Newly Opened Can Can Wonderland: Cocktails and Mini-golf

Photo from Can Can Website

With names like State Fair, Squirrel Scrambler, Blue Toad and Gramma’s Living Room, how could mini golf not sound more fun? It sounds a bit like an indoor version of Alice in Wonderland mixed with Minnesota Landmarks and an artistic flair that everyone is sure to love.  The Newly Opened Can Can Wonderland: Cocktails and Mini-golf is located in the midway area of St. Paul, not too far from Hamline University. It just opened a couple of days ago and I am super excited to try it out!

Pricing, per round

$12 – 12 years of age and up

$9 – Under 12 years of age, 62 years of age and up, Veterans

Can Can Wonderland is a mini golf course. We didn’t design it though. We asked the mini golf enthusiasts of the world to do that. We sent out a call for artists asking “What is the mini golf hole you have always wanted to play?” We received over 200 proposals from all over the country and as far away as Australia. A jury of talented architects, visual artists, fabricators, and electrical engineers helped us select the 18 mini golf holes to be built for our course, and we believe they are spectacular!

What is Can Can Wonderland?

Located in St. Paul’s Hamline Midway neighborhood and the Creative Enterprise Zone, Can Can Wonderland combines art and play to create a one-of-a-kind arts immersive environment for people of all ages to enjoy.

We offer a truly unique, 18-hole artist designed, indoor mini golf course. But Can Can Wonderland isn’t just mini golf; it’s a wonderland full of arts-based fauna and flora for you to explore and delight in! Our boardwalk is full of attractions and amusements (created by/with artists). Our two stages offer a wide array of local and regional talents. We have a couple bars…we might have a secret bar! We have noshes! We even have a few unicorns.

Building History

The oldest part of our building dates back to 1889 with additions added multiple times through the 1970s. For many years, the American Can Company operated in this sprawling complex and manufactured metal food cans for Carnation, Campbell’s Soup, Del Monte, American National Can, and others. In 1999, they won Canmaker magazine’s “Can of the Year” award for their two-piece Spam can.

Our name is a nod to the history of the building as well as the French populist art movement, Can Can.




Half Price Tickets for Hard-Hitting Roller Derby: North Star Roller Girls

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If you’ve never watched the North Star Roller Girls, now is your chance.  The Roller Derby is a great action packed sport to watch. The energy when they’re all racing around, is so much fun.  Plus, when tickets are such a good deal, it’s even more reason to check it out if you haven’t. Or if you’re already a fan, grab these tickets and mark your calender. These great half price, $6.50 per person tickets can be purchased on-line here.  The event takes place February 11th at 7pm.

Cheer on your favorite team when the North Star Roller Girls hit the track in fast-paced bouts. Powered by their impressive athleticism and spirited attitudes, these skaters serve up hard-hitting, exciting roller derby. Featuring a full bar, concessions, photo booth fun, face painting, balloon animals and the mascot Gnarly the Narwhal, the whole family can get in on the action at Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in the Minneapolis area.

Symphony Free Family Concert Tomorrow


If you or your kids love music, reserve your tickets for tomorrow’s concert at the Ordway.  A perfect indoor event on a cold winter day.  The Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East Orchestra will join together for an hour long free concert.  It takes place from 2-3, tomorrow January 7th at the Ordway in St. Paul.  You can call or go online to reserve the free tickets, 651.291.1144 or

GTCYS joins forces with the SPCO to present a FREE family concert in the Ordway Music Theater! Why do composers write what they do? Join the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East orchestras and actor Dylan Fresco as they journey together to explore musical inspirations and interpretations of several orchestral masterpieces. Listen as we explore the Russian folktale of “The Firebird” that led to Igor Stravinsky’s masterful Suite of the same name, and a new piece by contemporary composer Michael Abels that draws inspiration from all around the world!

Free tickets are available through The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s ticket office at 651.291.1144 or

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Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show


Big dogs, little dogs, furry dogs, tall dogs, short dogs, yes it times for the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show.  It takes place this coming weekend Jan 6-8th, at the St. Paul RiverCenter.   You can find the schedule, admission information as well as parking suggestions here.  Looks like a great event that the whole family can enjoy. Watch dogs compete for Best in Show.


See live demonstrations of fun activities for you and your dog at the Unleashed 1.0 Dog Expo.
Meet the Breeds!
Partners in Performance will feature seminars on service dogs, therapy dogs, and more.
Visit the Ringside Market for all kinds of goodies for your dog.
Behind-the-scenes tours of the show will be offered every hour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, free with the price of admission.
Once again, Partners in Performance will feature owners of search and rescue dogs, police dogs and assist dogs who will give 30-minute demonstrations on what makes their dogs unique.


2016 Bartz Snow Sculpture GRAND Opening


A few years ago is when I first, learned about the giant snow sculptures created by the Bartz family.  Each year the boys come up with something so amazing, you think they can’t possibly top it next year.  Not only do they create some amazing sculptures each year, they also take donations for Snow Sculptures for a Cause.  This year the money goes towards clean water in Malawi, Africa. The grand opening for this years sculpture takes place Saturday (December 31st) beginning at 12pm.  Located in New Brighton, you can find the address here

Join us for the unveiling of our newest snow sculpture! We will be outside to answer any questions. You are welcome to take pictures by the sculpture! Lights will be illuminating the sculpture until 11pm. Invite your friends, it will be fun :). We will be taking donations for clean water in Malawi, Africa. Hope to see you there 🙂



New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk at Fort Snelling State Park


Are you still trying to decide, what you will do to bring in the New Year?  Perhaps a new tradition, or are you looking for something family friendly?  How about the New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk at Fort Snelling State Park?  It takes place from 4-8pm on the 31st. It’s free, aside from the State Park admission of $5, unless you have a park pass.

Event details

event location map
Fort Snelling State ParkDate
Dec. 31, 2016Time
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Post Rd. off State Hwy. 5, just west of MSP International Airport.

Grab your family, pack your hat and mittens, and throw on your long-johns for a fun family-friendly New Year?s celebration in the park. Hike miles of candle-lit trails, warm up at one of several roaring bonfires, toast marshmallows and more! This annual event draws nearly 2000 hearty people each year despite frigid temperatures and wind chills. Please join us for a fun and unique way to celebrate 2016 and ring in 2017!

SAVE TIME! Get your vehicle permit in advance. Visit, log in (or create an account), click on “entry permit,” select a duration of “one-day” ($5) or “year-round” ($25), and continue as directed. You’ll receive an email with a permit that can be printed and displayed in your vehicle during your visit.


Holiday Saturdays at the MN History Center


Are you searching for a place to escape the cold weather, some place indoors?  Head to the Minnesota History Center for their Holiday Saturday event.  There will be art activities as well as music performances.  With three dates to choose from, hopefully one will fit your schedule.  December 17th, 24th or 31st.  The event and activities are all included in the admission price for the History Center.

Every Saturday during the holiday season enjoy crafting holiday cards, community concerts and a wintery StoryWalk around the History Center based on the MNHS Press book “North Woods Girl.”

  • Art activities: Noon-3 pm
  • Basilica of Saint Mary Mundus Choir performances (Sacred music from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia): run 45 minutes and begin at 1 and 3 pm

Plus, do your holiday shopping at the museum stores for uniquely Minnesota gifts, visit Market House by D’Amico for coffee and snacks at breakfast and a full menu at lunch, and explore the History Center exhibits, including the special exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Sat., Dec 24, 2016, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sat., Dec 31, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Palace Theatre Sneak Peek


A new theatre is coming back to town, and now is your chance to get a sneak peek of it.  The Historic 100 year old Palace Theatre Sneak Peek takes place this Friday from 11:30-1:30, in St. Paul.  The Palace Theatre has been closed for regular use since 1977, and now will become a large contemporary music venue.  The sneak peek is a free event, a chance to see what this amazing place will be.

Join Mayor Chris Coleman for a sneak peek of the Palace Theatre, complete with hot cocoa, live music performed by a surprise guest, and mini tours of the venue, including backstage. The surprise musical guest will be announced on the morning of the event.

11:30 a.m.: Mayor to welcome guest and open the doors
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Performance by a surprise musical guest
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Self-guided tours

The Palace Theatre is a historic Saint Paul venue that originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1916. Closed to regular use since 1977, the city’s careful preservation project rediscovered the venue’s historic charm as a contemporary music venue. With a 2,800-person capacity, the Palace Theatre is expected to attract more than 100,000 people downtown annually, filling a need in the live entertainment market by offering a contemporary music venue twice as large as Minneapolis’ First Avenue. The only remaining work involves fine-tuning the mechanical systems, adding acoustic treatments and minor aesthetics work before handing over the keys to operating partners First Avenue and Jam Productions.

The completion of this project is a capstone to a year spent celebrating and amplifying the city’s music scene, as Mayor Coleman declared 2016 the Year of Music in the City of Saint Paul.


All Aboard for the Night Trains


The Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum is a fantastic place to visit this time of year.  Each Saturday evening through February 25th, 2017 (except for Christmas Eve) you can enjoy this amazing place. The night train exhibit is breathtaking.  So much detail to take in.  We’ve been to it a couple of times and each time see countless things that we missed the first time.  It’s important to note if you have been to this event in the past, it’s at a new location this year.  So make sure to check the address. Another thing that is important to note, this fabulous place is actually open year round but has very specific daytime hours.  So if you can’t make it to the night train event, make it a day event.

Night Trains 2016 – 2017 Season

Night Trains Season is a special Holiday tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. Night Trains will begin on Saturday, November 5th and running every Saturday evening (except on Christmas Eve) from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (Saturday, February 25th, 2017)

Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.


$15 for Individuals

Family and Group Rates available (Groups of 3 or more, up to 10 people)

Children 4 and under FREE


Rice Park Tree Lighting


It’s that time of year again.  The time for twinkle and tinsel to be in abundance.  Rice park in St. Paul is host to a beautifully lit scene.  The Rice Tree Lighting will take place tomorrow, the 19th. The event begins at 3pm and goes until 10pm. The park will be lit up at 6:30 p.m., and WinterSkate will open at 7:20 p.m.  

Saturday, November 19 2016

Saint Paul will officially kick off the holiday season with the grand opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy.

Location: Rice Park

Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM  109 W 4th Street , Saint Paul, Minnesota

Those who attend the free grand opening event will be the first to skate on the free, outdoor, artificially-chilled ice rink in downtown Saint Paul as well as view the 10th annual lighting of Rice Park where a 70-foot-tall, 20-foot-wide holiday tree will be lit with 15,000 LED lights. There will be musical performances, photo opportunities, fireworks and more.


Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy Stage

4-4:20 p.m. — Performance by Minnesota Dance Collaborative
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Jack the Dog from Wells Fargo for photo opportunities
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Hot Cocoa compliments of Xcel Energy
4:45-5:30 p.m. — Teddy Bear Band on Rice Park Stage
4:45-5:15 p.m. — Nordy from the Minnesota Wild for photo opportunities
5:45-6 p.m. — Winter Carnival button unveiling & performance by Winter Carnival Vulcans
6 p.m. — Saint Paul Police Drumline performance, Wells Fargo Choir performance, welcome speeches, Saint Paul Hotel “It’s a Wonderful Life” singers, Make A Wish introduction and check presentation, countdown to tree lighting by Saint Paul Police Drumline.
6:30 p.m. —Tree is lit and fireworks in the park

Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink/Landmark Plaza

3-4:45 p.m. — Reindeer and sleigh in Landmark Plaza (photo opportunity)
4:30 -7 p.m. — Stuff the stagecoach (toy donations for Salvation Army)
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Hot cocoa compliments of Wells Fargo
5:00-5:45 p.m. — Skating performances by Hastings River Blades
6:30 p.m. — Saint Paul Police Drumline performance, Wells Fargo Choir, Ordway performances, Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink ribbon cutting
7 p.m. — Saint Paul Polic Drumline performance
7-7:20 p.m. — Rink cleared
7:20-10 p.m. — Rink open for skating

Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy captures the spirit of the holiday season with a tree as tall and bright as the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York City. The gigantic tree in Rice Park will be lit seven days a week. Make downtown Saint Paul your family holiday destination and enjoy the beauty of Rice Park as it sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights! The festive tree will be up through January 1, 2017. The other lights will stay up and illuminate the park through the end of the Winter Carnival.