Winter Play Day at Silverwood Park

Silverwood Park offers a huge variety of fun activities, even during the winter.  Silverwood is hosting a Winter Play Day this Monday from 11-4:30.   Almost all of the activities are free with a couple of exceptions, which is awesome for the thrifty crowd. The day is geared toward all ages so if you happen to have the day off bring the whole family.

  • Kite flying on Silver Lake
  • Snowman Making Contest
  • Free Family Concert *Roe Family Singers
  • Kite Making Activity *First 40 are free then $6 each.

Check out the full schedule of events on their FB page, as well as notice of cancellation if the weather is bad.


Minnesota Museum of American Art Free Family Day – Sunday, January 20th

Admission to the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (aka “the M”) is always free, but this Sunday, January 20th they’re offering some extra family fun activities! Enjoy Family Day: Onward! from 1 – 4 pm.

In the future, there will be art and we’ll make it together. What will it look like? It will look like us and the worlds that emerge from our imaginations. Welcome to your new museum, your playground for creativity and connection.

Interactive Storytelling: Main Gallery
Stories for the Future: Saint Paul Public Library Story Time (English & Spanish)
2:00 p.m. (Spanish) / 3:00 p.m. (English/ASL interpreted)
All ages
Saint Paul Public Library brings their beloved Story Time to the M, with a focus on sharing stories of better futures.

Making & Community Building: Wide Open Studio
Figure: Aki Shibata & Carrie Thompson
All ages
Aki and Carrie have made hundreds of clay figures that need your care. Select a figure, decorate it, think of one thing you love about yourself and one thing that would help you love yourself more, and then add your figure to the growing community of figures on the window shelves of Wide Open Studio. Together they represent a brighter future. You’ll also find comfortable seating and a small, kid-friendly library near this activity. Feel free to relax.

Making: Securian Studio
Sharing Light: Senah Yeboah-Sampong & Witt Siasoco
Ages 6+
Inspired by alchemy, Senah & Witt invite you to make candles with them that hold your wisdom and wishes. Prompted by the themes head, heart, and hands, you’re invited to write a phrase or draw a symbol on a small, metal disc, which is then placed in a glass cup and covered with wax to form a candle. Ceremonial candle lightings and poetry offerings rooted in the activity’s themes will take place at 2, 2:30, 3, & 3:30 p.m.

Making & Demo: Sculpture Court
Together We Weave a Web for Our Wishes, with artists from Weavers Guild of Minnesota
Ages 4+
With Sheila Pepe’s Softly …. Before the Supreme Court as visual inspiration, we learn how to weave a simple web, together, with yarn and other materials. Our Weavers Guild friends will offer one-on-one support and share a little about their own artmaking and what weaving means to them.

Family Guide: The Whole Museum
Age 5+ with help from a reader/writer
Pick up an M Family Guide at the welcome desk in the Reception Hall and find yourself on an adventure through the entire museum.

If you miss this Family Day, they’re offered three times per year on the third Sunday of January, May, and September from 1 – 4 pm. Suggested donation is $5 per family or group.

ReStore Annual 50% Off Everything Sale

It’s time once again for one of our favorite sales.  The ReStore Annual 50% Off Everything Sale!   If you have plans to remodel, redo or just redecorate, you don’t want to miss this sale.  ReStore carries everything from: appliances, furniture, windows, doors, lighting, tools and much more.  A great place to find new and gently used home improvement products and building materials.

This amazing 50% off sale is one day only, January 26th from 9:00am-4:00pm.  ReStore has two locations:

2700 Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis
510 County Road D. West in New Brighton

On the day of the sale, there are some special things to keep in mind, as it will be a busy day for shoppers and staff alike:

  • This is a one-day only sale, with special store hours.
  • It’s Pay and Carry Only: We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash. No Checks. No product holds.
  • Parking: If it’s busy, look for one of the parking attendants, and please follow their instructions. We have limited parking space and appreciate your patience.
  • Carts: We may not have carts available for everyone. Stay near your item, or talk to a volunteers, they will have tags to mark your item while waiting for a cart.
  • No Other Coupons or Discounts: No other offers are accepted during the sale.
  • Checkout: The lines may be long- we only have 3 registers. We will have volunteers helping to tally each sale before getting to the checkout register. If there are not enough attendants, you may be asked to help tally your items. Please be patient.
  • Amazon Paint and Paint Supplies: Amazon Paint and new paint supplies will not be included or available during this sale.
  • Check out the other tips and suggestions to help you navigate the sale here.

Finally, if you have some spare time on Saturday, you can also sign up to volunteer at the sale. The ReStore locations both operate with a small staff, and since this is their largest sale of the year, they could use extra pairs of helping hands.


Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend – January 19th through 21st

This weekend, January 19 – 21, is Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend in Minnesota. Minnesota residents 16 and older fish or spear fish or free (no license required) when they accompany an angler younger than 16.

It’s highly recommended that you check ice conditions locally before heading out, and visit the DNR website for ice safety guidelines as well as ice fishing tips.

Live near Whitewater State Park? They’re having a Take a Kid Ice Fishing event on Saturday, 1/19 from 1 – 3 pm. Join the group at Half Moon Landing on the Mississippi River backwaters near Kellogg, MN for some special family time. All equipment provided. Sign up by emailing [email protected] or by calling 507.312.2308.

MacPhail Free Family Music Series: The Bazillions – Saturday, January 19th

MacPhail Free Family Music Series The Bazillions

There is a great free event that is taking place on Saturday. It is indoors, so you don’t have to bundle up too much. 🙂 The MacPhail Free Family Music Series: The Bazillions takes place at 10:15 am and 11:15 am on Saturday the 19th.

No tickets are required, and the concerts are free and open to the public. This event is held at the MacPhail campus in Minneapolis; find directions and more information here.

Jam with The Bazillions, a kid-friendly indie rock band. The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities’ parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. A free, family event for music-loving families and those who want to explore music for the first time! The centerpiece of this series is a live concert. Before and after each concert, the musicians will give free sample lessons to kids and adults on the instruments featured in the concert. Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® staff will also be on site to engage families in a music-themed art project. Light refreshments will follow the concert.

Arctic Fever 2019 – January 18th through 20th

Winter has arrived and Arctic Fever 2019 is the perfect event to celebrate.  Arctic Fever takes place this weekend, January 18th – 20th, with all activities and events held around Excelsior, Tonka Bay and Shorewood. Events include a free pizza party, sledding, open skate, sleigh rides, and lots more.

Check out the full schedule on the event website.

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

Coming up on January 26th is the 18th 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. Back again, just for one day this year will be the Art Shanty Projects!  Mark your calendar, this is one of our favorite events!

This is a free event, no admission required.  Other fun family activities at the festival include:

  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
  • ART Shanty Projects!
  • Snowshoeing
  • Marshmallow Roast
  • Ice Fishing
  • Plus kite viewing of all shapes and sizes

The 18th 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.

The Big Chill Winter Party in Chaska

It might be a warmer than normal January but we can still have some winter fun!  The Big Chill Winter Party in Chaska takes place this Friday, January 18th from 6-7:30.  A family friendly event for all ages, with all the fun taking place at Fireman’s Park.  No Registration needed.  Some of the fun includes:

  • Free S’mores over the bonfire
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Glow in the dark bowling
  • Bring your Ice Skates and Skate to the DJ Music from KIDSDANCE



2019 Minneapolis Boat Show BOGO Coupon Code + Ticket Giveaway

2019 Minneapolis Boat Show Discount Code

It’s never too early to start dreaming about spring! One popular event that happens every year to turn our minds to spring is the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center, this year from January 24 – 27.

As always, the event is full of education and family-friendly events including:

  • NEW! Twin Cities Beach Bash, featuring a display of past winners of the Milk Carton Boat Race and an all-new, marine-themed Sandcastle. Children are invited to make their own milk carton boats or help with creating the sand sculpture.
  • NEW! Discover-A-Boat scavenger hunt, in which little skippers are invited to explore the show floor, navigating the Discover-A-Boat map to find recreational boats of all kinds. Participants can hand in their completed maps for prizes, while supplies last.
  • Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, which allows you to take the helm of a virtual boat and sharpen your driving, docking, and other important skills.
  • Antique & Classic Boat Display, a fan favorite returning this year with an impressive display of antique and classic boats from old wooden beauties to quirky crafts from days gone by.
  • Island Lifestyle Experience, delivering a tropical oasis for attendees to put up their feet and relax, enjoy refreshments and listen to live music.
  • Contests and giveaways each day of the show, including a chance to win a new Sea-Doo Spark!

2019 Minneapolis Boat Show Info:

Thursday, January 24, 2 – 9 pm
Friday, January 25, 12 – 9 pm
Saturday, January 26, 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, January 27, 10 am – 5 pm

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota



Tickets are regularly priced at $14 for adults and free for children 12 and under with paid adult. Active military are free with ID. Senior Day is Thursday, January 24, where 62+ ticket price is $11. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or onsite the day of the show.

Coupon Code:
Purchase in advance online and save! Use the coupon code BOATGO to get your tickets buy one, get one free through midnight January 24.

For more information about the 2019 Minneapolis Boat Show, visit You can also follow the show on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Look for the hashtag #MPLSBoatShow!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win four (4) tickets to the 2019 Minneapolis Boat Show. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 1/21/19. Good luck!

2019 Minneapolis Boat Show 4-Pack Tickets Giveaway

Ice Harvesting Day at Richardson Nature Center

Are you interested in how things used to be done?  Ice Harvesting isn’t something we hear much about these days, but it used to be very important.  The Annual Ice Harvesting event takes place Saturday, January 26th at the Richardson Nature Center,  A great opportunity to see just how things used to be done. There’s a small fee for all of the activities, only $5 a person which is still a bargain.

Experience the adventures of Minnesota’s hardy ice harvesters. Cut blocks of ice out of the pond with a vintage ice saw and pull an antique ice plow. Weigh blocks of ice, use chipping tools, and make ice cubes. Discover food preservation techniques with costumed interpreters from The Landing and hear stories from ice harvesting historian, Tim Graf. Try a kicksled, determine water quality, and watch ice rescue demonstrations by Bloomington Fire and Rescue. Explore Phase Two, a dynamic public artwork made of melting ice representing the effects of climate change in sculptural form. Keep warm by a campfire outside or enjoy hot cocoa and a film of early-1900s ice harvesting inside. Drop in anytime.