2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

It’s time for the 17th annual Flint Hills International Children’t Festival.  It takes place inside and outside the Ordway in St. Paul. The Festival is packed full of free and inexpensive entertainment.  The festival takes place SCHOOL WEEK MAY 30 – JUNE 2 and FAMILY WEEKEND JUNE 3 & 4.

For the indoor performances you can purchased tickets in advance here on the website.

WHAT ELSE WILL I SEE AT THE FESTIVAL?

• More than 100 free outdoor performances by almost 600 local artists and groups representing cultural traditions from around the world
• Folktales from across the globe as told by Twin Cities storytellers in the Story Time Corner
• A musical instrument petting zoo with Congolese musician Siama
• Located inside the Ordway: “The Touch of Sound,” an interactive audio installation featuring the sounds of the Galapagos Islands
• An art exhibition titled “Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists,” curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa), in the Ordway lobbies
• The Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk, a walking tour through downtown St. Paul highlighting hundreds of pieces of art created by young people

WHAT CAN I DO AT THE FESTIVAL?

• New this year: kid’s yoga by 1000 Petals Yoga
• Art-making activities from 21 different arts, cultural and educational organizations from around the Twin Cities
• Join in a lunch time dance party with local DJs spinning tunes in the Ordway lobby
• Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, juggling, dance lessons, and more!

Minnesota Children’s Museum Re-Opening Events

It’s no secret, the MN Children’s Museum in St. Paul has been quietly working on a remodel and becoming bigger and better.  We’ve all been patiently waiting for it to open back up.  We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, the day is almost here, we can once again enjoy one of our favorite indoor activities.

The bigger and better museum will have:  10 new exhibits, additional amenities that include a new cafe, an additional elevator, new box office, plus 35% additional visitor space. There are several opportunities to enjoy the new changes the museum has made:

The museum has been entirely reimagined. The new experiences include:

  • The Scramble: A four-story vertical adventure with climbing towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk suspended more than 40-feet high.
  • Super Awesome Adventures: Laser maze, carpet skates, balance boards and green-screen climbing wall
  • The Studio | Target Gallery: Tinker, make and create with real tools and authentic materials
  • Creativity Jam | Target Gallery: Lively and bright collaborative space with face-painting, loose parts and surprising materials
  • Forces at Play | 3M Gallery: Air-powered ball launchers and a wacky car wash
  • Sprouts: Joyful landscape of discovery for babies and toddlers
  • Our World | Best Buy Gallery: Vibrant Minnesota city with a fire station, hardware store, post office, food stand and more
  • Imaginopolis: Fantastical play space where children shape and share their own stories
  • Backyard: Quirky outdoor space for exploring the natural world
  • Tip Top Terrace | Ecolab Gallery: Outdoor space on the roof to see, hear and talk about the city

June 2-6: Sneak Peek Days. Non-members can purchase advance tickets here on their website, members check your email.

June 7th: Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, no reservations required.  Museum open from 9-5pm

June 17th:  Museum Free day and Block Party. although free a reservation is required. No reservation needed for block party

June 18th:  Target 3rd Free Sunday.  although free a reservation is required

 

 

 

 

Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Mothers Day?  Perhaps a concert?  The Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert takes place at 1 pm at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.  The music schedule is: 

  • George Butterworth – Two English Idylls
  • Enrique Granados – Two Spanish Dances
  • Ruid Stephan – Music for Orchestra (1910)
  • Ernest Farrar – Heroic Elegy
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – “The Lark Ascending”
  • Brian Krinke, violin solo
  • Maurice Ravel – La Valse

The Saint Paul Civic Symphony always sells out their Mother’s Day concert as the music chosen for this event is always popular.  Bring your family for a beautiful and heartfelt concert.  For more information call 651-292-3063.

Free Angelica Choir Concert at the Ordway

What better to celebrate spring than by listening to beautiful voices at the Ordway.  The Free Angelica Spring Choir Concerts at the Ordway takes place tomorrow, May 7th at 1:30 and also at 4pm. It’s a free event with donations accepted.  The Angelica Cantanti consists of 5 different youth choirs with children ranging from grade 2-12.  You can find more information here on their website.

Annual Spring Concert
Featuring All Choirs
Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm & 4:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
Free
Doors open 30 minutes before each concert
No tickets are necessary, General seating

2017 Festival of Nations

This is a weekend you can travel without a plane ticket.  Traveling is almost all about the food, scenery and culture right?  Well the Festival of Nations might be missing out on the scenery, but the food is certainly plentiful.  The 2017 Festival of Nations has more food and activities than you can imagine.  It begins today May 5th and goes through Sunday May 7th, taking place at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  You can find ticket information as well as a schedule here on the website.

For nearly 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.

In 2017, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and, once again, collaborate with more than 90 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections.

12th Annual Craftstravaganza

It’s time for the 12th annual Craftstravaganza, taking place this Saturday April 29th at the MN State Fairgrounds.  This is one of my favorite craft shows, with over 90 vendors, all with handmade items.  Lot’s of fabulous unique items, a great place to buy gifts for friends or family and maybe even something for yourself.

About the Craftstravaganza

Craftstravaganza is a one-day art market for handmade goods. The 2017 St. Paul Craftstravaganza will be held in the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center (a.k.a. Eco Experience Building) on April 29, 2017. This year is our 12th annual St. Paul event. The Craftstravaganza is hosted by Scuttlebug, LLC.

Plenty of free parking is located nearby on the street and Fairgrounds lots.

Event Details

The 12th Annual St. Paul Craftstravaganz

Saturday, April 29, 201

Open to the public from 10am-5pm

At the MN State Fairgrounds, Progress Center

Free workshops and activities throughout the day

Free Admission!

 

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

 

Credit: Science Museum of MN

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.