Viva Vivaldi! Free Family Series at Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (Mankato)

Getting your children around music of all types is a great way to get them interested in music for life. One option is coming up soon: the FREE Viva Vivaldi! Free Family Series at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato this Saturday, April 20th at 3 pm.

Each season, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra gives four shows designed to introduce young children to the delights of classical music. Each show is hosted by an actor in costume and the MSO String Quartet. Concerts have a runtime of approximately 45 minutes and are performed without intermission.

Besides the concert, the entire venue and its surroundings will be filled with numerous child-friendly activities. Show up an hour early to get free admission to the Children’s Museum and get the wiggles out before the show!

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is located at 244 Lamm St in Mankato.

Meet POKÉMON Detective Pikachu at Mall of America – Saturday, April 20th

Detective Pikachu is coming to the Mall of America on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am – 2 pm in the Rotunda! Enjoy Pokémon-themed activities and the chance to win prizes and free tickets to see the movie. Come dressed in your best Pokémon costume and be entered into an hourly raffle for the chance to win even more cool prizes! No face masks allowed.

Check out the movie trailer here:

And here’s what this movie is all about:

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu opens in theaters May 10th!

Family Earth Day Celebration at Wargo Nature Center (Lino Lakes) – Saturday, April 20th

Visit Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes this Saturday, April 20th from 12:30 – 3 pm for a FREE fun-filled family Earth Day celebration.

Learn about Wargo’s unique offerings and activities, make your own earth art project to take home, listen to live music, explore the trails, enjoy light refreshments and the lovely spring weather! Also be sure to visit the Earth Day Fair, where local organizations will provide information and businesses will showcase earth-friendly products.

Wargo Nature Center is located at 7701 Main Street in Lino Lakes.

Goodwill Earth Day Sale: 30% Off April 19th-20th with Reusable Tote

Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota locations are having a Goodwill Earth Day Sale this Friday and Saturday, April 19th and 20th! Fill one GESMN 100th birthday tote bag and you’ll receive 30% off everything you can fit into the bag (up to $100 purchase).

If you don’t already have the Goodwill 100th Birthday Reusable Tote, it’s available in all stores for $1.99. Limit one bag per guest, per purchase, per visit.

This sale is valid at the locations listed on this page (all over central and southern Minnesota).

Earth Day Celebration at Harriet Alexander Nature Center (Roseville) – Saturday, April 20th

This Saturday, April 20th from 10 am – 2 pm, visit the Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville for their free annual Earth Day Celebration!

Step into spring with this annual celebration of the earth and the nature center’s 29th birthday. Enjoy free music and a showing of “The Lorax” movie. Visit their butterfly garden and plant a seed for butterflies. Top off the day with a piece of birthday cake!

For more information, visit the event website.

Richfield Outdoor Pool Season Passes – Up to 49% Off

Richfield Pool Discount Passes

Keep yourself and your family cool on hot summer days and save up to 49% on season passes at Richfield Outdoor Pool when you go through Groupon!

Options include:

  • $77 for Two Season Pool Passes with Two Totes ($38.50/pass)
  • $113 for Three Season Pool Passes with Three Totes ($37.67/pass)
  • $149 for Four Season Pool Passes with Four Totes ($37.25/pass)
  • $180 for Five Season Pool Passes with Five Totes ($36/pass)
  • $216 for Six Season Pool Passes with Six Totes ($36/pass)

Plus, use the coupon code SAVE through 4/17 (that’s today!) to save an extra 15%, dropping your price to as low as $30.60 per pass!

The Richfield Outdoor Pool has been cooling off its swimmers since 1961. The pool stretches 50 meters, inviting customers to swim laps in the two 25-yard lap lanes, play a few bouts of water volleyball, or reenact the adventures of the Venetian merchant traveller Marco Polo. There’s even a diving board and a double water slide. And the main pool is just one of the highlights. A children’s wading pool with a zero-depth entry awaits youngsters, and a concession stand complete with umbrella-covered tables gives folks a place to refuel.

The pool will be open June 7 – August 25, 2019. Infants under 1 year are free. You can pick up your pass and tote from May 28 – June 6. Get your Groupon HERE!

Family Arts Blast (FAB) at the Ordway – Saturday, April 20th

Now THIS looks like fun! This Saturday, April 20th from 9 am – 12:30 pm is Family Arts Blast (FAB) at the Ordway in St. Paul, a morning of FREE family fun in which children of all ages can get hands-on interaction with music, dance, theater, and more.

If you’ve got a creative kiddo (aren’t they all creative in their own way?), this is a great opportunity for them to try out a bunch of different activities! Make or try an instrument, learn new dance movies, and explore technical theater with costumes and sound effects.

