Saint John’s Maple Syrup Festivals

Nestled in the trees and right along Interstate 94 is the campus of St. Johns and St. Benedict University.   Each year, on the beautiful campus, the Saint John’s Maple Syrup Festival takes place.  It takes place on two different dates, this year March 25th and April 1st. It’s an all outdoor event, so rain or shine and perhaps some mud or snow, it will still happen. Some of the activities include: sap collecting, syrup cooking, horse-rides, demonstrations, hot maple syrup sundaes and even more fun for the whole family. The hours are from 1pm-4pm.  There’s an admission charge, with a discount if you purchase in advance.

Directions

Registration is near the Saint John’s Prep School on the Old Entrance Road

The Sugar Shack is approximately 0.8 miles from the New Science Center at Saint John’s University.

  • Take the Saint John’s University exit from Interstate I-94 and head towards campus
  • Continue straight at the 4-way stop, heading toward the Abbey Bell Banner.
  • Follow the signs and volunteers to available parking near the Prep School or Science Buildings.
  • Registration will be visible on the Old Entrance Road beyond the Prep School.
  • View a campus map.

 

 

LEGO Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Not only is tomorrow Saturday, it’s also Lego Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota.   Who doesn’t love LEGO?  There’ll be all sorts of LEGO fun happening.  Movies, making, designing, watching and more fun for all ages. The event takes place from noon-4pm and is included in the regular Science Museum admission.

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Join us in celebrating the creativity and inventiveness of LEGO bricks! Spend the afternoon building LEGO contraptions that you can run down a zipline, filming a LEGO stop motion movie, creating drawing machines, tops, and mosaics, and checking out remarkable creations of the Twin Cities LEGO User Group. Join us in combining LEGO bricks, technology, and great ideas—and let your imagination run wild!

Buck Hill Spring Thing

With Spring just around the corner, Buck Hill has decided to host a Spring Fling.  It takes place Saturday-Sunday (March 18-19). With the recent snow and warmer temps on the way, it’ll be a great weekend to have some fun on the hill.   There’ll be deals on skiing, food and drink specials, and a pond skip.

Join us for the Buck Hill Spring Thing! We are celebrating another great season of winter fun at Buck Hill with fun events and specials for the whole family. LET’S PARTY!

• Bring 3 non-perishable food item donations and an all day ski or board ticket is only TEN BUCKS on Saturday March 18th and Sunday March 19th.

• St Patrick’s Day food and drink specials ALL WEEKEND at Black Diamond at Buck Hill

• POND SKIP! Sunday, March 19th at 1pm – All skiers and boarders are welcome (bring dry clothes). Pond skip in a Hawaiian shirt and get a FREE waffle from Malcolm’s. Pond skip registration form

• SNOW TUBING is open from 10am-6pm both Saturday & Sunday!

Maple Syrup Through History at The Landing

What better way to learn about the history of Maple Syrup, than by riding a horse-drawn trolley along the route?  The Landing, located in Shakopee has an event this Saturday called Maple Syrup Through History.  People will be dressed in period clothing, answering questions and explaining about the historical aspects of Maple Syrup in Minnesota.  It takes place this Saturday, March 18th from 10am-4pm.

Ride a horse-drawn trolley and visit with maple syrup makers from the past. Journey to the sugar bush with a naturalist from Richardson Nature Center and discover how the trees of Minnesota helped serve early pioneers. Perfect for scouts working on badge requirements. Last entry at 3 PM. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

To preregister, call 763.559.6700; drop-ins welcome.

Fees

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free

 

Puppet Lab 2017

If you’ve ever been to a Heart of the Beast show, you will know it’s not an ordinary puppet show.  If you’ve never seen one of their shows, it’s really something to add to your must do this year.  They put on a lot of great events and you can read more about them here on their website.   One of their upcoming events is the Puppet Lab.  It takes place over the next two weekends with several shows to choose from. * important to note that these shows are for ages 13 and up.  Tickets can be purchased here on their website.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is excited to announce the 2017 Puppet Lab performances, featuring brand new experimental work by four local emerging artists: Chamindika Wanduragala, Allison Osberg, Patty Gille, and Madeline Helling. After an intensive fellowship program that paired each artist with a mentor, these works are now ready for the main stage!

The series is broken up into two weekends with two artists featured each weekend. Chamindika Wanduragla and Madeline Helling will showcase their work March 17 – 19. Patty Gille and Allison Osberg will perform the following weekend, March 24 – 26. Tickets are $15 for each performance.

InnerActive in Minnetonka

Well it looks like mother nature decided to show us winter is still here.  Do you have a house full of stir crazy kids. I just learned about a new place in Minnetonka you can add to your list of indoor options. InnerActive is a place where kids can burn off some energy.  The best part about this place, it’s open 365 days a year from 7:30-9pm, plus it’s for kids of all ages.   InnerActive is unstaffed and it’s suggested you purchase your admission ahead of time.  You can read about how it all works here on their website.

What are your hours and prices?
We are open 365 days a year from 7:30am to 9:00pm – Yes, including holidays!  All children ages 1-17 are $9.00 each per day.  We also offer memberships at very affordable rates!  Adult patrons are free with paying child.  Please visit our Buy Now page to purchase your play pass or membership.

How is InnerActive secured?
The outer door to our facility is open from 7:30am-9:00pm every day. The inner door is always locked. To enter our facility you must purchase an entry code.  We suggest you purchase online before you arrive.  There is also a computer in our entry. You must enter your code into the keypad to enter our space.
All activity is monitored by cameras throughout the space.  We will be able to see a live feed at all times.  If you have any concerns/questions, please contact us.

What do you mean by “unstaffed”?
Unstaffed means we do not devote staff resources to accept payment at the door or to monitor children. It allows us to remain open from 7:30am-9:00pm every day of the year!
Many times we will have staff on site to help monitor security, to maintain the facility, and simply to answer any questions you may have!  Please contact us if you have any issues and we are not on-site.

 

Urban Expedition: Colombia at the Landmark Center

We would all love a vacation to somewhere far away, but perhaps it’s the cost or the time that makes it difficult.  The Landmark Center in St. Paul has a way to help us vacation without leaving the state.  This Sunday you can join the Urban Expedition and learn about Colombia.  A free event with activities for the whole family.  It takes place from 1-3pm, with music, dancing, and even live animals.  If you can’t make it this Sunday, mark your calendar for April 9th (Togo) and April 23rd (Karen/Burma).

Landmark Center’s popular Urban Expedition program, which provides families with an opportunity to learn about the world right here in Saint Paul’s backyard, returns for the 13th year.  The five individual programs provide authentic cultural experiences that include music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.

All programs are from 1 to 3 pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Children and adults alike receive a travel “passport” that will be stamped for each country in the series. Along with music and dance, each Urban Expedition features live animals native to the featured country, and language lessons.

The Bakken Museum Celebrates The Talented Women In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on Saturday March 11th

The Saturday March 11th the Bakken Museum is hosting one of their Discovery Days.  A day where they have extra activities and learning going on.  This Saturday they will celebrate the Talented Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The day will include a panel discussion with Neuroscientist Dr. Jennifer Marlo-Triemstra, Rebiotix Program Program Manager Courtney Jones, Analytical chemist Dr. Rachel Loeber, and Conservationist Tara Harris of the Minnesota Zoo.  There will be some great interactive and hands on activities throughout the day as well.  Everything is included in the regular price of admission. *Kids who wear their Scout uniforms get 1/2-off regular price admission for the day.

Visit the museum for an in-depth exploration of science, technology, engineering, art and math topics with hands-on activities and partner demonstrations.

The Bakken Museum celebrates the talented Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math this month at Discovery Days on Saturday, March 11! Check out some of the cool featured activities:
  • Tiger Conservation the Minnesota Zoo, 
  • Human Biome with female scientists from Rebiotix 
  • Marble computing machines in The Bakken workshop
  • Sticky Science activities from H.B. Fuller
  • All-girl robotics team FTC Rubies
The day also includes a panel discussion with Neuroscientist Dr. Jennifer Marlo-Triemstra, Rebiotix Program Manager Courtney Jones, Analytical chemist Dr. Rachel Loeber, and Conservationist Tara Harris of the Minnesota Zoo.
Kids who wear their Scout uniforms get 1/2-off regular price admission!

This family-focused event features interactive learning stations, make-and-take activities, and experts from the STEM field in Minnesota who will share their experiences and insight as women in science. Discovery Day activities run from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and are included in the cost of admission. Members get in FREE!

 

RAD Zoo at Mall of America Toddler Tuesday

RAD Zoo will be bringing some of their animal fun to the Mall of America tomorrow for Toddler Tuesday.  The RAD Zoo is located in Owatonna and worth the drive if you’ve never been.  We spent an afternoon there not long ago and we all had fun.  Lot’s of snakes, alligators and other fun animals.  Tomorrow is a great time to check them out at the Mall of America, bring your toddler and have some animal theme fun.

  • Tuesday, March 7
    10 a.m. – noon
    Rotunda

    Calling all explorers! Discover reptiles, amphibians and other creatures from the wild with the Reptile + Amphibian Discovery Zoo. Shows will be at 10 + 11 a.m. Learn about all our cold-blooded friends and make a creepy crawly craft. Hope you’re able to hop on by!

 

Wells Fargo History Museum

Just when I think I’ve learned about all the museums in our area, I discover another one.  The Wells Fargo History Museum is located in Minneapolis.  The best part about it, it’s free.  It’s open M-F from 9-5, so it might take some planning to get to it if those are your work hours.  It’s family friendly and includes some aspects geared towards kids.  It’s self-guided but if you want to schedule a large group they do offer guided tours.  You can find more specific information here on their website, about the location, special events and more.  History is a great thing and fascinating to see how things have changed.

The museum is on the skyway level of the Wells Fargo Center at 6th Street South and Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The Wells Fargo History Museum offers visitors hands-on family fun.

Step off the skyway and into a storied past. Examine an authentic stagecoach from 1863, see the glimmer of real gold nuggets and coins, send coded messages by telegraph, ride in a rocking stagecoach, sing along to the Weatherball jingle—and much more!