Fire & Ice Winter Festival in Plymouth

Fire & Ice Winter Festival

Are you looking for something to do this afternoon (Feb 6th)?  Head to Plymouth for the 27th Annual Fire & Ice Winter Festival.  It takes place from 3pm-7pm.  Fireworks are at 6:30.  You can find the full schedule here.

Fire & Ice Winter Festival

Fire & Ice will include recycling bin races, youth ice fishing contest, goofy hat contest, hayrides, sled-dog rides, miniature golf on the ice, snow bowling, recreational skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing – weather permitting.

There will also be entertainment, a bonfire, and on-site food trucks. The finale of the evening – fireworks sponsored by the Plymouth Civic League – will begin around 6:30 p.m.

 

Art Shanty Projects

Art Shanty Projects

I think some might have wondered if this event would take place.  A mild start to the winter, not a ton of snow to start off, and some lakes barely freezing over. However, winter did arrive, a bit delayed but it arrived.  So the 10 year tradition continues, and the Art Shanty Projects will happen. White Bear Lake is the place to be during weekends in February. The goal is that there will be things taking place each weekend, as long as the weather cooperates.  Double check the website before heading out the other three weekends.  This weekend Feb 6th and 7th hours are 10-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Directions can be found here.  This is a free event, no tickets or reservations needed.

Art Shanty Projects

Performance Schedule*

February 6 Events

  • All Day :: Button Making at Catch Your Limit Shanty
  • 11am-3pm :: Water Bar mobile watering hole in Botanical Shanty
  • Noon :: Snow Car Sculpture in the Parking Lot
  • Noon – 1pm :: Prairie Fire Lady Choir
  • 1pm :: Sparkle Parade w/The Brass Messengers
  • 1pm :: Lady Bear Puppet roving on ice
  • 1pm-4pm :: Cold War/m Up Scavenger Hunt
  • 3pm-4pm :: Conversation on Future Life in Outer Space in AstroLounge

February 7 Events

  • All Day :: Coloring Books at Catch Your Limit Shanty
  • 11am-3pm :: Water Bar mobile watering hole in Botanical Shanty
  • Noon-2pm :: Lady in Red Roving Fox on ice
  • Noon-1pm :: Children’s Story Hour in AstroLounge
  • Noon-3pm :: Body Cartography Project Dance Performances in HexaYurt
  • 1pm :: ArtCars and ArtBikes of Minnesota
  • 1pm-4pm :: Cold War/m Up Scavenger Hunt
  • 3pm-4pm :: Why is Mercury Retrograde Anyways? in AstroLounge

Get Fit at Rosedale Center

Get Fit at Rosedale Center

This Saturday February 6th, there is a great indoor event. It’s happening at Rosedale Center in Roseville. Hours are from 1-4pm with various activities taking place:

Get Fit Event

Venue: East Court

1-2pm
Sweat with Jess fitness demo presented by Athleta
Join Jess for a workout with battle ropes, wall balls, sit-up mats and kettle bells
2-2:15pm
Dr. Margaret Spartz of Spartz Vein Clinic discusses vein treatment and chronic leg pain.
2:15pm
Alexis from myTalk FM 107.1
2:20-3pm
Weight Watchers Showcase featuring fitness demo, success stories and special promotions
Featuring Charles and the “Charles-ettes”
3-3:30pm
Lucy fashion showcase featuring the latest trends in fitness wear
3:30-4pm
Alexis from myTalk FM 107.1 will announce the Grand Prize Winner!

* All events and times subject to change without notice
* Must be present to win and at least 16 years old

Get Fit at Rosedale Center

Saturday at the Soda Factory

Saturday at the Soda Factory

If there is one thing that important to me, it’s small businesses.  My first job in high school besides babysitting, I worked at the local Ben Franklin store.  I won’t tell you how many years that was, but it was a few. The owners of that store were amazing and taught all of us high school kids a lot.  It was a great glimpse of a small family run business.  After reading about a relatively new MN small business called Whistler Bottling, LLC, I was quite intrigued. The glass bottles, and pure cane sugar, surely this must be amazing soda, and locally made.  Yup.. I am looking forward to giving it a try.  Head to Forest Lake for Saturday at the Soda Factory, this Saturday February 6th. Hours are from 10-4.  Hope to see some of you there.

Saturday at the Soda Factory

Free and open to the public. Sample over 30 flavors of Whistler’s local craft soda –See our vintage bottling line in action — Buy lunch from onsite Food truck–serving gourmet hot dogs and hand-crafted 50’s style ice cream sodas — Fun activities for kids–and much more

Library Events

Library Events

Even if your budget is a little tight right now, your local library just might have a great thrifty event for you. Libraries offer some great activities and programs, and usually all year round. The smaller libraries might not have daily events and activities, but that just means when they do have something, it could be even more fabulous. Some have calendars of things on their website, others you might have to check your local paper or radio station. The great thing about libraries is they have something for everyone from 0-100.  Story-time to game time, and more.

Library Events

Great River Regional Library System, has everything from a recipe swap in Sauk Centre to computer and internet help in Elk River. The Duluth Library even has a seed library. International Falls Library hosts a family board game evening that sounds fun. Dakota County Library system often hosts events where kids can read to dogs.  The Rochester Library even has a Harry Potter Book night on Thursday.

