Donate to Toys for Tots at Kowalski’s or Creative Kidstuff, Get Free Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Ticket

If you and your family plan to donate to Toys for Tots this year, note that if you donate at a Creative Kidstuff or Kowalski’s location, you’ll receive a free Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Ticket which ranges in value from one ride to a full day of rides at Nickelodeon Universe. There is a limit of 4 tickets per family, while supplies last. Mystery tickets expire 12/24/18.

Creative Kidstuff locations:

  • Edina Galleria
  • Mall of America
  • 4314 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • Ridgedale Center
  • Shops at West End, St. Louis Park
  • 1074 Grand Ave, St. Paul

Kowalski’s locations:

  • 1646 Diffley Rd., Eagan
  • 16500 West 78th St., Eden Prairie
  • 440 Water St., Excelsior
  • 1261 Grand Ave., St. Paul
  • 5327 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • 5801 Neal Ave. N., Oak Park Heights
  • 5615 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • 441 Highway 96 W., Shoreview
  • 2440 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
  • 4391 South Lake Ave., White Bear Lake
  • 8505 Valley Creek Rd., Woodbury

Toy donations need to be new and unwrapped and are accepted through Sunday, December 16. (Of course, you can donate to Toys for Tots at many locations – we just wanted you to know about this unique opportunity.)

Adult Night at Cheap Skate

As a kid many of us went to at least one rollerskating birthday party.  I grew up in a small town that had a large rollerskating rink, great memories of that place.

If you’re an adult and want to have some rollerskating fun, we found just the place.  Adult night at Cheap Skate in Coon Rapids takes place most Saturdays from 9pm-12am.  **Check their calendar to make sure it’s still taking place, especially if you are driving several miles.

Adult Night starts up weekly on Saturday nights in December and continue for the season! Your favorite music from “back in the day”.

Admission $7.99 (Ages 18+)

Quad Rental $3.00 / In-Line $4.00 (extra)

80’s Funk, 90’s R&B and Hip-Hop + Your Requests! *Tax not included

Skate the Star at Mall of America

Lace up your skates and get ready to Skate the Star at the Mall of America’s brand new ice rink! Enjoy this bit of seasonal fun starting December 8th. It’s located outside the Level 1, North entrance.

The ice rink is free and open to the public, but you’ll need to bring your own skates or rent a pair for a $5 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

All skaters must complete waivers before skating. (A tip: Download, print, and fill out the waiver in advance HERE to save time.)

Hours are as follows:

December 8 – December 23

Monday – Friday: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

December 26 – January 2

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

January 3 – January 27

Monday – Friday: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

January 17

Thursday: 3 – 5 pm


Christmas Eve: 11 am – 3 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 1 – 7 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed
MLK Day: 10 am – 9 pm

*Hours are subject to change.

MiniSota Play Cafe

Winter is here and even when it’s not here, Minnesota still has plenty of those “weather” days.  It just means being inside, is sometimes more of a priority than other days.  Either way, we were very excited to learn about a new indoor place to bring the kids so they can burn off some energy.

The MiniSota Play Cafe just opened and is located in Champlin.  I Love the fun local theme: Infant Grove Heights, MiniSota, Mini Grove, MiniSota, Lake MiniTonka, MiniSota and Voyager’s Café.  You can find their prices and other specifics here on their website.  Be sure to check our their FB page, you’ll find special events as well as special admission prices posted there.

MiniSota Play Café is a clean and safe creative play space for kids to explore their imagination. A miniature Minnesota with a city center “Mini Grove”, group area” Lake Minitonka”, and for the littlest Minnesotans, “Infant Grove Heights”. In addition to the play area, adults and kids alike can enjoy tasty drinks and snacks from the cafe!

Anoka Holiday in Lights

The Anoka Holiday in Lights event takes place this weekend, December 7-9th.  Fun for all ages at the Anoka County Fairgrounds.

  • Holiday Lights
  • Wagon Ride through the lights
  • Entertainment
  • Toys for Tots Drop off
  • Santa

Take a look at the FB event page here for more information.

Glensheen Mansion Christmas Tour Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

Have you visited Glensheen Mansion in Duluth? It’s a beautiful place to see, especially this time of year! Right now you can save 50% on tickets for their General Admission tour, and right now they’ve got all of their Christmas decorations up!

You’ll need to visit Deals on Radio and click “Activities” to find the discount tickets which are priced at just $9 (reg. $18). Purchase 5 admissions and you’ll also get a $50 Pickwick Restaurant Gift Card to use while you’re in Duluth!

Plus, today only (Friday, 11/30), save an extra 25% with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2!

Before you purchase for everyone in your family, keep in mind that child tickets (ages 6-15) are $7, and youth (5 and under) get in FREE, so you can just buy their tickets online or when you show up at Glensheen Mansion.

This family-friendly, self-guided tour showcases the Midwest’s most visited house museum which is a stunning 39-room mansion built by an iron-ore tycoon as the gateway to the North Shore on Lake Superior. Explore the mansion and soak in the luxurious interiors and stories of the Congdon Family. General Admission includes the lower level, first and second floors.

Highlights of the Christmas Tour include:

  • 25 Christmas trees throughout the Mansion
  • Christmas cookie samples in the kitchen
  • Challenge yourself to find the hidden elves
  • Christmas music

Once your purchase your voucher via Deals on Radio, you’ll need to print and bring it with you along with your ID. Tours run Sunday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays, 9 am – 9 pm.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

PS – While you’re in Duluth, don’t forget to check out Bentleyville “Tour of Lights,” as well!

LAZER LIGHT Tubing at Powder Ridge

The dates for LAZER LIGHT Tubing at Powder Ridge have been announced, this also means advance tickets can be purchased.  Each event typically sells out, so buying soon is suggested.

You can choose from dates starting the end of December through March.  Check your calendars and find a date to enjoy some fun on the hill.  For those not familiar, Powder Ridge is located in central MN between St. Cloud and Kimball.

Join us for one or all of our Lazer Light Tubing events!

Tube with the lights off while lazers, strobes and flashing lights cover the hill. Each tuber receives a glow stick with their ticket. The fire pit will be burning and music will be playing. Our concession stand will be open with hot dogs, chips, popcorn, hot cocoa and more.

Snowtubing at Powder Ridge is a great family or group activity. Snowtubing requires no special skill or equipment, only warm clothes and a desire to have fun. We supply the tubes and you supply the laughs, screams and smiles.

Tickets are $22/person for 2 hours. Advance online purchase required. Please purchase tickets soon as these events tend to sell out fast!

December 28th & 29th
January 11th & 12th
January 25th & 26th
February 8th & 9th
February 22rd & 23th
March 1st & 2nd

Tickets can be purchased here on their website.

Folkways of the Holidays

Folkways by Candlelight

Folkways of the Holidays is taking place at the Landing in Shakopee.  A great way to step back in time for the holiday season, experience what it used to be like in the 19th century. The event begins December 1st and then on various dates after that through December 23rd. If you prefer an evening event, then the Folkways by Candlelight takes place on December 14th.

Discover the holiday traditions of 19th-century Minnesotans. Watch folk art performances, ride a horse-drawn trolley, and tour homes with culturally-distinct decorations and crafts. Dress for the weather. Great for scouts working on badge requirements.

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Candle Flame

Christmas in the Village at Dakota City

It’s time for Christmas in the Village, at Dakota City.  Located inside the Dakota County Fairgrounds, in Farmington.  It takes place the first two weekends in December.  Some of the activities include:  Holiday lights, Demonstrations, Trolley Rides, Silent Film, Make and Take Ornaments, Children’s Castle Theater Performance of A Christmas Carol.  Fun for all ages at this historic village.

(Weather permitting)

Dec. 1, 2, 8 & 9,
Hours: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Saturday & Sunday   **December 9 Hours are 1:00-7:30 pm.

$7.00 – 13 and up
$4.00 – 4 thru 12
Free – 3 and under
Trolley rides are free with paid admission.
Dakota City Heritage Village
4008 220th Street W
Farmington, MN 55024
Cash and checks only at gate. Purchase tickets online with credit or debit cards via PayPal here. No PayPal account required.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens will be the theme throughout the village this year. The horse-drawn trolley will transport you through the village streets as you explore the traditions of Christmas 1900s style. Join in the caroling, warm yourself by an inviting wood-burning stove, delight in the demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, printmaking and holiday cooking as our villagers prepare for Christmas. As a special treat, a presentation of A Christmas Carol will be featured in the Fire Hall by Children’s Castle Theater. Two performances each day will be given at 4:30pm and 6:30pm. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit St. Nicholas!

Christmas in the Village is a community favorite, an annual event you won’t want to miss!

You are welcome to drive through the Village any evening during the month of December to enjoy the buildings illuminated with holiday lights.

For more information contact the Dakota City Heritage Village office at 651-460-8050, or email [email protected]

Dakota City

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

Winter will be here before you know it. Good thing it’s always 84° at Great Wolf Lodge! Plan your fall or winter getaway today and save when you book through Groupon!

Options include:

Prices vary by day; book to stay between November 28 and February 14. Daily water park passes are included for each registered guest, up to the maximum room occupancy (for all options mentioned above, that maximum is six).


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!