Eagan Puppet Wagon

When our kids were young we used to love the puppet wagon events.  A free show and a great way to enjoy a park and maybe even coordinate a picnic lunch.  During the summer, the Eagan Puppet Wagon takes place at Lebanon Hills Regional Park from 10-10:45 Friday mornings (June-mid August).  Are there puppet wagon events in your town that we could share with our readers?  Or what do you enjoy most in the summer?


Nature Play for Wee Ones at the Arboretum

When our girls were young we would seek out activities and places to bring them.  Just a change of scenery and maybe just the right amount of driving so they would nap in the car.  Nature Play for Wee Ones at the Arboretum is a great event for kids 0-5 and is free with admission into the Arboretum.  It takes place Saturday mornings in the summer from 9:30-11am at the Green Play Yard, located outside the Learning Center.

The June/July them is sand and stones, while the August/September theme is leaves, sticks, and cones.  It’s all about nature and learning just happens to be fun which makes it even better.

More specifics about what is offered can be found here on the Arboretum website. 

Teddy Bear Clinic at HCMC

HCMC is offering a free Teddy Bear Clinic this Saturday (May 19th).  The event is a chance for kids to learn about an emergency room, all with their bear as the patient.  You can find more specifics here on their website.

Join us at our Teddy Bear Clinic and patch up your favorite tattered teddy or other stuffed animal. Parents, take the scare out of ER care and ease children’s anxiety related to a medical setting. This event is a great opportunity to help kids become comfortable with medical personnel and the medical equipment they may experience on a visit to the doctor or hospital.

Activities and stations for the kids and their Teddy’s will include:

Stitch loose seams
Listen to heartbeats
Splint broken limbs
Get “teddy” x-rays
See a real ambulance
Visit safety stations

Free bike helmets to kid doctors – while supplies last.


Free Kids Fishing Clinic in Eagan

Do your kids know how to fish?  It’s a favorite past time for the neighbor kids.  Even if they don’t keep all of the fish, they love to see what they can get.  Plus, being outdoors and away from their screens is something their Mom loves to see the kids doing.

This Thursday evening (May 17) from 4-6pm your kids can learn how to fish at the Free Kids Fishing Clinic in Eagan.  This clinic is intended for ages 9 to 13, but younger children are welcome if accompanied by an adult, and adults are welcome if they are interested in learning the basics of fishing from shore. Fishing licenses are required for ages 16+.   They would appreciate it if you would pre-register here so they can plan for the event.  

Join us for free fishing! We provide poles and bait, or you can bring your own. The clinic will be led by fishing experts from Eagan’s Water Resources department. Come and go any time you need during this two hour window. A fishing pole prize drawing will be held at 5pm.

Nickelodeon Universe: $10 Off All-Day Wristbands

We just love spending time at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. There is so much to do for the whole family with rides for everyone from the toddlers to the grown-ups. It’s an especially good place to go on rainy spring days when you still want to do something active or on super hot summer days when you want to enjoy the cool air conditioning.

We also love how the ceiling made of windows and the big trees scattered throughout Nickelodeon Universe make you feel like you’re outside even though you’re indoors. As an added bonus, once you get hungry from riding all those rides, there are lots of snacks available within Nickelodeon Universe and dozens of restaurants within just a few steps.

Planning a trip to the Mall of America? Here’s a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Wristbands – save $10 when you show this coupon through Thursday, May 24th! Please note that this coupon is valid Monday – Thursday only. This drops the price of a wristband from $35.99 down to $25.99.

During the week they’re open from 10 am – 9:30 pm, so this can make for a fun after school or evening event for the whole family.

Kids Fishing Clinic

This Saturday (May 5th) is a free Kids Fishing Clinic.  No registration required just show up, the clinic is from 9-12 at the East Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.  With so many lakes in Minnesota, knowing how to fish is a great skill to have.  More information can be found here on the Anoka County Website.

Bring the family and learn how to fish, be safe near the water, cast, and identify fish. All participants and chaperone’s will receive a free hot dog and chip lunch. Kids will also receive a goody bag of fishing gear. All equipment is provided. No pre-registration required. FREE


Holz Farm Spring Festival

Holz Farm Spring Festival

The Holz Farm Spring Festival is an event that I get asked about each spring.  This year I’m writing about it a little earlier to make sure you can get it on your calendar and not miss out.  Located in Eagan, tucked away in a residential neighborhood is the Holz Farm.  They host just a few events each year with fun family friendly activities.  The Holz Farm Spring Festival takes place on May 20th from 11-4.



Enjoy a spring afternoon of old fashioned fun at the Holz Farm Spring Festival. Churn butter in the kitchen, take a hay ride, hang out with barnyard animals and so much more! Free admission.

Scheduled Activities & Free Entertainment:
– Garden Planting Demonstrations
– Old Fashioned Laundry
– Barnyard Animals
– Field Plowing and Discing
– Corn Grinding
– Vintage Equipment & Tractor Display
– Bread Baking/Butter Churning
– Honeybee Lesson
– Egg Picking/Chicken Display/Water Pumping
– Preschool – Toy Box Tractors
– Teens – Farm Challenge (prizes)

Holz Farm Spring Festival Activities

Ticketed Activities
Purchase tickets for 50¢ each at tent near flag pole. Cash or check only.
– Pony Rides – 6 tickets
– Hay Ride – 1 ticket
– Milking on “Oreo” the Virtual Cow – 1 ticket
– Pedal Tractor Corral – 1 ticket
– Rope Making – 1 ticket

Requires tickets available for purchase for 50¢ each at tent near flag pole. Items range from 1-8 tickets. Cash or check only.
– Hot Dogs & Brats
– Chips & Cookies
– Juice, Soda & Water
– Dill Pickles


Free Petting Zoo in Farmington

The upcoming Free Petting Zoo in Farmington is a great evening activity to put on your calendar for the family.  The petting zoo event is sponsored by the Farmington ECFE and takes place on Tuesday evening from 6-7pm (May 1st)

  • Face Painting
  • Craft Activities
  • The Animals of Walton Hollow will bring a variety of large and small animals that you can meet, touch, feel and feed.
  • Free Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen


*UPDATED* Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2018

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival Updated Dates and Times

Hugging babies just feels good – especially when they’re baby animals! For the second 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, on the very first day they’re open (Saturday, April 14), the first 400 children through the gate will receive a free stuffed toy bunny!

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm / April 14 & 15 (closed due to snow), April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29 and May 5 & 6 (added due to snow)

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

Tickets are $9 if purchased online or $10 at the gate for ages 2+. If purchasing online, use the coupon code T350 to save an extra $1, dropping the price to just $8! 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.

Free Family Fun Fest in Lakeville

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to Friday, May 4 due to the weather

Spring isn’t acting quite like it’s supposed to and I think we are all going stir crazy waiting for it to finally arrive.

We found a fun, family friendly indoor event this Saturday (April 14th).  Free Family Fun Fest is an event taking place in Lakeville at the Ames Arena starting at 5pm.  At 7pm you can end the evening by watching a movie on the turf, the fun favorite Despicable Me 3.  

  • Open ice skating (rental skates available)
  • Inflatables
  • Movie on the turf – Despicable Me 3
  • Parks & Recreation booths
  • Local summer activity booths