Minnesota Children’s Museum Discount Admission – As Low As $9/Person!

If you love the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul but don’t love the cost of admission, here’s a GREAT deal for you from Groupon!

Options include:

Personally, I think the Deluxe Membership offer is an especially good one as it gets you UNLIMITED admission to both the St. Paul and Rochester locations for one year for all children (under 18) in the household and two listed adults. Other benefits of the Deluxe Membership include:

  • Free admission for one flex member (e.g. a guest or caregiver)
  • Sneak peeks to St. Paul exhibits
  • Discounts at partner retailers and attractions
  • Discounted tickets for up to six guests (by $2 per ticket)
  • 10% discount at the museum café and store
  • 50% off admission for up to six people to children’s museums across the US

You’ll need to redeem your Groupon by 7/3/19, and if you choose a membership, it will expire one year after activation. The membership is valid for new members only.

There’s more than one way for kids to learn at Minnesota Children’s Museum, and none of them involve sitting at a desk and practicing their letters or multiplication skills. Here, kids learn through play as they take the lead in exploring the museum’s interactive exhibits and programs. Kids, friends, and even parents can experience the museum’s atmosphere unrestrained by screen time and strict schedules.

  • The numbers: The St. Paul museum features 10 permanent play exhibits and has a sister museum in Rochester; both locations see more than 550,000 visitors a year.
  • Climb on: The Scramble, a vertical climbing experience, soars four stories high with a netted catwalk and spiral slide for a fast, slippery ride down.
  • Our World: This exhibit puts attendees in a bite-size version of a Minnesota city, letting them explore the sandbox world and play the part of local firefighters, postal workers, grocery-store workers, and more, fostering a sense of community and teamwork.
  • Don’t missSuper Awesome Adventures, an exhibit featuring a laser maze, a climbing wall, and a space race
  • For the family: Most exhibits aren’t child-exclusive: parents can help their children create new masterpieces in the Creativity Jam studio, stock shelves at the “local” hardware store in Our World, or help build forts at Imaginopolis.

Get your Groupon HERE!

PS – If this isn’t in your budget, don’t forget that you can get in FREE to the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul on the third Sunday of every month, or check out the Rochester location on the first Sunday of every month.

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Summer, is it really just around the corner?  Okay well maybe not quite around the corner, but close. If you look at the school calendar you will see that most kids have about three months left, until summer vacation starts.

If you are staring at that summer calendar, and bit worried, don’t be. You can attend the upcoming Minnesota Parent Camp Fair and find some amazing ideas for the kids.  Day camps, overnight camps or if you want to send them away for the whole summer, yup there are those too.

The Camp Fair takes place Saturday, March 2nd.  From 10am-2pm at Como Zoo is where you you’ll find loads of camp info. It’s free to attend and it’s a great opportunity to gather information and talk to representatives from various camps.

Sure summer is fun but what on earth will those kids do with all those days? Do you struggle to fill up all those days with activities? Our girls are getting older, which means it’s sort of easier to figure out summer activities.

We have now moved on to some overnight camps and then fill in the rest of summer with other camps and classes. We still leave gaps to just enjoy the summer days with swimming and spur of the moment wandering as well.  The Camp Fair offers so many great ideas, you might find new ideas!

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Join Minnesota Parent for the 13th Annual Camp Fair. This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.

Early spring is the best time to get started planning children’s summer camp adventures. Popular camps can fill up quickly!

Summer camps and activities help kids thrive with opportunities to explore their interests (and discover new ones) while making friends and developing new skills, too.

Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to weeklong day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more.

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul
Cost: FREE Admission, FREE Parking, and FREE Entertainment!

Phalen Freeze Fest

The annual Phalen Freeze Fest takes place this coming Saturday (Feb 23rd).  All activities take place near the Lake Phalen Activity Center in St. Paul, and are weather dependent.

It does’t appear that there’ll be a shortage of snow for the event this year!  The free event takes place from 1-4 and is for all ages. Some of the activities include:

  • Puppet pagent
  • Cooking over a fire
  • Story Stroll
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Kicksledding
  • Inside activites
  • Plus more…

Visit Phalen Freeze Fest on Facebook for more info!




Science Fiction Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

One of our favorite events takes place next week! Join in some Star Wars fun (February 23rd) at the annual Science Fiction Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota (formerly known as Star Wars Day). We’ve been to this previous years and really enjoyed it. So many great activities and fun photo opportunities, our kids loved it. There’s regular admission but all the extra Star Wars activities are included.

Saturday, February 23rd Noon to 4 p.m. * All activities are included in regular museum admission.

Due to a decree from the Empire, the event you used to know as… well, you know what… is now SCIENCE FICTION DAY! Dress up as your favorite galactic knight and bring your… let’s say… plasma sword. That villian in a mask who sounds like an evil scuba diver? He *might* be there. Our name may be changing, but it’s still all about the FUN.

Try your hand at our coolest Science Fiction activities, including:

  • Make your own light… you know… “sword”
    • Build jitterbot droids
    • Create stop motion animation
    • Launch stargliders
    • Compete with wind-powered pod racers
    • And more!

Plus, catch The Jedi Trials Science Live Theater show – playing on Science Fiction Day ONLY!

St. Paul Summer Beer Fest Admission – Up to 40% Off

We’re certainly in the thick of winter right now, but it’s never too early to look ahead to summer! The St. Paul Summer Beer Fest is happening June 8th, 2019 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and right now you can get discount admission through Groupon!

