Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Shows

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show other summers but wanted to give you a reminder. The show is fun to watch, it’s free, and it’s something a bit more unique to do on a Thursday evening in the summer.

You can catch the show several upcoming Thursdays in North Minneapolis, including this Thursday, June 20th. Check out the schedule here along with a map of the location.

*Development show starting at 6:30 pm and main show at 7 pm.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival – June 14th to 16th

This weekend is a great time to check out the downtown Minneapolis area. The 25th Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival takes place June 14th – 16th. You can find the complete schedule here.

There will be live music on three different stages, food, over 200 different artists, family activities, a car show, art classes, and more. Get out and enjoy the beautiful riverfront area!

Kid Fest at Lake Harriet – Saturday, June 15th

Join Minnesota Parent for the 6th Annual Kid Fest at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis this Saturday, June 15th from 10 am – 1 pm! Kid Fest and its activities are geared toward families with children under 10 years, with a strong focus on activities for children under 5.

Kid Fest includes live kids’ music, giveaways and craft projects, and lots more. In addition to the fun, free activities, you can pick up a copy of the Minnesota Parent annual Family Directory, a booklet that gives parents a massive list of events, destinations and activities in the metro area throughout the entire year.

USA Luge Slider Search

I love watching the Luge events during the Olympics.  Although my kids are now too old for this event, it looks super fun and it’s free!

This weekend kids ages 9-13 can reserve a time slot to try Luge.  The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search take place this weekend, June 15th and 16th in Minneapolis.  You can register your child here on their website.

Additional information about the event:

The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search is the official nationwide athlete recruitment tour of USA Luge, targeting young athletes, ages 9-13. The mission of this grass-roots program, established in 1985, is to identify, train and qualify young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who may progress through the team development ladder have hopes of one-day becoming members of the National and Olympic Luge Teams.

Over the years, the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search has traveled over 220,000 miles and introduced the sport of luge to more than 25,000 eager young athletes. At each series stop, guided by U.S. Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes, participants are taught the basics of riding a luge sled, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills are developed, athletes take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds. Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, N.Y., Park City, Utah, or Muskegon, Mich. to try luge on ice at a USA Luge sanctioned training site. The top young athletes from this group are selected for the next year’s development team.

Currently, most of the U.S. Junior National Team was recruited through the Slider Search, so it’s no wonder the USA Luge coaching staff feel tomorrow’s National and Olympic Teams will come from this program. Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and 2009 World Champion, was identified in a 1999 Slider Search, while Brian Martin, a 1998 Olympic bronze and 2002 Olympic silver medalist, was discovered at a Slider Search in 1987. At least 70% of the past Olympic teams since 2002 have come from the program.

Each participant need only register for one 2 or 3-hour clinic. Register by phone at 1-800-USA-LUGE, or register online through our secure site. All events are free and everyone gets a cool White Castle USA Luge Slider Search T-Shirt for attending.

Minneapolis Comedy Festival Discount Tickets – John Crist, Seth Meyers, Rhett & Link, and More!

Get ready for some BIG laughs at the Minneapolis Comedy Festival, coming up June 24th – 30th at various locations in Minneapolis!

But before you head to their website to purchase your tickets, you’ll want to check Groupon FIRST as discount tickets are available for several shows. What makes the Groupon deal extra awesome is that all fees are included (and you know how those pesky fees can add up!).

Discount tickets are available for the following shows:

John Crist: $29.50 (reg. $53.52)
Tuesday, 6/25 at 7 pm: One Lower Bowl Ticket
Target Center, Minneapolis

Fortune Feimster: $20 (reg. $32.73)
Thursday, 6/27 at 7:30 pm: Main Floor or Balcony
Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

Charlie Berens: $20 (reg. $32.38)
Friday, 6/28 at 7 pm: One Orchestra or Balcony Ticket
Woman’s Club Theatre, Minneapolis

Bob Newhart: $35 (reg. $76.36)
Friday, 6/28 at 7 pm: Main Floor or Balcony
Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, and D.L. Hughley: $35 (reg. $76.36)
Friday, 6/28 at 7 pm or 9:30 pm: Loge or Balcony
State Theatre, Minneapolis

Seth Meyers: $59.50 (reg. $76.36)
Friday, 6/28 at 7 pm or 9:30 pm: Balcony
Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

85 South: $30 (reg. $51.21)
Sunday, 6/30 at 7 pm: Main Floor or Balcony
State Theatre, Minneapolis

Jeremy Piven: $20 (reg. $43)
Sunday, 6/30 at 7:30 pm: Main Floor or Balcony

Rhett & Link: $55 (reg. $71.75)
Sunday, 6/30 at 8 pm: Main Floor or Balcony
Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

Late Night at the Riverview – $3 Movies This Summer

Night owls, check out the historic Riverview Theater in Minneapolis at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights all summer for classic favorites like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Jurassic Park for just $3.

