A Fun Kids Day in Prior Lake

This Saturday, May 20th is Kids Day at the Maintenance Center in Prior Lake.  A day to to check out some of the vehicles and machines that they use around town.  Do you have a kid that loves to watch the snowplow or the tractor mowing the city trails? This is a time to safely get up close to some of the big vehicles and machines.  It takes place from 8-10am and you can find more information here. 

Families are invited to this free event to come and see up close, some of the vehicles that come and go through your neighborhood. A wide variety of vehicles will be on display for you and your child to explore.

Trucksploration

Mark your calendars, a week from today is Trucksploration.  A time to get up close and personal with all sorts of big vehicles. Trucksploration takes place Sunday, May 21st from 11-2pm in St. Louis Park.  It’s a free event and open to the public of all ages.  You can find more information  here.

What is trucksploration?

An innovative and fun event that will blend the excitement of big
machines and imagination along with the opportunity for the
youngest members of our community and their families
and friends to share a day of exploration.

What will be there for us to do?

Trucks and other vehicles of all sizes, fun
for boys & girls, parents & grandparents!
High-energy, interactive vehicles, fun
guests & entertainment! Food vendors!

Touch a Truck Event

Do you have kids that love to watch big firetrucks, semi’s or the garbage truck?  I know my nephew gets super excited when it’s garbage day and the big truck comes down the street.  Save the date because the Touch a Truck event at the Maplewood Mall is a time to get the kids up and close with lot’s of the big engine vehicles.  The free event takes place Saturday May 20th from 10am-2pm.

FREE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Touch-A-Truck is a family focused event that allows children the opportunity to climb in and around some of the coolest vehicles around. By partnering with local business and public servants, we are able to bring the community together and create a unique and fun experience.

Don’t miss our KidX Club Activities supporting the local Boy Scouts of America. Unlimited Bounce House wristbands available for $5! All proceeds go to charity.

 

Children’s Theatre Company – A Year with Frog and Toad – Discount Tickets

Update: While they last, you can get discount tickets for A Year with Frog and Toad HERE.

“A Year with  Frog and Toad” was at the Children’s Theatre about 10 years ago and, if you were lucky enough to see it then, you know why it’s back.  We loved it so much that we hope to go again. I remember the books when I was a kid, and when our girls discovered the books it was a perfect opportunity to take them to the play.  “A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad” is for all ages and a perfect introduction to theatre for the younger kids who may have not been to a performance yet. It’s also a great performance for the older kids who have been to several plays.  It’s a story about two best friends and all of the regular, as well as the not so regular, day to day things that best friends go through.  Everyone is sure to take away some valuable lessons from Frog and Toad.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony® Awards including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring.
A Year with Frog and Toad runs April 18 through June 18, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale nowon sale now starting at $15.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota Reader will win 4 tickets to see A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad. To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/16/17. Good luck!

Children’s Theatre Company A Year with Frog and Toad Ticket Giveaway

Free “Mixed Nuts” Kids Comedy Show in Farmington

Sometimes it’s difficult to find free activities for younger kids in the evening.  The Farmington ECFE is hosting the Mixed Nuts kids comedy show on Tuesday evening. The show is geared towards the 0-5 age group, so a perfect evening activity.  It begins at 6:30 at the Meadowview Elemntary Gym.  You can find more information here on the website.

ECFE presents Mixed Nuts with a Touch of Magic Entertainment. Mixed Nuts is a hilarious kids comedy show with physical comedy, age-appropriate humor and uproarious audience participation.

Grand Opening Celebration at Oliver Kelley Farm

Although the Oliver Kelley farm is not new, the remodel and additions to the farm are new.  The Oliver Kelley Farm is located near Elk River and is part of the MN Historical Society.  Celebrate the official grand opening of the Kelley Farm’s newest facilities, including the beautiful new visitor center, Learning Kitchen, outdoor exhibits, animal barn, modern gardens and cropland and more.  The Grand Opening Celebration takes place this coming weekend May 6-7th. There will be several special activities taking place as well as live music, games and demonstrations both days of the event.  You can find the schedule as well as purchase tickets here on the website.

 

A Goodbye to the Three River Parks French Play Area

The weather might not feel quite like summer, but tomorrow is a celebration and farewell, to the Three Rivers Park French play area. The play area at the French Regional Park in Plymouth, has been around since 1989.  It’s time to make way for a new structure, which will open in 2018.  You can see the plans here.   The park is inviting the public to the park tomorrow from 1-3 to enjoy:  music, activities, a photo booth and more.

The French play area is closing soon to make way for a new and exciting play area opening in spring of 2018. But before the play area closes, everyone is invited to come out for one more opportunity to play on it!

On Saturday, April 29, from 1–3 PM, enjoy park activities, popcorn, music, and visit the photo booth. It’ll be a blast, and it’s all free!

The French play area will be open through April 30. To view the plans for the new play area, click hereclick here.

Family Art Day at Intermedia Arts

Tomorrow is family art day at Intermedia Arts.  The free event takes place from 10-12:30.  Some of the family friendly activities include: printmaking, moving and singing, music, beatboxing, theater and more.  You can find the schedule and additional information on their website.

Family Art Day is an engaging celebration of all things art, featuring hands-on artmaking activities and engaging performances for families and youth of all ages! Join visual artists, performers, musicians, storytellers and more at this bi-annual, family-focused event! All ages and abilities welcome. Free and open to all children and families!

2017 Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

This year is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day.  Reuse, recycle and reduce.  Party for the Planet is an annual event at Como Zoo.  it takes place tomorrow and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd beginning at 10:00.  It’s important to note that the shuttle will also start for the 2017 season, check out information here here so you can plan ahead.

April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a global celebration that also reminds us what we can do to protect the planet’s most precious resources. At Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, we invite the public to a free, family-friendly “Party for the Planet: Conservation Superheroes” weekend presented by Xcel Energy. Dress as your favorite Superhero and then come discover ours! Visit our Conservation Stations to see and learn more about our animals with the POWER OF FLIGHT! MASTERS OF DISGUISE! SUPER BUILDERS! Activities, crafts, and cool conservation stations will be set up both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy will be unveiling, for the first time ever, their new 110sq foot Tiny House. You’ll have to see it to believe it and all the remarkable energy efficient features packed into it. Step inside the Xcel Tiny House and learn how you can bring energy efficiency and renewable energy options into your home, no matter what size it is.

Party for the Planet – Daily Schedule
10:30 Polar Bear Program……………………………………….Polar Bear Odyssey
11:00 Zookeeper Talk……………………..…………………..Wyoming Toads
11:30 Primate Program…………………………..………………Primate Building
12:00 Story Time: One Plastic Bag……. …………………………..Visitor Center Lobby
1:00 Gardener Talk: Million Shades of Green……Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2:00 Gorilla Program ………………..…………..………………Gorilla Forest
2:30 Polar Bear Program…………………………………………Polar Bear Odyssey
All Day: Endangered Species Drawings……………………..………Exhibit Gallery
All Day: Final days of the Spring Flower Show……………………Sunken Garden

On Saturday, April 22 at 1:30, The Merry Minstrels (kids from St John the Baptist school in New Brighton, MN) will be entertaining the crowds with English Morris Dancing!

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2017

The Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival is something new for 2017, however if you’ve been to the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze, it’s at the same location.  It will take place weekend in April, beginning the 14th, but closed on Easter Sunday.   Hours will be 10-5.  You can purchase discount tickets online or regular price at the gate.

Fun For All!

Come and experience the inaugural 2017 Twin Cities Spring Babies! From cute baby animals to a kids corn pit, everyone’s sure to have a great time! Enjoy petting or holding adorable baby animals that include bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves and much more. So bring the whole family for a fun day in the field. The baby animals are inside, so come rain or shine. See you soon! Click here to buy your tickets now!

Included in the ticket price:

  • Baby Farm Animals Petting Zoo
  • Kids Corn Pit
  • Straw Bale Maze
  • Hayride
  • Kids Play Area

For a little extra:

  • Food Vendors*
  • Pony Rides*
  • And more!

*Not included in the ticket price. Additional cost applies.
**Dogs/pets are not allowed. Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm.