Not quite sure what to get your special someone for Valentines Day?  We have the perfect idea for you, SPEND VALENTINE’S DAY AT BUCK HILL!

Bring your sweetheart, or just yourself, out to Buck Hill for Valentine’s Day! $20 lift tickets all day, and get a free dessert at Black Diamond if you spend $20 or more. Now that’s a sweet deal! See you there!  **Rental/Equipment are an extra cost, not included with lift ticket.

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.








ReStore Annual 50% Off Everything Sale

It’s time once again for one of our favorite sales.  The ReStore Annual 50% Off Everything Sale!   If you have plans to remodel, redo or just redecorate, you don’t want to miss this sale.  ReStore carries everything from: appliances, furniture, windows, doors, lighting, tools and much more.  A great place to find new and gently used home improvement products and building materials.

This amazing 50% off sale is one day only, January 27th from 9:00am-4:00pm.  ReStore has two locations:

2700 Minnehaha Ave. in Minneapolis
510 County Road D. West in New Brighton

On the day of the sale, there are some special things to keep in mind, as it will be a busy day for shoppers and staff alike:

  • This is a one-day only sale, with special store hours.
  • It’s Pay and Carry Only: We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash. No Checks. No product holds.
  • Parking: If it’s busy, look for one of the parking attendants, and please follow their instructions. We have limited parking space and appreciate your patience.
  • Carts: We may not have carts available for everyone. Stay near your item, or talk to a volunteers, they will have tags to mark your item while waiting for a cart.
  • No Other Coupons or Discounts: No other offers are accepted during the sale.
  • Checkout: The lines may be long- we only have 3 registers. We will have volunteers helping to tally each sale before getting to the checkout register. If there are not enough attendants, you may be asked to help tally your items. Please be patient.
  • Amazon Paint and Paint Supplies: Amazon Paint and new paint supplies will not be included or available during this sale.
  • Check out the other tips and suggestions to help you navigate the sale here.

Finally, if you have some spare time on Saturday, you can also sign up to volunteer at the sale. The ReStore locations both operate with a small staff, and since this is their largest sale of the year, they could use extra pairs of helping hands.


Minneapolis Public Art Tour

Public Art Tour Minneapolis

The Minneapolis area has a wide range of public art all around the city. Some, we walk by each and every day and don’t notice.  Other pieces are a bit more famous.  I bet you didn’t know there are approximately 300 individual pieces of public art to visit in Minneapolis!  Yes 300 just in Minneapolis, then if you add on the surrounding suburbs plus St. Paul that number jumps even more.

It doesn’t matter if you’re from here or just visiting, walking around the neighborhoods can be a great way to learn something new.  The City, and Park Board recently launched interactive maps for self-guided public art tours.  There are six different, self-guided tours to check out.  The best part is, it doesn’t cost anything to walk around.

You can pick any of the six tours here on their website, then follow the map and learn a little about the art around Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Public Art Tour

The City of Minneapolis has teamed up with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on six self-guided, interactive tours exploring public art. There are approximately 300 individual pieces of public art to visit in Minneapolis.

The interactive maps feature detailed information about each artwork and directions to the pieces. The maps also provide information on how long each tour will take for those who choose to bike, walk or drive.

To find out the number of artworks, featured artists and more, visit the Minneapolis Public Art Tour interactive website. Tour goers are encouraged to share their adventures using the hashtag #TourMplsArt.

2018 Art Shanty Projects

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Art Shanty Projects or maybe not.  The Art Shanty Projects have been happening for several years and have been on White Bear Lake.  This year for the first time, the Art Shanty Projects have taken up residence on Lake Harriet.  The Shanty Projects will be open for four weekends with January 20-21 being the first one and continuing the following three weekends (Jan 27-28, Feb 3-4 and Feb 10-11).  If you like to plan check out the schedule for each day here.

We’ve been to the Art Shanty Projects the last three years and each time loved it.  It’s a free event, which of course is a huge bonus.  The temporary village on the ice is really something you just need to experience first hand.   Each individual Shanty has it’s own story, brought to life in an interactive artistic form.

A few tips if you decide to visit the Art Shanty Projects:

  • Dress warm, layers if possible.  You’ll be on a lake and sometimes the wind is very different than what you think it will be.
  • Wear comfortable but yet warm boots.  Again you will be on the ice, but also walking around.  This is MN, this is winter.
  • Occasionally they have food truck options, but I suggest bringing some snacks with just in case.  Or like us last year, we sort of lost track of time going in and out of the Shanty’s so the snacks came in handy.
  • Plan ahead for parking, there’s also a free bus option if you go opening weekend.
  • Keep an open mind.  There’s a list of the Shanty’s and it gives a description for each one.  We decided to be surprised with some of them and did not read anything, just walked up and opened the door.  Sort of like “What’s behind door #1”.
  • GO and HAVE FUN.  It really is something everyone in MN needs to experience.

Art Shanty Projects transforms a frozen lake surface into a creative community space that is part art gallery, part art residency and part social experiment. Thousands of people are drawn to our outdoor event during a time of year when weather often keeps residents isolated. The unpredictable wind-swept, snow-covered location challenges artists to generate platforms for unique experiences while contending with natural and human elements.

Past shanty artists have elicited public interactions around such varied activities and inspirations as stress-relieving practices in a geodesic dome, curling competitions, lively debate forums and soap-box proclamations, kinetsthetic pedal-powered polar bear puppet rides, a life-sized music box, a giant zoetrope, and an imaginative elevator ride. Artist-audience interactions have become integral to our mission.

