Mississippi Paddle Share Program

Have you heard of the Mississippi Paddle Share Program?  I recently learned about it and hope to take advantage of it this summer.  We don’t own our own boat and although we have access to a canoe, it’s not convenient for our family of four.  Last summer we spend a day kayaking in southern MN and really enjoyed it, I shared our experience here.

If, like us you don’t own your own kayak but have done it before, the Mississippi Paddle Share Program is something you may want to check out.  You can choose to rent a single-person or tandem kayak.  There are five different places you can choose from:

  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park to North Mississippi Regional Park
  • River Park to North Mississippi Regional Park
  • North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park
  • Lowry Avenue Bridge to Boom Island Park
  • Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Entrance) to Harriet Island Regional Park

More information on the availability, price and hours of the program can be found here.



Minnesota United FC Soccer – Discount Tickets Including Field Access

Got a soccer fan in the house? Right now you can get discount admission to the Minnesota United FC Soccer Game on Saturday, 5/26 at 7 pm when you order through Groupon! Plus, the deal includes pre-match field access. How awesome is that?!

Options include:

Plus, today only (Monday, 5/21) you can use the coupon code HAPPY to save an extra 20%, dropping the price to just $29.20 or $39.20!

Here’s a peek at the seating chart to see where the purple and red sections are:

For pre-match field access, please arrive outside section 125 by 6:15 pm; late arrivals will not be accommodated. Field access experience lasts approximately 30 minutes.

When the North American Soccer League was reborn in 2011, Minnesota stepped up to claim the resurgent league’s first championship since 1984. Then dubbed the Stars, the team changed names in 2012, becoming the Minnesota United FC and making a second consecutive appearance in the NASL title game and they are continuing to usher in a new era of soccer in America.

There is a limit of 8 tickets per person, and they will be emailed 48 hours prior to the match. Must purchase together to sit together. Go to Groupon to get yours!

Free Twins Hats and Discounted Tickets through Minnesota DNR for License Holders

Got a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license? You can get a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap along with a special ticket offer available through the Minnesota DNR with games on select dates from May through September!

License holders can purchase a reserved game ticket and receive a special Twins cap at the following games:

  • Sunday, 5/20 at 1:10 pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • Saturday, 6/2 at 3:10 pm vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Sunday, 6/24 at 1:10 pm vs. Texas Rangers
  • Sunday, 7/15 at 1:10 pm vs. Tampa Bay Rays
  • Saturday, 8/25 at 6:10 pm vs. Oakland Athletics
  • Saturday, 9/8 at 6:10 pm vs. Kansas City Royals

Tickets are $19 – $24 each for the Home Run Porch or $42 – $49 for the Field Box, depending on the game selected. You’ll receive your cap at the game.

For more information, please visit the DNR website.

Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday, March 3rd


Try Hockey for Free Day is Saturday, March 3, 2018! USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey as part of the NHL’s Come Play Hockey Month. All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use.

To find the closest location to you, visit tryhockeyforfree.com, search with your zip code, and click the pinpoint for event details and to register. There are many participating rinks in Minnesota.

Contact the local participating host site with any questions or USA Hockey at (719) 538-1124 or ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.

Ice Skating in Saint Paul

This time of year is when winter can’t quite make up it’s mind.  Will spring arrive early or will another snow storm show up on our doorstep?  It’s still important to get outside and have some fun.  Ice Skating is a great outdoor activity.  Saint Paul has some great rinks to skate on.  Not quite sure which ones are still open?  Check out their website or call ahead.

Saint Paul has fourteen general skating rinks, as well as the WinterSkate refrigerated general rink at Landmark Plaza and three additional refrigerated hockey rinks located at Phalen Recreation Center, North Dale Recreation Center, and Palace Recreation Center. McMurray Field has four rinks used exclusively for broomball and Groveland Recreation Center has a large oval rink. All hockey rinks have boards and nets. Non-refrigerated rinks are typically ready by the end of December and stay open through February, weather permitting. Refrigerated rinks may be open earlier in the season and stay open longer in the year.

  • Cold Weather Policy: Rinks will close if temperatures reach -25F.
  • Warm Weather Policy: In order to prevent extended closures due to damaged ice, rinks will close if meltwater is visible on the surface.

