The Long Prairie Drive-In Open for 2017 Season

Yes it’s April and yes the Long Prairie Drive-In is open for the 2017 season.  The Long Drive-In, is located on the edge of Long Prairie in central MN.  It’s been around since 1956 and is one of the few Drive-In theaters left in MN.  It’s only open on weekends and you can find information, directions as well as the the schedule here on their website.  We mentioned this last year, but the drive-in also has camping, so if you need to road trip, that’s a great option as well.

Welcome to The Long Drive-In Theatre! The Long Drive-In has been a favorite summer destination for central Minnesota since opening in 1956. Generations of theater-goers have had the opportunity to enjoy movies under the stars from the comfort of their car, lawn chair, or blanket.

GATES OPEN 6:30 on the nights we have movies (Weekends only) 

Enter the Drive-In before nightfall to ensure you catch the entire movie. The second movie follows the first after a brief intermission for snacks. Please see the “movies & menu” tab for concession prices. We do NOT close due to rain. We only close if it is life threatening weather. To ensure if we are open or closed, call (320)732-3142 for the answering machine.

PRICE (includes both movies)

Adults: $6.00 **6-11: $3.00 **5 & under: Free


Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2017

The Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival is something new for 2017, however if you’ve been to the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze, it’s at the same location.  It will take place weekend in April, beginning the 14th, but closed on Easter Sunday.   Hours will be 10-5.  You can purchase discount tickets online or regular price at the gate.

Fun For All!

Come and experience the inaugural 2017 Twin Cities Spring Babies! From cute baby animals to a kids corn pit, everyone’s sure to have a great time! Enjoy petting or holding adorable baby animals that include bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves and much more. So bring the whole family for a fun day in the field. The baby animals are inside, so come rain or shine. See you soon! Click here to buy your tickets now!

Included in the ticket price:

  • Baby Farm Animals Petting Zoo
  • Kids Corn Pit
  • Straw Bale Maze
  • Hayride
  • Kids Play Area

For a little extra:

  • Food Vendors*
  • Pony Rides*
  • And more!

*Not included in the ticket price. Additional cost applies.
**Dogs/pets are not allowed. Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm.

Spring Babies 2017 at Erickson’s Petting Zoo

Perhaps you live near central MN or maybe you want to take a road trip.  The Spring Babies 2017 at Erickson’s Petting Zoo near Osakis is a great family friendly event.  The first time we went to Erickson’s was in the fall.  What we discovered was a great family owned farm, with a nice selection of animals and activities.  Spring Babies event takes place this Saturday, April 15th from 10am-2pm

Nothing like baby animals to Celebrate Spring. Come on out to see, feed and pet baby lambs, goats and miniature donkey. Many other farm animals and birds, also. Our pony ring will be set for free rides with regular admission.($6.50 per person, 2 and under, free.) Will, also, have our Haflinger team and wagon giving rides this day. We won’t be having an actual egg hunt this year, but will have plastic eggs for kids to choose from for some nice prizes. Come on out to a real farm and partake in all the new arrivals.



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!

Whistler Soda Tour Party!

I was just at the Blue Sun Soda Shop this past weekend, it’s quite the place.  Rows and rows of bottled soda in every flavor you can imagine.  One of our daughters requested cranberry or banana, sure enough they had both.  Even their root beer section, unbelievable assortment.  This Saturday they are hosting a Whistler Soda Tour Party, which is even more reason to check it out if you haven’t already.  Whistler Soda is made right at the Blue Sun Soda Shop, and you’ll have a chance to see how it all works during the event.

 Whistler Soda Tour Party, April 15th from 10am-8pm

See a 1952 Dixie Bottling machine in action making Minnesota’s ONLY returnable bottle soda!
All Day long we will have:
– Free Whistler Soda Tastings.
– Tour the OPERATING Bottling Line and learn about making soda.
Tours at: 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00!
– Free Pinball
– Free Popcorn
– Bottle for a Buck! Whistler Soda discounted to just 99 cents a bottle Saturday ONLY. No limit on how many you can grab. (Deposit on bottle still applies)
– AND Only $20 a full case!(24 bottles) Mix and match all the flavors you want! *Plus bottle deposit.


