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

 

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.

In the Park after Dark – Winter at Silverwood Park

Learning things in a park after dark takes on a whole different meaning in the winter.  Join others for a fun event called “In the Park after Dark – Winter” at Silverwood Park.  It takes places Thursday, February 16th from 7-8:30.   The theme for the evening will be “Fired Up for Survival – Survival and Building Fire Kits”.   There’s a small fee to attend and they do prefer reservations.  You can find all the information here.

Franconia Valentine’s Sculpture Pour

The Franconia Sculpture Park located near Shafer MN is hosting a Valentine’s Sculpture Pour.  It takes place this coming Saturday, February 11th from noon to 5pm. There is no admission fee to attend.  A unique event, you’ll be able to witness the process of art taking shape.

Join Minnesota iron artists for a real fire and ice event for 2017! Each winter, Minnesota artists crawl out of hibernation and join Franconia for an outdoor iron pour. Bring your sweetheart, potential sweetheart, or the whole family for this free event. Warm yourself by the bonfire and witness the drama of experienced artists pouring molten iron into prepared molds. It’s the perfect antidote for the winter blahs!

Come to the park on February 11th with your loved ones and some hot cocoa for a special event totally worth braving the cold for. You can warm your hands by the fire or on your freshly poured sculpture! We will offer two behind the scenes tours so you can understand the process of casting iron on a deeper level as well as a Q & A booth with participating iron artists!

NEW this year– Nordic Waffles will be attending the event to serve up their delicious hot waffles, coffee, and hot chocolate! Keeping you warm and alert in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth! Follow this link to their website to see more nordicwaffles.com

 

Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park

We keep hoping for a little more snow in the metro area, hopefully the forecast is correct that some is on the way.  More snow means the Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park will be a great event to participate in.  It takes place this coming Friday, February 10th.  Hours are from 6:30-8.   You can use your own snowshoes if you have them, or reserve a pair from the park.

 

 

Trails by Candlelight

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this even has been canceled:

“At this time, trail conditions park-wide have deteriorated further after the precipitation received Monday and Tuesday this week. Currently, all trails are rated as: icy to dangerously icy in most places, and are not safe for use for the Trails By Candlelight event. In addition to unsafe event trail conditions, local weather predictions anticipate rain all day and into the evening on Saturday, February 11, which will further deteriorate trail conditions and disintegrate and extinguish luminaries.

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There’s something about being outdoors at night, with the white snow beneath you.  Something magical and something mysterious. The Trails by Candlelight event at Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a a great event to enjoy a magical winter evening.  It takes place Saturday Feburary 11th from 6-9pm.  There is an admission of $10 per person, cash preferred at the time of arrival.

Trails by Candlelight

More than 1,500 luminaries will line more than 2 miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails and nearly 4 miles of cross-country ski trails at the Trails by Candlelight event in Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Enjoy candlelight hiking, snowshoeing, sledding a lit hill, ice skating, kicksledding, bonfires and food trucks.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Admission: $10/person. Tickets at the door only. Ages 5 and younger are free.

Cash payment is preferred, checks and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) will be accepted.

Plan ahead to fast-track the admissions line. Bring cash for ticket payment and a signed Event Waiver for each person attending.

Parking
Free parking is available onsite or at Woodcrest Church (525 Cliff Road) with a free shuttle to and from the event. Shuttle rides will start at 5:45 p.m.  The last shuttle ride back to the Woodcrest Church leaves the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 9:45 p.m.

Food
Hot concessions will be available to purchase from Xstream Cuisine and Kabomelette.

What to bring
Bring your own sled, skis and snowshoes. Snowshoe and ski rental will also be available for an additional fee. The last rental of the night goes out at 8 p.m. Dogs, except for assistance and guide dogs, are not permitted at the event.

Kicksledding and Cocoa

Have you ever tried Kicksledding?  Although I have not, it sure looks fun.  It’s supposed to use the same motions as skiing, so perhaps it’s something most of us would be able to catch on to easily.  Saturday is a chance to give it a try at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center.   The nature center is hosting an event called Kicksledding and Cocoa.  There’s a small fee of $10 to attend the event.

Join us for a fun afternoon using our Norwegian kicksleds! Ridden with the same kicking and gliding motion as skiing, kicksleds provide a fun outdoor experience during the winter. After we try out the kicksleds, we will warm up by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa! All ages. $7 WNC friends/SMM members; $10 non members. Call to register.

Candlelight Valentine’s Walk

February is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Valentines Day.  The Candlelight Valentine’s Walk takes place at the River Bend Nature Center on February 11th. It’s open to all ages. The cost is $10 but if you register by February 4th it’s only $8. There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than an evening stroll along a snow covered path.  You can find more information and also register here on the park website.

Candlelight Valentine’s Walk

Open to all ages. Cost: $10 ($8 for River Bend members).
Early bird pricing available!  Pre-register by Saturday, February 4th. Cost: $8 ($6 for River Bend members)

Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm

Grab your sweetheart, and join a naturalist for a special Valentine’s walk around the nature center.  Wear snowshoes or boots, and bundle-up!  You’ll follow 1-mile of trail illuminated by candlelight, and then warm up by the fire with a marshmallow roast.  *Note: Your sweetheart can be anyone you care about, this walk is not reserved for romantic partners!

 

 

 

Free Fun at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

There’s a ton of free fun at the 2017 St. Paul Winter Carnival, not only this weekend but into next week as well.   The great thing is, so far the weather is cooperating.  It’s not -30 below, so minimal layers will be needed to enjoy the fun.  My top picks focus on the family friendly events but there’s also things for those 21 and up.  You can find the full schedule here.

Parades: We usually go to at least one if not two of the parades.  It’s been a fun family tradition to bundle up and watch the winter fun pass by.  With three different parades, there’s sure to be one that fits your schedule.  It’s a toss up to say if we like the Grand Day Parade or the Torchlight better, both have their own fun.

Ice Carving Displays:  The Ice Carving Displays take place in Rice Park.  The talent that is shown each year is simply astounding. We try to see them at night when they are all lit up and take on a magic all their own.

Music:  There is a ton of music that takes places during the winter carnival.  Last year we didn’t check the schedule, but enjoyed some great music while we wandered Rice Park looking at the Ice Carvings.  You can find the Rice Park music entertainment schedule here.

Frozen Family Fun Night:  Next Tuesday January 31st is the Frozen Family Night.  From 5-8pm it’s all about the kids, with tons of fun to be had.

This is just a small glimpse of the fun to be had at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  Check out the full calendar for all the fun to be had. Then find the things that work for your schedule.