Lone Oak Days in Eagan

This weekend is the annual Lone Oak Days in Eagan.  It takes place Sat and Sun (September 23-24th) at the historic Holz Farm. There’s no admission into the event and lot’s of great family friendly activities taking place both days.  Some of the fun includes:

  • Black Smith Demonstrations
  • Barnyard Animals
  • Honeybee Lessons
  • Corn Husking
  • Tractor display
  • Old Fashioned Laundry
  • * Some activities will be a small fee and tickets can be purchased.

See the full list of events, as well as the schedule and more information here on the Eagan City Website.

Normandale Japanese Garden Festival

This coming Saturday, September 23rd is time for the Normandale Japanese Garden Festival.  It takes place from 11-5:30 in Bloomington near the Normandale Community College.  This is the 4th year for the Festival and it keeps getting bigger and better, with more things added.  Food, martial arts demos, shopping boutique and more! They are asking for a $10 donation to go towards admission into the event.

11:30-12:00—South Metro martial arts, Harisen Daiko
12:00-12:30—Dedication of new donor recognition display outside the garden
12:30—1:00—Koi feeding in the garden
1:15-1:45—Seiryukan Dojo Japanese sword, Harisen Daiko
2:00-2:30—South Metro martial arts, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance, Feb Davidson koto
2:45-3:15—MN Kyudo archery, Taikollaborative taiko
3:30-4:00—Seiryukan Dojo Japanese sword, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance, Fern Davidson koto
4:15-4:45—Taikollaborative taiko
5:00-5:30—MN Kyudo archery, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance

Leo Hansen will be performing with the shakuhachi flute throughout the day.


Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival

This Sunday, September 17th is the Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival.  This is the 17th annual event, free admission and fun for the whole family.  The festival is from noon-5pm.  You can find more specifics on the festival website.

  • Silent Auction
  • Children’s Games
  • Cultural Exhibits
  • Beer Garden
  • Craft Vendors
  • Ukrainian Food

Bring family and friends to this FREE event! Get entertained with outstanding dance and music performances, enjoy delicious homemade Ukrainian food, and simply have fun!

Ukrainian Heritage Festival is world-class celebration of Ukrainian culture and its unique traditions in the Twin Cities. “All things Ukrainian” await you!

As in previous years, we will share the artistic and cultural achievements of our community on the local, national and world-wide levels, in folk dance, music, and other folk art. This year we are particularly proud to feature our local Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, members of which are performing in Lviv, Ukraine in August. Their performance at our Festival will mark their return from their trip abroad.

Come waltz and polka with Ukrainian Village Band, a Ukrainian roots band, playing folk & modern music. One can always find people dancing wherever they play!

Meet Your Museums Event

We are lucky to live in an area with some amazing museums.  Some are geared for kids, while others are more for the adult crowd. Tomorrow evening adults have a chance to Meet Your Museums.  The event takes place at the Bauhaus Brew Labs. Located in Minneapolis.  The Meet your Museums event takes place from 6-10pm, tomorrow September 12th.

  • Ticket Giveaways
  • Hands on Activities
  • Pizza and Beer
  • 12 different museums will be represented

Come down to the Haus on Tuesday, September 12th to explore some of the local museums and institutions that make it all possible. Expect hands-on activities, ticket giveaways, pizza from Parkway Pizza Longfellow, and of course, beer!

◦ American Swedish Institute
◦ The Bakken Museum
◦ Minneapolis Institute of Art
◦ Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
◦ Minnesota Historical Society
◦ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
◦ Minnesota Museum of American Art
◦ Minnesota Zoo
◦ Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
◦ Science Museum of Minnesota
◦ Three Rivers Park District
◦ Walker Art Center


Nickelodeon Universe $15 Wristbands

Planning a trip to the Mall of America? Here’s a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Wristbands – pay just $15 when you show this coupon on Mondays-Thursdays through October 5th! This is a $20.99 savings off the full price.

