Kayak and Canoe Rental

Kayak and Canoe Rental

Are you trying to squeeze in some summer fun before the Labor Day holiday arrives?  Perhaps Kayak and Canoe Rental would be something fun?   The Three Rivers Park District has several locations that offer this service through Labor Day.

Kayak and Canoe Rental

Equipment Available for Rent

Need some gear? No problem! Three Rivers offers rental equipment for almost any activity. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis and varies from park to park. Please call ahead to check hours and availability, particularly if you’re planning a group activity. Recreation equipment rental fees are due at the time of use. There is a $15 late return fee (sales tax not included). A driver’s license or photo ID for deposit is required. Dogs are not allowed on watercraft rental equipment.

Note: A person 16 years or older is required in each watercraft. Ages 12 to 15 may rent a single kayak or stand-up paddleboard if accompanied by a parent or guardian age 16 or older in an adjacent boat.

Adapted Equipment Rental
Three Rivers offers the use of adapted equipment to people with disabilities for participation in general recreation and education programs. See a list of the adapted equipment available for rent.

Apple Pick’n Days at Deardorff Orchards

Apple Pick'n Days at Deardorff Orchards

It’s getting to be that time of year again, apple season.  We love to explore the local orchards, each one has it’s own unique qualities.  Apple Pick’n Days at Deardorff Orchards happens to have an orchard, as well as a winery and is near Waconia.  Tomorrow (August 27th) and Sunday (August 28th) is a weeekend-long event benefiting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN. Apple picking, food, music and more!

Apple Pick'n Days at Deardorff Orchards

Saturday, August 27 Schedule

10:00-11:00 – Balloon Man

10:00-2:00 – Meet the Carver County Dairy Princesses

11:00-11:30 – Irish Dancer Performance

11:30-12:30 – Jenna Van Proosdy Performance

12:00-2:00 – Meet Star Wars Characters

12:30-1:00 – Irish Dancer Performance

1:30-2:30 – Stephanie Shinn Performance

3:00-4:30 – JAS Performance

5:00-6:00 – Tim Mulcrone with Jazz by Fosse

All Day – Twin Grill Food Truck

 

Sunday, August 28 Schedule

10:00-11:00 – Balloon Man

11:00-12:00 – Curt Solie Performance

12:00-2:00 – So Big Rocks Performance

12:00-2:00 – Meet the Royal Sisterhood

2:00-3:00 – Stephanie Shinn Performance

3:00-4:00 – Tim Mulcrone Jazz

2:00-4:00 – Meet the Superheroes

4:00-6:00 – Sugar Factory Performance

All Day – Terra Truck

All Day – Twin Grill Food Truck

All Day – Fro Yo Soul

Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike

Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike

Stairs have always been an intriguing thing, and our girls usually laugh because I have many pictures of them.  If you like stairs, history or fitness, then the Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike is an event for you.  It takes place on August 27th and then again on September 24th in Stillwater, from 9-10am.

Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike

Hike On with History!

The Washington County Historic Courthouse invites you to experience a guided, 60 minute Historic Stairs Fitness Hike in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. Hikes will include a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way with a little history mixed throughout.

Participants should plan to arrive a few minutes early.

FREE with a $10 recommended donation/person. Hike proceeds benefit the Restoration Fund. *Cash, check and charge accepted.

For ages 13+; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Hikes traverse uneven and steep historic staircases, paved trail, grass and sidewalks. Please wear athletic footwear and dress for the weather.

The Vines Bluegrass Festival

The Vines Bluegrass Festival

I’ve been to the quaint little town of Harris on a couple of occasions.  My most recent visit I was there for a pancake breakfast, it was put on to raise money for the fire department.  Harris might not be a huge town, but they seem to have quite a bit going on.  This coming weekend is the first annual The Vines Bluegrass Festival.  It takes place Saturday August 27th from 12-8pm, at the North Folk Winery near Harris.

The Vines Bluegrass Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the first annual The Vines Bluegrass Festival, August 27th from 12 pm – 8 pm. Wine, craft beer and non alcoholic beverages on sale as well as food provided by the Tiki Tim Food Truck. You won’t want to miss out on this destination event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 651-674-7548 or purchase the day of the event. All customers visiting the winery on August 27th will be required to pay the admission fee.

Valleyfair Discount Tickets – Only $32 for Full Day Admission

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We’re heading into the end of the season and that means a chance to go to Valleyfair for less! Right now you can score full day Valleyfair discount tickets for only $32 – which is $20 off the normal $52 price.

The deal is via Groupon and valid until September 30th. That means you can use it for the season opener of Valleyscare! There is a limit of 10 discount tickets per person.

Get your Valleyfair discount tickets HERE!

Free Open House at the Guthrie

 

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Photo from Guthrie FB page

We are so fortunate that the Guthrie calls Minnesota it’s home.  If you’ve never been to a play there, it really is a place that you need to put on your bucket list.  The Guthrie is having a free open house this coming Saturday, August 27th. A great chance to check the place out, and even see some of the behind scenes areas.

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Guthrie Open House

Saturday, August 27
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come on over for a day jam-packed with exploration, discovery and play. We can’t wait to show you where we work, how we make plays, and to make memories with our community. The Guthrie Open House is a FREE, family-friendly event.

