PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen at Target Center April 20 + Reader Giveaway

UPDATE: This even has been moved to Friday, April 20th (due to Timberwolves playoff game).

We may no longer be able to see Prince himself live in concert, but there is a unique experience coming up you may want to take note of: Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota has announced a special concert event titled PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen to be held Saturday, April 20 at 8 pm at Target Center!

The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on the Target Center stage by a super-group of musicians who performed alongside Prince throughout his legendary career.

The live experience will showcase Prince in his own inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. With the event, Paisley Park looks to welcome even more of the passionate Prince fan community into a live music event celebrating his iconic artistry and the hit songs that captivated generations of fans.

Tickets are on sale at the Target Center box office, online at TargetCenter.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a pair of tickets to PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen at Target Center on April 20 at 8 pm! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 4/17/18. Good luck!

PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen Tickets Giveaway

See Raffi at the Pantages Theatre (Minneapolis) April 7 + Reader Giveaway

Can you believe it? Raffi turns 70 this year! He is marking the occasion with a new album and a series of #belugagrads concerts including a big show in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 7 at 1 pm at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis.

Tickets are on sale now at $35.50 to $75. The $75 VIP tickets will include an opportunity to meet Raffi in person after the show! Proceeds benefit The Centre for Child Honouring.

Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. He is best known for his work as a children’s entertainer and advocate whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings includes his iconic song, “Baby Beluga.” Once called “the most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world” (Washington Post) and “Canada’s all-time children’s champion” (Toronto Star), Raffi is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations’ Earth Achievement Award. He has published three books for adults and holds four honorary degrees.

Raffi has never advertised to children or made any commercial endorsements aimed at kids. His commitment to treating his young fans with respect changed society’s outlook on music made for children. His latest albums (on Rounder Records) include Owl Singalong and Best of Raffi, and he plans a new album release this summer.

“I love singing with and for children and families,” says Raffi. “In 2018, I look forward to hearing more ‘Beluga Grads’ and their kids singing favorites like “Baby Beluga,” “Down By The Bay,” “Bananaphone!” plus more from my recent Best of Raffi album.”

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a pair of tickets to the “Beluga Grads” concert in Minneapolis on April 7 at 1 pm! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 3/31/18. Good luck!

Raffi Concert Tickets Giveaway

Sherlock Gnomes in Theaters this Week! + Reader Prize Pack Giveaway

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Get ready Gnomeo and Juliet fans – our favorite garden gnomes are back for a brand new exciting (and funny) adventure in London with SHERLOCK GNOMES heading to theaters this week on March 23! Take a look at the trailer:

 

 

When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there’s only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES. The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.

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This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.

Sherlock Gnomes looks to be a ton of fun with a brand new adventure-filled story that’s also filled with laughs! With all the action it looks like it will be extra fun in Real D 3D! Order your tickets now.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a Sherlock Gnomes Spring Flower Planting Kit Prize Pack! The pack includes:

Flower seeds
Bag of soil
Gnome
Tattoos
Bookmarks
4 passes to see SHERLOCK GNOMES at any Twin Cities Marcus Theater (Valid Monday-Thursday beginning 3/26)

To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 PM ET on 4/9/18. Good luck!

Sherlock Gnomes Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

The Works Museum Tech Fest for Kids and Families + Reader Giveaway

It’s almost time for The Works Museum annual Tech Fest family event on Saturday, February 24th! Gather your kids, friends, and family of all ages for a fun day of hands-on technology activities.

This is the 14th year that The Works Museum has hosted Tech Fest, showcasing the amazing innovations that the Twin Cities technology community has to offer. As for activities, they’ve got some old favorites returning (Tech Take-Apart, color-changing bracelets, rocket launching, and more) as well as 15 brand new experiences!

You are your kids will be able to check out activities such as:

  • Use virtual reality explore the human heart and other systems of the body.
  • Explore solar energy with LEGOs and see a real Tesla car.
  • Build a bridge with a transportation engineer.
  • Construct a cart that can race down a ramp without spilling its contents.
  • Experiment with arduino robots

Ready to plan your day? Here are a few tips from experienced Tech Fest families:

  • Come early. Tech Fest starts at 9 am (before their normal open hours). This is a great time to have fast access to presenters. Plus, the first 500 children receive a drawstring bag to collect their projects and take home!
  • Bring cash or a check if you plan to lunch at Tech Fest. Papa John’s Pizza will sell pizza over lunch (and donate 20% of proceeds back to The Works Museum). This is a great opportunity to take an onsite lunch break, but they don’t take credit cards. Or pack your own lunch or snacks to eat in our lunch room.
  • Save money by purchasing your admission in advance ($9 per person over age 2) or consider a family membership. Members receive free admission to Tech Fest and a membership pays for itself in just 2 visits for a family of 4.
  • Consider bringing your teen too. While The Works Museum focuses on programs for kids ages 5-12, Tech Fest is great for anyone ages 4 and up (including adult guests!)
  • Go at your own pace. All activities are open for the whole event, but you don’t have to do them all. See what inspires your young engineer and stay as long as you like at those activities.

