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!

The Science Behind Pixar at the Science Museum of Minnesota

We are super excited about the The Science Behind Pixar at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  It’s not coming until June but we wanted to make sure you’re in the loop and don’t miss out on the news.  It opens on Friday June 9th.  You can go here to learn a bit more about what it’s all about.

Opens Friday, June 9

Buzz Lightyear. Dory. Mike. Sulley. No matter who is your favorite Pixar character (or what your age), you’ll love exploring The Science Behind Pixar! This new, special exhibition gives you an unparalleled look at Pixar’s filmmaking process and lets you explore the science and technology that brings to life the world’s most beloved animated films and their memorable characters. The Science Museum of Minnesota is the first Midwest stop of this traveling exhibit—and it’s only here for a limited time. Don’t miss it!

Omnifest at the Science Museum of Minnesota

 

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Nature, movies and amazing scenery, all take place at the Omnifest at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  It takes place from now through May 4th.  With five different films showing during Omnifest there is sure to be something for everyone.  You can find the schedule as well as purchase advance tickets on the website.

Get a front-row seat to experience larger-than-life adventures—from the immense glaciers in the Arctic to the breathtaking summit of Mount Everest and the spectacular views of the Nile, known as the “Mount Everest of Rivers.” With a diverse film line-up that will appeal to all ages and interests, Omnifest 2017 is an ideal family destination this spring.

Touring the MN State Capitol

How long has it been since you’ve been to the Minnesota State Capitol?  Did you go there on a school field trip many years ago or perhaps you are new to the area, well now is the time to add it to your list and go.  First of all it’s totally free, and it’s also been remodeled recently.  It’s been a three year process to get it to where it is today.  Three years full of renovation, restoration and refurbishing.  There’ll be a grand opening celebration of the three year renovation, it will take place in August.  Don’t wait until August though, it’s something you can do now.  More information on the free guided tours can be found here. you can also do a self-guided tour and more information on that can found here.

Highlights from the 2013-17 restoration

  • Fully restored Senate and House of Representatives chambers and Supreme Court courtroom
  • Restored and repaired exterior marble
  • Restored decorative and fine art throughout the building
  • Professional conservation of 57 paintings
  • Extensive stencil work returning 1905 patterns and colors
  • Newly uncovered and restored skylights, historically-accurate glass front elevators and restored original furnishings
  • Cleaned, repaired and re-gilded Quadriga sculpture
  • Expanded dining in the basement level near the Rathskeller Cafe and a new grab-and-go lunch counter on the second floor (open during legislative session only)
  • Almost 40,000 square feet of new public gathering spaces including meeting rooms, working and relaxing spaces, and gallery space
  • New classrooms and tour center
  • ADA compliance

Some finishing work, as well as the installation and interpretation of some artworks, will continue in 2017, resulting in limited or no access to the roof and Quadriga, the west wing third floor and the north wing ground floor.

 

Knitting Social at Minnesota History Center

Do you enjoy knitting?  I have several friends who always seem to have some sort of project in the works.  Socks, blankets, hats and even a sweater or two.  I can’t keep track what they are all tackling as their hands work so fast.  Someday I hope to learn, until then I enjoy watching what everyone else is creating.  If you love to knit perhaps you might want to attend the Knitting Social at Minnesota History Center.  It’s an event that takes place on a few separate occasions.  The next one is tomorrow March 28th,  from 6-8pm, but if you can’t make that one then check out the dates coming up in April, May, June and July.

Bring a creative project from knitting to embroidery and join a social circle to sit, chat and work at the History Center the final Tuesday of each month. The circle is held on the third floor of the museum. Yarn and needles will be available.

 

LEGO Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Not only is tomorrow Saturday, it’s also Lego Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota.   Who doesn’t love LEGO?  There’ll be all sorts of LEGO fun happening.  Movies, making, designing, watching and more fun for all ages. The event takes place from noon-4pm and is included in the regular Science Museum admission.

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Join us in celebrating the creativity and inventiveness of LEGO bricks! Spend the afternoon building LEGO contraptions that you can run down a zipline, filming a LEGO stop motion movie, creating drawing machines, tops, and mosaics, and checking out remarkable creations of the Twin Cities LEGO User Group. Join us in combining LEGO bricks, technology, and great ideas—and let your imagination run wild!

March Free Ice Cream Tasting

Are you looking for something to do tomorrow, perhaps to acknowledge that it’s still winter here in MN?  How about an ice cream tasting?  The Free Ice Cream Tasting takes place at Tin Whiskers Brewing Co, and is hosted by Sweet Science Ice Cream. There’ll be 15 different and unique flavors to try.  I suggest the Earl Grey White Chocolate if you’ve never tried it, it’s delicious, or perhaps the honey vanilla.  You can get more specifics on this event here on the fb page.

 

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.

Half Price Tickets For The Sleeping Beauty — Metropolitan Ballet Performance

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Almost everyone knows the fairytale story of Sleeping Beauty.  Even if you don’t know the full story, now is your chance to see it as a ballet performance.  We found Half Price Tickets For The Sleeping Beauty — Metropolitan Ballet Performance.  It takes place at the The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul.  There are two dates in April to choose from.  Regular price tickets are $39-$49 but if you go here you can get Goldstar tickets for half price, $19.50-$24.50.

Based on the beloved fairy tale by Charles Perrault, The Sleeping Beauty comes to life in this dazzling production from Metropolitan Ballet. After Princess Aurora is cursed at her christening and pricks her finger on a spindle, she falls into a deep 100-year sleep. Aided by a band of fairies, one prince must save the entire kingdom with the magical power of true love’s kiss. First performed by the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty is a heartwarming classic that has enchanted audiences of all ages. Now, this gorgeous spectacle graces the stage of the The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, starring prima ballerina Anastasiia Fedorova.

Great Deal on Joke Joint Comedy Club Tickets

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Laughter really is the best medicine, and we could also more of it right?  We found a great deal on tickets for the Joke Joint Comedy Club: Laugh It Up With National and Local Stand-Ups.  With nine different dates to choose from, there’s sure to be one that fits into your schedule.  The Joke Joint is located in St. Paul.  Regular price tickets are $14-21 but right now you can get them here for only $10.50.

Laughter and charm are in full effect at the Joke Joint, where chandeliers and an ornate balcony create elegant old-time atmosphere. The comedians, however, are as relevant as it gets, a heady stew of nationally touring headliners and local stand-up stalwarts. A full bar doles out martinis, margaritas and other concoctions, and features a beer list that ranges from domestics to hopped-up microbrews. And the menu of chicken tenders, fried ravioli and other pub-grub fare will ensure that the relentless belly laughs do not exhaust you. Pop on into the Joke Joint in Saint Paul, and feel your spirits lift.