Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen – Fun Mississippi River and Lake Minnetonka Cruises!


We have so many great bodies of water here in Minnesota which makes for lots of warm weather fun and enjoyment. To me there are few things more peaceful than being out on the water with the wind blowing through my hair.

Enjoy a fun date night or girls/guys night with a fun Mississippi River or Lake Minnetonka cruise from Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen. Right now they have several cruise options available at a discount on Groupon in which you can save up to 47%!

Here are the different options available:

  • $26 for Sightseeing Cruise on the Mississippi River or Lake Minnetonka for Two (1 1/2 hours)
  • $45 for Happy Hour and Pizza Cruise for Two (2 hours)
  • $46 for Margarita Monday Cruise for Two (2 hours)
  • $46 for Taco Tuesday Cruise for Two (2 hours)
  • $79 for Craft Beer and Wine Cruise for Two (2 hours)

strongly recommend you check their calendar in advance to see what dates they have available for the cruise you’d like to take before purchasing your Groupon.

Since 1985, the experienced captains and crew at Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen have been shepherding guests along the azure surfaces of Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. Their fleet of five vessels steers customers around the area while accommodating them with full-height glass windows, enclosed outer decks, full bar and restaurant options, and karaoke performances by prize-winning big-mouth bass. Boats glide along the coastline of Lake Minnetonka, catching sights of small lakeside towns, and down the Mississippi River to the backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline, Saint Anthony Falls, and the setting sun.

Once you make your purchase, you’ll need to book your cruise online. The promotional value of the Groupon expires 10/6/19 and these cruises operate in all weather conditions.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling

One of our favorite events takes place next weekend.  Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling takes place over the course of three days so plenty of opportunity to attend.  We enjoy it because it’s history, education, as well as learning.  A place to bring the kids and have their learning disguised as fun.

* Admission for kids age 4 and under, Native Americans, Blue Star Families as well as Veterans and MNHS members are free. Other admission prices are $12 adults, $10 seniors, college students, $6 ages 5-17.  More information can be found here on their website. 

Additional details about The Memorial Day weekend events at Fort Snelling:

On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with interpreters, and engage with the many stories that make up the site’s history.

Learn about Native American history and the fort’s role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, like the 25th Infantry soldiers in the 1880s and Dred and Harriet Scott, whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War.

Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the “History Hunt” and earn a small prize.

On Monday, don’t miss a special “living timeline” of America’s military past on the fort’s parade ground, with costumed interpretive staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.


Valleyfair: Everyone Pays Kids Price ($35) Through 6/30

I know that the weather we’re having this weekend isn’t particularly fantastic, but at least it will be relatively short-lived and we can get back to spring and summer fun soon!

Head to Valleyfair before June 30th and save as everyone will pay kids price ($35) at Valleyfair when you buy your tickets online! That’s a $20 savings off the front gate price of $55. Note that taxes and fees will apply.

BUT…if you can plan your visit for a Sunday, the price is even better – just $29.99 for admission AND parking (plus taxes and fees)! Note that Valleyfair will be closed to the public Sunday, June 2nd for a private event.

If you can’t go before June 30th, no worries – you can still get a discount! Get Valleyfair discount tickets through this link any time. If you’re planning to visit multiple times this summer, you can consider a Valleyfair Gold Season pass for $89. And of course, don’t forget about the FREE Pre-K Pass for kiddos ages 3 to 5.

Valleyfair New Foods for 2019

Free Children First Ice Cream Social (St. Louis Park) – Sunday, May 19th

This upcoming Sunday, May 19th is the annual Children First Ice Cream Social in St. Louis Park. Stop by between 2 – 5 pm for free Sebastian Joe’s and kosher ice cream (they’ll also have a gluten-free, dairy-free option available).

Besides the ice cream, enjoy entertainment, interactive exhibits and activities, and a Kids Garage Sale in which kids ages 6 to 12 will be selling toys they no longer play with as well as other items.

The ROC at the St. Louis Park Rec Center is located at 3700 Monterey Drive.

Minnesota Museum of American Art Free Family Day – Sunday, May 19th

Admission to the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (aka “the M”) is always free, but this Sunday, May 19th they’re offering some extra family fun activities! Enjoy Family Day: New Season, New Creations from 1 – 4 pm.

Join us for a full day of interactive, creative experiences and artist-led activities for all ages!

FLASH TALKS | 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Join an M volunteer in the gallery for a bite-sized, 10- to 15 minute chat about the exhibition. All ages welcome. Visitors should gather by the Paul Manship Group of Bears sculpture in the “Alley” Gallery.


Making: Lobby

Sticks-and-Spoons Puppet Creations with Kallie Melvin
All ages
What kind of puppet can you create from sticks and spoons? With just a few simple materials and a little imagination, the possibilities are endless!

