Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA

Now that we’ve had snow, it only seems fitting that Santa will arrive at the Mall of America.  Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA takes place this Thursday, November 9th from 5:30-6:30.  Live music, treats, activities, and more.

Thursday, November 9
Holiday Activities | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Rotunda
Santa’s Grand Arrival | 6:30 p.m. | Nickelodeon Universe®

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better come out, we’re telling you why: Santa is arriving at Mall of America® to officially kick off the holiday season on Thursday, November 9! Don’t miss the fun as Santa is greeted in grand holiday style by the Rosemount High School Marching Band, who will be heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year!  There will be holiday activities, face painting, balloon sculptors and treats provided by Nestle Toll House and Caribou Coffee. Be sure to stick around as Santa lights up Nickelodeon Universe with holiday magic!

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.

Wacipi Exhibition at Mall of America

If you have the calendar out, planning some last minute things to do with the kids, put the Wacipi Exhibition at Mall of America on it. It takes place this coming Thursday August 17th. There’ll be two sessions, one at 2pm and then again at 5pm. This is a free event in the Rotunda area of the Mall.

Location: Mall of America rotunda

Exhibition Sessions: 2pm & 5pm

Experience Native American dancers from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and other Indian nations at the SMSC-sponsored Wacipi Exhibition. A whirl of colors, sights and sounds will fill the halls as the Rotunda is transformed into a Wacipi arena, complete with a Master of Ceremonies and invited drum groups.

Invited Native American dancers of all ages in full regalia will enter the arena to perform with live Wacipi music in two separate performances. Mall visitors will experience a Native American Grand Entry, learn about the various dance styles, and have the opportunity to join the dancers and participate in the Intertribals and Round Dance.

 

 

 

Corda Mor Irish Dance Performances at MOA

Photo from Corda Mor Irish Dance FB Page

Are you looking for something family friendly to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  One idea is to watch the Corda Mor Irish Dance Performances at MOA.  The performances take place tomorrow at 2:45 and 3:45 in the Sears court of Mall of America.  The performers are students that range in age from 5-20.

Photo from Corda Mor Irish Dance FB Page

Corda Mor (meaning “great heart”) teaches Irish dance to more than 100 students, ages ranging 5 through 20. Though the studio is located in Edina, Minnesota, these dancers travel throughout the Midwest, providing entertainment in a variety of venues as well as participate in competitions all over the world. Stop by Mall of America on St. Patrick’s Day for two special performances from Corda Mor dancers!

RAD Zoo at Mall of America Toddler Tuesday

RAD Zoo will be bringing some of their animal fun to the Mall of America tomorrow for Toddler Tuesday.  The RAD Zoo is located in Owatonna and worth the drive if you’ve never been.  We spent an afternoon there not long ago and we all had fun.  Lot’s of snakes, alligators and other fun animals.  Tomorrow is a great time to check them out at the Mall of America, bring your toddler and have some animal theme fun.

  • Tuesday, March 7
    10 a.m. – noon
    Rotunda

    Calling all explorers! Discover reptiles, amphibians and other creatures from the wild with the Reptile + Amphibian Discovery Zoo. Shows will be at 10 + 11 a.m. Learn about all our cold-blooded friends and make a creepy crawly craft. Hope you’re able to hop on by!

 

The Smurfs Around Town – St. Paul and at Mall of America

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Not only is there a new Smurf movie coming out in April, Smurfs: The Lost Village, but they’ll also be in town this weekend.  Yes, the fun, lovable, memorable Smurfs! You have two opportunities to see Smurfette, Hefty, and Brainy. Tomorrow, January 28th they’ll be at the Winter Carnival in St. Paul and on Sunday, January 29th you’ll have a chance to see them at the Mall of America. 

Saturday, January 28  12pm-6pm

Meet Smurfette, Hefty and Brainy at St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Grand Day in the Park. Stop by the SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE booth between 12pm-6pm for your chance to meet the characters & win fun prizes.

