Free Puppet Show At Open Eye Theatre

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We love the Open Eye Theatre.  Tucked away in Minneapolis, it’s small, but manages to have amazing events.  With two free puppet shows coming up, it’s a great way to check it out if you haven’t.  Today July 23rd at 11am and then again July 30th at 11am.

Open Eye Figure Theatre

Open Eye Figure Theatre

July 23, 11amThe Adventures of Katie Tomatie
School is out for summer and Katie wants to do nothing. While planting her favorite tomatoes, she digs too deep in her garden and is surprised by Mr. Boo Boo, a funny skeleton that is full of life and ready for adventure!

July 30, 11am: Ice Cream Social
Join us for ice cream, carnival games, and live puppet shows! Meet your neighbors, feed a hungry gator or two and enjoy a cone with friends while singing along to “The Adventures of Katie Tomatie,” “Molly and the Magic Boot” and “The Adventures of Juan Bobo.”

3rd Annual Lowertown Blues Festival

3rd Annual Lowertown Blues FestivalDo you love music and looking for something to do today or tomorrow?  St. Paul is the place to be for the 3rd Annual Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest.  It’s a great free event for all ages.  You can find the schedule, directions and more information on the website.

3rd Annual Lowertown Blues Festival

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This festival started out in 2003 as “Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Festival” in Peavey Plaza,  Minneapolis, MN. It is now the largest free blues festival in the Twin Cities. After several changes and construction at Peavey Plaza, the festival found itself without a home in 2012, and the next year was moved to it’s present location in Lowertown St. Paul in beautiful Mears Park. Now in it’s 3rd year, the people involved with this festival take great pride in working year round to promote Blues music in the Twin Cities, and put on a FREE event for all to enjoy. This festival is supported entirely by our sponsors, vendors, and contributors, and is a pending 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.


Pipestone Family Aquatic Center


On a recent road trip we discovered a great place to cool off on a summer day.  The Pipestone Family Aquatic Center, Located in the southwest area of the state.  You can find the hours, rates, as well as other helpful information on their website.

Pipestone’s Family Aquatic Center offers lots of family fun and great features including:

  •  126 Foot Flume Water Slide
  •  22.5 Drop Slide
  •  Raindrop Waterfall
  •  Zero Depth Entry
  •  One meter diving board
  •  Spray Geysers
  •  Kiddie Turtle Double Slide
  •  2 Sand Volleyball Courts
  •  Lounge Chairs
  •  Sun Bathing Area
  •  Concession Area
  •  Shade Umbrellas
  •  Water / sand play area for small children
  •  And So Much More!!


River Springs Water Park in Owatonna

River Springs

With some hot days ahead, most of us will be searching for water to cool off.  Thankfully, we live in a state with some great options.  The River Springs Water Park is just one, of the many options.  Located in Owatonna, just south of the twin cities and right off interstate 35,  Their facebook page is the best way to keep up on special events, as well as hours of operation.


Tube Slide, Body Slide, Lazy River
Activity Pool, Zero Depth Entry Pool,
Climbing Wall, Lily Pad Walk
Sand Volleyball Court, Concessions Stand; Locker Rooms

River Springs Water Park


Enter to Win $25 Worth of Kemps Ice Cream!

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We are in for a few REALLY hot days the rest of the week. Please everyone stay safe and stay hydrated! A really fun way to cool off though, is to sit inside in the air conditioning with a bowl of ice cream – specifically some of the newest ice cream flavors from Kemps.  If you didn’t already know, July is National Ice Cream Month and it couldn’t come at a better time!

To celebrate this special month, I tried out some of the newest ice cream flavors from Kemps and you can read all about it over on where you can also enter to win $25 worth of Kemps Ice cream. Go visit us HERE and enter by 11:59pm on 7/21/16. Good luck!

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The Great Midwest Rib Fest

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

Are you like our girls and love BBQ ribs?  One of their favorite foods, I love to watch them as they get all messy.  One likes them on the spicy side, while the other prefers a bit more of a smokey, sweet flavor. How do you like them, maybe you haven’t decided and want to try a few?  This weekend, the Great Midwest Rib Fest is the place to be for Ribs!  The third year for the festival and it takes place at Mystic Lake, near the town of Prior Lake.  There is NO admission charge to get in, which is not always the case for food festivals.

