Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Paul) Free Third Sundays

Chances are you already know about this freebie, but it’s always worth a reminder (or maybe it’s new information if you’re new to town!).

The Minnesota Children’s Museum located in downtown St. Paul is a great place for kids to learn and have fun! Every third Sunday is Target Free 3rd Sunday, which means admission is completely FREE. The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm on Sundays.

You can bet that it will be busier and more crowded than normal, and people are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. They suggest you leave strollers at home or in the car. Another option for visiting for free on a different day: use the MELSA smARTpass program and your library card to get two FREE admission tickets.

Free Third Sundays for 2019 are as follows:

  • January 20th
  • February 17th
  • March 17th
  • April 21st
  • May 19th
  • June 16th
  • July 21st
  • August 18th
  • September 15th
  • October 20th
  • November 17th
  • December 15th

Marcus Theatres Kids Dream Summer Film Series – $3 Admission + Discounted Concessions

When summer rolls around, it’s fun to spend as much time as possible outside. But sometimes it can just be too hot or humid to enjoy yourself, am I right? Mark your calendars for some air-conditioned indoor fun with the Kids Dream Summer Film Series at Marcus Theatres, kicking off June 16th.

See family-friendly movies for $3 on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings at 10 am through August 14th. (Saturday morning showings are also available in August.) They’ll also have popcorn and fountain drinks available for $2.75 each.

Movies include:

  • June 16 – 19: The LEGO Movie 2
  • June 23 – 26: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • June 30 – July 3: A Dog’s Way Home
  • July 7 – 10: Smallfoot
  • July 14 – 17: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
  • July 21 – 24: Despicable Me
  • July 28 – 31: Wonder Park
  • August 4 – 7: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • August 11 – 14: How to Train Your Dragon

Minnesota locations include Elk River Cinema, Hastings Cinema, Lakes Cinema (Hermantown), Oakdale Cinema, Parkwood Cinema (Waite Park), Rochester Cinema + Imax, Rosemount Cinema, and Southbridge Crossing Cinema (Shakopee).

Padelford Riverboats Boat Tours – Up to 42% Off

How about a trip down the river? Padelford Riverboats offers historically narrated public sightseeing excursions that depart from Harriet Island in St. Paul. The trips run 1 1/2 hours and include sights along the way such as the St. Paul High Bridge, Pig’s Eye’s Cave, the Minnesota River mouth, Pike Island, and the timeless splendor of the mighty Mississippi River.

All sightseeing cruises offer a full bar as well as snacks such as hot dogs and popcorn (please no outside food or beverage). They also have a Margarita Boat Tour in which you can sip 2-for-1 margaritas and snack on their complimentary taco bar.

Right now you can check Groupon for discounted tickets! These are valid through 10/31/19:

  • Two Vouchers: Each Good for Sightseeing Boat Tour; Valid May 1-October 31 – $26
  • Four Vouchers: Each Good for Sightseeing Boat Tour; Valid May 1-October 31 – $44
  • Four Vouchers: Each Good for Margarita Boat Tour; Valid June through September – $80

Founded in 1969 by Capt. William D. Bowell, Sr. and his wife Lillian, Padelford Riverboats brings visitors to the riverfront along their route between downtown St. Paul and Harriet Island Regional Park. Padelford Riverboats has entertained more than 5 million passengers since their first tour of the river, .

Today, the riverboats are owned and managed by Gus and Tammy Gaspardo, along with their team of experienced river professionals. Both Tammy and Gus have had a remarkable journey; they began their lives on the river as deckhands over 30 years ago, working their way up the ranks from deckhands to Vice President positions and beyond. Tammy and Gus have been married for much of their careers, and over time the Bowell family adopted them— they purchased the company from them in 2016. Today, the family operates boats equipped with dance areas, bars, and sun decks, complete with a view of the Twin Cities’ skyline and the green banks of the river as the backdrop.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Discount Go-Kart & Bumper Boat Rides at Lilli Putt (Coon Rapids)

It’s time to add some activities to your family’s summer bucket list! Now’s your chance to try out some outdoor fun like Go-Kart, Bumper Boat, or Kiddie Kart rides at Lilli Putt in Coon Rapids for 40% off. You can buy five (5) Go-Kart, Bumper Boat or Kiddie Kart rides for only $18 ($30 value)! There is a limit of 5 per person.

Note that the value expires 9/30/19. Riders must be 10 years old and at least 52″ tall to ride on the Go-Karts alone.

The castle turrets of Lilli Putt Family Entertainment Center greet travelers from afar, inviting ladies and lords to wile away the day in a trifecta of leisure activities. As an outdoor facility, the entertainment center is open during the warm months of the year, where guests enjoy the towering trees and domesticated dragons that dot the landscape of a challenging mini-golf course where golfers can knock balls over ramps and around aquatic obstacles. For those with a need for speed and fresh air, take a ride on the 2016 track with Lilli Putt’s go-karts, which come in single- and double-seater models or take aim at rivals in bumper boaters take aim with mounted squirt guns.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Get 2 Free Twins Tickets When You Buy 3 Red Baron Pizzas

Summer means baseball! If you’ve been wanting to go to a Minnesota Twins game, but would rather do it for FREE, here is your chance! Buy three Red Baron pizzas in the month of June to get two tickets to a Twins game!

red baron pizza

Here’s how to redeem this offer:

  1. Buy three Red Baron pizzas between 6/1/19 and 6/30/19.
  2. Save your purchase receipt showing the itemized purchase.
  3. Send your receipt to [email protected] OR mail it to the following address:

Minnesota Twins
Attn: Red Baron
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Include your name, email address, and phone number in the email or write legibly and include in envelope if mailing in receipt.

