Bands on the Blvd at the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is a great place to visit in itself, but it gets even better during the upcoming Bands on the Blvd events.  The next two Tuesday evenings will bring some amazing outdoor music, no admission fees or tickets needed.

July 24th:  Ipso Facto brings an evening of reggae music.

July 31st:  Rubber Soul brings an evening of Beatles Music

Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D’Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm.


Mini Music Fest at Science Museum


Credit: Science Museum of MN

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be a little different venue on Wednesday July 18th.  From 8pm-10pm the Social Science” Mini Music Fest will fill the building with sounds from 14 different bands.   This evening event is for 21 and up, so leave the kids at home and enjoy the exhibits in a different way.

You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.  The full line up of bands is also on the same link.

At this one-of-a-kind music fest, you can claim your spot under the dinosaurs (or another favorite location around the museum) and let the sweet sounds of your favorite local bands wash over you. From indie to rock to hip-hop, we have something to tickle the ears of every music lover. And you can leave your poncho at home—this music fest will never get rained out!

WaterFest at Lake Phalen

The WaterFest at Lake Phalen takes place this coming Saturday, June 2nd.  This event is fun for the whole family, with lots of great activities taking place.  The water will be a great place to be if the weekend is anything close to the one we just had.  it sure felt like we skipped over spring and went straight to August.

This year’s theme for Waterfest is “Follow the Flow,” a nod to Saint Paul’s largest connected chain of lakes.  WaterFest is a free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes with fun outdoor activities and hands-on learning about local watershed topics. The event runs Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Phalen Regional Park in Saint Paul.

Some of the free activities will be:

  • Water Parade at 11am
  • Learn to fish
  • paddleboat
  • canoe
  • kayak
  • water games
  • climbing walls, native plant giveaway
  • music

Plus lots more fun throughout the park and on the water

You can find more information on the event here on their website.


Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul

Join the fun this Saturday!  It’s time for Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul.  All kinds of fun for the whole family.  Festival activities will fun from 9am-6pm.  You can find the full schedule here on the event website. Activities include: 

Festival of Nations 2018

One of the best multicultural events happens this weekend in St. Paul.  The Festival of Nations is an event that offers something for everyone.  Food, activities, crafts, music, and more.  Although the event starts on Thursday May 3rd, that date as well as May 4th during the day are for educational groups to attend.

You can purchase advance tickets here on the event website.  The public is welcome to attend:

General Public Hours
Friday, May 4, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The International Institute’s annual Festival of Nations is the most diverse, oldest and longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest. Since 1932, its goal has been to inspire people to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity in our community. Nearly 100 ethnic groups will come together for a unique 4 day experience that celebrates cultural heritage through dancing, performances, exhibits, demonstrations and cuisine.

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.