Adults only Gibbs Farm Evening Tour

Sometimes it’s nice to take in some local history during the evening hours.  The Adults only Gibbs Farm, Evening Tour takes place this next Thursday, June 20th.  The event is for the 21 and up crowd, so not only is it in the evening, it’s a time without the kids.  There’s a small admission fee of $10-$15 ( depending on if you have a membership to the RCHS) Advance registration is requested either by phone (651-646-8629.) or by clicking here.

21+ Event

Thursday, June 20th

History loving adults are invited to our first evening tour of the 2019 season. Visitors will enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments before going on a tour of the Gibbs Farmhouse led by Site Manager Sammy Nelson. This tour will go in-depth on the Gibbs family and their life in early Minnesota. Sammy will draw on information from the Ramsey County Historical Society’s Collection and stories told by Jane and Heman’s children and grandchildren.

USA Luge Slider Search

I love watching the Luge events during the Olympics.  Although my kids are now too old for this event, it looks super fun and it’s free!

This weekend kids ages 9-13 can reserve a time slot to try Luge.  The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search take place this weekend, June 15th and 16th in Minneapolis.  You can register your child here on their website.

Additional information about the event:

The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search is the official nationwide athlete recruitment tour of USA Luge, targeting young athletes, ages 9-13. The mission of this grass-roots program, established in 1985, is to identify, train and qualify young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who may progress through the team development ladder have hopes of one-day becoming members of the National and Olympic Luge Teams.

Over the years, the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search has traveled over 220,000 miles and introduced the sport of luge to more than 25,000 eager young athletes. At each series stop, guided by U.S. Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes, participants are taught the basics of riding a luge sled, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills are developed, athletes take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds. Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, N.Y., Park City, Utah, or Muskegon, Mich. to try luge on ice at a USA Luge sanctioned training site. The top young athletes from this group are selected for the next year’s development team.

Currently, most of the U.S. Junior National Team was recruited through the Slider Search, so it’s no wonder the USA Luge coaching staff feel tomorrow’s National and Olympic Teams will come from this program. Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and 2009 World Champion, was identified in a 1999 Slider Search, while Brian Martin, a 1998 Olympic bronze and 2002 Olympic silver medalist, was discovered at a Slider Search in 1987. At least 70% of the past Olympic teams since 2002 have come from the program.

Each participant need only register for one 2 or 3-hour clinic. Register by phone at 1-800-USA-LUGE, or register online through our secure site. All events are free and everyone gets a cool White Castle USA Luge Slider Search T-Shirt for attending.

Movie at the Farm- Maplewood on June 18th

Bring the family to the Movie at the Farm.  Everyone can enjoy Ralph Breaks the Internet this coming Tuesday, June 18th at the Historic Bruentrup Farm in Maplewood.  Not only is the movie free, you can also enjoy other fun activities including:

  • Petting Zoo 5:30-7:30
  • Jump Castle and Yard Games
  • Concessions available

Important details about the event:

Grounds open at 5:30

Movie is at 6:30

Come out for a family night of games, concessions, activity stations, jump castle and the petting zoo! Enjoy a picnic on the beautiful grounds. Movie will be held in the barn rain or shine.

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.

To give enough time to plan, we wanted to share that June 22nd happens to be their annual Boardwalk Art Festival. If you can’t make it then, August 4th 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.

Dakota City Heritage Village Friends and Family Event- June 14th

Although the Dakota City Heritage Village is only open a few times each year, it’s a place to put on your bucket list.  Visiting the village is like stepping back in time.  This Friday from 10-2 they are opening up for a Friends and Family event.  ALL are welcome to the FREE event.

The village is located in Farmington at the Dakota County Fair Grounds.   Several buildings have been relocated and as you walk around, you’ll think you stepped back in time to small town America.

Information about the Friends and Family event:

Stroll through the Village and into selected buildings, staffed by costumed docents, as you visit 1900.
See demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, and immerse yourself in life of long ago.

Motor Hill Car Shows At Hyland Hills in Bloomington

Check out the fancy cars at the Hyland Hills Motor Hills Car Show.  You can enjoy the fun June 12th, July 10th or August 7th.  With three different options, you can plan ahead a bit.   Roll in with your own fancy ride for a chance at prizes or just check out what others have and dream a little.

More information can be found here on the Three Rivers Park District Site.  Hyland Hills Ski area is located in Bloomington.  The motor show is free to attend and food will available to purchase.  You can enjoy the fun from 4-8.  


27th Annual Parade of Boats – Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

26th Annual Parade of Boats - Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

During the upcoming 27th Annual Parade of Boats you won’t see people in the boats.  These boats are small and instead of people in the boats, they’ll be on shore controlling them.  The parade takes place in Centennial Lakes Park in Edina.

The model boat event will take place tomorrow June 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature boat sailing, racing and showings along the shores of the park’s central pond.  A fun event to watch.


Directions to the event: 

The Park address is 7499 France Ave So. Edina Minnesota. It is located 5 blocks south of Southdale shopping mall and 4 blocks north of Highway 494, on the east side of France Ave. Centennial Lakes is actually a shopping center, when viewed from France Ave. The Park and the Lakes are behind the stores, and on the lower level. Enter the shopping center from either France Ave, Parklawn Ave, or 76th Street, then head to the lower parking level. The park building is North of “Chuck E Cheese”. The Lakes begin at 73rd Street and extend south to 80th Street.

Tour an Amazon Fulfillment Center

Most of us have ordered something from Amazon at least once, if not more times than we can count!  Have you ever wondered what the inside of their fulfillment center looks like and how they get things to where they need to be?  We just discovered you can tour some of their fulfillment centers.  The Shakopee location is the only one listed for MN but if you happen to be on vacation elsewhere you can check for others.  (They have 23 different USA locations listed for tours.).

The tours are free but you need to register in advance, that means they need each persons name and a date picked out as well as the time, all need to part of the reservation.  So it will take a bit of planning but a fun thing to do in the summer with the kids. It is important to note that kids need be over the age of 6.

Go here to register for a tour.  

Important information to know:

In order to attend, each tour participant must be on the guest list before they arrive. For yourself and for each guest you bring, please complete the accurate first name, last name, and birth date here. For individuals above the age of 18, this information must match your government issued ID, which security will verify during check-in.

Summer Kick-off Celebration at French Regional Park



This Saturday is a Summer Kick-off Celebration at French Regional Park in Plymouth. A chance to celebrate warmer weather and all the new great things happening at the park.

The event takes place from 10-1, an opportunity to check out the completion of the improved trails, parking lots and boat launch.  


Additional information about the Summer Kick Off Celebration:

Three Rivers Park District is kicking off summer with a celebration of the new play area at French Regional Park, Plymouth, and completion of the improved trails, parking lots and boat launch. Gather the kids, call their friends and come play on the new play area. Enjoy music and free ice cream treats while supplies last. . A food truck will be onsite. There will also be free boat rentals from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.!

The celebration is on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and there will be a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to all ages.


Eagan Puppet Wagon – Spark! Mobile

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, what used to be called the Eagan Puppet Wagon, now called the Spark! Mobile takes place at various parks around Eagan.  There are morning shows as well as some evening shows.  You can find the full schedule here on the Eagan city website. 

Are there puppet wagon events in your town that we could share with our readers?  Or what do you enjoy most in the summer?

Puppet Shows, a crowd favorite – June 17 – August 9 – No shows July 1-5

**In the event of bad weather, shows will be canceled and not rescheduled, call the Recreation Hotline at (651) 675-5511 for up to date information.