunk Show
  • Ice Fishing Contest
  • Bingo
  • Minnow Races
  • Plus more

Grumpy Old Men Grumpy Plunge. Photo Courtesy of the Wabasha Kellogg Chamber of Commerce Website.

You can find the complete schedule here on the event website.

Ely Winter Festival

February is one of the best times to enjoy the Ely area.  It’s time for the annual Ely Winter Festival.  Taking place February 7-17, there’ll be activities for everyone.  Check out the full schedule here.

Some of the activities include:

Family Ice Fishing Event in Eagan

Next Saturday, February 9th is a great opportunity for kids to learn about Ice Fishing.  The family fishing event in Eagan is a chance for kids to learn about a favorite Minnesota sport.  Although it’s a free event, registration is required so they can plan for everyone.  You can register here (use code 11118001-S1) Some of the items they suggest you bring:

  • Bucket or Lawn Chair to sit on
  • Layered Winter Clothes (protection for face and good  warm waterproof boots
  • Sunscreen and face protection for the strong winter sunshine

Come try ice fishing in Eagan! Minnesota residents fish for free when accompanied by a child age 15 or under. No experience necessary. We provide equipment and bait while supplies last, or bring your own if you prefer. Bonfire, hot cooca, sheltered area, and portable toilet will be available at the Blackhawk Park pavilion. There will be Free Hands-on Demonstration & Tips and a chance to win an ice fishing pole!