Threshers & Combines Weekend at the Oliver Kelley Farm

Not quite sure how to enjoy the upcoming Labor Day weekend?  The Oliver Kelley Farm is hosting their annual Threshers & Combines Weekend for three days.  A chance to step back in history a bit.  Some of the fun includes:

Helping the farmers haul grain bundles from the barn and field, thresh grain in an 1856 Cox and Roberts horse-powered threshing machine, or try your hand at flailing grain. Help bag up the grain, then enjoy a rest on the porch with a glass of lemonade or explore how wheat and flour are used in the historic house kitchen. Then head to the Farm Lab to discover how grain is harvested and processed today.

In the Learning Kitchen, experiment with different types of grains and flours and sample some baked goods made with different grains.

**Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

You can purchase admission in advance here on the Minnesota Historical Society website or when you arrive on site at the farm.

Mall of America State Fair Savings: FlyOver America, Sea Life, The Escape Game

Just yesterday I was the grocery store and the customer in front of me was having a conversation with the cashier about how much less busy it was than normal. The cashier commented that they always see a drop in customers during the run of the Minnesota State Fair. I figured restaurants and entertainment venues might see fewer people, but even grocery stores? Who knew!

The Minnesota State Fair is a BIG draw for people, which means that other businesses and attractions will offer discounts to get you in their doors, too! Here are some different discounts currently happening at a few Mall of America attractions:

FlyOver America
Get 50% off general admission tickets when you show this post at the admissions counter. Valid on single general admission tickets from 8/22/19 – 9/2/19 only.

SEA LIFE Minnesota
Use the coupon code STATEFAIRBOGO online to get buy one, get one free admission.

The Escape Game
Use the coupon code STFAIR online to receive 20% off your 60-minute adventure at the Twin Cities’ #1 escape room. Expires 9/2/19.

Free Basic Pass with State Fair Ticket Stub at Urban Air Adventure Park (Coon Rapids)

Urban Air Adventure Park Free Pass with Donation

Done with your State Fair adventure? Head to Urban Air Adventure Park in Coon Rapids where they’re offering a FREE Basic Pass when you bring in your State Fair ticket stub now through 9/2/19!

The Basic Pass is normally $13.99 and allows the jumper to jump on the Prozone Trampoline, Drop Zone, two Dodgeball Courts, two Slam Dunk Courts, and the Appex Trampolines. Note that you will need to use the Urban Air Socks which are $2.50 per pair (no personal socks allowed). They also have other attractions for a higher price, so your kids might get a little jealous. Still, (mostly) free is good, right?

Fun Global Climbing Day at Vertical Endeavors: August 24

Do you enjoy rock climbing or perhaps wanted to try it but haven’t?   This Saturday is Global Climbing Day and we found the perfect event to celebrate.  Enjoy Fun Global Climbing Day at Vertical Endeavors from 5pm-10pm at any of their 6 locations (five in MN and one in IL)  Some of the activities include:

First time climbers can climb for FREE at any location.
Members can bring a friend for FREE at any location.
ANYONE can climb for FREE at VE–Minneapolis, the 2019 Minnesota Global Climbing Day headquarters.
Free harness rental, $5 shoe rental.



Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) – As Low As $99/Night!

One fantastic destination for your family’s summer getaway is Great Wolf Lodge, and right now you can stay for as low as $99/night when you book your stay through Groupon! Options include:

  • $109+/night for a Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite (includes wristbands for 6)
  • $99+/night for a Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite – 2 night minimum
  • $119+/night for a Family Suite (includes wristbands for 6)
  • $129+/night for a Queen Cabin Suite (includes wristbands for 6)

You can also save up to 25% when you book your stay through this link! Be sure to check this option as it might be a better deal than going through Groupon. This offer is good all summer long.

This summer they’re offering a Summer Camp-in from May 24th through September 2nd. This special promotion is packed with exciting ways to help you and your pack discover all that Great Wolf Lodge has to offer! They’ll have pool parties, barbecue dinners, and a Trailblazer Challenge that rewards you for having fun. Make memories that will last all summer long and beyond.


The heart and soul of Great Wolf Lodge Minneapolis/Bloomington is its 75,000-square-foot indoor water park. Splashy rides such as River Canyon Run—a four-story raft water slide—and a zero-depth-entry wave pool with 3-foot swells surround the park’s iconic hub: a four-story treehouse with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket. Younger kids will have a blast with the gentle spray features of Cub Paw Pool.

The water park, which hovers around 84 degrees all year long, isn’t the resort’s only family-friendly activity. You’ll also find a bowling alley and an arcade with more than 100 games.

  • Extended water park access: You can enter the water park at 1 p.m. on the day you check in and stay until close on the day you check out (essentially 2 days’ water park admission).
  • Family-friendly fun: The resort has games and activities for kids of all ages. Explore options by age group here.
  • Hands-on crafts and activities such as face painting and balloon twisting during the Lunch Time Lineup can keep kids entertained when they want a break from the water park action.
  • Roomy suites comfortably sleep up to six guests.
  • Fuel up with food and drinks at seven restaurants and snack bars.
  • Add a Paw Pass or Pup Pass to your stay to enjoy kid-friendly activities and sweets at MagiQuest, Ben & Jerry’s, and more at a discounted rate. See everything that’s included—as well as other available packages—here (additional fees apply).
  • Safety first: Complimentary life jackets in multiple sizes and trained lifeguards help keep families safe and secure.
  • Distance from Minneapolis: 10 miles

Great Wolf Adventure Park

Besides the water park, don’t forget that there is plenty of dry fun, too! Great Wolf Adventure Park is filled with activities and experiences that are fun for the whole family. There are lots of active experiences to work off that never-ending kid energy and ways for them to put their thinking caps on, too. Check out our crew’s experience with Great Wolf Adventure Park in Bloomington to see what they have to offer!

Kamp Dels Discount Wristbands (Waterville): Waterpark, Petting Zoo, Paddleboats and More!

Get ready for a last-minute summer getaway to Waterville! Groupon has Kamp Dels discount wristbands available for as low as $6 each!

Options include:

  • $6.25 for All-Day Water Park Wristband for One
  • $12.50 for All-Day Water Park Wristband for Two
  • $24 for All-Day Water Park Wristband for Four

Please note that these are valid through September 2, 2019. Admission is free for children under 2 years old.

With your wristband you’ll get admission to the petting zoo, paddle boats, canoe, fishing, and the water park. There is a limit of 2 per person, and you may buy 2 additional as gifts.

Kamp Dels aims to promote family togetherness, engaging children and adults alike in fun summer activities in the great outdoors. The campground’s rich history consists of over 60 years of experience and knowledge, welcoming all individuals to the Waterville area.

Kamp Dels aims to create an enjoyable experience for everyone with a range of recreational programs spanning from hiking and biking through the local trails to boating excursions on the lake and the 38,000 square foot water park. The facility also offers RV and tent sites, as well as cabin rentals to accommodate all vacation needs.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Free Circus in the Park Performance in Powderhorn Park!

A circus with no animals, and it’s free?  Yes, the Circus in the Park takes place Sunday, August 25th in Powderhorn Park.  The weather will need to cooperate for this event, so as long as it’s rain free it will take place at 2pm.   You can find a few more specifics by clicking here on the FB event page.

Additional information about the event:

Join us for a FREE public circus and aerial arts performance on August 25th at 2:00 pm in Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis! 2 Defy Gravity is once again putting on our Circus in the Park, a family friendly and public event celebrating the vibrant circus community in the Twin Cities! 

Come enjoy performances on trapeze, silks, lyra, and more! The show starts at 2pm with some pre-show festivities beforehand. Come early to get a great seat on the grassy hill overlooking the lake at beautiful Powderhorn Park!

**note there are no animals used in the show, just human performers and there are no large circus tents so the event is dependent on rain free weather**

Rockin’ Jump Eagan Discount Passes

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Rockin' Jump Eagan Discount Passes

Finding indoor activities for the middle school crowd can be a bit of a challenge. They’ve outgrown most of the indoor play areas and even some of the smaller water parks. One option that works well for this age is an indoor trampoline park, and right now you can buy discount jump passes to Rockin’ Jump in Eagan via Groupon!

Rockin’ Jump discount options include:

  • $20 for two 60-minute jump passes ($30 value) – $10 each
  • $38 for four 60-minute jump passes ($60 value) – $9.50 each
  • $55 for six 60-minute jump passes ($60 value) – $9.17 each
  • $10 for one 60-minute jump pass ($15 value)
  • $325 for a 20 Jumper Party (valid Wednesday – Friday)
  • $266 for a 15 Jumper Party (valid Wednesday – Friday)

Rockin' Jump Eagan Discount

Besides the trampolines, there’s also a climbing tower, dodgeball, basketball, stunt jump airbag, ninja obstacle course, and other features included in the jump pass. They also have an onsite cafe that serves pizza and refreshments.

Please note that the promotional value expires 90 days after purchase, and you must use the entire promotional value in one visit (so if you’re using the $55 option, be sure to bring six people to jump). It cannot be redeemed on Saturdays. You’ll also need to have Rockin’ Jump Socks ($3/pair).

Get your Groupon HERE!

Cedervale Lanes in Eagan Turns 40

Step back in time when bowling was only 40 cents a game. Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan turns 40 years and they are celebrating by lowering their prices! The birthday fun takes place August 24th from 9am-9pm.




JOIN US AUGUST 24th 9am-9pm

 .40 games of bowling

.40 shoe rental

 .40 Hot dog and chips

 .40 Soda


Discount Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf at Lilli Putt (Coon Rapids)

My kids have been obsessed with the TV show “Holey Moley” lately. It’s like mini golf on steroids! While we’re not quite at the level those golfers are, I know my kids would enjoy a fun mini golf outing as a family. Right now you can grab discount glow-in-the dark mini golf at Lilli Putt in Coon Rapids via Groupon!

Options include:

  • $13 for One Round of Glow-in-the-Dark Golf for Two ($24 value)
  • $25 for One Round of Glow-in-the-Dark Golf for Four ($48 value)

Please note that while Lilli Putt is open all week long for mini golf, bumper boats, and go-kart rides, Glow Golf is only available Friday and Saturday nights. (For discounted bumper boats and go-kart rides, go HERE.)

Your Groupon’s promotional value will expire 9/30/19 and there is a limit of 5 per person.

The castle turrets of Lilli Putt Family Entertainment Center greet travelers from afar, inviting ladies and lords to wile away the day in a trifecta of leisure activities. As an outdoor facility, the entertainment center is open during the warm months of the year, where guests enjoy the towering trees and domesticated dragons that dot the landscape of a challenging mini-golf course where golfers can knock balls over ramps and around aquatic obstacles. For those with a need for speed and fresh air, take a ride on the 2016 track with Lilli Putt’s go-karts, which come in single- and double-seater models or take aim at rivals in bumper boaters take aim with mounted squirt guns.

Get your Groupon HERE!