Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling is the perfect place to spend part of your Memorial Day Holiday.  There’ll be special events and activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  You can find ticket information, as well as the daily schedule, here on the website.

On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with costumed interpreters and engage with the many stories that make up the site’s history. Learn about American Indian history and the fort’s role in U.S. expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the History Scavenger Hunt and earn a Fort Kids button.

Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks and talk with costumed staff representing different eras of U.S. military history. On Saturday, staff will present stories about U.S. expansion during the 1800s. On Sunday, the focus will be on the 20th century and the growth of the U.S. into a global power. On Monday, don’t miss a special “living timeline” of America’s military past on the parade ground, with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.

Site admission is free for active military and veterans on Memorial Day.

The Opening of Three Rivers Park District Swim Ponds and Beaches

It might not feel like summer today and quite possibly not tomorrow.  However, we live in Minnesota and you just never know what the weather will be from one day to the next.  We can tell you that Saturday, May 27th, will be the day the swim ponds and beaches open for the Three Rivers Park District.  Maybe you just put your toes in the sand.  Whatever you do, at least there’ll be options.   Check out all the locations here on their website.

It’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day. Is there any better way to enjoy an unbeatable Minnesota summer than to splash around at the beach? Swimming is a great, low-impact way to exercise your whole body. Better yet, it’s fun for the whole family. Swimming areas in Three Rivers are located near play areas, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, and more so you can make a day of it.

 

 

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

 

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

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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Located adjacent to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest.

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

Going back to school can be fun with Steve Spangler Science!

Mississippi River Trail Grand Opening

We always enjoy checking out different parks and trails.  Thankfully Minnesota has a long list of great places, all for the public to enjoy. Saturday we can celebrate the opening of yet another piece of nature.  The Mississippi River Trail Grand Opening takes place on Saturday from 9-noon at the Spring Lake Nature Reserve in Hastings.  The event will have activities for the whole family including:  live music and refreshments, birding lessons, live raptor programs, kid’s activities, a community bike ride and more. Fun for the whole family and a chance to check out a new trail.  If you aren’t able to make the event, be sure to check out Spring Lake Nature Reserve another time.  The park offers some great scenery as well as a playground for the kids.  

Trucksploration

Mark your calendars, a week from today is Trucksploration.  A time to get up close and personal with all sorts of big vehicles. Trucksploration takes place Sunday, May 21st from 11-2pm in St. Louis Park.  It’s a free event and open to the public of all ages.  You can find more information  here.

What is trucksploration?

An innovative and fun event that will blend the excitement of big
machines and imagination along with the opportunity for the
youngest members of our community and their families
and friends to share a day of exploration.

What will be there for us to do?

Trucks and other vehicles of all sizes, fun
for boys & girls, parents & grandparents!
High-energy, interactive vehicles, fun
guests & entertainment! Food vendors!