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.

Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Festival at the Walker Art Center

Not only is it the Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center, it’s the Kid’s Film Festival, taking place March 4th.   The Kid’s Film Festival is a series of short films all for kids.  There are different time slots, depending on the age of your kids.  Some of the films are for all ages while others are geared towards 12 and up.  You can find more specific information as well as the movie summaries here on their website.

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Short Films for All Ages: New Adventures and New Friends, 11 am and 1 pm

Walker Cinema
Enjoy films about hopes, dreams and coming together. The characters of this series of films discover new friendships and explore the world around them. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each screening; seating is limited. Total run time: 77 minutes.

Short Films for ages 12 +: Lean on Me, 3 pm

Walker Cinema
Watch films about families, acceptance, fitting in and standing out. The characters in this collection of films look deep inside themselves to find out what they are really made of. Doors open at 2:30 pm; seating is limited. Total run time: 73 minutes.


Tuesday Preschool Playdates at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Credit: Science Museum of MN

I remember when our girls were young, trying to find activities for their age group.  I tried to find things that would not only be fun for them but fun for adults too.  The Tuesday Preschool Playdates at the Science Museum of Minnesota seems like it would be a great option.The best part is that if you purchase an adult ticket, you can get a free child admission for ages 5 and under.

Tuesday Mornings

During Playdates, you’ll receive:

  • Museum admission, packed with hands-on fun.
  • Make & Take creations: Your child will use their imagination to engineer a project we have developed especially for them!
  • Special theater programs and demonstrations designed just for preschoolers.
  • Parents guide to preschool activities and accommodations throughout the museum, including an introduction to our Collectors’ Corner trading post.
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free Science Museum admission during Playdates.

* Please note that this package price does not combine with other offers or discounts and is not available for groups of 15 or more. If you’d like to attend an Omnitheater film, you can add one for a small fee.


Tech Fest – Family Engineering & Tech Fair at The Works Museum

If you’ve never been to the Works Museum, this Saturday would be a great time to go. Saturday February 25th, is Tech Fest  – A Family Engineering & Technology Fair.  Hours are from 9-4. If you pre-register in advance, there’s a discount on admission.

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Tech Fest  – A Family Engineering & Technology Fair

Saturday, February 25th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$8 pre-registered/$10 at door. Free for members.

Every February, The Works Museum brings together Twin Cities experts in technology and science to inspire kids and families. Kids are natural engineers, full of questions such as why, how, and what if I did it differently? Tech Fest gathers corporations, educational institutions and other nonprofits working in engineering and technology to share their work  and inspire kids. Together, we encourage kids to keep asking those questions and to pursue their passions for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

With kid-friendly demonstrations such as using K’Nex and shake tables to explore how civil engineers make buildings safe during earthquakes, medical technology using a life-sized operation game and licorice, color-changing jewelry and more, this science and technology fair appeals to everyone. It’s a fun indoor winter family activity.

One fan favorite is always The Works Museum’s own Tech Take-Apart. This hands-on activity encourages kids to dismantle and learn about “the guts” of machines and electronics. With goggles and steady hands, kids disassemble and explore computer towers, stereo equipment, hard drives, and all sorts of other treasures. We are grateful to Dynamic Recycling for donating machines for Tech Take-Apart. Visit our Explore It! page for upcoming Tech Take-Apart dates.

Brown Family Adventure Park

Brown Family Adventure Park

Photo from the Brown Family Adventure Park FB page

This past weekend we had amazing weather, February felt more like April.  Would love for it to be spring but we all know what the calendar says.  Most likely there’ll still be snow, and if not snow, then for sure some rainy days ahead.  Do you already have stir crazy kids?  I recently read about the Brown Family Adventure Park and it looks like a great option to burn off some energy!  I also like the fact that it’s a place for various ages.  Located in Ham Lake, and one important thing to note is they do NOT take credit cards.  Although, there is a cash machine in the lobby just in case you forget.

Photo from the Brown Family Adventure Park FB page


Brown Family Adventure Park where it is always sunny and bright!

The goal of The Brown family is to provide a clean, happy, nurturing and adventurous environment for children of all ages, while offering friendship and support to parents.

  • An excellent gathering place for Holiday Get-Togethers, Birthday Parties, Athletic Teams, Field Trips, Licensed Day Cares, Pre/Elementary Schools, Private Events, and many other Social Events.
  • Snack Bar offering a variety of food, including Pizza, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Meal Deals and Healthy, Gluten-free Snacks just to name a few!


STEM Family Day at the Mill City Museum

Our family has enjoyed every visit to the Mill City Museum.  Not only are the views of the river amazing, but the history and the hands on learning are top notch.  This Saturday, February 25th is STEM Family Day at the Mill City Museum.  If you’ve never been, I urge you to find a time to visit this great place. Science and History mingle together in this great place on a daily basis, but even more so during the STEM family day.  You can find all the information about parking, admission and hours for the museum here on the website. Some of the things that you can expect during STEM Family Day include:

  • Enjoy an interactive puppet show “Minnesota Aha!” created and performed by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz that unravels the stories behind great Minnesota inventions
  • Learn about kitchen chemistry in a Baking Lab demonstration
  • Discover how simple machines helped the Washburn A Mill operate and design a solution to a mill problem using K’nex
  • Splash around in the Water Lab at four tables exploring the importance of waterpower to the city of Minneapolis
  • Work together at two new interactive tables about mechanical waterpower and hydroelectricity
  • See a flour dust explosion and learn the science behind the Washburn A Mill explosion of 1878
  • Complete a worksheet to see how math was part of daily work at the Washburn A Mill“
  • Enter the Recycled Object Inventions Lab to create a fantastic gizmo or out-of-this-world creature to take home using recycled objects arts materials; led by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
  • Join an immersive tour of the cosmos through Indigenous and Western views with interactive storytelling and active learning “props,” led by Jim Rock, planetarium program director at the University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Learn about wheat and flour quality testing and its effects on baking with a member of General Mills’ Grain and Flour Quality Lab
  • Solve the “Mystery of the Disappearing Waterfall,” in a geology activity led by National Park Service rangers
  • Become a Junior Ranger by completing a paleontology activity booklet by the National Park Service
  • Meet scientists from the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
  • Enjoy a performance by History Player William de la Barre, an Austrian-born waterpower engineer
  • Make an eco-friendly cleanser with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organizations


11th Annual Camp Fair


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.