Details: https://www.wintercarnival.com/event/grand-day-in-the-park/

Sunday, January 29  12pm-4pm

Join us as we prepare for the upcoming, thrilling journey through the Forbidden Forest with SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE themed crafts & activities! Smurfette, Brainy & Hefty, characters from the film, will be available for photos, plus there will be face painting, giveaways, and more!

Details: https://www.mallofamerica.com/events/view/1917

Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up FREE Admission Sunday

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Have you visited the Minnesota Children’s Museum Pop-Up Museum at Mall of America yet? If not, you can visit tomorrow, free of charge! Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, admission is free every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up Museum.

Due to the number of visitors on Target Free 3rd Sundays, they suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car. It’s more fun for everyone when there is more room to move around! For more tips on visiting the Museum on Target Free 3rd Sunday, visit their website.

 

 

Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday

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Are you trying to plan your weekend, perhaps looking for something fun and free to do with the kids?  You can bring them to the Mall of America, take the opportunity to Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday!   The Target Free 3rd Sunday, is typically held at the main St. Paul Children’s Museum location.  With the big renovation and remodel taking place, the FREE event is being offered at the satellite location, The Pop-Up, at the Mall of America.

 

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Explore the Pop-Up Museum for FREE! with Target Free 3rd Sundays

Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, visitors can roam the museum free of charge, the third Sunday of each month.

Special Activities in the Sears Court

January 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for a dose of healthy, physical fun during this energetic and lively large motor play activity. Plus! Enjoy a special Sneetches mini performance and teaching artist activity with Children’s Theatre Company.

If you are a member we recommend you plan a visit for another day if possible.

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MOA Toddler Tuesdays: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

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Here comes Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, with his nose so bright!  That’s right, tomorrow for Toddler Tuesday at Mall of America you can enjoy a preview of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer The Musical. Toddler Tuesday is a free event at the Mall of America, taking place at 10am.

Rudolph and friends fly back onto Stages Theatre Company stage this Holiday Season for an encore production of this audience favorite. Come celebrate the spirit of the holidays with this timeless tale of misfits, elves, an abominable snow monster and a whole lot of Holly Jolly good fun. This enchanting musical, based on the classic television special features all the characters and songs you love, and will inspire you to sing along with glee! Preview performances begin at 10 + 11 a.m.

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Walk to End Hunger, Thanksgiving at MOA

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and spend time with family and friends.  For some, it’s a reminder that they struggle to have enough to eat, even on holidays.  For those of us that are blessed with enough, it’s a great day to give back and join others for the Walk to End Hunger.  Taking place from 7-10am on Thanksgiving morning at the Mall of America.  This year marks the 9th annual event and you can find more information here.

The 9th Annual Walk to End Hunger will return to the Mall of America® on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th, 7 to 10 am. Thousands of Minnesotans are expected to walk once again to raise money for 12 area hunger relief organizations.

This year’s event, created by the Minnesota Hunger Initiative and presented by the Mosaic Company, will feature several changes, including a new walk route, the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line, other entertainment, and the addition of three “fun zones.”

“The need for hunger relief is has not changed, however,” said the Minnesota Hunger Initiative’s Associate Director Sophia Lenarz-Coy. “Minnesota food shelf usage continues to rise, especially among seniors. So this fundraising event is critical to putting food on hungry Minnesotans’ tables. Every dollar raised means three meals.”

The WTEH has raised more than $2 million in eight years to provide financial support for hunger issues facing Twin Cities metro area residents. Walk proceeds are funneled back to the 12 hunger relief organizations: Aliveness Project; The Food Group; Hunger Solutions; ICA Foodshelf; Keystone Community Services; Loaves and Fishes; Meals on Wheels; Minnesota FoodShare;, Neighbors, Inc.; The Salvation Army; Second Harvest Heartland; and VEAP.

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