When: Saturday, February 24, 9 am – 4 pm

Where: The Works Museum, 9740 Grand Ave S., Bloomington, MN, 55420

Cost: $9 pre-registered/$12 at the door. Free for members. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

More: Visit www.theworks.org for more details or call 952-888-4262.

ABOUT THE WORKS MUSEUM. The Works Museum is all about hands-on engineering for kids. We serve over 75,000 children, families, and educators annually, inspiring the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem-solvers. For regular hours and admission, membership, and camp information, visit www.theworks.org.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family four pack of tickets to the event. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 2/20/18. Good luck!

The Works Museum Tech Fest Giveaway

First-Ever Minnesota Brett Favre Autograph Appearance – Enter to Win a Ticket!

Minnesota Brett Favre Autograph Appearance

Minnesota is all a-buzz with the Super Bowl heading into town next weekend! Yes, it’s a shame the Vikings didn’t make it into the big game, but we still get to be part of the excitement of the big event! There are lots of special events coming up in the next 10 days including the first ever Minnesota Brett Favre autograph appearance as part of the Touchdown at Ridgedale event.

Ridgedale Center is set to surprise and delight shoppers February 2nd to 4th with random acts of fanfare and giveaways from various Ridgedale retailers and restaurants. Touchdown at Ridgedale will feature secret spotters surprising shoppers with confetti, music, noisemakers, special touchdown dances, and as many as 100 daily giveaways including football merchandise, gift cards and other prizes!! Even if I didn’t win a prize I think it would be super fun to see someone else win!

Touchdown at Ridgedale Event Giveaways
 

Touchdown at Ridgedale Details:

 
WHAT:

  • Touchdown at Ridgedale to surprise and delight Ridgedale shoppers on Super Bowl weekend.
  • Secret spotters will randomly surprise shoppers with fanfare (including touchdown dances, confetti, music, and horns) and gifts from various Ridgedale retailers and restaurants.
  • Approximately 100 giveaways each day will include football merchandise, valuable gift cards and other gifts, totaling over $5,000.
  • Plus, shoppers can stop in Fan HQ and the new 6,000 square-foot play area to receive special gifts for their children, while supplies last.

WHEN:
· Friday, February 2nd, 1 pm to 7 pm
· Saturday, February 3rd, 11 am to 7 pm
· Sunday, February 4th, 11 am to 4 pm

WHO:

  • Sponsored by Ridgedale Center with gifts from select merchants including Fan HQ, Tommy Bahama, Goldy’s Locker Room, Caribou Coffee, The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, and Redstone American Grill.
  • Fan-gear merchandise is available at various Ridgedale merchants including Fan HQ, Goldy’s and Macy’s.
  • Full service Ridgedale dining options for Super Bowl weekend include: Big Louie, Big Bowl, The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Lakeshore Grill, Redstone American Grill and Ruscello.

Fan HQ at Ridgedale Center will be welcoming Brett Favre for his first-ever Minnesota autograph appearance! He will meet with fans, sign autographs and pose for photos from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3 at the Center Court at Ridgedale.

Tickets for the autograph-signing event are limited and available for purchase now at Fan HQ store at Ridgedale Center, online at FanHQStore.com, or by phone at 952-545-6460. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit the Favre4Hope Foundation.

About the Event:                

  • Brett Favre meet-and-greet/autograph signing in Center Court of Ridgedale Center Saturday, February 3rd, 11 am to 12:30 pm.
  • The Touchdown at Ridgedale event also features music, family-friendly snacks, face painters, a photo booth, free giveaways and a chance to win a $250 Fan HQ Gift Card.
  • Plus, shoppers can stop in Fan HQ to receive special gifts for their children, while supplies last.

WHERE:

Ridgedale Center
12401 Wayzata Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Reader Giveaway: One very lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a ticket to the Brett Favre meet-and-greet/autograph signing in Center Court of Ridgedale Center Saturday, 2/3, 11 am to 12:30 pm. (Winner must arrive no later than 10:30 to claim their ticket.) Ticket will be valid for a basic autograph signing to meet Brett Favre and 8” x 10” photo (ARV $227). For your chance to win, fill out the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/31/18. (Giveaway open to residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin ages 18+.)

Brett Favre Meet and Greet / Autograph Signing

Peter Rabbit Advanced Screening Ticket Giveaway!

Spring is just around the corner, and families can cure their spring fever with Peter Rabbit, headed to theaters on February 9th!

