There's another new eatery at the Mall of America. It's a name you might know already if you follow celebs like Drake, Mariah Carey and the Kardashians on Instagram. The Sugar Factory owes its success to creating 'wow' moments with their over-the-top drinks and desserts.
One of the very first Christmas tree farms in the metro is still going strong almost 70 years later. Hansen Tree Farm in Anoka opens for the season on Saturday, November 23rd. And though it's been a family operation since 1952, they've had to evolve over the years.
It’s Give to the Max Day meaning it's the perfect time to support a cause that's important to you. Every year GiveMN.org raises millions for Minnesota non-profits and schools. Last year's big winner was the Second Harvest Heartland. The food bank turns this event into more than just a fundraiser. For the 3rd year in a row they organized a 24-hour ‘Pack to the Max’ event.
Sever's is known for its Fall Festival and now they'd like to become a holiday destination as well. They've added one-million lights synchronized to holiday tunes and the best part is you can take it all in from the warmth of your car.
The magical world of the "Polar Express" has come to life at Twin City Model Railroad Museum in St. Paul. ‘Night Trains’ brings a winter wonderland to the make-believe town of Matlin. It’s an enchanting experience for kids and adults. The exhibit opened on November 2nd and runs every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 through the last Saturday in February.
Tucked away in Lindstrom is a nearly 80-acre farm that's home to more than a dozen animals who are getting a second chance at life, after being rescued from bad situations. They get vet care and will live the rest of their lives roaming the pastures of Farmaste Animal Sanctuary. Over the past twelve months, nine of their residents required emergency veterinary care at the University of Minnesota. Because of those visits, their emergency vet fund is low. They have a 'Give to the Max Day' campaign to replenish that account. You can learn more at: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Farmasteanimalsanctuary
In St. Paul, they’ve created a winter market so you can still find your favorite locally made and grown products and stay warm in one of the city’s most picturesque locations, the Union Depot. The market is every Thursday from 10am to 1:30pm.
99 years ago, the first-ever Halloween celebration took place in Anoka and to this day, it’s still going strong. In fact, it’s officially the ‘Halloween Capital of the World.’ Shayne Wells visited their Halloween store to get the scoop on how the city landed that prestigious title.
Curiosity can lead to great questions, especially from the kids in your life. Thankfully, there's a podcast that can answer all their burning inquires. ‘Brains On!’ is recorded in downtown St. Paul at the American Public Media building. The award-winning podcast has made such a splash the creators’ are bringing their show to the Fitzgerald Theater October 27. Shayne Wells has a preview of “Your Brain is Magic.”
Shayne Wells checks out the makings of an Ellsworth Cheese Curd on National Cheese Curd Day, Oct. 15.
Minnesota retailer, HalloweenCostumes.com is one busy place right now. They'll ship out more than a million costumes this Halloween season making them the largest online-only Halloween costume retailer. Shayne Wells visited their gigantic North Mankato warehouse to find out how they got started, and what costumes are the hottest sellers this year.
As the temperatures drop and the kids need to burn some energy, there’s a new indoor amusement park to try out. Urban Air Adventure Park in Plymouth features the nation’s first Power Up Go-Karts which speeds of up to 20 mph, an indoor Sky Rider, a climbing wall, ropes course, and trampolines.
Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, a British-inspired Minneapolis distillery just opened the only operating cycle speedway in the United States. The sport of cycle speedway is a form of bicycle racing on short oval dirt or clay tracks where riders use single speed bicycles without brakes. The track is open for amateur and professional riders four days a week. Bikes will be provided, but patrons need to bring their own helmets.
One of the Twin Cities most popular Halloween attractions is getting national attention. ‘Haunt World' Magazine listed the Dead End Hay Ride in Wyoming as one of the scariest choices in the Midwest. There’s a cemetery, catacombs, a prisoner bus, a clown barn and an auto salvage yard. Shayne Wells introduces us to the creator, who turned a former Christmas Tree Farm into this spooky experience.
Kids across the metro are gearing up for the MEA break. If you aren't heading to the airport and need some fun family activities to fill the time, how about creating some BOO-tiful treats at Way Cool Cooking School.
A mythical creature is moving into SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America. The mermaids are back for the month of October and are ready to dazzle with their underwater performance. FOX 9's Shayne Wells takes us under the sea to meet the water spirits.
Apple cider season is here and we’re breaking out the old-fashioned wooden press. FOX 9’s Shayne Wells heads to "The Landing" in Shakopee, Minnesota to whip up a fresh batch while delving into Minnesota’s apple history.
The Haunted Basement has been a Twin Cities Halloween destination for 14 years. But, there's something new brewing for this year's spooky experience; it's relocated to the Rosedale Center and it's opening its doors to a younger audience. FOX 9’s Shayne Wells has look inside the terrifying maze that opens for the season Oct. 3.
The treasure hunt is on! Junk Bonanza Vintage Market has set up shop at Canterbury Park. There are more than 150 vendors offering vintage finds and re-purposed pieces. The event runs from 9am to 5pm Friday, Sept. 27th and Saturday, Sept. 28th. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Boo! ValleyFair has transitioned to ValleySCARE. The Halloween Haunt, which runs through Oct. 27, offers six haunted mazes, each with its own theme, plus four scare zones.