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.

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.