Family Ice Fishing Event in Eagan

Next Saturday, February 9th is a great opportunity for kids to learn about Ice Fishing.  The family fishing event in Eagan is a chance for kids to learn about a favorite Minnesota sport.  Although it’s a free event, registration is required so they can plan for everyone.  You can register here (use code 11118001-S1) Some of the items they suggest you bring:

  • Bucket or Lawn Chair to sit on
  • Layered Winter Clothes (protection for face and good  warm waterproof boots
  • Sunscreen and face protection for the strong winter sunshine

Come try ice fishing in Eagan! Minnesota residents fish for free when accompanied by a child age 15 or under. No experience necessary. We provide equipment and bait while supplies last, or bring your own if you prefer. Bonfire, hot cooca, sheltered area, and portable toilet will be available at the Blackhawk Park pavilion. There will be Free Hands-on Demonstration & Tips and a chance to win an ice fishing pole!


Free TwinsFest Tickets for Federal Employees

TwinsFest starts today, and it was just announced that all federal employees (and their families) get FREE TwinsFest tickets!

Call the box office to reserve your tickets (612.33.TWINS), then present your federal ID at Will Call for pickup. Some restrictions apply; limited to availability.

If you’re not a federal employee, you can still buy tickets to TwinsFest. Adult tickets are $20, and child tickets (12 and under) are $10. You can also download free MetroTransit ride passes to skip the hassle of finding a parking spot (and paying for it).

Winter Fete in Bloomington

It’s time for the the 15th annual Bloomington Winter Fete.  A family friendly winter celebration filled with a variety of activities.  It begins January 19 and goes through the 27th.

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

Check out the website for all the details.


Minnesota 4th Graders Ski for $24.95 with Passport Program

Snow is on the ground, and Minnesota 4th graders can hit the slopes for just $24.95 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 $24.95 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!

Snowshoeing in Minnesota


Although I’ve only tried snowshoeing once, it’s on my radar to find time to try it again.  Of course seeing more snow on the ground would be a start.  Doing some research, I found that there are endless places to rent snowshoes.  That means there’s really no excuse for giving it a try.

Our recently retired neighbor decided this year is the year to get better nature and wildlife photographs.  He decided that snowshoes just might be the trick to getting those.  Another friend of mine wanted to exercise where there is scenery. Whatever your reason to give it a try, check out some of these places to rent or try them out.  Also if anyone knows of a place we did not mention, please let us know and we will add them to the list.

So many different options, think of all the different scenery you can explore this winter.  A great inexpensive way to get out and see some wildlife and get some exercise.





Gift Idea: Minnesota Vikings Kids Club Membership – Just $20!

Got any kiddos on your gift list who LOVE the Vikings? Consider getting them a Vikings Kids Club Membership! A year-long membership for kids ages 14 and younger is only $20 and includes LOTS of fun goodies.

Details: The Minnesota Vikings Kids Club offers the younger generation of Vikings fans a unique opportunity to engage with their favorite team. Memberships include a kit full of Vikings goodies, access to VIP events during Training Camp, a select game day, and at the new Twin Cities Performance Center practice facility, members-only contests for autographed merchandise, monthly newsletters, and more.

Here’s a list of all the items included in this kit:

  • Vikings Drawstring Backpack
  • Adam Thielen Growth Chart
  • Vikings Helmet Squishie
  • Mustache Sunglasses
  • Vikings Foam Football
  • Minneapolis Miracle Poster
  • Norseman Temporary Tattoos
  • Kids Club Membership Card
  • Access to VIP experiences at Vikings events
  • Entry into member-only contests
  • Eligibility to win Vikings Autographed Merchandise
  • E-birthday cards and newsletters

Sign up your child for the Vikings Kid Club Membership today!

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Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday, November 10th


Try Hockey for Free Day is Saturday, November 10, 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 the Minnesota Hockey website and scroll down to see the map of participating locations. Click the link to find time/location information and to register.

Running and Skating inside the U.S. Bank Stadium

As our weather turns colder, we have to get creative when and how we exercise.   We can choose to bundle up or we can find alternative locations.  The U.S. Bank Stadium is offering opportunities to skate or run inside it’s walls in the upcoming months.

The U.S. Bank skating or running will only be offered on specific dates starting November 19 through mid January.

If you would like to skate, you can more info on that here.  If you would like to run inside the stadium, you can find more information on that here.

Do you have a favorite place to exercise in the cold weather, perhaps a unique venue that we could share with our readers?  Please comment or send us a message.



Minnesota Vikings License Plate Frame – $11.71!

Hey, football fans! Right now Amazon has this Minnesota Vikings License Plate Frame for just $11.71 (reg. $16.99)! As far as I can tell, this is the lowest price this has ever been on Amazon.

Shipping is free for Prime members or on orders of $25 or more.

SKOL Vikings!!!

A Free “No Registration Weekend for ATV Riders” in Park Rapids

Do you love to drive and ride your ATV as much as we do?  Watching my husband come in full of mud and laughing, wondering how much of a mess he created is always fun.  Looking for somewhere new to ride?  Put September 7-9th on the calendar and head to Park Rapids, ATV riders can ride Minnesota trails for free on ‘No Registration Weekend’.  So many great places to explore and even more fun when you don’t have to pay the registration fee.

**All-terrain vehicle users registered for private or agricultural use can explore both the old and new trails without cost Sept. 7 to 9. Typically they would pay the registration fee ($60 for three years) to ride the public trails.

About the event:

Minnesota has 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails available to ATV users. The state also has more than 200 miles of new trails that were completed this year.

Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($30 annually). This is the fifth year that Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access during “No Registration Weekend.” The date was pushed back from June so new trails could be completed, including the 159-mile route connecting communities in northwestern Itasca County, as well as a trail connecting Balsam and Bigfork.