Every 20 minutes a new show or concert will start inside the two performance spaces. Programming is provided by the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, Schubert Club, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Visit the Ordway website for a complete event schedule as well as other information.

City Pages Beer Fest Discount Tickets

Beer connoisseurs, listen up! The City Pages Beer Fest is having their 27th annual outdoor festival later this spring in which you can enjoy many domestic, imported, craft, specialty, and micro brew samples along with live music, tons of games and prizes, and more. Food trucks are also available so you can eat up while you sample.

This year’s Beer Fest takes place at the West End in St. Louis Park on Saturday, June 1st from 4 – 8 pm. The event takes place rain or shine. Grab your discount tickets via Goldstar or Groupon to save on admission.

PS – A designated driver ticket is available via the Beer Fest website for $10 which includes admission to the festival, complimentary soft drinks and water. Please note that all guests must be 21 or older.

The City Pages Beer Festival takes on West End’s St. Louis Park for its 27th annual edition, featuring a stellar array of imported and domestic beers to sample, along with a bevy of live music to accompany a fun night out for you and your friends. This outdoor event has the laid back, homegrown feel of a backyard party with good friends, great food and plenty of games. Your ticket includes all beer samples and live musical entertainment from Hustle Rose and the ever-popular Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band. From homegrown flavors to local breweries, The City Pages Beer Festival offers a variety of suds to please everyone’s palate. To top it off, a portion of proceeds will also benefit JCI Hopkins, a volunteer group of young professionals working to create positive change in their community.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

STORY at Macy’s Ridgedale Activities

Over the past couple of years, we’ve heard about a lot of closings of Macy’s stores, but the Macy’s store at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka is still open! It’s one of over 35 Macy’s locations across the country that are participating in the new STORY concept.

About STORY at Macy’s:

STORY is a new store to explore – an ever-changing retail concept that brings a new theme to life every 6-8 weeks through fresh and fun products from hundreds of small businesses and dynamic event programming. They got their start in Chelsea NYC where they debuted the idea of a store that acted like a magazine. Their friends at Macy’s invited them to move uptown and across the country to over 35 locations. STORY at Macy’s is changing things up and inviting you to discover something new every few months. Stay tuned for what’s in-store – there will be oh-so much to explore!

Right now the upcoming STORY at Macy’s events are all about color and include:

  • V-eye-P: Festival Beauty with MAC Cosmetics – Friday, April 19th from 3 – 7 pm
  • Picking Patch: Jean Jacket Customization with Crayola X Levis – Saturday, April 27th from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Melt Hearts: DIY Crayon Mother’s Day Cards – Saturday, May 11th from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Palette Play: Smokey eye perfection with MAC Cosmetics – Friday, May 17th from 3 – 7 pm
  • Stroke of Genius: Egg Painting Eggs-travaganza – Saturday, May 18th from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Melting Magic: DIY Melted Crayon MANDALAs with Crayola – Wednesday, May 22nd from 6 – 8 pm

As far as I can tell, these events are all free, but there is an option to RSVP and save your place. Obviously some of these are intended more for kids than others. Check the Macy’s website for more details and to RSVP.

Dave & Buster’s Discount All-Day Gaming Package for Two (Edina and Maple Grove)

Enjoy some fun and games at Dave & Buster’s in Edina or Maple Grove and get a great deal on an all-day gaming package for two with this offer from Groupon.

You’ll pay just $25 for an All-Day Gaming Package for Two ($70 value). Each person will receive one all-day Simulator Power Card for all games that do not issue tickets or prizes, plus 18 game chips. With the All-Day Simulator Power Card, you can choose from single and multi-player games, including 3-D, simulator, sports, and rides. Bonus: You won’t have to pay the activation fee with this deal, either!

Your Groupon will be good for 120 days after purchase, and there is a limit of 1 per visit. Not valid with any other offers or promotions, including Eat & Play Combos, Half Price Games Wednesdays or any Half Price Game promotion. It’s also not valid on May 27, June 16, or July 4, 2019.

Eat. Play. Drink. Watch. Dave & Buster’s ambition is to offer something for everyone. Regardless of which location you visit, you can count on being entertained. Each Dave & Buster’s location boasts a Million Dollar Midway––an enormous game room that consists of rows of arcade games and the latest video games. The sprawling entertainment complexes feature full bars with specialty cocktails and dining areas that serve a chef-crafted menu including burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and other American dishes. With dozens of HD TV’s, the Sports Bar allows the guests to enjoy their favorite sports action.

Get your Groupon for the Edina location HERE or the Maple Grove location HERE!