Lakewood’s Annual Earth Day Celebration

Lakewood's Annual Earth Day Celebration

We’ve mentioned the Lakewood Cemetery a few times in the past.  If you still haven’t had a chance to tour it, the Lakewood’s Annual Earth Day Celebration is another great opportunity to check it out.  It takes place this Saturday and the tours are 30 minutes long.

There’s a small fee for the event but the greenhouses are amazing and really worth a visit.  *Greenhouse tour tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  You can go here to purchase tickets in advance.

Lakewood Cemetery Open House

Additional Information about the Earth Day Celebration and Lakewood Cemetery:

Lakewood is a unique green space in the heart of the city — with 250 acres of ornate gardens, scenic vistas and endless knolls dotted with old-growth trees and rare and native plants — all open to the public.

For our annual Earth Day Celebration, we invite you to visit our spacious grounds and take a behind-the-scenes tour of our historic greenhouses still operating today. On the tour, you’ll learn about Lakewood’s horticultural history, sustainable practices and see what we have in store for this spring’s flower beds.

After the tour, put your own green thumb to work and plant a perennial to take home and plant in memory of a loved one.

Make a day of it by taking a self-guided tour of the cemetery before or after your greenhouse tour. Self-guided brochures will be available at the event or by downloading the Lakewood mobile app.

 

Petting Zoo and Easter Event at Southtown Center

 

Southtown Event

Bring the kids to Southtown Center in Bloomington starting today through Saturday.  All sorts of fun for kids of all ages.  Located near the former Toys “R” US store.  You’ll find both indoor and outdoor fun.

Easter Activities Include:

  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Pony Rides (fee charged **$6 cash)
  • Bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny
  • Plus more fun

Easter Bunny coming to Southtown April 20th:
Southtown Shopping Center in Bloomington will host the Easter Bunny at a special party from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20th. Kids can dance to music by “Kids Dance” Entertainment and DJ sounds! They also will enjoy facepainting, balloon animals, and crafts with Bloomingtons “Artistry”. There are prizes and free giveaways while supplies last.

Animal farm with pony rides, petting zoo opens April 17-20.  (Hours 10am-7pm

The Petting Zoo & Pony Ride activities will take place in the parking lot in front of the former Toys R’Us store (located North of Herberger’s facing the I-494). The Bunny will be located inside the former Toys R’Us space – look for the balloon arch!

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture images of their families with the Easter Bunny and with the animals.

Dave & Buster’s Discount All-Day Gaming Package for Two (Edina and Maple Grove)

Enjoy some fun and games at Dave & Buster’s in Edina or Maple Grove and get a great deal on an all-day gaming package for two with this offer from Groupon.

You’ll pay just $25 for an All-Day Gaming Package for Two ($70 value). Each person will receive one all-day Simulator Power Card for all games that do not issue tickets or prizes, plus 18 game chips. With the All-Day Simulator Power Card, you can choose from single and multi-player games, including 3-D, simulator, sports, and rides. Bonus: You won’t have to pay the activation fee with this deal, either!

Your Groupon will be good for 120 days after purchase, and there is a limit of 1 per visit. Not valid with any other offers or promotions, including Eat & Play Combos, Half Price Games Wednesdays or any Half Price Game promotion. It’s also not valid on May 27, June 16, or July 4, 2019.

Eat. Play. Drink. Watch. Dave & Buster’s ambition is to offer something for everyone. Regardless of which location you visit, you can count on being entertained. Each Dave & Buster’s location boasts a Million Dollar Midway––an enormous game room that consists of rows of arcade games and the latest video games. The sprawling entertainment complexes feature full bars with specialty cocktails and dining areas that serve a chef-crafted menu including burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and other American dishes. With dozens of HD TV’s, the Sports Bar allows the guests to enjoy their favorite sports action.

Get your Groupon for the Edina location HERE or the Maple Grove location HERE!

Sibley Park & Farm (Mankato)

I grew up in Mankato, and I have very fond memories of my childhood there, especially frequent visits to Sibley Park to play on the equipment and see the animals. They have seriously revamped the area since I was a kid, though!

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Now you can visit Sibley Farm (inside Sibley Park) and walk through red barn-style buildings to view farm animals. You can also play on the farm-themed playground equipment at the park.

Sibley Farm Mankato

According to Explore Minnesota, Sibley Farm is set to open April 16th, 2019 for the season. (Even if it doesn’t open that specific date, I’m sure it will be open very soon.) You’ll be able to see alpacas, calves, goats, peacocks, horses, lambs, and chicks, as well as koi fish in the pond. Sibley Farm is open daily from 6:30 am – 10:30 pm in mid-spring, summer, and early fall.

Sibley Park & Farm

Sibley Park is a dynamic community park that is rich in history. The park, established in established in 1887, is named for Minnesota’s first Governor, Henry Hastings Sibley. In the past the park has provided a horse racing track, regional zoo, museum, community band shell, clay tennis courts and renowned gardens.

The park offers recreational opportunities on the north side with softball, tennis, fishing and sliding hill. On the south side of the park are extensive landscape and gardens, a story book farm site, open space and picnicking areas. The hill top of the mound is being reclaimed through plantings and controlled burns to an Oak Savanna environment similar to what originally existed.

 

 

Sibley Park is suitable for organized sports, large group gatherings, amplified music and reserved use. The picnic shelters are popular for family reunions, business meetings, company picnics and large group gatherings. The gazebo and gardens are favorites for outdoor weddings and photography sessions. Many of these areas can be reserved.

Also at Sibley Park are the pond, the CHS Pergola, the Sibley Park Pavilion and Sibley Farm. Within Sibley Park are the Sibley HealthBeat outdoor exercise equipment and more than two miles of walking trails available at three levels–easy, moderate or experienced.

Sibley Park & Farm

Sibley Park is located at 900 Mound Avenue in Mankato.

You can read more about Sibley Park in our post on Thrifty Jinxy about Weekend Family Fun in Mankato.

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Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Bakken Museum

The Bakken Museum

The Bakken Museum is one of our favorite places to visit.  It’s a wonderful place filled with science, fun and learning.  Plus the building that it’s located in quite unique and not like most museums.  It’s a big old historic mansion and it’s tucked into a mostly residential neighborhood.

Occasionally the Museum hosts a Sensory Friendly Sunday event, the next one is tomorrow (April 14). If you can’t make it tomorrow, the next Sensory Friendly Sunday will be May 12th.

Activities and accommodations will include:

  • Lowered volume on interactive exhibits
  • Dimmed lights throughout the museum
  • Additional sensory-aware signage throughout the museum
  • Noise-dampening headphones
  • Music therapy

More information about Sensory Friendly Sunday’s at The Bakken: 

Sensory Friendly Sundays allow people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have an enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. Events will include modified programming for diverse sensory needs and specialized staff training.

The Bakken Museum’s Sensory Friendly Program has been developed in consultation with the The Autism Society of Minnesota. The museum will continue be open to the general public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

All activities are free with museum admission:
Adults: $10
Seniors: $8
Young People 13–24: $8
Children 4–12: $5
Children 3 and under: Free
Members: Free

Free parking is available both in the museum’s lot on Zenith Avenue South, and on West 36th Street.

Additional information to plan your trip can be found at thebakken.org/accessibility.

Free Family Day at Minneapolis Institute of Art: Art in Bloom – Sunday, April 14th

Swing by the Minneapolis Institute of Art the second Sunday of every month for Family Day at Mia, a FREE day of fun at the museum designed for the young and the young-at-heart. This Sunday’s theme is Art in Bloom with activities taking place from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday, April 14th.

Wake up and smell the flowers! Enjoy a colorful day of floral-themed activities throughout the galleries and studios. Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Institute.

This special Art in Bloom Family Day will take inspiration from the children’s book Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.

Storytelling at 11AM, 11:45AM, and 12:30PM. Crafts and sidewalk chalk art ongoing all day!

Join talented Twin Cities actors as they tell the tale of dragons cooking, eating, and hosting taco parties. Get your picture taken at a dragon taco party. Make your own dragon headband at the craft table using craft papers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, fresh flowers, and more.

Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion in Walnut Grove

Little House on the Prairie Museum in Walnut Grove, MN

Did you grow up watching Little House on the Prairie?  It was one of my favorite shows!  I just wanted to share that the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove MN is hosting a large TV Little House Cast Reunion this summer.

Not all of the details are out yet, so far at least 10 cast members have been announced.  Little by little, names and more information continues to come out.

The dates of the event will be July 12-14.  We are sharing this now so you can make plans to attend this fun event.  The museum does host a pageant during the summer and if you’ve never attended that, it’s a great show.  Keep checking the museum facebook page for additional information about the reunion and other events.

Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion in Walnut Grove

Some of the information that we do know so far:

Question: DO I NEED TICKETS?

Answer : You need to purchase a BRACELET for all reunion related events occurring during the day, both Friday & Saturday. The bracelet allows you to obtain autographs from the cast members appearing in Walnut Grove. The cast members will also be selling their individual photos for you to purchase separately to have autographed. You will be allowed to bring up to 2 items through the line, per trip, to have autographed. In other words, if you have 4 items, you will be asked to get back in line after your first two items have been signed. Price of the bracelet has not been determined as of now, it is planned that there will be a daily bracelet and a weekend bracelet.

Keep watching the Museum’s Facebook page for more information.

Doors Open Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis will be opening up their doors to the public during the weekend of May 18-19.   A chance to check out buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant.  The Doors Open event is free and gives everyone the rare opportunity to see areas and buildings we might not normally see.

I’m exited for this event, it’s on a weekend so it means that more people can attend.  Secondly I really enjoy architecture and history.  Some of the buildings that will be open for the event include:

  • Hewing Hotel
  • Manhole Entrance – City of Minneapolis Public Works Surface Water and Sewers Division
  • Kingman Studios at Case Beer Warehouse
  • IDS Center
  • Hennepin Island Powerhouse
  • JB Hudson Jewelers
  • K&K Metal Recycling
  • Minneapolis City Hall & Hennepin County Courthouse
  • PLUS sooo many more
  • **If you are local and are interested in volunteering for this fabulous event, click here for more information.  This is something that needs to be decided on in April**

The list is long and fascinating.  I want to visit ALL of them and hope this event can be an annual thing or maybe even twice a year.  There are so many great places to visit and just not sure a weekend is long enough to try to fit them all in.  We are sharing this early so you plan accordingly. It’s probably a good idea to make a list of your top places and make sure to visit those first in case they don’t do this again.Doors Open Minneapolis Event

A few more details and the How and Why this event is taking place: 

Doors Open Minneapolis is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give visitors a FREE behind-the-scenes look at over 100 exciting venues.  We’re hoping to enrich experiences by presenting meaningful conversations with many of the people who make these venues the marvels that they are.

 

 

2019 Opening Weekend for the Long Drive In

It seems like just a couple of weeks ago we had a blizzard and the forecast for the next two days is again showing SNOW!  Even with the crazy MN weather it’s almost time for the seasonal opening of the Long Drive In.  Located near Long Prairie in central MN it’s a favorite for many.  The 2019 opening is this weekend April 12-13… IF the weather cooperates, but plan B might push the opening to the weekend of April 19.  Check their FB page for updates and to confirm… especially if you are traveling any sort of distance.  The prices are great, the fun is free and the venue is like stepping back in time.

A little more information about the Long Drive-In

Welcome to The Long Drive-In Theatre! We have been a favorite summer destination for central MN 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.

Enter the Drive-In before nightfall to ensure you catch entire movie. 2nd movie follows the first after a brief intermission for snacks. Please see “movies & menu” tab for concession prices. We do NOT close due to rain. To ensure if we are open or closed, call (320)732-3142.

 

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2019

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival Updated Dates and Times

Hugging babies just feels good – especially when they’re baby animals! For the third year in a row, Twin Cities Festival is hosting a spring baby animals event in which visitors can hold and/or pet baby goats, sheep, bunnies, ducklings, chicks, and ponies!

Additional activities include a kids’ corn pit, a straw bale maze, a hayride, and a kids’ play area. For a little extra you can enjoy pony rides, inflatables, a gunny sack slide, food vendors, and more. Most of the fun is fully enclosed, so the event is open rain or shine.

Plus, enjoy a FREE Easter Egg Hunt at noon on Friday, April 19 or Saturday, April 20!

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm / April 13 & 14, April 19 (Friday) & 20 (closed Easter Sunday), April 27 & 28 and May 4 & 5

Where: Twin Cities Festival – 8001 109th Ave N in Brooklyn Park, MN

Tickets are $10 and you can purchase online or at the gate for ages 24 months and up. Kids under 24 months are free. Concessions and some activities are not included in the ticket price (see above). Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm! Dogs/pets are not allowed.

**Plus, use the coupon code T220 to save $1 on tickets purchased online!