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.)

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)

Meet POKÉMON Detective Pikachu at Mall of America – Saturday, April 20th

Detective Pikachu is coming to the Mall of America on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am – 2 pm in the Rotunda! Enjoy Pokémon-themed activities and the chance to win prizes and free tickets to see the movie. Come dressed in your best Pokémon costume and be entered into an hourly raffle for the chance to win even more cool prizes! No face masks allowed.

Check out the movie trailer here:

And here’s what this movie is all about:

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu opens in theaters May 10th!

Crayola Experience: Free Admission for Kids Ages 4 and Under – Weekdays Through April

Crayola Experience is treating little ones to a day of fun by offering free admission on weekdays to all kids 4 and under, now through 4/30/19. Please note that you’ll need to present a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

Of course, you’ll still need to buy tickets for the rest of the family, but 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.)

Other current savings opportunities and special offers:

  • Members to Other Attractions: Got a membership to another museum or attraction? Show your current annual or season pass/membership to receive 50% off general admission every Monday in April. Valid for up to 4 admissions.
  • Social Workers: Free admission daily through 4/30/19; 25% off admission for immediate family (spouse, children, grandparents)
    Bring pay stub, work ID, or proof of employment
  • Teachers: Free admission daily; 25% off admission for immediate family now through 4/7/19
    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)

Sea Life Minnesota – 40% Off Admission (Including the NEW “Brave the Rainforest” Adventure)

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 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 Applebee’s and Wendy’s, according to the Sea Life Minnesota website), that would possibly be a better deal 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”

Free Rides at Nickelodeon Universe to Celebrate WONDER PARK

Head to Nickelodeon Universe this Friday to celebrate the wonder of WONDER PARK with FREE rides! Visit Nickelodeon Universe (South Entrance at the Mall of America) on Friday, March 15th from 10 am – 12 pm to get in on all the fun.

Paramount Pictures and the Mall of America are joining forces and opening the gates to offer families complimentary point passes (while supplies last) to explore the awe and wonder of Nickelodeon Universe in celebration of WONDER PARK‘s opening day in theaters.

You’ll also have the chance to win WONDER PARK prizes including sweatshirts, cinch bags, full-day wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe, and a gift card to CMX Cinemas to see the film.



Here’s a little more about WONDER PARK:

A precious 8-year-old with a knack for engineering designs a spectacular imaginary amusement park, only to discover that it has become real. But when her beloved park is threatened, only she can save her creation – with the help of her soaring imagination and some very special friends. A delightful and inspiring fable for all ages, WONDER PARK features a star-studded voice cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Norbert Leo Butz, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Ken Hudson Campbell, and newcomer Brianna Denski.

MOA Athleta Military, 1st Responder, Teacher, Health Care Discount Days

Mall of America Athleta

Are you a First Responder, Teacher, Health Care Responder or part of the Military? March 7-11th you can bring proof to the Mall of America Athleta and save 20% off your entire purchase.  *Some exclusions do apply.

Mall of America Athleta

Saving money is always important, but it’s more fun when it’s at a favorite store.  This discount is only offered twice a year.  Also it’s important to note that this special discount event is only at the Mall of America location.  Other stores do offer a similar special but on dates of their choosing.