Making & Community Building: Wide Open Studio

Zine-Making with Fiona Avocado
Ages 5+ (with help from a reader/writer)
Take inspiration from Craft Horizons Magazine and learn basic paper-folding techniques to create your own mini-zine from a single sheet of paper.

Making: Studio 2

Using Color to Create your Planet with Lizbeth Rosas Real
All ages
Use the coloring page provided to create your planet and all the life that inhabits it. When you are done, hang it on the wall!

Wearable Art
Ages 6+
With a variety of materials at your disposal, we invite you to create your own piece of wearable art inspired by the artworks in the exhibition, The Good Making of Good Things.

Interactive: Rauenhorst Court

Instant Photo Booth with Teen Tech Center
All ages
We’ll provide multiple instant cameras and printers. You choose a camera and take a portrait. Each instant camera represents a different time period, and each camera’s resulting photos have a different personality. Choose who you want to be through a progression of instant film!

Interactive: Various Locations

Everyday Scenes: Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen by Women’s Woodshop
All ages
Reconfigure thrifted furniture to turn everyday objects into a temporary sculpture of your own creation. Snap a photo and tag us on social media to share what you’ve made! @mnmuseum & @womenswoodshop

If you miss this Family Day, they’re offered three times per year on the third Sunday of January, May, and September from 1 – 4 pm. Suggested donation is $5 per family or group.

North Loop Food Truck Fair

Even if the the forecast doesn’t call for 80 and sunny the North Loop Food Truck Fair will still go on.  Taking place tomorrow May 19th from 3-7pm, you’ll find at least 20 different food trucks as well as live music.

If you are looking for dinner while you are out enjoying the Open Doors Minneapolis event tomorrow, the Food Truck Fair is the perfect option.  We love food truck events, the perfect solution for our family.

Free Museum Admission for Military Families

Active duty military personnel and their families can get free admission to hundreds of museums nationwide (in all 50 states) courtesy of the Blue Star Museums Initiative. This year’s program starts on Armed Forces Day (5/18) and continues through Labor Day (9/2).

For more information and for a list of participating museums, go to the Blue Star Museums website. There’s a HUGE list of participating museums in Minnesota, including…

Thanks, Family Fun Twin Cities!

*CANCELED* Arts in the Park (Eden Prairie) – Saturday, May 18th

This event has been canceled.

Arts in the Park is a free event in Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie this Saturday, May 18th from 9 am – 4 pm. There will be live entertainment, concessions, wine tasting, face painting and kids art projects.

Shop for artwork of all types while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Purgatory Creek Park. Vendors will be selling glass, jewelry, paintings, wood, photography, sculptures and more.

Purgatory Creek Park is located at 13001 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie.

Police Department Open House in Farmington

We found another fun event for kids on Saturday.  It’s the Police Department Open House in Farmington.  Some of the activities include:

🚔 Three food trucks: Kona Ice Southern Lakes, North Star Donuts & Philly xpress Food Truck

🚔 Tours of the police station, squad cars and SWAT vehicles

🚔 K-9 demonstrations

🚔 Life Link III helicopter appearance

🚔 Dakota County Government Drone Team

🚔 Bounce houses

🚔 Photo opportunities with the squad cars and an officer cut out

They will also be collecting donations for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

The free event takes place from 11-3 and you can find information on the FB event page. 





Lunds & Byerlys 99¢ Picnic Sale!

It’s time to plan some outdoor meals – Lunds & Byerlys is having a 99¢ Picnic Sale! They have deals on everything you need for a picnic or backyard barbecue with some great prices. These deals are all available while supplies last through May 22, 2019.

I have to say that my favorite thing on this list are the Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – the Chipotle Ranch style is amazingly delicious! The rest of the items in the picnic sale include:

L&B Fresh All-Natural Brats and Sausages – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save $1 ea.)

L&B Fresh 85% Lean Premium Ground Beef Patties – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save 70¢ ea.)

Village Hearth Classic Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns – 99¢
8 count – Limit 2 (Save $2.50)

Bi-Color Sweet Corn – 3/99¢
Limit 6 (Save $1.38 on 3)

Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue and Buffalo Wing Sauces – 99¢
16-18 oz. – Limit 1 (Save $2.50)

Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – 99¢
8 oz. – Limit 1 (Save $2)

Heinz Ketchup – 99¢
20 oz. – Limit 1 (Save $1.80)

Bush’s Grillin’ and Baked Beans – 99¢ (Extras Members Only)
16-28 oz. – Limit 1

Simply Fruit Punches and Ades – 99¢ (Extras Members Only)
52 oz. – Limit 1