Public Tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence

If you love history or are just curious about the inside of a famous house, then a public tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence is something just for you.   The inside of the residence is only open at certain times and reservations are needed.  If you want to tour the grounds and gardens you can find that information here.  To reserve the inside tour, you need to email and give your name. More specifics can be found here on the website.

The Governor’s Residence will host six public tours during the summer months in June, July, and August! Tour dates are the following Tuesdays:

  • June 13 and 27 (Limited Availability)
  • July 11 and 25
  • August 8 and 22

What You Need to Know Before Your Tour Begins

Please review this important information before your tour begins:

  • Tours of the Residence are always free, and groups may not charge for them.
  • Cameras and video are allowed in public spaces. Please feel free to take photos!
  • Backpacks, bags, and strollers are subject to screening.
  • Visitors should dress accordingly to the weather, as there may be a wait outdoors before entering the Residence.
  • Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and on local side streets.


North Central Speedway Kids Night

For those of you near central MN, this Saturday, June 3rd is Kids Night at North Central Speedway.  For those of you not near it, it might be time to check out the Brainerd area, it really has a lot to offer.   I remember when I was a kid, I loved going to the races. You can find more information about the location, schedule and rules, here on their website.

Kids night is sponsored by Essentia Health.

Kids have a chance to win a bike. Helmets are donated by Essentia Health. Plus they have more giveaways!

Kids 17 and under get in for FREE in the grandstand!!!!! Adults are just $10.

Mill Towns State Trail Grand Opening

This past weekend we spent the day biking at one of Minnesota’s bike trails, and there are many.  You can add another to the list as the Mill Towns State Trail Grand Opening takes place this Saturday, June 3rd.  The festivities will take place at Lake Byllesby Park, just west of Cannon Falls.  The event will celebrate the newest trail segment of the Mill Towns State Trail made possible by Dakota County, Goodhue County and the Minnesota DNR. From 2-5pm there will be a ribbon cutting as well other fun activities:

  • bikes available to check out
  • pedicabs for free pedicab rides
  • a bike decorating station
  • naturalists talking about birding
  • plus more fun!

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Grand Reopening

It’s time for the highly anticipated Grand Reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  Located near the Walker Art Center, it’s a place to wander and enjoy many different aspects of art.  This is a place I’m excited to see just what changes and additions have been made.  The Grand Reopening event takes place Saturday, June 10th from 10-6. You can find more specifics here on the event page.

Join us to celebrate the reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with a daylong festival for all ages! Guided tours, food trucks, DJs, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, and Walker giveaways will be offered throughout the day.

  • Performance: Black Market Brass, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
  • Showing: Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 4:30 pm
  • Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, 12 noon
  • Activity: Extrapolation Factory, 10 am–6 pm
  • Art-Making: Mix Up, 10 am–3 pm
  • DJs: Micagrimm and Los Boogie 11 am–6 pm
  • Artist-Designed Mini Golf, 10 am–6 pm
  • Free Walker Art Center Gallery Admission: June 2–10

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center and Museum

It’s no secret, Duluth is a popular tourist destination.  You might be familiar with the many state parks that are in the area, and have probably watched the ships come in and out of the harbor.  We recently discovered a hidden gem in Duluth. Right along the shores of the “Gitche Gumee”  and located in the historic Canal Park area, you will find the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center and Museum.  This hidden gem is always free, but be sure to check the hours as they vary depending on the time of year.  In the summer the center offers special films as well as Pier History Tours.  The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center and Museum also offers a live webcam of the lake area, check it out here.

Photo from Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center and Museum website



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