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!

11th Annual Camp Fair

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Did you attend a camp when you were a kid?  An overnight camp or maybe just a day camp of some kind?  The variety of camps seem to grow and multiply each year.  The 11th Annual Camp Fair is a great place to help narrow down the choices, or perhaps introduce us to a new camp.  I was surprised to learn about some great science and art camps that are available.  We’ve attended the Camp Fair a couple of times.  It takes place at the Como Zoo and Conservatory so there’s no admission and also free parking.  It’s from 10am-2pm on Febuary 25th.

Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer?

Join Minnesota Parent magazine at its 11th Annual Camp Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul.

This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.

Early spring is the best time to get started planning children’s summer camp adventures. Popular camps can fill up quickly!

Summer camps and activities help kids thrive with opportunities to explore their interests (and discover new ones) while making friends and developing new skills, too.

Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to weeklong day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more.

Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair — held in the spacious zoo visitors center — include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Como Zoo animal.

 

 

Try Hockey For Free Day, February 25th

There’s no denying we live in a Hockey State.  I grew up in a small rural area, part of the experience was watching the games take place at the cold rink.  Try Hockey For Free Day, February 25th is a day for kids between the ages of 4-9 to have an opportunity to try hockey at no cost.  With 26 locations around the state, it means there’s likely one close by.  Check out the list of locations, as well as how to register in advance on the website.

On Saturday, February 25th, 2017, Minnesota Hockey and 27 local associations across the state will encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey at no cost as a part of USA Hockey’s national Try Hockey For Free day in coordination with Hockey Weekend Across America.

Each host site will have a limited amount of equipment available. All participants are required to have a minimum of a helmet, skates and gloves. If you will need help with equipment, we encourage you to contact the event host where you will be participating in advance.

For more information on Try Hockey For Free Day and what to expect, you can contact Minnesota Hockey for more information.

A current list of host locations is shown below. To register, visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com or click on the button below.

In the Park after Dark – Winter at Silverwood Park

Learning things in a park after dark takes on a whole different meaning in the winter.  Join others for a fun event called “In the Park after Dark – Winter” at Silverwood Park.  It takes places Thursday, February 16th from 7-8:30.   The theme for the evening will be “Fired Up for Survival – Survival and Building Fire Kits”.   There’s a small fee to attend and they do prefer reservations.  You can find all the information here.

An Evening of Games and Hot Chocolate at the Mischief Store

Tomorrow might be Valentines on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean you have to celebrate it in a typical way.  Perhaps you’re single by choice or maybe not by choice.  Either way, this is an event that gets you out of the house and having fun.  What could be more fun than games and a hot cocoa bar?  Sounds like a perfect evening to me!   It takes place tomorrow evening at the Mischief Toy Store in St. Paul.  The fun will be from 6-9pm.  There’s a small $5 cover charge for endless hot chocolate and games.   You can RSVP on thee FB event page.  

Showing of The 2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries

One of my favorite events is back again.  The 2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries are showing at the Riverview Theater in south Minneapolis.  Each year, for just a brief time the Riverview shows the Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries.  The select showings for 2017 started yesterday, and continue through Thursday February 16th.  Only one showing per day beginning at 4:20.  There’re five nominations, all shown in succession, bringing the viewing to around 3 hours.  Some years I have gone, not knowing anything about the nominations and decided to just be surprised.  This year I decided to read up a bit and have more of a background of what I would see.  I have to admit, I think I prefer to not know anything about them, just my preference though.  One of the friends that I was with, had done some lengthy research prior to the viewing.  Whatever you decide, I can promise you that these nominations will bring a wide array of emotions.  If you choose to read about the nominations you can do that here.

2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries

Showtimes:
Friday (Feb 10th): 4:20PM
Saturday (Feb 11th): 4:20PM
Sunday (Feb 12th): 4:20PM
Monday (Feb 13th): 4:20PM
Tuesday (Feb 14th): 4:20PM
Wednesday (Feb 15th): 4:20PM
Thursday (Feb 16th): 4:20PM
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2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries will start on Friday, February 10.

Admission is $7 or $5 for Students/Seniors

 

 

Phalen Freeze Fest 2017

The Phalen Freeze Fest 2017 takes place tomorrow February 11th from 2pm-6pm.  It seems a bit ironic that given the forecast, you might be able to attend without even wearing a jacket.  None the less, being outdoors, on a lake in winter is still fun.  It’s even more fun if there’s a play to watch or kicksleding to try, or perhaps you want to try ice fishing?  Put on your wool sweater and head to Lake Phalen.  *It might be a good idea to peek at their website just in case it’s too warm for the event.

Phalen Freeze Fest is an annual celebration of winter! Join us outside to enjoy the season with a variety of winter activities!

Watch the Story of Shingebiss with Urban Roots
Fish through the ice with Tips Outdoors
Cook food over a fire with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Play boot hockey with JCNSP Polar Devils Youth Hockey
Snowshoe with Saint Paul Natural Resources
Build a fire with Wilderness Inquiry
Go on a Story Walk with the Saint Paul Public Library
Learn about water with Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
Glide on a kicksled with Ramsey County Parks
And more!

Project Opera Performs The Nightingale

It’s not often that we hear of kids singing an opera.  Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers.  Each year the group performs an opera that’s for kids, a great way to introduce kids to what an opera is.  This year they’re performing The Nightingale.  Performances are February 10th and 11th, at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.  There’s four show times to choose from and you can purchase tickets on their website.

The Nightingale, based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is the story of a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the mechanical bird breaks, the real nightingale sings to the emperor on his deathbed, saving his life while teaching him the values of truth and humility. A parable of our time, this opera celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death.

Imant Raminsh is a Latvia-born, Canadian composer known for beautiful choral and other vocal works. This opera is unique in that it includes performers ranging from ages 8-18, including a student orchestra.

Project Opera is an important component of Minnesota Opera’s award-winning education department. The program features two ensembles – Ragazzi and Giovani. In addition to their own concert schedule, participants perform in the Ordway lobby prior to Minnesota Opera Sunday matinee performances and other locations around the Twin Cities. Led by Music Director Matthew Abernathy, students learn healthy vocal technique, perform repertoire in the major operatic languages, and study the fundamentals of acting. Over its impressive twelve year history, Project Opera has performed two world premiere commissions, The Giver, by Susan Kander and based on the novel by Lois Lowry, and Memory Boy with music by Reinaldo Moya and libretto by Mark Campbell.

Franconia Valentine’s Sculpture Pour

The Franconia Sculpture Park located near Shafer MN is hosting a Valentine’s Sculpture Pour.  It takes place this coming Saturday, February 11th from noon to 5pm. There is no admission fee to attend.  A unique event, you’ll be able to witness the process of art taking shape.

Join Minnesota iron artists for a real fire and ice event for 2017! Each winter, Minnesota artists crawl out of hibernation and join Franconia for an outdoor iron pour. Bring your sweetheart, potential sweetheart, or the whole family for this free event. Warm yourself by the bonfire and witness the drama of experienced artists pouring molten iron into prepared molds. It’s the perfect antidote for the winter blahs!

Come to the park on February 11th with your loved ones and some hot cocoa for a special event totally worth braving the cold for. You can warm your hands by the fire or on your freshly poured sculpture! We will offer two behind the scenes tours so you can understand the process of casting iron on a deeper level as well as a Q & A booth with participating iron artists!

NEW this year– Nordic Waffles will be attending the event to serve up their delicious hot waffles, coffee, and hot chocolate! Keeping you warm and alert in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth! Follow this link to their website to see more nordicwaffles.com

 

Victorian Poetry Slam at the James J. Hill House

A Victorian Poetry Slam?  Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?  It takes place at the historic James J. Hill house next Tuesday, February 14th.  It begins at 7pm and you can purchase tickets on their website. Most of the events at the Hill house do fill up, so I suggest you make your reservations soon if you plan to attend.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the James J. Hill House drawing room. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening.