4th Annual Kid Fest at Lake Harriet

The fourth annual Kid Fest hosted by Minnesota Parent, takes place this Saturday June 17th at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.  Its a free family friendly event from 10-1.  Enjoy some fun activities and music.  Here is the music schedule for the event:

10:00 a.m. — Davey Doodle & the Red Hots
10:30 a.m. — Kids’ Yoga
11:15 a.m. — The Bazillions
12:15 p.m. — Teddy Bear Band

Kid Fest and its activities are geared toward families with children under 10 years, with a strong focus on activities for children under 5. Our exhibitors will each have child-friendly activities to enjoy, such as prize wheels, balloon giveaways and craft projects, including a Summer Solstice Creation Station hosted by ARTrageous Adventures.


Fridley ’49er Days Festival

This Saturday is time to head to Fridley for the Fridley ’49er Days Festival.  A great packed schedule of fun activities will take place throughout the day:

Schedule of Events:

  • Traditional ’49er parade 10 am
  • Family and kids activities will begin following the parade
  • Food, music and BINGO will be all day through 10 p.m.
  • Dunk a Cop
  • Honoring our Veterans with music by the Fridley City Band
  • Martial Arts Demonstration
  • FHS All Class Reunion
  • St. Paul Pioneer Football Camp
  • Criquet Demonstration
  • Brat Pack Radio Band
  • Fireworks!


Lakeville Puppet Wagon

When our girls were young we used to search for free and inexpensive events.  We discovered the Lakeville Puppet Wagon, which not only is free but it’s something that rotates at various parks.  Park hopping and puppets seemed to be perfect combination for summer entertainment.   You can find a map of the locations as well as more information on the city website here.  Also if you know of other cities that have a similar program, please share with us so we can let our readers know.

Farmington ECFE Petting Zoo

The Farmington ECFE Petting Zoo takes place tomorrow, June 13th from 6-7.  It’s a free event and at least 20 large and small animals have been scheduled for kids to enjoy.  A perfect start to summer break, plus it’s in the evening, so hopefully it can work for everyone’s schedule. In case of bad weather check their FB event page just to make sure the location or date didn’t get changed.

Farmington ECFE presents with the animals of WALTON’S HOLLOW a FREE petting zoo event with 20 large and small animals, additional activities and crafts.
Tuesday, June 13, 6-7pm
510 Walnut Street Farmington.

25th Annual Book’em Used Book Sale

The 25th Annual Book’em Used Book Sale started on June 3rd and goes through the 17th.   This isn’t your typical used book sale, it’s enormous so there really is something for everyone.  Located in Richfield at the former Sports Authority store, across 494 from REI. The money raised goes to a great cause, crime prevention programs in Bloomington.  You can find more information as well as the hours here on the flyer. The best part, no admission to this great sale!  

The Bloomington Crime Prevention Association (BCPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose primary focus is to raise money for community based crime prevention programs.

We are best known for our annual fundraiser, the Book’Em Used Book Sale, one of the largest used book sales in the Midwest.

National Get Outdoors Day Event

This Saturday June 1oth is National Get Outdoors Day.  REI is stepping up and helping those of us in the twin cities, enjoy the day. You can head to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis from 11-3 for a whole list of free fun:

  • canoeing
  • fishing,
  • archery
  • roast marshmallows
  • play camp games
  • wilderness camping etiquette
  • fire arms safety at the laser shooting range
  • kids’ outdoor activities
  • climbing wall
  • cool off in the wading pool
  • enjoy food, live music, prize give-aways and more!

National Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide event that offers those new to outdoor activities an opportunity to try them out for FREE. Join us at Powderhorn Park to play outside! We are ready to have some fun outside and hope that you will join us. The event is completely free. There are numerous bus routes to reach the event by public transport. Plenty of parking is available on side streets.


Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

This weekend is Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, a great event filled with some amazing works of art and all made with chalk.  It’s a two day event that takes place in Maple Grove.  It takes place this Saturday and Sunday June 10-11.  You can find more information here on the event website.

what to know

Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, presented by Minneapolis Northwest Tourism, is a free, 2-day street art festival with entertainment, food, and family fun! The Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes is featuring sidewalk chalk art by professionals, amateurs & art enthusiasts from across the world! The event will occur on June 10-11, 2017 (10-5 both days) and is located on Main Street in Arbor Lakes. The Fountains at Arbor Lakes is also to display amazing murals by our artist-in-residence, Shawn McCann and visiting artists prior to the event.

Main Street Arbor Lakes is the Artist’s Zone with professional, student and amateur artists chalking their creations for you! Yes, it’s a competition, but who says you can’t have ‘fun’ and ‘competition’ in the same sentence? Not us! Be sure to come both days to watch the artists chalk the streets of Arbor Lakes. While there you can vote for your favorite professional artist to win the People’s Choice Award.  Public chalking areas will be provided so bring your creativity along!

Be sure to find your way to The Fountains at Arbor Lakes the days before the event to see the amazing, custom-created murals by world-class artists! Preview the work of Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes’ artist-in-residence, Shawn McCann & visiting artists as they work together in the days leading up to Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes to create amazing chalk murals!

Summer Open House at Buck Hill

Buck Hill has fun all year round.  Downhill skiing on snow in the winter and then on artificial snow in the summer.  This Friday, June 9th from 4-8pm you can enjoy a lot of fun at the Summer Open House.  Check out some of the activities:

• Ride Our Trails and Mountain Bike Skills Park
• Food and Beverages Available from Black Diamond Restaurant and Bar
• Free Face Painting
• Demo the Latest Mountain Bikes from Valley Bike & Ski and Penn Cycle
• Electric Longboard Demos from Zombie Boardshop
• Learn More About Our Summer Action Sports Camps for Kids
• Ski, Snowboard or Tube on the Neveplast Artificial Snow
• FREE EVENT! You Must Provide Your Own Ski or Snowboard Equipment


Summer Kickoff Celebration in Hastings

Hastings is welcoming summer in a fun way.  The Summer Kickoff Celebration in Hastings takes place tomorrow, June 6th from 5-8pm at the Veterans Memorial Levee.  No admission and there’ll be lot’s of great activities:  live music, bounce house, knocker ball and more.

The Lions Club of Hastings will be at the party serving up hot dogs to the first 500 attendees. Hot dogs will be free, but donations for this wonderful local service organization will be accepted.

All the way from Germany, the Kreisjugend Youth Orchestra will be performing at Summer Kickoff from 7 – 8 p.m.



Free Movies at Target Field Station


Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Downtown Council

We all wonder if the warm weather will come back, the snow lingers and then comes the rain but the warm weather is here.  It’s time to enjoy some evening activities in the evening.  There’s a great line up of Free Movies at Target Field Station this year. Some great family friendly movies.  Check out the great list:

  • June 8: Footloose (1984)
  • June 29: The Parent Trap (1961)
  • July 13: Inside Out
  • August 10: Finding Dory
  • August 24: Free Willy

On select Thursdays at 7pm throughout the summer, you can enjoy outdoor movie nights at Target Field Station. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, find a spot on the green grass outside the Twins’ ballpark and enjoy an evening watching a movie under the stars and the downtown skyline.