Here’s this summer’s schedule:

Purple Rain (1984)
June 7-8

Step Brothers (2008)
June 14-15

The Iron Giant (1999)
June 21-22

The Shining (1980)
June 28-29

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
July 5-6

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
July 12-13

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
July 19-20

Jaws (1975)
July 26-27

Spaceballs (1987)
August 2-3

Jurassic Park (1993)
August 9-10

Akira (1988)
August 16-17

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
August 23-24

Labyrinth (1986)
August 30-31

Caddyshack (1980)
September 6-7

(Seriously, can anyone actually stay up this late?!)

Free Monthly Tours of Theodore Wirth House in Minneapolis

Theodore Wirth House Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society is offering free monthly tours of the Theodore Wirth House in Minneapolis (3954 Bryant Avenue South), starting this Sunday. These guided tours are free and open to the public; just show up.

Theodore Wirth was Minneapolis’s longest-tenured park superintendent. When he agreed to become superintendent in Minneapolis, he asked that the Park Board build a home for him and his family in a city park, hence the house in Lyndale Farmstead Park.

Theodore Wirth Home Minneapolis

The Wirth Home and Administration Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tours feature period artifacts, some of which were owned by Wirth himself.

Tours take place monthly on Sundays from 12 – 4 pm. Here’s the 2019 Theodore Wirth Home Tour schedule:

  • May 26
  • June 23
  • July 21
  • August 18
  • September 22
  • October 20
  • November 24
  • December 8

If these dates don’t work for you, weekday tours may be scheduled through November 26, excluding holidays. More information is available here.

Lyndale Park Peace Garden

After your tour you can visit the nearby Lyndale Park where you can visit the Peace (Rock) Garden and the Rose Garden and check out the beautiful fountains. Then it’s just a quick walk to continue on to the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary and Lake Harriet. You can easily make a whole day of it!

Theodore Wirth House Tours

Minneapolis Wading Pools Open – Saturday, May 25th

Minneapolis Wading Pools

We’ve really had quite the variety of temperatures these past couple of months. It warmed up, then cooled off, warmed up and cooled off again. The day many of us eagerly wait for each spring is almost here – the day the Minneapolis wading pools open!

Dozens of locations will open for the season Saturday, May 25th, and “school-site” wading pools will open Saturday, June 8th. Minneapolis operates a total of 62 neighborhood wading pools which are option from 10 am – 9 pm daily.

Please note: If the high temperature is forecast for 65° or lower, pools are closed that day. If the temperature at 6 pm is 85° or warmer, pools will remain open until 10 pm. Check each pool’s status HERE before you head out.

In addition to these wading pools, MPRB offers water recreation at twelve beaches on six lakes, two water parks, a natural swimming pool, and an indoor aquatics center.

The UMN ReUse Warehouse Bike Sale Event

Do you need a reasonably priced bike?  Check out the UMN ReUse Warehouse Bike Sale Event, taking place this Saturday beginning at 10am.  They will have around 125 bikes for sale and prices start at $50. Important  details  can  be  found  here. The UMN ReUse Warehouse Bike Sale Event

Some important details about the event:

Bikes are sold first come first serve basis. We will open up for sales at 10am and will let people in 5 at a time every couple of minutes until the line is gone and or all bikes are sold. When we arrive at 8am to begin setting up, there are generally a couple people already in line. The line usually does not start getting longer until after 9am.

The Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival – Discount Tickets

Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival – Discount Tickets

Love craft beer, wine, and/or cocktails AND the Minnesota Twins? Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14th for the Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival at Target Field!

Plus, if you grab your tickets NOW through Goldstar you can get them at a discount! Early bird admission is normally $39.95, but through Goldstar you’ll pay $29.95 + a service fee. Choose from Session 1 (12:30 – 4:30 pm) or Session 2 (7 – 11 pm).



Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of craft beer, wine, and cocktails as well as a keepsake sampling glass, live entertainment, games, and more! Plus, you’ll get TWO Twins games tickets with each festival registration you purchase! These Twins games tickets are valid for select Twins games on June 25, August 6, August 20, September 8, September 10-11, September 16-18, and September 22. (More information will be in the email you receive after making your purchase.)

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, will be the host for Minnesota’s largest and most popular craft beer, wine, and cocktail festival ever featuring hundreds of different brands at the iconic Target Field! Guests will be treated to unlimited samples of hundreds of amazing craft beer, wine, and cocktail brands from around the world that will be showcased throughout the ballpark, enjoy multiple live entertainment & DJ’s, receive a keepsake sampling glass, enjoy tons of games (think giant Jenga, Connect Four, Cornhole, Hula Hooping, and much more), receive tickets to a 2019 Twins game*, a free ride to/from the festival from MetroTransit, free admission to the official after party, sampling glasses, giveaways, activities, other all-star product vendors, and expedited super-quick entry through the gates! Plus, you will also be able to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the ballpark like never before by being able to walk the warning track around the entire playing field and get a professional photo in The Twins dugout!

Get your discount tickets HERE!