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

Friday, July 22 • 5 – 10 pm
Saturday, July 23 • 11 am – 10 pm
Sunday, July 24 • 11 am – 5 pm


The Great Midwest Rib Fest returns to Mystic Lake for its third consecutive year. Bib up and chow down on some of the best ribs in the country—and be sure to cast your vote for the Best of the Fest people’s choice award! Come for the feast and stay for the fun with live entertainment all weekend, including free outdoor concerts. Plus check out The Great Midwest Art Fest showcasing works in a variety of mediums. Festival admission and entertainment is free. Ribs, sides and beverages will be available for purchase.


After the fest, the fun moves inside for a late-night party until 1 a.m. with live music, specialty drinks and more!

Disney’s The Little Mermaid EHS Community Theater – Discount and Comp Tickets Available

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A great way to affordably take your whole family to the theater is by going to community theater productions. An opportunity for that is coming this week with Disney’s The Little Mermaid from EHS Summer Community Theatre in Eagan. If you hurry you can score some free tickets on Thursday or Saturday and/or discounted tickets Wednesday through Saturday. (Ticketing fees do apply.)

Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is truly a love story for the ages. In a magical kingdom fathoms below the waves, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who’s tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom. She longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there. Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone’s favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick Sebastian, as they battle the evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of the human prince Eric. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this Eagan High School Summer Community Theatre production of the fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The cast ranges in age from 10 to adult.

Performances are nightly at 7pm at Eagan High School. Get your free or discounted Disney’s The Little Mermaid tickets HERE.

Family & Friends Fun Day at Dakota City

Family & Friends Fun Day at Dakota City

If you’ve never been to Dakota City, mark July 22nd on your calendar.  It’s Family & Friends Fun Day. Located in Farmington, at the Dakota County Fairgrounds, it’s a place where the past is present. Tours begin at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am and last tour is at noon. Cost is $5 per person, age 3 and up.  A ticket is needed to be in the village.

Family & Friends Fun Day at Dakota City

This summer, bring your kids, grandkids and friends to visit the past and experience life at the turn of the last century on our Family & Friends Fun Day, offered one Friday in June and one in July. Stroll through the museum and see horse-drawn buggies and farm machinery from the good ol’ days. With your tour guide, visit selected buildings in the village and meet the villagers, who help the children with hands-on activities. Enjoy playing vintage games, watch the blacksmith at work in his forge or the woodworker in his shop, withdraw money at the bank to spend shopping at the General Store, and more. Bring your own lunch and have a picnic on our village grounds. Tours start every half hour between 10am and noon and each tour lasts 90 minutes. Cost is $5 per person, age 3 and up.  A ticket is needed to be in the village.

Each 90 minute tour starts every half hour between 10am and noon.

This is the only Village tour open to the public that does not need to be scheduled in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate on the day of the tour. A ticket is needed to be in the Village.

For more information call 651-460-8050 ext. 3 or email


Youth Science Day

Youth Science Day

Our girls have always enjoyed science, learning about animals as well as experiments.   This summer we are busy with a school assignment, collecting bugs and leaves.   If you know a child that loves science, check out Youth Science Day, coming up at the MN Science Museum.  It takes place July 21st, from 12-4pm.  There is even special event pricing:  Buy one full-priced adult admission, receive up to four youth ages 4–17 free.

Youth Science Day

Community + Youth + STEM + Art 

Come to Youth Science Day and get inspired to change the world! At Youth Science Day, you’ll discover the exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), meet the youth of the KAYSC, and see the awesome things they do in STEM and the arts.

This event is hosted by young people, for young people, and it’s a great way to get inspired about science, the arts, and your future.

Street Machine Summer Nationals

Street Machine Summer Nationals

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Although the Street Machine Summer Nationals started yesterday, there’s still two more days of packed fun to be had.  Today July 16th, and tomorrow July 17th you can find the Street Machine Summer Nationals at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  Check out the schedule to plan out your fun.

Street Machine Summer Nationals

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Nationals returns to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds July 15-17, 2016 with Burnouts, Autocross, Thousands of Show Cars, DYNO, Bikini Contests, And More. It’s a national celebration of horsepower & torque that will fill St. Paul with high performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Get ready to see some show stopper cars, hear the screechin’ tires on the Autocross & smell the burnin’ rubber of the Burnout Contests.