Adults only Gibbs Farm Evening Tour

Sometimes it’s nice to take in some local history during the evening hours.  The Adults only Gibbs Farm, Evening Tour takes place this next Thursday, June 20th.  The event is for the 21 and up crowd, so not only is it in the evening, it’s a time without the kids.  There’s a small admission fee of $10-$15 ( depending on if you have a membership to the RCHS) Advance registration is requested either by phone (651-646-8629.) or by clicking here.

21+ Event

Thursday, June 20th

History loving adults are invited to our first evening tour of the 2019 season. Visitors will enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments before going on a tour of the Gibbs Farmhouse led by Site Manager Sammy Nelson. This tour will go in-depth on the Gibbs family and their life in early Minnesota. Sammy will draw on information from the Ramsey County Historical Society’s Collection and stories told by Jane and Heman’s children and grandchildren.

Discount Go-Kart & Bumper Boat Rides at Lilli Putt (Coon Rapids)

It’s time to add some activities to your family’s summer bucket list! Now’s your chance to try out some outdoor fun like Go-Kart, Bumper Boat, or Kiddie Kart rides at Lilli Putt in Coon Rapids for 40% off. You can buy five (5) Go-Kart, Bumper Boat or Kiddie Kart rides for only $18 ($30 value)! There is a limit of 5 per person.

Note that the value expires 9/30/19. Riders must be 10 years old and at least 52″ tall to ride on the Go-Karts alone.

The castle turrets of Lilli Putt Family Entertainment Center greet travelers from afar, inviting ladies and lords to wile away the day in a trifecta of leisure activities. As an outdoor facility, the entertainment center is open during the warm months of the year, where guests enjoy the towering trees and domesticated dragons that dot the landscape of a challenging mini-golf course where golfers can knock balls over ramps and around aquatic obstacles. For those with a need for speed and fresh air, take a ride on the 2016 track with Lilli Putt’s go-karts, which come in single- and double-seater models or take aim at rivals in bumper boaters take aim with mounted squirt guns.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Friday Night “Flicks on the Bricks” in Burnsville

Looking for something fun to do Friday evenings during the summer?  Friday Night “Flicks on the Bricks” is one idea. These events take place in Burnsville at Nicollet Commons Park. Seating starts at 7:30 pm and the show begins at dusk.

Get cozy in the park with your friends and popcorn, and dive into some of your favorite movies. Popcorn will be available for purchase from Kalli’s Popcorn Shop.

The first movie coming up this Friday (June 14th) is “Take the Lead,” rated PG-13. If you can’t make it this week, then maybe another Friday evening will work out for you. Here’s the schedule:

June 28 “The Croods” (PG)
July 12 “Angels in the Outfield” (PG)
July 26 “Hairspray” (PG) (part of Friday Night Boogie)
Aug. 9 “Little Monsters” (PG)
Aug. 23 “Trolls” (PG)
Aug. 30 Rain Makeup Day
Sept. 6 Rain Makeup Day


Movie at the Farm- Maplewood on June 18th

Bring the family to the Movie at the Farm.  Everyone can enjoy Ralph Breaks the Internet this coming Tuesday, June 18th at the Historic Bruentrup Farm in Maplewood.  Not only is the movie free, you can also enjoy other fun activities including:

  • Petting Zoo 5:30-7:30
  • Jump Castle and Yard Games
  • Concessions available

Important details about the event:

Grounds open at 5:30

Movie is at 6:30

Come out for a family night of games, concessions, activity stations, jump castle and the petting zoo! Enjoy a picnic on the beautiful grounds. Movie will be held in the barn rain or shine.

Shockwaves Water Ski Shows in Shakopee, Plymouth, New Brighton, and Hoyt Lakes

Shockwaves is another water ski team that operates in the Twin Cities metro area. They’re based out of Shakopee and have most of their performances on Thursday nights at Quarry Lake, but they also pop up in Plymouth, New Brighton, and Hoyt Lakes at other times throughout the summer.

