The Great Pumpkin Giveaway in Blaine

The Great Pumpkin Giveaway in Blaine is in it’s 5th year, and keeps getting bigger and better.  The Kris Lindahl Team first held the event, as a way to show appreciation to the community and customers.  It has now grown into something way bigger than they ever expected.  In 2016 a Guinness World Record was broken for the longest pumpkin line.  It takes place tomorrow October 13th from 11-2.  I can’t wait to see what the event is this year!  

About the event:

The Great Pumpkin Giveaway was started in 2014 by The Kris Lindahl Team as a way to say thank you for supporting our real estate team. It has grown into one of the biggest Halloween events in the state. Last year we broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Pumpkin Line. We can’t thank you enough for supporting our team. Bring the family out on Oct 13th so we can have some fun!

Come see us to get your free pumpkin, listen to live musical makings of The Teddy Bear Band, have our chance to meet Lindy the KLRE mascot, jump in bouncy houses, eat some grub at your favorite food trucks, get your face painted, and so much more! Come one, come all! We can’t wait to see you there. No tickets required

Food Trucks
Original Hockey Mom Brownies
Twin Cities Pitas
Baldy’s BBQ
Pete’s Fresh Cut Potato Blossoms

Don’t forget to wear your Halloween Costumes!

The event is free to everyone. They would appreciate if you could RSVP on the Facebook event page if you plan to attend.  


Twin Cities Book Festival

The Twin Cities Book Festival takes place this Saturday (October 13), from 10-5 at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  Our girls attended this event last year and really enjoyed it.  They had a chance to meet one of their favorite young adult authors and get his autograph.  It’s a free event, which if course makes it even more fun.  Take a look at the schedule of events here on the website.

Progress Center and Fine Arts Building–FREE!
All day book fair, readings and talks, children’s programs, used books & records, and more! Info here on the event website

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.

Montgomery Orchard Discount Admission – Includes Corn Maze and Apple Picking

Enjoy a fun corn maze and apple picking in southern Minnesota at Montgomery Orchard and save on admission with this Groupon deal.

Plus, save an extra 20% with coupon code BEST through October 11th!

Options include:

  • $14 $17.50 for corn maze and apple picking for two – $7/person
  • $29.20 $36.50 for corn maze and apple picking for four – $7.30/person
  • $40.80 $51 for corn maze and apple picking for six – $6.80/person

The orchard is open Fridays from 1 – 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm through 10/28/18. Note that admission is free for children 5 and under. I’m not sure the amount of apples you get with this deal but it’s basically like getting free apples since admission to the corn maze alone is $6.50 – $7.75 per person.

The maze itself looks like a lot of fun! One side is shorter and takes about a half hour to complete, so it’s great for families with small children. The other side is longer, but your admission provides you access to both sides of the maze. It’s filled with fun interactive trivia questions throughout, and if you answer correctly, you’ll earn a patch at the orchard store!

Today, the crew at Montgomery Orchard hosts plenty of family friendly entertainments. They welcome visitors for self-guided tours through the beautiful prairie, and also invite them to come pluck many varieties of Minnesota apples. The six-acre corn maze is divided into two halves, with one side being shorter and well-suited for families with small children, and a second side which is longer and will require more time to complete. A cidery/winery is also on-site, allowing adults to purchase a glass of wine or participate in a tasting. Three years ago Montgomery Orchard opened Montgomery Harvest Cider and Wines. Today, they offer five authentic ciders and five specialty wines. Grab a glass, then spend the afternoon in the corn maze or picking apples.

Get your discount admission HERE!

Highland Tower Open House – St. Paul

Highland Tower Open House - St. Paul

Get a higher perspective of fall in St. Paul.  This coming weekend you can climb the steps of the 127 foot Highland Tower in St. Paul.  Check out the fall colors from up high, and look at the city and neighborhoods below.  The tower is open just twice a year, once in the summer and once in the fall.  The tower is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, with free admission. It’s located in St. Paul, on the corner of Snelling and Ford Parkway.

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Pumpkin Carving at Gibbs Farm

We love to carve pumpkins each fall and Gibbs Farm is one of our favorite places to visit.  The perfect event takes place this Saturday October 13th, Pumpkin Carving at Gibbs Farm.  The event is included with the price of admission into the farm.

Join us on Saturday, October 13th from 11am-2pm for pumpkin carving fun!

Artist Peggy Stern will be providing expert tips and fun ideas to decorate your chosen pumpkin or squash.

Please RSVP here on the Pumpkin Carving form so we can know how many pumpkin carvers to expect!