In addition to the interactive multidisciplinary component of the shanties, programs of performance art happen throughout the four weekends of the festival. This work takes the form of multiple, smaller performances and interactions that are not necessarily tied to a particular shanty, sometimes take place withing a structure, and sometimes happen in and among the visitors walking on ice. Past programming has included creation of a living snow globe, ‘snowga’ (yoga in snowsuits), spontaneous a cappella singing on the ice and art car parades.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Free Admission Day

Tomorrow, January 15th is a Free Admission Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  If you can’t make it tomorrow, mark your calendar, each third Monday of the month is a free admission day.

And, actually, ANY day this month is a great time to visit because they are offering Buy One, Get One Free Admission every day during January 2018 for non-members!

Located near Chanhassen, the Arboretum is a place to embrace each and every season.  The Arboretum offers a wide range of activities and classes for all ages, take a look at what they offer on their website.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum History and Mission

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters creating the Arboretum as a gift to the University of Minnesota.

New Play area at Ridgedale Center

Although many of us had hopes for a warm winter, this week does not appear to be part of that.  If getting out of the house is at the top of your list, add the recently opened Ridgedale Center free play area to your list. The beautiful 6000 square area is a great place for the kids to have some fun.  Located on the upper level, the enclosed space is a place you need to put on your agenda for cold days, rainy days or just days when kids need to burn off some energy. The hours and address for Ridgedale can be found here.

Rigedale’s family-friendly spaces just got an upgrade and the enhanced, quality play area is now open on the Upper Level, Nordstrom Lane! This 6,000-square-foot play area has something for everyone. Children ages 0-12, up to 52″ in height, can enjoy an immersive play experience featuring seven unique exhibits designed to promote learning, discovery and expression within each age group:

Happy Apple Tree – Centering the play space, this giant tree releases apple balls that children can redistribute through the tree. Platforms inside the tree allow children to climb to new heights while exploring the canopy.

Choo Choo Island – This 12 foot train table features a mixture of fixed tracks and removable railroad pieces, and special sound effects. Children can create their own path, or drive their train along the preexisting rail.

Baby Oasis – Children between the ages of 0-2 can play at the interactive miniature Happy Apple Tree, get some tummy time on the designated mats, or discover new textures on the sensory wall.

Gone Fishin’ – Wooden fishing poles mounted to the side of the lake encourage development of hand/eye coordination as children fish for the catch of the day!

Light & Shadow Jungle – A maze of pool noodles anchors this exhibit, but the real fun begins at the end of the maze. A disco ball dance party awaits children at the back of the maze where light and shadow meet.

Big Build City – This skyscraper city is filled with stackable building blocks. Children can play with the blocks to create something of their own imagination, or build within the modular unit.

Bug Mobile – This giant beetle shaped vehicle is equipped with multiple pretend play driving wheels, and buttons that light up.

Dwell Lounge – Parents or caretakers can take a seat, grab a snack or beverage from the new Hello Goodness and Starbucks vending concept, and charge their phones while  children play within sight.

Party Room/Workshop – A 500 square foot – enclosed room is available for private events and birthday parties. This space will also be used for a variety of classes starting in January. (For more information on renting the party room, contact the party facilitator, InnerActive Playground, at 612-567-1004.)

Northwest Airlines History Center

Do you remember the days of Northwest Airlines?   Seems like just yesterday, while at the same time many years ago that Northwest was the hometown airline.

We recently discovered a small museum that displays much of the history of Northwest Airlines.  The hidden gem is located in Bloomington, not far from the airport.  On the third floor of the Crown Plaza Air hotel you’ll step back in time to the Northwest Airline days.   There’s no admission fee to the museum, although donations are appreciated to defray the cost of upkeep.

You can find more specifics on their website here.

Our Mission

Founded in 2002 with the mission to preserve the memory of Northwest Airlines’ exciting and colorful history.

Storm Creek Warehouse & Sample Sale

I’m hoping winter isn’t quite here yet, although it has to arrive at some point, probably sooner than later this year.  Cooler weather means it’s time to stock up on warm clothing.  Head to the 5th Annual Storm Creek Warehouse & Sample Sale.  It takes place in Eagan November 10-11.  You can find more specifics here on the event page.

Join us Friday, November 10th from 8AM – 8PM, and Saturday, November 11th from 8AM – 5PM, for 50-80% off retail pricing on our high-quality apparel and outerwear! FREE and open to the public. No tickets needed!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Buy a Fleece. Warm a Heart.
We partner with several local charities, and your support counts! As part of our “Embrace The Cause” giving campaign, any purchase of $50 or more saves you $10; and, a registered charity of your choice receives 10% of your purchase!

NEW THIS YEAR: Attend the Warehouse Sale, and be the first to purchase our special edition Embrace The Cold Hats in partnership with Kare 11 – proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Minnesota!

Minnesota Garlic Festival


Saturday is the day to enjoy and learn about all things garlic.  Games, music, and of course food can all be found at the Garlic Festival.  The 12th annual event takes place this Saturday, August 12th in Hutchinson.  Rain or shine so be prepared to enjoy the day.  You can purchase tickets in advance or when you arrive, we found a BOGO deal for this event here

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

We’ll continue our tradition of unique entertainment, with festival favorites returning, plus some new acts. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including the popular kite flying attraction, the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade, and old-style country picnic games.

MN Garlic Festival is a ZERO WASTE event! We make a concerted effort to produce no trash – if you can’t take it home, it’s recycled, re-used or composted.