Science Fiction Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

One of our favorite events takes place next week! Join in some Star Wars fun (February 23rd) at the annual Science Fiction Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota (formerly known as Star Wars Day). We’ve been to this previous years and really enjoyed it. So many great activities and fun photo opportunities, our kids loved it. There’s regular admission but all the extra Star Wars activities are included.

Saturday, February 23rd Noon to 4 p.m. * All activities are included in regular museum admission.

Due to a decree from the Empire, the event you used to know as… well, you know what… is now SCIENCE FICTION DAY! Dress up as your favorite galactic knight and bring your… let’s say… plasma sword. That villian in a mask who sounds like an evil scuba diver? He *might* be there. Our name may be changing, but it’s still all about the FUN.

Try your hand at our coolest Science Fiction activities, including:

  • Make your own light… you know… “sword”
    • Build jitterbot droids
    • Create stop motion animation
    • Launch stargliders
    • Compete with wind-powered pod racers
    • And more!

Plus, catch The Jedi Trials Science Live Theater show – playing on Science Fiction Day ONLY!

SPEND VALENTINE’S DAY AT BUCK HILL!

Are you looking for some last minute Valentines fun?  We have the perfect idea for you, BUCK HILL!

Bring your sweetheart, or just yourself, out to Buck Hill for Valentine’s! Buy One Get One FREE tickets at the tubing hill AND for skiers/boarders on the lifts starting at 4pm, today only!  Now that’s a sweet deal! See you there!  **Rental/Equipment are an extra cost, not included with lift ticket.

Free Dinner and Acrobatics Show (St. Paul) – Thursday, 2/14

Haven’t made your Valentine’s Day plans yet? Here’s a fun and FREE activity the whole family can enjoy: check out a Zuzu Acrobats performance at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul and enjoy a FREE dinner beforehand!

This high-energy acrobatic group from Kenya appeared on America’s Got Talent a few years ago. The performance takes place from 7 – 8 pm at Founders Hall, and the dinner will be served in the Great Hall, New Main from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

 

 

About the Event:

The Zuzu Acrobats is a high energy acrobatic group from Mombasa Kenya and known for high energy pyramid building, chair balancing, hat juggling, comedy, super-fast skip rope and hoop diving. The group was a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and will be performing at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

There will be a dinner in the Great Hall, New Main, preceding the performance. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP or registration necessary. The event is sponsored Multicultural Affairs, Student Success, Dean of Students, Equal Employment and Diversity, Marketing and Communication, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Public Safety/Security, Student Life and Leadership Development and TRIO.

St. Paul Summer Beer Fest Admission – Up to 40% Off

We’re certainly in the thick of winter right now, but it’s never too early to look ahead to summer! The St. Paul Summer Beer Fest is happening June 8th, 2019 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and right now you can get discount admission through Groupon!

Take advantage of early bird pricing and pay $45 for single-day early admission for one (a $60 value) or $35 for single-day general admission for one (a $45 value). The event runs from 2 – 5 pm, but if you buy early admission you can get in at 1 pm.

Plus, save an extra 20% with coupon code LOVE through 2/13, dropping the price to $36 or $28!

Each year, St. Paul Summer Beer Fest becomes a craft-beer heaven for those thirsty of new and undiscovered flavors. During this outdoor beer festival, participants get to sample from 80 breweries in commemorative tasting glasses. As they shake their heads approvingly in admiration of just-tasted beers and live music in the background, festival goers can also grab lots of information from educational seminars as well as contribute to a silent auction benefiting the YMCA of St. Paul.

Get your St. Paul Summer Beer Fest discount tickets HERE.

Embrace the North Festival

Although we might be looking forward to spring and summer, there’s still winter fun to be had!

The Embrace the North Festival takes place this coming Saturday, February 16th.  This free for all ages event, takes place at the Three Rivers Park Coon Rapids Dam Visitors Center.  You’ll find inside activities along with outdoor fun.

Some of the activities include:

  • Fat Bike Demonstrations
  • Snowshoeing
  • Campfire
  • Local Birds of Prey Demonstrations
  • Winter Games
  • Plus more fun….

 

 

 

 

 

Monster Jam at U.S. Bank Stadium – Save Up to 50%!

Monster Jam is coming to U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, February 16th! If you missed the earlier deal on Groupon, you can now get discount Monster Jam tickets via Goldstar and save up to 50%!

The tickets they have available are normally $54.39 tickets, but you can get them for only $27.50 when you order 1 to 5 tickets, which is the max. There is also a $6 service fee. Seating is reserved in sections 101, 116, 122, 124, 138 (on the lowest level, but in the corners).

While the tickets don’t appear at first glance to be much cheaper than Ticketmaster, those tickets end up being $48.59 each (when you buy two tickets) after all the fees, compared to only $33.50 each when you buy them via Goldstar. That extra $15 per person adds up in a hurry!

Monster Jam is adrenaline-charged family entertainment providing jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats that promises to always leave fans entertained. Monster Jam events feature some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco and many more. Our world-class drivers push these perfectly engineered Monster Jam trucks to their limits in Freestyle, “2-Wheel Skills” and Racing competitions that will put families on the edge of their seats and leave them craving more of this unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable event!

 

 

Order discount Monster Jam tickets HERE.

Women in Science & Engineering at the Science Museum of Minnesota – 4 Free Child Admissions with Each Paid Adult

Saturday, February 16th is the day for Women in Science & Engineering at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The event takes place from 12 – 4 pm AND up to four kids get in free with each paid adult! I couldn’t find a place to print a coupon, but you can see the offer mentioned on the Facebook event page.

Regular admission is $18.95/adult, and those with limited income may qualify for $3/adult admission with proper documentation. You can also download free Metro Transit ride passes to save on transportation and parking costs.

Women are achieving great things in science and engineering in our community! On Saturday, February 16, you’ll have a chance to meet them and learn about the ways their work is touching your life at Women in Science & Engineering at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

From noon to 4 p.m. that day, meet women scientists and engineers from Medtronic, Donaldson Company, Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project, Engineers Without Borders, the University of Minnesota’s Chemistry Department, The Wyvern Warriors (FTC Team 15230), and more. Join us for an event that will entertain, delight, and inspire a new generation of STEM innovators!

Purchase one full price adult admission ticket and get up to four kids in free. Plus, take advantage of free rides to Women in Science & Engineering, courtesy of Metro Transit! Learn more at smm.org/wise.

Women in Science & Technology is presented by Medtronic.

Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy at the Ordway – Discount Tickets

Treat yourself to a night of laughs at the Ordway Center in St. Paul on Thursday, February 27th at 7:30 pm where you can see Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy in an improvised comedy sketch show. I personally LOVE watching improv…not participating in it, but watching it. It amazes me how quickly the actors can come up with hilarious material!

Tickets are available for $33 – $38 via Goldstar, plus service fees of $6 – $6.50 per ticket. These tickets are normally $58 – $68, plus service fees of $9 per ticket. YOWZA.

Improv comedy is in Jim Belushi’s blood. Not only is he the brother of legendary Animal House star John Belushi, but he’s spent more than 30 years honing his craft as a comic performer — first as a student at Chicago’s renowned Second City theater and then as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. And that’s to say nothing of his hit sitcom According to Jim, in which Belushi starred in 182 episodes while also executive producing, composing music and occasionally directing. Now, this comedy veteran comes to Saint Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to do what he does best: make a room full of people laugh until they cry. Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy stars Belushi and three professional touring improvisers — Megan Grano, Larry Joe Campbell and Joshua Funk — whose quick wits and chemistry make for an unpredictable evening of comedy.

Get your discount tickets HERE.

Winter Movie on Ice in Willmar

Willmar Winter Movie on Ice

For those of you in central Minnesota, we found some winter fun for you this weekend!  Head to Willmar on February 16th for the Winter Movie on Ice Event.

You only need to bundle up a little since the event is held indoors at the Civic Center.  Bring your own skates or there’ll be some skates available on a first come, first served basis. (Helmets are recommended for beginner skaters.)

The movie is Incredibles 2 and it begins at 6pm.  If you need skates it’s suggested to arrive at 5:30.

Official Willmar Winter Movie on Ice Event Info: 

Everyone is welcome to the 2019 Winter Movie on Ice Event!
Saturday, February 16th starting at 6pm at the Willmar Civic Center
Skates will be available on a first come basis starting at 5:30pm
Movie starts at 6pm

FREE Admission, FREE Popcorn, FREE Pop
FREE ice skate rental is available on a first come basis.
***Please bring your own skates if you have them.

Saturday Family Fun at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley

Bring the entire family out to experience the wild with Saturday Family Fun at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley. One Saturday each month from 10 – 11 am they have special programming with no fee (although donations are appreciated).

Explore the trails, learn new skills, meet live animals, and more! Be sure to dress to enjoy the weather. Activities are geared toward elementary school-aged children, but all are welcome.

Upcoming events include:

  • February 16: Nature’s Valentine
  • March 9: St. Patrick’s Day
  • April 20: Earth Day
  • May 11: Bubble Bonanza