Calendar of Events
Choose from hundreds of Minneapolis & Saint Paul events each month and attend your favorites to make new memories.
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November 27, 2013 - December 31, 2014
For the first time, MOA guests will be brought together daily for an experience that will take visitors on an emotional journey through music and lights. Universe of Light will underscore the unexpected and surprising characteristics of MOA, combined with the fun, playful nature of Nickelodeon Universe. The nine-minute interactive light show will be an ongoing attraction for mall visitors. Lights, music and smoke effects will transform the air space into a Technicolor dream that is sure to excite and engage.
Universe of Light uses strobe lights and smoke effects.
Dates & Times
Monday-Thursday: 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 7 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7 p.m.
South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe (viewable from all four levels)
Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Making You Laugh Every Friday and Saturday Night!
This is NOT your typical Chanhassen show! The Playhouse doors open one hour prior to show time. The show begins at 8:00 pm every Friday and Saturday night. Arrive early and order something before or during the show from our Menu or the Playhouse bar. Delicious desserts and cocktails are also available. The Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe performs a comedy variety show of improv, sketches, and music. Improv is comedy based on audience suggestions, similar to the hit television show, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" The show is fast-paced, clean, and very funny. And if you are celebrating a birthday, company party, or other special events, just give the hostess a note when you arrive and the troupe will do something special during the show. They might even bring a member of your party on stage to join in an improv and be a star in the show.
Tickets | All seats are $25
Playhouse menu and cocktails are available throughout the evening.
Performed by The Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe
Making it up as we go since 1989!
February 14, 2014 - December 31, 2015
Featuring the world’s most famous fashion icon, this exhibition brings the iconic Barbie® Dreamhouse® to life for Barbie® fans of all ages! Focusing on fun interactivity, the exhibition is a one-of-a-kind experience allowing visitors to become a living doll in the Barbie® Dreamhouse®! Become a part of the fabulous Barbie® lifestyle and discover each room of her amazing Malibu Dreamhouse™. Dress up in the Barbie® dream closet, be a star in the Barbie® fashion show, virtually bake in the Barbie® kitchen and more.
The Barbie™ Dreamhouse Experience™ will Feature:
- A dream kitchen including colorful appliances, interactive cupcake stations and more
- The Dreamhouse™ living room includes a library, fireplace and even more interactive stations
- An endless closet and shoe room where guests can virtually try on Barbie doll’s® outfits
- Virtual elevators that transport guests from room to room
- A glamorous make-up studio where guests are prepped for their own Barbie™ experience
- A 6,500 square foot entertainment area where guests are the stars of the show. This area features costumes, The Pop Star Stage, The Fashion Runway, choreographer and more!
Monday - Thursday | Noon – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*Hours change seasonally
General Admission - $23.99 (Adults receive $4 off general admission purchase when accompanied by a child 12 and under)
Senior - $16.99
2 and under Free
Military discount available with valid military ID
February 28, 2014 - August 30, 2014
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the classic Disney animated feature and originally rooted in Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting fairy tale, The Little Mermaid is a musical favorite for audiences of all ages. This production is sure to thrill in every way as it showcases beautiful sets, dazzling costumes and an award-winning musical score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Revel in favorites including: “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Les Poissons,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Kiss the Girl” and many more.
Resident Artistic Director Michael Brindisi will once again collaborate with his creative team on the staging of Disney's The Little Mermaid: Choreographer Tamara Kangas Erickson, Musical Director Andrew Cooke, Set Designer Nayna Ramey, Costume Designer Rich Hamson, Lighting Designer Sue Ellen Berger, Sound Designer Russ Haynes, and Production Stage Manager Susan Magnuson.
Tickets | $47 - $82
March 1, 2014 - August 24, 2014
Ultimate Dinosaurs, a huge new exhibition featuring 20 fascinating specimens from the other side of the world, will open at the Science Museum on March 1. It reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar—dinosaurs unfamiliar to most North Americans. And cutting-edge technology puts a new twist on bringing these prehistoric creatures to life in the 21st century!
March 1, 2014 - September 1, 2014
To round out an unforgettable dinosaur experience at the Science Museum, make plans to see Dinosaurs Alive! in the Omnitheater. You'll follow some of the world's most accomplished paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly!) among us.
In Dinosaurs Alive!, Tarbosaurus (a close relative to T. rex), Velociraptor, Protoceratops, and Seismosaurus all make a big impact on the Omnitheater's giant screen. Thanks to amazingly realistic computer animation, you'll see how they may have moved, hear what they may have sounded like, and witness how they behaved when they roamed the Earth millions of years ago.
From New Mexico to Mongolia, Dinosaurs Alive! is a globetrotting adventure with scientists who have revolutionized our understanding of the mysterious creatures that dominated the earth for 150 million years.
March 13, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Can you solve the crime? Based on the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, you’ll be the latest recruit to the world of forensic science. Guided by videos featuring cast members and real-life forensic scientists, you’ll examine bullet casings, match DNA to potential suspects and identify the source of a single strand of hair. Complete with forensic crime labs, autopsy rooms and reporting stations, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge you deep into the role of a crime scene investigator.
CSI: The Experience® will Feature:
- Special investigation cards, on which guests will record evidence from one of three different crime scenes.
- Scientific Inquiry in the following fields: DNA identification, toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic pathology, forensic art, firearm and toolmark identification, information technology, latent prints and blood spatter analysis.
- Access to a variety of tools and technologies, from chemistry equipment and UV light sources, to ballistics identification systems and bullet trap.
- Highly interactive lab areas where the exhibit’s “investigators” can perform evidence testing at multiple stations.
- A recreation of the office of Gil Grissom, in which guests will present their findings through the completion of a series of questions.
April 4, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, Dolphin Tale) narrates the IMAX 3D® documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. The film reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary Born to Be Wild 3D, and director David Douglas, who served as director of photography on that film.
Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered.
Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
Weekly on Mondays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Open Mic is a FREE show, so we do not take reservations or sell tickets for Monday nights. The doors open for seating at 7:30pm, and you seat yourself. Once the room is full, you'll have to wait until someone leaves, and there is an open chair to sit and watch the show. There is no standing room. Being a free show, Open Mic is used as a starting ground for many comics, as well as a place to practice new material for the veteran comedians. Some jokes may kill, others may bomb; but it's always a good time. Be sure to support those appearing on stage; it's not as easy as you think!
Looking to sign-up?
Sign-up is in the bar between 6-7pm. You MUST be present to sign-up. If it is your first time at Acme, please read the sheet prior to signing up! We try our hardest to get first-timers up. The list of who gets stage time that evening is posted at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. First timers get 3 minutes on stage. Be sure to watch the red light! If you go over your time, you will not get time again. Respect the time, audience, and other comedians. If you're not picked to perform, don't be discouraged. We have a lot of people sign-up every week, and we do note who's coming down regularly. Your time will come!
Weekly on Wednesdays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Every Wendesday is open mic night! Come out and see the Twin Cities’ best and brightest comedians, professionals, amateurs, and first-timers. Always FREE! You’ll see professionals working on new jokes, amateurs working towards becoming professionals, and the occasional train wreck. See the area’s best and brightest comedians.