Minnesota Children’s Museum Re-Opening Events

It’s no secret, the MN Children’s Museum in St. Paul has been quietly working on a remodel and becoming bigger and better.  We’ve all been patiently waiting for it to open back up.  We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, the day is almost here, we can once again enjoy one of our favorite indoor activities.

The bigger and better museum will have:  10 new exhibits, additional amenities that include a new cafe, an additional elevator, new box office, plus 35% additional visitor space. There are several opportunities to enjoy the new changes the museum has made:

The museum has been entirely reimagined. The new experiences include:

  • The Scramble: A four-story vertical adventure with climbing towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk suspended more than 40-feet high.
  • Super Awesome Adventures: Laser maze, carpet skates, balance boards and green-screen climbing wall
  • The Studio | Target Gallery: Tinker, make and create with real tools and authentic materials
  • Creativity Jam | Target Gallery: Lively and bright collaborative space with face-painting, loose parts and surprising materials
  • Forces at Play | 3M Gallery: Air-powered ball launchers and a wacky car wash
  • Sprouts: Joyful landscape of discovery for babies and toddlers
  • Our World | Best Buy Gallery: Vibrant Minnesota city with a fire station, hardware store, post office, food stand and more
  • Imaginopolis: Fantastical play space where children shape and share their own stories
  • Backyard: Quirky outdoor space for exploring the natural world
  • Tip Top Terrace | Ecolab Gallery: Outdoor space on the roof to see, hear and talk about the city

June 2-6: Sneak Peek Days. Non-members can purchase advance tickets here on their website, members check your email.

June 7th: Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, no reservations required.  Museum open from 9-5pm

June 17th:  Museum Free day and Block Party. although free a reservation is required. No reservation needed for block party

June 18th:  Target 3rd Free Sunday.  although free a reservation is required

 

 

 

 

Koo Koo Kanga Roo concert at MN Zoo

In case you haven’t heard the Minnesota Zoo is going down under, well sort of down under. The MN Zoo will be hosting some Australian animals for a few months.  To celebrate, the Koo Koo Kanga Roo band will be in concert at the MN Zoo for a grand opening celebration of the Kangaroo exhibit.

May 27th & 28th.
Playing at 11:30am & 1:30pm both days
Show is free with general zoo admission.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo are a party band who are on this planet to make you dance while laughing so hard that milk comes out of your nose. Whether you’re getting sweaty at their live show, listening to their concept albums or dancing along in your classroom via GoNoodle, Bryan and Neil just want to make sure you’re having a blast.

Since 2008, Koo Koo Kanga Roo have been touring and putting on shows at elementary school gyms, bars, church basements and even nursing homes. The duo has toured stateside and internationally with the likes of Frank Turner, The Aquabats, MC Lars, Yo Gabba Gabba Live and have been featured on the Vans Warped Tour. In 2015 and 2016 the band played over 250 live shows.

Holz Farm Spring Festival

We might have to dress warmer this weekend but it’s still technically spring.  So find a warmer coat and maybe some rain boots and head to the Holz Spring Festival tomorrow in Eagan.  The Spring Festival is a free family friendly event that takes place from 11-4. Some of the activities taking place will be: barnyard animals, pie eating contest, corn grinding, honeybee lesson, live music, and more.  You can find more information as well as the schedule of events here on their website.

Holz Farm bridges Eagan’s past and present, old and young, and rural and urban communities. Visitors can experience family life from the Great Depression through World War II. Holz Farm provides the community with an educational, cultural and historical resource. The farm offers a unique opportunity to experience rural life as it once existed in Eagan through events and programming benefiting people of all ages. A Walking Tour of Holz Farm booklet has been developed for those that want to learn more about each of the buildings on the property as well as the history of Holz Farm.

Photo Courtesy of Alan Kieker

 

The Play Ball Minnesota Youth Clinics

Play Ball Minnesota Youth Clinics is a program that was started back in 1961, and continues today.  It’s a free program that takes place in many communities throughout MN.  The program is a way to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.  There are two age group options, 6-9 and 10-13.  Check out the complete list of locations to find one near you, here on the program website.

The spring and summer of 2017 is the 57th season the Minnesota Twins, Twins Community Fund and Play Ball! Minnesota, in partnership with Great River Energy, will offer free youth baseball/softball clinics. Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for Play Ball! Minnesota to promote the baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.

The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics have always been, and will continue to be, available to participants and communities free of charge. Funding for the Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics is provided by the Twins Community Fund and Great River Energy. No advanced registration is required to participate in a clinic, but participants must complete a waiver form before they will be allowed to participate.