Cost to participate is included in the regular Gibbs Farm admission fee: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Children 4-16, Free for Children 3 and under.



South Metro Fire Department Open Houses

This week brings two different fire department open houses.  The first one takes place on Tuesday October 9th in Lakeville and the second is Thursday October 11th in Burnsville.  Both events are free and take place in the evening, which is great for parents who work during the day.  Both events are free and open to people of all ages.  Typically at the open houses you can get up close and personal to the equipment, take a tour and learn about fire safety.   You can click here for more information on the Burnsville open house, including the time and address.   For more information on the Lakeville open house, you can click here to go to the event page and get more specifics.


Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) – As Low As $99.99/Night!

Winter will be here before you know it. Good thing it’s always 84° at Great Wolf Lodge! Start planning a fall or winter getaway today and save up to 30%. Rates start at just $99.99/night!

Now through 10/12/18, use the coupon code YEAREND1 when you book online to stay on select dates for just $99.99! Other dates are available for up to 30% off. Here’s the date/rate calendar I received via email:

Note that a multiple night stay may be required and there are a limited number of rooms available for each date. Dates are available through December 30.

The heart and soul of Great Wolf Lodge 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 an arcade with more than 100 games and Scooops Boutique, where visitors can get fun nail polish and glitter tattoos.

  • Extended and exclusive water park access: You can enter the water park at 1 pm on the day you check in and stay until close on the day you check out (essentially 2 days’ water park admission). And since there are no day passes for outside visitors, resort guests have exclusive access and won’t get stuck in long lines.
  • 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. Some suites offer extra privacy with enclosed bunk beds.
  • Fuel up with food and drinks at eight restaurants and snack bars.
  • Add a Paw Pass or Pup Pass to your stay to enjoy kid-friendly activities and sweets at Creation Station, Oliver’s Mining Co., 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!

Fall Color Blast Open House at Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center

Fall is here, it might not be a warm fall but it’s here and that means changing leaves.  The Fall Color Blast Open House at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center takes place this Sunday from 1-5.  A chance to bundle up in your favorite wool sweater and enjoy some of the great things that fall has to offer.


Celebrate the fall colors as a family by being active out in nature! Hike our beautiful trails with a guide or paddle on the our lakes. This event will also feature experiences unique to Warner Nature Center, including meeting our captive raptors, visiting our bee yard, and attending a live bird banding talk. Fall treats and kids crafts will make the day even more special!


ZooFest at Pine Grove Zoo

So many great fall events coming up this weekend, all over Minnesota.  Another favorite that takes place this Saturday, October 6th and is located in the central MN area.  ZooFest at Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls, is taking place from 11-3.  Pine Grove is small zoo that’s been around for many years.  Tucked into a beautiful wooded area.  I remember going there as a kid with with my elementary class, so yes it really has been around for a while.

Join us Saturday, October 6th for fun fall family festivities at our fifth annual ZooFest! Activities will include face painting, games, pumpkin treats for the animals, a medallion hunt (going on now!), , the great pumpkin race, obstacle course, bounce house, rock wall with monkey motion and so much more! 

Try out your race car skills by building your very own pumpkin racer. Race against other pumpkin racers for cash prizes in our Great Pumpkin Race! Not only does the fastest pumpkin win, but the most creatively designed pumpkin racer also wins a prize!

To enter your pumpkin in this year’s Great Pumpkin Race, just bring your pumpkin racer with you to Zoo Fest and be ready to race at the track behind the main building at the zoo by 1:00pm!

Make sure your pumpkin is street legal! Print out the rules and tips page to help with crafting your pumpkin racer!

It’s just $6.00 per person (memberships do not apply) and includes admission to magician David Casas, with three shows 11:30 am, 12:30 am, 1:30 pm.  

To save time in line, you can purchase your advance tickets at our Admissions entrance or call 320-616-5595 for more information.

Nickelodeon Universe Fall/Winter Pass – $65 for Unlimited Rides Through 12/31

Looking for some indoor fun with the cooler weather outside? Nickelodeon Universe is offering a Fall/Winter Pass which gives the pass holder UNLIMITED rides through December 31st! The pass costs $65 + tax, which pays for itself in just two visits.

With this Fall/Winter Pass, you’ll receive:

  • One (1) all-day wristband per day
  • 25% off at Nickelodeon Universe food locations (excluding Caribou)
  • 30% off Nickelodeon Universe retail store locations
  • Exclusive discounts, access to special events, and more

Your Fall/Winter Pass can be purchased at Guest Services or at GEAR, TOYS, and Nickelodeon Stores.