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

The movie is rated PG for some rude humor and action. Check out the official trailer:

 

 

Peter Rabbit hits theaters February 9th, but right now you can enter to win passes to an advanced screening on Saturday, February 3rd, at Regal Eagan 16! Seating is first come, first served, so it’s recommended to arrive early. However, you can get front of the line access by donating a children’s book! Here’s more:

In honor of Blue Jacket Day, Peter Rabbit and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) are helping to get books into the hands of children in communities across the country by hosting a book drive at this advanced screening. Everyone who donates a new or like-new Kindergarten – Grade 5 children’s book to the RIF program will receive front of the line access!

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in their blue jackets (just like Peter!) and bring a book to donate to a child in need. Also, blue drop boxes will be placed across the country at movie theaters in which patrons will be encouraged to participate in this initiative. Want to help more? For every photo posted on social media that includes the hashtags #PeterRabbit and/or #BlueJacket, a book will be donated to a child in need. Can’t beat that!

Reader Giveaway: Five (5) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of Peter Rabbit at Regal Eagan 16 on Saturday, February 3 at 10 am. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 1/29/18. Good luck!

Peter Rabbit Advanced Screening Passes

Children’s Theatre Company: The WIZ Discount Code and Ticket Giveaway!


Children's Theatre Company: The WIZ Discount Code and Ticket Giveaway

We are super excited. The WIZ is coming to Children’s Theatre Company! The WIZ is a joint venture between CTC and Penumbra Theatre.  If you aren’t familiar with The WIZ, I won’t spoil it for you, but can tell you it shares a strong resemblance to The Wizard of Oz.  Although it is similar, there’s so much that is different too.  I can tell you one thing for sure, The WIZ is full of excitement, music and fantastic energy.

I had the opportunity for a behind the scenes sneak peek of it and this is a production you don’t want to miss.  The one-of-a kind costumes are amazing.  On the tour of the costume shop, we saw glimpses of all the colorful, creative clothes and wigs coming to life.

Watching the cast rehearsing one of their songs was amazing.  By the smiles and laughter along with the energy in the room, I could tell they love this show and are excited to bring it to the stage.


Childrens Theatre Company Wiz Munchkin Costume

 

Discount Code:

 

The WIZ runs January 23rd- March 18th with a run time of about 2 hours.  Because we love to help you save you money, we have two deals for you.  First we have a giveaway contest for two tickets (to be used for weeknight performances T-F) at the bottom of the post.  We also have a 20% off discount code that can be used towards the purchase of tickets.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in partnership with Penumbra Theatre will present The Wiz, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; directed by Lou Bellamy, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Penumbra Theatre Company, assistant directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris (Broadway credits as Choreographer for A Raisin in the Sun), with music direction by Sanford Moore (Musical Director at Penumbra Theatre). The extraordinary cast includes Paris Bennett (American Idol top five finalist 2006) as Dorothy, Dennis Spears (Ivey Award for Excellence in Acting, Member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame) as Tinman, CTC’s Performing Apprentice Dwight Leslie as Scarecrow, Aimee Bryant (CTC’s Akeelah and the Bee) as Addaperle, T. Mychael Rambo (Guthrie Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood) as The Wiz, Rudolph Searles III (Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Park Square Theatre) as Lion, Greta Oglesby (Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, and more) as Aunt Em/Evillene, and Jamecia Bennett (Guthrie Theatre, Lab Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Capri Theatre) will take the stage as Glinda/Crow/Ensemble.

The production also includes scenic design by Vicki Smith (Bay Area Critics Award, Drama-Logue Award, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award, Denver Critics Award), costume design by Mathew LeFebvre (Guthrie, Signature Theatre, Minnesota Opera and others), lighting design by Don Darnutzer (Broadway credits as Lighting Designer for It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues) and sound design by Sten Severson (CTC, Broadway, West End, Off-Broadway, Public Theatre (Audelco Award).

“My concept for our production is rooted deeply in African American history & custom,” stated Director Lou Bellamy. “Dorothy’s journey from (in our production) Nicodemus, Kansas to the Wiz’s palace in Harlem, pays homage to the Great Migration made during Reconstruction by thousands of African Americans from rural environs to urban living.”

Children’s Theatre and Penumbra Theatre are excited to embark upon an historic partnership that will bring Minnesota audiences the best of what both companies offer. Long heralded as the leading theatre for young audiences in the country, CTC creates artistically excellent, sophisticated theatre for multigenerational audiences, while Penumbra Theatre, the leading African American theatre company in the nation, produces artistically excellent, socially responsible drama depicting authentic representations of black life and culture. Both companies bring a passion for advocacy for their often underserved audiences, and have pioneered educational programming that innovates within the field – CTC’s critical literacy work and Penumbra’s racial justice work will allow these two treasured companies to forge something together that neither could do alone. Leadership at both organizations is committed to forging a deep and equitable partnership that will indelibly impact both for the better.

