Exultate Festival Choir and Orchestra – 50% Off Tickets

Any choir nerds in the house? (Raising my hand here!) Right now there are discount tickets available via Goldstar for three upcoming Exultate Festival Choir & Orchestra concerts! Tickets are $10 (50% off), plus service fees for the following three concerts:

Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove on Friday, April 12 at 7 pm

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul on Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm

Annunciation Catholic Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm

Note that students and young people under 30 can get discount tickets through their website, so keep that in mind as you figure out how many tickets you’ll need to purchase through Goldstar.

The monumental Mass in B Minor of Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed by the Exultate Festival Choir and Orchestra. This work, the pinnacle of choral music, was one of the final works written by the great master. The magnificent creation of movement after movement woven together to form the five chief parts of the Mass must be experienced. In addition to the music, Bach’s personal Bible will be on display along with artifacts surrounding his life, his faith and the Mass in B Minor. Your ticket to the concert allows you to view this marvelous exhibit.

Bowlero Discounted Bowling, Shoe Rentals, and Arcade Games via Groupon

I took a bowling class in college to meet my “physical activity” requirement. (Score!) I can’t say that I’m a champion bowler…because I’m not…but it’s still fun to hit the lanes every once in a while.

You can enjoy a discount on bowling and shoe rentals at Bowlero (four Minnesota locations – Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, and Lakeville) when you buy through Groupon! Options include:

  • $20 for two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for two guests – $10/person
  • $38 for two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for four guests – $9.50/person
  • $56 for two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for six guests – $9.33/person



Bowlero takes bowling to the next level with their state-of-the-art arcade, multi-player laser tag. and epic eats. Each location features bowling lanes decked out with black lights, plush lounge seats, and HD video walls. Here the menu is nationally-recognized and comes stuffed with everything from oversized share-ables to classic burgers and sandwiches each with their own spin. Come enjoy a game of bowling and stay for the featured bites, games, and alluring visuals.

After you purchase your Groupon, you’ll need to redeem it by June 6th, 2019. Call in advance to confirm availability; advanced reservations are not available. Also note that the Groupon is not valid Saturdays after 6 pm.

And if you plan to play arcade games while you’re there, you’ll want to buy a discounted game card via Groupon, as well. Pay $12 for a $25 arcade game card with 50 credits. Note that this Groupon needs to be redeemed by April 11th, 2019.

Free “Movies Under the Domes” Movie Nights at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Once a month, enjoy a feature film in the auditorium of the Minneapolis Convention Center for FREE as part of their Movies Under the Domes series! The next free movie night is coming up TONIGHT, so we wanted to give you the heads up as you will need to register in advance for your complimentary tickets.

Upcoming films include:

  • March 21st – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13)
  • April 25th – Moana (PG)
  • May 16th – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Date night, family night or a hang-out-with-friends night, each Movies Under the Domes evening is free to the public. Movie-goers must RSVP through Eventbrite for General Admission tickets, as seating is limited. The first 100 people through the door at all movies will receive a free two-pack set of Pepsi stainless steel straws.

In addition to free feature films, guests can relax in the MCC Craft Bar and Lounge, which will have Minnesota craft brews and light snacks available for purchase. Those under age 21 can purchase snacks and beverages outside the Craft Bar and Lounge, including Niki’s ice cream sandwiches. These treats are hand-crafted with fresh-baked cookies, made from scratch at the MCC, and featuring Minnesota’s own Bridgeman’s ice-cream.

Get your tickets HERE!

Free Movies, Popcorn, and Axe Throwing at Emagine Monticello Grand Re-Opening – Thursday, 3/21

Emagine Monticello

Got plans for Thursday? You do now! Emagine Monticello is having a Grand-Reopening Celebration in which you can enjoy a free movie, free popcorn, and axe throwing all day long.

Emagine Monticello now features 12 auditoriums with luxurious heated leather recliners, enhanced concessions, and a full bar with local craft beer, cocktails , and wine. Plus, you can enjoy axe throwing at Minnesota Axe in the same building! It’s an indoor competitive sport similar to darts, except you throw 1.5-pound hatches at wooden targets marked with a bullseye and score points based on where the axe sticks.