Talk of the Stacks with Andrew McCarthy

Actor, director and now an author.  Perhaps you recognize him from “Pretty in Pink”, “St, Elmo’s Fire” or one of his other movies. Andrew McCarthy is a talented guy, recently adding author to his resume’.  He’s been a travel writer for a while and most recently wrote a young adult book titled “Just Fly Away”.  Friends of the Hennepin County Library is hosting a series called “Talk of the Stacks” and Andrew McCarthy is part of the series.  The event is open to the public and takes place this Wednesday from 7-8pm. Seating is first come first serve.  You can find out more about this event, as well as the series here on the their website.

Actor, director, and award-winning travel writer on his newest gig—novelist

Andrew McCarthy has appeared in dozens of films, including such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin.

He has starred on Broadway and on television, most recently appearing in The Family, on ABC. McCarthy is also a highly regarded television director; having helmed Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Grace and Frankie, and many others.

Simultaneously, McCarthy is an award winning travel writer. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Travel+Leisure, AFAR, Men’s Journal, Bon Appetit, and many others. He has received six Lowell Thomas awards, and been named Travel Journalist of the Year by The Society of American Travel Writers.

His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times Best Seller, and the Financial Times of London named it one of the Best Books of the year.

His debut YA novel, Just Fly Away, tells the story of one girl’s discovery of family secrets, first love, and finding one’s way in the world.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:15pm and programs begin at 7pm.

Talk of the Stacks is presented by The Minneapolis Foundation and sponsored by Star Tribune.

Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Teddy Bear Park Is Open for 2017

If you’ve never been to the one of the kind Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, add it to your list.  Not only does it offer some great outdoor fun for kids, it’s a nice spot to enjoy the view of Stillwater as it’s located up on the hill.  There’s also nice indoor bathrooms on site as well.  It’s not open all year, but we just received news that Teddy Bear Park is Open for 2017.  There’s sure to be plenty of warm days ahead to enjoy this great place.

Teddy Bear Park is located at 207 Nelson Street E on the corner of 2nd Street South and Nelson Street near downtown Stillwater. The park is open to the public 8 am to 8 pm from mid-April to mid-October weather dependent.
The park play equipment is designed for children 7 years of age and younger.  There is no admission to visit and play in the park.

We don’t live close enough to visit this great park very often, but we do stop by when we are in the area.  Are there other great parks you’ve discovered in outstate MN that we can write about?  Please send us a message or comment below. Would love share other great places with our readers.

2017 Season Opening of Three River Parks District Outdoor Play Areas

Hyland Park

Many of look forward to the 2017 Season Opening of Three River Parks District Outdoor Play areas.  We would all love it if they were open year round, but many of the larger areas are not.  Thankfully the list of the open outdoor play areas seems to be getting longer, so there are more options.  You can take a look at what is open and what is not here on the website.

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Remember the fun of playing on a playground? Climbing, sliding, swinging higher and higher. Create new memories at our Play Areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun. The structures are inspected every year prior to opening and daily by Three Rivers Staff to ensure safety

Elm Creek


Faribault Mill Store Spring Open House

Do you have any Faribault blankets in your home?  We have one and it’s one of my favorite blankets to keep me warm when I’m watching movies.  Tomorrow is the Faribault Mill Store Spring Open House.  It takes place from 10am-5pm, at the Mill Store in Faribault.  It’s a free event, however if you want to tour the mill there’s a small $3 fee and they ask that you call to reserve a spot. There will be prize drawings, demonstrations, and more.

Tree Moon Walk at Richardson Nature Center

The Three Rivers Park District Tree Moon Walk, at Richardson Nature Center takes place this Saturday, April 8th. With some warm weather in the forecast, it would be a great evening to get out and enjoy nature.  The event is from 7:30-9pm, the cost is $5 per person.  The walk is for those ages 6 and up.  Put on those hiking shoes and get ready to enjoy a spring evening.  You can register here on the Three River Park website.

Fill your senses on a spring night hike. Identify trees and search for creatures relying on them. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult