Biking & Hiking in Burnsville

I think we can finally put our snow shovels and winter coats away.  I’m going to be cautiously optimistic and have them close by, but out of site for now.  It’s time to get outside and enjoy some walking or biking.  Burnsville has some great options, including some mountain biking options.   You can find the locations and descriptions here on their website.

Trail Information

  • Mountain bike trails are open April 1 through October 31 (weather permitting), closing at dusk.
  • The City of Burnsville reserves the right to close trails at any time for repairs or protection.
  • Terrace Oaks is a sensitive natural area; help us protect and preserve it. Erosion is a concern, and trails may be closed or diverted during extremely wet or dry conditions.


Holz Farm Plant Sale

If you’ve been to the Holz Farmstead in Eagan you know what a great hidden gem it is.  Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and only open a few select times a year.  The Holz Farm Plant Sale takes place this Saturday May 13th, hosted by the Eagan Garden Club.  Hours are from 8:30-12:30.  With warm temps on the way, it’s a great time to start thinking about the garden and flowers you want to start growing.

The general public is invited to attend the Eagan Garden Club’s biggest annual fundraiser at Holz Farm. Proceeds from the plant sale fund the club’s yearly programs. A large variety of annuals and perennials, potted and hanging plants will be available.

Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Mothers Day?  Perhaps a concert?  The Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert takes place at 1 pm at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.  The music schedule is: 

  • George Butterworth – Two English Idylls
  • Enrique Granados – Two Spanish Dances
  • Ruid Stephan – Music for Orchestra (1910)
  • Ernest Farrar – Heroic Elegy
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – “The Lark Ascending”
  • Brian Krinke, violin solo
  • Maurice Ravel – La Valse

The Saint Paul Civic Symphony always sells out their Mother’s Day concert as the music chosen for this event is always popular.  Bring your family for a beautiful and heartfelt concert.  For more information call 651-292-3063.

Touch a Truck Event

Do you have kids that love to watch big firetrucks, semi’s or the garbage truck?  I know my nephew gets super excited when it’s garbage day and the big truck comes down the street.  Save the date because the Touch a Truck event at the Maplewood Mall is a time to get the kids up and close with lot’s of the big engine vehicles.  The free event takes place Saturday May 20th from 10am-2pm.

Touch-A-Truck is a family focused event that allows children the opportunity to climb in and around some of the coolest vehicles around. By partnering with local business and public servants, we are able to bring the community together and create a unique and fun experience.

Don’t miss our KidX Club Activities supporting the local Boy Scouts of America. Unlimited Bounce House wristbands available for $5! All proceeds go to charity.


Hwy 61 Junk Jaunt Spring 2017

It’s time to borrow a truck and get ready to hit the road for the Hwy 61 Junk Jaunt Spring 2017.  With 10 stops, you’re sure to find something, perhaps a gift for that special someone or maybe just for yourself.  The Junk Jaunt is all about recycling, reusing, and re-purposing of “junk”.   The route is from White Bear Lake to Forest Lake with 10 different shops along the way.  You can find more information as well as the list of participating shops here. 

10am-5pm on:
• Thursday, May 11th
• Friday, May 12th
• Saturday, May 13th

Parks and Pints: The Lore of Lebanon Hills

Sometimes the most regular, unsuspecting places have the most fascinating, mysterious history.  This Friday evening May 12th at the adults only; Parks and Pints: The Lore of Lebanon Hills, history and mystery will be the theme.  This is a bring your own beer or wine event, and participants will receive a commemorative pint glass.  Advance tickets can be purchased here on their website.

Explore the mysteries and histories of Dakota County Parks. Bring your own bottle of beer or wine. Participants will receive a commemorative pint glass. Ages 21 and older. Pre-registration required.
Join experts from the Dakota County Historical Society as they share stories from the area that is now Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Free Angelica Choir Concert at the Ordway

What better to celebrate spring than by listening to beautiful voices at the Ordway.  The Free Angelica Spring Choir Concerts at the Ordway takes place tomorrow, May 7th at 1:30 and also at 4pm. It’s a free event with donations accepted.  The Angelica Cantanti consists of 5 different youth choirs with children ranging from grade 2-12.  You can find more information here on their website.

Annual Spring Concert
Featuring All Choirs
Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm & 4:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
Doors open 30 minutes before each concert
No tickets are necessary, General seating

2017 Festival of Nations

This is a weekend you can travel without a plane ticket.  Traveling is almost all about the food, scenery and culture right?  Well the Festival of Nations might be missing out on the scenery, but the food is certainly plentiful.  The 2017 Festival of Nations has more food and activities than you can imagine.  It begins today May 5th and goes through Sunday May 7th, taking place at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  You can find ticket information as well as a schedule here on the website.

For nearly 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.

In 2017, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and, once again, collaborate with more than 90 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections.

Children’s Theatre Company – A Year with Frog and Toad – Discount Tickets

Update: While they last, you can get discount tickets for A Year with Frog and Toad HERE.

“A Year with  Frog and Toad” was at the Children’s Theatre about 10 years ago and, if you were lucky enough to see it then, you know why it’s back.  We loved it so much that we hope to go again. I remember the books when I was a kid, and when our girls discovered the books it was a perfect opportunity to take them to the play.  “A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad” is for all ages and a perfect introduction to theatre for the younger kids who may have not been to a performance yet. It’s also a great performance for the older kids who have been to several plays.  It’s a story about two best friends and all of the regular, as well as the not so regular, day to day things that best friends go through.  Everyone is sure to take away some valuable lessons from Frog and Toad.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony® Awards including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring.
A Year with Frog and Toad runs April 18 through June 18, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale nowon sale now starting at $15.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota Reader will win 4 tickets to see A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad. To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/16/17. Good luck!

Children’s Theatre Company A Year with Frog and Toad Ticket Giveaway

MN Reptile Show and Sale

Some people like furry animals, while others prefer animals without fur.  If you like snakes, frogs and lizards, the MN Reptile Show and Sale is the place for you.  It takes place this Sunday, May 7th in Bloomington from 10-4pm.  You can find the location information as well as advance tickets here on the website.

There will be REPTILES, REPTILES, and more REPTILES at this show.

There might be some small exotic mammals, such as sugar gliders and hedgehogs.

There will also be food items at this show such as CRICKETS, MICE and RATS (both live and frozen), Mealworms, Super worms and pelleted food.

Did we mention we’ve also got a great variety of supplies–cages, tanks, bedding, toys, and decorative items.