Snapology Discovery Center Grand Opening

With the weather getting colder, it’s even more important to find indoor activities for the kids.  The Snapology Discovery Center Grand Opening is next weekend.  Taking place over the course of three days, November 17-19.  Snapology is geared towards kids ages 1-14 and is located in the uptown area of Minneapolis.  You can find more specifics about the grand opening event here on the FB event page.

Snapology of Minneapolis offers fun programs for a wide variety of ages and interests. With an emphasis on play, children acheive academic enrichment and social development objectives. At Snapology there is something for everyone with everything from LEGO-themed programs, robotics, engineering, animation, and more!

Tons of activities all weekend long!  Free and open to the public!

Friday, 11/17 – 5-8pm
Open House & Reception
Cupcake bites provided by A Cupcake Social
6-8pm Art project lead by Articulture

Saturday, 11/18 – 9am-6pm
10am – Family Fun Twin Cities curated dance party
3pm – Music by Jack and Kitty
2-4pm – S’mores provided by North Mallow

Sunday, 11/19 – 9am-6pm
Coffee from 9-11am provided by Bob’s Java Hut
12:30pm – FREE yoga class for parents upstairs from Snapology at Your Yoga
1pm – Magic by Alan Smola



Rice Park Tree Lighting

With the snowflakes falling last night I can finally say, the holidays are around the corner.  Prior to that, I was really hoping winter wasn’t quite here and the holidays were months away.  Yes indeed, sooner than later.  It also means, mark the calendars for upcoming holiday and winter events.

Next Saturday, November 18th, is the Rice Park Tree Lighting event.  The lights will stay lit until mid March, which means plenty of opportunity to see and enjoy the beautiful scene.

Date: Saturday, November 18 2017

Saint Paul will officially kick off the holiday season with the grand opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy.

Location: Rice Park

Time: 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM

109 W 4th Street , Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102Those who attend the free grand opening event will be the first to skate on the free, outdoor, artificially-chilled ice rink in downtown Saint Paul as well as view the 11th annual lighting of Rice Park and the city’s holiday tree will be lit with 15,000 LED lights. There will be musical performances, photo opportunities, fireworks and more.

  • Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink open November 18 – February 4, 201
  • Grand Opening – Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Festivities begin at 3:30pm
  • Photo Opportunity with Live Reindeer and Sleigh
  • Teddy Bear Band
  • Skating Performances
  • Fireworks in Rice Park at 6:30pm
  • Ribbon Cutting at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink at 7:00pm
  • Rink opens for Skating at 7:15pm

Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Tomorrow is the day for Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  A day for girls to explore and learn about science.  The event takes place from 10-4.  See all the information regarding admission below.

Saturday, November 11

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tomorrow’s scientists start today
Join Fox 9 and prominent female scientists from around the state for this important community event. It’s a brilliant and fun opportunity for girls to be introduced to the exciting worlds of science and technology through hands-on demonstrations and activities.

Buy your tickets in advance
Avoid the lines and get right to the fun! This is a popular event so we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Call the Science Museum’s Box Office at (651) 221-9444 to make your purchase and tickets will be emailed to you.

Four kids free with full-price adult admission
Admission to the event is included in museum admission. On November 11, get up to four kids free with full-price adult admission. Discount not available online. Note: museum admission does not include the Rocky Mountain Express Omnitheater film.

Shoe Recycling Week

Most of us have some shoes in our house, the kind that we think we will wear but realize it’s been a long time since we actually have.  There’s a place for those “extra” shoes.  November 13-19th, you can bring shoes to the three different locations in the south metro for the Dakota Valley Recycling Shoe Recycling Event.  A new home or use, will be found for all the shoes brought in.  That means, even the old pair you used to wear to mow the lawn, even those can be given a new life.

Instead of throwing away old or unwanted shoes, residents can once again recycle them during a free one-week collection.

Shoes of all types, sizes and styles, in any condition, will be accepted. Those in good condition will be donated and reused, while those in poor condition will be recycled by Minnesota-based Wear Ever Recycling. Shoes that are recycled are used to resurface athletic fields and playgrounds, in oil spill cleanup kits, in insulation and can even be made into new shoes!

Learn more at

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Some of us may not remember the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter sinking into the waters of Lake Superior.  Those that do recall it happening, will remember where they were when they heard the news.  It was a tragic event and 29 crew members lost their lives.

This Friday, November 10th you can join others at the Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors, for an event to reflect and remember the tragic event. You can more information on the Minnesota Historical Society page.

This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.

Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA

Now that we’ve had snow, it only seems fitting that Santa will arrive at the Mall of America.  Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA takes place this Thursday, November 9th from 5:30-6:30.  Live music, treats, activities, and more.

Thursday, November 9
Holiday Activities | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Rotunda
Santa’s Grand Arrival | 6:30 p.m. | Nickelodeon Universe®

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better come out, we’re telling you why: Santa is arriving at Mall of America® to officially kick off the holiday season on Thursday, November 9! Don’t miss the fun as Santa is greeted in grand holiday style by the Rosemount High School Marching Band, who will be heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year!  There will be holiday activities, face painting, balloon sculptors and treats provided by Nestle Toll House and Caribou Coffee. Be sure to stick around as Santa lights up Nickelodeon Universe with holiday magic!

Free Blackdirt Improv Workshop


Have you wanted to try Imrov but not sure where?  The Blackdirt Theater group is offering a free workshop tomorrow, November 7th from 7-9.  The Black Dirt Theater is located in Hastings and the class will be held at the high school.  More specifics can be found here on the fb event page.

Black Dirt Theater Improv Workshops:

Come and join us for a FREE Improv Workshop. We will be having workshops on November 7th from 7:00-9:00pm at Hastings High School Multi-Purpose Room E-141, and November 9th from 7:00-9:00pm Hastings High School Multi-Purpose Room E-141.

Always wanted to try Improv? Want to brush up on your Improv skills before the audition? Then these workshops are for you! You will get a basic lesson in Improv and an understanding of what the auditions will be like. We will play improv games, do scene work, and work on our storytelling. Wear comfortable clothes, bring an excited attitude and get ready to have some fun.

ASI Family Day: Fest! Merry Mansion-Nordic Holidays

The American Swedish Institute is hosting their family day this Saturday, November 11th.  The theme will be Fest! Merry Mansion-Nordic Holidays. It’s the kickoff to the holiday season, with the mansion decorated for the Nordic Holidays from November 11th-January 8th.  There’s an admission fee to get into the event, or if you have a membership to ASI, it’s free.

Family Day Opens Fest! Merry Mansion Holiday Exhibitions and Programming

ASI opens the 2017 holiday season with a day of fun for the entire family. Explore Nordic and Romanian traditions throughout the Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, which will be decorated for the 2017 theme: Fest – Merry Mansion.

Have the whole family make a craft together, stop in the Ballroom for performances by various community groups, or wander through the Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibit and meet an expert on Norwegian aquavit.

Performance Schedule

  • 10:00 Nordic Bees
  • 11:00 Plai de Dor Dancers
  • 11:30  Vasa Jr. Folk Dancers
  • 1:00 Impossible Salt Theatre Performance
  • 2:00 Cloudberries


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!

Twin Cities Birth & Baby Expo

Babies, Parenting and raising kids. The Twin Cities Birth & Baby Expo is the place to be on Saturday.  The Expo is from 9:30-3 in St. Paul.  A free event that includes:  Speakers, classes, special events, exhibits and more.  You can find more specifics here on the event website.

Sorting through all your options for pregnancy, birth, and parenting can be a big challenge!

That’s why, since 2009, the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo has been bringing together under one roof expert speakers, educational events, and plenty of exhibitors that offer healthy and empowering services and products every year. Join us to explore, learn, and celebrate the transformative experience of growing your family!

The Expo is packed with speakers, presentations, classes and other special events, making it more like a conference while still having the same number of high-quality exhibitors.

Special events will be scheduled to run all day long so no matter when you come, you are bound to learn something new!