Adults only Gibbs Farm Evening Tour

Sometimes it’s nice to take in some local history during the evening hours.  The Adults only Gibbs Farm, Evening Tour takes place this coming Thursday, July 19th.  The event is for the 21 and up crowd, so not only is it in the evening, it’s a time without the kids.  There’s a small admission fee of $10-$15 ( depending on if you have a membership to the RCHS) Advance registration is requested either by phone (651-646-8629.) or by clicking here.

21+ Event

Thursday, July 19th

History loving adults are invited to our very first evening tour. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary beverage and light refreshments on the porch before going on a tour of the Gibbs Farmhouse lead by Site Manager Sammy Nelson. This tour will go in-depth on Jane and Heman Gibbs and their life in early Minnesota. Sammy will draw from stories told by Jane and Heman’s children and grandchildren to bring this chapter of Minnesota history to life.

Crayola Experience Discount Tickets – $29.99 for 2 + Free Kid’s Meal!

Crayola Experience Discount Tickets Mall of America

Now is a GREAT time to plan a visit to Crayola Experience at Mall of America because you can get Crayola Experience discount tickets through Groupon! With this special offer you can get TWO Crayola Experience admission tickets, plus one kid’s meal for a total of $29.99!

The kid’s meal includes:

  • Choice of PB&J, two chicken strips, or a hot dog
  • One apple
  • One yogurt
  • Drink in a souvenir cup
  • Souvenir lunch box

Crayola Experience is a sprawling wonderland of colorful adventure that appeals to kids and kids-at-heart alike. Located in the Mall of America, 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) and 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 September 3, 2018. Perfect for a summer break activity to beat the heat indoors!

Order Crayola Experience discount tickets HERE.

Bell Museum Grand Opening

We were excited to learn that the Bell Museum was going to relocate and build new.  Not that it wasn’t a great place to visit before, it just needed to spread it’s wings a bit and get more space.  Finally, the dates for the Bell Museum Grand Opening are here, July 13th-15th.  You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.  The new location is close to the U of M St. Paul campus and the MN State Fairgrounds.  The building itself is beautiful, we are so excited to see all the new changes and additions that are waiting inside those walls.

Even if you can’t make it to the opening weekend, put this on your summer or fall bucket list.  This museum is sure to be something for all ages to enjoy.

The Bell springs back to life with an epic weekend celebrating our grand reopening and new building. Join us to celebrate, explore, and marvel, from microorganisms to the woolly mammoth to the outer realms of the universe.

The entire weekend will feature hands-on science, exciting experiences in the state of the art Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, and artistic projects from nature sketching to make-your-own dioramas.



Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Wine Demystified

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Wine Demystified on Thursday, July 26th from 5:30 – 9 pm.

The Bakken is a hidden gem, located in a mostly residential area in South Minneapolis. On occasion they offer adult-only events like this one, a time to learn about science without the kids. There are half-price tickets available through Goldstar which will get you in for $6 (reg. $12), plus service fees.

Evenings at The Bakken Museum uncorks the secrets of wine and flavor pairings with Wine Demystified. Learn “The Science of Wine” with sommelier Karina Roe, explore cheese pairings from The Cheese Shop, grab some delicious treats available for purchase, and tap your toes to the bluegrass stylings of Stringdingers. Evenings at The Bakken Museum is a great way to experience the museum after-hours, enjoy a cocktail or drink, and experiment with STEM activities in a unique environment at a truly one-of-a-kind South Minneapolis institution.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Coon Rapids 4th of July

Coon Rapids is the place to be July 2-4th.  It’s their annual Fourth of July Community Celebration, with tons of fun for the whole family.  You can find the full schedule of events here on the event website.

  • Parade Monday July 2nd at 6pm
  • Fireworks July 4th
  • Live Music
  • Food Vendors
  • Bingo
  • Carnival Midway

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall Event

Not everyone can get to Washington DC to see the Vietnam Memorial, even if you have the “Moving Wall” is still something special to see.  This July 4th-6th it comes to Princeton, Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds  The public is welcome to view it, gates open noon on July 4th and close 6pm on July 6th.

Check out the full schedule of events here on their website.  Most of the events are free to attend, however there is a bus tour to Camp Ripley and advance tickets are needed.

“The Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for thirty plus years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

Firework Displays

Would love to hear where you go to see fireworks for the 4th of July?  Is there somewhere in MN that does an awesome display and you have a tradition to go there each year?  There are several shows in the twin cities but there’s also many places in smaller towns.  Please share and we will add them so others are aware.  Perhaps start a new tradition and check out a different spot.  Here are a few around the state, perhaps one of these is close to you?

Albert Lea:  July 4th near Fountain Lake

Alexandria:  July 4th over Lake Darling at sunset

Duluth:  July 4th Near Bayfront

Moorhead:  July 4th Sheels Field at MSUM

Stillwater:  July 4th over the St. Croix River at dusk






Vikings Preseason Tickets for $20 + Watch Training Camp for Free

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UPDATE: The deal below is no longer available, but you can find more discount Vikings ticket options HERE. And you can still check out training camp! – See below.

See the Vikings play the Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 18th at 12 pm for just $20! You’ll need to order your tickets here and enter the coupon code JAX to purchase. (Yes, the seats aren’t great, but hey, they’re $20 and you can walk around the stadium.)

Vikings Training Camp

I grew up in Mankato and remember going to many, many days of training camp. I’m a little sad for Mankato that training camp is no longer there, but I’m happy for those of us in the Twin Cities who are now more easily able to see training camp in progress.

Here’s what you need to know about training camp (yes, it’s FREE):

  • Daily fan attendance will be capped at 5,000 for each of the 18 days that are scheduled to be open to the public.
  • All tickets must be reserved in advance. There will be 4,000 free general admission tickets available and 1,000 reserved seats ($20-$25) available in the Kwik Trip Red Zone each day.
  • Digital tickets are available at Tickets and parking passes will be available on mobile devices only. You can download the free Vikings app which manages tickets and parking.
  • There is a 4-ticket maximum per fan and a limit of 2 days per fan.
  • More than 2,200 parking spaces will available on-site in the Northland Ford Dealers Parking Lot, but each must be purchased in advance. The cost to park is $10, and you have an opportunity to purchase parking when reserving tickets (limit 1 parking pass for each ticket transaction).

For more information, check out the Vikings Training Camp FAQ.

Blaine Festival

One of our favorite things about summer, so many festivals and parades to attend.  Not to mention all of the county fairs around the state.  Not enough hours in the day to make it to everything!  The Blaine Festival takes place this weekend, June 22-24.  three days packed full for fun for all ages.

Check out the full schedule of events here on the event page.

Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show!

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show! other summers but want to give a reminder.  The show is fun to watch, it’s free and something a bit more unique to do on a Thursday evening in the summer.  You can catch the show several upcoming Thursdays in North Minneapolis.  Check out the schedule here as well as map of the location.

*Development show starting at 6:30 pm and main show at 7 pm