Lone Oak Days in Eagan

This weekend is the annual Lone Oak Days in Eagan.  It takes place Sat and Sun (September 23-24th) at the historic Holz Farm. There’s no admission into the event and lot’s of great family friendly activities taking place both days.  Some of the fun includes:

  • Black Smith Demonstrations
  • Barnyard Animals
  • Honeybee Lessons
  • Corn Husking
  • Tractor display
  • Old Fashioned Laundry
  • * Some activities will be a small fee and tickets can be purchased.

See the full list of events, as well as the schedule and more information here on the Eagan City Website.

Field Trip at Silverwood Park

Tomorrow, September 16th is Field Trip day at Silverwood Park.  A day to get outside and enjoy all sorts of family friendly fun.  Join the fun from 11am-5pm.  Some of the activities include:

  • Live music
  • Creative play
  • Outdoor craft market
  • Artmaking
  • New sculpture unveiling’s
  • Poetry installations
  • Lawn Games
  • Food Trucks

You can find the schedule of events, parking information as well as a list of vendors here on the event website.

Minnesota Children’s Book Festival

it’s no secret that our kids love to read.  They almost always have a book with them or close by. So of course we also love events that revolve around books and authors. The Minnesota Children’s Book Festival takes place this Saturday, September 16th from noon to 5pm.  This is the 18th annual event, taking place just outside of Red Wing.  No admission fee and lot’s of great activities for all ages.

Join us for the 18th annual celebration of Minnesota children’s books, authors, and illustrators. It’s a day full of presentations about the making of their books, tents with interactive book-related activities, sunshine (most always), in a beautiful setting. Bring the whole family. It’s free! Authors’ and illustrators’ books available for purchase and autographing.




Nickelodeon Universe $15 Wristbands

Planning a trip to the Mall of America? Here’s a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Wristbands – pay just $15 when you show this coupon on Mondays-Thursdays through October 5th! This is a $20.99 savings off the full price.

Yes, school is back in session, but you can still make this work, even for an evening. During the week they’re open from 10 am – 9:30 pm.


While you’re at the Mall of America, check out Fly Over America, which is also right inside Nickelodeon Universe. It’s super fun and you can get discount Fly Over America tickets HERE.

Grandparent’s Day at the Minnesota Zoo

Tomorrow is Grandparents Day.  Are you looking for a way to celebrate the day? Perhaps the perfect day to send the kids to spend the day, doing something fun with the Grandparents?  The MN Zoo is offering free admission to Grandparents tomorrow.  *Parking fee not included.

  • Opened to the public in May 1978
  • A world-class recreation destination home to more than 5,300 animals—many endangered—in award-winning exhibits
  • 485-acre campus featuring miles of outdoor trails and the largest indoor interconnected zoo exhibits in the country

The best part about the Minnesota Zoo, it’s a great place to visit in any kind of weather, rain or shine.


USA Luge Slider Search

One of my favorite things to watch in the winter Olympics is the Luge.  This weekend kids ages 9-13 can reserve a time slot to try Luge.  The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search take place this weekend, September 9th and 10th in Minneapolis.  You can register your child here on their website.

The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search is the official nationwide athlete recruitment tour of USA Luge, targeting young athletes, ages 9-13. The mission of this grass-roots program, established in 1985, is to identify, train and qualify young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who may progress through the team development ladder have hopes of one-day becoming members of the National and Olympic Luge Teams.

Over the years, the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search has traveled over 220,000 miles and introduced the sport of luge to more than 25,000 eager young athletes. At each series stop, guided by U.S. Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes, participants are taught the basics of riding a luge sled, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills are developed, athletes take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds. Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, N.Y., Park City, Utah, or Muskegon, Mich. to try luge on ice at a USA Luge sanctioned training site. The top young athletes from this group are selected for the next year’s development team.

Currently, most of the U.S. Junior National Team was recruited through the Slider Search, so it’s no wonder the USA Luge coaching staff feel tomorrow’s National and Olympic Teams will come from this program. Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and 2009 World Champion, was identified in a 1999 Slider Search, while Brian Martin, a 1998 Olympic bronze and 2002 Olympic silver medalist, was discovered at a Slider Search in 1987. Eight members from USA Luge’s 2010 Olympic team and six athletes on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Luge Team were graduates of the Search.

Each participant need only register for one 2 or 3-hour clinic.

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

Canterbury Kidz Day

With a three day weekend coming up, summer seems to almost behind us.  Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids before the busy school season starts?  The Canterbury Kidz Day takes place this Sunday, September 3rd from 12:45-6.  All sorts of fun activities taking place:

  • Kids Scratch Art
  • All About Me Coloring
  • Kids Chalk Art
  • Create a Sport Magnet
  • Selfie Station
  • Tattoo Station
  • Bingo Art

Special Kidz Got Talent performances between races and other kid friendly activities.

Plus, free pony rides, face painting, and petting zoo from 12:30 to 4:00 PM

You can save a little bit of money by purchasing your tickets in advance here on their website.

Vikings Kids Event at Hyvee in Lakeville

Summer is coming to an end and that also means it’s time for Football.  Cooler temps, fabulous food and our MN Vikings.   Bring the kids to the Hyvee in Lakeville tomorrow, August 26th for some MN Viking fun.  The Viking Kids Event is free and goes from 11-3.

Join us for some free fun at our Vikings Kids Event from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday, August 26th!

We will have a Vikings combo bounce house and slide, football throw and a bags corn hole game.

Also, Victor the Viking and Vikings cheerleaders will be at our event between noon and 1 pm!

Our kids event will be located next to our Vikings tent sale, where we will have lots of Vikings apparel and merchandise available for sale.

Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Slime Sunday at Michaels

Last spring I started to hear all about slime, kids were making it and bringing it to school to share with friends.  Michaels is hosting a Slime Sunday event tomorrow from 1-3.  It’s a free event, no registration needed but it is first come first serve, so keep that in mind.

Join us Sunday, August 6 from 1 – 3 pm local time in our classroom to customize slime. We’ll provide the supplies, including pre-made slime!
Age 3 and up welcome
All Michaels locations (please check with your local store for alternative day if they are closed on Sunday)