Wild West Weekend


Are you still looking for things to do for the upcoming three day weekend?  The Landing in Shakopee has a Living History Event: Wild West Weekend.  It takes place May 28-30.  You can purchase admission tickets in advance or when you arrive.

Wild West Weekend

Start summer off with a bang! Meet lawmen and gunslingers of the 1880s, hear their tall tales of life on the frontier, and experience reenactments of popular western legends. Watch cowboys and cowgirls crack whips and spin ropes, and learn how to cook on the trail over an open campfire. Top off the weekend with an 1880s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at 2 PM. Last entry at 4 PM. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

To preregister, call 763.559.6700.


$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free

Epic Outdoor Movie Series Coming to Woodbury

Epic Outdoor Movie Series Coming to Woodbury

We all look forward to summer in MN.  More time to be outdoors and not have to worry about getting kids up for school.  That means outdoor movie nights are here too.  The Epic Outdoor Movie Series coming to Woodbury, has a great line up of movies for families.

Epic Outdoor Movie Series Coming to Woodbury


Five Saturday evenings throughout the summer:

May 28 ~ CARS
June 18 ~ Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
July 9 ~ Hotel Transylvania
August 6 ~ Inside Out
September 3 ~ The Avengers

Pre-Show Entertainment: 7pm, Movies start at Dusk

WHERE          Ojibway Park- Woodbury, MN


Epic Events and Keech Media are bringing outdoor movies to an epic level featured on a two-story high inflatable screen with stadium speakers. Starlight Cinema is a FREE area-wide community celebration of fun and entertaining outdoor movie events will feature 5 family-friendly movie events throughout the summer.  It’s an opportunity for all generations to unplug, relax and create lifelong memories in what’s been nostalgic of years past.

This first-ever movie series is supported through the sponsorship of local businesses and cheered as a drive in movie, without the cars.  “We are very excited to partner with our local businesses to bring this movie series to Woodbury. We enjoy building relationships that strengthen our connection with residents and business owners,” says Elizabeth Owens from the City of Woodbury.

Families are invited to participate in Red Carpet activities themed to the movies and enjoy some delicious movie snacks.  Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the movie under the stars.  “Starlight Cinema will bring the community together to celebrate what has been nostalgic of year’s past, it is going to be a celebrated event all summer long and for years to come,” explains Amanda Roseth, co-event producer.  Attendees are encouraged to support families in need by bringing a non-perishable food item and money for Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf.



Minneapolis Wading Pools Open

Minneapolis Wading Pools Open

We’ve really had quite the variety of temperatures these past couple of months.  It warmed up, then cooled off, warmed up and cooled off again.  Sort of typical but yet it seemed warmer than usual, and a little earlier.  The day many of us anxiously wait for each spring is here, the day Minneapolis wading pools open is here! Minneapolis offers water recreation at two pools and operate 62 wading pools located in neighborhoods throughout the Minneapolis park system.

Minneapolis Wading Pools Open

Wading Pools

Wading pools are open 10 am-9 pm daily starting June 9th. (this date could change, but this was the info we were given via a phone call on May 24rdWading pools have no lifeguards on duty.

  • Webber Pool and Jim Lupient Water Park are scheduled to open this weekend either May 28th-29th.  Check the website or call to be sure.

Classic Car Roll Tuesdays

Classic Car Roll Tuesdays

Photo taken by Joy Maas & Josh Hopkins

Head to the quaint town of Henderson Tuesday evenings, from now through September 13th for “Classic Car Roll Tuesdays”.  You will find music, vehicles, food and fun all taking place from 6-9 pm.  Note: *Highway #19 detour, so be sure to check your route before heading there. 

Classic Car Roll Tuesdays

Photo taken by Joy Maas & Josh Hopkins

The Henderson Classic Car Roll In is a free weekly event along Henderson’s Main Street.

Every Tuesday night from May – September the streets will be lined with 250+ vehicles and 100+ motorcycles, with a different variety every week!

Visitors from all over the region show up and walk, enjoying music, vehicles, atmosphere and food.

Many food choices are available from the food vendors and restaurants, plus the Henderson Farmer’s Market is open at the Community Building Park.

Businesses along Main Street are typically open and welcome visitors in to see what they have available.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


Sometimes we just need to escape a bit, enjoy the flowers, birds and nature.  The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, part of Theodore Wirth Regional Park is sort of a hidden gem. There is no admission, which makes it even more enjoyable.  This is a park that has an excellent chance of having our state flower, the lady slipper in June/July.   There’s a 2/3-mile trail with 49 interpretive stations for guided and self-guided tours.  The park has some great programs and activities as well. It’s open mid April through October 15th. Hours are 7:30am to one hour before sunset.



  • Drinking Fountain
  • Garden
  • Pay Parking Lot
  • Public Art
  • Restroom Facility
  • Visitor Shelter
  • Walking Path

Good to Know

The garden is home to more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species, and receives 60,000 visitors each year.

Beach, picnic shelters, and additional hiking trails located just outside the garden’s gate.

Other gardens in Theodore Wirth Regional Park:

Skylark Opera Concert Today


Are you looking for something to do today?  If you’re looking for something musical, then head to the Landmark Center in St. Paul.  There’s a free Skylark Opera Concert today (May 22nd) at 1pm.

Skylark Opera Concert

Sundays at Landmark is a series of cultural and art events that are designed to entertain, enrich and educate an audience. All programs begin at 1 pm unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public!

Walk When the Moon Is Full: Frog Moon

Walk When the Moon Is Full Frog Moon

Although we see a full moon almost every month, it’s still captivating.  Tonight will be a full moon and a great time to listen and identify some of the sounds of night.  The Three Rivers Park Park District is having a “Walk When the Moon Is Full: Frog Moon” at two different parks tonight.  The Lowry Nature Center and the Richardson Nature Center.  Hours are 8pm-9:30pm and there is a small admission charge of $5 per person, you can register in advance for whichever location you choose via the website.

Walk When the Moon Is Full Frog Moon

Walk When the Moon Is Full: Frog Moon *

Spring nights are filled with singing frogs. Explore common frog calls and other nighttime sights and sounds. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. *20% discount for groups of four or more.

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Enjoy nighttime adventures under the magic of a full moon. Three Rivers offers a variety of full moon programs for every season. Experience the beauty of the parks at night and see which creatures come out to greet you.

Frequent user cards are available for full moon programs at Eastman, Lowry and Richardson Nature Centers. Attend four and get the fifth free ($5 value), or receive a $5 discount towards any park program.

Little Free Library Festival

Little Free Library Festival


I first learned about Little Free Libraries a few years ago.  We spotted one along side the road, in front of a house.  Since then, my girls and I get pretty excited when we spot one.  I try to have a few books in the car, to exchange books when we spot one.  If you want to learn more about them, or perhaps you are already a fan, then head to the Little Free Library Festival.  It takes place tomorrow, Saturday May 21st at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.  It’s a free event and the hours are from 10am-4pm.


Little Free Library Festival

Celebrate the joys of sharing books and reading with a colorful day of Library-building, storytelling, performance, poetry, and more!

The Little Free Library Book

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Are you interested in learning more about St. Paul?  Perhaps you have an interest in architecture or history?  If you said yes, then the Summit Avenue Walking Tour would be a great activity to check into.  There are several upcoming dates to choose from, including this Saturday, May 21st.  You can purchase tickets in advance on the website. The tour takes 90 minutes and covers 1.5 miles.  It begins at the James J. Hill House. 

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America’s “Great Streets” in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood.

The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Call for group tour information.

Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays.

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Minneapolis – Half Price Discount Tickets

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The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center June 4-5, 2016. At the event, you can sample a wide assortment of free food samples from over 75 exhibitors and check out the ongoing presentations and lectures from celiac and nutrition experts, as well as cooking demos from world-class chefs with a gluten-free diet in mind.

The show is all about helping consumers make living gluten-free easier. Whether you’re thinking about going gluten-free or you’re a gluten-free pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone.

Tickets are regularly $30 each, but right now you can tickets for only $15 HERE. Kids admissions are $5 up to age 12, so for kids you’re better off buying full-price tickets.

Order discount Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest tickets HERE.