Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium – 40% Off Annual Passes

Want to give a phenomenal experience gift this Christmas? How about passes to Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America? Right now you can get an individual annual pass for 40% off through Groupon and pay just $29.40 (reg. $49)!

Another option: buy a Family Pass for just $107.40 (reg. $179)! This will cover four named individuals ages 3 and up. Note that kids 0-2 years old always get in free.

Plus, save an extra 10% through 11/29/18 with coupon code SUPER!

What’s included:

  • 12 months of unlimited visits
  • Exclusive member events
  • Gift shop discounts
  • 20% off birthday party packages
  • 50% off admission for accompanying friends and family
  • 15% off Behind the Scenes Tour, Snorkel Experiences, Overnight Programs, Fins and Flights, and Sharks After Dark

You’ll need to redeem the voucher in person by 2/28/19 to activate membership and receive your photo ID card. The 12-month membership begins at the time of your in-person activation.

Travel around the world’s amazing oceans with just one ticket to SEA LIFE. Family and friends explore the 1.3 million gallon aquarium featuring thousands of sea creatures around every turn. Seahorses and jellyfish swim around in breathtaking fashion, and so does other marine life. A 300-foot-long ocean tunnel simulates the experience of walking across the ocean floor. Nine-foot-long Sand Tiger Sharks roam overhead and flash their menacing teeth while giant rescued sea turtles come face to flipper with you. The aquarium’s more interactive attractions explain what makes undersea life so appealing. At the touch pool, for instance, education hosts explain the lives of coastal creatures, letting visitors touch everything in the exhibit, including sea stars and sea anemones.

Get your Groupon HERE!

*EXTENDED* Crayola Experience Cyber Monday Sale: 50% Off Single Day Tickets or Annual Pass Bundle

This sale has been extended! It’s now good through Wednesday, 11/28.

Crayola Experience is having a HOT Cyber Monday Sale and is offering 50% off Single Day Tickets and a special Annual Pass Bundle! Note that these offers are valid online only.

With the discount, a 1-day general admission pass for the Mall of America location is just $10.49 (reg. $20.99).

If you know you’re planning to visit more than once during the year, you can spring for an Annual Pass Bundle for $20.99 (reg. $43.98) which includes unlimited visits for 1 year from date of purchase at all Crayola Experience locations AND a Souvenir Drink Cup.

Note that children under the age of 2 are free.

Handmade Holidays: November 23 – January 1

Fill this season with color and create gifts from the heart during Crayola Experience’s Handmade Holidays! Create an elf with Crayola Model Magic, color and craft a handmade pop-out card, and paint a festive garland. Families can also take part in holiday slime classes*, enjoy seasonal treats* and more! These holiday adventures are all in addition to the 23 creative, hands-on activities.

*Additional fee applies.

Old Fashioned Holiday at the Holz Farm

We always enjoy the events at the Holz Farm in Eagan.  The Old Fashioned Holiday takes place on December 2rd.  A free event for the entire family.  It’s an old fashioned holiday, 1940’s style with lot’s of great outdoor activities.   Dress for the weather. The full schedule and more information can be found here on their website.

Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz Farm
Sunday, December 2nd
Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Gather the family and celebrate the holidays 1940’s style with an old fashioned holiday experience at Holz Farm Park. Remember a simpler time of singing carols by the fire, making s’mores, the smell of cookies baking, hot cider and spending time together. Bundle up with warm winter gear and enjoy a winter hayride and outdoor activities. Kids are invited to write a letter to Santa at home and bring it to the celebration as Santa and his live reindeer will be available to visit and for photos. Don’t forget your camera!

Minnesota Children’s Museum Membership – Save $25!

A membership to the Minnesota Children’s Museum makes a fantastic holiday gift, and right now you can save BIG through Monday, November 26th as part of their Black Friday sale! Use the coupon code BF25 to save $25 on a Passport level or above membership that you give as a gift.

If you want a membership for your own family, use the coupon code BIG25 to get the same discount. Awesome, right?

All membership include ALL children in the household under 18 as well as two listed adults. Options include:

Passport Membership: $104 $129

  • FREE unlimited admission to ALL locations – Downtown St. Paul and Rochester
  • Sneak peeks to St. Paul exhibits
  • SAVE at retailers and attractions
  • Bring up to 6 guests and save $2 per ticket
  • 50% off admission for up to 6 people to children’s museums across the U.S.

Deluxe Membership: $134 $159

  • Includes all benefits of Passport Membership
  • 1 FREE Flex Member (bring a guest or send a caregiver)

Premier Membership: $164 $189

  • Includes all benefits of Passport Membership
  • 2 FREE Flex Members (bring a guest or send a caregiver)

Crayola Experience Discount Tickets – Just $13.99 (Reg. $20.99)!

