Big Animal Productions at Caponi Art Park: June 22nd

Caponi Art Park is sort of a hidden gem if you aren’t in the south metro.  A great place to wander during the summer and they also host some great events.  Tomorrow they are hosting Big Animal Productions.  Additional information below:

Tomorrow is their first CAP Super Saturday with Christopher Lutter-Gadella of Big Animal Productions.

Chris is a designer, sculptor, theater-maker and community educator whose work revolves around the design, construction and performance of puppets, masks, props, costumes, theatrical inventions, kinetic-sets and sculptural installations. He produces his art predominately from waste-stream materials, exploring the unique potentials inherent in a variety of materials.

For two decades Chris has been working to facilitate original thinking in the realms of theatrical, educational and public-art design. A deep emphasis is placed upon eco-consciousness, resource-fulness, collaboration and improvisation.

Addition information: 

$5 suggested donation.

This will be a fun event for all ages! Bring a picnic lunch and stay and enjoy a morning at the park once the event is over!

Free Performances of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Metro Area Parks

Ready for more Shakespeare in the park? Classical Actors Ensemble is kicking off their free performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor at area parks throughout the Twin Cities from June 21st – July 21st.

All performances are free and open to the public. Picnics are encouraged, as are patrons of all ages. You can register for your performance date to receive updates about the location, possible weather alerts, etc.

Performances will include:

  • Friday, June 21st, 7pm – Lake Harriet Rose Gardens, Mpls
  • Saturday, June 22nd, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, June 23rd, 2pm – Grandview Park, South St. Paul
  • Friday, June 28th, 7pm – Matthews Park, Mpls
  • Saturday, June 29th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, June 30th, 7pm – Town Green Park, Maple Grove
  • Friday, July 5th, 7pm – Wolfe Park Amphitheater, St. Louis Park
  • Saturday, July 6th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, July 7th, 7pm – Centennial Lakes Park, Edina
  • Thursday, July 11th, 7pm – St. Clement’s Church, St. Paul
  • Friday, July 12th, 7pm – Como Park, St. Paul
  • Saturday, July 13th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, July 14th, 2pm – Raspberry Island, St. Paul
  • Thursday, July 18th, 7pm – Tony Schmidt Park, Arden Hills
  • Friday, July 19th, 7pm – Newell Park, St. Paul
  • Saturday, July 20th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, July 21st, 7pm – Loring Park, Mpls

PS – Don’t forget about Cromulent Shakespeare Company and their free outdoor performances of The Tempest this month.

Thanks, PhenoMNal Twin Cities!

Firefly Festival at Eastman Nature Center- June 22nd

The nature centers in MN have so many great programs and many of them are free or very affordable.  The upcoming Firefly Festival takes place at the Eastman Nature Center on June 22nd.  This is an evening event and reservations are required.  There’s a small fee for this event, however at $5 it’s very reasonable. 

Discover the amazing world of fireflies. Participate in learning stations, search for daytime species and work on an art project. Safely catch and release fireflies during an evening hike. Learn how to record sightings for Citizen Science Firefly Watch at home. Reservations required.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Movie at the Farm- Maplewood on June 18th

Bring the family to the Movie at the Farm.  Everyone can enjoy Ralph Breaks the Internet this coming Tuesday, June 18th at the Historic Bruentrup Farm in Maplewood.  Not only is the movie free, you can also enjoy other fun activities including:

  • Petting Zoo 5:30-7:30
  • Jump Castle and Yard Games
  • Concessions available

Important details about the event:

Grounds open at 5:30

Movie is at 6:30

Come out for a family night of games, concessions, activity stations, jump castle and the petting zoo! Enjoy a picnic on the beautiful grounds. Movie will be held in the barn rain or shine.

Parade of Boats in Edina – Sunday, June 9th

Love model boats? Head to the 27th annual Parade of Boats this Sunday, June 9th from 11 am – 4 pm at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina.

