South Metro Fire Department Open Houses

This week brings two different fire department open houses.  The first one takes place on Tuesday October 10th in Lakeville and the second is Thursday October 12th in Burnsville.  Both events are free and take place in the evening, which is great for parents who work during the day.  Both events are free and open to people of all ages.  Typically at the open houses you can get up close and personal to the equipment, take a tour and learn about fire safety.   You can click here for more information on the Burnsville open house, including the time and address.   For more information on the Lakeville open house, you can click here to go to the event page and get more specifics.

These Shining Lives

The play These Shining Lives brings us back to a different era, shedding light on how far things have come, and the pain that those before us went through.  Women in the workplace haven’t always had it easy.  In this straight to the point, unforgettable story, we get to feel what these four women must have felt, working for a company that forever changed not only their lives but the lives of countless women.

The play opens tonight October 6th and goes through the 14th at the Phoenix Theater in Uptown Minneapolis.  You can purchase tickets on their website. My age recommendation for this performance is middle school and up, my 13 year old daughter attended the preview night with me and really enjoyed it.  She’s now eager to read more about the lives of the Radium Girls, the real life women depicted in These Shining Lives.  

These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, directed by Shalee Coleman

October 6, 7, 9, 13, and 14, 2017.

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. A historical fiction period drama delving into the lives and trial of the 1920 Radium Girls who painted radium numbers onto clock faces, contracted radium poisoning, and fought for justice despite biting criticism.

Apple Celebration in Eden Prairie

What’s your favorite part of the fall season?  I love fall, mostly because I can finally wear my wool sweaters, but I also love apples right off the tree.  A little bit sour and a little bit sweet, that’s the best kind of apple.  This Sunday’s the Apple Celebration in Eden Prairie.  It takes place from 1-3 with a small fee of $7 per family.  The event will be at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center.

  • Apple Cider Press Demo’s
  • Apple Stories
  • Games
  • Fun for the whole family

You can register here on the event website or pay when you arrive at the event.






ZooFest at Pine Grove Zoo

So many great fall events coming up this weekend, all over Minnesota.  Another favorite that takes place this Saturday, October 7th and is located in the central MN area.  ZooFest at Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls, is taking place from 11-3.  Pine Grove is small zoo that’s been around for many years.  Tucked into a beautiful wooded area.  I remember going there as a kid with with my elementary class, so yes it really has been around for a while.

Join us Saturday, October 7th for fun fall family festivities at our fourth annual ZooFest! Activities will include face painting, games, pumpkin treats for the animals, a medallion hunt (going on now!), , the great pumpkin race, obstacle course, bounce house, rock wall with monkey motion and so much more! 

Try out your race car skills by building your very own pumpkin racer. Race against other pumpkin racers for cash prizes in our Great Pumpkin Race! Not only does the fastest pumpkin win, but the most creatively designed pumpkin racer also wins a prize!

To enter your pumpkin in this year’s Great Pumpkin Race, just bring your pumpkin racer with you to Zoo Fest and be ready to race at the track behind the main building at the zoo by 1:00pm!

Make sure your pumpkin is street legal! Print out the rules and tips page to help with crafting your pumpkin racer!

It’s just $6.00 per person (memberships do not apply) and includes admission to Kevin Horner, nationally renowned comedic ventriloquist, with four shows 11:45 am, 12:30 am, 1:15 pm and 2:00 pm.

To save time in line, you can purchase your advance tickets at our Admissions entrance or call 320-616-5595 for more information.

UFC Farm Supply Harvest Festival at Gale Woods Farm

This Saturday is the Harvest Festival at Gale Woods Farm. You’ll have a rare opportunity to get into Gale Woods for free, typically there’s a small admission fee.  The festival will take place from 9:30-3:30, with lot’s of fun for the whole family. Gale Woods Farm is part of the Three Rivers Park District.  (7210 County Rd 110 W. Minnetrista.)  If you’re unable to go to the event on Saturday, you can find information about their other events here on their website. 

Join us for our annual harvest festival sponsored by UFC Farm Supply! This event has FREE ADMISSION and is open to ALL AGES. Saturday October 7, 2017 from 9:30 – 3:30.

Come join us for: sheep dog herding trials, a giant pumpkin weigh off, a pumpkin carving competition, visit all of the farm animals, llama walking, wagon rides, sheep shearing, fiber art demos and activities, farmers market, chef cooking demos, apple cidering and OH SO MUCH MORE!!!


Hemker Park and Zoo Halloween Event

If you’ve not heard of the Hemker Zoo, it’s located in central MN near Freeport.  It’s a seasonal zoo, with a nice variety of animals. This Saturday (October 7th) they’re hosting a Boo at the Zoo event.  The event takes place from 10-6, although the trick or treating portion is from 10-2.  You can find more specifics about the zoo here on their website. 

Calling all Ghouls and Goblins!

Join us at Hemker Park & Zoo for a Wild and Spooktacular celebration.

