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.

Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous

The 24th Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous is coming up in Pequot Lakes.  The Rendezvous takes place January 18-20.  If you have an old sled, this is a great opportunity to join the fun. The event is free for spectators and more information can be found on the event website.

Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets

Attention brides to be! Get ready and grab your Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets before it arrives at Saint Paul RiverCentre this Sunday, January 14th! If you’re determined to make your dream wedding a reality, skip all the nightmarish running around and spend a fun afternoon enjoying the Twin Cities Bridal Show. See your Pinterest boards come to life at this all-encompassing expo, which includes the Aisle of Style fashion show, Glam 2 Go Makeover Zone and the Inspiration Station, spotlighting the latest design trends. More than 130 companies are planning to be on hand with samples, previews and planning advice, from caterers and photographers to DJs, florists, lighting experts and beyond.

Buy your tickets now and you can snag Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets for only $10.50 each (a $4.50 discount over the regular $15 price). Another option: if you know you’re bringing two people, you can get two tickets for $15 (no service fee) through TwinCities.com Daily Deals (you’ll need to scroll down the page to find this deal).

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Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

The Music Under Glass series is back for another season at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.  Although it’s winter in MN, the conservatory is a fabulous place to escape and pretend you’ve escaped to a warmer destination.

You’ll find a nice variety of free music on select Sunday afternoons.   Take a look at the great line up of musicians on their website.  Concerts take place January 7th through March 11th.


Join Us For “Music Under Glass” Sunday Afternoons

Join us select Sundays beginning January 7th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for live, local music.

Beat the winter weather blahs inside the comfy confines of the Conservatory.

Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase. (Please, no outside food or beverages)

** There will be no concert on January 28 due to the the Winter Carnival Orchid Show, and on February 4 due to the Super Bowl

Arctic Fever 2018

Winter has arrived and Arctic Fever 2018 is the perfect event to celebrate.  Arctic Fever takes place this weekend, January 12-14th, with all activities and events held around Excelsior, Tonka Bay and Shorewood.  Check out the full schedule here on the event website.

Arctic Fever Jan. 12th – 14th

Join us for some winter fun as the Cities of Excelsior, Shorewood and Tonka Bay celebrate the 12th Annual Arctic Fever Winter Festival.

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!

Family Day: To the Moon!

Bring the whole family to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this Sunday (January 14th).  It’s Family Day: To the Moon!  A free event with lots of great activities, not on the moon but you can use your imagination.  The activities begin at 11am and go until 5pm.

Join us for Family Day, our FREE event for families, kids, and the young at heart, on the second Sunday of every month at Mia. Blast off through outer space at this Family Day! Paint a lunar landscape, construct an imagination-powered jet pack, and discover works of art that are out of this world.

Art-making: Moon Paintings
Paint a lunar landscape in this drop-in studio.

Art-making: Jet Packs
Construct an imagination-powered jet pack.

Storytelling: Celestial Stories
1, 2 and 3 PM
Hear starry stories from master storyteller, Carol McCormick.

Bell Museum Exploradome
Gaze at the night sky inside the Exploradome from the Bell Museum of Natural History

Gallery Hunt: Space Race
Discover works of art that are out of this world!

Tour :To the Moon!
2 & 3:30 PM
Explore the sun, sky, stars and moon in Mia’s collection with a special guided tour.

MOA Free Concert with Zach Williams

Zach Williams will be in concert this Friday, January 12th at the Mall of America.  The best part, it’s completely free.  The concert starts at 7pm, with 300 wristbands given out starting at 5:30.  The wristbands are for better seating and a photo with Zach after the show.  Donations of new socks would be appreciated, and all be shared with homeless around the area.

This winter 98.5 KTIS and the Mall of America invite you to warm up with music from one of 98.5 KTIS’ favorite new artists, Zach Williams!  Join us for our free Winter Concert at the Mall of America rotunda at 7pm. 300 wristbands will be distributed at 5:30 to get a great seat and a photo with Zach right after the show.

This year we have a special request. 15,000 Minnesotans are homeless on any given night including 9,000 children and youth. Would you help us warm feet, and hearts by bringing a pair of new socks to donate to those in need in our community? Socks of all sizes are one of the most needed items among the homeless population.  98.5 KTIS and Simpson Housing Services will have donation barrels for easy drop-off and will be distributing your gifts to the homeless around the Twin Cities.


Centennial Lakes Park Winter Ice Festival

Next Sunday is the 28th Annual Centennial Lakes Park Winter Ice Festival in Edina.  The festival is a free event, no admission fees although if you need to rent ice skates there’s a fee.  If you have your own skates, bring them and skate for free.

Hopefully the weather cooperates, this is a great family friendly event.  The first year we went we had to bundle up but enjoyed a horse drawn wagon ride.

Join us at Centennial Lakes from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 to celebrate the 28th-Annual Winter Ice Festival! The event is free and will have face-painters, horse-drawn wagon rides and ice sculpting demonstrations.

Physics Force Public Shows

The Physics Force Public Shows are free but advance reservations are required.  Some of the shows are specifically for school groups, however both events on January 13th are for the general public.  The shows take place at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Carlson Family Stage.  This is something you don’t want to miss.  You can register here on their website

Physics Force will perform two free public shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Carlson Family Stage. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Join us to experience how physics is interesting, understandable and fun!