Touch a Truck Event

Do you have kids that love to watch big firetrucks, semi’s or the garbage truck?  I know my nephew gets super excited when it’s garbage day and the big truck comes down the street.  Save the date because the Touch a Truck event at the Maplewood Mall is a time to get the kids up and close with lot’s of the big engine vehicles.  The free event takes place Saturday May 20th from 10am-2pm.

Touch-A-Truck is a family focused event that allows children the opportunity to climb in and around some of the coolest vehicles around. By partnering with local business and public servants, we are able to bring the community together and create a unique and fun experience.

Don’t miss our KidX Club Activities supporting the local Boy Scouts of America. Unlimited Bounce House wristbands available for $5! All proceeds go to charity.


Hwy 61 Junk Jaunt Spring 2017

It’s time to borrow a truck and get ready to hit the road for the Hwy 61 Junk Jaunt Spring 2017.  With 10 stops, you’re sure to find something, perhaps a gift for that special someone or maybe just for yourself.  The Junk Jaunt is all about recycling, reusing, and re-purposing of “junk”.   The route is from White Bear Lake to Forest Lake with 10 different shops along the way.  You can find more information as well as the list of participating shops here. 

10am-5pm on:
• Thursday, May 11th
• Friday, May 12th
• Saturday, May 13th

2017 Festival of Nations

This is a weekend you can travel without a plane ticket.  Traveling is almost all about the food, scenery and culture right?  Well the Festival of Nations might be missing out on the scenery, but the food is certainly plentiful.  The 2017 Festival of Nations has more food and activities than you can imagine.  It begins today May 5th and goes through Sunday May 7th, taking place at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  You can find ticket information as well as a schedule here on the website.

For nearly 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.

In 2017, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and, once again, collaborate with more than 90 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections.

MN Reptile Show and Sale

Some people like furry animals, while others prefer animals without fur.  If you like snakes, frogs and lizards, the MN Reptile Show and Sale is the place for you.  It takes place this Sunday, May 7th in Bloomington from 10-4pm.  You can find the location information as well as advance tickets here on the website.

There will be REPTILES, REPTILES, and more REPTILES at this show.

There might be some small exotic mammals, such as sugar gliders and hedgehogs.

There will also be food items at this show such as CRICKETS, MICE and RATS (both live and frozen), Mealworms, Super worms and pelleted food.

Did we mention we’ve also got a great variety of supplies–cages, tanks, bedding, toys, and decorative items.

Grand Opening Celebration at Oliver Kelley Farm

Although the Oliver Kelley farm is not new, the remodel and additions to the farm are new.  The Oliver Kelley Farm is located near Elk River and is part of the MN Historical Society.  Celebrate the official grand opening of the Kelley Farm’s newest facilities, including the beautiful new visitor center, Learning Kitchen, outdoor exhibits, animal barn, modern gardens and cropland and more.  The Grand Opening Celebration takes place this coming weekend May 6-7th. There will be several special activities taking place as well as live music, games and demonstrations both days of the event.  You can find the schedule as well as purchase tickets here on the website.


A Goodbye to the Three River Parks French Play Area

The weather might not feel quite like summer, but tomorrow is a celebration and farewell, to the Three Rivers Park French play area. The play area at the French Regional Park in Plymouth, has been around since 1989.  It’s time to make way for a new structure, which will open in 2018.  You can see the plans here.   The park is inviting the public to the park tomorrow from 1-3 to enjoy:  music, activities, a photo booth and more.

The French play area is closing soon to make way for a new and exciting play area opening in spring of 2018. But before the play area closes, everyone is invited to come out for one more opportunity to play on it!

On Saturday, April 29, from 1–3 PM, enjoy park activities, popcorn, music, and visit the photo booth. It’ll be a blast, and it’s all free!

The French play area will be open through April 30. To view the plans for the new play area, click hereclick here.

Independent Bookstore Day

Our house has bookshelves that seem to bulge and overflow overnight with books.  Not sure how it happens exactly.  I also know that no matter how many books we have in our house, our girls can never have enough.  A good problem to have, but thankfully we have some great small independent bookstores in MN to always find more.

This Saturday, April 29th is Independent Bookstore Day, a great day to get out and explore some of the treasures we have in MN. There are several in the metro, and of course there are others in various towns in MN as well.  If you know of one that we don’t mention, please comment and let us know, so we can explore it.

One of our favorites, or should I say a favorite for our girls is Wild Rumpus.  Located in Minneapolis, it’s a fabulous wonderland with books and even some animals wandering about the store.  Wild Rumpus along with several other stores will be hosting a scavenger hunt on Saturday.  You can find details and a list of participating stores here.

Another great independent stores to check out is Fair Trade Books located in Red Wing.  If you are there at the right time you might catch a local author on hand or possibly even an open mic night.

So get out and support one of the Independent Bookstore treasures in our state.


Art in Bloom

With our recent days filled with beautiful weather, we have to think it’s finally spring here in in MN!   Spring also means it’s time for the annual Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Art in Bloom is a four day festival of fresh floral arrangements inspired by fine art, and it takes place April 26-29.  There’ll be tours, lectures, demonstrations, fashion show, a family event and much more.  Check out the schedule and more specific information here on their website.

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 34th annual Art in Bloom—a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

2017 Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

This year is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day.  Reuse, recycle and reduce.  Party for the Planet is an annual event at Como Zoo.  it takes place tomorrow and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd beginning at 10:00.  It’s important to note that the shuttle will also start for the 2017 season, check out information here here so you can plan ahead.

April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a global celebration that also reminds us what we can do to protect the planet’s most precious resources. At Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, we invite the public to a free, family-friendly “Party for the Planet: Conservation Superheroes” weekend presented by Xcel Energy. Dress as your favorite Superhero and then come discover ours! Visit our Conservation Stations to see and learn more about our animals with the POWER OF FLIGHT! MASTERS OF DISGUISE! SUPER BUILDERS! Activities, crafts, and cool conservation stations will be set up both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy will be unveiling, for the first time ever, their new 110sq foot Tiny House. You’ll have to see it to believe it and all the remarkable energy efficient features packed into it. Step inside the Xcel Tiny House and learn how you can bring energy efficiency and renewable energy options into your home, no matter what size it is.

Party for the Planet – Daily Schedule
10:30 Polar Bear Program……………………………………….Polar Bear Odyssey
11:00 Zookeeper Talk……………………..…………………..Wyoming Toads
11:30 Primate Program…………………………..………………Primate Building
12:00 Story Time: One Plastic Bag……. …………………………..Visitor Center Lobby
1:00 Gardener Talk: Million Shades of Green……Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2:00 Gorilla Program ………………..…………..………………Gorilla Forest
2:30 Polar Bear Program…………………………………………Polar Bear Odyssey
All Day: Endangered Species Drawings……………………..………Exhibit Gallery
All Day: Final days of the Spring Flower Show……………………Sunken Garden

On Saturday, April 22 at 1:30, The Merry Minstrels (kids from St John the Baptist school in New Brighton, MN) will be entertaining the crowds with English Morris Dancing!

Food Truck Rally – Maplewood Mall

Food Truck Rally - Maplewood Mall

The food truck rally is coming up this weekend.  It takes place at the Maplewood Mall, Saturday April 22nd, from 10-6.  There’s no admission, free parking will be available.  You choose which food to purchase on your own.  With over 25 trucks scheduled to be there, surely there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.  There will be music and kids activities as well. You can find the list of scheduled food trucks here on the event page.  I think I know where we are headed for lunch and dinner on Saturday!

Bring your appetite, a few friends and your enthusiasm.
Food costs range from $3 to $18 with the average entree cost being $6 to $8. 
Every truck will have at least one $5 entree offer.
Fresh food – Cooked to order!
Free Admission / Free Parking / Kid Activity Area / Music / Beer Garden
This event is free to the public and all attendees will purchase their food from the food trucks independently.