Sibley Park & Farm (Mankato)

I grew up in Mankato, and I have very fond memories of my childhood there, especially frequent visits to Sibley Park to play on the equipment and see the animals. They have seriously revamped the area since I was a kid, though!


Now you can visit Sibley Farm (inside Sibley Park) and walk through red barn-style buildings to view farm animals. You can also play on the farm-themed playground equipment at the park.

Sibley Farm Mankato

According to Explore Minnesota, Sibley Farm is set to open April 16th, 2019 for the season. (Even if it doesn’t open that specific date, I’m sure it will be open very soon.) You’ll be able to see alpacas, calves, goats, peacocks, horses, lambs, and chicks, as well as koi fish in the pond. Sibley Farm is open daily from 6:30 am – 10:30 pm in mid-spring, summer, and early fall.

Sibley Park & Farm

Sibley Park is a dynamic community park that is rich in history. The park, established in established in 1887, is named for Minnesota’s first Governor, Henry Hastings Sibley. In the past the park has provided a horse racing track, regional zoo, museum, community band shell, clay tennis courts and renowned gardens.

The park offers recreational opportunities on the north side with softball, tennis, fishing and sliding hill. On the south side of the park are extensive landscape and gardens, a story book farm site, open space and picnicking areas. The hill top of the mound is being reclaimed through plantings and controlled burns to an Oak Savanna environment similar to what originally existed.



Sibley Park is suitable for organized sports, large group gatherings, amplified music and reserved use. The picnic shelters are popular for family reunions, business meetings, company picnics and large group gatherings. The gazebo and gardens are favorites for outdoor weddings and photography sessions. Many of these areas can be reserved.

Also at Sibley Park are the pond, the CHS Pergola, the Sibley Park Pavilion and Sibley Farm. Within Sibley Park are the Sibley HealthBeat outdoor exercise equipment and more than two miles of walking trails available at three levels–easy, moderate or experienced.

Sibley Park & Farm

Sibley Park is located at 900 Mound Avenue in Mankato.

You can read more about Sibley Park in our post on Thrifty Jinxy about Weekend Family Fun in Mankato.


Sara Bareilles Discount Concert Tickets – Xcel Energy Center

Sara Bareilles is coming to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in the fall! The concert is on Wednesday, October 16 at 8 pm.

Right now a limited number of lower level and club level tickets are available at a discount via Groupon! Lower level tickets are priced at $35 via Groupon (normally $45.05 with all of the fees) (these are now sold out), and club level tickets are priced at $55 via Groupon (normally $69.90 with all of the fees). With your Groupon you’ll pay NO additional fees.

Order your discount Sara Bareilles tickets HERE.

Urban Expedition at Landmark Center in St. Paul – Learn About the World!

Just a heads up – the next and final Urban Expedition event is coming up soon (Sunday, April 14th)!

Kids and adults can learn about the world this Sunday (and four other Sundays this winter and spring) with Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition program! This is the 15th year of this popular program in St. Paul which provides authentic cultural experiences that include music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.

This year’s series will highlight the following countries on these dates:

Puerto Rico: Sunday, January 13

Palestine: Sunday, February 10

Romania: Sunday, March 3

Great Britain: Sunday, March 31

Vietnam: Sunday, April 14

These programs run from 1 – 3 pm on each of these days and are FREE and open to the public. Children and adults will receive a travel “passport” that will be stamped for each country in the series.

Landmark Center is located at 75 West 5th Street facing Rice Park and next to the Ordway and The Saint Paul Hotel. Parking is available on the street as well as in nearby Lawson, Science Museum and RiverCentre Ramps.

Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (Fridley)

I have a few kids who definitely have an artistic bent…they’re always drawing or painting. I love it as I am sooooooo not artistic but I want to encourage it in them. Can you relate?

Let your kids (and yourself!) explore their artistic side with free Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. On select Sundays throughout the year, you can visit the Center, go on an art scavenger hunt, and enjoy art together, all for FREE.

Upcoming Sundays in 2019 are as follows:

  • April 14, 1-3 pm | Flower Power
    In April we will create 3D art by making tissue paper flowers and painting the flower pots. We will explore the principles of sculpture and the idea of gestalt. You can make it as beautiful or as crazy as you like (think Little Shop of Horrors).
  • June 9, 1-3 pm | Nature Transformed
    We will explore the genre of landscape in art and look at how nature is transforming as we enter into summer. We will observe the gardens around the art center and park as inspiration.
  • August 11, 1-3 pm | Full Spectrum
    Abstraction is what this month is all about. Weather permitting we will be out on the lawn practicing abstract painting. So get ready to paint it like Jackson Pollock. Wear clothes that can get messy to this event.
  • October 13, 1-3 pm | ARTober
    On the spookiest day of the spookiest month, we will explore the genre of portraiture in art. Stop by and get creative as we make an old world MONSTER portrait. Also! Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award during our Member Exhibition.
  • December 8, 1-3 pm | Winter Wonderland
    Stop by and shop the galleries during our Holiday Gift mART. We will be making collaged snowglobes and other wonderland items just in time to share with your family during the holidays.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley.

Free Family Day at Minneapolis Institute of Art: Art in Bloom – Sunday, April 14th

Swing by the Minneapolis Institute of Art the second Sunday of every month for Family Day at Mia, a FREE day of fun at the museum designed for the young and the young-at-heart. This Sunday’s theme is Art in Bloom with activities taking place from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday, April 14th.

Wake up and smell the flowers! Enjoy a colorful day of floral-themed activities throughout the galleries and studios. Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Institute.

This special Art in Bloom Family Day will take inspiration from the children’s book Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.

Storytelling at 11AM, 11:45AM, and 12:30PM. Crafts and sidewalk chalk art ongoing all day!

Join talented Twin Cities actors as they tell the tale of dragons cooking, eating, and hosting taco parties. Get your picture taken at a dragon taco party. Make your own dragon headband at the craft table using craft papers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, fresh flowers, and more.

Thymes Spring Warehouse Sale (Roseville) – April 25th – 27th

The Thymes Spring Warehouse Sale is back, and I wanted to give you the heads up now as this is typically a very popular sale. Shop a variety of Thymes bath, body, and home fragrance products at a discount. Choose from body washes, lotions, soaps, candles, diffusers, bubble baths, refresher oils, home fragrance mists, gift sets, and more. (Perfect timing for end-of-year teacher gifts…hint hint!)

The sale will take place at the former Herberger’s location at Rosedale Center (1675 MN Highway 36 in Roseville). Enter through the exterior doors on the first floor (ground level).

Sale hours:

Thursday, April 25th from 7:30 am – 6 pm
Friday, April 26th from 7:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday, April 27th from 9 am – 2 pm

Cash or charge only. They accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. Due to limited space, no strollers are allowed.

Animal Open House in Eden Prairie – Saturday, April 13th

The 30th Annual Animal Open House at Eden Prairie’s Outdoor Center will take place this Saturday, April 13th from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free, although they do accept donations at the door. Animal shows will take place at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm.

See reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds; explore nature trails and learning stations; look at the sun through a solar telescope at the Staring Lake Observatory.

Discount Mississippi River Kayak Tours – As Low As $24/Person!

Chances are good that with this lovely snowstorm we’re having right now, you can’t wait until we’re finally past this and can truly think of spending some time outdoors on the water.

Right now you can get a great deal on a kayak tour on the Mississippi River through Minnesota Adventure Co via Groupon! Tours are normally $60 per adult, but right now you can pay as little as $30/person – choose from two-people or four-people options.

Plus, use the coupon code SALE3 through 4/11 (that’s today!) to save an extra 20%, dropping the price to as low as $24/person!

During this three-hour jaunt down the Mississippi, you’ll paddle past historic Fort Snelling and along the downtown St. Paul skyline, glimpsing Pike Island and passing beneath many bridges along the way. The tour concludes at Harriet Island Park.

Tours are available select days Wednesday – Sunday and include a kayak, paddle, life jacket, and guide. You’ve got all summer to use this Groupon as it doesn’t expire until 10/1/19, but you’ll need to make an online reservation in advance.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Gopher Football Spring Game – Free Admission and Activities

Football in spring? Yes, indeed! Join the Golden Gopher Football team this Saturday, 4/13 at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2019 Spring Game starting at 11 am. All events are free.

You’ll be able to see the University of Minnesota marching band as well as Goldy Gopher. Goldy’s Locker Room will be having a spring sale, and you’ll want to show up early as Abbott hosts a pre-game fan fest outside TCF Bank Stadium with food, music, and plenty of activities for children.

Student-athletes and head coach P.J. Fleck will remain on the field for 30 minutes after the game for an autograph session with fans.

Escape The Room Minneapolis – As Low As $21/Person

Need a fun idea for an outing with friends or a group date night? Why not try an escape room? Right now you can get discount admission to Escape The Room Minneapolis with a Groupon offer! Choose from 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 people and Sunday-Thursday or Friday-Saturday. Prices start as low as $21/person, which is at least 25% off what you’ll pay when you book online.

After you purchase your Groupon, you’ll need to make your reservation online. Please note that reservations cannot be rescheduled or canceled. There is a limit of 2 per person.

  • Escape room game: You and your group may join other players to solve puzzles and escape the room.
  • Available rooms: The Agency, The Apartment, and The Dig.
  • Age restrictions: The rooms are designed for adult minds, but all ages are welcomed. If any member is 14 or younger, there must be at least 1 adult accompanying. If any member is 10 or younger, customers have to book a private game.
  • Average length of game: up to 60 minutes

Get your Groupon HERE!