Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up FREE Admission Sunday

Minnesota Children's Museum MOA Free Sunday

Have you visited the Minnesota Children’s Museum Pop-Up Museum at Mall of America yet? If not, you can visit tomorrow, free of charge! Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, admission is free every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up Museum.

Due to the number of visitors on Target Free 3rd Sundays, they suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car. It’s more fun for everyone when there is more room to move around! For more tips on visiting the Museum on Target Free 3rd Sunday, visit their website.

 

 

Newly Opened Can Can Wonderland: Cocktails and Mini-golf

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With names like State Fair, Squirrel Scrambler, Blue Toad and Gramma’s Living Room, how could mini golf not sound more fun? It sounds a bit like an indoor version of Alice in Wonderland mixed with Minnesota Landmarks and an artistic flair that everyone is sure to love.  The Newly Opened Can Can Wonderland: Cocktails and Mini-golf is located in the midway area of St. Paul, not too far from Hamline University. It just opened a couple of days ago and I am super excited to try it out!

Pricing, per round

$12 – 12 years of age and up

$9 – Under 12 years of age, 62 years of age and up, Veterans

Can Can Wonderland is a mini golf course. We didn’t design it though. We asked the mini golf enthusiasts of the world to do that. We sent out a call for artists asking “What is the mini golf hole you have always wanted to play?” We received over 200 proposals from all over the country and as far away as Australia. A jury of talented architects, visual artists, fabricators, and electrical engineers helped us select the 18 mini golf holes to be built for our course, and we believe they are spectacular!

What is Can Can Wonderland?

Located in St. Paul’s Hamline Midway neighborhood and the Creative Enterprise Zone, Can Can Wonderland combines art and play to create a one-of-a-kind arts immersive environment for people of all ages to enjoy.

We offer a truly unique, 18-hole artist designed, indoor mini golf course. But Can Can Wonderland isn’t just mini golf; it’s a wonderland full of arts-based fauna and flora for you to explore and delight in! Our boardwalk is full of attractions and amusements (created by/with artists). Our two stages offer a wide array of local and regional talents. We have a couple bars…we might have a secret bar! We have noshes! We even have a few unicorns.

Building History

The oldest part of our building dates back to 1889 with additions added multiple times through the 1970s. For many years, the American Can Company operated in this sprawling complex and manufactured metal food cans for Carnation, Campbell’s Soup, Del Monte, American National Can, and others. In 1999, they won Canmaker magazine’s “Can of the Year” award for their two-piece Spam can.

Our name is a nod to the history of the building as well as the French populist art movement, Can Can.

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Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday

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Are you trying to plan your weekend, perhaps looking for something fun and free to do with the kids?  You can bring them to the Mall of America, take the opportunity to Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday!   The Target Free 3rd Sunday, is typically held at the main St. Paul Children’s Museum location.  With the big renovation and remodel taking place, the FREE event is being offered at the satellite location, The Pop-Up, at the Mall of America.

 

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Explore the Pop-Up Museum for FREE! with Target Free 3rd Sundays

Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, visitors can roam the museum free of charge, the third Sunday of each month.

Special Activities in the Sears Court

January 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for a dose of healthy, physical fun during this energetic and lively large motor play activity. Plus! Enjoy a special Sneetches mini performance and teaching artist activity with Children’s Theatre Company.

If you are a member we recommend you plan a visit for another day if possible.

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Dakota Curling Open House

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The sport of Curling is becoming more popular.  My husband even had a work party where they all went curling, he said it was super fun.  If you’ve been wanting to try it, or learn more about it, now is your chance.  A new Curling club is opening in Lakeville. The Dakota Curling Open House is this Saturday, January 14th from 1-4pm.

Come on over and check out the new curling club in historic Downtown Lakeville! This event is free to all who want to tour the facility and learn more about leagues, classes, and private events.

Those who are interested in giving curling a try are invited to sign up for an optional mini-lesson lasting about 45 minutes. This event is open to all ages, and all instruction and equipment are provided. Mini-lessons are $10 per person.

Groups of 16 will enter the ice every 10 minutes and move through stations where you will learn how to throw rocks, how to sweep, and how to score. Reserve your spot ahead of time to make sure you’re not standing around waiting too long!

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Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show

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Big dogs, little dogs, furry dogs, tall dogs, short dogs, yes it times for the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show.  It takes place this coming weekend Jan 6-8th, at the St. Paul RiverCenter.   You can find the schedule, admission information as well as parking suggestions here.  Looks like a great event that the whole family can enjoy. Watch dogs compete for Best in Show.

 

See live demonstrations of fun activities for you and your dog at the Unleashed 1.0 Dog Expo.
Meet the Breeds!
Partners in Performance will feature seminars on service dogs, therapy dogs, and more.
Visit the Ringside Market for all kinds of goodies for your dog.
Behind-the-scenes tours of the show will be offered every hour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, free with the price of admission.
Once again, Partners in Performance will feature owners of search and rescue dogs, police dogs and assist dogs who will give 30-minute demonstrations on what makes their dogs unique.

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Winter Ice Festival – Centennial Lakes Park

Winter Ice Festival - Centennial Lakes Park

Winter in Minnesota means that don’t we just stay inside, we bundle up and enjoy some great events.  The Winter Ice Festival takes place this Sunday, January 8th at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina.  We attended this event a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, our favorite part was riding on the horse drawn wagon.  Ice Skating at Centennial Lakes is picture perfect and another highlight of this event.  Hours for the festival are 1-5pm.

In celebration of the winter season, Centennial Lakes Park will host the 27th-annual Winter Ice Festival. Visitors to the park will be able to have their faces painted and ride on a horse-drawn wagon. Ice Festival participants may bring their own equipment, but ice skates and kick-sleds are available to rent at the Hughes Pavilion, which serves as a warming house and concessions stand during the winter months. Behind Hughes Pavilion on the terrace overlooking the lake, ice-sculpting demonstrations will be given.

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First Day Hike

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Tomorrow will be time to change the calendar, look onward at 2017 and hope for the best.  If you want to start off the year on the right foot, then a First Day Hike at a MN State Park is perfect!  Nine State Parks are offering events, but you can always head to any of the state parks and do some hiking.  *If you would like to snowshoe, you may need reservations to rent those, depending on the park.

Start your year off right, by coming to the park for a First Day Hike or snowshoe, if the conditions allow for it. If so, snowshoes will be provided for those that need them. The naturalist will take you out on a winter adventure to see the sights. A frozen lake, a snow swept prairie, or a few snow glistened trees are not out of the question. While exploring, we will look at the history of the park, its natural resources, and cultural significance. This nature hike is sure to have something for everyone.

2016 Bartz Snow Sculpture GRAND Opening

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A few years ago is when I first, learned about the giant snow sculptures created by the Bartz family.  Each year the boys come up with something so amazing, you think they can’t possibly top it next year.  Not only do they create some amazing sculptures each year, they also take donations for Snow Sculptures for a Cause.  This year the money goes towards clean water in Malawi, Africa. The grand opening for this years sculpture takes place Saturday (December 31st) beginning at 12pm.  Located in New Brighton, you can find the address here

Join us for the unveiling of our newest snow sculpture! We will be outside to answer any questions. You are welcome to take pictures by the sculpture! Lights will be illuminating the sculpture until 11pm. Invite your friends, it will be fun :). We will be taking donations for clean water in Malawi, Africa. Hope to see you there 🙂

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Rock’n Jump Opens in Eagan

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Finding indoor activities for the middle schoolers is a bit of a challenge. Even the elementary age is sometimes tough.  They’ve outgrown most of the indoor play areas, and even some of the smaller water parks. There’s a new option scheduled to open this week in Eagan.  Rock’n Jump is an indoor trampoline park and looks like it will be perfect for elementary, teen and even high-schoolers.  Of course they won’t forget the younger crowd, they will have a Rock’n Tots time for ages 6 and younger.  Adults are also welcome to join in the fun, check out their events, hours and pricing here.

The Ultimate Indoor Trampoline Park.

We’re people like you who want to exercise, but also like to have fun. Lots of fun. So instead of stairclimbers and weight machines, we decided to create a place where you can soar in open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. We also wanted a new alternative in Eagan for birthday parties and family gatherings, where quality food and private party rooms were guaranteed, and our kids could safely play while we socialized with other parents. With dodgeball, open jump arenas, slam dunk zone and much more. From kids’ parties to corporate retreats, church groups to family reunions, and of course vacationers who just want to enjoy themselves.Because your safety is our top priority, we developed the trademarked safety program JumpSafe®.  As a member of the ASTM committee that sets trampoline park safety standards, we regularly train our staff to support a safe and fun experience every time you visit any Rockin’ Jump Park. Our goal is for you, your friends and family to have Fun For Life™ in a safe, clean, fun environment. We invite you to visit The Ultimate Trampoline Park®!

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Noon Year’s Eve Party

Noon Year Party at Como Park and Zoo

Typically you don’t have the opportunity to celebrate New Years more than once.  Como Zoo offers an event called Noon Year’s Eve Party, taking place on 12/31/16 and then again on 1/1/2017.  Both dates the event begins at 10am.  It’s free and fun for kids of all ages.

12/31/2016 and 1/1/2017, 10:00 am

A family event so popular, we’re doing it twice! Ring in the “Zoo” year during a special Noon Year’s Celebration on December 31 & January 1. Kidsdance, Minnesota’s favorite high-energy, interactive DJ service for kids, will be here both days with tunes, contests, and fabulous prizes! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling.

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