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 info@hemkerzoo.co

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.

Fall Festival at Pahl’s Market

Fall is my favorite time of year, mainly because it means I can finally wear my flannel and wool. It also means time for pumpkins, apples and all sorts of fall fun.  This weekend is the Fall Festival at Pahl’s Market in Apple Valley.  This was one of our favorite events with the kids. Would love to hear about your favorite fall activities, with kids or without.  Post in the comments, we love to try new events.

Join us for the kick-off to FALL FUN at Pahl’s Market, September 30th & October 1st! Hear squeals of joy around the market as the young & young at heart enjoy the straw maze & corn pit. Watch the big Bouncy Pumpkin smile as kids 45″ or shorter jump to their hearts content. We will have face painters, story time, food sampling, and more!

Free Activities!
Story Time:
Saturday 9/30 & Sunday 10/1 on the hour from 11am to 3pm

Face Painting:
Saturday 9/30 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10/1 from Noon to 4pm

Apple & Salsa Sampling: Saturday 9/30 & Sunday 10/1 on the hour from 11am to 2pm

Lone Oak Days in Eagan

This weekend is the annual Lone Oak Days in Eagan.  It takes place Sat and Sun (September 23-24th) at the historic Holz Farm. There’s no admission into the event and lot’s of great family friendly activities taking place both days.  Some of the fun includes:

  • Black Smith Demonstrations
  • Barnyard Animals
  • Honeybee Lessons
  • Corn Husking
  • Tractor display
  • Old Fashioned Laundry
  • * Some activities will be a small fee and tickets can be purchased.

See the full list of events, as well as the schedule and more information here on the Eagan City Website.

Field Trip at Silverwood Park

Tomorrow, September 16th is Field Trip day at Silverwood Park.  A day to get outside and enjoy all sorts of family friendly fun.  Join the fun from 11am-5pm.  Some of the activities include:

  • Live music
  • Creative play
  • Outdoor craft market
  • Artmaking
  • New sculpture unveiling’s
  • Poetry installations
  • Lawn Games
  • Food Trucks

You can find the schedule of events, parking information as well as a list of vendors here on the event website.

Minnesota Children’s Book Festival

it’s no secret that our kids love to read.  They almost always have a book with them or close by. So of course we also love events that revolve around books and authors. The Minnesota Children’s Book Festival takes place this Saturday, September 16th from noon to 5pm.  This is the 18th annual event, taking place just outside of Red Wing.  No admission fee and lot’s of great activities for all ages.

Join us for the 18th annual celebration of Minnesota children’s books, authors, and illustrators. It’s a day full of presentations about the making of their books, tents with interactive book-related activities, sunshine (most always), in a beautiful setting. Bring the whole family. It’s free! Authors’ and illustrators’ books available for purchase and autographing.




Nickelodeon Universe $15 Wristbands

Planning a trip to the Mall of America? Here’s a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Wristbands – pay just $15 when you show this coupon on Mondays-Thursdays through October 5th! This is a $20.99 savings off the full price.

Yes, school is back in session, but you can still make this work, even for an evening. During the week they’re open from 10 am – 9:30 pm.


While you’re at the Mall of America, check out Fly Over America, which is also right inside Nickelodeon Universe. It’s super fun and you can get discount Fly Over America tickets HERE.

Grandparent’s Day at the Minnesota Zoo

Tomorrow is Grandparents Day.  Are you looking for a way to celebrate the day? Perhaps the perfect day to send the kids to spend the day, doing something fun with the Grandparents?  The MN Zoo is offering free admission to Grandparents tomorrow.  *Parking fee not included.

  • Opened to the public in May 1978
  • A world-class recreation destination home to more than 5,300 animals—many endangered—in award-winning exhibits
  • 485-acre campus featuring miles of outdoor trails and the largest indoor interconnected zoo exhibits in the country

The best part about the Minnesota Zoo, it’s a great place to visit in any kind of weather, rain or shine.