Drive Inside Movie at the Maplewood Mall

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on Saturday (March 25th) morning?  Bring them to the Maplewood Mall for the Drive Inside Movie. It’s a free event and no reservations or tickets needed.  A perfect indoor activity for a Saturday morning.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC. No ticket required.

Bring the kiddos out to Maplewood Mall for our Hawaiian themed Drive In{side} movie special feature! We will be watching Moana. All kids will receive a coupon for a FREE kiddie popcorn from our friends at Dairy Queen. First 50 kids to arrive will receive a free Luau Lei.

Free to the public and no ticket required.

Doors open at 10am. Come early, find your spot, grab your popcorn and settle in for the movie that starts promptly at 11:00!

Be sure to bring a blanket for the kiddos to sit on. There will be folding chairs in the back of the space for adults. See you there!

Located on the upper level between Sears and Dairy Queen.

AGENDA
10:30 – Gates open. Bring your beach blankets and reserve your space on the floor before grabbing your free Kids popcorn courtesy of our friends at Dairy Queen
11:00 – Movie begins {approximate run time is 1 hr and 56 min}

12th Annual Randolph Railroad Days

All Board, it’s time for the 12th Annual Randolph Railroad Days.  It takes place this weekend, March 25-26 at the Randolph High School.  Randolph is located just 20 minutes south of the twin cities and 45 minutes north of Rochester.  Each year the Randolph Railroad Days gets bigger and better, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Hours are Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 10-2. Admission is $6 for adults and children 10 and under are free.

Joining us will be “Cannonball” Paul! (America’s Premier Old-Fashioned Railroad Musician) and Bookworm Bonnie (International Queen of the Hobos 2013-14).  Cannonball Paul will be doing shows but also will be serenading throughout both days of the train show.  Bookworm Bonnie will be doing railroad folklore presentations both days as well.

And of course once again we will have the CHOO CHOO BOB TV show’s Engineer Paul!  He will entertain families with sing-a-longs and story telling.  He will also be doing performances on both Saturday and Sunday.

Remember at the Randolph school we have gymnasiums (and more in the hallways) of Operating Layouts and our Swap Meet.  Also be sure to check out our and Museum and its railroad artifacts.  The School AND our Museum are both handicapped accessible.

There will also be railroad slide shows and presentations on both Saturday and Sunday.

There were to be train rides this year.  But unfortunately the local railroad now finds it has limited resources the day of this year’s Randolph Railroad Days.  The railroad is however optimistic that they may be able to do rides later this year.  Hopefully better than they originally had planned!  We’ll keep you posted.

In any case an Engine and Caboose WILL be at this year’s show to explore.

Admission is $6 for adults and children 10 and under are free.

 

 

Rita’s First Day of Spring – FREE Italian Ice

It almost feels like Spring has already been here.  With our fickle weather, it’s been difficult to keep track of what season it actually is.  The first day of Spring on the Calendar is tomorrow and Rita’s is celebrating by giving away FREE Italian Ice.  There are four locations in MN.

A COOL tradition for 25 years and counting!

Rita’s, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 locations, will hold our 25th Annual First Day of Spring FREE Italian Ice Giveaway on Monday, March 20!

From Connecticut to California, Guests across the country who visit Rita’s Italian Ice between noon and 9pm will receive a FREE Italian Ice in the available flavor of their choice.

 

 

 

Corda Mor Irish Dance Performances at MOA

Photo from Corda Mor Irish Dance FB Page

Are you looking for something family friendly to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  One idea is to watch the Corda Mor Irish Dance Performances at MOA.  The performances take place tomorrow at 2:45 and 3:45 in the Sears court of Mall of America.  The performers are students that range in age from 5-20.

Photo from Corda Mor Irish Dance FB Page

Corda Mor (meaning “great heart”) teaches Irish dance to more than 100 students, ages ranging 5 through 20. Though the studio is located in Edina, Minnesota, these dancers travel throughout the Midwest, providing entertainment in a variety of venues as well as participate in competitions all over the world. Stop by Mall of America on St. Patrick’s Day for two special performances from Corda Mor dancers!

Maple Syrup Through History at The Landing

What better way to learn about the history of Maple Syrup, than by riding a horse-drawn trolley along the route?  The Landing, located in Shakopee has an event this Saturday called Maple Syrup Through History.  People will be dressed in period clothing, answering questions and explaining about the historical aspects of Maple Syrup in Minnesota.  It takes place this Saturday, March 18th from 10am-4pm.

Ride a horse-drawn trolley and visit with maple syrup makers from the past. Journey to the sugar bush with a naturalist from Richardson Nature Center and discover how the trees of Minnesota helped serve early pioneers. Perfect for scouts working on badge requirements. Last entry at 3 PM. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

To preregister, call 763.559.6700; drop-ins welcome.

Fees

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free

 

InnerActive in Minnetonka

Well it looks like mother nature decided to show us winter is still here.  Do you have a house full of stir crazy kids. I just learned about a new place in Minnetonka you can add to your list of indoor options. InnerActive is a place where kids can burn off some energy.  The best part about this place, it’s open 365 days a year from 7:30-9pm, plus it’s for kids of all ages.   InnerActive is unstaffed and it’s suggested you purchase your admission ahead of time.  You can read about how it all works here on their website.

What are your hours and prices?
We are open 365 days a year from 7:30am to 9:00pm – Yes, including holidays!  All children ages 1-17 are $9.00 each per day.  We also offer memberships at very affordable rates!  Adult patrons are free with paying child.  Please visit our Buy Now page to purchase your play pass or membership.

How is InnerActive secured?
The outer door to our facility is open from 7:30am-9:00pm every day. The inner door is always locked. To enter our facility you must purchase an entry code.  We suggest you purchase online before you arrive.  There is also a computer in our entry. You must enter your code into the keypad to enter our space.
All activity is monitored by cameras throughout the space.  We will be able to see a live feed at all times.  If you have any concerns/questions, please contact us.

What do you mean by “unstaffed”?
Unstaffed means we do not devote staff resources to accept payment at the door or to monitor children. It allows us to remain open from 7:30am-9:00pm every day of the year!
Many times we will have staff on site to help monitor security, to maintain the facility, and simply to answer any questions you may have!  Please contact us if you have any issues and we are not on-site.

 

Urban Expedition: Colombia at the Landmark Center

We would all love a vacation to somewhere far away, but perhaps it’s the cost or the time that makes it difficult.  The Landmark Center in St. Paul has a way to help us vacation without leaving the state.  This Sunday you can join the Urban Expedition and learn about Colombia.  A free event with activities for the whole family.  It takes place from 1-3pm, with music, dancing, and even live animals.  If you can’t make it this Sunday, mark your calendar for April 9th (Togo) and April 23rd (Karen/Burma).

Landmark Center’s popular Urban Expedition program, which provides families with an opportunity to learn about the world right here in Saint Paul’s backyard, returns for the 13th year.  The five individual programs provide authentic cultural experiences that include music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.

All programs are from 1 to 3 pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Children and adults alike receive a travel “passport” that will be stamped for each country in the series. Along with music and dance, each Urban Expedition features live animals native to the featured country, and language lessons.

The Bakken Museum Celebrates The Talented Women In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on Saturday March 11th

The Saturday March 11th the Bakken Museum is hosting one of their Discovery Days.  A day where they have extra activities and learning going on.  This Saturday they will celebrate the Talented Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The day will include a panel discussion with Neuroscientist Dr. Jennifer Marlo-Triemstra, Rebiotix Program Program Manager Courtney Jones, Analytical chemist Dr. Rachel Loeber, and Conservationist Tara Harris of the Minnesota Zoo.  There will be some great interactive and hands on activities throughout the day as well.  Everything is included in the regular price of admission. *Kids who wear their Scout uniforms get 1/2-off regular price admission for the day.

Visit the museum for an in-depth exploration of science, technology, engineering, art and math topics with hands-on activities and partner demonstrations.

The Bakken Museum celebrates the talented Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math this month at Discovery Days on Saturday, March 11! Check out some of the cool featured activities:
  • Tiger Conservation the Minnesota Zoo, 
  • Human Biome with female scientists from Rebiotix 
  • Marble computing machines in The Bakken workshop
  • Sticky Science activities from H.B. Fuller
  • All-girl robotics team FTC Rubies
The day also includes a panel discussion with Neuroscientist Dr. Jennifer Marlo-Triemstra, Rebiotix Program Manager Courtney Jones, Analytical chemist Dr. Rachel Loeber, and Conservationist Tara Harris of the Minnesota Zoo.
Kids who wear their Scout uniforms get 1/2-off regular price admission!

This family-focused event features interactive learning stations, make-and-take activities, and experts from the STEM field in Minnesota who will share their experiences and insight as women in science. Discovery Day activities run from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and are included in the cost of admission. Members get in FREE!

 

Maple Syrup Time at Richardson Nature Center

Saturday is Maple Syrup Time at Richardson Nature Center.  A time to learn about Maple Syrup and the start to finish of how sap becomes syrup.   The Richardson Nature Center is located in Bloomington, and the Maple Syrup Time event takes place from 2-3:30.  If you can’t make this Saturday, there will be another event on March 25th.  You can find more information about the event and register in advance here on the website.

Maple Syruping Day at the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center

Tomorrow is the first of many maple syrup events, that will take place around Minnesota.  Maple Syruping Day at the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center, takes place from 12pm-4pm tomorrow March 4th.  A family friendly event where can learn about the history and process of making maple syrup.  There’ll be activities going on throughout the day including: log tapping, sap boiling, spile making, maple syrup sampling, crafts, refreshments, and more.   No advance registration required, there’s a $5 admission fee and 3 and under are free.