Here’s a sampling of what’s on tap:

  • Take a peek backstage and into our workshops on a self-guided tour.
  • Curl up in our storytelling corner to hear a tale told by a Guthrie artist.
  • Let your imagination run wild at our mask-making station.
  • Tap into your talent in a mini-class made for teens and adults.
  • Be wowed by theatrical magic on our signature thrust stage.
  • Grab your bestie and snap a selfie using real Guthrie costume pieces and props.

 

ASL interpreters and audio describers will available through Access Services.

With the Mill City Farmers’ Market open until 1 p.m., consider making a day of it and grabbing a bite to eat while you visit. For more information, call 612.377.2224.

Sensory Friendly Skating

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For many of us, rollerskating and other activities are just regular things that we do, and we don’t have to think twice about it.  However, for some people rollerskating is difficult.  There’s loud music and even the DJ announcing can seem loud.  The lights, could also make it difficult for some to attend an event like rollerskating.  If some of this sounds familiar for you, or a family member, then you might be interested to learn about a pilot event.  Skateville is located in Burnsville, and they’ve decided to try a couple of Sensory Friendly Skating events.  If the two events go well, and there’s enough support, they will schedule more in the future.

 Sensory Friendly Skating

Skateville is hosting a couple of sensory-friendly family skating sessions this fall.  This is a pilot project. If support is there for this type of activity, we will schedule more times in the winter and spring.  If this is an event that would be helpful for your family, come out and support it–and please pass the word on to others that would benefit also!

Dates: Sunday, October 2   4-6  &  also Thursday, November 17   6-8 pm

Cost: $6 per child; $6 per skating adult (no charge for non-skating parents or non-skating children age 3 or under)

            Free regular skate rental; inline skate rental is $

            Skate-Mate helpers (“walkers”) rental discounted to $3 (while supplies last)

Modifications:  No flashing lights; lower volume for music; fewer and quieter DJ announcements; parents able to go on rink in shoes; quiet table available in lobby;  paper towels substituted for loud hand dryers in bathrooms.  Bring your own earplugs, comfort items, fidgets, per your own child’s needs. Questions?  Email denise@skateville.com

Corn and Brat Feed Today

Corn and Brat Feed Today

Not sure what you will have for lunch today?  Tired of cooking?  We have the perfect solution, and it happens to be a fundraiser for the Northeast Farmers Market, so a win-win.  The Corn and Brat Feed Today takes place from 9-1pm, so it could even work for a late breakfast!   Located at the Northeast Farmers Market.

Corn and Brat Feed Today

A fundraiser for the Northeast Farmers Market!

No one can resist the barbecue aromas of roasted sweet corn and grilled brats from Kramarczuk’s. We’ll also have refreshing lemonade and iced tea and herb butter from Chowgirls Killer Catering to top off your sweet corn.

This gathering honors the peak of summer and the community spirit of the Market. Join us on August 20th!

Kramarczuk’s Brat $6
Vendor Sweet Corn $3
Lemonade or Iced Tea $2

Meal Deal $10
(brat, corn, drink)

Corn and Brat Feed
Northeast Farmers Market
University Ave & 7th Ave NE
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
9:00am-1:00pm

Discovery Days at the Bakken Museum

Discovery Days at the Bakken Museum

If you’ve never been to the Bakken Museum, it’s a place to put on your bucket list.  Tucked away in Minneapolis, in a residential area.  Our girls and I met up with a friend last summer, and we all enjoyed it.  After our visit, one of our girls decided to write about Earl Bakken for one of her classes.

Discovery Days are specific themed events at the Bakken.  The next one is tomorrow (Saturday August 20th), and the theme is Engineering.  If you cant make it Saturday, then perhaps October 29th or December 3rd might work for you.

Discovery Days at the Bakken Museum

Saturday, August 20th

Explore exciting elements of electrical engineering! Discover the fascinating world of electric transportation, including e-bikes, electric cars, and more with partners from around the Twin Cities. Try your hand at some fun and unique engineering challenges and feel like an expert electrician!

Learn about different types of electricity inspired by the battling minds of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison in a hilarious science theater show. Bring the whole family out for a great day uncovering the fun science of electrical engineering!

Admission to Discovery Days:
Free for members

Adults: $10
Seniors and Students 13-24: $8

Children 5-12: $5
Children Under 4: FREE

The Links At Dred Scott Mini Golf

The Links At Dred Scott

Are you in the twin cities and have some free time, or perhaps just looking for something to do outdoors?  The Links At Dred Scott is a great outdoor mini golf attraction, located in Bloomington.  That means it’s not far from the airport, or the Mall of America.  There’s a coupon on-line for a discount off golf, before 11am, or after 9pm because we all know how fun being Thrifty is!

The Links At Dred Scott

 The Links at Dred Scott Miniature Golf has over 5000 sq. ft. of putting surface for players to explore with holes ranging from a water jump hole to a hole with an elevated cup that will test your mettle. Our course does not contain such obstacles as animals, windmills, or clowns, but has a more natural look that incorporates undulations and unexpected turns within the green itself. The Links at Dred Scott is a challenging course that will test your skill as a golfer while providing you with many creative and novel holes that never play the same twice! The average score per round is 60…can you do better?

Voted the Best Minigolf Course in Minnesota 2013!!

The Links At Dred Scott

The Links At Dred Scott Mini Golf