Art in Bloom

With our recent days filled with beautiful weather, we have to think it’s finally spring here in in MN!   Spring also means it’s time for the annual Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Art in Bloom is a four day festival of fresh floral arrangements inspired by fine art, and it takes place April 26-29.  There’ll be tours, lectures, demonstrations, fashion show, a family event and much more.  Check out the schedule and more specific information here on their website.

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 34th annual Art in Bloom—a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

2017 Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

This year is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day.  Reuse, recycle and reduce.  Party for the Planet is an annual event at Como Zoo.  it takes place tomorrow and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd beginning at 10:00.  It’s important to note that the shuttle will also start for the 2017 season, check out information here here so you can plan ahead.

April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a global celebration that also reminds us what we can do to protect the planet’s most precious resources. At Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, we invite the public to a free, family-friendly “Party for the Planet: Conservation Superheroes” weekend presented by Xcel Energy. Dress as your favorite Superhero and then come discover ours! Visit our Conservation Stations to see and learn more about our animals with the POWER OF FLIGHT! MASTERS OF DISGUISE! SUPER BUILDERS! Activities, crafts, and cool conservation stations will be set up both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy will be unveiling, for the first time ever, their new 110sq foot Tiny House. You’ll have to see it to believe it and all the remarkable energy efficient features packed into it. Step inside the Xcel Tiny House and learn how you can bring energy efficiency and renewable energy options into your home, no matter what size it is.

Party for the Planet – Daily Schedule
10:30 Polar Bear Program……………………………………….Polar Bear Odyssey
11:00 Zookeeper Talk……………………..…………………..Wyoming Toads
11:30 Primate Program…………………………..………………Primate Building
12:00 Story Time: One Plastic Bag……. …………………………..Visitor Center Lobby
1:00 Gardener Talk: Million Shades of Green……Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2:00 Gorilla Program ………………..…………..………………Gorilla Forest
2:30 Polar Bear Program…………………………………………Polar Bear Odyssey
All Day: Endangered Species Drawings……………………..………Exhibit Gallery
All Day: Final days of the Spring Flower Show……………………Sunken Garden

On Saturday, April 22 at 1:30, The Merry Minstrels (kids from St John the Baptist school in New Brighton, MN) will be entertaining the crowds with English Morris Dancing!

Food Truck Rally – Maplewood Mall

Food Truck Rally - Maplewood Mall

The food truck rally is coming up this weekend.  It takes place at the Maplewood Mall, Saturday April 22nd, from 10-6.  There’s no admission, free parking will be available.  You choose which food to purchase on your own.  With over 25 trucks scheduled to be there, surely there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.  There will be music and kids activities as well. You can find the list of scheduled food trucks here on the event page.  I think I know where we are headed for lunch and dinner on Saturday!

Bring your appetite, a few friends and your enthusiasm.
Food costs range from $3 to $18 with the average entree cost being $6 to $8. 
Every truck will have at least one $5 entree offer.
Fresh food – Cooked to order!
Free Admission / Free Parking / Kid Activity Area / Music / Beer Garden
This event is free to the public and all attendees will purchase their food from the food trucks independently.

 

The Long Prairie Drive-In Open for 2017 Season

Yes it’s April and yes the Long Prairie Drive-In is open for the 2017 season.  The Long Drive-In, is located on the edge of Long Prairie in central MN.  It’s been around since 1956 and is one of the few Drive-In theaters left in MN.  It’s only open on weekends and you can find information, directions as well as the the schedule here on their website.  We mentioned this last year, but the drive-in also has camping, so if you need to road trip, that’s a great option as well.

Welcome to The Long Drive-In Theatre! The Long Drive-In has been a favorite summer destination for central Minnesota since opening in 1956. Generations of theater-goers have had the opportunity to enjoy movies under the stars from the comfort of their car, lawn chair, or blanket.

GATES OPEN 6:30 on the nights we have movies (Weekends only) 

Enter the Drive-In before nightfall to ensure you catch the entire movie. The second movie follows the first after a brief intermission for snacks. Please see the “movies & menu” tab for concession prices. We do NOT close due to rain. We only close if it is life threatening weather. To ensure if we are open or closed, call (320)732-3142 for the answering machine.

PRICE (includes both movies)

Adults: $6.00 **6-11: $3.00 **5 & under: Free

 

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2017

The Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival is something new for 2017, however if you’ve been to the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze, it’s at the same location.  It will take place weekend in April, beginning the 14th, but closed on Easter Sunday.   Hours will be 10-5.  You can purchase discount tickets online or regular price at the gate.

Fun For All!

Come and experience the inaugural 2017 Twin Cities Spring Babies! From cute baby animals to a kids corn pit, everyone’s sure to have a great time! Enjoy petting or holding adorable baby animals that include bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves and much more. So bring the whole family for a fun day in the field. The baby animals are inside, so come rain or shine. See you soon! Click here to buy your tickets now!

Included in the ticket price:

  • Baby Farm Animals Petting Zoo
  • Kids Corn Pit
  • Straw Bale Maze
  • Hayride
  • Kids Play Area

For a little extra:

  • Food Vendors*
  • Pony Rides*
  • And more!

*Not included in the ticket price. Additional cost applies.
**Dogs/pets are not allowed. Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm.

Spring Babies 2017 at Erickson’s Petting Zoo

Perhaps you live near central MN or maybe you want to take a road trip.  The Spring Babies 2017 at Erickson’s Petting Zoo near Osakis is a great family friendly event.  The first time we went to Erickson’s was in the fall.  What we discovered was a great family owned farm, with a nice selection of animals and activities.  Spring Babies event takes place this Saturday, April 15th from 10am-2pm

Nothing like baby animals to Celebrate Spring. Come on out to see, feed and pet baby lambs, goats and miniature donkey. Many other farm animals and birds, also. Our pony ring will be set for free rides with regular admission.($6.50 per person, 2 and under, free.) Will, also, have our Haflinger team and wagon giving rides this day. We won’t be having an actual egg hunt this year, but will have plastic eggs for kids to choose from for some nice prizes. Come on out to a real farm and partake in all the new arrivals.

 

 

The Science Behind Pixar at the Science Museum of Minnesota

We are super excited about the The Science Behind Pixar at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  It’s not coming until June but we wanted to make sure you’re in the loop and don’t miss out on the news.  It opens on Friday June 9th.  You can go here to learn a bit more about what it’s all about.

Opens Friday, June 9

Buzz Lightyear. Dory. Mike. Sulley. No matter who is your favorite Pixar character (or what your age), you’ll love exploring The Science Behind Pixar! This new, special exhibition gives you an unparalleled look at Pixar’s filmmaking process and lets you explore the science and technology that brings to life the world’s most beloved animated films and their memorable characters. The Science Museum of Minnesota is the first Midwest stop of this traveling exhibit—and it’s only here for a limited time. Don’t miss it!

Teddy Bear Park Is Open for 2017

If you’ve never been to the one of the kind Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, add it to your list.  Not only does it offer some great outdoor fun for kids, it’s a nice spot to enjoy the view of Stillwater as it’s located up on the hill.  There’s also nice indoor bathrooms on site as well.  It’s not open all year, but we just received news that Teddy Bear Park is Open for 2017.  There’s sure to be plenty of warm days ahead to enjoy this great place.

Teddy Bear Park is located at 207 Nelson Street E on the corner of 2nd Street South and Nelson Street near downtown Stillwater. The park is open to the public 8 am to 8 pm from mid-April to mid-October weather dependent.
The park play equipment is designed for children 7 years of age and younger.  There is no admission to visit and play in the park.

We don’t live close enough to visit this great park very often, but we do stop by when we are in the area.  Are there other great parks you’ve discovered in outstate MN that we can write about?  Please send us a message or comment below. Would love share other great places with our readers.

2017 Season Opening of Three River Parks District Outdoor Play Areas

Hyland Park

Many of look forward to the 2017 Season Opening of Three River Parks District Outdoor Play areas.  We would all love it if they were open year round, but many of the larger areas are not.  Thankfully the list of the open outdoor play areas seems to be getting longer, so there are more options.  You can take a look at what is open and what is not here on the website.

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Remember the fun of playing on a playground? Climbing, sliding, swinging higher and higher. Create new memories at our Play Areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun. The structures are inspected every year prior to opening and daily by Three Rivers Staff to ensure safety

Elm Creek

 

National Beer Day in Granite Falls

Have you ever heard of Andrew Volstead?  I have to admit, I hadn’t until I was looking for events and things to do this weekend. I also learned that it’s National Beer Day on Friday, April 7th.  What does this have to do with Andrew you might ask.  Andrew was from Granite Falls and played a part in the ending of prohibition.  If you stop by the Chamber of Commerce in Granite Falls,  you can pick up the Prohibition Story walking tour guide.  If you can’t make it on Friday, you can check the website for other hours and dates when Andrew’s home will be open for tours.

Celebrate the end of Prohibition in Andrew Volstead’s hometown. Stop in the chamber office at 807 Prentice St and pick up a copy of the Prohibition Story walking tour guide. The Andrew J. Volstead House is open from 4-6 with local history of what happened on this day in 1933.  Then enjoy a beer at one of our bars and restaurants. The Granite Falls American Legion Post #69 has a  Free Beer special: Buy one domestic bottle, get one free from 4pm to 10pm.