Best Bets: Jan. 9-15

Things to do around the Twin Cities this weekend include the ice castles, a public art tour, a murder mystery dinner, and more


Hair-raising Musical 

What: “Hairspray”
When: Jan. 10-15
Where: Orpheum Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

This Tony Award-winning musical comedy tunefully follows teen Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore while she auditions for TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

A.J. Mellor

Winter Wonderland

What: Ice Castles
When: Now open
Where: Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton

Explore the ice caverns maze, zip down the ice slides, enjoy a drink at the polar pub ice bar, cruise the tubing hill, or marvel at the beautiful ice sculptures during a trip to the ice. 

"Footloose" at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
“Footloose” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Photo by Dan Norman

Take Off Your Sunday Shoes

What: “Footloose”
When: Through Feb. 4
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen

This classic musical show has been extended through Feb. 4, so kick-ball-change your way to the theater.

Provided by Minneapolis Institute of Art

An Artful Outing

What: Public Art Tour
When: Jan.12-15
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

Join this free one-hour tour with a guide as you browse artworks from various cultures and places on the topic “How’s the Weather?”

Provided by The Mystery Café

Mystery With A Meal

What: The Mystery Café’s “Alma Murder (A Killer Class Reunion)
When: Jan. 14
Where: Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE, Ham Lake

Enjoy a dinner at this interactive murder mystery dinner show themed “Alma Murder: A Killer Class Reunion.”

Provided by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Soothing Sunday

What: Winter Wellness Fair
When: Jan. 15
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Treat yourself to a relaxing Sunday sound bath and massage in the Zen Den, practice chiropractic movement in a session led by Minnesota Movement, try out acupuncture or snowshoeing, and afterwards buy yourself something nice at the Winter Wellness Market. A variety of events will cycle throughout the day.