Minnesota Twins Discounts


Within 72 business hours of your submission or mail receipt, you’ll receive an email allowing you to select your preferred game. Tickets will be available in the MLB Ballpark App via My Twins Tickets.

You can find more Minnesota Twins Discount Ticket promotions HERE plus other ways to save at the ball park!


Emagine Kids Summer Movie Series – $2 Admission

Emagine Kids Summer Movie Series – $2 Admission

Mark your calendars for cheap movies this summer with the Emagine Kids Summer Movie Series! Starting June 12th, Emagine is hosting discounted movies for just $2 each on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am.

Tickets are available online and at the box office. If you’d like, you can pair your ticket with a Magic Pack (kids popcorn and soda) for a total of $7.

Here’s the schedule:

  • June 12th and 13th: The Secret Life of Pets (PG)
  • June 19th and 20th: Despicable Me (PG)
  • June 26th and 27th: Despicable Me 2 (PG)
  • July 10th and 11th: Despicable Me 3 (PG)
  • July 17th and 18th: Sing (PG)
  • July 24th and 25th: The Grinch (PG)
  • July 31st and August 1st: Minions (PG)
  • August 7th and 8th: The Land Before Time (G)
  • August 14th and 15th: An American Tail (G)

Emagine has locations in Delano, East Bethel, Lakeville, Monticello, Plymouth (Willow Creek), Rogers, Waconia, and White Bear Township.

Topgolf Teacher Mondays: BOGO All Summer Long

Teachers can head to Topgolf every Monday this summer for a BOGO Game Play deal and save on some golfing fun! The offer is buy one hour of game play, get one free for teachers and up to five friends.

You must show a valid teacher school ID, and the discount is valid only on Mondays from June 3 – August 26, 2019. Cannot be combined with any other coupon, offer, or promotion.

Not a teacher? Check out the other Topgolf promotions HERE. There is a Topgolf location in Minnesota in Brooklyn Center (6420 N Camden Ave…you can’t miss it because it’s HUGE).

St. Paul Saints Baseball Discount Tickets – 2 for $12!

Batter up! Head to an upcoming St. Paul Saints baseball game and save when you buy your tickets in advance via Groupon! They’ve got tickets available for just 2 for $12 for games on the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, 6/25 at 7:05 pm vs. Texas Airhogs
  • Wednesday, 6/26 at 7:05 pm vs. Texas Airhogs
  • Monday, 7/1 at 7:05 pm vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
  • Tuesday, 7/2 at 7:05 pm vs. Lincoln Saltdogs

Goldstar also has discount tickets ($9 – $12, not including fees) for games on 6/23, 6/25, and 6/26.

Tickets are in the Outfield Reserved sections (periwinkle color in the diagram below).

Another cheap option: get berm admission for $5 apiece at the gate. The view isn’t as good as it’s a large grassy hill located above the bullpen, behind left field (the picture at the top of this post shows a view from the berm). Still, it’s cheap! Limit 8 berm tickets per person.

Catching an MLB game at a big stadium is great, but there’s a special kind of fun you have from watching pro baseball in a more intimate setting — especially if that setting is beautiful CHS Field and the team is the St. Paul Saints. Part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, the Saints play the game at a thrillingly high level, with a roster that includes young players on their way up to the big leagues. Come out and enjoy a fun night of baseball against the backdrop of the beautiful downtown St. Paul skyline while sipping on local brews and snacking on tasty local bites.

Get your tickets HERE!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Minnesota Dads

Still looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift? If the dad on your list is a Minnesotan, we’ve got a great roundup here of gifts for Minnesota dads – 30 different ideas, all priced at $30 or less!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect experience gift, sports fan gear, or even just a funny t-shirt, you’re sure to find something of interest in this list. Enjoy!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Minnesota Dads

Amazing MN: State Rankings & Unusual Information (Hardcover) by Lee Lynch – $22.91

Distillery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Glasses (Isanti) – $9 or $15

NFL History of the Minnesota Vikings DVD – $14.99

One Oil Change and Tire Rotation at Baraka Auto Center (Minneapolis) – $19

Lake Superior Cocktail Glass – $10

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Valleyfair: $29 Admission for Education Workers and Their Families (6/8 – 6/16)

Heads up, teachers and other education workers! Valleyfair’s annual Appreciation for Education Week is coming up in which all education workers and their families get in for just $29 (45% off gate price) + tax!

You’ll need to download and print this flyer and present it at the ticket booth to receive this special rate. This is valid not just for teachers, but also for education workers and school bus drivers. You can also buy your tickets online. Keep in mind that these are good for June 8 – 16 ONLY.

Valleyfair is offering a special ticket price to all education workers and their families during our annual Appreciation for Education Week. With more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair is the Twin Cities’ amusement park, where your next family adventure is closer than you think! Discover a summer of fun from thrilling coasters and Planet Snoopy to the area’s premier waterpark and the new Delirious.

Admission includes unlimited access to rides, shows, Planet Snoopy™ and the newly expanded Soak City Waterpark!

Other Valleyfair Discounts

If you’re not an education worker, don’t fret! There are a few other ways you can save on Valleyfair tickets right now:

And if these discounts still don’t work for you, don’t forget that you can get Valleyfair discount tickets through this link any time.