MIA Art in Bloom 2018

The annual “Art in Bloom” is this weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Beginning Thursday and going through Sunday, a chance to see fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them.  If you’ve not heard of this event, it’s one we try to attend each and every spring.  We’ve had such a long winter, and spring is finally here so an event with real flowers will be a much needed boost to say goodbye to the winter blahs.  

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 35th annual Art in Bloom—a FREE four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

Art in Bloom raises funds to support Mia projects, including education and transportation for school children, exhibitions, art acquisition, education, and programs throughout the community.

More information about programs, events, talks, workshops and demonstrations during Art in Bloom at Mia can be found here.



Sensory Friendly Sunday Events at the Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is joining other museums and venues by adding some Sensory Friendly Sunday Events.  Sensory Friendly Sunday, held on the first Sunday of each month is a free event for kids, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivities and their families, offering the opportunity to make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting. This will likely be a popular event and they do ask that you register in advance.

Save the dates!

May 6

June 3

July 8

August 5

September 2

October 7

Music and Garden Tours at Lakewood Cemetery.

Lakewood Cemetery is so much more than just a cemetery.  Located in Minneapolis not far from the uptown area and the Linden Hills Neighborhood.  The grounds of Lakewood are beautiful and its rich history dates back to 1871.

Lakewood has several interesting events coming up.  The Chapel was recently announced as a venue for some small concerts.  Although they sold out not long after they were announced, we are hopeful they might add more.  Watch their event page to see if more are added.

Another event coming up in April is the Greenhouse tour and planting event.  You can reserve a spot for a 30 minute tour to learn about Lakewood’s horticultural history and see what they have in store for this spring’s flower beds. After the tour, you can put your own green thumb to work and plant something to take home.

Some of the most interesting places to visit happen to be the most unexpected and Lakewood Cemetery is one of those.  Offering history, education, nature and more.


Family Weekend at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

Have you ever brought the kids to the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show?  Put it on your list of things to do because next weekend is Family Weekend at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show.  March 31st-April 1st will have fun for the whole family.  The new Family Zone, which brings with it lots of entertaining options including:

  • Rainbow Play Systems will be all set up, with multiple swing sets, trampolines and free giveaways.
  • Gamin’ Ride of the Twin Cities will keep your littles dancing with iDance DDR (Dance Dance Revolution).
  • Alternative Landscaping will show you how to test out your golfing finesse on their putting green. Your kids (and likely you) will also marvel at the turf-covered car!
  • Barnco will bring a themed mini escape room experience to the Show. If you haven’t tried one of these wildly popular escape room experiences yet, here’s your chance!
  • Human on a Stick will be offering free Segway demos to teach your family how to ride in style.
  • The Bakken Museum will entertain and inform your family with activities related to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
  • My Mobile Agents Realty has an activity called “Out Growing your Space?” featuring an actual living room that a homeowner has outgrown. The interactive display is not only fun but is also a great way to learn about home buying and selling from on-site real estate agents.
  • Usborne Books & More will be promoting the benefits of books with story time.
  • Mirror Me Perfect will provide a fun photo booth with pictures you can take home. Photos are free on Sunday, April 1 only.
  • Manic Ceramic will be at the Show to teach people how to make glass mosaic tiles.
  • Xfinity will create a kid friendly living room for movie watching and games such as bean bags, Connect 4 and Jenga.

A great stay-cation idea if you stayed in MN for spring break or if you have happen to be visiting us it’s a fun indoor event for the whole family.  * admission to the Show for kids 12 and under will be free during opening weekend (March 30-April 1).


U of MN Reuse Program “Big Sale”

University of Minnesota Reuse Program

If you’ve never been the University of Minnesota Reuse Program, this weekend’s “Big Sale” would be the perfect time to check it out.  The Reuse Program collects surplus office furniture, supplies, equipment and parts from throughout the U of MN Twin Cities Campus and makes them available to University departments or individuals for purchase.  You can find everything from furniture, books, interesting science items, plus a little bit of everything else.

University of Minnesota Reuse Program Coupon

This weekend March 24th and 25th (10am – 4pm both days), the program is having a special event “Big Sale”.  Print off this coupon or show it on your phone to get $10 off your purchase.

*Other than this weekend the program is only open select days and hours so check out their FB or website for other hours.


Bachman’s Spring Ideas House

Spring is a great time to update a few things.  If you need ideas, the Bachman’s Spring Ideas House starts this week and offers countless ideas (March 14-April 15).  The home is located next door to the flagship Bachman’s store in south Minneapolis.  The small admission fee of $5 allows a self-guided tour and are booked in 30 minute increments on the half hour. (Each ticket includes a coupon for $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase).  The theme for this year’s event is Country Weekend.

