Music Under Glass at the Como Conservatory

It might not be spring but it sure feels like it this weekend.  Tomorrow afternoon you can be surrounded by flowers, plants and live music.  Music Under Glass at the Como Conservatory takes place tomorrow from 4:30-6:30.  Music under glass is a free concert series.  The band tomorrow is called The Bad Companions. If you can’t make it tomorrow, check out the schedule here on their website.

February 19 – The Bad Companions
The Bad Companions are a long-standing (and popular!) Minneapolis-based roots-rock quartet. Featuring two guitars, stand-up bass, drums, great vocals, a strong original catalog, and a set-list as long as your arm drawn from the swingin’ heyday of American rock-a-billy, r & b, country and blues.

Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum of MN

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Are your kids off from school Monday?  Bring them to the Science Museum of MN for a behind the scenes day.  It’s a rare day when the Collections Vault will be open and activated by museum staff and volunteers giving the public access to objects not normally on display.  It takes place from noon to 4 and is included with the regular museum admission.

Monday, February 20th Highlights

  • See objects not on display, including the museum’s collections of archaeology, ethnology, paleontology, and biology
  • See a real “jackalope” that is part of the collection
  • Test your knowledge about lakes in Minnesota
  • Learn about the museum’s seed collection
  • Discover how animals are preserved for future study
  • Notice details on insects you have never observed before
  • Hear about new Science Museum archaeology projects
  • Develop theories on who made fossilized footprints
  • View objects that depict mythical creatures
  • And so much more!

11th Annual Camp Fair

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Did you attend a camp when you were a kid?  An overnight camp or maybe just a day camp of some kind?  The variety of camps seem to grow and multiply each year.  The 11th Annual Camp Fair is a great place to help narrow down the choices, or perhaps introduce us to a new camp.  I was surprised to learn about some great science and art camps that are available.  We’ve attended the Camp Fair a couple of times.  It takes place at the Como Zoo and Conservatory so there’s no admission and also free parking.  It’s from 10am-2pm on Febuary 25th.

Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer?

Join Minnesota Parent magazine at its 11th Annual Camp Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul.

This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.

Early spring is the best time to get started planning children’s summer camp adventures. Popular camps can fill up quickly!

Summer camps and activities help kids thrive with opportunities to explore their interests (and discover new ones) while making friends and developing new skills, too.

Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to weeklong day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more.

Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair — held in the spacious zoo visitors center — include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Como Zoo animal.

 

 

An Evening of Games and Hot Chocolate at the Mischief Store

Tomorrow might be Valentines on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean you have to celebrate it in a typical way.  Perhaps you’re single by choice or maybe not by choice.  Either way, this is an event that gets you out of the house and having fun.  What could be more fun than games and a hot cocoa bar?  Sounds like a perfect evening to me!   It takes place tomorrow evening at the Mischief Toy Store in St. Paul.  The fun will be from 6-9pm.  There’s a small $5 cover charge for endless hot chocolate and games.   You can RSVP on thee FB event page.  

Phalen Freeze Fest 2017

The Phalen Freeze Fest 2017 takes place tomorrow February 11th from 2pm-6pm.  It seems a bit ironic that given the forecast, you might be able to attend without even wearing a jacket.  None the less, being outdoors, on a lake in winter is still fun.  It’s even more fun if there’s a play to watch or kicksleding to try, or perhaps you want to try ice fishing?  Put on your wool sweater and head to Lake Phalen.  *It might be a good idea to peek at their website just in case it’s too warm for the event.

Phalen Freeze Fest is an annual celebration of winter! Join us outside to enjoy the season with a variety of winter activities!

Watch the Story of Shingebiss with Urban Roots
Fish through the ice with Tips Outdoors
Cook food over a fire with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Play boot hockey with JCNSP Polar Devils Youth Hockey
Snowshoe with Saint Paul Natural Resources
Build a fire with Wilderness Inquiry
Go on a Story Walk with the Saint Paul Public Library
Learn about water with Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
Glide on a kicksled with Ramsey County Parks
And more!

Victorian Poetry Slam at the James J. Hill House

A Victorian Poetry Slam?  Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?  It takes place at the historic James J. Hill house next Tuesday, February 14th.  It begins at 7pm and you can purchase tickets on their website. Most of the events at the Hill house do fill up, so I suggest you make your reservations soon if you plan to attend.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the James J. Hill House drawing room. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening.

 

The Smurfs Around Town – St. Paul and at Mall of America

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Not only is there a new Smurf movie coming out in April, Smurfs: The Lost Village, but they’ll also be in town this weekend.  Yes, the fun, lovable, memorable Smurfs! You have two opportunities to see Smurfette, Hefty, and Brainy. Tomorrow, January 28th they’ll be at the Winter Carnival in St. Paul and on Sunday, January 29th you’ll have a chance to see them at the Mall of America. 

Saturday, January 28  12pm-6pm

Meet Smurfette, Hefty and Brainy at St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Grand Day in the Park. Stop by the SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE booth between 12pm-6pm for your chance to meet the characters & win fun prizes.

Details: https://www.wintercarnival.com/event/grand-day-in-the-park/

Sunday, January 29  12pm-4pm

Join us as we prepare for the upcoming, thrilling journey through the Forbidden Forest with SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE themed crafts & activities! Smurfette, Brainy & Hefty, characters from the film, will be available for photos, plus there will be face painting, giveaways, and more!

Details: https://www.mallofamerica.com/events/view/1917

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.

 

 

 

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.

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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.