Grab a spot along the park’s central pond to see the parade, which includes miniature yachts, small battleships, model paddleboats, and even a boat full of Minions! You’ll also be able to view model boats on display inside Hughes Pavilion.

For more information about this event and other model boating events, visit the Edina Model Yacht Club website.

27th Annual Parade of Boats – Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

26th Annual Parade of Boats - Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

During the upcoming 27th Annual Parade of Boats you won’t see people in the boats.  These boats are small and instead of people in the boats, they’ll be on shore controlling them.  The parade takes place in Centennial Lakes Park in Edina.

The model boat event will take place tomorrow June 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature boat sailing, racing and showings along the shores of the park’s central pond.  A fun event to watch.


Directions to the event: 

The Park address is 7499 France Ave So. Edina Minnesota. It is located 5 blocks south of Southdale shopping mall and 4 blocks north of Highway 494, on the east side of France Ave. Centennial Lakes is actually a shopping center, when viewed from France Ave. The Park and the Lakes are behind the stores, and on the lower level. Enter the shopping center from either France Ave, Parklawn Ave, or 76th Street, then head to the lower parking level. The park building is North of “Chuck E Cheese”. The Lakes begin at 73rd Street and extend south to 80th Street.

Como Zoo Free Shuttle

Como Zoo Free Shuttle

Did you know that Como Park Zoo & Conservatory offers free shuttle service during the spring and summer? Parking is always crazy at Como when the weather warms up, so the shuttle is a great way to avoid that hassle.

You’ll board at the staffed off-site parking lot at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds (see map for details), then get dropped off at the front doors of the Visitor Center.

Weekend shuttle service began April 27th, while daily service begins June 8th and runs through August 4th. After daily service ends, weekend service resumes from August 10th – September 29th. (There is no shuttle on June 21st or during the State Fair.) The shuttle runs continuously 9:30 am – 6:30 pm, and the buses are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

National Get Outdoors Day – Saturday, June 8th

This Saturday, June 8th is National Get Outdoors Day! To celebrate the fun day, ALL of the Minnesota State Parks have free admission. With 75 state parks and recreation areas offering free admission, there is sure to be one close enough for you to visit and enjoy!

Many of them have planned special activities to introduce you to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities. To help you decide which park to choose, take a look at what they are offering here.

Free Fishing and Other Free Stuff
Wet a line while you’re out for the day! Minnesotans don’t need a license to fish at most Minnesota state parks. You can even borrow free loaner fishing kits at many state parks, along with loaner birding kits, GPS kits and Kids’ Discovery Kits.

School’s Out – Camp Out Challenge
DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen is issuing a statewide challenge to all school-aged kids and their families: Start summer break off right by spending the first weekend out of school under the stars with your friends and family. Hike the trails, splash in the water, and sit around a campfire making s’mores with your loved ones. The goal is to fill every campsite in Minnesota State Parks on June 8.

Come Explore!
Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outdoors, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime, and you can use your new skills for the rest of the summer.

There’s a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans, so take advantage of the opportunity to get out there and explore one!

Summer Kick-off Celebration at French Regional Park



This Saturday is a Summer Kick-off Celebration at French Regional Park in Plymouth. A chance to celebrate warmer weather and all the new great things happening at the park.

The event takes place from 10-1, an opportunity to check out the completion of the improved trails, parking lots and boat launch.  


Additional information about the Summer Kick Off Celebration:

Three Rivers Park District is kicking off summer with a celebration of the new play area at French Regional Park, Plymouth, and completion of the improved trails, parking lots and boat launch. Gather the kids, call their friends and come play on the new play area. Enjoy music and free ice cream treats while supplies last. . A food truck will be onsite. There will also be free boat rentals from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.!

The celebration is on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and there will be a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to all ages.


Free Fitness in the Parks Classes in St. Paul

Once again, St. Paul Parks and Recreation is offering free Fitness in the Parks classes this summer! There is no registration required and classes are open to all fitness levels. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Classes run June 1st through August 31st at thirteen different parks in St. Paul. You can download the brochure here and/or check the Google Calendar for dates and times.