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20 Tips for Planning a Stress Free Holiday Party That Employees Will Love
Today, we’re going to flip the script, giving employers tasked with party planning all of the tools and advice they need to plan the ultimate company holiday party.
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The Ultimate Kid’s Birthday Party Gift Resource Guide [Including DIY Options!]
This ultimate guide to kid’s birthday party gifts contains 10 easy gift ideas and 10 quick goody bag ideas for party planners. Some are DIY and some are not, so there’s something in here for everyone!
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Fun Has No Age Limit: The Ultimate List of 50 Fun Activities for Kids and Adults
To help shatter age-based limitations on fun activities, we’ve put together a list of 50 exciting activity and party ideas: 25 “adult” activities that kids will love, and 25 “kid” activities that will make adults feel young again.
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The Ultimate Child Birthday Party Planning Checklist
We’ve put together the ultimate kids birthday party planning guide, complete with ideas for themes, advice on etiquette, organization and a detailed checklist. Once you’ve read through this guide, you’ll be on your way to hosting the birthday party of the year!
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The Ultimate Guide To Axe Throwing
In this post, you’re going to learn everything there is to know about axe throwing—from the rules of the game, to its history, along with tips to keep you safe along the way.
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Girl Scout and Boy Scout Event Ideas
13 Girl Scout & Boy Scout Field Trip & Outing Ideas in Minnesota
Let's explore 13 fantastic Twin Cities activities that your Boy or Girl Scouts will love!
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Big Thrill Factory: The Ultimate Kid’s Field Trip Destination
As a top rated kids and family destination, Big Thrill Factory’s field trip packages are packed with fun activities kids will love.
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Axe Throwing: A Unique & Fun Company Event Idea
Let's explore one of our most popular attractions, which is sure to be the most unique and fun team building activity your team could imagine: Axe Throwing
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Big Thrill Factory: The Ultimate Home For Corporate Team Building and Events
At Big Thrill Factory, we're ardent proponents of the fact that team building and corporate events don’t need to be stale and cheesy to work.
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Big Thrill Factory Nitro Circus Ticket Sweepstakes
Enter to Win Nitro Circus Tickets Sep 1-29, 2018
Win tickets to Nitro Circus: You Got This Tour October 3 at Target Center. Hurry! This limited time sweepstakes ends September 29!
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Star Tribune Axe Throwing Ax-perts
Indoor ax throwing is at the cutting edge of fun in the Twin Cities
Star Tribune's Richard Chin gives Axe Throwing a fling and asks the ax-perts why so many people are taking a stab at it.
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Where to throw axes in the Twin Cities
Big Axes Hurling Hall featured on Star Tribune's list of Where to throw axes in the Twin Cities
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Laser Tag: History, Fun Facts, and The Best Experience Minnesota Has To Offer
Today, we’re going to learn all about the origins of laser tag, along with 7 fun facts about the industry that may surprise you.
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Push the Envelope
Facilities add “fringe” attractions to differentiate themselves, generate buzz, and create unique, share-worthy moments for their guests.
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Food Service News features Big Thrill Factory on the importance of having good food, especially when people may not be expecting it.
Big Thrill’s a Big Deal
Food Service News features Big Thrill Factory on the importance of having good food, especially when people may not be expecting it.
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"A Couple of Putts" Mr. Tee (Tom Loftus) & The Pink Putter (Robin Schwartzman) play, review & document their visit to Big Thrill Factory's signature mini golf course
Big Thrill Factory Mini Golf review by A Couple of Putts
Follow "A Couple of Putts" as they play, review & document their visit to Big Thrill Factory's signature mini golf course
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Do’s And Don’ts For Your Next Corporate Event
We’ve put together a list of crucial Do’s and Don’ts to help you plan a corporate event that your employees will love and your company will appreciate.
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Win tickets to KDWB's Kick Axe Women event at Big Thrill Factory
Win tickets to KDWB's Kick Axe Women party including FREE food, drinks & Axe Throwing at Big Axes Hurling Hall plus a chance to win Star Party tickets!
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Best of Lake Minnetonka 2018 Winners
The votes are in! Big Thrill Factory wins Best Place for Kids’ Activities in 2018 by Lake Minnetonka Magazine. Read more about what sets us apart.
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“Little” Big Thrill Factory Returns to Canterbury Park with New Axe Throwing
"Little" Big Thrill Factory returns to Canterbury Park May 4 complete with new axe throwing
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The 13 Most Exciting Adult Birthday Party Ideas In Minnesota
Get ready! We’re going to tell you about 13 fun adult birthday party ideas that will stop you from staying in on your birthday ever again.
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Find the Golden Eggs Easter Hunt
Find a Golden Egg for up to $300 in Prizes!
Visit on Easter Sunday for an egg hunt of epic proportions! Find 1 of 7 golden eggs hidden at Big Thrill Factory and win up to $300 in prizes
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All Age Paint Nites at Big Thrill Factory
Join us for a special Paint Nite experience open to painters ages 6 and up.
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Best of Lake Minnetonka 2018 Finalists
Big Thrill Factory nominated Best Place for Kids’ Activities in 2018 by Lake Minnetonka Magazine
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Valentine's Day Activities for the Anti-Valentine's Day Couple
From a friendly round of laser tag to axe-throwing, here's how to treat Valentine's Day like any regular date night with your anti-Valentine's Day partner.
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No Joke! Here Comes Axe Throwing!
Replay Magazine introduces readers to Big Axes Hurling Hall at Big Thrill Factory Oakdale
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Beating the Winter Blues with Active Indoor Entertainment
Keep kids’ cabin fever at bay with these fun indoor activities.
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Big Thrill Factory named #1 Family Entertainment Center in North America by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
Big Thrill Factory Named Top FEC of the World
Big Thrill Factory named #1 Family Entertainment Center in North America by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
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Halloween Happenings at Big Thrill Factory. New Zombie Blasters attraction and Girls in costume.
Big Thrill Factory Set for a Spooktacular Season
It’s that time of year again and Big Thrill Factory is the perfect place to get you in the Halloween spirit!
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Best of Lake Minnetonka 2017
Only the best will do. Readers weigh in on their top pics for the annual Best of Lake Minnetonka Magazine issue and Big Thrill Factory makes the grade.
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"Little" Big Thrill Factory in the works for Canterbury Park
Big Thrill Factory will open a smaller-format spot at the Canterbury Park horse-racing track on Memorial Day weekend
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"Little" Big Thrill Factory Opening at Canterbury Park
"Little" Big Thrill Factory pop-in debuts Memorial Day weekend complete with exclusive wipeout trampoline
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Best of Lake Minnetonka 2016 Finalists
Big Thrill Factory nominated Best Place for Kids’ Activities in 2016 by Lake Minnetonka Magazine
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Readers’ Choice Best Place for Children’s Party 2016
Big Thrill Factory was voted Best Place for Children’s Party in the Minnetonka and Deephaven Sun Sailor’s Readers’ Choice Awards!
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Sun Newspapers Readers’ Choice Awards 2017
Each year, Sun Newspapers releases their Readers’ Choice Award list and we are thrilled to be included.
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Best of Lake Minnetonka 2014 Winners
Big Thrill Factory wins Best Place for Kids’ Activities in 2014 by Lake Minnetonka Magazine
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Big Thrill Factory offers fun, good food in Oakdale
Get your fill and thrills. Big Thrill Factory is open in Oakdale with go-karts, a giant arcade, laser tag and big and little kid fare.
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