Hot Wheels exhibit opens at the Minnesota Children’s Museum

Rev up your engines because the Minnesota Children’s Museum has a new exhibit that explores physics through the world of car racing. The Hot Wheels Racing Garage may also bring back a sense of nostalgia for the adults with plenty of orange track and Hot Wheels cars to experiment with. The exhibit is open now on the 4th floor and will be at the Children’s Museum through May 24th.

Exploring the Twin Cities newest indoor play area

There are a few new indoor playground options in the Twin Cities to help us through these chilly winter months. Just across the St. Croix is Hudson GNG. It has a giant colorful jungle gym to explore along with a blacklight mini-golf course. And in Minnetonka, the Playseum set up shop in Ridgedale Center. It has 20 unique themed play areas along with a kids’ bakery and science bar for making everything from toothpaste to slime.

Oscar-nominated movie uses technology from local 3D printing company

3D printing is transforming animation and movie making and Eden Prairie’s Stratasys plays a big role in the Oscar-nominated movie, ‘Missing Link.’ In that film, Laika Studios used Stratasys technology to print 106,000 extremely specific color 3D faces. The film went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature beating out Disney’s ‘Toy Story 4.’

Spectacular snow sculptures revealed at Vulcan Snow Park

Snow Sculpting Artisans have turned giant blocks of snow into winter masterpieces at the Vulcan Snow Park on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The sculptures are part of the Winter Carnival’s Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition. Teams started working on their blocks Friday morning and had to finish work up by Sunday at noon. There’s also a giant snow slide. It’s free to check out the sculptures, but a ride down the slide will cost $2.

Let the ice carving begin

Thursday is the opening ceremony for the 134th St. Paul Winter Carnival and that means the kickoff of one of the festival's signature events: the ice carving competition. The competition takes place in Rice Park. Teams have up to 48 hours to create elaborate sculptures. After the winner is chosen, the creations will stay in place throughout the duration of the festival. The Winter Carnival wraps up on Feb. 2.

St. Paul Coffee & Yoga Shop Promotes Self-Acceptance

Yoga can be intimidating, but there's a studio in St. Paul’s North End that’s all about making it accessible to everyone, no matter your ability or size. In fact the studio is considered a ‘body-positive zone.’ But this yoga spot also has a coffee bar and is giving back to the neighborhood in a big way. It’s called ‘Real Life Coffee & Yoga’ and owner Gabrielle Hruska is following her dreams by opening this welcoming spot.

Winterfest Returns to Stillwater

When it comes to winter you can either escape it or embrace it, and this weekend it’s all about celebrating the season. Winterfest returns to Stillwater for its fourth year. The event runs January 18th - 26th and the activities include everything from The Frozen Flannel Curling Tournament, a Keg Toss, Parka Pub Crawl and even a casserole cook-off.

U.S. Bank Stadium opens its doors to skaters & runners

The Winter Warm-Up event has returned to U.S. Bank Stadium. There are five recreational fitness nights left, the next being Wednesday, January 15th. These events are open to people ages five and up. Inline skaters use the main concourse and runners are on the upper concourse. They run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Some Minnesota favorite things for Oprah

What do you give someone who has everything? That someone is Oprah and she was in St. Paul this weekend for her '2020 Vision' tour. The Xcel Energy Center always presents its guests a fabulous gift and Oprah is no exception. For this gift basket they reached out to some of our favorite Minnesota makers including illustrator Adam Turman, who’s no stranger to creating art for visiting celebrities.

The magic of the Ice Castles returns to the Twin Cities

The Ice Castles return for the 6th year in Minnesota, but they have a new home in New Brighton’s Long Lake Regional Park. Opening on Friday the 17th, the interactive experience spans an acre and features ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones, and cascading towers of ice embedded with color-changing LED lights. Ice Artisans have been working on the castle for the last six weeks.

Embrace the Elements at Winter Trails Day

This weekend is your chance to experience the great outdoors; Minnesota style. Whether it's fat-tire biking, snowshoeing or ice fishing, Winter Trails Day has you covered. It’s Saturday, January 11th from 11-4pm at Fort Snelling State Park. All the equipment is provided and demonstrators are on hand to help. There’s hot chocolate and s’mores along with a line-up of food trucks. The event is free but it does cost $7 for a Minnesota State Parking tag.

A new Zoo has come to Maplewood Mall

For almost 20 years the Pilz family has been running a small zoo in Scandia called Cock-a-doodle Zoo. They specialized in animal education taking their animals all over the metro to places like schools, daycares, senior facilities and the Renaissance Festival. Now they’ve moved into a new permanent location at the Maplewood Mall. The 11,000 square foot zoo has 25 unique species from Kangaroos and lemurs to alligators and an African Porcupine. The zoo is located on the 2nd floor next to the former Sears store.

Two Twin Cities marching bands preparing for the big stage

We are just one day away from seeing the Minnesota Gophers face the Auburn Tigers in the Outback Bowl. And you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled during the halftime show because two Minnesota high school marching bands will be performing, Robbinsdale Armstrong and Edina. FOX 9 caught up with the students as they got in one last practice before taking off for Tampa.

Outback Bowl to feature two local high school marching bands

Not only will the Outback Bowl feature the Minnesota Gophers, but two local high school marching bands will be playing the halftime show. Robbinsdale Armstrong and Edina are in Tampa, Florida for the big game. It’s an experience the band directors had to apply for well before they knew who would be playing in the game, but it’s the perfect outcome for the Marching Band Director, Andy Richter, who is not only an Edina alum, but also a former drum major at the University of Minnesota.

Local landmarks reimagined in gingerbread at Minneapolis' Norway House

Some of the Twin Cities most recognizable landmarks including the St. Paul Cathedral and Glensheen Mansion, have been reimagined using gingerbread. The Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit is back for the fifth year at the Norway House in Minneapolis. Everyone from your favorite local bakeries and cake wizards, to families and first-time gingerbread baking enthusiasts entered their dream cookie creations. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5.

New Food Hall Opens in North Loop Neighborhood

The North Loop neighborhood just got four more eateries. They're inside a new food hall that was created to be a launch pad for new restaurant concepts from local chefs. Detroit-style pizza, the original chicken wrib and Hawaiian plate lunch are just some of the new options at the North Loop Galley. Open seven days a week, the hall is in the Nordic Building at 729 Washington Ave North.