Few Seats But Great Eats – Best Tiny Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Sometimes going out to eat is just hoping there’ll be a seat when you arrive.  Sure, some of the fancy places take reservations, but if you want down home cooking then that’s probably not an option.  We love to try off the beaten path places and have discovered a selection of few seats but great eats in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We think these are a few of the best tiny restaurants in the Twin Cities for down-home cooking!

Our most recent adventures took us to Our Kitchen, located in South Minneapolis.  This small place only has about 19 seats – yes you read that correctly 19. Some are at the counter and the rest line up to face the seat.  We lucked out and only had a short 5 minute wait before three seats opened up.  We each ordered breakfast and all agreed it was delicious and would be back.  I’m thinking our secret to lucking out and getting seats was the fact that we arrived a half hour before they closed up.  Everyone was friendly and many were greeted by name.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Al’s Breakfast but I recall delicious pancakes. It’s located in the Dinky Town area of Minneapolis, not too far from the University of Minneapolis campus.  I’m hoping to bring our girls this summer. This little gem with only 14 seats means that you need to be prepared to wait a bit.

The third of the few seats but great eats is probably the most of famous of all.  Mickey’s Dining Car is located in St. Paul and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  This is the only one of the three where you can eat at night -the other two are morning and early afternoon only.  When we ate here it was in the evening and we enjoyed some great malts and burgers.  The best part was sitting at the counter watching the cook.  Our girls were in awe of all the tiny drawers and spaces where the food was kept.   Mickey’s does have a few more seats than the previous places I mentioned, but don’t get too excited as it’s still pretty limited seating.

I would love to know if there are other few seats but great eats around the metro or even outstate Minnesota.  Please let us know, we would love to give them a try.

Fantastic Funtabulous Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre


Photo Credit: Dan Norman

Cinderella is back at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.  Two words that fully describe this zany show, fantastic and funtabulous! A show that’s great for the whole family.  Yes, bring the grandparents, bring the kids of all ages. or just go with some friends. It really truly is a show for everyone.  Even the sometimes hard to please middle-school age group will love this one.  It might not quite be your Grandmother’s version of Cinderella, but it will loosely follow the original story.  There’s still Cinderella and a Prince, oh and we cant forget the Stepsisters and Stepmother, all of which are quiet memorable characters. It’s difficult to say, just who steals the show more.  Lot’s of fun music, and memorable moments rolled into this show.  This is also a show with just the right amount of audience participation, you won’t want to get too comfy in your seat.

Cinderella runs now through January 8th, so plenty of options to find a date that works.  Keep in mind, this show is a popular one, so don’t delay in getting tickets.


Photo Credit: Dan Norman

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) presents the back-by-popular-demand production of Cinderella. This rambunctious musical originally created by CTC brings together the heart-warming, classic story of Cinderella’s transformation, a Victorian Christmas party with lavish period costumes, grandiose sets and holiday carols, with brand-new, clever pop culture references, shameless physical comedy, audience participation, and gut-busting gags.
Cinderella is a favorite for Peter C. Brosius, CTC’s Artistic Director and Director for the show. He states, “This show absolutely has something for everyone – from the pop culture twists, to the surprising jokes told by our wild stepsisters and stepmother, to the tender story and holiday carols we all love – this is an experience unlike anything else for the entire family. I am also thrilled to have our entire Acting Company onstage delighting you in this production full of spectacle, heart and non-stop audience interaction!”
Hold on to your pumpkins! The magical, fantastical, and all-too-hilarious Cinderella returns to our stage for the holiday season. Freshly updated with all new songs, gags, and mayhem, you’ll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you’ll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent ball and fulfill her destiny. Put on your glass slippers, and join us for this spectacular and outrageous telling of our unique Cinderella, guaranteed to delight.
The entire CTC Acting Company, who have been entertaining CTC audiences for a combined 106 years, shines in this production that includes Traci Allen Shannon playing the role of Cinderella, Reed Sigmund and Dean Holt playing Cinderella’s stepsisters, Autumn Ness playing the Stepmother, and Gerald Drake playing Lord High Chamberlain. CTC’s 15/16 Performing Apprentice China Brickey will perform as the fairy godmother. David L. Murray, Jr (recently in Theater Latte Da’s Ragtime) will debut at CTC as the Prince.
Music direction is provided by Victor Zupanc, sound design by Sean Healey, choreography by Linda Talcott Lee (Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography), scenic and costume design by Eduardo Sicangco (Lyceum Theatre, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Radio City Music Hall), lighting design by Paul Whitaker (CTC credits as Lighting Designer include The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Shrek the Musical, and more), and puppet design by Eric Van Wyk (CTC Credits as Puppet Designer include Alice in Wonderland, The Biggest Little House in the Forest, Busytown the Musical, and more).
Cinderella runs now through January 8, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale now starting at $15.  For more information, visit us online at childrenstheatre.org or call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. Cinderella is proudly sponsored by Delta.

Photo Credit: Dan Norman

Small Business Saturday 2016

Small Business Saturday

Hopefully you all enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving holiday, then perhaps will spend today shopping or hiking to burn off the calories.   Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday 2016. and although I try to support small businesses all year, tomorrow is a day to acknowledge them even more.  We all have small businesses that we love, perhaps you could comment and share them with us. The places can be anywhere in MN, cause its always enjoyable to find and explore new places.  I’m going to highlight just a couple of places that I have discovered.

Junket:  Tossed and Found, is located in Minneapolis on Minnehaha Avenue.  Junket is a store that specializes in high quality secondhand materials.  Some of the items are sold as is, and are simply second hand, while others have been re-purposed and given a new life.  There’s always something new each time I visit.  On my most recent visit I purchased some jewelry, an ornament, and a piece of artwork.  On occasion they also host classes and community events, check out their calendar.


A growing social enterprise, Junket’s mission is to make it easier for people to connect with good, used stuff – and to help connect beautiful, used things with people who appreciate and will use them. Our environmental solution: to markedly reduce landfill contributions by eliminating barriers to – and creating enthusiasm for – reuse.

Another place I would like to highlight that I just discovered this year is called Repair Laire and although they have a website, the Facebook page is a bit more current.   This business too, has a strong focus on saving things from the landfill, starting out as a repair shop for clothing and outdoor gear (tents, sleeping bags, bags etc).  The store also has a large assortment of consignment clothing and gear, much of it being high end brands.


At Repair Lair we specialize in fixing outdoor clothing and camping equipment. We believe that the greenest gear is the gear you’ve got. By choosing to repair you conserve materials, energy, and the environment. From sewing patches onto your favorite jeans to replacing a broken tent zipper, we can fix almost anything. And if we don’t know how – we know who does.

Please share your favorite small businesses here, either in the comment section of this blog post, or in the comment section of FB. We would love to hear about your favorite places so we too can find them and support them.  They are all over Minnesota, some have been around for many years and others have just recently opened their doors.  Please spread the word.

MN State Fair Favorites: Cheap and Free Fun!

MN State Fair Favorites: Cheap and Free Fun!

We love the MN State Fair! We started taking our kids when they were 4 months old, double stroller and all.  We usually go at least once if not twice, spending almost a whole day there.  Typically we don’t arrive when the gates open, we get there around 9 or 10 but we are there until it closes.  This year we arrived in time to see the Milk Run take place yesterday, before many of the buildings were even open. We still stayed until almost close, and enjoyed a full day. Even spending an entire day there, we still didn’t have enough time to see everything.


The best part about the fair is that it’s for all ages and it can be a thrifty fun day.

One of our must do’s at the fair is to head to the Educational building.  Each year we get a free calendar with our picture on it. The Minnesota Education booth, just inside the big doors, has been giving out free photo calendars for many years.  It’s a simple, free, process and the line moves fast.  A great free souvenir!

One of our favorite inexpensive foods that we seek out is the Apple Freezies.  These are great, especially on a hot day. With a bargain price of $1.50, it won’t break the bank.  Located in the Horticulture building in the apple area.



There are countless places to stop and relax your tired feet.  A smaller unique venue is a seat inside in the Blue Moon Cafe.  Not only do they have some unique food (this year the new thing is the Monkey Onion Bread), but they show old movies.  Yes old, like the black and white movies from the 1950’s era.  When we were there yesterday, one of the films was “Teenagers from Outer Space”.


We decided to ride the Space Tower ride yesterday, three of us had never been on it.  At only $3 a person, it wasn’t very expensive and cheaper than some of the food choices.  A fun birds eye view from the top:



With kids, we don’t always move through the fair really fast, but we cover a lot of ground.  Believe it or not, we actually do not go to the midway area.  It can be done: go to the fair and not do midway.  Some years we do the Giant Slide or the Skyway rides, this year was the Space Tower.


The Eco Experience building is at the north end of the fair, each year they change it up a bit.  A great place to take kids, they offer a bingo card program for them to go through the building and get a prize after they complete the card.  We found a great “bench” made out of jeans from our favorite store Arc Value Village.  Even a giant Paul Bunyan, made out of recycled clothing.


With almost a week left to enjoy the fair, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  Food, Fun and variety is the name of the game for the Minnesota Fair.  You can find all the information on their website if you’ve never been, or just need a refresher course on the hours, schedule or layout.


Our Day at Mystery Cave and Forestville

Minnesota State Park System - Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

Minnesota State Park System

Just recently, our family headed south and enjoyed a day trip to a place none of us had ever been.  A rare thing, since we all call MN our home, and have spent the majority of our lives here.  Our road trip was just under two hours one way.  A perfect time to check out scenery or read books along the way. Our day at Mystery Cave and Forestville, was a lucky beautiful Saturday, with no rain while we were there.  Mystery Cave

Although the actual name of the place is Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, it really seems like two separate places.  *You will need either a day or annual state park pass to enter either place, plus admission to the town of Forestville and or the cave.

Our day at Mystery Cave and Forestville


We decided to go to the cave first.  If you like to plan things, it might be wise to have your cave tour booked in advance.  We did not do this and lucked out, as they still had openings. I suspect on busy days during the summer, this might not be the case. We went on the “scenic tour” and it was about an hour long.  One thing to note, this tour is quite accessible for those in wheelchairs etc. A rare thing for a cave tour as many require a lengthy amount of stairs to go up and down. Everyone should bring a jacket or sweatshirt as it’s 48 degrees in the cave.  We had a fun tour and our guide Bob, having previously been a science teacher was great and even had a little humor along the way.

Mystery Cave Tours

Discovered in 1937, Mystery Cave is the longest cave in Minnesota – spanning over 13 miles underground. It is a network of passages that was dissolved by moving water.

On the tours, you will travel the subterranean paths this water has taken, seeing many of the features that make up Mystery Cave including stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, fossils, and beautiful underground pools. Parks naturalists lead your tour through various portions of the cave and explain its history, its features, and how it was formed.

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park


Then we got back in the car and drove over to the “town” of Forestville.  This is why, although it is one State Park, it is two separate areas, just a couple miles a part from each other.  The actual town itself is part of the MN Historical Society so if have a membership, the town would be included in that.  We walked across the bridge and were greeted by, as our daughter called her “a historical lady”.  Yes there were several people dressed up in period clothing to tell the story of the town, and answer questions. Our favorite was the gentlemen in the general store.

Our day at Mystery Cave and Forestville


Each person helped guide and tell the story the town as we went from building to building.  The general store, the house, the garden and the shop.  All took their time to get us involved, and encouraged us to step back in the time.

Our day at Mystery Cave and Forestville


Forestville developed as a pioneer town in the mid-1850s and at its peak boasted a grist mill, school, brickyard, two hotels, two saw mills, a cabinet shop, a blacksmith shop, general store and post office. However, when the Southern Minnesota Railroad bypassed Forestville in 1868, many townspeople and businesses moved to more prosperous communities. By the 1890s, Thomas Meighen’s general store was one of the few remaining businesses in town, and by 1899, he employed everyone, paid workers in store credit and rented them houses that he owned.

Visitors to Historic Forestville today look through the eyes of the Meighen family and their workers to learn about a town experiencing economic and population decline.

Our day at Mystery Cave and Forestville


A great place to road-trip, or perhaps spend the night camping.  Hopefully if you decide to visit, you will have a day with beautiful weather, just like we had.  If you do decide to make the trip make sure to check the hours of operation as well as special events for both places.Our day at Mystery Cave and Forestville


Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Snowy Day Event & Review

Snowy-Day-HeaderComplimentary tickets

It’s almost perfect timing that we have a bit of snow in the forecast. Perfect timing because The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats just opened this past week at the The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. My daughters and I attended a performance on Friday evening.  We all enjoy theatre and for this specific play, we all chose to be surprised, and not research anything about the performance.



We were pleasantly surprised, the performance was different than many others we had been to at the Children’s Theatre.  There was no elaborate set, no fancy costumes either.  Not even a big cast of characters.  There were just three main characters that we saw on stage.  I see the suggest age for this play is K+.  I think the reason it is suggested for K+ is mainly because of how the play is presented.  The three main characters weave the story in and out of a fantastic display of shadow puppetry. Sometimes the characters are in front of the large screens and other times behind it.  It flows between seeing the characters in person to using your imagination a bit more as the puppets move across the large screens.  It was amazing how real the puppets looked. There were times the audience sat in complete silence, and then minutes later we were singing along or laughing with the characters. The play runs now through March 20th and you can get tickets here.

Photo: Dan Norman

Photo: Dan Norman

Coinciding with the opening of the play, is a great free event event taking place tomorrow.  Most kids have the day off from school. The Be Inspired! ALL ACCESS CELEBRATION takes place tomorrow Feburary 15th from 11am-4pm.

For 50 years, our work on stage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the community has been for you. Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event.

  • Explore the world of theatre magic – costumes, props, scenery
  • Take a Theatre Arts Training (TAT) class
  • Put your Snowy Day shadow puppets to work on the main stage
  • Enjoy storytime with your favorite CTC actors
  • Learn new dance moves from Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical
  • Performances by community artists featuring: Maria Isa and Tall Paul
  • Teen talk-back with student performers
  • And more!

Snowy Day Event and Review






Ice Castles Eden Prairie Tips

Disclosure TicketsIce Castle in Eden Prairie

UPDATE: For 2017 Ice Castles is moving to Stillwater, MN. Stay tuned for more info!

Not every place is lucky enough to have snow in the winter.   Even fewer places have the conditions to host an ice castle.   So when I had the chance to take our family to the Ice Castles Eden Prairie, I of course was super excited.  We had such a mild start to winter that I wasn’t quite sure if the Ice Castle would happen or not. It is now here and officially opened up this weekend on Saturday Jan 23rd. They are hoping it will be open into March, but that depends on our slightly unpredictable weather.


Due to our schedules we decided to go today, in the daylight.  I think it would be a great evening activity, especially for older kids or even a date night.  There are two slides and our girls tried the slide that goes through a tunnel and you sit on a sled.  We saw a lot of smiley kids laughing as they came out of the slide.  A smaller slide is also available and that one does not go inside the ice, however it is still made of ice.

Visitors can expect a completely unique kind of ice structure—different than traditional ice palaces that are constructed of blocks. Instead the Ice Castle begins construction with the placement of a single icicle that gets watered and molded to other icicles until the massive structure takes shape. What results are organic formations similar to those found in nature, like waterfalls, glaciers and ice caves. With the help of a team of 10-20 ice artists, the ice is fashioned into towers, archways, tunnels, slot canyons, stalactites, slides and thrones.

One of the most popular features of the Ice Castle is the evening light show. Thousands of LED lights embedded in the ice coordinate with stirring instrumental music to transport guests into a fantastical wonderland. Visitors can also enjoy squeezing, squishing and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display.

Ice Castle in Eden Prairie

A few suggestions from my family to all of you that have yet to experience this magical place:

  1. Wear winter boots or hiking shoes.  We saw a few people that were expecting different conditions and wore other foot wear. They wished they hadn’t.  It was cold enough to not be slushy when we went,  but the snow was not packed and winter boots or hiking footwear are quite helpful to get around and keep your feet warm.
  2. If you have younger kids, I would suggest either wearing them on you if you have an infant, or some families brought toddler sleds and pulled toddlers around. The website says strollers are not allowed, and understandably it would be difficult to get around in there with one.
  3. Check out the schedule as there are plans to have entertainment, including princesses as well as fire performances.
  4. The only restrooms are the port a potty kind, so be aware of that in advance.
  5. It will save time and is slightly cheaper if you purchase tickets in advance.
  6. Dress warm, have fun, take photos and look around 🙂


Ice Castles are the brainchild of Utah-based ice artist Brent Christensen, who invented the process used to create Ice Castles in his backyard in 2008 while making an ice cave for his young daughter. This winter, his stunning creations will be found in Eden Prairie, MN; Lincoln, NH; Midway, UT; and Edmonton, Alberta.

“All of our Ice Castles share the same ingredients and process for construction,” said Christensen. “But what’s so cool is that each castle is unique because of Mother Nature’s role in constantly melting, freezing and reshaping the ice. Even within each location, every day provides a new experience.”

Reader Giveaway:
One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win codes for 4 free tickets to Ice Castles Eden Prairie. To enter, just complete the form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/8/16. Good luck!

Ice Castles

Fall Hiking in Elm Creek Park Reserve

Three river park logo

Even though I have a daughter who keeps wishing for snow, I prefer and love this fall weather! It’s looking like it will be around 70 today… in NOVEMBER!!  How amazing is that for a MN fall?  Not complaining here at all and will ignore the daughter who peeks out the window looking for a white ground each morning:)   I suggest we all get out and enjoy a rare fall hike.  I enjoy Fall Hiking in Elm Creek Park Reserve, part of the ThreeRivers Park District and located near Maple Grove.  There are some great trails as well as an amazing playground for the younger crowd.  With 4900 acres there is sure to be something here for everyone:  wildlife, hiking, biking or playing at the park.  Perhaps you just want a quiet place to enjoy a good book, I bet you can find a spot for that, especially today in the warm weather.  If it is too far to drive to get to Elm Creek Park Reserve, find a place near you and enjoy the outdoors… just be careful as November is hunting season for deer and some other animals.

Fall Hiking in Elm Creek Park Reserve

At 4,900 acres, Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest of Three Rivers’ parks. This park features amenities for almost every outdoor activity, including the Winter Recreation Area, Eastman Nature Center, miles of hiking and biking trails, and much more. Elm Creek is also home to a variety of wildlife such as eagles, sandhill cranes, deer, bluebirds, beavers, loons, Trumpeter Swans and hawks.

Our Fun Day Out with Thomas the Train in Duluth 2014


Our family had so much fun in Duluth this weekend at the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014!

Thomas the Train is visiting Duluth the first two weekends in August – that means you still have time to go! The Thrill of the Ride Tour continues this weekend, August 8 – 10 and if you can go, we highly recommend it!


We had a reservation for the 2:00 train ride (train rides are every hour 9:00 – 4:00), but decided to arrive around 10:00 for the activities taking place all day. Though the website says “the average guest for 2-3 hours depending on how much fun you want to have!” we were there over 5 hours and still didn’t get to see everything!

There was SO much to do. Outside there was live music, concessions (hot dogs, hamburgers, kids’ meals, smoothies, etc), bouncy houses and slides, face painting, imagination stations with interactive activity tables, bubble machines, and even a bubble foam play area where kids took their shoes off and played with foamy bubbles! And of course, between train rides, Thomas the Train was there for pictures! Staff photographers took posed pictures of kids on alternating sides of Thomas (while parents like me took their own!). The photos that the staff took could be purchased inside.

We really liked that for the first time this year, Thomas the Train talks! His mouth and eyes moved and he kindly thanked everyone for being there. Our kids were so excited about that.


Indoors there was soooo much more. A juggler, a magician, story telling and Thomas cartoons in the theater, train tables kids could play with, a model train set, mini golf, tables with coloring sheets, and more. My 3-year-old son, who LOVES Thomas the Train, couldn’t get enough of it all. He could have played here for days!


The time to line up for our 2:00 train ride came quickly and it was great. The train had Thomas decorations inside and the two conductors walked through and greeted everyone. It was a brief ride – at about 25 minutes – but just enough to see some sights including the beautiful Duluth harbor and lakewalk.


At the end, every kid on the train got a special junior engineer certificate which my kids loved.


This is a unique opportunity for us Minnesotans as the Thomas tour, now in its 19th year, only stops in 42 cities across the U.S. Be sure to go and your family can enjoy:

· A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and hear Thomas greet his fans!
· Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
· A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets.
· Storytelling, video viewing and live music

WHEN: August 1st-3rd, August 8th-10th

TIME: Gates open at 8:30 am and close at 5:00 pm. Thomas departs on the hour from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

WHERE: 506 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.northshorescenicrailroad.org.  Ticket prices are $19 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions, contact the North Shore Scenic Railroad at218-722-1273

or www.northshorescenicrailroad.org.
For information on Thomas & Friends, visit www.thomasandfriends.com

Follow Thomas & Friends on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriendsand Twitter @ThomasParent.

(Lisa also blogs at www.twincitiesfrugalmom.comDisclosure: We received complimentary tickets to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% ours!)

Review of Charlotte’s Web at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis

temp“It seems we have no ordinary pig.” -Mr. Zuckerman, after seeing the words “Some Pig” weaved into the spider web in the barn.

“It seems we have no ordinary spider!” -Mrs. Zuckerman

I took my 5-year-old daughter Heidi to the Children’s Theatre Company’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” in Minneapolis this past weekend. She and I both knew and loved the story from the book and we were excited to see what a live production would be like.


Surprisingly, Children’s Theatre Company has never produced “Charlotte’s Web” before so this is a first for them. Yet you wouldn’t know it – the whole play flowed so smoothly and the performers fell into their roles so naturally that you’d think they’d done it dozens of times before.


The story opens with the memorable line from the young girl named Fern: “Where’s papa going with that axe?” As Peter C. Brosius, the Artistic Director notes in the program, “‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a story that introduces readers to an honest world and isn’t afraid of exploring the complexities of life and death.” Yet, Brosius continues, the author E.B. White “set a new standard for how intelligent, nuanced and witty a story for children can be.”

Charlotte’s Web is the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. Wilbur realizes he’s in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, so Charlotte weaves messages in her web praising Wilbur to convince the farmer to let him live.


Heidi sat quietly and engrossed throughout the whole play, which lasted a little under 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Wilbur is played by Ethan Davenport, a talented high school freshman, and Charlotte is played by Joanna Harmon, a likable newcomer to the CTC. Both had great chemistry as they interacted and bonded throughout the story. Joanna did an amazing job of acrobatics as she climbed up and down above the barn and weaved the famous messages about Wilbur the pig in her web, making everyone laugh with her line “If I can fool a bug, certainly I can fool a man. People aren’t as smart as bugs.” And she touched everyone as she showed her deteriorating health all the way up until her final moments.

Like everyone else, we laughed throughout the play at the many hilarious scenes. Like when the wisecracking animals in the farm were introduced – the sheep and the lamb, the goose and the gander, and of course, Templeton the funny, gluttonous and self-serving rat. I’m still impressed with how realistic the lamb’s “baaa” sounded (played by an 8th grader)!

And of course, everyone laughed when “Uncle the Pig” came out during the second act. Uncle the Pig, played by Dean Holt, was Wilbur the Pig’s competition at the County Fair. Heidi said he was her favorite character and I keep chuckling as I remember him flaunting his muscles and posing heroically while yelling out his signature phrase “Boom!”


Each performer fit their role perfectly and the sets and lighting were done expertly. When you think about it, it’s a difficult story to produce as a live-action play, but Children’s Theatre Company couldn’t have done it any better. With the many young kids in the audience, the performers did a great job of captivating their attention throughout, and left everyone with a positive feeling.

“Charlotte’s Web” is playing at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis through October 27th and is recommended for kids Grade K and up. Tickets are $22.00 and up.

Disclosure: We received 2 free tickets for this event. Our opinions are 100% ours.