Tuesday Evenings at the Como Planetarium

Our girls are currently learning about the moon and planets in science class.  We were excited to find a way that they could learn a bit more on these topics, Tuesday Evenings at the Como Planetarium.

The Planetarium offers shows to the public most Tuesday evenings.  The earlier show that begins at 5:30 is for younger kids and the later 7:00 show is more for older kids and adults.  You can find the calender here on their website.  They’ve also been known to host other events throughout the year, even the occasional outdoor event. There’s a small fee for the shows, $5 per person and under 2 is free.

Como Planetarium is a 55-seat planetarium that has been in operation since 1975. We are located in Como Elementary School (we are not located in Como Park…nearby…but not in). Our state-of-the-art immersive video system provides the opportunity for visitors to take virtual trips though the solar system, as well as enjoy quality film productions on our 30 ft. diameter screen.

We serve St. Paul Public School students, as well as students from many other districts in the metro area. In addition, through our public shows and private shows, we provide programming for families, scouts and just about any organization interested in scheduling a show.

Taiko Tuesday at The O’Shaughnessy

Next Tuesday, March 6th is Taiko Tuesday at The O’Shaughnessy.  If you’ve never been to a Taiko performance now is your chance. This is a free event, however reservations are required since seating is limited.

TAIKO TUESDAY concerts promise loud, energetic performances that combine music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. “So many people I meet have no idea what taiko drumming is, or that we have such a vibrant local taiko community. These concerts are free – an easy opportunity for people and families to give it a try. Also, there is something revolutionary and fierce when you see a stage full of women playing taiko. We are going to blow people away!” says Jennifer Weir, TAM’s Executive Director.

Star Wars Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Short notice but I just discovered that Saturday (February 24th) is Star Wars Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota.   We’ve been to this previous years and really enjoyed it.  So many great activities and fun photo opportunities, our kids loved it.  There’s regular admission but all the extra Star Wars activities are included.

Saturday, February 24 Noon to 4 p.m. * All activities are included in regular museum admission.
Meet members of the 501st Legion and participate in design-based activities with a Star Wars spin!Test your Star Wars IQ in the Jedi Trials on our Atrium Stage, build jitterdroids, launch stargliders, create stop motion animations with toys, compete with wind powered pod racers, and more.

Ice Skating in Saint Paul

This time of year is when winter can’t quite make up it’s mind.  Will spring arrive early or will another snow storm show up on our doorstep?  It’s still important to get outside and have some fun.  Ice Skating is a great outdoor activity.  Saint Paul has some great rinks to skate on.  Not quite sure which ones are still open?  Check out their website or call ahead.

Saint Paul has fourteen general skating rinks, as well as the WinterSkate refrigerated general rink at Landmark Plaza and three additional refrigerated hockey rinks located at Phalen Recreation Center, North Dale Recreation Center, and Palace Recreation Center. McMurray Field has four rinks used exclusively for broomball and Groveland Recreation Center has a large oval rink. All hockey rinks have boards and nets. Non-refrigerated rinks are typically ready by the end of December and stay open through February, weather permitting. Refrigerated rinks may be open earlier in the season and stay open longer in the year.

  • Cold Weather Policy: Rinks will close if temperatures reach -25F.
  • Warm Weather Policy: In order to prevent extended closures due to damaged ice, rinks will close if meltwater is visible on the surface.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Launches New Sensory Friendly Program

We all know Como Zoo and Conservatory is a fun free activity to enjoy here in Minnesota.  Now there’s another great reason to visit.  The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Launches New Sensory Friendly Program.  For many that love the Como Zoo and Conservatory parts of it can overwhelming.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is proud to present “Autism Friendly Early Entry Days. These sensory friendly free opportunities allows individuals with autism and other sensory needs the ability to see and experience all the things the Como Zoo has to offer before the doors are open to the general public.

So, on specific Sunday and Wednesday mornings from 9-10, those on the autism spectrum and their families can enjoy the Zoo and Conservatory.   Check out the 2018 schedule here on their website, the first early entry event on their calendar is tomorrow (Feb 11).  They also offer maps, guides and and schedules on their website to help prepare and plan for your visit.