Hyland Winter Fest

Hyland Winter Fest

Photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

The Hyland Winter Fest takes place this Friday and Saturday.  There is lots of great winter fun to participate in or watch, your choice – Skiing, Snowboarding, food, music and more.  It’s all happening at the Three Rivers Park District Hyland Hills Ski Area. Check out the event FB page for updates and specifics.

Photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Fire pits, Freestyle Ski Competitions, Merch discounts, Our first ever Soup Bowl (we’re pinning the cooks against each other for your enjoyment- Tasty Soup), adidas – Das Tables Competition!, Pisten Bully Groomer Rides and we’ll have a live DJ outside on the Ski Hill!

Hyland Hills is hosting some fun activities on Feb 2nd and 3rd.

Hyland Winter Fest Schedule


Friday Night:
Nybora Freestyle Nightshine Slopestyle Event

Nybora Freestyle Big Air Ski and Snowboard
adidas – Das Tables Competition
Soup Bowl- The cooks in the kitchen will make their best soups and you judge the best!

Both Nights we’ll have a live DJ from JJuice Music & Entertainment on the Hill from 5-8,
Great Food
Merchandise Deals and more!

Winter Fete in Bloomington

It’s time for the the 14th annual Bloomington Winter Fete.  A family friendly winter celebration filled with a variety of activities.   It begins January 20 and goes through the 28th.

  • Skiing activities
  • Biking events
  • Ice Skating
  • Winter Kite Festival
  • History Festival

Check out the website for all the details.


Central Park Ice Skating Loop: Maple Grove

Maple Grove Central Park Ice Skating Loop

One of our favorite things to do in the winter is ice skating.  We enjoy exploring different ponds and skating rinks.  It can be a great thrifty sport, especially if you own your own skates.  Skates can be found at thrift stores or check with friends and neighbors to see if they have skates collecting dust.

Some friends of ours recently moved to Maple Grove and told us about the Central Park Ice Skating Loop.  We’ve visited the park in the summer and loved it.  It’s now on our list to try the loop for skating in the winter. You can find more information here, on their website.

Do you have a favorite ice skating spot that we can try out?  We love to explore new places!

Minnesota 4th Graders Ski for $19.95 with Passport Program

Now that the snow is here, Minnesota 4th graders can hit the slopes for just $19.95 with the 4th Grade Passport Program! This statewide program created by the Minnesota Ski Areas Association (MSA) provides every 4th grader the opportunity to ski for free. (The $19.95 charge for the passport covers printing and shipping costs.)

Your 4th grader’s passport includes a minimum of two visits to each resort, and there are 18 ski & snowboard areas across the state. For more information, call your local ski area to find out what (if any) restrictions they have on the passport.

Why only 4th graders?

Fourth grade is the perfect age to learn to ski and snowboard. They have the coordination skills and muscle development to be able to pick up on the skills as well as adhering and following safety information. One age had to be chosen and 4th grade was the decision. We are excited that we are able to offer this program to all 4th graders.

How will I know what the restrictions are at each area?

You will need to reach out to your local area to find out what restrictions, if any they have.

When should I expect to receive the 4th Grade Passport Pass after applying ?

Regrettably, due to the overwhelming response to this program, it may be an average of two weeks before you receive the pass. Note that all participating areas are sent a list of applicants on a weekly basis so they know who is in process. Thank you for your patience and participation in this program.

Order your passport HERE!

Discount Minnesota Wild Tickets – 4 Games Available

This is a great opportunity to get a discount on Minnesota Wild Tickets! Goldstar has special pricing for three upcoming games vs the Flames, the Maple Leafs, the Stars, and the Predators. Regularly the tickets are priced from $71.77 to $152.15, but with this deal they are priced from $51 to $113. See all the MN Wild ticket deals here!

Get ready to see flashing skates, speeding pucks and maybe a flying fist or two as the NHL’s Minnesota Wild hit the ice at Xcel Energy Center. With offensive-minded coach Bruce Boudreau at the helm, expect the Wild to light the lamp early and often behind offensive standouts like Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund. Hard-hitting Ryan Suter anchors the defense along with goaltender Devan Dubnyk, aka “The Great Wall of St. Paul.” Don’t miss a second of the action with these great seats and see the Wild take on some of the NHL’s best.