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!

Soar With the Eagles, Weekends in March

March is time to head to Wabasha.  It’s time for Soar With the Eagles, each weekend will have something for everyone.  There will be live animals, bird shows, arts and crafts, and more.  Check out the full schedule here.   You can find directions as well as admission information here.

March is here and it’s time to SOAR with the Eagles in Wabasha! This year’s lineup of presenters and exhibitors includes some exciting new things and some old favorites including flying bird shows, live animals, arts & crafts, exotic birds, insects and more! Don’t miss out – there’s something for everyone, so bring your family and friends! Our featured presenters are:

MARCH 4TH-5TH
EARTHQUEST

MARCH 11TH-12TH
WILD WORLD OF ANIMALS

MARCH 18TH-19TH
WINGS TO SOAR

MARCH 25TH-26TH
WINGS OF WONDER (CINCINNATI ZOO)

Great Deal on Joke Joint Comedy Club Tickets

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Laughter really is the best medicine, and we could also more of it right?  We found a great deal on tickets for the Joke Joint Comedy Club: Laugh It Up With National and Local Stand-Ups.  With nine different dates to choose from, there’s sure to be one that fits into your schedule.  The Joke Joint is located in St. Paul.  Regular price tickets are $14-21 but right now you can get them here for only $10.50.

Laughter and charm are in full effect at the Joke Joint, where chandeliers and an ornate balcony create elegant old-time atmosphere. The comedians, however, are as relevant as it gets, a heady stew of nationally touring headliners and local stand-up stalwarts. A full bar doles out martinis, margaritas and other concoctions, and features a beer list that ranges from domestics to hopped-up microbrews. And the menu of chicken tenders, fried ravioli and other pub-grub fare will ensure that the relentless belly laughs do not exhaust you. Pop on into the Joke Joint in Saint Paul, and feel your spirits lift.

Tuesday Preschool Playdates at the Science Museum of Minnesota

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I remember when our girls were young, trying to find activities for their age group.  I tried to find things that would not only be fun for them but fun for adults too.  The Tuesday Preschool Playdates at the Science Museum of Minnesota seems like it would be a great option.The best part is that if you purchase an adult ticket, you can get a free child admission for ages 5 and under.

Tuesday Mornings

During Playdates, you’ll receive:

  • Museum admission, packed with hands-on fun.
  • Make & Take creations: Your child will use their imagination to engineer a project we have developed especially for them!
  • Special theater programs and demonstrations designed just for preschoolers.
  • Parents guide to preschool activities and accommodations throughout the museum, including an introduction to our Collectors’ Corner trading post.
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free Science Museum admission during Playdates.

* Please note that this package price does not combine with other offers or discounts and is not available for groups of 15 or more. If you’d like to attend an Omnitheater film, you can add one for a small fee.

 

Glensheen Mansion $5 Tour Tuesdays

If you’ve never been to the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth now is the time to plan a Tuesday to tour it. Why a Tuesday you may ask?? – –  because from now through the end of April you can tour it for $5 on Tuesdays.  So plan a road trip, or schedule a day off from work. Glensheen is just one of the many historic gems we have in our state.  It was voted Minnesota’s 2016 Visitor Attraction of the Year by Explore Minnesota Tourism.  If you can’t make it on a Tuesday, or need the address and information about the mansion, check out their website.

A Family Affair

Chester and Clara Congdon built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908 as their home. This influential family is known for opening up iron mining in this region and setting aside land for public use, such as the North Shore Scenic Highway and Congdon Park.

 

Tech Fest – Family Engineering & Tech Fair at The Works Museum

If you’ve never been to the Works Museum, this Saturday would be a great time to go. Saturday February 25th, is Tech Fest  – A Family Engineering & Technology Fair.  Hours are from 9-4. If you pre-register in advance, there’s a discount on admission.

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Tech Fest  – A Family Engineering & Technology Fair

Saturday, February 25th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$8 pre-registered/$10 at door. Free for members.

Every February, The Works Museum brings together Twin Cities experts in technology and science to inspire kids and families. Kids are natural engineers, full of questions such as why, how, and what if I did it differently? Tech Fest gathers corporations, educational institutions and other nonprofits working in engineering and technology to share their work  and inspire kids. Together, we encourage kids to keep asking those questions and to pursue their passions for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

With kid-friendly demonstrations such as using K’Nex and shake tables to explore how civil engineers make buildings safe during earthquakes, medical technology using a life-sized operation game and licorice, color-changing jewelry and more, this science and technology fair appeals to everyone. It’s a fun indoor winter family activity.

One fan favorite is always The Works Museum’s own Tech Take-Apart. This hands-on activity encourages kids to dismantle and learn about “the guts” of machines and electronics. With goggles and steady hands, kids disassemble and explore computer towers, stereo equipment, hard drives, and all sorts of other treasures. We are grateful to Dynamic Recycling for donating machines for Tech Take-Apart. Visit our Explore It! page for upcoming Tech Take-Apart dates.

Brown Family Adventure Park

Brown Family Adventure Park

Photo from the Brown Family Adventure Park FB page

This past weekend we had amazing weather, February felt more like April.  Would love for it to be spring but we all know what the calendar says.  Most likely there’ll still be snow, and if not snow, then for sure some rainy days ahead.  Do you already have stir crazy kids?  I recently read about the Brown Family Adventure Park and it looks like a great option to burn off some energy!  I also like the fact that it’s a place for various ages.  Located in Ham Lake, and one important thing to note is they do NOT take credit cards.  Although, there is a cash machine in the lobby just in case you forget.

Photo from the Brown Family Adventure Park FB page


 

Brown Family Adventure Park where it is always sunny and bright!

 
The goal of The Brown family is to provide a clean, happy, nurturing and adventurous environment for children of all ages, while offering friendship and support to parents.

  • An excellent gathering place for Holiday Get-Togethers, Birthday Parties, Athletic Teams, Field Trips, Licensed Day Cares, Pre/Elementary Schools, Private Events, and many other Social Events.
  • Snack Bar offering a variety of food, including Pizza, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Meal Deals and Healthy, Gluten-free Snacks just to name a few!

 

STEM Family Day at the Mill City Museum

Our family has enjoyed every visit to the Mill City Museum.  Not only are the views of the river amazing, but the history and the hands on learning are top notch.  This Saturday, February 25th is STEM Family Day at the Mill City Museum.  If you’ve never been, I urge you to find a time to visit this great place. Science and History mingle together in this great place on a daily basis, but even more so during the STEM family day.  You can find all the information about parking, admission and hours for the museum here on the website. Some of the things that you can expect during STEM Family Day include:

  • Enjoy an interactive puppet show “Minnesota Aha!” created and performed by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz that unravels the stories behind great Minnesota inventions
  • Learn about kitchen chemistry in a Baking Lab demonstration
  • Discover how simple machines helped the Washburn A Mill operate and design a solution to a mill problem using K’nex
  • Splash around in the Water Lab at four tables exploring the importance of waterpower to the city of Minneapolis
  • Work together at two new interactive tables about mechanical waterpower and hydroelectricity
  • See a flour dust explosion and learn the science behind the Washburn A Mill explosion of 1878
  • Complete a worksheet to see how math was part of daily work at the Washburn A Mill“
  • Enter the Recycled Object Inventions Lab to create a fantastic gizmo or out-of-this-world creature to take home using recycled objects arts materials; led by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
  • Join an immersive tour of the cosmos through Indigenous and Western views with interactive storytelling and active learning “props,” led by Jim Rock, planetarium program director at the University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Learn about wheat and flour quality testing and its effects on baking with a member of General Mills’ Grain and Flour Quality Lab
  • Solve the “Mystery of the Disappearing Waterfall,” in a geology activity led by National Park Service rangers
  • Become a Junior Ranger by completing a paleontology activity booklet by the National Park Service
  • Meet scientists from the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
  • Enjoy a performance by History Player William de la Barre, an Austrian-born waterpower engineer
  • Make an eco-friendly cleanser with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organizations

 

Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum of MN

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Are your kids off from school Monday?  Bring them to the Science Museum of MN for a behind the scenes day.  It’s a rare day when the Collections Vault will be open and activated by museum staff and volunteers giving the public access to objects not normally on display.  It takes place from noon to 4 and is included with the regular museum admission.

Monday, February 20th Highlights

  • See objects not on display, including the museum’s collections of archaeology, ethnology, paleontology, and biology
  • See a real “jackalope” that is part of the collection
  • Test your knowledge about lakes in Minnesota
  • Learn about the museum’s seed collection
  • Discover how animals are preserved for future study
  • Notice details on insects you have never observed before
  • Hear about new Science Museum archaeology projects
  • Develop theories on who made fossilized footprints
  • View objects that depict mythical creatures
  • And so much more!

Free Wednesdays at ASI in February

Have you ever been to the American Swedish Institute?  I was just there for the first time recently and it should be on everyone’s list as a must see.  First the architecture itself is something to notice, with the very well orchestrated blend of old and new.  I especially enjoyed, the Cows Can Dream exhibit that is currently on display.

Typically there’s an admission fee to go through the museum and exhibits, the next two Wednesdays you can get in free.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 –10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 –10:00am to 8:00pm

The American Swedish Institute is offering FREE admission on four Wednesdays throughout February from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., starting February 1 and continuing February 8, 15 and 22, 2017.  The ASI hopes to increase public and neighborhood access to its new 2017 Migration, Identity and Belonging exhibitions.

Among these is Where the Children Sleep, an exhibition of haunting photographs and stories of Syrian refugee children by award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman on view through March 5.

Other related exhibitions currently on display include Swede Hollow, an installation based on prize-winning author Ola Larsmo’s best-selling Swedish novel that imagines immigrant life at this St. Paul site; The Stories They Toldwhich animates the narrative of figure wood carving; and Green Card Voices, sharing contemporary Nordic immigrant stories. Cows Can Dream, the ASI’s new imaginative Youth and Family Gallery exhibition/installation inspired by Sam the cow in Maria Bajt and Jason Diakité’s children’s book, encourages creativity and discovery.