Get your advanced discounted tickets to reserve your spot at our annual Boo at the Zoo event, or show up in your best Halloween costume and get your discounted admission at the door. Dress up for a Discounted Admission
Anyone who dresses up in a Halloween Costume will get into the zoo for $8.00/person +tax.

Come join the merry-not-scary celebration. See the creepy, crawling critters, watch the animals enjoy a treat, Trick or Treat throughout the zoo from 10:00-2:00!

Visit the animals
Watch the animals enjoy their Halloween treats!
Face Painting*
Apple Slinger*
Farmers Market

Hot food will be available for sale.

For more informaiton on our Boo at the Zoo event: Call us at (320) 836-2426 or email

Hyland Hills Fall Chairlift Rides

Mark your calendar for a different perspective on fall.  Friday and Saturday you can take one of the Hyland Hills Fall Chairlift Rides. A chance to check out some fall colors mingling with the city.  We went last year and enjoyed the event.  They had music, food and activities up on top of the hill.  If you purchase tickets in advance for the ride it’s $5 or $6 day of the event.

Enjoy the picturesque view from the top of Mt. Gilboa, one of Hennepin County’s highest points. Meet a live raptor, view the Minneapolis skyline through a spotting scope, and play a game. At sunset, listen to live folk music from Pig’s Eye Landing, relax by a campfire and follow a lantern-lit trail. Food and beverages available for purchase. No pets allowed. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved into the new ski chalet. Children under 2 free. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $6 day-of, $5 pre registered here:

Friday Oct. 6 5-9pm
Saturday Oct 7 4-9pm

Live Music by Pig’s Eye Landing
Friday (6:30 – 8:30 PM),
Saturday (5:30 – 6:30 PM, 7:30 – 8:30 PM)


Medieval Fair at Caponi Art Park

Tomorrow is the day you can step back in time, back to the Medieval Times.  The Medieval Fair at Caponi Art Park takes place from 11-4.  This is a great family friendly event and admission is $5 a person.  It’s a rain or shine event, unless severe weather.  Some of the activities taking place include:

  • Jugglers
  • Period Games
  • Combat Demonstrations
  • Interactive and Educational Demonstrations
  • Food by Potters Pies and More

Need a break from the 21st century? Come to the Medieval Fair! Discover what it was like to live during the Middle Ages in the wooded setting of Caponi Art Park. Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Minnesota chapter bring you the Middle Ages as they should have been: without the strife and pestilence!

Authentic pavilions will be on display in a Medieval Village as artisans in period dress present educational demonstrations and interactive activities. Look forward to rapier and armored combat, coin making, armorers, jugglers, period games, cooking, glass beads, and other arts and skills. Children large and small can try their hand at firing a crossbow. After visiting the Medieval Fair, be sure to tour the rest of the park including the Sculpture Garden and Theater in the Woods.

When: October 1, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission is $5 per person

Food by Potters Pies and more!
Event will go on rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather or heavy rain. Parking: In addition to our main lot, parking is available at the Lexington-Diffley Athletic fields. Banners and signs will be posted. The trail from the athletic fields is more scenic and includes unpaved, hilly trails.

Fall Festival at Pahl’s Market

Fall is my favorite time of year, mainly because it means I can finally wear my flannel and wool. It also means time for pumpkins, apples and all sorts of fall fun.  This weekend is the Fall Festival at Pahl’s Market in Apple Valley.  This was one of our favorite events with the kids. Would love to hear about your favorite fall activities, with kids or without.  Post in the comments, we love to try new events.

Join us for the kick-off to FALL FUN at Pahl’s Market, September 30th & October 1st! Hear squeals of joy around the market as the young & young at heart enjoy the straw maze & corn pit. Watch the big Bouncy Pumpkin smile as kids 45″ or shorter jump to their hearts content. We will have face painters, story time, food sampling, and more!

Free Activities!
Story Time:
Saturday 9/30 & Sunday 10/1 on the hour from 11am to 3pm

Face Painting:
Saturday 9/30 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10/1 from Noon to 4pm

Apple & Salsa Sampling: Saturday 9/30 & Sunday 10/1 on the hour from 11am to 2pm

150th Anniversary of the Washington County Courthouse

2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Washington County Historic Courthouse.  It’s also the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, located on the grounds of the courthouse. This Sunday, you have a chance to tour areas of the courthouse rarely seen by the public.  The Nooks and Crannies Tour, taking place between 11am-3pm on Sunday October 1st will last about 20 minutes each.  The tours are free with a suggested donation of $10 for each adult.

Join us for the one day of the year visitors can explore the areas of the Washington County Historic Courthouse typically closed to the public, including the basement, sheriff’s residence, 1870 jail, and the dome. Bring your friends and experience the inside story on the oldest standing courthouse in the state!

Enjoy refreshments and local treats, the courthouse video, vintage photographs, courthouse artifacts and more! Small group tours conducted approximately every 20 minutes starting at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Free (Suggested donation of $10 per adult). Some areas of the tour are not ADA accessible.