Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (Fridley)

I have a few kids who definitely have an artistic bent…they’re always drawing or painting. I love it as I am sooooooo not artistic but I want to encourage it in them. Can you relate?

Let your kids (and yourself!) explore their artistic side with free Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. On select Sundays throughout the year, you can visit the Center, go on an art scavenger hunt, and enjoy art together, all for FREE.

Upcoming Sundays in 2019 are as follows:

  • August 11, 1-3 pm | Full Spectrum
    Abstraction is what this month is all about. Weather permitting we will be out on the lawn practicing abstract painting. So get ready to paint it like Jackson Pollock. Wear clothes that can get messy to this event.
  • October 13, 1-3 pm | ARTober
    On the spookiest day of the spookiest month, we will explore the genre of portraiture in art. Stop by and get creative as we make an old world MONSTER portrait. Also! Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award during our Member Exhibition.
  • December 8, 1-3 pm | Winter Wonderland
    Stop by and shop the galleries during our Holiday Gift mART. We will be making collaged snowglobes and other wonderland items just in time to share with your family during the holidays.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley.

Free Root Beer Floats at Sebastian Joe’s (Linden Hills) – Tuesday, August 6th

National Root Beer Float Day is coming up, as is the next season of DreamWorks’ Netflix show SPIRIT: RIDING FREE!

Grab your PALs and join Lucky, Pru, and Abigail as they celebrate National Root Beer Float Day on Tuesday, August 6th from 3 – 7 pm. Gallop over to Sebastian Joe’s (Linden Hills) for giveaways and a FREE root beer float while supplies last!

Sebastian Joe’s Linden Hills is located at 4321 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis.

Summer Movie Series at TCO Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings are putting on a summer movie series with FREE family-friendly movies each month! Plus, you can enjoy games on the field before the movie begins, as well as meet and greet opportunities.

No chairs are allowed, and blankets are encouraged. No outside food or beverage is permitted. The facility is ADA accessible, and closed captioning is provided. Parking is available in the TCO parking ramp.

Here are the details for the July and August screenings:

Saturday, July 13th – “Coco”
Gates open at 7:30 pm; movie starts at 8:30 pm
Meet and greet: Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Thursday, August 8th – “Smallfoot”
Gates open at 7:30 pm; movie starts at 8:30 pm
Meet and greet: Viktor the Viking

Driscoll’s Berry Truck Brings Free Treats and Fun!

I love Strawberries, one of my favorite things about this time of year is that they are super fresh and tasty!   We just had homemade shortcake with fresh berries this past weekend.

The Driscoll’s Berry Truck Brings Free Treats and Fun to several grocery stores and events in the area.  You can enjoy free berry treats, play some games and maybe even win some fun prizes.

You can check the full list of places to find the Berry Together Tour here.

A few of the upcoming stops:

Fri. July 12 – Lunds & Byerlys
12pm – 4pm, Eagan
Sat. July 13 – Lunds & Byerlys
12pm – 4pm, Maple Grove
Sun. July 14 – Saints vs. Winnipeg Game
3pm – 5pm, CHS Field
Fri. July 19 – Lumberjack Days
10am – 10pm, Stillwater St. Croix River
Sat. July 20 – Lumberjack Days
10am – 10pm, Stillwater St. Croix River
Sun. July 21 – Lumberjack Days
10am – 6pm, Stillwater St. Croix River
Thurs. July 25 – Cub Foods
12pm- 4pm, Plymouth Vicksburg
Fri. July 26 – Kowalski’s Market
10am – 1pm, Lyndale
Fri. July 26 – Slice of Shoreview Days
4pm – 10pm, Island Lake County Park
Sat. July 27 – Loring Park Art Festival
10am – 6pm, Loring Park
Sat. July 27 – Aquatennial Fireworks Family Fun Zone
6pm – 10pm, Minneapolis
Sun. July 28 – Loring Park Art Festival
10am – 5pm, Loring Park
You can find the truck coming to stops in MN all the way into October.  Check their website to find a stop close to you!
Gather the family for shareable treats and fun during the Driscoll’s #BerryTogether summer tour! Our can’t-miss Berry Mobile will be touring the Twin Cities, serving up free berry treats and cool prizes. So, come on out and join us for some fun in the sun, because the best moments in life are shared.

Free Museum Admission for Bank of America Cardholders

Mill City Museum (Minneapolis)

This upcoming weekend (7/6 and 7/7), Bank of America cardholders can take advantage of the Museums on Us program which gives each cardholder one free general admission to over 200 museums nationwide. A photo ID and any valid Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U.S. Trust credit or debit card must be presented.

Please note that this is only valid for ONE free admission for each card. This offer is available the first full weekend of every month.

Current participating museums in Minnesota include:

  • Mill City Museum (Minneapolis)
  • Historic Fort Snelling (St. Paul)
  • James. J. Hill House (St. Paul)
  • Minnesota History Center (St. Paul)

James J. Hill House (St. Paul)

Free MN State Parks Vehicle Permit for Active Military Personnel

Did you know that military families get in FREE to all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas? It’s true! In 2017 the Minnesota legislature approved a statute to provide FREE year-round vehicle permits to active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States Armed Forces and veterans with a service-related disability.

These vehicle permits are normally $35 for a full year and provide qualifying military families unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. To apply, present valid military ID at any staffed state park and let the park attendant know your military status.

Free Fishing Days in Minnesota

Minnesota is a top fishing destination, and for good reason! Our beloved state offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the country. From lakes to streams to rivers, we have abundant opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish. (My personal favorite for eating is perch, but I won’t turn down a nice walleye, either.)

Free Fishing Days in Minnesota

A regular angling license is relatively inexpensive (just $25/year as of 2019), but there are several opportunities to fish for free in Minnesota, as well. Here’s a list of current Free Fishing Days in Minnesota:

Girl Fishing in Minnesota

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Free Fishing Days in Minnesota

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – June 7 – 9, 2019
Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16.

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend – January 18 – 20, 2020
Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16.

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend – May 9 – 10, 2020
Minnesota resident moms fish free.

kids fishing

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Fish for Free in Most MN State Parks

Minnesota residents can fish for free (a.k.a. without a fishing license) in most Minnesota state parks, including ice fishing. A Minnesota resident may fish in a state park without a fishing license when:

  • the body of water does not require a trout stamp
  • fishing from shore or wading in water within the state park
  • fishing through the ice, from a boat or a float on a designated lake that is completely encompassed within a Minnesota state park

All park rules must be followed as usual, along with any rules and regulations relating to the taking of game and fish. You will still need a vehicle permit to enter a Minnesota state park.

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Plus, many Minnesota state parks have loaner equipment available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fishing kits include a rod, a reel, and a stocked tackle box. Check out this map of all the state parks with free fishing opportunities, including some parks with free loaner equipment.

National Donut Day – Friday, June 7th (FREE Donuts + Donutland Pop-Up Exhibit)

National Donut Day is coming up this Friday, June 7th! Celebrate this sweet day by picking up some FREE donuts at select locations across Minnesota.

Salvation Army North has the full scoop over on their website, but if you live in or near (or are willing to drive to) the following cities, you can get some free goodies: Hibbing, Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Paul, Virginia, Willmar, or Woodbury. Check the website for more info.

Twin Cities Frugal Mom also has a list of National Donut Day Freebies, as does Family Fun Twin Cities.

Plus, those in the Twin Cities can visit Rosedale Center from June 7th – 9th for the first-ever Donutland pop-up exhibit featuring four art installations. Snap a photo or two by the hanging donut wall or immerse yourself in the sprinkle display. Learn how The Salvation Army helped baked the love of donuts into the hearts of Americans beginning in WII thanks to their “Donut Girls.” (As far as I can tell, there will not be free donuts available at Donutland.)

Free YMCA Summer Memberships for High School Students

Teens who are starting grades 9 – 12 in the fall can sign up for a FREE YMCA summer membership at locations in the Twin Cities and Rochester! Sign up runs through June 14 and can be done online or in the branch.

Note that students will need to attend an orientation session before using the membership, and there are a maximum of 400 free memberships per branch available this summer.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Y membership from June 1 through August 31 at 26 locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Hudson (WI)
  • Gyms
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Fitness centers
  • Group exercise classes
  • Nutritious meals at select locations
  • and more!

Free Planet Fitness Membership

If a Y membership isn’t convenient for your teen, note that teens can also work out at Planet Fitness for FREE this summer, and there are plenty of those locations scattered across the state.

Thanks, Twin Cities Frugal Mom!

Grand Casino Mille Lacs Free Memorial Day Picnic Buffet for Vets and Military

Free Buffet for Military at Mille Lacs Gran Casino


On Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Grand Casino Mille Lacs is offering a FREE BUFFET for Veterans and Active Military personnel! To take advantage of this offer, present some form of Military ID at Grand Rewards to receive a free buffet voucher.

Valid examples of Military ID: government-issued papers, military ID card, discharge papers, or military attire (dog tags, uniform, etc.)

Not a Veteran or Military personnel? The picnic buffet is $10.99.

If you’re planning your own picnic at home, making these Patriotic snow cones is fun!