Splashpad Spotlight on St. Cloud

Splashpad Spotlight on St. Cloud

With some warm, muggy, hot weather in the forecast for today, why not have a splash pad Saturday? Head out to a free splash pad where the kids can cool off.  There are several all over the state.  The city of St. Cloud, MN has some great free options.  A great stopping point if you are on your way to somewhere or perhaps close enough for some of you to make it a destination.  With three splash pads to choose from, there is sure to be room for everyone.  Plus St. Cloud is also home to several wading pools.  Take a look at the website for up to date locations and hours.

Splashpad Spotlight on St. Cloud



Music @ Franconia

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We’ve been to Franconia a few times and have enjoyed it each time.  If you’ve never been, put it on your list of things to do this summer.  Each time we’ve been there, we see something new or a piece we missed the time before.  I had another blog post about it a while back as well.

I just read that they will be having a special event “Music @ Franconia”, on three different occasions this summer.  This first is tomorrow June 25th and then again on July 16th and August 27th.  The event opens at 1pm and music will be from 2-6pm.

Music @ Franconia

Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and enjoy the afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture in the idyllic Earthen Amphitheater. Franconia’s sixth annual music series will feature a wide variety of musicians and make sure to participate in a guided tour during band breaks to meet artists-in-residence to learn about works-in-progress. All events are family & dog friendly, please pick-up after your furry friends. Parking is $5 per vehicle.        CLICK HERE for more information.

• June 25:Eelpout Strings + The Cactus Blossoms
• July 16:Tropical Zone Orchestra + Malaymana
• August 27: Tim Mahoney + Chastity Brown


Complimentary Tickets: A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody

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Summer is a great time to take in a show and if you act quickly you can get comp tickets to A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody at The Phipps Center for the Arts. (Just pay a $4 service fee per ticket.)

In this screwball mystery spoof, it’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion and wealthy socialites Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all. Until Matthew resolves to murder his “boring” wife so he can become a jet-setter like his recently widowed buddy, who lives the good life of traveling to exotic locales with other women. Julia, always about three steps ahead of Matthew, plays along, vowing to stay alive. So the game begins in this hilarious battle of wits and the witless. Catch all the multiple deaths, misunderstandings and mayhem in The Phipps Center for the Arts’ A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody.

Get tickets HERE while they last.

The Chalk Walk Art Festival

The Chalk Walk Art Festival

UPDATE: The date has changed to August 27th!!

Our girls even at age 12, still enjoy getting the chalk out to make big murals on the driveway.   Sure it washes away with the rain, but for a few days it can be art.  Art comes in many forms, some will last many days and years.  Some will only last for a few minutes or hours.

The Chalk Walk Art Festival takes place this Saturday, June 25th in Minneapolis, from 10am-7pm.   It takes place at The 40 and directions can be found here.

The Chalk Walk Art Festival


The Chalk Walk Arts Festival is a festival for arts and cultural events, during the fourth weekend in June. The Chalk Walk and Art Festival has numerous vendors, sponsors, and artists,muscians, including chalk artists, musicians , performances, food and drinks.

The Chalk Walk is a free festival. Chalk is the theme. Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the concrete. Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as they use their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes. The fact that the paintings disappear at the end of the fest makes their beauty even more appealing.

FREE entry, including parking!!!

Bring chalk! The more the merrier.

Pieces of used sidewalk chalk on street.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

It seems like just yesterday I mentioned this event, but it’s already time for the 18th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival.   The entire event is held in the Lowertown area of Downtown Saint Paul and is free and open to the public.  It’s held this coming weekend, June 23rd-25th. A full schedule, held at a variety of venues will take place, full of music and events.  Something for everyone.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

The Explore MN site explains what it’s about:

Headliners for 2016 include Jazz Masters Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis, along with modern guitar wizards Russell Malone and John Pizzarelli, multi-platinum artist Michael Franti and Spearhead, and 12-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander.

Admission remains free due to the support of many generous sponsors and supporters.

Burnsville Fairy Festival


Burnsville Fairy Festival

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Who doesn’t love the magical mystery world of Fairies?  The Burnsville Fairy Festival takes place this week, on June 25th from 11-4.  It’s a free event that will be held at the Terrace Oak West Park.  The event is being held in honor of International Fairy Day and in celebration of the 2016 Summer Solstice.

