Minneapolis Institute of Art Third Thursday – February 21st

Need a cheap date night? Mark your calendars for Third Thursday events at the Minneapolis Institute of Art! Admission to Mia is always free, but on the third Thursday of every month, you can visit from 6 – 9 pm to experience Mia’s diverse art collection along with unique programs, drinks, and live music.

Upcoming Third Thursday events include:

February 21 – Third Thursday: Afrofuturism
Join us for an evening curated by theater artist Junauda Alma Petrus featuring performances, visual art, and art-making activities focused on Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens. (Read more about it here.)

If you’d like to experience “Egypt’s Sunken Cities,” presented by U.S. Bank, during this event, we strongly recommend you reserve your tickets in advance. During this specific Third Thursday, free My Mia tickets are available online and a small number will be held for on-site visitors as well. These will sell out quickly. Not a My Mia member? Not a problem! You can join at any level – including FREE – online to receive access to this special Third Thursday offer, or give us a call at 612.870.3000 to join and reserve your tickets today!

March 21 – Thursday Thursday: Women in Music and Art
This March, join in a celebration of women in art and music. Experience pop-up performances and a live DJ spinning tunes throughout the museum. Craft your own cassette tape or album cover. Tour the galleries for music-inspired artworks and women artists in Mia’s collection.

Hyland Hills Ski Area Discount Lift Tickets – As Low As $27.25/Person

You live in Minnesota…why not embrace the winter weather? Hit the slopes at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington and save up to 28% when you purchase discount lift tickets through Groupon!

Options include:

  • $30 for one person
  • $59 for two people ($29.50/person)
  • $109 for four people ($27.25/person)

Hyland Hills Ski Area is open Monday – Friday 9:30 am to 9 pm and Saturday – Sunday 9 am – 9 pm. Daily lift tickets are normally priced at $35.34/adult and $31.62/child ages 5-11, not including tax, so you’re definitely saving with this offer. Equipment rental is not included.

Please note: The Groupon expires 3/10/19 and is final sale; refundable only on the day of purchase. You must purchase at least 24 hours in advance of when you plan to use it. There is a limit of 1 per person.

Located in Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington, Hyland Hills invites winter sports enthusiasts for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the Twin Cities metro area. The terrain park has many progressive and innovative features and Hyland Hills is known for snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. For those who have never hit the slopes or want to freshen up their skills, Three Rivers also offers lessons through the SnowSports Academy.

Hyland Hills Ski Area Discounts

Other ways to save at Hyland Hills:

Visit after 3 pm for slightly discounted rates: $32.55/adult and $28.83/child ages 5-11, not including tax.

Go at night and pay $18.60 per lift ticket. Offer is valid Monday – Friday 7 – 9 pm, Saturday – Sunday 6 – 9 pm.

Visit before 3 pm Monday – Thursday between 9:30 am – 3 pm and pay $23.30 per lift ticket for all ages, or add on ski/snowboard rental and pay $37.28. (Not valid January 21st or February 18th.)

If you have an Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area season pass, you’ll receive a daily rate of $10 at Hyland Hills.

Don’t forget that Minnesota 4th graders can ski for free with the 4th Grade Passport Program!

Get your Groupon HERE.

Sheep Shearing at Gale Woods Farm

Spring is my favorite time of year.  Spring means it’s time for Sheep Shearing at Gale Woods Farm.  This event means you’ll learn how a sweater becomes a sweater! You can watch the annual sheep shearing and learn about wool processing. Then meet the sheep and make a craft!

The event takes place March 2rd with a small admission fee of $6 per person.  Registration can be done here on the Three Rivers Park District Website.

Gale Woods Farm

Outdoor fun on a real working farm. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm features a unique educational opportunity where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship.

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Summer, is it really just around the corner?  Okay well maybe not quite around the corner, but close. If you look at the school calendar you will see that most kids have about three months left, until summer vacation starts.

If you are staring at that summer calendar, and bit worried, don’t be. You can attend the upcoming Minnesota Parent Camp Fair and find some amazing ideas for the kids.  Day camps, overnight camps or if you want to send them away for the whole summer, yup there are those too.

The Camp Fair takes place Saturday, March 2nd.  From 10am-2pm at Como Zoo is where you you’ll find loads of camp info. It’s free to attend and it’s a great opportunity to gather information and talk to representatives from various camps.

Sure summer is fun but what on earth will those kids do with all those days? Do you struggle to fill up all those days with activities? Our girls are getting older, which means it’s sort of easier to figure out summer activities.

We have now moved on to some overnight camps and then fill in the rest of summer with other camps and classes. We still leave gaps to just enjoy the summer days with swimming and spur of the moment wandering as well.  The Camp Fair offers so many great ideas, you might find new ideas!

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Join Minnesota Parent for the 13th Annual Camp Fair. This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.

Early spring is the best time to get started planning children’s summer camp adventures. Popular camps can fill up quickly!

Summer camps and activities help kids thrive with opportunities to explore their interests (and discover new ones) while making friends and developing new skills, too.

Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to weeklong day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more.

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul
Cost: FREE Admission, FREE Parking, and FREE Entertainment!

Minnesota Historical Society Membership for $59/Year (Reg. $99)

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This great deal is back – get a discounted Minnesota Historical Society membership through the end of February!

Use the coupon code 5578 to pay $41 for a 1-year Individual Plus membership for one adult plus one guest per visit ($69 value) or $59 for a 1-year Household Plus membership for two adults and all children in the household or all grandchildren under age 18, plus two guests per visit ($99 value).

Remember, this savings is only good through February 28 and you’ll need to enter the coupon code 5578 to see the lower price at checkout.


Minnesota Historical Society Membership Benefits

Here’s what your Minnesota Historical Society membership will include:

  • Free admission to 26 historic sites and museums around Minnesota, including
    • Mill City Museum in Minneapolis
    • Minnesota History Center in St. Paul
    • Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River
    • Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors (on the North Shore)
    • and many more!
  • Discounts on classes and programs
  • A subscription to the award-winning Minnesota History magazine
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Reciprocal benefits at nearly 250 historical societies nationwide

Get started with your membership HERE.

For more history-related discounts in the area, check out these deals:

Hennepin History Museum – Only $10 for admission for two ($5 each)

Northfield Historical Society – Only $9 for admission for four or $6 for admission for two

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Free Admission Day

Tomorrow, February 18th is a Free Admission Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. If you can’t make it on that date, mark your calendar – each third Monday of the month is a free admission day.

More details about Minnesota Arboretum Free Admission Day:

Located near Chanhassen, the Arboretum is a place to embrace each and every season. The Arboretum offers a wide range of activities and classes for all ages – take a look at what they offer on their website.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was born out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters creating the Arboretum as a gift to the University of Minnesota.

The Annual International Eelpout Festival

It’s A Milestone! 40 Years of Kissing the Pout! Yes, make plans to attend the 40th annual Eelpout Festival in Walker next week.  The opening ceremony takes place on Thursday, February 21st and you won’t believe all the fun that will follow! 

The Vortex is behind us and this fun festival is a great way to celebrate Minnesota Winter. You can choose to be a spectator or join in the fun.  Something for everyone can be found at the Eelpout Festival!  Information about the festival button can be found here.  

All activities for the 40th Annual International Eelpout Festival are in one convenient location! Join us in front of The Chase on the Lake … in the tent or on the ice you’ll find one of a kind “Chase the Pout” events including:

      • Opening Ceremonies (Thursday starting at 6pm): Live music w/Corey Medina in The 502 and Pre-Pout Kick-Off Party in the Chase Big Top Tent.
      • 7th Annual Eelpout Beer Pong (Qualifiers – Friday, Championship – Saturday; 3pm – 7pm both days): A Festival favorite! $40 gets your 2-person team into this bracket-style/single elimination contest happening inside the Chase Big Top Tent. Prizes include cash, Eelpout Trophy and merch. For more information and to register, go to: www.eelpoutbeerpong.com
      • Pout Curling (Saturday 11am- 2pm): Patrons can throw “The Eelpout Rock” and try “sweeping” to victory. Walker’s local curling club facilitates the “stone-pout” throws and button landings. Pout Curling is located behind the Chase Big Top Tent.
      • Chainsaw Carving (Saturday starting at 10am)
      • Dog Sled Rides (Saturday 10am- Dark): Experience a K-9 led tour of the grounds … and so mush more starting in front of the Walker Marina.
      • Helicopter Rides (Saturday): Located by City Park
      • Eelpout Weigh In: This unique “cultural submersion” operates daily, capped with an awards ceremony on (Sunday 9am-10am) in front of The Chase big Top Tent and includes thousands of dollars in prizes for the most pout pounds.
      • 6th Annual Kids Perch Jerk (Saturday Noon-1pm): Savings bonds will be awarded to three biggest perch caught. Holes will be drilled for the kids. Parents, just bring poles and bait.
      • Polar Pout Kart Races (Saturday 11am-2pm): Lake next to Chase Big Top Tent with trophies and cash prizes!
      • Human Whack-A-Mole (Saturday 11am-2pm): Chase Big Top Tent.

