Open Streets Minneapolis: Lake + Minnehaha

We love the Open Street Events that take place in Minneapolis.  We don’t live in Minneapolis, so it gives us a chance to explore different areas.  If you have’t been to any of them, the Open Streets Minneapolis: Lake + Minnehaha is coming up.  It takes place this coming Sunday, July 23rd from 11-5.  The road will be closed to cars, and open to pedestrians, bikes and etc.  Part of this area has had some construction so missed out on the Open Street events for a few years.  This will be the first one since 2013.

Back again (and for the first time on Minnehaha since 2013), Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic at Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha!

Open Streets events bring together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.

Open Streets offers a number of fun, family-friendly events put on by local businesses and event partners! From group yoga and exercise in the streets to live music and kids play zones; there’s something for everyone at Open Streets!

What will YOU create on the street at Open Streets?

Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 11:00am – 5:00pm
From Elliot Avenue to Minnehaha Ave; along Minnehaha Ave until 46th St.


Three Rivers Park Dragon Fly Festival

The Three Rivers Park Dragon Fly Festival is coming up this Saturday July 8th.  It takes place at the Eastman Nature Center in Dayton.  This event is a time to learn about dragon flies, make some crafts, catch some dragon flies and more.  It’s a fun for all ages event.  There is a small admission fee of $5 per person.  It takes place from 10-1 and you can drop in anytime, you do not have to be there right at 10.

Dragonfly Festival – Celebrate dragonflies and their life cycles. Visit the dragonfly tent, catch some of these insects, and learn how your actions affect their health. Explore with microscopes; make a craft. $5/person. Ages: All.  Saturday, July 8, 10 am – 1 pm.


Open Eye Figure Theatre Free Puppet Shows

This summer is the 15th year for the Open Eye Figure Theatre Driveway Tour.  The Driveway Tour is a way to experience a puppet show in a variety of locations.  In the past we have attended them in people’s yards, in a park and at the local library.   You can find the schedule and locations here.  There are four different rotating shows that are part of the Driveway Tour schedule.

The 15th Annual Driveway Tour

All summer long we perform puppet shows in backyards, front yards, parks throughout the Twin Cities, bringing communities together with original family-friendly theatre. Since 2003, the Driveway Tour has reached over 50,000 people in more than 620 neighborhoods.

How Do I Attend a Driveway Tour Show?

The Driveway Tour is hosted within communities all around the metro area. All shows are free and open to anyone who wants to attend.

Open Eye Figure Theatre

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.


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.

Marcus Theatres 2017 Summer Family Movies

School’s out and the summer heat is here.  A great place to escape the heat is to head to the the air-conditioned movie theatre. The Marcus Theatres are hosting a great summer family movie program.  On Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am, from June 11-August 16th the family friendly movies are only $3 a person.  Click here for participating theatres.  The schedule for the movies:

  • June 11-12, 14: The Secret Life of Pets
  • June 18-19, 21: Rock Dog
  • June 25-26, 28: Sing
  • July 2-3, 5: A Dog’s Purpose
  • July 9-10, 12: The Lego Batman Movie
  • July 16-17, 19: Trolls
  • July 23-24, 26: Monster Trucks
  • July 30-31, Aug 2: Curious George
  • August 6-7, 9: Storks
  • August 13-14, 16: Smurfs: The Lost Village

North Central Speedway Kids Night

For those of you near central MN, this Saturday, June 3rd is Kids Night at North Central Speedway.  For those of you not near it, it might be time to check out the Brainerd area, it really has a lot to offer.   I remember when I was a kid, I loved going to the races. You can find more information about the location, schedule and rules, here on their website.

Kids night is sponsored by Essentia Health.

Kids have a chance to win a bike. Helmets are donated by Essentia Health. Plus they have more giveaways!

Kids 17 and under get in for FREE in the grandstand!!!!! Adults are just $10.

WaterFest 2017 at Lake Phalen Park

WaterFest is coming up this weekend.  A great family friendly free event that celebrates clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation.  WaterFest takes place this Saturday, June 3rd from 11-4pm. It will be held rain or shine at the Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul.  You can find more specific information here on the event page.  Some of the fun activities taking place include: 

  • Voyageur canoe ride
  • Water Games
  • Native Plant Giveaway
  • Live Music
  • Live Animals
  • Jump Castle

2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

It’s time for the 17th annual Flint Hills International Children’t Festival.  It takes place inside and outside the Ordway in St. Paul. The Festival is packed full of free and inexpensive entertainment.  The festival takes place SCHOOL WEEK MAY 30 – JUNE 2 and FAMILY WEEKEND JUNE 3 & 4.

For the indoor performances you can purchased tickets in advance here on the website.


• More than 100 free outdoor performances by almost 600 local artists and groups representing cultural traditions from around the world
• Folktales from across the globe as told by Twin Cities storytellers in the Story Time Corner
• A musical instrument petting zoo with Congolese musician Siama
• Located inside the Ordway: “The Touch of Sound,” an interactive audio installation featuring the sounds of the Galapagos Islands
• An art exhibition titled “Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists,” curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa), in the Ordway lobbies
• The Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk, a walking tour through downtown St. Paul highlighting hundreds of pieces of art created by young people


• New this year: kid’s yoga by 1000 Petals Yoga
• Art-making activities from 21 different arts, cultural and educational organizations from around the Twin Cities
• Join in a lunch time dance party with local DJs spinning tunes in the Ordway lobby
• Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, juggling, dance lessons, and more!