5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza at Metropolitan State University- June 26th

This Wednesday is the 5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza at Metropolitan State University.  You’ll enjoy a family-friendly FREE event filled with fun outdoor games, face painting, snacks, and most importantly a live puppet show showcasing Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Driveway Tour!   It’s been a tradition of ours to catch at least one Drive Way tour each summer, they are so much fun!  

5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza!

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Location: Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center

645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The festivities will go on rain or shine near the labyrinth on the west side of the Metropolitan State University Library. At 7 pm the curtain will rise on the Open Eye Figure Theatre’s outdoor puppet production of “Ms. Marvels Sandbox Circus.” Ms. Marvel, the cat, is the madcap, merry-maker that lives and prowls in your neighborhood. Every summer, Ms. Marvel transforms the sandbox into an amazing circus where a cavalcade of antics, thrill, chills, and spills await. Step right up to Ms. Marvel’s Sandbox Circus and witness the Acrobatic Ants, the Daredevil Squirrel, the Caterpillar Catapult and the Earthworm Orchestra!

This event is FREE and open to ALL! Bring a blanket to sit on during the puppet show.

If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549 or [email protected].

St. Paul Saints Baseball Discount Tickets – 2 for $12!

Batter up! Head to an upcoming St. Paul Saints baseball game and save when you buy your tickets in advance via Groupon! They’ve got tickets available for just 2 for $12 for games on the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, 6/25 at 7:05 pm vs. Texas Airhogs
  • Wednesday, 6/26 at 7:05 pm vs. Texas Airhogs
  • Monday, 7/1 at 7:05 pm vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
  • Tuesday, 7/2 at 7:05 pm vs. Lincoln Saltdogs

Goldstar also has discount tickets ($9 – $12, not including fees) for games on 6/23, 6/25, and 6/26.

Tickets are in the Outfield Reserved sections (periwinkle color in the diagram below).

Another cheap option: get berm admission for $5 apiece at the gate. The view isn’t as good as it’s a large grassy hill located above the bullpen, behind left field (the picture at the top of this post shows a view from the berm). Still, it’s cheap! Limit 8 berm tickets per person.

Catching an MLB game at a big stadium is great, but there’s a special kind of fun you have from watching pro baseball in a more intimate setting — especially if that setting is beautiful CHS Field and the team is the St. Paul Saints. Part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, the Saints play the game at a thrillingly high level, with a roster that includes young players on their way up to the big leagues. Come out and enjoy a fun night of baseball against the backdrop of the beautiful downtown St. Paul skyline while sipping on local brews and snacking on tasty local bites.

Get your tickets HERE!

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.

WaterFest at Lake Phalen – Saturday, June 1st

The 20th annual WaterFest at Lake Phalen takes place this coming Saturday, June 1st. This event is fun for the whole family, with lots of great activities taking place.

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 from 11 am to 4 pm at Phalen Regional Park in Saint Paul.

Some of the free activities will be:

  • Paddling a Voyageur canoe, kayak, or canoe
  • Games like archery, mini golf, and more
  • Arts and crafts – plant print or bead critter
  • Exhibits – identify an insect, recognize a bird song, tie a fishing lure, and more
  • Climb in the cab of a street sweeper
  • Music and dance performances throughout the day

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


Arbor Month Celebration in St. Paul – Friday, May 31st

Get outdoors and celebrate Arbor Month this Friday, May 31st from 4 – 7 pm at Prosperity Park in St. Paul! Activities are free and open to all. Plant a tree, adopt a tree sapling, climb a tree, enjoy the nature play area, have fun with tree arts and crafts, and more.

Prosperity Park is located at 1632 Ivy Ave E in St. Paul.

Free Tuesday Nights at Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center (St. Paul)

Looking for something to do tonight and need to get out of the house? How about a visit to the Minnesota History Center? Tuesday afternoons and evenings are free from 3 – 8 pm.  If you can’t make it tonight, put it on your calendar for a different Tuesday evening.

If Tuesday evenings don’t work for you, admission is still quite reasonable and ranges from $6 – $12. Don’t forget that sixth graders get a FREE MN History Pass (but you’ll need to request it a few weeks in advance). The Minnesota History Center really is a great place for visitors of all ages.

Explore Minnesota through museum exhibits that feature large-scale objects, hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations. At the Library, access the Society’s vast collections, uncover your house’s history, or trace your family’s heritage.

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.

Free VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert at The Ordway

Hear the community come together in song as hundreds of students will join VocalEssence to celebrate Mexico in song at the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert. It’s happening Tuesday, May 21st at 7 pm, and tickets are FREE! (Tickets are required, though, so you’ll want to order them online or pick them up at one of the locations listed here.)

This bilingual concert is the culmination of a year-long composer-in-residence program.



The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is located at 345 Washington Street in St. Paul.

2019 Friends School Plant Sale

One of the largest, if not THE largest plant sale happens next weekend at the MN State Fairgrounds.  The Friends School Plant Sale begins Friday (May 10th) and continues through Sunday (May 12th).

With over 2,450 plant varieties, there’s bound to be something for everyone, green thumb or not.  Plus there’s always gift ideas for the friends and family who love to garden.  

To be prepared you may want to read up on how the sale works, check out the map, hours and tips.  You can find the need to know info here on their website.


Friends Plant Sale Limited edition T-shirts

To celebrate the Friends School Plant Sale’s 30th ­anniversary, they’re offering a commemorative T-shirt with an original four-color design by local artist and Friends School of Minnesota alum Ruby Thompson. These shirts will not be available for purchase at the sale—they’re through online order only. Or choose a tote bag, hat, and other item with the plant sale logo.

This is how it works:

  • Go to the online store
  • Select the kind of shirt or other items you want. Shirts start at $20, with tote bags starting at $15.
  • Pick a size and color if needed.

If you miss the pre-sale ordering date, you can still order from April 16–May 20, to be delivered by May 31.

That will be the last chance for this ­limited edition, which will be printed right here in St. Paul’s Midway ­neighborhood at Shirtz Unlimited!



Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul

Join the fun this Saturday! It’s time for Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul with all kinds of fun for the whole family. Festival activities will fun from 9 am – 4 pm. (Yes, Cinco de Mayo is on Sunday this year, but the festival is still being celebrated on Saturday. I’m sure it won’t be anything like Cinco de Cuatro.)

You can find the full schedule here on the event website. Activities include: