Free Basic Pass with State Fair Ticket Stub at Urban Air Adventure Park (Coon Rapids)

Urban Air Adventure Park Free Pass with Donation

Done with your State Fair adventure? Head to Urban Air Adventure Park in Coon Rapids where they’re offering a FREE Basic Pass when you bring in your State Fair ticket stub now through 9/2/19!

The Basic Pass is normally $13.99 and allows the jumper to jump on the Prozone Trampoline, Drop Zone, two Dodgeball Courts, two Slam Dunk Courts, and the Appex Trampolines. Note that you will need to use the Urban Air Socks which are $2.50 per pair (no personal socks allowed). They also have other attractions for a higher price, so your kids might get a little jealous. Still, (mostly) free is good, right?

Kids Fest at Midland Shopping Center: August 24


Bring the kids to some end of the summer, free fun in New Hope.  The Kids Fest at Midland Shopping Center takes place August 24th from 11-2.  Some of the activities include:

  • Balloon animals with Skippy the Clown
  • Bubble fun with The Baron of Bubble
  • Face painting
  • Pony Rides
  • Kids can dance to music by Kidsdance. 
  • Plus additional activities and giveaways are sponsored by Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store

Baron of Bubble



Free Family Fishing Events Along the Mississippi River

Want to try fishing along the river? Check out four family fishing events happening along the Mississippi River later this week and through the weekend:

  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park) – Thursday, 8/15 from 4 – 8 pm
  • Boom Island Park (Minneapolis) – Friday, 8/16 from 4 – 8 pm
  • Hidden Falls Regional Park (St. Paul) – Saturday, 8/17 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Lake Rebecca Park (Hastings) – Sunday, 8/18 from 9 am – 1 pm

These events are geared toward anyone who doesn’t have much experience with fishing, lacks fishing equipment, or wants to learn how to fish on the river’s edge.

Attendees will learn how to tie fishing knots, cast and make baits. Fishing gear and bait will be provided. The events will let people try river fishing, which can be different from lake fishing because of the moving water and the variety of fish to catch. Each location includes playgrounds, places to grill and amenities near the river.

The DNR’s Ray Ruiz and a ranger with the National Parks Service will talk about fishing techniques and how to fish for different species of fish – from smallmouth bass to panfish to catfish.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Free Family Day at Minneapolis Institute of Art: Love Our Lakes – Sunday, September 8th

Swing by the Minneapolis Institute of Art the second Sunday of every month for Family Day at Mia, a FREE day of fun at the museum designed for the young and the young-at-heart. This Sunday’s theme is Love Our Lakes with activities taking place from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday, September 8th.

Rain or shine, we can enjoy our state’s 10,000 lakes through art! Dive in by crafting origami, hearing stories and seeing performances celebrating our many lakes.

Join us for our free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart. On the second Sunday of every month, the museum is filled with hands-on art activities, live music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, family tours and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection.

Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (Fridley)

I have a few kids who definitely have an artistic bent…they’re always drawing or painting. I love it as I am sooooooo not artistic but I want to encourage it in them. Can you relate?

Let your kids (and yourself!) explore their artistic side with free Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. On select Sundays throughout the year, you can visit the Center, go on an art scavenger hunt, and enjoy art together, all for FREE.

Upcoming Sundays in 2019 are as follows:

  • August 11, 1-3 pm | Full Spectrum
    Abstraction is what this month is all about. Weather permitting we will be out on the lawn practicing abstract painting. So get ready to paint it like Jackson Pollock. Wear clothes that can get messy to this event.
  • October 13, 1-3 pm | ARTober
    On the spookiest day of the spookiest month, we will explore the genre of portraiture in art. Stop by and get creative as we make an old world MONSTER portrait. Also! Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award during our Member Exhibition.
  • December 8, 1-3 pm | Winter Wonderland
    Stop by and shop the galleries during our Holiday Gift mART. We will be making collaged snowglobes and other wonderland items just in time to share with your family during the holidays.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley.

Free Child Admission to Family Fun Night at The Bakken Museum – Tuesday, August 20th

The Bakken Museum, in partnership with The Franklin Institute and GSK, is hosting a Family Fun Night: The Science of Me on Tuesday, August 20th from 6:30 – 9 pm. The cost is FREE for children under the age of 18!

Admission for adults 18+ is $10 and seniors 62+ is $8. Tickets are available at the door, no pre-registration required.

Hang out with a heart expert, buddy up with a blood scientist, or dive into digestion with leading scientists and engineers who know all about the science of YOU! Hear about what they do, try out activities, and ask questions.

The Bakken Museum is located at 3537 Zenith Avenue S in Minneapolis.

Free Admission to Crayola Experience with Hy-Vee Kids Meal Purchase (Twin Cities)

Update: We have confirmed that this promotion is offered at the Brooklyn Park, New Hope, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Savage, and Shakopee locations. (Cottage Grove, Eagan, Lakeville, and Oakdale are most likely participating, as well, but you might want to call ahead to be sure.)

Crayola Experience has partnered with Hy-Vee to offer a fun package – order a kids meal in Hy-Vee’s Market Grille or Market Grille Express restaurant and your child will receive one FREE admission pass* to Crayola Experience at Mall of America! (This is a great deal as their kids meals are only $3.)

All ten Twin Cities Hy-Vee locations also have $5 off admission coupons at the register, but you can get a better deal through Groupon right now and pay just $13.99! Details HERE.

Another option for saving on admission: if you have a membership to another museum or attraction, just show your current annual or season pass/membership to receive 50% off general admission every Monday through Labor Day.

*Limit 1 coupon per child, per ordered kids meal, per order. Exclusions apply. Offer valid August 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019. While supplies last.

My kids just picked up their free tickets!

50% Off Passes to Pump It Up (Eden Prairie, Plymouth)

If you haven’t yet been to Pump It Up with your kids, it’s super fun!

Right now through Groupon you can buy half-price passes to Pump It Up in Eden Prairie or Plymouth. Pay only $13.50 for three Open Jump Passes ($24 value) or $20 for five Open Jump Passes ($40 value). You can use the passes all at once, or bring one kid multiple times. The choice is yours…just don’t forget to wear socks!

Ask kids to describe Pump It Up’s gigantic primary-colored inflatables, and you certainly won’t hear the word “inflatables.” Some kids might describe them as rainbows you can touch, others as extra-awesome trampolines.

To the teams at Pump It Up’s more than 140 clean, climate-controlled play centers, this is all a success. Their goal is to give kids space for imaginative play, whether they visit the premises for an open-jump session or Pump It Up’s specialty: a birthday party.

In fact, the birthday parties in particular were designed to spark kids’ imaginations and can be enhanced with a variety of creative themes. Go Glow parties feature glow sticks galore.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Minnesota Children’s Museum Discount Admission or Membership

If you love the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul but don’t love the cost of admission, here’s a GREAT deal for you from Groupon!

Options include:

Personally, I think the Premier Membership offer is an especially good one as it gets you UNLIMITED admission to both the St. Paul and Rochester locations for one year for all children (under 18) in the household and two listed adults. Other benefits of the Premier Membership include:

  • Free admission for two flex members (e.g. a guest or caregiver)
  • Sneak peeks to St. Paul exhibits
  • Discounts at partner retailers and attractions
  • Discounted tickets for up to six guests (by $2 per ticket)
  • 10% discount at the museum café and store
  • 50% off admission for up to six people to children’s museums across the US

You’ll need to redeem your Groupon by 11/3/19, and if you choose a membership, it will expire one year after activation. The membership is valid for new members only.

There’s more than one way for kids to learn at Minnesota Children’s Museum, and none of them involve sitting at a desk and practicing their letters or multiplication skills. Here, kids learn through play as they take the lead in exploring the museum’s interactive exhibits and programs. Kids, friends, and even parents can experience the museum’s atmosphere unrestrained by screen time and strict schedules.

  • The numbers: The St. Paul museum features 10 permanent play exhibits and has a sister museum in Rochester; both locations see more than 550,000 visitors a year.
  • Climb on: The Scramble, a vertical climbing experience, soars four stories high with a netted catwalk and spiral slide for a fast, slippery ride down.
  • Our World: This exhibit puts attendees in a bite-size version of a Minnesota city, letting them explore the sandbox world and play the part of local firefighters, postal workers, grocery-store workers, and more, fostering a sense of community and teamwork.
  • Don’t missSuper Awesome Adventures, an exhibit featuring a laser maze, a climbing wall, and a space race
  • For the family: Most exhibits aren’t child-exclusive: parents can help their children create new masterpieces in the Creativity Jam studio, stock shelves at the “local” hardware store in Our World, or help build forts at Imaginopolis.

Get your Groupon HERE!

PS – If this isn’t in your budget, don’t forget that you can get in FREE to the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul on the third Sunday of every month, or check out the Rochester location on the first Sunday of every month.

Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center: Stomping Ground – Saturday, August 3rd

This Saturday, August 3rd is Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and this month’s theme is Stomping Ground.

Local circus artists fly through the air and mesmerize, a medieval baron makes giant bubbles, and shadows come alive in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Local artist Nicole M. Smith presents a day full of magical surprises and art exploration. All activities are available from 10 am – 3 pm unless otherwise noted.

Performance: Aerial Acrobats
11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm

It’s a first ever for Free First Saturday: be mesmerized by a circus act in the Cowles Pavilion. Watch acrobats Nicolas Collard and Elena Garner (a.k.a. the Tortellini Cousins) fly through air on silk fabrics in this picnic-themed performance!

Playtime: Baron of the Bubble
11 am–1 pm
Join us for a magical playtime with Minneapolis’ very own Baron of the Bubble, Sir Sydney Soapington! You will be wowed by the giant bubbles that he can make–jump through them, learn his tricks, and blow your own giant bubbles.

Art-Making Activity: Shadow Tracing
10 am–3 pm

Kids and families are taking over the Garden with chalk! Search the for all seven parts of the Garden’s newest installation, Ta-coumba Aiken and Seitu Jones’s Shadows at the Crossroads. Be inspired by these unique sculptures, then use chalk to trace and design your own from the shadows that fall across the sidewalks. Led by teaching artist Katrina Knutson.

Art-Making Activity: Bubble Painting
10 am–3 pm

You know how to blow bubbles—did you know that you can also paint with them?! Bubble paintings are fun, messy, and the perfect outdoor summer activity. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and make your own bubble paintings with teaching artist Roman Feldhahn.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tour
Discover a new favorite artwork in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on a participatory tour for kids with a Walker-trained educator. Meet at the Main Entrance to the Walker Art Center.
English, 12 noon
Spanish, 1 pm

Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kids’ films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available, or bring something from home to snack on in the museum’s public spaces.