Burnsville Fairy Festival

All Day Events
• Face painting
• Fairy Coloring contest
• Games and performances by Fairy Dancers!
• Fairy Card readings
• Harpist and other music
• Vendors :
Essential Oils,
Fairy wings and costumes
& many other vendors

11 am: Opening Ceremony to Welcome the Fairies

Noon: A Briefing about Fairies

12:30:  A Fairy Forest Adventure

Take a walk in the magical forest to find fairies, their homes

and other fairy clues as you follow the magical trail in the forest

1:30: Fairy Story Time

3:00: Costume parade and judging for adults & children

4:00: Learn how and why to make your own fairy garden

5:00: Meditation – entering the Fairy Realm

6:00: Q&A with the Faeriologist, Susie Kleppe

7:00: Drumming Circle

8:00: Closing Ceremony

FREE Ice Age Collision Course Themed Yoga Event for Kids


Tuesday, June 21, is International Day of Yoga and your kids can celebrate with a fun and FREE kids yoga event at Learning Tree Yoga with an of ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE theme!

The 45-minute class will include poses based on all of your favorite ICE AGE characters and introduce you to a new yoga loving friend, Shangri Llama! Attendees will also receive advance screening passes to see the film on July 16! Register online HERE. Space is limited.

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Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, opening in theaters everywhere July 22, 2016, stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Fathers Day Discount at Bunker Beach Water Park

Fathers Day Discount at Bunker Beach Water Park

Did you forget to get a gift for Dad today?  Still scrambling to get the card made?  You could pretend you had a secret plan all along.  Bunker Beach Water Park has a deal just for today:

June 19 – Fathers Day Discount
Make a Dad sized splash this Father’s Day. Enjoy 50% off admission when you bring your dad. Not valid with any other offers or coupons

Fathers Day Discount at Bunker Beach Water Park

Vehicle Entrance Fee
Bunker Hills Regional Park

There is a vehicle entrance fee to enter Bunker Hills Regional Park. Daily use vehicle permits can be purchased for $5.00 at the park entrance. The cost for the annual permit, good for 12 months from the date of purchase, is $25.00, and is also valid at Carver and Washington County Regional Parks.

A 10 minute drop-off pass is available at no charge, otherwise a vehicle permit must be purchased.


Guests Over 48″ – $15 per day
Guests Under 48″ – $12 per day
Senior Citizens (Age 62+) – $12 per day
Guests Under Age 1 – No Charge
All persons entering Bunker Beach, including spectators, are required to pay the daily fee. A paying adult (age 16+) must accompany children under the age of 12.


Locker (Large) – $9 per day
Locker (Small) – $6 per day
Wave Pool Tube Rental – $6 (2 hours)

Cannon River Clay Tour

Cannon River Clay Tour

If you’ve never been to the town of Northfield, it’s a place to add to your “must see” list.  A bustling town that’s home to a couple of colleges.  A main street full of neat stores and places to eat.  Placed right along the Cannon river makes it a great place with history and scenery as well.

This weekend is the Cannon River Clay Tour.  It’s a self guided tour, and hosted by 10 local clay artists. There are four stops on the tour, which means a great chance to check out the area if you’ve never been, or a good chance to go back to the lovely area.

Cannon River Clay Tour

Welcome to the Cannon River Clay Tour

Father’s Day Weekend June 18-19, 2016
Saturday 10 – 6pm, Sunday 11 – 5pm

The ceramic artists of the Northfield area invite you to join us Father’s Day weekend for our first annual Cannon River Clay tour. Hosted by 10 local clay artists and featuring 11 guest artists from around the country, this self-guided studio tour and sale will include a wide range of ceramic work. Meet the artists, see where they work and enjoy our hospitality. The four stops on the tour all surround the beautiful community of Northfield, MN located just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Something fun to do this weekend, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis.  It takes place along the Mississippi.  It’s the 22nd annual event, June 17-19 2016. You can find music, fireworks, 250 artists, activities and more.  Check out the schedule of fun for all ages.  The music lineup can be found here, if that’s what your looking for.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

22nd Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Friday, June 17, 2016:  Festival 12n – 8pm, Free Concert on Water Power Park 5 – 10pm, followed by Fireworks!

Saturday, June 18, 2016:  Festival 11am – 8pm, Free Concert on Water Power Park 8 – 10pm

Sunday, June 19, 2016:  Festival 11am – 5pm