Annual must-see and must-try Eelpout traditions:

      • Kissing the Pouton the lips is a long-held Minnesota tradition … Not for the faint of heart, but legend says it will provide good luck for the entire year!
      • Sip an ice-cold drink at the 50,000 lb Jameson Irish Whiskey ice bar built (literally) on the lake!
      • Enjoy the Eelpout Fish Fry including REAL eelpout nuggets.
      • Arguably the biggest attraction of the Festival is the ever-growing city of lake encampments (some built from scratch).  Tour and immerse yourself in a culture simply too unique to explain to those who “haven’t been” … For example, ever ridden an Ice-Couch Land Cruiser!?




Science Fiction Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

One of our favorite events takes place next week! Join in some Star Wars fun (February 23rd) at the annual Science Fiction Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota (formerly known as Star Wars Day). We’ve been to this previous years and really enjoyed it. So many great activities and fun photo opportunities, our kids loved it. There’s regular admission but all the extra Star Wars activities are included.

Saturday, February 23rd Noon to 4 p.m. * All activities are included in regular museum admission.

Due to a decree from the Empire, the event you used to know as… well, you know what… is now SCIENCE FICTION DAY! Dress up as your favorite galactic knight and bring your… let’s say… plasma sword. That villian in a mask who sounds like an evil scuba diver? He *might* be there. Our name may be changing, but it’s still all about the FUN.

Try your hand at our coolest Science Fiction activities, including:

  • Make your own light… you know… “sword”
    • Build jitterbot droids
    • Create stop motion animation
    • Launch stargliders
    • Compete with wind-powered pod racers
    • And more!

Plus, catch The Jedi Trials Science Live Theater show – playing on Science Fiction Day ONLY!

Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) – As Low As $90/Night

We’re in the thick of winter right now with all of the snow and cold. Yuck! Good thing it’s always 84° at Great Wolf Lodge! Plan your winter or spring getaway today for as low as $89.99/night when you use a special coupon code!

Book your stay by 2/21/19 and use the coupon code CABIN2 to see these special rates which are available on dates through 4/21/19 (note that discounts may vary by date).

Options include:

  • Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite, Queen Sofa Suite, Queen Suite (Accessible), Junior Queen Sofa Suite: $89.99+/night
  • Family Suite: $99.99+/night
  • Queen Cabin Suite: $119.99+/night
  • Royal Family Suite: $129.99+/night
  • Deluxe Family Suite (Accessible): $139.99+/night
  • Deluxe Majestic Bunk Bed Suite, Grand Bunk Bed Suite, Majestic Bunk Bed Suite: $189.99+/night
  • Grizzly Family Suite, Northwoods Suite, Junior Grizzly Family Suite (Accessible): $289.99+/night


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!

Teen Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota

We all know that teens enjoy having some independence.  The Teen Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota event is not only fully staffed, they are also offering discount admission rates.  For only $6 your teen can enjoy some fun science time with their peers.  This special event takes place February 22nd from 6-11pm.

A chance to do all the fun activities and experiments for an evening of fun!   It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance and you can do that here.

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Move over, dinosaurs – teens are taking over the museum!

Teen Night at the Science Museum on Friday, February 22 is for fun-seekers ages 13-19. $6 and a student ID will get you access to the exhibit galleries, as well as teen-only activities and special late-night admission to the new Game Changers exhibit. With over 100+ playable games to choose from, you’ll make friends – and frenemies – as you battle for top score. Play DDR, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, and more!

Teen Night runs from 6 – 11 p.m. Pass the word along to your favorite young people!

Parents: While this event’s festivities are just for teens, the museum will be fully staffed and all activities will be supervised. You’re welcome to stay and enjoy free WiFi at Java Lab in the lobby, where food, coffee, and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Or catch an Omnifest film!