Yes, school is back in session, but you can still make this work, even for an evening. During the week they’re open from 10 am – 9:30 pm.


While you’re at the Mall of America, check out Fly Over America, which is also right inside Nickelodeon Universe. It’s super fun and you can get discount Fly Over America tickets HERE.

Crayola Experience Discount Tickets – Just $13.99 (Reg. $19.99)!

Crayola Experience Discount Tickets - Half Price at Mall of America!

Have you visited Crayola Experience at Mall of America yet? Now is a GREAT time to plan a visit because you can get Crayola Experience discount tickets! With this special offer you can pay just $13.99 for a Crayola Experience admission ticket, a $19.99 value!

Crayola Experience is a sprawling wonderland of colorful adventure that appeals to kids and kids-at-heart alike. This 60,000 square foot celebration of the iconic crayon fills the day with hands-on play for the entire family with over 25 fun and creative attractions. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Be a Star: Kids can appear as the star of their own coloring page (and even color outside the lines of their own faces), have their image printed on a t-shirt, and even name and wrap their very own Crayola crayon
  • Create Cool Things: Melt crayons into souvenir rings, learn to paint with melted crayons, embark on a 4-D coloring adventure, scribble art with chalk at Scribble Square
  • Learn Cool Things: Check out how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show, and learn the history and science behind Crayola at the Cafe Stage
  • Just Play: Crayola Experience also features a Color Playground and a vibrant Toddler Town

sCrayola Experience Discount Tickets - Half Price at Mall of America!

These Crayola Experience discount tickets will only be available for purchase for a limited time, but you can use them through December 31, 2017. Perfect for a fall or winter break activity!

Order Crayola Experience discount tickets HERE.

Grandparent’s Day at the Minnesota Zoo

Tomorrow is Grandparents Day.  Are you looking for a way to celebrate the day? Perhaps the perfect day to send the kids to spend the day, doing something fun with the Grandparents?  The MN Zoo is offering free admission to Grandparents tomorrow.  *Parking fee not included.

  • Opened to the public in May 1978
  • A world-class recreation destination home to more than 5,300 animals—many endangered—in award-winning exhibits
  • 485-acre campus featuring miles of outdoor trails and the largest indoor interconnected zoo exhibits in the country

The best part about the Minnesota Zoo, it’s a great place to visit in any kind of weather, rain or shine.


Polli*NATION Festival in Stillwater

We know how important Bees are, not just for making honey but for pollinating so much of our food.  This Sunday September 10th, you have a chance to PARTY WITH PURPOSE to protect our pollinators.  The Polli*NATION Festival in Stillwater begins at noon on Sunday.  You can register in advance to save a little money. Some of the activities taking place will be:

  • Live music
  • Food Trucks
  • Games
  • Prizes
  • Art installations on a grand scale
  • Honey
  • Live Bees
  • Minnesota pollinator awards
  • Special Guests
  • Much more fun!

Minnesota’s 3rd Annual Pollinator Festival expects 1000+ festival goers to buzz on over to Kissing Birch Farm for a festival that promotes protecting bees, butterflies and pollinators. Party with purpose alongside special guests – musicians, performers, food talents, scientists, live bees, and Minnesota luminaries. Expect custom crafted art interpretations of bees and butterflies on a grand scale for our tiny heroes.

Valleyfair Discount Tickets – Only $29.99 for Full Day Admission

We’re heading into the end of the season and that means a chance to go to Valleyfair for less! Right now you can score full day Valleyfair discount tickets for only $29.99 – which is $23 off the normal $53 price.

The deal is via Groupon and is valid until October 8th. That means you can use it for the season opener of ValleyScare!

Get your Valleyfair discount tickets HERE!

Minneapolis Monarch Festival

The Minneapolis Monarch Festival takes place this Saturday, September 9th from 10-4.  The annual event will be at Lake Nokomis, with activities for all ages.  More information including the schedule can be found on the festival website.

This year’s Monarch Festival will occur on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm.  The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway