Vintage Base Ball at the Dakota City Heritage Village

It’s fun to see how things have evolved over time.  The game of Base Ball (Baseball) may not be at the top of the list of things with drastic changes but you might be surprised.  Vintage Base Ball at the Dakota City Heritage Village is a chance to see how much things have changed since 1860.  This fun event takes place June 29th from 9-3 at the Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington.

**Admission to the event is 2-bits ($.25). All the proceeds will be split between DCHS and DCHV.

This family-friendly event will entertain and show you how base ball used to be played. During the event, a concession stand will be available, along with a silent auction.



Stranger Things Q&A and Costume Contest at Mall of America this Weekend!

Calling all Stranger Things fans! I know you’re probably super hyped up for Season 3 coming to Netflix on July 4th (who needs fireworks when you can binge watch, right?) Well, another thing to get super excited about is that Chief Hopper (David Harbour) will be at the Mall of America this Sunday, June 23rd for a fan event!

Stop by the Rotunda at 3 pm for a Q&A in which David will answer questions from the fans. If you want a chance to meet David, get your costumes ready and come early as the best 15 costumes win passes to a VIP after party at Hard Rock Cafe with David!

About Stranger Things Season 3:

The highly anticipated third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things premieres on July 4th. It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart.

Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.

Mall of America Stranger Things Costume Contest Details:

The entry period for the costume contest is from 1 – 2 pm. Once you’re signed in, you’ll receive a number and be escorted into the Rotunda for the start of the competition at 2 pm. Costumes will be judged on accuracy, presentation, and construction.

Each of the Top 15 winners will get a plus one to attend the private party, and the first, second, and third place winners will receive a Mall of America gift card! For more details, please see the event page.

Stranger Things Gift Ideas

Earle Brown Days Festival in Brooklyn Center – June 20th to 22nd

In Brooklyn Center this coming weekend, June 20 – 22, celebrate Earle Brown Days with a parade and events for the whole family. Many are FREE.

The parade kicks off on Thursday at 6:30 pm at 59th and Dupont. Saturday is the most event-filled at Centennial Park with a community market, entertainment and food, activities for all ages, and fireworks.

Kwik Trip: $1.99 Milk, Cheese Curds, and Ice Cream Through July 18

If you haven’t been to Kwik Trip lately, I encourage you to stop by as they have some great prices on dairy items through July 18!

Deals include:

  • Milk (Gallon 2%, 1% and Skim) – $1.99
  • Cheese Curds (12 oz) – $1.99
  • Ice Cream (1.5 qt) – $1.99

No coupon is necessary to get these sale prices. There is a limit of 5 each on the ice cream.

And if you have a Kwik Rewards Debit or Credit Card, you can get one dozen eggs for just $0.39 when you use it to pay through June 30! Limit 5 cartons of eggs per account, per day.

Be sure to check out their In-Store Food Specials for other deals. Upcoming deals include:

  • 3/$1 Dunkers – through June 20
  • $1 Apple Turnovers – June 18 to 20
  • $1 Cheeseburgers – June 19
  • 4/$1 Cookies – June 21 to 24
  • $1 Best Maid Bars – June 25 to 27
  • $1 Pork Rib Sandwiches with BBQ Sauce – June 26
  • 3/$1 Glazers – June 28 to July 4
  • and more!

Pollinator Celebration at Mall of America: June 22nd

The Mall of America is a great place, not only for all the stores and great places to eat but the events.   Almost daily the Mall has something going on and the weekends they really ramp up activities.  This Saturday they are hosting a Pollinator Celebration.  It takes place from 11-3 and is a joint venture with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Additional Details about the Pollinator Celebration:

Saturday, June 22
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mall of America North Entrance Rotunda

Join the Mall of America, local artists, educators, and experts in a celebration of our amazing Minnesota pollinators during National Pollinator Week. Activities are planned for the entire family!

Try your luck with Bee Landing Corn Hole and other pollinator games. Make a stylish Monarch Headband, and build your own “up-cycled” Clothespin Butterfly or Plastic Bottle Bumble Bee to take home. Spin the Trivia Wheel and learn what simple actions you can take home to help pollinators at the Ask an Expert information booth. Sample Minnesota honey made by Mall of America honey bees. Before you leave, photograph and post your fun using our Pollinator Photo Station.


