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.

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.

Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake

Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake Minnesota

One of my favorite winter events begins this weekend, the Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake.  Apparently it’s been happening for several years.  Our girls and I decided to check it out last year, to see just what “Art Shanty” actually meant.  What we discovered is something that’s hard to explain in just a few sentences.  We found art, music, adventures, exercise, fun, and laughter all on the ice of White Bear Lake.  There were several art shanties, each one truly had an identity all it’s own, and each one welcomed us with a very individual style.  We played music on the ice, we tasted some very unique MN tea, we created art, we listened to stories, we rode in a giant bear with at least 10 other people and much much more.  We had a magical day on the ice and I hope all of you can check out the Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake.   It begins this weekend and as long as the weather cooperates it will take place every Saturday and Sunday, February 4-26, 10am-4pm.

A few tips if you decide to visit the Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake:

  1. Dress warm, layers if possible.  You’ll be on a lake and sometimes the wind is very different than what you think it will be.
  2. Wear comfortable but yet warm boots.  Again you will be on the ice, but also walking around.  This is MN, this is winter. 🙂
  3. There was a food truck last year, but I suggest also having some snacks with just in case there is a line.  Or if you are like us,   we sort of lost track of time going in and out of the Shanty’s so the snacks came in handy.
  4. Be prepared to wait for parking, there’s is a large parking lot but it still might take a bit.
  5. Keep an open mind.  There’s a list of the Shanty’s and it gives a description for each one.  We decided to be surprised with some of them and did not read anything, just walked up and opened the door.  Sort of like “What’s behind door #1”.
  6. GO and HAVE FUN.  It really is something everyone in MN needs to experience.

2017 ON-ICE PROGRAM

The 2017 On-Ice Program will once again be located in White Bear Lake, MN, where the frozen surface acts as host and backdrop to a wide range of actions, interventions, happenings, stories, songs, games and more. Shanty village is free and open to the public every Saturday and Sunday, February 4-26, 10am-4pm. Explore shanties, interact with performing artists, and complete the scene as Art Shanty Projects repurposes the area’s best amenity to reimagines traditional cultural practices to transform the landscape in expansive and exciting ways.

The Smurfs Around Town – St. Paul and at Mall of America

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Not only is there a new Smurf movie coming out in April, Smurfs: The Lost Village, but they’ll also be in town this weekend.  Yes, the fun, lovable, memorable Smurfs! You have two opportunities to see Smurfette, Hefty, and Brainy. Tomorrow, January 28th they’ll be at the Winter Carnival in St. Paul and on Sunday, January 29th you’ll have a chance to see them at the Mall of America. 

Saturday, January 28  12pm-6pm

Meet Smurfette, Hefty and Brainy at St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Grand Day in the Park. Stop by the SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE booth between 12pm-6pm for your chance to meet the characters & win fun prizes.

Details: https://www.wintercarnival.com/event/grand-day-in-the-park/

Sunday, January 29  12pm-4pm

Join us as we prepare for the upcoming, thrilling journey through the Forbidden Forest with SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE themed crafts & activities! Smurfette, Brainy & Hefty, characters from the film, will be available for photos, plus there will be face painting, giveaways, and more!

Details: https://www.mallofamerica.com/events/view/1917

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House in Eden Prairie

Are you looking for something to do tomorrow? We found a great free event.  Each Saturday morning from 10-12pm the Outdoor Nature Center in Eden Prairie hosts an open house.  There will be free family activities including:  crafts, hiking, interaction with live animals and more.

The Eden Prairie Outdoor Center is a refurbished cabin located on the north shore of Staring Lake at 13765 Staring Lake Parkway.

A wide range of classes, workshops, trips and activities in outdoor recreation and environmental education are offered.

Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more!

Every Saturday from 10-12pm.

 

Dive-In Movie Night – Shoreview Community Center

Dive-In Movie Night - Shoreview Community Center

It’s almost time to find your swimsuit and head to the Shoreview Community Center for their Dive-In Movie Night.  It takes place this Friday January 20th from 7-9pm.

Join your friends and family at the Tropics Indoor Waterpark for a Dive-In Movie Night! Guests can relax on giant sea creatures or lounge on pool-side chairs while watching a family-friendly movie. No need to register; the purchase of a daily pass the day of the movie is your ticket. Free for members! Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to advertise the movie title on our Facebook page; please call 651.490.4750 for movie title. Join us for our next Dive-In Movie on March 3, 2017!

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Ralph Reeder food shelf and receive one free glow stick per family member*! (*While supplies last, limit one per person)

Daily Pass Rates:
$10 per adult (18+)
$9.25 per youth (1-17)
Additional rates online: http://bit.ly/2fHIQYe

Please note: Pool capacity is limited to 300 guests.

 

Snowman Making Contest and Concert

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With a lot of kids out of school on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. day, you might be looking for something for them to do? The Snowman Making Contest & Concert at the Silverwood Park, located in St. Anthony sure sounds like a fun idea.   Think of all the fun creative types of snowmen, snow-women, perhaps even an animal or monster that they could make!  The bonus is, it’s a free event.  Just need some creativity and whatever tools you need to bring that creativity to life!

Creatively build a snowman, snow-woman, or snow monster. Bring shovels, props, and natural materials to accessorize. Enter as a team or individual. Judging at 3:00 PM; certificates and trophies awarded at 3:30 PM. Enjoy marshmallow roasting and an indoor concert with Bunny Clogs after. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday

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Are you trying to plan your weekend, perhaps looking for something fun and free to do with the kids?  You can bring them to the Mall of America, take the opportunity to Explore The Pop-Up Children’s Museum For FREE This Sunday!   The Target Free 3rd Sunday, is typically held at the main St. Paul Children’s Museum location.  With the big renovation and remodel taking place, the FREE event is being offered at the satellite location, The Pop-Up, at the Mall of America.

 

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Explore the Pop-Up Museum for FREE! with Target Free 3rd Sundays

Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, visitors can roam the museum free of charge, the third Sunday of each month.

Special Activities in the Sears Court

January 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for a dose of healthy, physical fun during this energetic and lively large motor play activity. Plus! Enjoy a special Sneetches mini performance and teaching artist activity with Children’s Theatre Company.

If you are a member we recommend you plan a visit for another day if possible.

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