Minnesota Axe Monticello

Here’s the schedule of events for Thursday, March 21st:

  • 10:30 am – 8 pm: FREE movies, popcorn, live entertainment, and axe throwing
  • 4 pm: Official ribbon cutting with Monticello Chamber, executives from Emagine Entertainment, and Minnesota Axe
  • 6 pm: Live entertainment by local band, Slowspeed

Emagine Monticello

Emagine Monticello and Minnesota Axe are located at 9375 Deegan Ave in Monticello. Limit one movie, one popcorn, and one axe-throwing session per guest.

Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) – As Low As $75/Night

It’s finally starting to warm up around here, but it’s not quite time to jump in the outdoor pools yet. Good thing it’s always 84° at Great Wolf Lodge! Plan your spring getaway today for as low as $74.99/night when you use a special coupon code.

Book your stay by 3/28/19 and use the coupon code GETAWAY2 to see these special rates which are available on dates through 5/24/19 (note that discounts may vary by date).

(Update: If you’re reading this after the 28th, keep an eye out for Great Wolf Lodge MN deals on Groupon!)

Options include:

  • Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite, Queen Sofa Suite, Queen Suite (Accessible), Junior Queen Sofa Suite: $74.99+/night
  • Family Suite: $84.99+/night
  • Queen Cabin Suite: $94.99+/night
  • Deluxe Family Suite (Accessible): $124.99+/night
  • Royal Family Suite: $154.99+/night
  • Deluxe Majestic Bunk Bed Suite, Grand Bunk Bed Suite, Majestic Bunk Bed Suite: $174.99+/night
  • Grizzly Family Suite, Northwoods Suite, Junior Grizzly Family Suite (Accessible): $274.99+/night


The heart and soul of Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington is its 75,000-square-foot indoor water park. Splashy rides such as River Canyon Run—a four-story raft water slide—and a zero-depth-entry wave pool with 3-foot swells surround the park’s iconic hub: a four-story treehouse with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket. Younger kids will have a blast with the gentle spray features of Cub Paw Pool.

The water park, which hovers around 84 degrees all year long, isn’t the resort’s only family-friendly activity. You’ll also find an arcade with more than 100 games and Scooops Boutique, where visitors can get fun nail polish and glitter tattoos.

  • Extended and exclusive water park access: You can enter the water park at 1 pm on the day you check in and stay until close on the day you check out (essentially 2 days’ water park admission). And since there are no day passes for outside visitors, resort guests have exclusive access and won’t get stuck in long lines.
  • Family-friendly fun: The resort has games and activities for kids of all ages. Explore options by age group here.
  • Hands-on crafts and activities such as face painting and balloon twisting during the Lunch Time Lineup can keep kids entertained when they want a break from the water park action.
  • Roomy suites comfortably sleep up to six guests. Some suites offer extra privacy with enclosed bunk beds.
  • Fuel up with food and drinks at eight restaurants and snack bars.
  • Add a Paw Pass or Pup Pass to your stay to enjoy kid-friendly activities and sweets at Creation Station, Oliver’s Mining Co., and more at a discounted rate. See everything that’s included—as well as other available packages—here (additional fees apply).
  • Safety first: Complimentary life jackets in multiple sizes and trained lifeguards help keep families safe and secure.
  • Distance from Minneapolis: 10 miles


Great Wolf Adventure Park

Besides the water park, don’t forget that there is plenty of dry fun, too! Great Wolf Adventure Park is filled with activities and experiences that are fun for the whole family. There are lots of active experiences to work off that never-ending kid energy and ways for them to put their thinking caps on, too. Check out our crew’s experience with Great Wolf Adventure Park in Bloomington to see what they have to offer!

Rita’s First Day of Spring – Free Italian Ice

The first day of spring is Wednesday, March 20th and Rita’s is celebrating by giving away FREE Italian Ice! There are four Rita’s locations in MN (Apple Valley, Eagan, and Stillwater). Normal operating hours are 12 – 9 pm.

Start Spring Off Right—with FREE Italian Ice!