The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Ordway – Discount Tickets

Chances are if you have a kid in elementary school or middle school, you’ve heard of Percy Jackson and his adventures with the Greek gods. (I’m fairly certain that my son’s introduction to Greek mythology came from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series.) Treat your family to a night of music at the Ordway Center in St. Paul when The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical comes to town.

Tickets are available for $30 – $50 via Goldstar, plus service fees of $5.50 – $7.25 per ticket. (To compare, these tickets are normally $51 – $75, all fees included.) You can currently grab tickets for the following shows:

  • Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 20th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, June 21st at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 22nd at 2 pm
  • Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30 pm



Adapted from Rick Riordan’s bestselling YA book, this “electrifying” (Newsday) pop-rock musical finds Percy Jackson in hot water at school — again. But he’s got bigger fish to fry. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life, and he seems to have angered a few of them along the way. Now, young Percy and his newfound friends must race against the hourglass to solve the mystery of Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt and set things right on Mount Olympus. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief comes to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul in a production deemed “worthy of the gods” by TimeOut New York.

Get your discount tickets HERE.

Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Shows

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show other summers but wanted to give you a reminder. The show is fun to watch, it’s free, and it’s something a bit more unique to do on a Thursday evening in the summer.

You can catch the show several upcoming Thursdays in North Minneapolis, including this Thursday, June 20th. Check out the schedule here along with a map of the location.

*Development show starting at 6:30 pm and main show at 7 pm.

Vikings Preseason Tickets for $20 + Watch Training Camp for Free

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Vikings Preseason Discount Tickets

UPDATE: The deal below is no longer available, but you can find more discount Vikings ticket options HERE. And you can still check out training camp! – See below.

See the Vikings play the Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 18th at 7 pm for just $20! You’ll need to order your tickets here and enter the coupon code FATHERSDAY19 to purchase. (Yes, the seats aren’t great, but hey, they’re $20 and you can walk around the stadium.)

Vikings Training Camp

I grew up in Mankato and remember going to many, many days of training camp. I’m a little sad for Mankato that training camp is no longer there, but I’m happy for those of us in the Twin Cities who are now more easily able to see training camp in progress.

Here’s what you need to know about training camp (yes, it’s FREE):

  • Daily fan attendance will be capped at 5,000 for each of the 16 days that are scheduled to be open to the public.
  • All tickets must be reserved in advance. There will be 4,000 free general admission tickets available and 1,000 reserved seats ($20) available each day.
  • Digital tickets are available at Tickets and parking passes will be available on mobile devices only. You can download the free Vikings app which manages tickets and parking.
  • There is a 4-ticket maximum per fan and a limit of 2 days per fan.
  • More than 2,200 parking spaces will available on-site in the Northland Ford Dealers Parking Lot, but each must be purchased in advance. The cost to park is $10 in advance ($20 upon arrival), and you have an opportunity to purchase parking when reserving tickets (limit 1 parking pass for each ticket transaction).
  • *NEW for 2019* Daily autograph sessions with Vikings players will be available only for fans age 18 and under and will take place following practice at approximately 4:30 pm on the TCO Stadium concourse.

For more information, check out the Vikings Training Camp FAQ.

Celebrate Summer with Midnight Scoops!

It’s no secret that we enjoy ice cream.  One of our favorites Ice Cream shops, located in Bloomington is Scoops.  They are hosting a special event on June 22nd. You can Celebrate Summer with Midnight Scoops!  Just a few nights each summer they extend their hours and stay open until Midnight.  The lights change and they have a night of fun.

*From 9:30-Midnight you can enjoy:  giveaways, ice cream prizes and of course, our favorite summertime ambiance.

Addition info:

Midnight Scoops is back for its 5th Summer!

Celebrate the first day of summer with us and stay up late to satisfy your late night ice cream cravings. Join us for giveaways, ice cream prizes and, of course, our favorite summertime ambiance.

We will be open on Saturday, June 22nd until MIDNIGHT! Stay tuned for two more Midnight Scoops celebrations this summer!

Lakeville Puppet Wagon

I have a larger family (five kids), so I’m always on the lookout for free and inexpensive events since admission costs can quickly add up. Bonus if we can be outside during the summer months!

One such attraction is the Lakeville Puppet Wagon, which not only is free, but is also something that moves around to various parks. Park hopping and puppets is the perfect combination for summer entertainment!

You can find a map of the locations as well as more information on the city website here.