Mall of America State Fair Savings: FlyOver America, Sea Life, The Escape Game

Just yesterday I was the grocery store and the customer in front of me was having a conversation with the cashier about how much less busy it was than normal. The cashier commented that they always see a drop in customers during the run of the Minnesota State Fair. I figured restaurants and entertainment venues might see fewer people, but even grocery stores? Who knew!

The Minnesota State Fair is a BIG draw for people, which means that other businesses and attractions will offer discounts to get you in their doors, too! Here are some different discounts currently happening at a few Mall of America attractions:

FlyOver America
Get 50% off general admission tickets when you show this post at the admissions counter. Valid on single general admission tickets from 8/22/19 – 9/2/19 only.

SEA LIFE Minnesota
Use the coupon code STATEFAIRBOGO online to get buy one, get one free admission.

The Escape Game
Use the coupon code STFAIR online to receive 20% off your 60-minute adventure at the Twin Cities’ #1 escape room. Expires 9/2/19.

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!

Sea Life Minnesota – 40% Off Admission

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Sea Life Minnesota in the Mall of America is a popular attraction, but it’s also a spendy one! If you’re hoping to make a trip to see the sea turtles and sharks, make sure you save some of your hard-earned cash before heading out the door.

The biggest savings I found on Sea Life Minnesota admission is by using your IKEA Family card which will get you 40% off General Admission tickets. (If you don’t have an IKEA Family card, it’s free to join and you can do so online.) Show your IKEA Family card at Sea Life to receive the offer, or enter the first six digits of your IKEA Family number as the promo code when you order online. This offer is valid clear through the end of 2019!

Another option for discount Sea Life MOA Tickets is here via Groupon.

With the IKEA Family discount, I was able to get child tickets (ages 3-12) for as low as $11.39 and adult tickets for as low as $15.59, not including tax (and there’s no fee). Remember that kids 2 and under get in free.

But if you’re able to find a coupon for free child admission with adult admission purchase (currently available at Dairy Queen, according to the Sea Life Minnesota website), that would possibly be a better Sea Life discount than this, depending on how many kids you’re bringing.

Sea Life has a new Brave the Rainforest adventure which is included in the cost of general admission. This two-and-half-story adventure challenges guests to brave interactive exhibits and new animal encounters never-before-seen at the Aquarium:

  • The largest pop-up tank in any SEA LIFE in the world will dare entire families to crawl into a dome full of flying cockroaches
  • Guests will “eek!” at the meet & greet Ranger Camp area where they can get up-close or even touch blue-tongued skinks, flying cockroaches, tarantulas, snakes and more
  • Kids of all ages come nose to snout with caiman crocodiles in two new pop-up bubbles – one on land and one underwater – to guarantee the ultimate croc encounter
  • Two-hundred piranha will be circling in one of the many creature exhibits sure to dare guests to encounter the new “Brave the Rainforest”

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Preview Party at the Mall of America – Sunday, July 28th

Huzzah! It’s almost time for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! To get in the spirit, head to the Mall of America Rotunda this Sunday, July 28th from 11 am – 5 pm for a Minnesota Renaissance Festival Preview Party.

Be transported back in time to experience the sights and sounds of a 16th century European village. This family-friendly event will include live entertainment – magicians, musicians, dancers, and more. They’ll also have interactive activities including arts and crafts and photo opportunities with characters.

25% Off Flyover America General Admission

Have you been on the FlyOver America ride at Mall of America yet?  I’ve been on it a few of times and have loved it each time.  My only complaint is that I wished it lasted for several hours, I enjoy taking the breathing views and scenery.

This 4th of July, you can Celebrate Independence Day at FlyOver America, you can get 25% off general admission but you do need to go here and show page to them.   ***This deal is only good July 4th 2019.

Celebrate Independence Day at FlyOver America!

July 04 2019
10AM – 7PM

Celebrate the 4th of July at FlyOver America! What better way to celebrate Independence Day than taking in all the beauty that is the USA? Come soar with us across Alaska’s snow-capped mountains to the Florida Keys and everything in between. It’s a 4th of July celebration not to miss!

Plus, if you show this page at the FlyOver America admissions counter you can save 25% on FlyOver America general admission tickets!

Happy Independence Day!

*Offer valid on FlyOver America general admission tickets on July 4, 2019 ONLY. Must show post to receive discount. Not valid with any other offers, combo tickets, dual feature admissions or online.


Stranger Things Q&A and Costume Contest at Mall of America this Weekend!

Calling all Stranger Things fans! I know you’re probably super hyped up for Season 3 coming to Netflix on July 4th (who needs fireworks when you can binge watch, right?) Well, another thing to get super excited about is that Chief Hopper (David Harbour) will be at the Mall of America this Sunday, June 23rd for a fan event!

Stop by the Rotunda at 3 pm for a Q&A in which David will answer questions from the fans. If you want a chance to meet David, get your costumes ready and come early as the best 15 costumes win passes to a VIP after party at Hard Rock Cafe with David!

About Stranger Things Season 3:

The highly anticipated third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things premieres on July 4th. It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart.

Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.

Mall of America Stranger Things Costume Contest Details:

The entry period for the costume contest is from 1 – 2 pm. Once you’re signed in, you’ll receive a number and be escorted into the Rotunda for the start of the competition at 2 pm. Costumes will be judged on accuracy, presentation, and construction.

Each of the Top 15 winners will get a plus one to attend the private party, and the first, second, and third place winners will receive a Mall of America gift card! For more details, please see the event page.

Stranger Things Gift Ideas

Pollinator Celebration at Mall of America: June 22nd

The Mall of America is a great place, not only for all the stores and great places to eat but the events.   Almost daily the Mall has something going on and the weekends they really ramp up activities.  This Saturday they are hosting a Pollinator Celebration.  It takes place from 11-3 and is a joint venture with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Additional Details about the Pollinator Celebration:

Saturday, June 22
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mall of America North Entrance Rotunda

Join the Mall of America, local artists, educators, and experts in a celebration of our amazing Minnesota pollinators during National Pollinator Week. Activities are planned for the entire family!

Try your luck with Bee Landing Corn Hole and other pollinator games. Make a stylish Monarch Headband, and build your own “up-cycled” Clothespin Butterfly or Plastic Bottle Bumble Bee to take home. Spin the Trivia Wheel and learn what simple actions you can take home to help pollinators at the Ask an Expert information booth. Sample Minnesota honey made by Mall of America honey bees. Before you leave, photograph and post your fun using our Pollinator Photo Station.


GameWorks Mall of America – $20 for All-Day Game Pass and One $20 Game Card!

It can be hard to come up with gift ideas for older kids and teens. How about this – give them a day of fun at GameWorks in the Mall of America and save with this deal from Groupon!

Plus, use the coupon code SAVE through 5/15 to take an extra 20% off!

Options include:

  • $20 $25 for an all-day game pass for one and a $20 game card
  • $8 $10 for three hours of e-sports gameplay
  • $14.40 $18 for six hours of e-sports gameplay

Each all-day pass grants a single user unlimited access to hundreds of interactive games, valid from the first swipe until the arcade closes for the day. The game card can be used on tickets, prizes, photos, or card dispensing games.

If you purchase the e-sports gameplay, that includes games like Call of Duty or Minecraft in which you can play with other gamers.

The GameWorks venues are family entertainment centers that offer a unique combination of games, food and sports for the whole family. Our goal is to provide families with a premiere entertainment and gaming experience in a safe and welcoming environment. Each of our locations offers a dynamic roster of classic and modern arcade attractions, unique American cuisine and a wide range of craft beers and cocktails.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Nickelodeon Universe BOGO Wristbands

We just love spending time at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. There is so much to do for the whole family with rides for everyone from the toddlers to the grown-ups. It’s an especially good place to go on those cold winter days when you want to do something active or on super hot summer days when you want to enjoy the cool air conditioning.

We also love how the ceiling made of windows and the big trees scattered throughout Nickelodeon Universe make you feel like you’re outside even though you’re indoors. As an added bonus, once you get hungry from riding all those rides, there are lots of snacks available within Nickelodeon Universe and dozens of restaurants within just a few steps.

Planning a trip to the Mall of America? Here’s a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Wristbands – get a BOGO deal (2/$36.99) when you show this coupon through Thursday, May 23rd! This works out to just $18.50 each. Note that the coupon is only valid Monday – Thursday.

During the week they’re open from 10 am – 9:30 pm, so this can make for a fun after school or evening event for the whole family.

Crayola Experience: Free Admission for Nurses and Military All May Long

Nurses and certified medical assistants as well as veterans, active, and retired military get FREE admission to Crayola Experience all month long – just show your ID/certification at the admissions counter.

Not a nurse or member of the military? No big deal – you can get discount tickets for $14.99 with coupon code thrifty1 online to save for the rest of you, too! (Code is case-sensitive.)

You can also find any current Crayola Experience Groupon deals HERE.

Other current savings opportunities and special offers:

  • Mothers: Moms get in free on Mother’s Day (5/12/19) with purchase of one general admission ticket.
  • Teachers: Free Annual Pass which includes pass perks (20% off tickets for friends and family, 20% off purchases at the Crayola Store and Cafe Crayola)
    Bring valid teacher ID (school badge or recent pay stub + photo ID)
  • First Responders: Free admission daily; 25% off admission for immediate family on Sundays
    Bring valid ID
  • Birthday Freebies: Free admission within 7 days of your birthday
    Valid with proof of birthdate (driver’s license or birth certificate)