Library Events

Katharine Hepburn    “What in the world would we do without our libraries?”
― Katharine Hepburn

 

 

 

Elm Creek Tubing Hill

Elm Creek Tubing Hill

Some of the MN tubing and skiing areas got off to a slow start this winter due to warm temps and lack of snow. I see that the Elm Creek Tubing Hill is now open. Located at the Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area near Maple Grove. You can find the hours and prices here.  With some warmer weather here, it would be a great time to go tubing.  We went tubing as a family last year and it was a blast.

Elm Creek Tubing Hill

If you like sledding, you’ll love snow tubing. Ride a moving sidewalk up a hill 10 stories high and then soar back down on a specially designed inner tube. Once you get to the bottom, do it all over again!

Tubers of all ages will have a blast speeding down the chutes. There are steeper chutes for the more daring and easier chutes for those looking for a more laid-back ride. All of our tubing lanes are designed for safety and fun. It’s an activity the whole family can enjoy. All you need are warm winter clothes—we supply the rest. Riders must be at least 4 years of age or 36″ tall.

Discount on MN Children’s Museum Admission & Membership

Discount on MN Children's Museum Admission & Membership

We are very fortunate to have some really great, year-round places for kids to have fun and learn. Great parks, museums, and even zoos, so many great choices. The MN Children’s Museum is one of those great places. The main museum is located in St. Paul, and they just opened up a smaller satellite type location, at the Mall of America. Right now there is a Discount on MN Children’s Museum Admission & Membership. This is a limited time offer that ends February 5th.   *Note: admission is per person (ages 1 to 101).

Discount on MN Children's Museum Admission & Membership

It’s been 20 years since Minnesota Children’s Museum opened its flagship location in downtown St. Paul. Millions of families have had tons of fun with us. Now we’re expanding and renovating our museum in St. Paul – creating amazing new exhibits and great amenities, including a café and coffee bar.  While we make progress on our updated space, we want everyone to join us to revel in the best of the ‘90s. Regular admission will be reduced from $9.95 per person in St. Paul and $7.95 at Mall of America to $5. During the renovation and expansion project, the Museum’s gallery that houses special traveling exhibits will occasionally close. During the ‘90s promotion, the changing gallery will be closed in preparation for Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit, which opens Feb. 6.

 

16th Annual Snow Day – Wargo Nature Center

 

16th Annual Snow Day - Wargo Nature Center

By the looks of the forecast for tomorrow it could very well be, the perfect day for the 16th Annual Snow Day – Wargo Nature Center. Perfect is of course all in the eye of the beholder, and many would perhaps wish for it to be colder. With our unpredictable weather, we never quite know what we will have. The 16th Annual Snow Day  – Wargo Nature Center takes place from 1-4pm tomorrow January 30th. It’s a free event and looks like fun for all ages. Activities include: snowshoeing, ice fishing, kicksledding, cross-country skiing, winter crafts, live animal displays, and more.

16th Annual Snow Day - Wargo Nature Center

 

A Great Deal on Tonic Sol-Fa Tickets

A Great Deal on Tonic Sol-Fa TicketsI’m not sure when I first heard about Tonic Sol-Fa, but it has been quite a few years back. They got their start in MN as they began in central MN at St. Johns University.  Now is your chance to get a great deal on tickets through Goldstar as they will be in concert at the Ames Center in Burnsville.  The concert will be March 10th at 7:30 pm. I have been to a few events at the Ames Center, and really liked the venue, plus the sound quality is really good as well.

A Great Deal on Tonic Sol-Fa Tickets

Minneapolis-based all-male a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa has sold more than two million records and starred in their own holiday special, not to mention appearing on The Today Show and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Made up of two tenors, a baritone, a bass — and a tambourine — these awesome entertainers’ latest CD release is 2015’s Original. In this performance at the Ames Center, Tonic Sol-Fa shares the stage with the Big Band Experience, a group of eight suit-clad and stylish musicians who fuse big band music with modern day mixes of all genres.

Parades, Music, Vulcans, Traditions and More

Parades, Music, Vulcan's, Traditions and More

It’s that time of year again.  The time when everyone hopes for cold weather and yet mild enough to be tolerable.  Parades, Music, Vulcans, Traditions and More can only mean one thing.  Yes it is indeed St. Paul Winter Carnival time.  It kicks off today January 28th and goes through Sunday Feb 7th.  With three parades to choose from, there is sure to be one to fit your schedule.  A parade in winter, oh ya betch ya.  This is MN after all, and we enjoy parades all year round.  We have bundled up our kids almost every year and attended the St. Paul Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade.  The Vulcans, are a yearly tradition to see who gets a black “mark” on their cheek.  There are events happening each day, some indoors and some outdoors.  Many for the whole family and some a bit more adult friendly.  Take a look here at the everything taking place.

Parades, Music, Vulcan's, Traditions and More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Rice Park has the events to prove it during the entire Winter Carnival.

  • Free and open to the public throughout Winter Carnival.
  • Ice sculptures are on display, sit in a Royal Throne made of ice, view the Ice Castle Sponsor Wall.
  • Live entertainment on the Nature’s Fury Entertainment Stage at Rice Park, vendor booths and other activities.
  • Decorated with beautiful lights and greenery.
  • Enjoy a Summit beer or Cannon River wine at the ice bar.