Vikings Giveaways, Free Gear and Prizes

Lots of great stuff going on if you are a Vikings fan. Follow the following links for free Vikings gear, promotions and cool prizes.

Win Vikings gear – # PURPLEFRIDAY just submit your photo here

Fan promotions and cool prizes page

The Vikings official website is

For Vikings game schedule visit

Things to Do with Kids in Minneapolis

There are lots of fun kid things to do all over Minneapolis and the Twin Cities. We’ve put together a list that we hope you’ll enjoy!


Minnesota Zoo May 24th – September 1

Big Bugs exhibit featuring giant robotic bugs and a live bug display showcasing how bugs live and why they are important. Visit


Science Museum of Minnesota – Open Tuesdays through Saturdays

It’s Dinosaurs in the exhibit galleries and Omnitheatre. Visit


Three Rivers Parks – Open Daily

Beaches, dog parks, boating, disc golf, geocaching, biking, fishing, hiking, nature education and play areas. Lots of activities to do for free in Hennepin County. Visit

Commercial Steam Team wishes you a fun filled summer!

Summer Baseball Fun

ballfieldIf you like to get out and play ball, do you know how many fields are in your community?

Here is a great directory of Minnesota ball fields from isport: Baseball Fields in Minnesota

Guess who shows up as having the most fields?

Disc Golf Season is Here!

It’s summer with sunny weather and great temperatures, and that means it’s a great time to play disc golf!

dgcarverIf you haven’t tried this great sport, you should know the cost of entry is minimal, there are courses everywhere, and it’s lots of fun!

Here are a few disc golf posts we made last year:

History and Resources
CST Loves Disc Golf!

Here is a directory from Disc Golf Scene: Minnesota Disc Golf Courses

And here is a search tool from the Pro Disc Golf Association: PGDA Disc Golf Search

Have a great disc golfing summer!

Spring Planting

The ground is still wet from all the rain and there are many plants available from local garden centers, so it’s a good time to put in a few annuals if you haven’t done so already.

Large retail chains usually carry plants from one or two national suppliers. These large suppliers provide massive numbers of the same plants year after year. As a result their plants and the soil they arrive in are often infested with pests and disease which can contaminate the rest of your garden. It’s usually a good idea to buy your plants from local garden centers to avoid these problems.

Here are a few:

Bloomington Garden Center
9407 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425

Holasek Greenhouses
8610 Galpin Boulevard, Chanhassen, Minnesota 55317

Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Mother Earth Gardens
3738 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis

Uncommon Gardens
5750 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

Cal’s Market and Garden Center
6403 Egan Drive, Savage, MN 55378

Leitner’s Garden Center
945 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

Lilydale Garden Center
941 Sibley Memorial Hwy, West St Paul, MN 55118

Linder’s Garden Center
various locations

More Rainy Day Ideas

It looks like yet another wet day in the Minnesota. Here are some more ideas for wet days!

If you like Euro Games like Settlers of Catan, then visit the Fantasy Flight Event Center.
You can find games for sale and you can rent a game to play there. There are frequently lots of people playing games and you may be able to join a game.
Where:  1975 Oakcrest Ave #10, Roseville, MN 55113, (651) 379-3801
More info: Fantasy Flight Games Website

If you love art, visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where you can see “The Age of Truthiness”, or attend the session on “Thinking Globally: Exploring Indian and Southeast Asian Art” this Thursday night at 7 PM.
Where:  2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 870-3000
More info:

Want an evening of fun music? Want an opportunity to dance? Check out the music calendar at Famous Daves Calhoun BBQ & Blues Club for live bands such as the Root City Band and Lamont Cranston and events such as Free Swing Dance Lessons and Salsa Night.
Where:  3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408
More info:

Looking for somewhere to go with the kids? The Minnesota Children’s Museum is full of interactive learning and fun!
Where:  10 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102 (651) 225-6000
More info:

Rain Rain Rain

It looks like most of the next week will be wet throughout the Twin Cities. Do you have your rainy day activities planned?

Here are a few great theater companies to check out…

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre – ?

Children’s Theatre – ?

Fitzgerald –

Guthrie –

Ordway – ?

Orpheum Theater –

Paramount Theatre –

Southern Theater –

Mother’s Day Next Sunday!

Mother’s Day is coming up fast.

Dinner, breakfast in bed, a nice gift, have you made your plans yet?

Think about treating mom to some nice clean carpets and upholstery!

In any case, enjoy your time with mom!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Commercial Steam Team would like to extend our wishes for a warm, happy, and comforting Thanksgiving for everyone.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday, and keep us in mind if you need any pre-holiday or post-holiday cleanup!

Minnesota Vikings Football – Weeks 8,9 & 10

If you are a Minnesota Vikings fan there are some exciting games coming up.

Week 8: Thursday, October 25th, 2012 – The Vikings play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a home game at The Mall of America Field.

Week 9: Sunday, November 4th, 2012 – The Vikings play against The Seattle Seahawks during an away game at CenturyLink Field.

Week 10: Sunday, November 11th, 2012 – The Vikings play against The Detroit Lions during a home game at The Mall of America Field.

Grab your purple jersey, turn on the flat screen and pass the buffalo wings!

Here is the Vikings Football schedule for the rest of the season:

Pet Show Minneapolis MN – March 2013

The largest Pet Expo is coming to Minnesota!
The Twin Cities Pet Expo will be held March 23-24th, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. There will be 300+ vendors, world class entertainment, demos and contests to educate and entertain you.  For more info visit
Have a fun day watching dogs and other animals compete, perform and show off!

Free July Weekly Workshops at Home Depot

Home Depot features weekly workshops on home improvement. Learn how to do home improvement projects from the pros through their workshops and live demonstrations. At the Burnsville Home Depot, for instance, this July’s workshops include closet and storage systems, interior paint and installing laminate flooring. Most Home Depot locations hold workshops on Saturdays and each store is different so go online and set the location of your closest Home Depot then look at the upcoming schedule of free classes.

CST Loves Disc Golf

Saying they are passionate about disc golf just can’t describe the love that Ryan and Russ have for their favorite sport. Ryan and Russ love to compete against each other and hold bragging rights until the next face off!

Disk golf is better exercise than regular golf – the course is not flat like a golf course you have to climb and hike between holes. Each disk course is different in terrain, scenery and skill level.

Here are some of the favorite Disk Golf Courses in Three Rivers Park District:

Bryant Lake Regional Park – 18 hole course has short and long tee boxes, scenic lake views and infamous hole #17 where golfers throw their disk off a cliff to reach the basket.

Elm Creek Park Reserve – 18 hole course that follows the sledding hill and terrain portion of the park. The course features 2 par 4s, multiple signature holes and other champion caliber holes.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve – 18 hole disk tournament course at Hyland ski area has one of the best views in the twin cities. Climb up steep elevations and descend for a fun and challenging course.

For more info visit The Three Rivers Parks website

Indoor Waterparks – Fun and Swimming During Winter and Spring

It’s still a little cold outside but you can still enjoy a little swimming in Minnesota’s water parks. If you have been cooped up all winter and have cabin fever this is a great way to spend the day. Most of the indoor water parks are at hotels and resorts and require a day pass. This is a great activity for little kids as most water parks have special kiddie pools with fountains and slides. Other water parks are designed for older kids and adults and have long tube slides, floating inner tube rides, and whirl pools.

Some of the local Twin Cities water parks include:

Tropics Indoor Waterpark and Playground – St. Paul – adult $8, Youth (1-17 yrs) $7, family $28

The Grove Aquatics Waterpark – Inver Grove Heights – single $7.50, 4 person family $19.50

Safari Island Waterpark – Waconia – adult $8.75, Youth $7.75

Water Park of America – Bloomington – Prices start at $15 each

The Depot Waterpark – Minneapolis – Prices start at $20 each

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

Got cabin fever? Well get out of the cold and attend the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show from February 29th – March 4th, 2012 inside at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Home Show will run for 5 days and feature celebrities Chip Wade of Curb Appeal on HGTV, Mark Brunetz of Clean House on Style Network , Yigit Pura Dessert Chef on BRAVO network and Sasha Andreev of Curb Appeal and Decorating Cents on HGTV.

During the Home and Garden show you can experience the latest’s trends in home, gardening, remodeling and home décor. Order tickets online and save $2 a ticket. Visit:

Lake Home & Cabin Show

If you are really missing summer and have cabin fever you may want to head out to the Lake Home & Cabin Show February 10-12th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. If you want to decorate your home in Northwoods décor this is a great place to get ideas and pick up a few tips on lake home and cabin lifestyle. This show will feature products, services and how to seminars and demonstrations on everything about owning and having fun at the lake or cabin.

Some of the stuff you’ll find at the show include rustic and specialty furniture and furnishings, sports gear, outdoor equipment, landscaping and lakeshore maintenance and marine products.  There will also be architects, builders, remodelers, real estate and finance professionals to answer any questions you have about cabins and lake homes.

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