Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

This Saturday is the 17th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival.  It takes place on the north end of the lake from noon-4.  You can choose to participate or just observe all the fun kites flying above.

The 17th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival will take place on the north end of Lake Harriet near the Lake Harriet Band Shell. Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet.

Minnesota Kite Society experts will demonstrate their skills maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, and offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime. Bring your own kite, or buy an inexpensive one at the lake.

Tips Outdoors will teach kids ice fishing skills and safety tips. Equipment and permits for children will be provided.

2018 Hudson Hot Air Affair

Even though I’ve yet to actually ride in a hot air balloon, I love to watch them.  The 2018 Hudson Hot Air Affair takes place this coming weekend ( Jan 26-28).  A chance to see countless balloons all in one area.

The complete schedule of events can be found here on their website.  The weather can and many times does affect the schedule for balloons so make sure to check their website for updates.

2018 Hudson Hot Air Affair :: Touchdown Hudson XXIX

Join us in Hudson, Wisconsin along the beautiful St. Croix River for Hudson Hot Air Affair, the premier winter ballooning event and winter festival in the Midwest.  This family friendly event includes activities such as an evening Torchlight parade, hot air balloon launches, geocaching, marketplace and craft fair, smoosh boarding, 5K fun run, bingo, balloon moon glow or field of fire, just to name a few.

Please note due to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the Hot Air Affair will be moved forward one week to January 26-28, 2018.

Join us for all the great fun to be had in  Hudson, Wisconsin.  Please view the 2018 schedule for a complete list of events and activities.



2018 Art Shanty Projects

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Art Shanty Projects or maybe not.  The Art Shanty Projects have been happening for several years and have been on White Bear Lake.  This year for the first time, the Art Shanty Projects have taken up residence on Lake Harriet.  The Shanty Projects will be open for three weekends with January 20-21 being the first one and continuing the following two weekends (Jan 27-28 and Feb 3-4).  If you like to plan check out the schedule for each day here.

We’ve been to the Art Shanty Projects the last three years and each time loved it.  It’s a free event, which of course is a huge bonus.  The temporary village on the ice is really something you just need to experience first hand.   Each individual Shanty has it’s own story, brought to life in an interactive artistic form.

A few tips if you decide to visit the Art Shanty Projects:

  • Dress warm, layers if possible.  You’ll be on a lake and sometimes the wind is very different than what you think it will be.
  • Wear comfortable but yet warm boots.  Again you will be on the ice, but also walking around.  This is MN, this is winter.
  • Occasionally they have food truck options, but I suggest bringing some snacks with just in case.  Or like us last year, we sort of lost track of time going in and out of the Shanty’s so the snacks came in handy.
  • Plan ahead for parking, there’s also a free bus option if you go opening weekend.
  • Keep an open mind.  There’s a list of the Shanty’s and it gives a description for each one.  We decided to be surprised with some of them and did not read anything, just walked up and opened the door.  Sort of like “What’s behind door #1”.
  • GO and HAVE FUN.  It really is something everyone in MN needs to experience.

Art Shanty Projects transforms a frozen lake surface into a creative community space that is part art gallery, part art residency and part social experiment. Thousands of people are drawn to our outdoor event during a time of year when weather often keeps residents isolated. The unpredictable wind-swept, snow-covered location challenges artists to generate platforms for unique experiences while contending with natural and human elements.

Past shanty artists have elicited public interactions around such varied activities and inspirations as stress-relieving practices in a geodesic dome, curling competitions, lively debate forums and soap-box proclamations, kinetsthetic pedal-powered polar bear puppet rides, a life-sized music box, a giant zoetrope, and an imaginative elevator ride. Artist-audience interactions have become integral to our mission.

In addition to the interactive multidisciplinary component of the shanties, programs of performance art happen throughout the four weekends of the festival. This work takes the form of multiple, smaller performances and interactions that are not necessarily tied to a particular shanty, sometimes take place withing a structure, and sometimes happen in and among the visitors walking on ice. Past programming has included creation of a living snow globe, ‘snowga’ (yoga in snowsuits), spontaneous a cappella singing on the ice and art car parades.

Winter Frolic – North West Company Fur Post

North West Company Fur Post Winter Frolic

This Saturday (January 20th) would be a great time to head to the North West Company Fur Post, located near Pine City.  The Fur Post is part of the Minnesota Historical Society.  The Winter Frolic event takes place from 12-4.  It’s supposed to be a bit warmer, so only minimal layers will be needed.  If you have a Historical Society membership, you can save 20% on admission to the event.

