How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Advance Screening


Exciting news! Thrifty Minnesota is going to be hosting a special advance screening of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD this weekend! We are BIG fans of the How to Train Your Dragon series of movies (as well as the DreamWorks Animation Television original series Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix)!

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That’s ME with Toothless at DreamWorks Animation Studios!

While we are a bit sad that this will be the last film in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, we’re still super excited to see it! If you have seen the trailer already, you are probably wondering (like we are) who this female Light Fury is and what type of adventure Hiccup, Astrid and Toothless will go on in this last hurrah.

Toothless Female Light Fury


From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown … and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2).



Head on over to the Thrifty Minnesota Facebook page to enter to win reserved seats at the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD advance screening at 10am on Saturday, February 9th at AMC Southdale.

We also have ten sets of general admission (first come, first served) passes to give away – each seats 4 people. For a chance at one of these passes, just complete the form by 11:59pm on Thursday, 2/7. We will email passes to the winners on Friday morning.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Advance Screening Passes Giveaway

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

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze 2018 + Coupon Code

We’re SO close to time for fall fun, and I’m especially excited to bring my kids to the largest corn maze in Minnesota! At nearly 20 acres, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze boasts Minnesota’s largest corn maze.

This year’s maze offers visitors a chance to celebrate the Minnesota Timberwolves and their 30th exciting season of basketball with a Timberwolves-themed maze design and trivia questions about the team placed throughout it.

In addition to walking the maze, visitors can also jump in the corn pit, stroll through the straw bale maze, and enjoy live music, a petting zoo, a hayride, inflatables*, a giant slide*, and much more.

Every year, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze makes a donation to a local charity. This year, funds will go to the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, which provides and supports hands-on programs that positively impact Minnesota youth. Since opening in 2010, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze has donated nearly $180,000 to a number of local causes.


When: Saturdays and Sundays from September 22 – October 28 (also MEA – Thurs., Oct. 18 and Fri., Oct. 19) from 10 am – 6 pm

Where: 8001 109th Avenue N in Brooklyn Park, MN

Tickets can be purchased online for $10 per person, or pay $12 at the gate. Children under 36″ are free. *Concessions and some activities are not included in the ticket price. Use the coupon code T600 when purchasing online to save an extra $1!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. To enter, complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 9/19/18. Good luck!

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze Family 4-Pack

Ridgedale Center Back to School Event on Saturday, August 18th + $50 Gift Card Giveaway

It’s nearly time to go back to school…are you ready? Join Ridgedale Center on Saturday, August 18th from 11 am – 3 pm for a free family fun event that’ll bring good vibes to the new school season!

Here’s what the event will have:

  • A Creative Workshop led by illustrator Cat Coquillette in which she will teach guests of all ages fun ways to replicate creative lettering
  • Back-to-school shopping, styles and trends from stores such as Gap, H&M, American Eagle and more
  • Grand Opening of the new Old Navy store
  • Hair and makeup demonstrations by Riley Rose, New Reflections, Sephora and All Pro Sports Barbershop
  • Photo ops, giveaways, entertainment and more!

Ridgedale Center is your destination for back-to-school shopping whether you have young kids, tweens, or teens AND you can get a fun bonus just for shopping there!

Spend $50 or more at Ridgedale Center in August 2018 and you’ll receive a good vibes tote bag. Spend even more and receive a bag filled with items such as mini notebooks, a pop socket, and more! Visit the event mentioned above or the Mall Management office (M-F during office hours) through September 7th and present receipts from Ridgedale Center dated in August 2018 to receive your gift while supplies last. Limit 1 gift per person, must be 18 or older or have parent or guardian present.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will receive a $50 Gift Card redeemable at any Ridgedale Center retailer or restaurant AND a back-to-school gift-with-purchase promotion that includes (but not limited to): a good vibes tote bag, mini-notebooks, pop socket, pencil case with fabric markers and more! To enter, just complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 8/27/18. Good luck!

Ridgedale Center Gift Card Giveaway

Disney’s CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Advanced Screening Ticket Giveaway

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Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends are coming back to the big screen to come to the aid of their favorite boy, Christopher Robin, who is all grown up and needs their help. Disney’s CHRISTOPHER ROBIN won’t be in theaters until August 3, but 20 lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will win passes for their family to see CHRISTOPHER ROBIN at an advance screening! (Keep reading to enter the giveaway.)

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In the heartwarming live action adventure, the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Piglet and Pooh in Disney’s live-action adventure CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.

Now grown up, Christopher Robin is stuck in a job where he is overworked, underpaid and facing an uncertain future. He has a family of his own, but his work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Winnie the Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang including Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions…because best friends will always be there for you



For your chance to win passes to see CHRISTOPHER ROBIN at an advance screening on Tuesday, July 31 at AMC Southdale 16 at 7pm. Winners will be notified Friday 7/27. Enter here: Good luck!

Spirit Mountain’s Adventure Park (Duluth) – Enter to Win 4 All-Day Wristbands!

It may be July, but there’s still plenty of time for an exciting family getaway! Discover why Outside Magazine voted Duluth the “Best Outdoor City in America” with a fun-filled family adventure at Spirit Mountain. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teenagers in tow, you’ll find there is something fun for all ages and interest levels.

Timber Twister Alpine Coaster
Thrill seekers will love the Timber Twister Alpine Coaster, which races along a 32-foot elevated track. Riders travel alone or in pairs and ride through the forest and down the mountain at a speed of up to 26 mph, enjoying some amazing views along the way.

Zip Line
Spirit’s Timber Flyer zip line takes riders zipping through tree tops for 700-feet. Unlike traditional zip lines, you can ride single or double on a bench-style seat secured with safety belts.

Scenic Chairlift Rides
Chairlift rides aren’t just for winter. The Spirit Express 11 is open in summer and offers riders beautiful views of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior.

Jumping Pillow
Toddlers and big kids will love the Jumping Pillow inflatable attraction. It’s a great place to expend some extra energy.

Mini Golf
If you’re looking for a laid-back activity perfect for the whole family, the 9-hole mini golf course is a perfect choice.

Disc Golf
Located at the Grand Avenue Chalet, Spirit’s 18-hole Disc Golf Course winds through forest, trails and onto the open terrain. The distances are reachable for all abilities, yet tough enough to challenge the experienced player.



The best deal for unlimited fun is the All-Day Wristband ($45)! It includes unlimited rides on all open attractions, including the coaster, zip line, mini golf, jumping pillow, scenic chairlift ride, and disc golf course (disc rental additional). Save money on a 4-pack of wristbands when you purchase 48 hours or more in advance.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family 4-pack of All-Day Wristbands to the Adventure Park at Spirit Mountain in Duluth! To enter, just complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 8/6/18. Good luck!

Spirit Mountain Family 4-Pack Giveaway

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 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
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 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

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