You’ll want to check the schedule for a full list of events. Their first show will take place Thursday, June 13th at 7 pm at Quarry Lake.


The club’s show team, the Shockwaves, has the largest level of member participation and is the club’s most visible face. The Shockwaves’ performers do pyramids, ballet, barefooting, jumping, wakeboarding and many other crowd-pleasing stunts. During the course of a season, the show team performs and travels to communities throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Dakota City Heritage Village Friends and Family Event- June 14th

Although the Dakota City Heritage Village is only open a few times each year, it’s a place to put on your bucket list.  Visiting the village is like stepping back in time.  This Friday from 10-2 they are opening up for a Friends and Family event.  ALL are welcome to the FREE event.

The village is located in Farmington at the Dakota County Fair Grounds.   Several buildings have been relocated and as you walk around, you’ll think you stepped back in time to small town America.

Information about the Friends and Family event:

Stroll through the Village and into selected buildings, staffed by costumed docents, as you visit 1900.
See demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, and immerse yourself in life of long ago.

Ski Otter’s Water Ski Team Summer Shows

Sitting on the shore watching the Ski Otters Water Ski Team put on a great show is something fun for all ages. Their first show for the summer is coming up soon! It takes place tonight, Sunday, June 9th at 6 pm at Goose Lake in White Bear Lake.

If you can’t make it to this show, check out the schedule for other dates and times. If you are not familiar with the White Bear Lake area, you can find the map and directions here.

Topgolf Teacher Mondays: BOGO All Summer Long

Teachers can head to Topgolf every Monday this summer for a BOGO Game Play deal and save on some golfing fun! The offer is buy one hour of game play, get one free for teachers and up to five friends.

You must show a valid teacher school ID, and the discount is valid only on Mondays from June 3 – August 26, 2019. Cannot be combined with any other coupon, offer, or promotion.

Not a teacher? Check out the other Topgolf promotions HERE. There is a Topgolf location in Minnesota in Brooklyn Center (6420 N Camden Ave…you can’t miss it because it’s HUGE).

Valleyfair: $29 Admission for Education Workers and Their Families (6/8 – 6/16)

Heads up, teachers and other education workers! Valleyfair’s annual Appreciation for Education Week is coming up in which all education workers and their families get in for just $29 (45% off gate price) + tax!

You’ll need to download and print this flyer and present it at the ticket booth to receive this special rate. This is valid not just for teachers, but also for education workers and school bus drivers. You can also buy your tickets online. Keep in mind that these are good for June 8 – 16 ONLY.

Valleyfair is offering a special ticket price to all education workers and their families during our annual Appreciation for Education Week. With more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair is the Twin Cities’ amusement park, where your next family adventure is closer than you think! Discover a summer of fun from thrilling coasters and Planet Snoopy to the area’s premier waterpark and the new Delirious.

Admission includes unlimited access to rides, shows, Planet Snoopy™ and the newly expanded Soak City Waterpark!

Other Valleyfair Discounts

If you’re not an education worker, don’t fret! There are a few other ways you can save on Valleyfair tickets right now:

And if these discounts still don’t work for you, don’t forget that you can get Valleyfair discount tickets through this link any time.

Como Zoo Free Shuttle

Como Zoo Free Shuttle

Did you know that Como Park Zoo & Conservatory offers free shuttle service during the spring and summer? Parking is always crazy at Como when the weather warms up, so the shuttle is a great way to avoid that hassle.

You’ll board at the staffed off-site parking lot at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds (see map for details), then get dropped off at the front doors of the Visitor Center.

Weekend shuttle service began April 27th, while daily service begins June 8th and runs through August 4th. After daily service ends, weekend service resumes from August 10th – September 29th. (There is no shuttle on June 21st or during the State Fair.) The shuttle runs continuously 9:30 am – 6:30 pm, and the buses are wheelchair and stroller accessible.