Photo: Dan Norman

“It is a great thrill and honor to partner with Penumbra Theatre,” stated CTC Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. “They are a major force in the national theatre world as well as a local treasure. The insights and experience they bring to this partnership have been extraordinary and we look forward to continuing to find ways to work together.”

“This relationship isn’t transactional,” stated Penumbra Theatre Artistic Director Sarah Bellamy.  “We are getting to a space of depth and real honesty with each other in terms of our conversations about equity, what our aesthetics are, how we can create a proactive, equitable, shared learning environment and that feels very unique.”

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends with a dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Embark on this Oz-some adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, winkies, Addaperle and Evillene. You don’t need a wizard—just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day.

To learn more about this partnership between CTC and Penumbra Theatre, take a look at this video here.

 

Reader Giveaway:

 
One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win 2 Weeknight Tickets to Children’s Theatre Company The Wiz!! (2 tickets for any weeknight performance that isn’t already sold out – that’s any Tuesday through Friday performance.) To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/29/18. Good luck!!

Children’s Theatre Company The Wiz Ticket Giveaway

The Works Museum Code Day for Kids and Families + Reader Giveaway

It’s almost time for The Works Museum annual Code Day family event on Saturday, November 11th! Gather your kids, friends, and family of all ages for a fun day of hands-on programming activities.

Are your kids excited about coding and all the amazing things it makes happen? Members of the Twin Cities community will be showcased during Code Day with activities and demonstrations designed to introduce kids to programming. This is the perfect opportunity for kids and families to learn and explore together.

You and your kids will be able to check out programming and coding experiences such as:

  • Makey makey
  • Blue-Bots
  • Spheros
  • Arduino of Minnesota
  • Scratch
  • Apps developed by teens

When: Saturday, November 11, 10 am – 2 pm

Where: The Works Museum, 9740 Grand Ave S., Bloomington, MN, 55420

Cost: Included with admission ($8.50 per person). Free for members.

More: Visit www.theworks.org for more details or call 952-888-4262.

ABOUT THE WORKS MUSEUM. The Works Museum is all about hands-on engineering for kids.  We serve more than 70,000 children, families, and educators annually, inspiring the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem-solvers. Learn more about field trips, Family Engineering Nights, special events, and both on- and off-site workshops by visiting
theworks.org.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family four pack of tickets to the event. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 11/7/17. Good luck!

The Works Museum Code Day Giveaway

A Bad Moms Christmas Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway!

Moms, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit with A Bad Moms Christmas, headed to theaters on November 1st! We LOVED the first Bad Moms movie and now it’s time for a new hilarious movie to ring in the holiday season!

This sequel to Bad Moms follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

A Bad Moms Christmas stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reprising their roles from the first Bad Moms film, with Christine BaranskiCheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon joining the cast as their moms.

 

 

 

Reader Giveaway: Five (5) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of A Bad Moms Christmas at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Monday, October 30 at 7 pm. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 10/25/17. Good luck!

A Bad Moms Christmas Advance Screening Passes Giveaway

Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Upcoming The Abominables + Reader Ticket Giveaway!

Most of us will agree, we live in a hockey state. It’s one of, if not the most popular sport in Minnesota. The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre’s upcoming performance, The Abominables will bring the popular sport to the stage.  Just recently, we had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Abominables.  The Abominables will be a musical performance like nothing we’ve seen before.

The stage becomes an ice arena, taking on the appearance of many of the arenas around our state.  The wood beams look so much like real wood, you would be surprised to find out they aren’t.  The players will be skating during the performance, dressed in full hockey gear.  We had a tour of the prop shop, wig area as well as the costume area.  There are so many great things to see in this performance.  One actor will have at least four different roles, so we will see their hair magically change, to make this happen.  The suggested age for this performance is 8 and up, and I know I have a 13-year-old who is very excited to see it!

Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to bring to the stage, the very first Minnesota hockey musical, The Abominables. Produced in association with New York City’s extraordinary theatre company The Civilians, the musical is written and directed by Steve Cosson with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and choreography by Joe Chvala. The musical was created over a four year period through CTC’s Threshold new play development program; the development of which included interviews with over 75 hockey players, coaches and family members across Minnesota at tournaments, games and practices. Minneapolis Children’s Theatre’s performance of The Abominables runs from September 12 to October 15, 2017.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win 4  tickets to Minneapolis Children’s Theatre’s upcoming performance, The Abominables. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm CT on 9/15/17. Good luck!

Children’s Theatre Company The Abominables Ticket Giveaway