Sauk Centre Bike Rodeo

For those of you in central Minnesota, you might want to put the Sauk Centre Bike Rodeo on your calendar.  The fun event for kids takes place May 29th at the Sauk Centre Civic Arena.  One  week  today  means  you  have  time  plan  for  it.

From 4-6pm the free event will include:

* Bicycle safety course, ages 4-12. Bring your own bike. If you do not have one to bring, we will have some available for children of all abilities. Children must attend instruction at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. before riding the course.
* Helmet fitting with limited supply of free bike helmets
* Free meal
* Chance to win a new bike

 

 

Witch’s Hat Water Tower open to visitors

 

Typically you’ll find an iconic Minneapolis landmark open to visitors just once a year, the famous Witch’s Hat Water Tower.  Built in 1913, one of only a few water towers of it’s kind left in the area.  The tower opens to visitors just once a year, the Friday evening after Memorial day.  This year that falls on May 31st.  The tower will be open from 5:30-8:30, coinciding with the Pratt Ice Cream Social.

Photo credit: John Cushing

The Witch’s Hat Water TOWER

The “Witch’s Hat” water tower is in Prospect Park, (known as Tower Hill park), the highest natural land area in the city of Minneapolis. Along with the Kenwood and Washburn water towers in Minneapolis, the Prospect Park water tower is one of the few original water towers standing today in the Twin Cities area.

The 110-foot Prospect Park Water Tower was built in 1913 with a holding capacity of 150,000 gallons. It was also built to be a bandstand; however, there was only one concert in the band shell because the musicians experienced difficulty in carrying their instruments up the inside spiral staircase. Today it houses city first-responder telecommunications equipment in the roof.

Kiwanis Kite Fly in St. Louis Park – Saturday, May 25th

Get outside and enjoy the outdoors this weekend with the 31st annual Kiwanis Kite Fly in St. Louis Park! It’s happening this Saturday, May 25th from 12 – 4 pm at Louisiana Oaks Park.

Pack a picnic lunch, bring your lawn chairs, and watch the kites take flight. Or you can bring your own kite and fly it with members of the Minnesota Kite Society. They’ll have free kites for kids while supplies last.

The Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival – Discount Tickets

Love craft beer, wine, and/or cocktails AND the Minnesota Twins? Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14th for the Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival at Target Field!

Plus, if you grab your tickets NOW through Goldstar you can get them at a discount! Early bird admission is normally $39.95, but through Goldstar you’ll pay $29.95 + a service fee. Choose from Session 1 (12:30 – 4:30 pm) or Session 2 (7 – 11 pm).

 

 

Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of craft beer, wine, and cocktails as well as a keepsake sampling glass, live entertainment, games, and more! Plus, you’ll get TWO Twins games tickets with each festival registration you purchase! These Twins games tickets are valid for select Twins games on June 25, August 6, August 20, September 8, September 10-11, September 16-18, and September 22. (More information will be in the email you receive after making your purchase.)

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, will be the host for Minnesota’s largest and most popular craft beer, wine, and cocktail festival ever featuring hundreds of different brands at the iconic Target Field! Guests will be treated to unlimited samples of hundreds of amazing craft beer, wine, and cocktail brands from around the world that will be showcased throughout the ballpark, enjoy multiple live entertainment & DJ’s, receive a keepsake sampling glass, enjoy tons of games (think giant Jenga, Connect Four, Cornhole, Hula Hooping, and much more), receive tickets to a 2019 Twins game*, a free ride to/from the festival from MetroTransit, free admission to the official after party, sampling glasses, giveaways, activities, other all-star product vendors, and expedited super-quick entry through the gates! Plus, you will also be able to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the ballpark like never before by being able to walk the warning track around the entire playing field and get a professional photo in The Twins dugout!

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Memorial Day Weekend at The Landing

Yesterday we mentioned the upcoming events happening at Fort Snelling.  Memorial Day Weekend at The Landing is another event and place that let’s you step back in time and is great for the whole family.

Meet Civil War veterans and learn how Memorial Day began in 1868 as “Decoration Day” to honor Union soldiers who died. A formal “Decoration Day” ceremony with brass band is held on Monday at 2 PM. Enter at the west entrance. Drop-ins welcome or you can purchase in advance here.  Tractor-drawn wagons provide transportation through the park

Fees
$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

You can find additional information about “The Landing” here on the Three Rivers Park website.

Teen Takeover at the Walker Art Center – Friday, May 24th

Teen Takeover at the Walker Art Center is this Friday, May 24th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. This event is FREE.

Come hang at the Walker’s totally free night just for high school students! Spend the evening in the museum with musical performances, art-making, free food, free gallery admission, and a good time. The Walker Art Center is located at 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Activities and performances include:

6:30–9:30 pm
Art-making with Highpoint’s Access/Print and snacks

6:30 pm
DJ Rowsheen

7 pm
Last Import

7:45 pm
Bruise Violet

8:45 pm
booboo

Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling

One of our favorite events takes place next weekend.  Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling takes place over the course of three days so plenty of opportunity to attend.  We enjoy it because it’s history, education, as well as learning.  A place to bring the kids and have their learning disguised as fun.

* Admission for kids age 4 and under, Native Americans, Blue Star Families as well as Veterans and MNHS members are free. Other admission prices are $12 adults, $10 seniors, college students, $6 ages 5-17.  More information can be found here on their website. 

Additional details about The Memorial Day weekend events at Fort Snelling:

On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with interpreters, and engage with the many stories that make up the site’s history.

Learn about Native American history and the fort’s role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, like the 25th Infantry soldiers in the 1880s and Dred and Harriet Scott, whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War.

Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the “History Hunt” and earn a small prize.

On Monday, don’t miss a special “living timeline” of America’s military past on the fort’s parade ground, with costumed interpretive staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.

 

Free Children First Ice Cream Social (St. Louis Park) – Sunday, May 19th

This upcoming Sunday, May 19th is the annual Children First Ice Cream Social in St. Louis Park. Stop by between 2 – 5 pm for free Sebastian Joe’s and kosher ice cream (they’ll also have a gluten-free, dairy-free option available).

Besides the ice cream, enjoy entertainment, interactive exhibits and activities, and a Kids Garage Sale in which kids ages 6 to 12 will be selling toys they no longer play with as well as other items.

The ROC at the St. Louis Park Rec Center is located at 3700 Monterey Drive.

Minnesota Museum of American Art Free Family Day – Sunday, May 19th

Admission to the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (aka “the M”) is always free, but this Sunday, May 19th they’re offering some extra family fun activities! Enjoy Family Day: New Season, New Creations from 1 – 4 pm.

Join us for a full day of interactive, creative experiences and artist-led activities for all ages!

FLASH TALKS | 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Join an M volunteer in the gallery for a bite-sized, 10- to 15 minute chat about the exhibition. All ages welcome. Visitors should gather by the Paul Manship Group of Bears sculpture in the “Alley” Gallery.

ONGOING ALL DAY

Making: Lobby

Sticks-and-Spoons Puppet Creations with Kallie Melvin
All ages
What kind of puppet can you create from sticks and spoons? With just a few simple materials and a little imagination, the possibilities are endless!

Making & Community Building: Wide Open Studio

Zine-Making with Fiona Avocado
Ages 5+ (with help from a reader/writer)
Take inspiration from Craft Horizons Magazine and learn basic paper-folding techniques to create your own mini-zine from a single sheet of paper.

Making: Studio 2

Using Color to Create your Planet with Lizbeth Rosas Real
All ages
Use the coloring page provided to create your planet and all the life that inhabits it. When you are done, hang it on the wall!

Wearable Art
Ages 6+
With a variety of materials at your disposal, we invite you to create your own piece of wearable art inspired by the artworks in the exhibition, The Good Making of Good Things.

Interactive: Rauenhorst Court

Instant Photo Booth with Teen Tech Center
All ages
We’ll provide multiple instant cameras and printers. You choose a camera and take a portrait. Each instant camera represents a different time period, and each camera’s resulting photos have a different personality. Choose who you want to be through a progression of instant film!

Interactive: Various Locations

Everyday Scenes: Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen by Women’s Woodshop
All ages
Reconfigure thrifted furniture to turn everyday objects into a temporary sculpture of your own creation. Snap a photo and tag us on social media to share what you’ve made! @mnmuseum & @womenswoodshop

If you miss this Family Day, they’re offered three times per year on the third Sunday of January, May, and September from 1 – 4 pm. Suggested donation is $5 per family or group.

North Loop Food Truck Fair

Even if the the forecast doesn’t call for 80 and sunny the North Loop Food Truck Fair will still go on.  Taking place tomorrow May 19th from 3-7pm, you’ll find at least 20 different food trucks as well as live music.

If you are looking for dinner while you are out enjoying the Open Doors Minneapolis event tomorrow, the Food Truck Fair is the perfect option.  We love food truck events, the perfect solution for our family.