Vintage Base Ball at the Dakota City Heritage Village

It’s fun to see how things have evolved over time.  The game of Base Ball (Baseball) may not be at the top of the list of things with drastic changes but you might be surprised.  Vintage Base Ball at the Dakota City Heritage Village is a chance to see how much things have changed since 1860.  This fun event takes place June 29th from 9-3 at the Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington.

**Admission to the event is 2-bits ($.25). All the proceeds will be split between DCHS and DCHV.

This family-friendly event will entertain and show you how base ball used to be played. During the event, a concession stand will be available, along with a silent auction.



Stranger Things Q&A and Costume Contest at Mall of America this Weekend!

Calling all Stranger Things fans! I know you’re probably super hyped up for Season 3 coming to Netflix on July 4th (who needs fireworks when you can binge watch, right?) Well, another thing to get super excited about is that Chief Hopper (David Harbour) will be at the Mall of America this Sunday, June 23rd for a fan event!

Stop by the Rotunda at 3 pm for a Q&A in which David will answer questions from the fans. If you want a chance to meet David, get your costumes ready and come early as the best 15 costumes win passes to a VIP after party at Hard Rock Cafe with David!

About Stranger Things Season 3:

The highly anticipated third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things premieres on July 4th. It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart.

Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.

Mall of America Stranger Things Costume Contest Details:

The entry period for the costume contest is from 1 – 2 pm. Once you’re signed in, you’ll receive a number and be escorted into the Rotunda for the start of the competition at 2 pm. Costumes will be judged on accuracy, presentation, and construction.

Each of the Top 15 winners will get a plus one to attend the private party, and the first, second, and third place winners will receive a Mall of America gift card! For more details, please see the event page.

Stranger Things Gift Ideas

Earle Brown Days Festival in Brooklyn Center – June 20th to 22nd

In Brooklyn Center this coming weekend, June 20 – 22, celebrate Earle Brown Days with a parade and events for the whole family. Many are FREE.

The parade kicks off on Thursday at 6:30 pm at 59th and Dupont. Saturday is the most event-filled at Centennial Park with a community market, entertainment and food, activities for all ages, and fireworks.

Pollinator Celebration at Mall of America: June 22nd

The Mall of America is a great place, not only for all the stores and great places to eat but the events.   Almost daily the Mall has something going on and the weekends they really ramp up activities.  This Saturday they are hosting a Pollinator Celebration.  It takes place from 11-3 and is a joint venture with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Additional Details about the Pollinator Celebration:

Saturday, June 22
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mall of America North Entrance Rotunda

Join the Mall of America, local artists, educators, and experts in a celebration of our amazing Minnesota pollinators during National Pollinator Week. Activities are planned for the entire family!

Try your luck with Bee Landing Corn Hole and other pollinator games. Make a stylish Monarch Headband, and build your own “up-cycled” Clothespin Butterfly or Plastic Bottle Bumble Bee to take home. Spin the Trivia Wheel and learn what simple actions you can take home to help pollinators at the Ask an Expert information booth. Sample Minnesota honey made by Mall of America honey bees. Before you leave, photograph and post your fun using our Pollinator Photo Station.


Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Shows

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show other summers but wanted to give you a reminder. The show is fun to watch, it’s free, and it’s something a bit more unique to do on a Thursday evening in the summer.

You can catch the show several upcoming Thursdays in North Minneapolis, including this Thursday, June 20th. Check out the schedule here along with a map of the location.

*Development show starting at 6:30 pm and main show at 7 pm.

Celebrate Summer with Midnight Scoops!

It’s no secret that we enjoy ice cream.  One of our favorites Ice Cream shops, located in Bloomington is Scoops.  They are hosting a special event on June 22nd. You can Celebrate Summer with Midnight Scoops!  Just a few nights each summer they extend their hours and stay open until Midnight.  The lights change and they have a night of fun.

*From 9:30-Midnight you can enjoy:  giveaways, ice cream prizes and of course, our favorite summertime ambiance.

Addition info:

Midnight Scoops is back for its 5th Summer!

Celebrate the first day of summer with us and stay up late to satisfy your late night ice cream cravings. Join us for giveaways, ice cream prizes and, of course, our favorite summertime ambiance.

We will be open on Saturday, June 22nd until MIDNIGHT! Stay tuned for two more Midnight Scoops celebrations this summer!

Lakeville Puppet Wagon

I have a larger family (five kids), so I’m always on the lookout for free and inexpensive events since admission costs can quickly add up. Bonus if we can be outside during the summer months!

One such attraction is the Lakeville Puppet Wagon, which not only is free, but is also something that moves around to various parks. Park hopping and puppets is the perfect combination for summer entertainment!

You can find a map of the locations as well as more information on the city website here.

Firefly Festival at Eastman Nature Center- June 22nd

The nature centers in MN have so many great programs and many of them are free or very affordable.  The upcoming Firefly Festival takes place at the Eastman Nature Center on June 22nd.  This is an evening event and reservations are required.  There’s a small fee for this event, however at $5 it’s very reasonable. 

Discover the amazing world of fireflies. Participate in learning stations, search for daytime species and work on an art project. Safely catch and release fireflies during an evening hike. Learn how to record sightings for Citizen Science Firefly Watch at home. Reservations required.

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

Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Paul) Free Third Sundays

Chances are you already know about this freebie, but it’s always worth a reminder (or maybe it’s new information if you’re new to town!).

The Minnesota Children’s Museum located in downtown St. Paul is a great place for kids to learn and have fun! Every third Sunday is Target Free 3rd Sunday, which means admission is completely FREE. The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm on Sundays.

You can bet that it will be busier and more crowded than normal, and people are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. They suggest you leave strollers at home or in the car. Another option for visiting for free on a different day: use the MELSA smARTpass program and your library card to get two FREE admission tickets.

Free Third Sundays for 2019 are as follows:

  • January 20th
  • February 17th
  • March 17th
  • April 21st
  • May 19th
  • June 16th
  • July 21st
  • August 18th
  • September 15th
  • October 20th
  • November 17th
  • December 15th

Camp Arbor- Tuesday Mornings in Maple Grove: June-July

Summer is about finding fun activities and of course free is always a bonus. Each Tuesday morning from now until July 23rd, bring the kids to Camp Arbor.

Camp Arbor is a free, fun, and educational weekly morning camp for children ages 3-10 at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. Camp Arbor consists of 7 Tuesday morning events, June 11 through July 23, held from 10:30-11:15am.

Each event features:
– An interactive, educational activity for children.
– Complimentary snacks
– Outdoor games
Special offers from participating stores and restaurants at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.

The “When” and “Where” of the Camp Arbor Tuesday Morning events:

WHEN: Tuesdays, June 11-July 23: 10:30- 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Building D, courtyard area in front of Forever 21 at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, located off I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

June 18: Plant a flower presented by Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery

June 25: Art Activity*: Color a patriotic windsock! Each child will receive a windsock to color with fabric markers.

July 2: The Teddy Bear Band: This popular local band plays developmentally appropriate children’s music with an emphasis on participation. The kids are a big part of the show. Don’t forget to bring your bear!!

July 9: Art Activity* presented by the Maple Grove Arts Center

July 16: Puppet Show presented by Open Eye Figure

July 23: Carnival Games: Kids will “step right up” and test their skills with fun games! Schedule is tentative and subject to change. *These activities are offered while supplies last. If the weather is inclement, the session will either be canceled or moved to an indoor location. Visit the website for updates.