Balloonacy Is Back At The Children’s Theatre Company

Balloonacy, can simply be described as, the best first play for kids that I’ve seen.  Balloonacy is full of surprises, joy, innocence, laughter and fun.  We’ve been to many plays over the years, so I’m often asked what age should kids first see a play, and what that play should be.  I can now say that Balloonacy is my choice as the perfect first play.  With a simple non-verbal story, one actor, and a balloon it’s a perfect play for the younger age group.  It’s in the small Cargill Stage area, which provides a closer more intimate feel, plus some up close, and personal seating is offered to the kids.  Try to arrive a little early, about 15 minutes or so as they offer some fun activities for the kids, and the adults prior to the show.

Robert Dorfman in Balloonacy Photo Credit Dan Norman


CCT Staff interacting with a younger audience member before the show.

Nationally Award Winning Balloonacy Inspires the Very Young

Featuring Robert Dorfman

Directed by Peter C. Brosius

October 3 – November 12, 2017

Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) will present Balloonacy, written by Barry Kornhauser and recipient of the American Association of Theatre in Education (AATE) Distinguished Play Award. Kornhauser also wrote the script for CTC’s upcoming, world premiere production of Corduroy. Balloonacy will star Robert Dorfman (Broadway: The Lion King; Touring: The Drowsy Chaperone; TV: Boardwalk Empire) who originated the singular role of the Old Man in 2014. Directed by Peter C. Brosius, this production will be the first show he directs in his 20th year as CTC’s Artistic Director. Scenic Design is by Annie Rollins, Costume Design by Mary Anna Culligan, Lighting Design by Rebecca Fuller Jensen (Pinocchio, The Biggest Little House in the Forest, The Cat in the Hat) and Sound Design by CTC’s resident composer/music director Victor Zupanc.

Imagine a single balloon changing one person’s life forever. It starts so simply: A balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man’s home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens – then something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you’ve learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, rediscover play in this back-by-popular-demand production!

Balloonacy is a tender, non-verbal, physical theatre show that reflects on all stages of friendship,” states Director Peter C. Brosius. “It is both a celebration of the complicated nature of friendship, as well as a call to embrace play, laughter and joy. While this production is designed for preschool age children, it is truly one that multiple generations can come to together and find something in it, no matter what age.”

Reflecting back on the early development of this work, Barry Kornhauser said, “Probably my favorite thing about this little play is its welcoming inclusiveness. Some years back Peter [Brosius] and Elissa [Adams] kindly invited me to join a series of CTC convenings funded by the Bush Foundation to explore approaches to early child development and their application to theater. One of many things made abundantly clear in that process was that early learners come into contact with reality more on a bodily-sensory basis than a linguistic one. Without dialogue, this play becomes accessible to all children.”

Dr. Amy Susman-Stillman, Director of Applied Research and Training at the University of Minnesota is particularly thrilled about CTC’s commitment to creating plays for the very young. “CTC, with the incredible vision and foresight of Peter Brosius, is to be commended for its innovative integration of theatre arts and early childhood education. CTC had been impressively thoughtful about using theory and evidence to continually ensure that their work is developmentally appropriate, engaging and effective. Through its now regularly-occurring preschool productions such as Balloonacy, Early Bridges and Theatre Arts Training programs, CTC is on the forefront of using theatre arts to creatively advance school readiness for all preschoolers.”

The production is presented in the Cargill Theatre with an experience configured particularly for the very young. A CTC original production, Balloonacy opens October 3 and runs through November 12 and is best enjoyed by preschoolers. Lap passes are available for ages 18 months and younger. Individual show tickets can be purchased at or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400. Allergy note: The balloons used in this show are latex, however they do not touch or go near the audience at any point during the production.


30 minutes with no intermission


The Ticket Office is accessible by phone two hours prior to most performances.

Email: (inquiries only, no ticket processing)
Phone: 612.874.0400


ASL/AD Performance: November 1 at 10:30am & November 4 at 2pm

Lap passes are available for ages 18 months and younger

The show runs now through November 12th.



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.

Trail of Terror Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

trail of terror

Trail of Terror in Shakopee is the Midwest’s largest Halloween event. Trail of Terror Discount tickets are available in advance HERE. The event features a ¾-mile haunted maze and the Wicked Woods Walk as well as other adventures like Grubbs Pest Control, Crystal Caverns, and Chuckles Pizzeria. Also included: a dance floor, karaoke, the Black Out Bar Crawl, and fortune tellers.

The Trail of Terror is open rain or shine on Fridays-Sundays, October 13th through October 29th. Friday and Saturday they’re open from 7 pm – 12:30 am, Sunday 7-11 pm.

Buy your Trail of Terror Discount tickets in advance HERE and you can pay only $12 (regular price is $23.95).

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.