Holly Trolley

Hope on the Holly Trolley with Santa.  The historic streetcar is decked out for the holidays and located in south Minneapolis.  Rides are about 20 minutes long and no tickets or advance registration required. You can find more information about the dates and times on the website here.  The Fare is $4 per person. 

Saturday & Sunday
November 25 & 26
December 2 & 3
12:30 to 3:30 PM
$4 per passenger

Please share in the joy of the season. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

Snapology Discovery Center Grand Opening

With the weather getting colder, it’s even more important to find indoor activities for the kids.  The Snapology Discovery Center Grand Opening is next weekend.  Taking place over the course of three days, November 17-19.  Snapology is geared towards kids ages 1-14 and is located in the uptown area of Minneapolis.  You can find more specifics about the grand opening event here on the FB event page.

Snapology of Minneapolis offers fun programs for a wide variety of ages and interests. With an emphasis on play, children acheive academic enrichment and social development objectives. At Snapology there is something for everyone with everything from LEGO-themed programs, robotics, engineering, animation, and more!

Tons of activities all weekend long!  Free and open to the public!

Friday, 11/17 – 5-8pm
Open House & Reception
Cupcake bites provided by A Cupcake Social
6-8pm Art project lead by Articulture

Saturday, 11/18 – 9am-6pm
10am – Family Fun Twin Cities curated dance party
3pm – Music by Jack and Kitty
2-4pm – S’mores provided by North Mallow

Sunday, 11/19 – 9am-6pm
Coffee from 9-11am provided by Bob’s Java Hut
12:30pm – FREE yoga class for parents upstairs from Snapology at Your Yoga
1pm – Magic by Alan Smola



Rice Park Tree Lighting

With the snowflakes falling last night I can finally say, the holidays are around the corner.  Prior to that, I was really hoping winter wasn’t quite here and the holidays were months away.  Yes indeed, sooner than later.  It also means, mark the calendars for upcoming holiday and winter events.

Next Saturday, November 18th, is the Rice Park Tree Lighting event.  The lights will stay lit until mid March, which means plenty of opportunity to see and enjoy the beautiful scene.

Date: Saturday, November 18 2017

Saint Paul will officially kick off the holiday season with the grand opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy.

Location: Rice Park

Time: 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM

109 W 4th Street , Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102Those who attend the free grand opening event will be the first to skate on the free, outdoor, artificially-chilled ice rink in downtown Saint Paul as well as view the 11th annual lighting of Rice Park and the city’s holiday tree will be lit with 15,000 LED lights. There will be musical performances, photo opportunities, fireworks and more.

  • Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink open November 18 – February 4, 201
  • Grand Opening – Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Festivities begin at 3:30pm
  • Photo Opportunity with Live Reindeer and Sleigh
  • Teddy Bear Band
  • Skating Performances
  • Fireworks in Rice Park at 6:30pm
  • Ribbon Cutting at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink at 7:00pm
  • Rink opens for Skating at 7:15pm

Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Tomorrow is the day for Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  A day for girls to explore and learn about science.  The event takes place from 10-4.  See all the information regarding admission below.

Saturday, November 11

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tomorrow’s scientists start today
Join Fox 9 and prominent female scientists from around the state for this important community event. It’s a brilliant and fun opportunity for girls to be introduced to the exciting worlds of science and technology through hands-on demonstrations and activities.

Buy your tickets in advance
Avoid the lines and get right to the fun! This is a popular event so we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Call the Science Museum’s Box Office at (651) 221-9444 to make your purchase and tickets will be emailed to you.

Four kids free with full-price adult admission
Admission to the event is included in museum admission. On November 11, get up to four kids free with full-price adult admission. Discount not available online. Note: museum admission does not include the Rocky Mountain Express Omnitheater film.

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Some of us may not remember the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter sinking into the waters of Lake Superior.  Those that do recall it happening, will remember where they were when they heard the news.  It was a tragic event and 29 crew members lost their lives.

This Friday, November 10th you can join others at the Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors, for an event to reflect and remember the tragic event. You can more information on the Minnesota Historical Society page.

This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.

Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA

Now that we’ve had snow, it only seems fitting that Santa will arrive at the Mall of America.  Santa’s Arrival Ceremony at MOA takes place this Thursday, November 9th from 5:30-6:30.  Live music, treats, activities, and more.

Thursday, November 9
Holiday Activities | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Rotunda
Santa’s Grand Arrival | 6:30 p.m. | Nickelodeon Universe®

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better come out, we’re telling you why: Santa is arriving at Mall of America® to officially kick off the holiday season on Thursday, November 9! Don’t miss the fun as Santa is greeted in grand holiday style by the Rosemount High School Marching Band, who will be heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year!  There will be holiday activities, face painting, balloon sculptors and treats provided by Nestle Toll House and Caribou Coffee. Be sure to stick around as Santa lights up Nickelodeon Universe with holiday magic!

ASI Family Day: Fest! Merry Mansion-Nordic Holidays

The American Swedish Institute is hosting their family day this Saturday, November 11th.  The theme will be Fest! Merry Mansion-Nordic Holidays. It’s the kickoff to the holiday season, with the mansion decorated for the Nordic Holidays from November 11th-January 8th.  There’s an admission fee to get into the event, or if you have a membership to ASI, it’s free.

Family Day Opens Fest! Merry Mansion Holiday Exhibitions and Programming

ASI opens the 2017 holiday season with a day of fun for the entire family. Explore Nordic and Romanian traditions throughout the Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, which will be decorated for the 2017 theme: Fest – Merry Mansion.

Have the whole family make a craft together, stop in the Ballroom for performances by various community groups, or wander through the Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibit and meet an expert on Norwegian aquavit.

Performance Schedule

  • 10:00 Nordic Bees
  • 11:00 Plai de Dor Dancers
  • 11:30  Vasa Jr. Folk Dancers
  • 1:00 Impossible Salt Theatre Performance
  • 2:00 Cloudberries


Great Train Show

We found another train event for the weekend.  The Great Train Show is Saturday and Sunday.  Taking place at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.  Kids are free for age 11 and under.  You can purchase adult tickets online, or cash only at the door.

Hundreds of tables of trains for sale, exhibitors from across the country, huge operating model train displays, free workshops and demonstrations, and free door prize giveaways.

The Great Train Show is the nation’s only coast-to-coast model train show. The show is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. All aboard!

First Free Saturday: Around the World

On the first Saturday of each month, The Walker Art Center hosts a free, family friendly event.  This months event is an Around the World theme and it takes place this Saturday, November 4th.  The gallery hours are 10-6, however the event activities are 10-3.  The activities for the Around the World event will be geared towards kids 6-12, but everyone is welcome to attend.


Join us for a day of international festivals presented in collaboration with Concordia Language Villages and Ragamala Dance Company. Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Concordia Language Villages’ expert educators engage families with cultural traditions from around the world. Learn about France’s Fête des Lumières, the Nordic Summer Solstice, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節 or 中秋节) … and maybe even pick up some new vocabulary words. Create masks, dance around a maypole, listen to moon-viewing stories, and much more.

Ragamala presents its 3rd annual Ode to Navarathri festival. In Southern India, Navarathri is commemorated with a Navarathri Kolu, a time when families welcome neighbors into their homes for a celebration rooted in the sharing of art. Ragamala’s gathering includes a traditional south Indian kolu, curated performances by local artists and community members, and a kolam rice flour design workshop.


Night Trains – Twin City Model Railroad Museum


This Saturday is the start of the Night Train Season.  The Twin City Model Railroad Museum hosts a night train event on Saturday evenings, beginning November 4th through February 24th (2018).  These are not trains you ride, instead it’s a huge city of miniature/model trains.  Admission is $15 for adults and kids 4 and under are free.  *They also have group/family rates.  See more on that below.  This would be a great activity to have as a yearly tradition, with friends or family.

Night Trains season is a special Holidays tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. Night Trains will begin on Saturday, November 4th and will runs every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (Saturday, February 24th, 2018).

Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.


$15 for Individuals

Family and Group Rates (Groups of 3 or more, max 10) available: The first two visitors pay full price ($15) and each additional member of the group pays half price ($7.50). Examples: 4 Guests: $45, 6 Guests: $60, 10 Guests: $90. This equals a great savings for your family or group!

Children 4 and under FREE