Every year we celebrate the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice. That’s right, for over 20 years we’ve treated each and every guest to a free Italian Ice. It’s a Rita’s tradition. Just our way of kicking off the season—and spreading a little happiness.

Last year, our guests showed their spring spirit—and their love of Rita’s Italian Ice in a big way. We gave away almost 1 million cups of Italian Ice in just a nine-hour period! Pretty cool, huh?

Minnesota Twins Tickets Available Through Groupon

Baseball Opening Day is coming up soon…did you know that you can get Minnesota Twins tickets at a discount through Groupon?

You can easily filter by dates and/or opponent to find tickets for dates you’re sure you can make (and teams you want to see). You also can try out your seat virtually to see what the view from your seat will look like. Get your tickets HERE.

Free Explore Minnesota Travel Guides

Did you know that Explore Minnesota has a series of FREE travel brochures that you can order? These are fantastic resources that can help you get ideas for things to do, attractions to visit, and places to stay in Minnesota. I’ve lived in Minnesota most of my life, but I know there’s so much I haven’t seen!

Besides the free Minnesota travel guides, you can also request free guides for golfing, biking, spring/summer activities, and more. If you’re looking for information about a specific region, city, or town, you can request to have your information forwarded to specific community tourism organizations.

You can request to have them sent to you, but many of these are also available to view online or to download to your computer (save a tree)!

Minneapolis Convention Center Parking Discount

minneapolis convention center parking discount

There are so many amazing events that happen downtown in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but I’m a suburb girl and I get squeamish when I think about traffic and parking. Whenever I venture downtown, I try to figure out parking in advance so that’s one less hassle to deal with. Can anyone relate?

Right now you can get a Minneapolis Convention Center Parking Discount when you find your parking ahead of time through Groupon. It uses ParkWhiz so you can reserve your spot in advance and know you at least have that covered.

To get started, visit Groupon and select your date and entry/exit times. The website will show the available parking facilities along with the distance from the Minneapolis Convention Center and any available ratings. When I booked my reservation, they automatically gave me additional hours since they wouldn’t cost any extra!

Once you’ve made your purchase, you’ll just need to scan your parking pass at the entry gate, park in any space not marked “reserved,” and scan your parking pass again at the exit gate when you leave. Easy peasy!

Upcoming events at the Minneapolis Convention Center include:

Up to 62% Off Distillery Tour and Tasting (Isanti)

I’m always on the lookout for unique outings (especially date ideas) beyond dinner and a movie. Here’s one in Isanti that might appeal to whiskey connoisseurs: visit Isanti Spirits for a distillery tour and tasting, souvenir glasses included.

Save with this Groupon deal and choose from the following options:

  • $9 for Distillery Tour and Tasting for Two with Souvenir Glasses (reg. $20) – $4.50/person
  • $15 for Distillery Tour and Tasting for Four with Souvenir Glasses (reg. $40) – $3.75/person

At your tour, you’ll sample whiskey made with grains from Minnesota and locally-sourced barrels, and gin crafted with juniper berries grown on-site. Hours are every Saturday (12 – 5 pm) and by appointment. They do ask that you make a reservation with your Groupon in advance.

Isanti Spirits founder Rick Schneider has never been one to settle into place. In the 1980s. he drummed in a punk-rock band; in fact, at age 17, he was already playing famed venues around Minneapolis. By the 1990s, he’d taken up glass blowing and became an art professor.

Eventually, Rick began considering his next venture, and it dawned on him while he drank a glass of whiskey. He set out to open his own distillery: he read books, he took classes, and before long, he was opening the doors to Isanti Spirits. Here are a few things to know about Rick’s operation:

  • Signature spirits: Rick spins together Isanti Rye Whiskey, Sunken Bobber Bourbon, and Tilted Cedars Gin
  • The grains he uses are primarily grown in Minnesota, and the barrels are also coopered in-state.
  • Isanti’s Kothe still, however, is from a bit further away: Eislingen, Germany, to be exact.
  • The property: It’s located right in Isanti County on a pastoral hobby farm on German Lake, which Rick bought before essentially building the distillery right in his backyard.

Get your Groupon HERE!