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!

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.

Crayola Experience: Free Admission for Hotel Employees and Hospital Employees All March Long

After what seemed like an impossibly long February (even with just 28 days), March is finally here. Hotel employees and hospital employees get FREE admission to Crayola Experience all month long – just bring a pay stub, work ID, or proof of employment to redeem at the admissions desk.

Not a hotel or hospital employee? No big deal – you can still save with $16.98 discount tickets via Groupon. Don’t forget that teachers and first responders (police, firefighters, and EMTs) get free admission every day with valid ID.

*EXTENDED* Skate the Star at Mall of America

**This opportunity has been extended through February 18th!

Lace up your skates and get ready to Skate the Star at the Mall of America’s brand new ice rink! Enjoy this bit of seasonal fun starting December 8th. It’s located outside the Level 1, North entrance.

The ice rink is free and open to the public, but you’ll need to bring your own skates or rent a pair for a $5 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

All skaters must complete waivers before skating. (A tip: Download, print, and fill out the waiver in advance HERE to save time.)

Hours are as follows:

December 8 – December 23

Monday – Friday: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

December 26 – January 2

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

January 3 – January 27

Monday – Friday: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

January 17

Thursday: 3 – 5 pm

*EXTENDED* January 28 – February 18

Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday – Friday: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm


Christmas Eve: 11 am – 3 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 1 – 7 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed
MLK Day: 10 am – 9 pm
*NEW* Valentine’s Day: 3 – 10 pm
*NEW* Presidents Day: 10 am – 9 pm

*Hours are subject to change.

Nickelodeon Universe $15 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 – pay just $15 when you show this coupon through Thursday, February 14th! This is a $21.99 savings off the full price. 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.

Free Sanctus Real Concert

With the recent cold temps you might be hunting for indoor fun.  The Free Sanctus Real Concert taking place at the Mall of America tomorrow evening (January 18) should be at the top of your list.  Taking place in the Rotunda area from 7-9, the pefect warm indoor place to be.


98.5 KTIS is happy to welcome Sanctus Real for a free winter concert at the Mall of America Rotunda on January 18! Get an up-close performance before you hear them on the big stage at Joyful Noise this summer. There will be plenty of standing room, but if you want to sit up-close and get a photo with the band, be sure to get a wristband. A limited number will be distributed beginning at 5:30.

While we are safe and warm on a cold January night inside the MOA, there are many teens who are homeless and looking for ways to stay warm.  Last December, Good in the ‘Hood provided backpacks, filled with winter survival supplies, to homeless youth. These backpacks included hand/feet warmers. John was one teen who received a backpack. Upon receiving this gift he said: “I thought I was one of the forgotten few…that nobody cared about. Thank you for helping us believe that we actually matter.”

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium – 40% Off Annual Passes

Want to give a phenomenal experience gift this Christmas? How about passes to Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America? Right now you can get an individual annual pass for 40% off through Groupon and pay just $29.40 (reg. $49)!

Another option: buy a Family Pass for just $107.40 (reg. $179)! This will cover four named individuals ages 3 and up. Note that kids 0-2 years old always get in free.

What’s included:

  • 12 months of unlimited visits
  • Exclusive member events
  • Gift shop discounts
  • 20% off birthday party packages
  • 50% off admission for accompanying friends and family
  • 15% off Behind the Scenes Tour, Snorkel Experiences, Overnight Programs, Fins and Flights, and Sharks After Dark

You’ll need to redeem the voucher in person by 2/28/19 to activate membership and receive your photo ID card. The 12-month membership begins at the time of your in-person activation.

Travel around the world’s amazing oceans with just one ticket to SEA LIFE. Family and friends explore the 1.3 million gallon aquarium featuring thousands of sea creatures around every turn. Seahorses and jellyfish swim around in breathtaking fashion, and so does other marine life. A 300-foot-long ocean tunnel simulates the experience of walking across the ocean floor. Nine-foot-long Sand Tiger Sharks roam overhead and flash their menacing teeth while giant rescued sea turtles come face to flipper with you. The aquarium’s more interactive attractions explain what makes undersea life so appealing. At the touch pool, for instance, education hosts explain the lives of coastal creatures, letting visitors touch everything in the exhibit, including sea stars and sea anemones.

Get your Groupon HERE!