The current baseball clinic format was developed by former Twins general manager, and amateur baseball supporter, Terry Ryan and former Twins executive Bob Gebhard. The current softball clinic format was developed by Terry Ryan Award winner and longtime softball instructor Jim Berbee. Clinics are broken up into two sessions (unless otherwise noted); the first session is for 6-9 year olds, and the second for 10-13 year olds.

Lunds & Byerlys 99¢ Picnic Sale!

Let’s hope this rainy weather doesn’t stick around too long because it’s time to plan some outdoor meals – Lunds & Byerlys is having a 99¢ Picnic Sale! They have deals on everything you need for a picnic or backyard barbecue with some great prices. These deals are all available with an additional $10 purchase while supplies last through May 24, 2017.

I have to say that my favorite thing on this list are the Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – the Chipotle Ranch style is amazingly delicious! The rest of the items in the picnic sale include:

Lunds & Byerlys Fresh All-Natural Brats – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save $1 ea.)

Fresh 85% Lean Premium Ground Beef Patties – 99¢ ea.
4 oz. (Save 60¢ ea.)

Ball Park Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns – 99¢
8 count – Limit 2 (Save $2.20)

Bi-Color Sweet Corn – 3/99¢
Limit 6 (Save $1.26 on 3)

Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce – 99¢
18 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.36)

Lunds & Byerlys Kettle Chips – 99¢
8 oz. – Limit 4 (Save $2)

Heinz Ketchup – 99¢
20 oz. – Limit 2 (Save $1.50)

With additional $10 purchase. While supplies last. Prices valid May 18-24, 2017 only.

Art-A-Whirl

It’s time for the 22nd annual Art-A-Whirl.  It takes place in Northeast Minneapolis.  You’ll find almost every type of art imaginable, with over 20 different mediums. A great time to shop for gifts or something for your home.  There are over 700 different artists on hand, showcasing their best work.  You can find more specifics on the schedule, parking and the artists on hand here on the website

Join us for the 22nd Annual Art-A-Whirl!

Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country, and it takes place all over Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, purchase original artwork, and connect with over 700 artists working in more than 20 different mediums.

Art-A-Whirl takes place annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 19th – 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20th – Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21st – Noon-5:00 p.m.

 

 

A Fun Kids Day in Prior Lake

This Saturday, May 20th is Kids Day at the Maintenance Center in Prior Lake.  A day to to check out some of the vehicles and machines that they use around town.  Do you have a kid that loves to watch the snowplow or the tractor mowing the city trails? This is a time to safely get up close to some of the big vehicles and machines.  It takes place from 8-10am and you can find more information here. 

Families are invited to this free event to come and see up close, some of the vehicles that come and go through your neighborhood. A wide variety of vehicles will be on display for you and your child to explore.

A Quiet Nature Hike in Bloomington: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

A Quiet Nature Hike in Bloomington: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Sometimes you find nature in the most unsuspecting places.  Just a few blocks from the Mall of America and just a few short blocks from the airport, nature quietly awaits those who choose to find it.  The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is home to countless birds and other creatures.  So close to the hustle and bustle and yet so far away, it almost feels like you are hundreds of miles from anything.

We spent our Sunday walking along the trails, watching an eagle, and listening to the sounds of an abundance of other birds.  One of our girls spotted a snake in the weeds along the trail and another one pointed out the orange feet of a duck in the pond.

I can honestly say that the weather was perfect on our hike and we had the perfect mix of shade and sun as we walked.  Next time I think we will bring binoculars so we can get a better view of some of the wildlife.  If you’ve never been to the Minnesota Wildlife Refuge, put it on your list of must see places.

A Quiet Nature Hike in Bloomington- Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Free Advance Screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Tuesday Night!

If you missed the free advanced screening of Everything, Everything last week, you have ONE MORE CHANCE tomorrow night! Everything, Everything tells the story of teenager has lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, but falls for the boy who moves in next door.

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING on Tuesday 5/16 at 7:30PM at Showplace ICON at The West End. Come and enjoy the film! These screenings are first come first served, so make sure to arrive early to insure you get a seat. We will be having a talk back session led by members of the I Am That Girl organization immediately after the screening! Hope to see you there.

Follow this link to redeem your passes! —> http://www.wbtickets.com/EVERYTHING2017

More information about I AM THAT GIRL –> http://www.iamthatgirl.com/about

About the Movie:

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Como Town Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

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We grab this Como Town deal from Star Tribune Steals every year! It’s a great way to plan ahead for a fun summer day at both Como Zoo AND Como Town!  Right now you can get 2 all-day wristbands and 2 temporary tattoos for $25.95 ($51.90 Value)

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Voucher is good through the end of the 2017 Season. ORDER HERE

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