A Quiet Nature Hike in Bloomington: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

A Quiet Nature Hike in Bloomington: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Sometimes you find nature in the most unsuspecting places.  Just a few blocks from the Mall of America and just a few short blocks from the airport, nature quietly awaits those who choose to find it.  The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is home to countless birds and other creatures.  So close to the hustle and bustle and yet so far away, it almost feels like you are hundreds of miles from anything.

We spent our Sunday walking along the trails, watching an eagle, and listening to the sounds of an abundance of other birds.  One of our girls spotted a snake in the weeds along the trail and another one pointed out the orange feet of a duck in the pond.

I can honestly say that the weather was perfect on our hike and we had the perfect mix of shade and sun as we walked.  Next time I think we will bring binoculars so we can get a better view of some of the wildlife.  If you’ve never been to the Minnesota Wildlife Refuge, put it on your list of must see places.

A Quiet Nature Hike in Bloomington- Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Free Advance Screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Tuesday Night!

If you missed the free advanced screening of Everything, Everything last week, you have ONE MORE CHANCE tomorrow night! Everything, Everything tells the story of teenager has lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, but falls for the boy who moves in next door.

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING on Tuesday 5/16 at 7:30PM at Showplace ICON at The West End. Come and enjoy the film! These screenings are first come first served, so make sure to arrive early to insure you get a seat. We will be having a talk back session led by members of the I Am That Girl organization immediately after the screening! Hope to see you there.

Follow this link to redeem your passes! —> http://www.wbtickets.com/EVERYTHING2017

More information about I AM THAT GIRL –> http://www.iamthatgirl.com/about

About the Movie:

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Como Town Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

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We grab this Como Town deal from Star Tribune Steals every year! It’s a great way to plan ahead for a fun summer day at both Como Zoo AND Como Town!  Right now you can get 2 all-day wristbands and 2 temporary tattoos for $25.95 ($51.90 Value)

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Located adjacent to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest.

Voucher is good through the end of the 2017 Season. ORDER HERE

Going back to school can be fun with Steve Spangler Science!

Mississippi River Trail Grand Opening

We always enjoy checking out different parks and trails.  Thankfully Minnesota has a long list of great places, all for the public to enjoy. Saturday we can celebrate the opening of yet another piece of nature.  The Mississippi River Trail Grand Opening takes place on Saturday from 9-noon at the Spring Lake Nature Reserve in Hastings.  The event will have activities for the whole family including:  live music and refreshments, birding lessons, live raptor programs, kid’s activities, a community bike ride and more. Fun for the whole family and a chance to check out a new trail.  If you aren’t able to make the event, be sure to check out Spring Lake Nature Reserve another time.  The park offers some great scenery as well as a playground for the kids.  

Trucksploration

Mark your calendars, a week from today is Trucksploration.  A time to get up close and personal with all sorts of big vehicles. Trucksploration takes place Sunday, May 21st from 11-2pm in St. Louis Park.  It’s a free event and open to the public of all ages.  You can find more information  here.

What is trucksploration?

An innovative and fun event that will blend the excitement of big
machines and imagination along with the opportunity for the
youngest members of our community and their families
and friends to share a day of exploration.

What will be there for us to do?

Trucks and other vehicles of all sizes, fun
for boys & girls, parents & grandparents!
High-energy, interactive vehicles, fun
guests & entertainment! Food vendors!

Cinco de Mayo on Lake Street

The Cinco de Mayo on Lake Street takes place tomorrow, May 14th from noon-7pm.  This is an event you don’t want to miss if you love music and food.  This is the largest Latino event in Minnesota.  There’ll be food, music, kids activities, and much more. With great weather on the way, it sounds like the perfect event to attend.  Live music, food and fun!  

FESTIVAL 5 DE MAYO Y DIA DE LAS MADRES

East Lake Street, Between Second Avenue and Portland Avenue, on May 14 2017 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. food, drink, activities for children, traditional dancers and music to can be enjoyed through out the day .
Community event, Cinco de Mayo celebrations since 1997.

Biking & Hiking in Burnsville

I think we can finally put our snow shovels and winter coats away.  I’m going to be cautiously optimistic and have them close by, but out of site for now.  It’s time to get outside and enjoy some walking or biking.  Burnsville has some great options, including some mountain biking options.   You can find the locations and descriptions here on their website.

Trail Information

  • Mountain bike trails are open April 1 through October 31 (weather permitting), closing at dusk.
  • The City of Burnsville reserves the right to close trails at any time for repairs or protection.
  • Terrace Oaks is a sensitive natural area; help us protect and preserve it. Erosion is a concern, and trails may be closed or diverted during extremely wet or dry conditions.

 

Holz Farm Plant Sale

If you’ve been to the Holz Farmstead in Eagan you know what a great hidden gem it is.  Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and only open a few select times a year.  The Holz Farm Plant Sale takes place this Saturday May 13th, hosted by the Eagan Garden Club.  Hours are from 8:30-12:30.  With warm temps on the way, it’s a great time to start thinking about the garden and flowers you want to start growing.

The general public is invited to attend the Eagan Garden Club’s biggest annual fundraiser at Holz Farm. Proceeds from the plant sale fund the club’s yearly programs. A large variety of annuals and perennials, potted and hanging plants will be available.

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 Advance Screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

Everything, Everything tells the story of teenager has lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, but falls for the boy who moves in next door.

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING on Thursday 5/11 at 7PM at Showplace ICON at The West End. Come and enjoy the film! These screenings are first come first served, so make sure to arrive early to insure you get a seat. We will be having a talk back session led by members of the I Am That Girl organization immediately after the screening! Hope to see you there.

Follow this link to redeem your passes! —> http://www.wbtickets.com/NFNyz76681 

More information about I AM THAT GIRL –> http://www.iamthatgirl.com/about

About the Movie:

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.