Eagan Puppet Wagon

When our kids were young we used to love the puppet wagon events.  A free show and a great way to enjoy a park and maybe even coordinate a picnic lunch.  During the summer, the Eagan Puppet Wagon takes place at Lebanon Hills Regional Park from 10-10:45 Friday mornings (June-mid August).  Are there puppet wagon events in your town that we could share with our readers?  Or what do you enjoy most in the summer?


Nature Play for Wee Ones at the Arboretum

When our girls were young we would seek out activities and places to bring them.  Just a change of scenery and maybe just the right amount of driving so they would nap in the car.  Nature Play for Wee Ones at the Arboretum is a great event for kids 0-5 and is free with admission into the Arboretum.  It takes place Saturday mornings in the summer from 9:30-11am at the Green Play Yard, located outside the Learning Center.

The June/July them is sand and stones, while the August/September theme is leaves, sticks, and cones.  It’s all about nature and learning just happens to be fun which makes it even better.

More specifics about what is offered can be found here on the Arboretum website. 

Dorset Boardwalk Art Festival

If you’ve never been to the quaint town of Dorset, put it on your list and check it out.  Not far from Park Rapids or Itasca State Park is the town of Dorset.  Not a big town, with a population of just 22.  Check it out this weekend, June 23rd happens to be their annual Boardwalk Art Festival.  If you can’t make it this weekend, August 5th is their annual Taste of Dorset.

I can still remember my first visit to Dorset.  I was about 5 and my uncle took my sisters and I there for lunch.  It’s grown since then, more businesses have been added.  Have you been to Dorset or any other fun places you would like us to spotlight or share.  We love to explore so please let us know.  Minnesota has some great off the beaten path places and we love to explore them.

SEARCHING Advanced Screening in Roseville

I’m not a fan of horror movies, but I do enjoy a good thriller! That’s what we get with SEARCHING, coming to theaters August 3rd, starring John Cho and Debra Messing.

SEARCHING is a suspense/thriller film that has won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize as well as the NEXT Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In the film, after David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

While the movie doesn’t open in theaters until August 3, YOU could see it before then! Download a pair of passes here to see it on June 27 at 7 pm in Roseville at AMC Rosedale. Passes are available to download while supplies last. Be sure to arrive early as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Blaine Festival

One of our favorite things about summer, so many festivals and parades to attend.  Not to mention all of the county fairs around the state.  Not enough hours in the day to make it to everything!  The Blaine Festival takes place this weekend, June 22-24.  three days packed full for fun for all ages.

Check out the full schedule of events here on the event page.

Rod Stewart at Xcel Energy Center – Discount Tickets

Rod Stewart with special guest Cyndi Lauper is coming to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul August 15th and right now you can order discount tickets starting at $59!

With two of the most distinctive voices in music, Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper have each racked up tons of culture-changing hit songs, not to mention sustaining long-lasting and varied careers that’ve taken them through almost every genre there is — from pop to rock to jazz to country to Broadway to the Great American Songbook. So make sure you’re at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul when these consummate entertainers hit the stage.

With his signature growl, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Stewart has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums worldwide, along with countless chart-topping hits and industry accolades — including two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lauper, meanwhile, is three-quarters of her way to an EGOT — with two Grammys, an Emmy and a Tony under her belt. First breaking through in the ’80s with pop classics like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Time After Time,” Lauper blew Broadway away with the hit musical Kinky Boots in 2013.

Find discount tickets HERE.

Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show!

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show! other summers but want to give a reminder.  The show is fun to watch, it’s free and something a bit more unique to do on a Thursday evening in the summer.  You can catch the show several upcoming Thursdays in North Minneapolis.  Check out the schedule here as well as map of the location.

*Development show starting at 6:30 pm and main show at 7 pm

Blaine Festival Car Show at Northtown

Another great car show is coming up.  The Blaine Festival Car Show at Northtown takes place June 24th from 10-3pm.  This particular car show benefits the Invisible Wounds Project.  The event is free to spectators and for those that wish to enter their vehicle it’s a very reasonable fee of $10.  More information can be found here.  

Come hungry and enjoy some great food from the
Route 65 Pub & Grub Food Truck and don’t miss
local artist Amy Kulseth as she creates a special car
themed painting during the event.

All proceeds going to Invisible Wounds Project to raise awareness and
provide services for our military and first responders who are
battling PTSD, suicide and other mental health issues.

Open to all vehicles with a $10 car entry fee, free to spectators.
The event is being held in the Herberger’s parking lot next to Co. Rd. 10



Nature Play Area at Terrace Oaks Parks

Terrace Oaks Parks Nature Play Area

A friend recently told me about her visit to the Nature Play Area at Terrace Oaks Parks.  Not a typical play area, the Nature Play Area is simply about nature, which of course is awesome.  Not everyone has a woods to play in and this play area is a great substitute.

The park is located in Burnsville and just opened up recently, you can find more specifics about the park here on the city website.  I would love to see more parks like this pop up in the metro area!

The Nature Play Area features natural elements that allow kids of all ages to climb, jump, build and explore. Features include painted animal tracks, tree cookies, climbing logs and rocks, building sticks and limestone block benches.

Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Art in the Garden

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Art in the Garden on Thursday, June 21st from 5:30 – 9 pm.

The Bakken is a hidden gem, located in a mostly residential area in South Minneapolis. On occasion they offer adult-only events like this one, a time to learn about science without the kids. There are half-price tickets available through Goldstar which will get you in for $6 (reg. $12), plus service fees.

The best party of the summer is coming up soon at The Bakken Museum. Head to Art in the Garden, an evening soiree that lets you discover the natural beauty of the museum’s distinct garden spaces.

Grab a drink and have your own picnic on the green roof as you create artsy items inspired by the flora on the Minneapolis museum’s grounds. There’ll be a Crop Art Station for those of you looking to practice your seed skills before the State Fair, a plant stamp postcard you can send to someone special and a community art studio where you can let the watercolors flow and make something unique.

MollieRae Miller will use her skills with acrylic paint and stenciling to help you create some native plant-inspired window art. Market Science will also be on-hand to share leaf pigment and chromatography science.

The Chalk Art Cars will be there for all of your automobile-arts needs and the Science Museum of Minnesota will have watercolor bots for that extra mechanical artsy feel.

With beer and wine to sip on and food from Gastrotruck and Olivia’s Organic Café, there will be plenty of fun for you and your crew to enjoy.

Get your discount tickets HERE!