Free Family Day at Minneapolis Institute of Art: I Heart Art – Sunday, February 10th

Free Family Day at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Swing by the Minneapolis Institute of Art the second Sunday of every month for Family Day at Mia, a FREE day of fun at the museum designed for the young and the young-at-heart. This Sunday’s theme is I Heart Art with activities taking place from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday, February 10th.

Show your love for art, and one another, through activities for the young and young-at-heart at this month’s Family Day at Mia!

Art-making: Heartstrings
11 am – 4:30 pm
Create a lovely heart-shaped garland.

Art-making: Heart-Shaped Art
11 am – 4:30 pm
Sculpt and paint hearts of all kinds.

Musical Performance: Siama’s Congo Music
12 pm and 2 pm
Join husband and wife musicians, Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas Johnson, for an hour of joyful songs from the heart of Africa.

Photo Booth: I Heart Art
11 am – 5 pm
Gather your loved ones and strike a pose in the Mia Photo Booth.

Gallery Hunt: Institute of Hearts
11 am – 5 pm
Share the love this Valentine’s season by leaving your heart with the art at Mia.

*EXTENDED* Skate the Star at Mall of America

**This opportunity has been extended through February 18th!

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

*EXTENDED* January 28 – February 18

Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday – Friday: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 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
*NEW* Valentine’s Day: 3 – 10 pm
*NEW* Presidents Day: 10 am – 9 pm

*Hours are subject to change.

Nickelodeon Universe $15 Wristbands

We just love spending time at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. There is so much to do for the whole family with rides for everyone from the toddlers to the grown-ups. It’s an especially good place to go on those cold winter days when you want to do something active or on super hot summer days when you want to enjoy the cool air conditioning.

We also love how the ceiling made of windows and the big trees scattered throughout Nickelodeon Universe make you feel like you’re outside even though you’re indoors. As an added bonus, once you get hungry from riding all those rides, there are lots of snacks available within Nickelodeon Universe and dozens of restaurants within just a few steps.

Planning a trip to the Mall of America? Here’s a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Wristbands – pay just $15 when you show this coupon through Thursday, February 14th! This is a $21.99 savings off the full price. Note that the coupon is only valid Monday – Thursday.

During the week they’re open from 10 am – 9:30 pm, so this can make for a fun after school or evening event for the whole family.

Tech Fest – Family Engineering and Tech Fair at The Works Museum

If you’ve never been to the Works Museum, next Saturday would be a great time to go. If you HAVE been to the Works Museum then you know how fun it is.  It’s one our favorite places to go for indoor fun.  They have so many great hands-on learning stations and activities and it’s the type of place where adults can have just as much fun as the kids.

Saturday February 9th, is Tech Fest  – A Family Engineering & Technology Fair.  It’s officially their biggest Tech Fest ever with 24 presenters, including a full-sized solar car from the U of M’s racing team!  Hours are from 9-4. If you pre-register in advance, there’s a discount on admission.  ** The family membership is an awesome deal if you live close enough. With just a couple of visits it pays for itself.

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Chemistry, cars, and catapults at the 15th annual Tech Fest

Hours of fun await families at The Works Museum’s 15th annual Tech Fest. With kid-friendly
demos and activities exploring medical technology, virtual reality, drones, solar cars, catapults,
chemistry, and more.

Tech Fest lets families experience engineering and technology together.

“Kids and adults alike love the hands-on experiences at Tech Fest and enjoy exploring the
many ways engineering impacts our world,” says Jill Measells, CEO of The Works Museum.
Engineering is everywhere – from our morning toothpaste to the lights we turn off at night, and
everywhere in between. At Tech Fest, families learn about engineering in a fun, tangible way.”
“With more than twenty presenting organizations hosting dozens of activities, and prize
drawings all day long, this year’s Tech Fest will be amazing,” says Sam Keyes, the event’s
planner. “Kids won’t even notice they’re learning. They’ll just know they’re having fun!”

What: Tech Fest, The Works Museum’s annual family event celebrating engineering.
When: Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Works Museum, 9740 Grand Ave S., Bloomington, MN, 55420
Cost: $9 pre-registered (through 2/7/19); $12 at the door. Free for members.

ABOUT THE WORKS MUSEUM. The Works Museum is all about hands-on engineering for kids.
We serve over 80,000 children, families, and educators annually. Our mission is to inspire the
next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem-solvers. For regular hours and
admission, membership, and camp information, visit

Free Museum Admission for Bank of America Cardholders

Mill City Museum (Minneapolis)

This upcoming weekend (2/2 and 2/3), Bank of America cardholders can take advantage of the Museums on Us program which gives each cardholder one free general admission to over 200 museums nationwide. A photo ID and any valid Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U.S. Trust credit or debit card must be presented.

