Eagan Puppet Wagon – Spark! Mobile

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, what used to be called the Eagan Puppet Wagon, now called the Spark! Mobile takes place at various parks around Eagan.  There are morning shows as well as some evening shows.  You can find the full schedule here on the Eagan city website. 

Are there puppet wagon events in your town that we could share with our readers?  Or what do you enjoy most in the summer?

Puppet Shows, a crowd favorite – June 17 – August 9 – No shows July 1-5

**In the event of bad weather, shows will be canceled and not rescheduled, call the Recreation Hotline at (651) 675-5511 for up to date information.

Free MN Vikings Youth Football Camps

Get your young Vikings fans out of the house this summer and into a FREE youth football camp! I found three different Minnesota Vikings Youth Football Camps that are still open to registrants.


Sign up your kids ages 8-18 for a free Jeff Robinson/Minnesota Vikings Football Camp taking place from June 10 – 14 at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis. Participants will receive a free t-shirt as well as free breakfast or lunch each day (depending on the session). Sessions include:

New Hope

A similar clinic is being held at Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope from June 24 – 28. Age groups and times are the same – sign up HERE.


And if you live in southwestern Minnesota, there’s also a camp at Worthington High School on July 15 from 1 – 3 pm and July 16 from 9 – 11 am for kids ages 6 to 15.

Flint Hills Family Festival – $5 Tickets to Select Shows (Reg. $8-$13)

The Flint Hills Family Festival is an annual event that you don’t want to miss! It’s presented by the Ordway and is a multi-day event featuring performances, free activities, art-making, and more.

This weekend they’re offering discount tickets to any performance of these select shows:

  • May 31 to June 1 – Golden Dragon Acrobats
  • May 31 to June 1 – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
  • June 1 – Puppet State Theatre’s The Man Who Planted Trees

These tickets are normally $8 – $13 each (still very reasonable), but now through 5/28/19 you can use the coupon code FAMILY5 online to drop the price to just $5 each!

Besides these shows, the Flint Hills Family Festival has plenty of free outdoor performances and activities for the whole family.



*Expires Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Subject to availability. All tickets are subject to a facility fee and service charge per ticket. All sales are final with no refunds or price adjustments. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.


Mark your calendars, a week from today is Trucksploration.  A time to get up close and personal with all sorts of big vehicles. Trucksploration takes place Sunday, June 2nd from 11-2pm in St. Louis Park.  It’s a free event and open to the public of all ages.  You can find more information  here.

What is trucksploration?

An innovative and fun event that will blend the excitement of big
machines and imagination along with the opportunity for the
youngest members of our community and their families
and friends to share a day of exploration.

What will be there for us to do?

Trucks and other vehicles of all sizes, fun
for boys & girls, parents & grandparents!
High-energy, interactive vehicles, fun
guests & entertainment! Food vendors!

Minneapolis Wading Pools Open – Saturday, May 25th

Minneapolis Wading Pools

We’ve really had quite the variety of temperatures these past couple of months. It warmed up, then cooled off, warmed up and cooled off again. The day many of us eagerly wait for each spring is almost here – the day the Minneapolis wading pools open!

Dozens of locations will open for the season Saturday, May 25th, and “school-site” wading pools will open Saturday, June 8th. Minneapolis operates a total of 62 neighborhood wading pools which are option from 10 am – 9 pm daily.

Please note: If the high temperature is forecast for 65° or lower, pools are closed that day. If the temperature at 6 pm is 85° or warmer, pools will remain open until 10 pm. Check each pool’s status HERE before you head out.

In addition to these wading pools, MPRB offers water recreation at twelve beaches on six lakes, two water parks, a natural swimming pool, and an indoor aquatics center.

Kids Obstacle Challenge at Afton Alps (Hastings) – Discount Tickets

There’s a HUGE Kids Obstacle Challenge headed to Afton Alps in Hastings in July, and now’s your chance to buy discount tickets via Goldstar! I personally think it’s a great value for everything you get. It would make a fun family experience…maybe even a birthday gift!

Tickets are available for $20 – $36.40 (reg. $44 – $52). The cheapest option, including fees, is the 10:40 am Family Wave Early Bird 1 for $26.75, all fees included. To compare, on the Eventbrite website that same package would run you $52.89, all fees included. This is almost half off!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Admission to the Kids Obstacle Challenge on Saturday, July 20th
  • 1 child can participate along with 2 parents/guardians (included in the price)
  • Headband
  • Adventure Passport
  • Finisher medal
  • Free event photos for download
  • CLIF bars
  • Unlimited re-runs for $5

Kids Obstacle Challenge is the #1 obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16 in the country and the best kids event to hit the Minneapolis area. We believe in building brave kids, and brave kids are forged in fire. Kids need to be challenged so that they can discover the power that lies within them. When kids push themselves towards a goal, it shows them what they are capable of, instilling confidence and perseverance.

​At Kids Obstacle Challenge, we encourage parents and caregivers to get out and active alongside their kids, so we allow two parents/legal guardians to run for FREE with their child(ren)! Show your kids the importance of an active lifestyle by participating with them, all while having a blast and spending quality time as a family. Kids Obstacle Challenge offers a fun and challenging 1.5-2 mile course, specially made for our Minneapolis kids event hosted in Hastings, MN. The course includes 13-15 distinctive obstacles that range in difficulty, so KOC is just as fun for a 5-year-old as it is for a 16-year-old, and, of course, for parents! Families will enjoy traversing rock walls, army crawling through mud pits, rope swinging over water, scaling up rugged cargo nets, and more!

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Sauk Centre Bike Rodeo

For those of you in central Minnesota, you might want to put the Sauk Centre Bike Rodeo on your calendar.  The fun event for kids takes place May 29th at the Sauk Centre Civic Arena.  One  week  today  means  you  have  time  plan  for  it.

From 4-6pm the free event will include:

* Bicycle safety course, ages 4-12. Bring your own bike. If you do not have one to bring, we will have some available for children of all abilities. Children must attend instruction at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. before riding the course.
* Helmet fitting with limited supply of free bike helmets
* Free meal
* Chance to win a new bike



Kiwanis Kite Fly in St. Louis Park – Saturday, May 25th

Get outside and enjoy the outdoors this weekend with the 31st annual Kiwanis Kite Fly in St. Louis Park! It’s happening this Saturday, May 25th from 12 – 4 pm at Louisiana Oaks Park.

Pack a picnic lunch, bring your lawn chairs, and watch the kites take flight. Or you can bring your own kite and fly it with members of the Minnesota Kite Society. They’ll have free kites for kids while supplies last.

Free Children First Ice Cream Social (St. Louis Park) – Sunday, May 19th

This upcoming Sunday, May 19th is the annual Children First Ice Cream Social in St. Louis Park. Stop by between 2 – 5 pm for free Sebastian Joe’s and kosher ice cream (they’ll also have a gluten-free, dairy-free option available).

Besides the ice cream, enjoy entertainment, interactive exhibits and activities, and a Kids Garage Sale in which kids ages 6 to 12 will be selling toys they no longer play with as well as other items.

The ROC at the St. Louis Park Rec Center is located at 3700 Monterey Drive.

Minnesota Museum of American Art Free Family Day – Sunday, May 19th

Admission to the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (aka “the M”) is always free, but this Sunday, May 19th they’re offering some extra family fun activities! Enjoy Family Day: New Season, New Creations from 1 – 4 pm.

Join us for a full day of interactive, creative experiences and artist-led activities for all ages!

FLASH TALKS | 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Join an M volunteer in the gallery for a bite-sized, 10- to 15 minute chat about the exhibition. All ages welcome. Visitors should gather by the Paul Manship Group of Bears sculpture in the “Alley” Gallery.


Making: Lobby

Sticks-and-Spoons Puppet Creations with Kallie Melvin
All ages
What kind of puppet can you create from sticks and spoons? With just a few simple materials and a little imagination, the possibilities are endless!

Making & Community Building: Wide Open Studio

Zine-Making with Fiona Avocado
Ages 5+ (with help from a reader/writer)
Take inspiration from Craft Horizons Magazine and learn basic paper-folding techniques to create your own mini-zine from a single sheet of paper.

Making: Studio 2

Using Color to Create your Planet with Lizbeth Rosas Real
All ages
Use the coloring page provided to create your planet and all the life that inhabits it. When you are done, hang it on the wall!

Wearable Art
Ages 6+
With a variety of materials at your disposal, we invite you to create your own piece of wearable art inspired by the artworks in the exhibition, The Good Making of Good Things.

Interactive: Rauenhorst Court

Instant Photo Booth with Teen Tech Center
All ages
We’ll provide multiple instant cameras and printers. You choose a camera and take a portrait. Each instant camera represents a different time period, and each camera’s resulting photos have a different personality. Choose who you want to be through a progression of instant film!

Interactive: Various Locations

Everyday Scenes: Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen by Women’s Woodshop
All ages
Reconfigure thrifted furniture to turn everyday objects into a temporary sculpture of your own creation. Snap a photo and tag us on social media to share what you’ve made! @mnmuseum & @womenswoodshop

If you miss this Family Day, they’re offered three times per year on the third Sunday of January, May, and September from 1 – 4 pm. Suggested donation is $5 per family or group.