Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show!

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show! other summers but want to give a reminder.  The show is fun to watch, it’s free and 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.  Check out the schedule here as well as map of the location.

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

Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Art in the Garden

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Art in the Garden on Thursday, June 21st from 5:30 – 9 pm.

The Bakken is a hidden gem, located in a mostly residential area in South Minneapolis. On occasion they offer adult-only events like this one, a time to learn about science without the kids. There are half-price tickets available through Goldstar which will get you in for $6 (reg. $12), plus service fees.

The best party of the summer is coming up soon at The Bakken Museum. Head to Art in the Garden, an evening soiree that lets you discover the natural beauty of the museum’s distinct garden spaces.

Grab a drink and have your own picnic on the green roof as you create artsy items inspired by the flora on the Minneapolis museum’s grounds. There’ll be a Crop Art Station for those of you looking to practice your seed skills before the State Fair, a plant stamp postcard you can send to someone special and a community art studio where you can let the watercolors flow and make something unique.

MollieRae Miller will use her skills with acrylic paint and stenciling to help you create some native plant-inspired window art. Market Science will also be on-hand to share leaf pigment and chromatography science.

The Chalk Art Cars will be there for all of your automobile-arts needs and the Science Museum of Minnesota will have watercolor bots for that extra mechanical artsy feel.

With beer and wine to sip on and food from Gastrotruck and Olivia’s Organic Café, there will be plenty of fun for you and your crew to enjoy.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

This weekend is a great time to check out the downtown Minneapolis area.  The 24th Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival takes place June 15th-17th.  You can find the complete schedule here. Live music on three different stages, food, over 200 different artists, family activities, car show, art classes and more.  Get out and enjoy the beautiful riverfront area.

2018 Opening of the Minneapolis Wading Pools

It seems like just yesterday we were dealing with our last unexpected blizzard.  It really wasn’t that long ago, but thankfully some warm days have arrived.

The 2018 opening of the Minneapolis Wading Pools is just around the corner.  Most of the wading pools open this Sunday, May 27th.  Note *Wading pools located in parks adjacent to a Minneapolis Public School building will open Friday, June 16 and remain open just prior to school resuming Monday, August 28.

Even though we don’t live in Minneapolis, we still took advantage of these great pools.  Some are fenced in, making it easier to manage multiple children.  Even if you don’t live in Minneapolis keep them on your bucket list for summer.  Maybe you are in town for an event or visiting family?  Or make a day trip, with ice cream included.

Check out the full list of pools here, as well as the dates the plan to be open and closed.



Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Bakken Brewmasters

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Bakken Brewmasters on Thursday, May 24th from 5:30 – 9 pm.

The Bakken is a hidden gem, located in a mostly residential area in South Minneapolis. On occasion they offer adult-only events like this one, a time to learn about science without the kids. There are half-price tickets available through Goldstar which will get you in for $6 – $12.50 (reg. $12 – $25), plus service fees.

Beer lovers can rejoice, as some of Minnesota’s best brewers head to The Bakken Museum for Bakken Brewmasters 2018. This collection of top-notch brewers, including Boom Island Brewing Company, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Lake Monster Brewing, 612BREW, Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Big Wood Brewing will offer samples and breakout sessions. Northern Brewer will be breaking down the science of brewing with demonstrations and experiments sure to quench your knowledge and inspire a passion for the science beyond the pale… ale. Quench your thirst at this unique beer extravaganza, where the first 200 guests receive a commemorative tasting glass.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

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.


Explore Downtown Living Event

Are you looking to relocate and want to be close to everything?  Perhaps you don’t own a vehicle and use public transportation?  The Explore Downtown Living Event is a chance to see what downtown Minneapolis has to offer. The event takes place this Saturday, May 19th from 10-5.

Explore Downtown Living is a FREE event that lets you tour Downtown Minneapolis and all it has to offer at your own pace. Visit approximately 20 residential communities—checking out the views from each—while enjoying deals and specials from local businesses throughout.

Get there by bus or light rail with a Free Ride Pass courtesy of Metro Transit. CLICK HERE to download and print your free pass, which can be used from 8 am-7 pm on Saturday, May 19.

MIA Art in Bloom 2018

The annual “Art in Bloom” is this weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Beginning Thursday and going through Sunday, a chance to see fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them.  If you’ve not heard of this event, it’s one we try to attend each and every spring.  We’ve had such a long winter, and spring is finally here so an event with real flowers will be a much needed boost to say goodbye to the winter blahs.  

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 35th annual Art in Bloom—a FREE four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

Art in Bloom raises funds to support Mia projects, including education and transportation for school children, exhibitions, art acquisition, education, and programs throughout the community.

More information about programs, events, talks, workshops and demonstrations during Art in Bloom at Mia can be found here.



Sensory Friendly Sunday Events at the Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is joining other museums and venues by adding some Sensory Friendly Sunday Events.  Sensory Friendly Sunday, held on the first Sunday of each month is a free event for kids, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivities and their families, offering the opportunity to make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting. This will likely be a popular event and they do ask that you register in advance.

Save the dates!

May 6

June 3

July 8

August 5

September 2

October 7

Music and Garden Tours at Lakewood Cemetery.

Lakewood Cemetery is so much more than just a cemetery.  Located in Minneapolis not far from the uptown area and the Linden Hills Neighborhood.  The grounds of Lakewood are beautiful and its rich history dates back to 1871.

Lakewood has several interesting events coming up.  The Chapel was recently announced as a venue for some small concerts.  Although they sold out not long after they were announced, we are hopeful they might add more.  Watch their event page to see if more are added.

Another event coming up in April is the Greenhouse tour and planting event.  You can reserve a spot for a 30 minute tour to learn about Lakewood’s horticultural history and see what they have in store for this spring’s flower beds. After the tour, you can put your own green thumb to work and plant something to take home.

Some of the most interesting places to visit happen to be the most unexpected and Lakewood Cemetery is one of those.  Offering history, education, nature and more.