Take advantage of early bird pricing and pay $45 for single-day early admission for one (a $60 value) or $35 for single-day general admission for one (a $45 value). The event runs from 2 – 5 pm, but if you buy early admission you can get in at 1 pm.

Plus, save an extra 20% with coupon code LOVE through 2/13, dropping the price to $36 or $28!

Each year, St. Paul Summer Beer Fest becomes a craft-beer heaven for those thirsty of new and undiscovered flavors. During this outdoor beer festival, participants get to sample from 80 breweries in commemorative tasting glasses. As they shake their heads approvingly in admiration of just-tasted beers and live music in the background, festival goers can also grab lots of information from educational seminars as well as contribute to a silent auction benefiting the YMCA of St. Paul.

Get your St. Paul Summer Beer Fest discount tickets HERE.

Women in Science & Engineering at the Science Museum of Minnesota – 4 Free Child Admissions with Each Paid Adult

Saturday, February 16th is the day for Women in Science & Engineering at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The event takes place from 12 – 4 pm AND up to four kids get in free with each paid adult! I couldn’t find a place to print a coupon, but you can see the offer mentioned on the Facebook event page.

Regular admission is $18.95/adult, and those with limited income may qualify for $3/adult admission with proper documentation. You can also download free Metro Transit ride passes to save on transportation and parking costs.

Women are achieving great things in science and engineering in our community! On Saturday, February 16, you’ll have a chance to meet them and learn about the ways their work is touching your life at Women in Science & Engineering at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

From noon to 4 p.m. that day, meet women scientists and engineers from Medtronic, Donaldson Company, Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project, Engineers Without Borders, the University of Minnesota’s Chemistry Department, The Wyvern Warriors (FTC Team 15230), and more. Join us for an event that will entertain, delight, and inspire a new generation of STEM innovators!

Purchase one full price adult admission ticket and get up to four kids in free. Plus, take advantage of free rides to Women in Science & Engineering, courtesy of Metro Transit! Learn more at smm.org/wise.

Women in Science & Technology is presented by Medtronic.

Kids Can See the Minnesota Wild Practice for $5 (Includes Minnesota Wild Mini Stick)

I hadn’t heard of the Minnesota Wild Kids Event Series until a few days ago, and I’m a little bummed I just now found out about it! This series is open to kids 10 and under and featured three exclusive events. The first two have either passed or sold out, but the third one is still available – an open Minnesota Wild Practice on February 16th!

Here are the details:

  • February 16, 2019 • TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center
  • Tickets are $5 and include admission for one child + one guest of any age.
  • Practice starts at 11:00 a.m. with doors at 10:30 a.m.
  • All kids will receive a Minnesota Wild Mini Stick upon entry.

You’ll need to buy your tickets online in advance (via Ticketmaster) to reserve your spot. TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center is located at 400 Wabasha St N in St. Paul.

Teen Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota

We all know that teens enjoy having some independence.  The Teen Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota event is not only fully staffed, they are also offering discount admission rates.  For only $6 your teen can enjoy some fun science time with their peers.  This special event takes place February 22nd from 6-11pm.

A chance to do all the fun activities and experiments for an evening of fun!   It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance and you can do that here.

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Move over, dinosaurs – teens are taking over the museum!

Teen Night at the Science Museum on Friday, February 22 is for fun-seekers ages 13-19. $6 and a student ID will get you access to the exhibit galleries, as well as teen-only activities and special late-night admission to the new Game Changers exhibit. With over 100+ playable games to choose from, you’ll make friends – and frenemies – as you battle for top score. Play DDR, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, and more!

Teen Night runs from 6 – 11 p.m. Pass the word along to your favorite young people!

Parents: While this event’s festivities are just for teens, the museum will be fully staffed and all activities will be supervised. You’re welcome to stay and enjoy free WiFi at Java Lab in the lobby, where food, coffee, and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Or catch an Omnifest film!


Half Price Tickets for Hard-Hitting Roller Derby: North Star Roller Derby


If you’ve never watched the North Star Roller Derby, now is your chance! The Roller Derby is a great action-packed sport to watch. The energy when they’re all racing around is SO much fun.

Plus, when tickets are such a good deal, it’s even more reason to check it out if you haven’t already! These great half price, $6.50 per person tickets can be purchased online via Goldstar. The event takes place Saturday, February 9th at 6 pm at the State Fair Grounds.

Cheer on your favorite team when the North Star Roller Derby hit the track in fast-paced bouts. Powered by their impressive athleticism and spirited attitudes, these skaters serve up hard-hitting, exciting roller derby. Featuring concessions, beer, cider, photo booth fun, face painting, balloon animals and the mascot Gnarly the Narwhal, the whole family can get in on the action at Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in the Minneapolis area.

Frosty Fun Festival at Dodge Nature Center

Today might not be the day for an outdoor event but a warm up is coming.  Even better news is that the warm up arrives just in time, for the Frosty Fun Festival at Dodge Nature Center.  The festival takes place Saturday, Feb 2nd and includes fun for all ages! Some of the activities:

  • Ice Bowling
  • Ice Mini Golf
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Hot Drinks by the bonfire
  • Plus more

Register online: https://bit.ly/2AfXOxmDodgeNatureCenter.org
Free for children ages two and under.
Early Bird Deal: $4 per person if you pre-register online before noon on February 1, 2019.
Cost at the gate the day of the event: $5 per person.

Location: Dodge Nature Center, Farm Education Entrance 3
1701 Charlton St. in West St. Paul