 

WONDER Screening at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

If you haven’t seen the movie WONDER, now is your chance.  If you’ve already seen it, you know it’s one you want to watch over and over.  This Saturday you have a chance to see it for free as part of a special screening during the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

This Saturday February 10th is a special screening of WONDER in celebration of its upcoming release on DVD & Blu-ray! Screening will take place at 2pm in the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium located in the lower level of Landmark Center, downtown St. Paul.

**Those in attendance will receive WONDER ValenKinds while supplies last and have the chance to enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray combo pack. The critically acclaimed film releases on 4K Ultra HDTM Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, and DVD on February 13th!

More info about the movie:

The incredibly moving and heartfelt family film, Wonder, heads to Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, and USA Today’s top-selling book of 2017, by R.J. Palacio, writer-director Stephen Chbosky (Beauty and the Beast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) brings to life the uplifting story of a boy who inspires and teaches others that true beauty is found within. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and co-written for the screen by Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne, Wonder stars Academy Award winner Julia Roberts (2000, Best Actress, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (2001, Best Writing, The Royal Tenenbaums), Golden Globe nominee Mandy Patinkin (1984, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Yentl; 1995, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “Chicago Hope”; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, “Homeland”), and Jacob Tremblay (RoomThe Smurfs 2).

From L to R: Owen Wilson as “Nate,” Julia Roberts as “Isabel,” Jacob Tremblay as “Auggie,” Izabela Vidovic as “Via” and Danielle Rose Russell as “Miranda” in WONDER. Photo by Dale Robinette.

Wonder follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

The Wonder home entertainment release includes all-new special features, including a never-before-seen 5-part documentary, multiple featurettes, a music video, and an audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby TrueHD, which provides the most authentic lossless audio experience available for the home theater. Together Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD allow consumers to experience both cutting-edge imaging and lossless audio sound technology for an immersive entertainment experience.

Landmark Center

 

 

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

Thankfully Mother Nature came through this week to deliver some fresh snow.  The Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition begins today and goes through the weekend. During this three-day competition, three-member teams from throughout Minnesota transform 8′ x 8′ x 8′ blocks of compacted snow into amazing works of art using only hand tools.

It’s a free event to watch and takes place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Parking information can be found here.  The full schedule for the event can be found here.

Visitors are encouraged to come often to watch as the competition sculptures and giant exhibition sculpture take shape. Be sure to come on the final day to vote for your favorite sculpture in the People’s Choice Awards and congratulate the winners during the awards presentation.

Finished sculptures are individually lit after dark and can be viewed for the duration of Vulcan Snow Park. Sculptures are knocked down if they’re growing dangerously unstable, or may collapse on their own, so plan to visit them early during the first week!

 

Family Skating Party in St. Paul

Check the family calendar for January 19th.  The Hayden Heights Rec. Center is hosting a family skating party event.  It’s free and open to ages 3-99.  If you have your own skates bring them, as they will have limited skates available.  The party is from 6-7:30.  You can find more information here on their website and register in advance to let them know you’re coming.

  • Ice Skating
  • Play Board Games
  • Hot Cocoa and Cookies

If you can’t make it January 19th.  Check out the calendar, other locations in St. Paul will be hosting family skating parties on January 26th.  

 

Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

The Music Under Glass series is back for another season at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.  Although it’s winter in MN, the conservatory is a fabulous place to escape and pretend you’ve escaped to a warmer destination.

You’ll find a nice variety of free music on select Sunday afternoons.   Take a look at the great line up of musicians on their website.  Concerts take place January 7th through March 11th.


 

Join Us For “Music Under Glass” Sunday Afternoons

 
Join us select Sundays beginning January 7th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for live, local music.

Beat the winter weather blahs inside the comfy confines of the Conservatory.

Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase. (Please, no outside food or beverages)

** There will be no concert on January 28 due to the the Winter Carnival Orchid Show, and on February 4 due to the Super Bowl

S.A.F.E. Sundays at Como Zoo

Each Sunday the Como Zoo hosts a special event.  S.A.F.E. Sundays at Como Zoo, is a chance to learn a little more about an endangered or threatened animal.  A different animal is featured each week.

This is a free event, although donations to Como Zoo are always appreciated to keep the Zoo a free attraction. Check the calendar for the upcoming feature.

Join Us For S.A.F.E. Sundays!

Chat with our Public Engagement Education Specialist about the Endangered or Threatened animals we have at Como and what people can do to help them thrive in the wild.  Each week will feature a different animal. S.A.F.E. Sundays occur every Sunday from 1:00-3:00PM.