North West Company Fur Post Winter Frolic

Shake off the winter blues by heading outdoors at the fur post. Learn about winter travel during the fur trade and join in activities like throwing a curling stone, playing a round of Ojibwe snow snake, or snowshoeing along two miles of trails.

Guests can also relax indoors, enjoy a cup of cocoa before a blazing fire; watch the outdoors festivities from the visitor center and play period parlor games.


Winter Fete in Bloomington

It’s time for the the 14th annual Bloomington Winter Fete.  A family friendly winter celebration filled with a variety of activities.   It begins January 20 and goes through the 28th.

  • Skiing activities
  • Biking events
  • Ice Skating
  • Winter Kite Festival
  • History Festival

Check out the website for all the details.


Family Skating Party in St. Paul

Check the family calendar for January 19th.  The Hayden Heights Rec. Center is hosting a family skating party event.  It’s free and open to ages 3-99.  If you have your own skates bring them, as they will have limited skates available.  The party is from 6-7:30.  You can find more information here on their website and register in advance to let them know you’re coming.

  • Ice Skating
  • Play Board Games
  • Hot Cocoa and Cookies

If you can’t make it January 19th.  Check out the calendar, other locations in St. Paul will be hosting family skating parties on January 26th.  


Save 50% on Admission to Minefaire at the RiverCentre in St. Paul for Minecraft Fans!

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Minecraft fans, mark your calendars for March 17th and 18th, 2018 for Minefaire at the RiverCentre in St. Paul! A tip: save on admission by purchasing your tickets in advance via Groupon. Options include:

  • $29.50 for a one-day general-admission ticket (up to $49 value)
  • $44.50 for a one-day VIP ticket (up to $69 value)

Tickets are valid for admission either Saturday, March 17th or Sunday, March 18th. VIP tickets include 9 am early access to the event, priority seating at the Diamond Stage, a VIP bag, and a special VIP lanyard. General-admission tickets have access to the event starting at 10 am.

These prices are already a nice discount off the full ticket price, but right now you can take an additional 25% off the final price with coupon code WANT25. This means that a general-admission ticket will be just $22.12 (over 50% off) and a VIP ticket will be just $33.37 (also over 50% off).

MINEFAIRE, the Ultimate Minecraft Fan Experience, is coming to St. Paul for two days only – March 17-18, 2018.

Minecraft players and their families unite at Minefaire to meet their favorite YouTube creators, compete in tournaments and build battles, participate in the famed costume contest, witness live stage shows, learn from Official Minecraft Education Global Mentors, shop at the World’s Largest Official Minecraft Merch Store for event exclusives, and more!

Children 2 and under are free.

The Groupon offer has a limit of 8 per person, and you’ll redeem your voucher on the day of the show for a ticket at the venue box office. Get your Groupon HERE!

GRAND Opening: Bartz Snow Sculpture

Mother Nature and a crazy amount of creativity make a great team in New Brighton. The Bartz family has been creating large snow sculptures in their front yard since 2012. These sculptures aren’t just large, they are gigantic.

The GRAND Opening: Bartz Snow Sculpture event takes place tomorrow January 16th.   This year’s sculpture will be a giant lobster. They’ve been asking for name suggestions on their FB page.  There’s no admission to view the sculpture, however the family appreciates donations. Each year the money raised goes towards clean water through the organization One Day’s Wages.

JOIN us for the unveiling of our newest snow sculpture on! A giant Snow Lobster! We will be outside to answer any questions! Lights will be illuminating the sculpture until 11 pm. Once again, we will be raising money for clean water through the organization One Day’s Wages. We would love to see you!!

Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous

The 24th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous is coming up in Pequot Lakes.  The Rendezvous takes place January 18-20.  If you have an old sled, this is a great opportunity to join the fun. The event is free for spectators and more information can be found on the event website.

Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets

Attention brides to be! Get ready and grab your Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets before it arrives at Saint Paul RiverCentre this Sunday, January 14th! If you’re determined to make your dream wedding a reality, skip all the nightmarish running around and spend a fun afternoon enjoying the Twin Cities Bridal Show. See your Pinterest boards come to life at this all-encompassing expo, which includes the Aisle of Style fashion show, Glam 2 Go Makeover Zone and the Inspiration Station, spotlighting the latest design trends. More than 130 companies are planning to be on hand with samples, previews and planning advice, from caterers and photographers to DJs, florists, lighting experts and beyond.

Buy your tickets now and you can snag Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets for only $10.50 each (a $4.50 discount over the regular $15 price). Another option: if you know you’re bringing two people, you can get two tickets for $15 (no service fee) through Daily Deals (you’ll need to scroll down the page to find this deal).

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