MIA Art in Bloom 2018

The annual “Art in Bloom” is this weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Beginning Thursday and going through Sunday, a chance to see fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them.  If you’ve not heard of this event, it’s one we try to attend each and every spring.  We’ve had such a long winter, and spring is finally here so an event with real flowers will be a much needed boost to say goodbye to the winter blahs.  

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 35th annual Art in Bloom—a FREE four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

Art in Bloom raises funds to support Mia projects, including education and transportation for school children, exhibitions, art acquisition, education, and programs throughout the community.

More information about programs, events, talks, workshops and demonstrations during Art in Bloom at Mia can be found here.

 

 

Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) – As Low As $99/Night + Extra 10% Off!

Yay! I’m so excited to share with you that the new Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington is now available on Groupon for discounted stays! With the Groupon, you and your family will be able to stay overnight with daily water park passes for as low as $99 per night!

Options include:

  • $119+/night – Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite
  • $99+/night – Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite (2 night minimum; includes $25 dining credit)
  • $129+/night – Family Suite
  • $189+/night – Queen Cabin Suite
  • $169+/night – Queen Cabin Suite (2 night minimum; includes $25 dining credit)

Note that these are the starting prices; your price may vary depending on which night you choose. Select dates are available from April 11th to July 5th.

Plus, you can save an extra 10% off these prices with coupon code SALE3 through April 20th! Note that there is a $50 maximum discount with the extra 10% off code.

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!

This offer is only available for a limited time, so get your Groupon HERE!

Hastings Story Walk on the RiverWalk this Weekend!

Hastings Story Walk on the RiverWalk

It might not be shorts and flip flop weather just yet but it will be SPRING this weekend.  I am sooo hopeful that we will see this snow melt before our eyes!  Either way, with 50’s in the forecast it’s time to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the warmth.

To celebrate Spring and Earth Day head to Hastings and enjoy the Story Walk on the RiverWalk this Weekend!  You can enjoy this free event either Saturday or Sunday from 8am-7pm.

Plan a trip down to the Hastings RiverWalk with your kids or grandkids for a self-guided story. Start at Levee Park or Jaycee Park, and enjoy some fresh spring air while you read the book “Call Me Tree” in honor of Earth Day. Back and forth distance is just one mile.

The Moline Open House — Tour Building And Meet Tractor Experts

Moline Tractor Open House

Perhaps you may have heard of the Minneapolis Moline?  It’s been several years but the tractors and machinery were made locally here in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota.

This Saturday, (April 21) you have a chance to see seven recently restored tractors at special open house event.  No tickets or reservations are needed and this is a free event to attend, taking place from 1-4.  This would be a great event for the history buff or tractor fan.

Minneapolis Moline Tractor Event
 

About the Minneapolis Moline Event:

 
Join Hennepin History for this special off-site open house in collaboration with Doran Companies. See seven recently restored vintage tractors that fill an exhibition space off the Moline apartment building’s lobby. The building, which opened last fall, is located on the former site of Minneapolis Moline. Agricultural artifacts and modern murals fill the public spaces and document the company’s history. Meet Minneapolis Moline historians, learn about Hopkins history, tour the building’s creative shared spaces, and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages. Free.

Meet Hennepin History representatives in the building’s lobby at 100 8th Avenue South, Hopkins. No reservations necessary.

*UPDATED* Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2018

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival Updated Dates and Times

Hugging babies just feels good – especially when they’re baby animals! For the second year in a row, Twin Cities Festival is hosting a spring baby animals event in which visitors can hold and/or pet baby goats, sheep, bunnies, ducklings, chicks, and ponies!

Additional activities include a kids’ corn pit, a straw bale maze, a hayride, and a kids’ play area. For a little extra you can enjoy pony rides, inflatables, a gunny sack slide, food vendors, and more. Most of the fun is fully enclosed, so the event is open rain or shine.

Plus, on the very first day they’re open (Saturday, April 14), the first 400 children through the gate will receive a free stuffed toy bunny!

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm / April 14 & 15 (closed due to snow), April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29 and May 5 & 6 (added due to snow)

Where: Twin Cities Festival – 8001 109th Ave N in Brooklyn Park, MN

Tickets are $9 if purchased online or $10 at the gate for ages 2+. If purchasing online, use the coupon code T350 to save an extra $1, dropping the price to just $8! Kids under 24 months are free. Concessions and some activities are not included in the ticket price (see above). Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm! Dogs/pets are not allowed.

Exhibit Opening: Central MN Remembers Vietnam

Central MN Remembers Vietnam

The Morrison County Historical Society is hosting a new exhibit and it opens this coming Saturday, April 21st.  It was supposed to open this past weekend but the weather had other plans.  The Exhibit Opening: Central MN Remembers Vietnam will be from 2-4pm at the Weyerhaeuser Museum in Little Falls.  If you are unable to attend the opening event, the exhibit will run through the end of 2018 so plenty of opportunity to check it out.  Plus it’s a free exhibit, no admission to view it.

Central Minnesota Vietnam Exhibit

The Morrison County Historical Society (MCHS), is hosting an opening of the exhibit “Central Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” to showcase multiple perspectives on the Vietnam War. The exhibit was created using items loaned from members of the public and features artifacts, photos and stories from veterans, protesters, and refugees, along with glimpses of what was occurring here in Central Minnesota at the time.

The exhibit opens with a free public event on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 2-4 pm at the Weyerhaeuser Museum in Little Falls, MN.

During the opening, there will be assistance available to help people learn how to share their Vietnam-related stories on the digital story wall on PBS’s “The Vietnam War” website. “The Vietnam War” is a 10-part documentary produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Sensory Friendly Sunday Events at the Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is joining other museums and venues by adding some Sensory Friendly Sunday Events.  Sensory Friendly Sunday, held on the first Sunday of each month is a free event for kids, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivities and their families, offering the opportunity to make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting. This will likely be a popular event and they do ask that you register in advance.

Save the dates!

May 6

June 3

July 8

August 5

September 2

October 7

Saturday Mornings at the Gale Woods Farm

One of the best ways to enjoy spring is by heading to the farm, Gale Woods Farm.  Each Saturday from April 7th-May 26 you can enjoy various farm activities, meet some baby animals and explore the barn.  There’s a small admission fee of $5 per person, More information can be found on the Three Rivers Park District website.  Don’t forget to dress for the weather but also for being on the farm.  No fancy clothes needed for this fun adventure.

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.

Earth Day Zip Line BOGO Sale

If you’ve been wanting to try Zip lining, we found a great BOGO deal for you.  The Earth Day Zip Line BOGO Sale is being offered for two different locations in MN.  You can choose between the Kerfoot Canopy Tour located near Henderson or the Brainerd Zip Line Tour.  You can purchase the BOGO deal between now and April 22nd.

**The important part of this deal is that it’s good M-F between now through October.  You will need to book your reservation by April 22nd.  So a couple important pieces of information to keep in mind.  You can find more information about each location and also purchase this deal on their website here. 

Unforgettable Adventure, Unbeatable Price

Experience Minnesota’s best zip line tours with friends or family with our biggest sale of the year! Our guests call the adventures “Absolutely Stunning” and “Over the top fun for the family!”

April 1 through Earth Day 2018 (April 22), book your spring, summer, or fall outdoor zip line adventure at Kerfoot Canopy Tour or Brainerd Zip Line Tour and get one tour FREE for every one you buy. No limit! This offer is good for weekday (Monday – Thursday) adventures now through October, but you must book your reservation by April 22nd.

Use coupon code EARTHDAY2018.

MN Zoo Farm Babies

One of our favorite events, The MN Zoo Farm Babies!  Although it doesn’t feel or look like spring, on the calendar it is.  You might have to bundle up a little more to see MN Zoo Farm Babies, all the cuteness will help us forget about the long winter.  *The Farm Babies event is included with the regular zoo admission, no additional fees.

March 23 – April 30, 2018

9:00 – 4:00 – Open Daily

Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.   Cuteness abounds with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies. Check out the special “egg” treats for the animals. This fun form of enrichment will include colored Jell-O eggs, piñatas, and hard-boiled eggs.   

Weekend Activities:

  • Tram rides 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Family activity 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
  • March 31 – Peter Rabbit” costume character 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • March 31 and April 1 – Animal “Egg” Enrichment throughout the Zoo
  • April 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 – Guild of Metalsmiths demonstrations
  • April 21 & 22 – Square dance demonstrations
  • April 21 & 22 – University of Minnesota Bee Squad