Fresh décor ideas spring to life this season! Schedule a self-guided tour of Bachman’s Spring Ideas House to welcome a new season with bright hues, inviting florals, and a refreshing array of green and blooming plants. Find inspiring ideas for revitalizing your own home’s décor and incorporating nature’s vibrant beauty throughout.

20% of Ideas House admission proceeds benefit Friends of the Institute – a volunteer organization of members of the Minneapolis Institute of Art dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of the MIA

Discount Tickets for Wine Tasting & Live Music at International Market Square

We could all use an adult night out every now and then. Perhaps a ladies night out or a date night with your partner. Whatever the case, International Market Square is a fabulous venue! We found a great deal on discount tickets for Wine Tasting & Live Music at International Market Square. The event takes place on Friday, March 16th at 6 pm. Plan your special night out now! Click here to get the deal, Goldstar tickets for $22.50-$27 (regular price is $45).

Stylish and expansive, International Market Square is the perfect location for an evening of wine and music. Mingle with other wine lovers as you sample selections from more than 200 domestic and imported wines. And when you find one you like, pick the brain of the wine rep to learn all about it. This is your chance to expand your palate and discover new vineyards to love. Pair the wine samples with live music and light appetizers (while they last) from D’Amico Catering. This event supports the St. Paul Jaycees.

Winter at the Walker: Snowshoe Showcase

We don’t typically read about Snowshoes and the Walker Art Center at the same time.  This Thursday (Feb 15) is Target Free Thursday Nights, Winter at the Walker: Snowshoe Showcase.

Join others at the Walker Art center and celebrate Winter at the Walker with myriad activities both indoors and out! Trek out into the cold or thaw out inside with a warm drink. The Main Lobby transforms into a hygge haven in our Walker Warming House with art-making, music, and more.

  • Little Box Sauna, 5–9 pm
  • Art Demonstration, 5–9 pm (Snowshoe history and demonstration)
  • 6:30 & 7:30 pm  Music
  • 6 & 7:30 pm  Moonlight Snowshoe Tours of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden **Snowshoes are available free of charge, courtesy the University of Minnesota Center for Outdoor Adventure.
  • Inside Galleries will be open as well.

You can find the full schedule here on the Walker Art Center website. 

MIA February Family Day: Rock the Cradle Music Event


The MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) Family Day for February, is the annual Rock the Cradle event.  Rock the Cradle is an event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture.  The event is sponsored by the Current radio station, and geared for kids 8 and under.  A completely free event that takes place throughout MIA and the adjoining Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.  The fun day will begin at 11 and goes until 5.

The Current’s annual free, no ticket required Rock the Cradle event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture returns Sunday, February 11 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. Take in story time with author, Nancy Carlson, enjoy a Pop Up Classical performance from Chione, in addition to annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco and Pop Up Story Time with The Current’s DJs plus live music from Bato Bato!, Brian Just, DJ Keezy, Andy Cook and friends.

Super Bowl LIVE: Family Fun on Nicollet Mall

Super Bowl LIVE: Family Fun on Nicollet Mall

Are you debating on checking out some of the Super Bowl LIVE fun on Nicollet Mall?  We were there over the weekend and had a blast.  I along with our 13 year old, were there for about four hours and still didn’t see it all!  I’ll share a few tips and suggestions with you if you happen to be debating on going.

  • I highly suggest taking the light rail or a form of public transportation. The various event rates for parking your own car are expensive, plus with the closed roads it’s just easier to choose other options.
  • If you bring a bag which we did, be aware it will be checked a few times by security.  Not a huge deal but something to consider.
  • Be prepared for both indoors and outdoors when deciding what to wear.  Most of the things are outdoors but there are at least three buildings with indoor activities.
  • Look for the helpers!  It seemed like there were a bazillion volunteers waiting to answer questions and give directions or just hand out maps.
  • Even if there’s a line for something, don’t get discouraged as lines moved quickly.
  • Look up the schedule before you go, or don’t.  We just wandered and didn’t plan ahead.  Although we enjoyed ourselves I felt that we missed several things.
  • Take advantage of the free activities:  Get your face on a marshmallow at the Target Bullseye Lodge, enjoy the samples given out from various companies (Hormel, Land O’Lakes etc), watch the Kitty Bowl, check out the Prince exhibit and his fabulous clothing, listen to the free music.
  • Shop of some of the local pop up shops in the City Center building.  Some great local small businesses have set up tables.
  • Go and enjoy yourselves and have fun!

Super Bowl Live Free Activities


Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon

Super Bowl LII will feature the most urban campus in Super Bowl history, with several major fan activations within a one-mile radius in downtown Minneapolis. Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon will stretch six blocks of Nicollet Mall, with activation spaces extending from The Dayton’s Project and within a short walking distance to Super Bowl Experience Driven by Genesis at the Minneapolis Convention Center and U.S. Bank Stadium.