Archive - July 2019

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7 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts
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Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
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Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Mississippi: Family Fun

7 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts

Visiting the Minnesota Zoo is not cheap, especially if you have a large family. Currently tickets for children over 2 years old cost $12.00 and adults cost $18.00. Plus, you will need to add on $7.00 to park, unless you bus or are lucky enough to live close enough to walk. A family of four will spend $67.00 even if you pack a lunch and avoid the gift shop. How does a family find Minnesota Zoo Discounts?

Real coupons for the Minnesota Zoo are rare, and as far as I can find, there is no Secret Minnesota Zoo Promo Code. I’d beware of any site offering one. Also, before clicking “coupons” from shady sites, know the real prices (listed in this article). I’ve seen sites offering “discounts” but asking full price for things like parking. However, there are ways to get legitimate discounts. These are the best evergreen offers we have found. If you know of any others, drop us a line, we’ll share your suggestions with the community.

Verified and updated 11/28/2019.

5+ Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts

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Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Family Fun: Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

It’s an exciting day in the life of a family activities blogger when you discover a little gem of a place to visit you’d never thought to go before. Thanks to my FFTC teammate Joy, who slaves away on our Family Fun Calendar, I noticed Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts was hosting a free Family Art Sunday this past weekend.

Family Fun: Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

All Ages Fun at Family Art Sunday

Even better than discovering a new spot to bring the family is watching all four of my kids find something to like about it, not always an easy feat when they range in ages from 3-10. But they all agreed they liked special guest Open Eye Figure Theatre (a puppet company traveling around town this summer with a “driveway tour” of their show The Adventures of Juan Bobo among others). My kids also dove into the special scavenger hunt, seeking out animals in the beautiful papercutting exhibit currently on display, and made their own paper finger puppets in the craft room. Oh, and snacks. My kids will visit just about any place if snacks are provided.

Family Fun: Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Banfill-Locke House and Gallery

The gallery, housed in the historic Banfill-Locke House, strives to be a community arts center and offers year-round classes and occasional events for families to attend free of charge. Learn more about the history of Banfill-Locke Center in our Family Fun Directory.


Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road
Fridley, MN 55432

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: Always free to visit the galleries and surrounding park.


Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Mississippi: Family Fun

The observation decks of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Mississippi River near Minnehaha Park are open daily for curious onlookers to watch craft come and go through the slender water passageways. But either the stars must align when planning your outing — or you’ve got the inside scoop that the best day to visit is the Saturday of Highland Fest in St. Paul — in order to get your kids up into the lock’s control tower. Even better, get their little hands on the actual equipment that powers the system, allowing leisure craft to skirt the falls at the dam. The Lockmaster made sure each of my kids from the preschooler to the tween had a turn at the helm.

Lock and Dam No. 1

Families can still get a great view of the boats passing through the lock on their way to St. Anthony Falls from the observation platforms around the visitor promenade. There are artifacts plunked down on the path to the center, and exhibits on the walls to learn more about the history of shipping on the Upper Mississippi.

Lock and Dam No. 1

Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the annual open house at Lock and Dam No. 1 also included exhibits on water safety and a homemade model lock. Mark your calendars now if you want to get your hands on it next year.

Lock and Dam No. 1


Lock and Dam No. 1
5000 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55417

The Visitor Center is open daily 10 am to 7 pm.

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