Please note that this is only valid for ONE free admission for each card. This offer is available the first full weekend of every month.

Current participating museums in Minnesota include:

  • Mill City Museum (Minneapolis)
  • Historic Fort Snelling (St. Paul)
  • James. J. Hill House (St. Paul)
  • Minnesota History Center (St. Paul)

James J. Hill House (St. Paul)

Northern Lights | Laser Light Tubing at Buck Hill

We can all agree that tubing is fun but it’s way more fun at night.  Stepping up a notch is tubing with laser lights!  Buck Hill will once again be offering some special tubing fun February 21-23.  They are hosting a Northern Lights | Laser Light Tubing event. Lights will go on once it’s dark.  Mark your calendars for some fun on the hill!  I hope they make this a regular thing. Tickets will be $18 for two hours of fun.

It’s back! You loved it last year so we are bringing it back!
Bring the family for a fun night tubing under the lights!




Cheap Skate (Coon Rapids): $1.99 “School’s Out” Special

Are you looking for something to do with the kids while school is out? If you’re brave enough to venture out, one option is to head to Cheap Skate in Coon Rapids where you can skate or bounce for $1.99 (or do both for $4.99).

They’ll be open from 1 – 5 pm today (Tuesday, 2/12). Tax and rentals are extra and there is no charge for adult spectators.

Rental costs:

  • Roller skate (quad) – $3 each + tax (you may bring your own)
  • In-line (rollerblade) – $4 each + tax (you may bring your own)
  • Light-up Razor scooter – $5 each + tax for 3 hours
  • Skate trainers (walkers on wheels) – $3 each + tax and $2 deposit

Shows at the Forestview Planetarium

Great things happen all over Minnesota.  Even if we haven’t all heard of The Forestview Planetarium, it’s a place worth checking out.  Located in the Brainerd/Baxter area.  It’s not open all the time so be sure to check out their website or FB page for special events or if you are a teacher and want to bring your class, it would be a great place for a field-trip.

Right now they have public shows lined for the end of February (Feb 25-28). “A Night Under the Stars” is a free show but you do need to reserve tickets for a seat.  The earlier shows are for younger kids, while the later show is more for middle school on up.

**It’s almost important to note that the Planetarium is not a huge place so please treat the tickets as if you paid for them.  Don’t reserve more than you need or if you can’t go.  

Crayola Experience Discount Tickets – Half Price at Mall of America!

Crayola Experience Discount Tickets - Half Price at Mall of America!

Have you visited Crayola Experience at Mall of America yet? Now is a GREAT time to plan a visit because you can get half-price Crayola Experience discount tickets! With this special offer you can get TWO Crayola Experience admission tickets for a total of $20.99! (Scroll down this page to see the offer.)

PS – Don’t forget that kids ages 4 and under get in FREE each weekday through February!

About Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience is a sprawling wonderland of colorful adventure that appeals to kids and kids-at-heart alike. Located in the Mall of America, this 60,000 square foot celebration of the iconic crayon fills the day with hands-on play for the entire family with over 25 fun and creative attractions. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Be a Star: Kids can appear as the star of their own coloring page (and even color outside the lines of their own faces) and have their image printed on a t-shirt, and even name and wrap their very own Crayola crayon
  • Create Cool Things: Melt crayons into souvenir rings, learn to paint with melted crayons, embark on a 4-D coloring adventure, scribble art with chalk at Scribble Square
  • Learn Cool Things: Check out how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show, and learn the history and science behind Crayola at the Cafe Stage
  • Just Play: Crayola Experience also features a Color Playground and a vibrant Toddler Town

sCrayola Experience Discount Tickets - Half Price at Mall of America!

The half-price Crayola Experience discount tickets will only be available for purchase for a limited time, but you can use them from February 1 – June 30, 2019. Perfect for a warm indoor activity this winter, or save them for spring break!

Order Crayola Experience discount tickets HERE.

Kites on Ice Festival

We discovered another winter kite festival besides the one tomorrow at Lake Harriet, this one takes place near the town of Buffalo,   Although it isn’t this weekend, mark your calendar, The Kites on Ice Festival takes place from 11-6 on February 9th.

***For events like this, it’s important to check their event page, especially if you plan to drive more than just a couple of miles to it.  Occasionally the weather doesn’t cooperate so they need to reschedule or cancel it.

If you’ve never been to a kite event, know that you are welcome to bring your own and fly it.  Of course you can also just watch all the other kites, some are huge, while other’s are a bit more simple.

  • Build a kite workshops
  • Food/Beverage Trucks
  • Kiteboarding
  • Team Tournaments