First Saturday Science at Metropolitan State University

First Saturday Science: Bug’s Life

Colleges are a great resource for science events. Have you checked out the First Saturday Science at Metropolitan State University events yet? They are free and geared towards kids of all ages, although kids 18 and under need to have an adult with them.

Each month has a different theme. The theme for May 4th will be Bug’s Life.

First Saturday Science: Bug’s Life

Additional Information about First Saturday Science at Metropolitan State University:

First Saturday Science is a program designed by Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) for community children of all ages to expand their exposure to science. Once a month, students are guided through an exploration of a specific field of inquiry in a hands-on laboratory.

May’s science theme is Bug’s Life.

The goal of this program is to demonstrate the accessibility of science: that it is for everyone to discover and experience and that it encompasses many diverse and realistic options for future careers.

No RSVP needed; simply show up at the venue at the right time. The event is free for kids of all ages (youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Saturday, May 4th, Noon to 2 p.m.
Jason R. Carter Science Education Center
664 E. Sixth Street, St. Paul, MN

First Saturday Science is a program for children of all ages to expand their exposure to science. Once a month, students are guided through an exploration of a specific field of inquiry in a hands-on laboratory at Metropolitan State University.

Teddy Bear Park Is Open for the Season

Teddy Bear Park Stillwater

If you’ve never been to the one of the kind Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, add it to your list.  Not only does it offer great outdoor fun for kids, it’s a nice spot to enjoy the view of Stillwater as it’s located up on the hill.  A rare perk for an outdoor park, there are nice indoor bathrooms on site.  It’s not open all year, but we received news that Teddy Bear Park is open for the 2019 season. There’s sure to be plenty of warm days ahead to enjoy this great place.

Stillwater Teddy Bear Park Statue

Additional information about Teddy Bear Park:

Teddy Bear Park is located at 207 Nelson Street E on the corner of 2nd Street South and Nelson Street near downtown Stillwater. The park is open to the public 8 am to 8 pm from mid-April to mid-October weather dependent.
The park play equipment is designed for children 7 years of age and younger.  There is no admission to visit and play in the park.

We don’t live close enough to visit this great park very often, but we do stop by when we are in the area.  Are there other great parks you’ve discovered in outstate MN that we can write about?  Please send us a message or comment below. Would love to share other great places with our readers.

Barnyard Babies Event in Edina

Barnyard Babies in Edina

Typically you won’t find a barnyard in the metro area.  However, next Saturday there’s a fun “Barnyard Babies” event taking place, the Barnyard Babies Event in Edina.  If you’ve been to this before it’s important to note that this year’s event is being held at a new, bigger, better location, at Rosland Park.

Barnyard Babies event in Edina

Additional Information about the event:

We bring the farm to you with our full-size petting zoo, pony rides, art table and kid-friendly music for dancing. This is a great event for ages 7 and younger with an adult.

Cost is $5 per person at entry; children under 12 months are free.

Viva Vivaldi! Free Family Series at Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (Mankato)

Getting your children around music of all types is a great way to get them interested in music for life. One option is coming up soon: the FREE Viva Vivaldi! Free Family Series at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato this Saturday, April 20th at 3 pm.

Each season, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra gives four shows designed to introduce young children to the delights of classical music. Each show is hosted by an actor in costume and the MSO String Quartet. Concerts have a runtime of approximately 45 minutes and are performed without intermission.

Besides the concert, the entire venue and its surroundings will be filled with numerous child-friendly activities. Show up an hour early to get free admission to the Children’s Museum and get the wiggles out before the show!

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is located at 244 Lamm St in Mankato.

Another Round of Free Car Seat Recycling at Target

Target Car Seat Trade-In

It’s seems like kids are in car seats forever.  First the infant seats, then one or two other seats beyond that.  Okay well maybe not forever, but it seems like it.  Thankfully there’s another round of Free Car Seat Recycling at Target coming up.

This is a great way to not only recycle any car seats you have but you can also get a coupon for 20% off another seat, stroller or select baby gear. **The coupon is eligible through Saturday, May 11, 2019.

A great way to save the seats from the landfill, plus get an awesome coupon to save some money!  This special deal is available April 22-May 4th.

Target Car Seat Recycling

Target Car Seat Recycling When & Where:

Mark your calendar: Target’s next car seat trade-in event is April 22-May 4, 2019! Most stores, including select small-format stores, are participating in the program. Find a drop-off box at a store near you.

Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. Materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management.

You can find additional Free Car Seat Recycling at Target information here.

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.

Family Arts Blast (FAB) at the Ordway – Saturday, April 20th

Now THIS looks like fun! This Saturday, April 20th from 9 am – 12:30 pm is Family Arts Blast (FAB) at the Ordway in St. Paul, a morning of FREE family fun in which children of all ages can get hands-on interaction with music, dance, theater, and more.

If you’ve got a creative kiddo (aren’t they all creative in their own way?), this is a great opportunity for them to try out a bunch of different activities! Make or try an instrument, learn new dance movies, and explore technical theater with costumes and sound effects.

Every 20 minutes a new show or concert will start inside the two performance spaces. Programming is provided by the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, Schubert Club, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Visit the Ordway website for a complete event schedule as well as other information.

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!


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.


Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (Fridley)

I have a few kids who definitely have an artistic bent…they’re always drawing or painting. I love it as I am sooooooo not artistic but I want to encourage it in them. Can you relate?

Let your kids (and yourself!) explore their artistic side with free Family Art Sundays at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. On select Sundays throughout the year, you can visit the Center, go on an art scavenger hunt, and enjoy art together, all for FREE.

Upcoming Sundays in 2019 are as follows:

  • April 14, 1-3 pm | Flower Power
    In April we will create 3D art by making tissue paper flowers and painting the flower pots. We will explore the principles of sculpture and the idea of gestalt. You can make it as beautiful or as crazy as you like (think Little Shop of Horrors).
  • June 9, 1-3 pm | Nature Transformed
    We will explore the genre of landscape in art and look at how nature is transforming as we enter into summer. We will observe the gardens around the art center and park as inspiration.
  • August 11, 1-3 pm | Full Spectrum
    Abstraction is what this month is all about. Weather permitting we will be out on the lawn practicing abstract painting. So get ready to paint it like Jackson Pollock. Wear clothes that can get messy to this event.
  • October 13, 1-3 pm | ARTober
    On the spookiest day of the spookiest month, we will explore the genre of portraiture in art. Stop by and get creative as we make an old world MONSTER portrait. Also! Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award during our Member Exhibition.
  • December 8, 1-3 pm | Winter Wonderland
    Stop by and shop the galleries during our Holiday Gift mART. We will be making collaged snowglobes and other wonderland items just in time to share with your family during the holidays.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley.

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.