Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato

Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato

I was just reading about the Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato, and I plan to squeeze a visit onto our calendar this season. Even if you don’t live super close, it really looks like something that’s worth the drive. It takes place at Sibley Park in Mankato. You can drive through the display, or if you prefer you can walk through it. It starts on November 23th and goes through December 31st. The event is open to the public, but cash donations and non-perishable items are welcome.

The 7th Annual Kiwanis Holiday Lights kicks off November 23 at 6 p.m.

The Girl Scouts Mankato Area Unit present a parade to open the event.
The parade will wrap up with Santa Claus himself who’ll flip the switch to turn on the lights.
Santa will stick around on weekends for free visits through December 23.

New this year: opening weekend features a lighted Ferris wheel, while a lighted carousel will be available every night.

The events also features an ice sculpting contest December 14-15 as well as learning to curl December 21.
Guests can walk or drive through the display.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato

Santa & Albert’s Annual Holiday Play at Bachman’s

Traditions are a huge part of the holidays. The Santa & Albert Play at Bachman’s in Minneapolis has been a tradition for more than 30 years! It takes place at the Bachman’s flagship store on Lyndale in Minneapolis. This weekend (Nov 17-18) is your first opportunity to catch this great free event.

Christmas is coming, and there are toys to be made! This year, Albert the Elf has earned a coveted spot competing in one of the North Pole’s most popular contests, “Who Wants To Be A Toymaker?” The goal is to craft something uniquely new with only leftover odds and ends from the toy making process. Albert certainly has the talent, but will his creativity waver or will he have what it takes to design a toy that wins over the hearts of children across the world?

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The play lasts approximately 20 minutes and seating is first come, first served. Following the play, Santa and Albert will lead a sing-along of carols and take pictures with guests. Please bring your own camera to have your picture taken with Santa and Albert.

Saturdays | 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm & 2:30 pm
Sundays | 11:30 am, 1 pm & 2:30 pm

November 17 – December 16, 2018

Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday, November 10th

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Try Hockey for Free Day is Saturday, November 10, 2018! USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey as part of the NHL’s Come Play Hockey Month. All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use.

To find the closest location to you, visit the Minnesota Hockey website and scroll down to see the map of participating locations. Click the link to find time/location information and to register.

Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota – 4 Free Child Admissions with Each Paid Adult

Saturday, November 10th is the day for for Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a day for girls to explore and learn about science. The event takes place from 10 am – 4 pm AND you can get a coupon via Fox 9 for four free child exhibit admissions with each paid adult. Fill out this form or text SCIENCE to 25899 to get your coupon.

Tomorrow’s scientists start today
Join Fox 9 and prominent female scientists from around the state for this important community event. It’s a brilliant and fun opportunity for girls to be introduced to the exciting worlds of science and technology through hands-on demonstrations and activities.

Buy your tickets in advance
Avoid the lines and get right to the fun! This is a popular event so we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Call the Science Museum’s Box Office at (651) 221-9444 to make your purchase and tickets will be emailed to you.

Four kids free with full-price adult admission
Admission to the event is included in museum admission. On November 10, get up to four kids free with full-price adult admission. Discount not available online.

Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA

Although our ground might not be white just yet, we know it will be, sooner than later.  It means holiday time is comeing up and Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA takes place this Thursday, November 8th from 5:30-7:00.  Live music, treats, activities, and more.

Thursday, November 8
Holiday Activities | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Rotunda

Santa is arriving at Mall of America® to officially kick off the holiday season! Stop in the Rotunda for treats, provided by Nestlé Toll House Café® + Caribou Coffee. Then make your way over to the South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe to see Santa light up the park with holiday magic at the Universe of Light Holiday Light Show. Next, pick your spot to watch a holiday parade led by the Lakeville North High School Marching Band as Santa makes his way to Santa Land. And finally, end your night with a special photo with the big man in red! We hope to see you there for this magical event!

Toddler Tuesday: St. Paul Ballet

The Toddler Tuesday events at the Mall of America were always on our list when our girls were younger.  Each Tuesday was something different and perfect for the toddler age group.  Short enough and yet long enough to work for a morning outing to the mall.

This coming Toddler Tuesday: St. Paul Ballet gives a glimpse of the Nutcracker Story.   Bring your toddler to the Mall on Tuesday from 10-noon and enjoy the morning.

A Nutcracker Story from St. Paul Ballet

Join the Sugar Plum Fairy to kick off your holiday magic! Enjoy excerpts from A Nutcracker Story by costumed characters of St. Paul Ballet accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Also, don’t miss out on the chance to dance with us and make your own Kingdom of Sweets craft!

Dunn Brothers: FREE Hot Chocolate for Kids in Costume

Get your little trick-or-treaters dressed up in costume and bring them to Dunn Brothers today for a FREE small hot chocolate. Dress up yourself and you’ll get $1 off a prepared beverage. Present this offer to your barista to receive either of these deals…and don’t forget your costumes!

If you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a FREE $2 credit.

Trick Or Treat at Hy-Vee

This Saturday, October 27th is Trick Or Treat at Hy-Vee.  The kids are welcome to come in costume and join in the fun around the store.  The fun takes place from 1-3.  Some of the activities will be:

  • Trick or Treating around the store
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Pumpkin Decorating
  • Coloring Activities

Leaf for Lupus Event

Many of us, at one time or another raked up a pile of leaves, only to jump in and make a big mess.  The smell of the leaves, the crunching sound and peeking out of the pile.  Great memories of fall in Minnesota.

Hidden Greens Golf Course is located near Hastings. They decided to not only have some extra fun with their leaves, but to make it a fundraiser as well.  The Leaf for Lupus Event takes place Saturday, October 27th (weather permitting) from 10am-4pm,  

About the Event
JUMP in the Leaves for a Good Cause! Hidden Greens Golf Course has hundreds of trees which produce enough collected leaves to create 12-foot high piles to jump in! So, come out and jump in the piles and partake in the other family activities too! $5 Admission. Jump in giant leaf piles, Hayride through the woods, cookie, decorating, staged photo booth (bring your own camera) and concession stand.

100 percent of proceeds from admission, concession stand sales, and silent auction items benefit Lupus Link Minnesota.

Weather permitting; parent supervision required.

Annual Southtown Halloween Party

Join the fun Saturday, October 27th at the annual Southtown Halloween Party.  Located just off of 494 in Bloomington, the event takes place near the former Toys R Us.  It’s a free event for the entire family. Activities include:  music, crafts, horse drawn hayrides, games, face-painting, and more.  The event takes place from 11-2.

 

The Annual Southtown Halloween Party will feature free horse-drawn hayrides in conjunction with music, games and giveaways at Southtown Shopping Center in Bloomington from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2017. The free event will take place on the north side of Herbergers in the former Toys ‘R’ Us building.

Kids will enjoy dancing to Kidsdance Entertainment and participating in craft activities provided by Artistry.  Other activities will include balloon animals, facepainting, games and prizes.  Children will also receive a free Halloween tote bag and treats (while supplies last).