Have you visited Crayola Experience at Mall of America yet? Now is a GREAT time to plan a visit because you can get Crayola Experience discount tickets! With this special offer, you can pay just $13.99 for a Crayola Experience admission ticket, a $20.99 value!

Handmade Holidays: November 23 – January 1

Fill this season with color and create gifts from the heart during Crayola Experience’s Handmade Holidays! Create an elf with Crayola Model Magic, color and craft a handmade pop-out card, and paint a festive garland. Families can also take part in holiday slime classes*, enjoy seasonal treats* and more! These holiday adventures are all in addition to the 23 creative, hands-on activities.

*Additional fee applies.

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

Crayola Experience is a sprawling wonderland of colorful adventure that appeals to kids and kids-at-heart alike. 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), 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!

These Crayola Experience discount tickets will only be available for purchase for a limited time, but you can use them through December 31, 2018. Perfect for an end of summer activity, or save them for fall or winter break!

Order Crayola Experience discount tickets HERE.

Sensory Friendly Santa Event

For many kids, visiting Santa can be very overwhelming.  Not just Santa himself, the process of getting there can be too much.  Southdale Mall in Edina as well as the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth are offering a Sensory Friendly Santa Event.  Reservations are not required but are suggested.  This special event at the Southdale Mall takes place December 2nd and the Miller Hill Mall event will be December 9th.  These are free events and registration is strongly encouraged.

Please join us for a private photo experience for children with special needs and their families. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him. Southdale Center and the Miller Hill Mall will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event.

CSE Winter Light Show

We’ve attended the CSE Winter Light Show the last three years in a row.  The College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota puts on a great show.  The knowledge and talent of the students is none other than amazing to watch and listen to.  The show is outdoors and lasts about 20 minutes.  They will be hosting shows on Dec 1, 6, 7, and 8, .  More information can be found below or on the website page here.

  • Dress Warm
  • Be prepared to stand for the 20 minute show

The CSE Winter Light Show is a student-designed 3D outdoor experience featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music. All of the light features and much of the music is designed, sequenced, composed, and performed by University of Minnesota students. Now in its eight year, the CSE Winter Light Show has become an annual campus tradition.

There will be shows at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m. and each show will last about 20 minutes. All shows are free and open to the public.

The show is presented by the Tesla Works student group and sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering.

Arboretum After Hours Holiday Lights Display

We love to find holiday light displays this time of year.  One of our favorites, the Arboretum After Hours Holiday Lights Display.   There’s no additional charge for this, however regular Arboretum admission DOES apply.  There are fourteen different displays to view.  This is a display we plan to make a yearly tradition.  Are there others you would recommend?  We would love to hear about your favorites.

FREE EVENTS (with paid gate admission)

Outdoor Lights Displays

Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays, Nov. 23-Jan. 6, 5-9 p.m.

Dec. 26, 27, 31, Jan. 1 5pm- 9pm

Fourteen themed displays of outdoor lights greet visitors from the minute they drive onto the grounds. Hot chocolate, cookies, S’mores, (outdoors) and beer and wine available for purchase.

See the Arboretum grounds aglow with outdoor and indoor lights. Walk among 14 outdoor displays, from the entry drive to the Learning Center to the Cloister Garden Trellis. Warm up by the NEW S’more Village, located in the Margot Picnic Shelter area. Indoors, the Great Hall and Conservatory will be festively illuminated as well! Free with gate admission.

See the full map and additional information here on the Arboretum website. 

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Open November 17th Through December 26th

If you happen to be in or around the Duluth area between now and December 26th, head to Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” for an AMAZING festive light display. We have managed to see it on two occasions and loved it each time. It is quite honestly the most amazing display of lights I have ever seen!

The best part is that it is FREE (guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or new unwrapped toy to donate to those in need). Bentleyville opens tomorrow night (November 17th) and is open nightly through December 26th. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 5 pm – 9 pm and Friday – Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm. They have a helpful calendar HERE to let you know when to visit to avoid the crowds.


Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato

Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato

I was just reading about the Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato, and I plan to squeeze a visit onto our calendar this season. Even if you don’t live super close, it really looks like something that’s worth the drive. It takes place at Sibley Park in Mankato. You can drive through the display, or if you prefer you can walk through it. It starts on November 23th and goes through December 31st. The event is open to the public, but cash donations and non-perishable items are welcome.

The 7th Annual Kiwanis Holiday Lights kicks off November 23 at 6 p.m.

The Girl Scouts Mankato Area Unit present a parade to open the event.
The parade will wrap up with Santa Claus himself who’ll flip the switch to turn on the lights.
Santa will stick around on weekends for free visits through December 23.

New this year: opening weekend features a lighted Ferris wheel, while a lighted carousel will be available every night.

The events also features an ice sculpting contest December 14-15 as well as learning to curl December 21.
Guests can walk or drive through the display.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato