Sundays at Landmark – Free Saint Paul Civic Symphony Concert (Sunday, January 27th)

As part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Saint Paul Civic Symphony is performing a FREE concert of “Hot and Cool Classics” this Sunday, January 27th starting at 2 pm in the Landmark Center Cortile.

This is also part of Sundays at Landmark, a series of cultural and art events that are designed to entertain, enrich and educate an audience. All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted (if not free, they are very low-cost).

Other upcoming Sundays at Landmark events include:

  • February 10 – Urban Expedition: Palestine | 1 pm | Free
  • February 17 – Balkan Festival | 12 – 5 pm | $4 – $6
  • March 3 – Urban Expedition: Romania | 1 pm | Free
  • March 16 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | 10 am | $5-$7
  • March 17 – An Irish Day of Dance | 11 am | $5-$7
  • March 31 – Urban Exhibition: Great Britain | 1 pm | Free
  • April 14 – Urban Expedition: Vietnam | 1 pm | Free
  • April 28 – Bandwidth Community Band Festival | 12 pm | Free
  • May 12 – Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert | 1 pm | Free
  • May 19 – Border CrosSing Choral Concert | 1 pm | Free

Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum of MN

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Are your kids off from school tomorrow?  Bring them to the Science Museum of MN for a behind the scenes day.  It’s a rare day when the Collections Vault will be open and activated by museum staff and volunteers giving the public access to objects not normally on display.  It takes place from noon to 4 and is included with the regular museum admission.

Monday, January 21st Highlights:

Peek inside the Science Museum’s state-of-the-art Collections Storage Vault on Monday, January 21! Home to over two million objects, the vault houses artifacts and specimens that span millions of years of Earth’s history and come from all over the world.

See a tooth from Megalodon, the largest species of predatory shark that ever lived. View Inuit artifacts and pre-Columbian textiles, including a shirt from Peru that is over 600 years old. Be dazzled by brightly-colored bird specimens from around the world, and much more.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the vault, meet scientists and hear about their favorite objects, and ask questions!

Minnesota Museum of American Art Free Family Day – Sunday, January 20th

Admission to the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (aka “the M”) is always free, but this Sunday, January 20th they’re offering some extra family fun activities! Enjoy Family Day: Onward! from 1 – 4 pm.

In the future, there will be art and we’ll make it together. What will it look like? It will look like us and the worlds that emerge from our imaginations. Welcome to your new museum, your playground for creativity and connection.

Interactive Storytelling: Main Gallery
Stories for the Future: Saint Paul Public Library Story Time (English & Spanish)
2:00 p.m. (Spanish) / 3:00 p.m. (English/ASL interpreted)
All ages
Saint Paul Public Library brings their beloved Story Time to the M, with a focus on sharing stories of better futures.

Making & Community Building: Wide Open Studio
Figure: Aki Shibata & Carrie Thompson
All ages
Aki and Carrie have made hundreds of clay figures that need your care. Select a figure, decorate it, think of one thing you love about yourself and one thing that would help you love yourself more, and then add your figure to the growing community of figures on the window shelves of Wide Open Studio. Together they represent a brighter future. You’ll also find comfortable seating and a small, kid-friendly library near this activity. Feel free to relax.

Making: Securian Studio
Sharing Light: Senah Yeboah-Sampong & Witt Siasoco
Ages 6+
Inspired by alchemy, Senah & Witt invite you to make candles with them that hold your wisdom and wishes. Prompted by the themes head, heart, and hands, you’re invited to write a phrase or draw a symbol on a small, metal disc, which is then placed in a glass cup and covered with wax to form a candle. Ceremonial candle lightings and poetry offerings rooted in the activity’s themes will take place at 2, 2:30, 3, & 3:30 p.m.

Making & Demo: Sculpture Court
Together We Weave a Web for Our Wishes, with artists from Weavers Guild of Minnesota
Ages 4+
With Sheila Pepe’s Softly …. Before the Supreme Court as visual inspiration, we learn how to weave a simple web, together, with yarn and other materials. Our Weavers Guild friends will offer one-on-one support and share a little about their own artmaking and what weaving means to them.

Family Guide: The Whole Museum
Age 5+ with help from a reader/writer
Pick up an M Family Guide at the welcome desk in the Reception Hall and find yourself on an adventure through the entire museum.

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.

Urban Expedition at Landmark Center in St. Paul – Learn About the World!

Kids and adults can learn about the world this Sunday (and four other Sundays this winter and spring) with Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition program! This is the 15th year of this popular program in St. Paul which provides authentic cultural experiences that include music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.

This year’s series will highlight the following countries on these dates:

Puerto Rico: Sunday, January 13

Palestine: Sunday, February 10

Romania: Sunday, March 3

Great Britain: Sunday, March 31

Vietnam: Sunday, April 14

These programs run from 1 – 3 pm on each of these days and are FREE and open to the public. Children and adults will receive a travel “passport” that will be stamped for each country in the series.

Landmark Center is located at 75 West 5th Street facing Rice Park and next to the Ordway and The Saint Paul Hotel. Parking is available on the street as well as in nearby Lawson, Science Museum and RiverCentre Ramps.

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 6th through March 3rd.  * There will be no concert on January 27 due to the the Winter Carnival Orchid Show.

Join us select Sundays beginning January 6th 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 27 due to the the Winter Carnival Orchid Show.



Credit: Science Museum of MN

One of our favorite events starts next week.  The Omnifest, taking place at the Science Museum of Minnesota, begins January 4th-February 28th.  This is the 20th year for this fabulous event and each year the shows continue to amaze yes.  With five different films to choose from, there’s something for everyone.   You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.

Our popular giant screen film festival returns to the Omnitheater, bringing five visitor favorites that will whisk you away on great adventures. Join in a shuttle mission to construct the International Space Station, ride shotgun in the Tornado Intercept Vehicle and chase after deadly storms, get a front row seat for the eruptions of some of the world’s most famous volcanoes, and much more.

Making this year’s fest even more special is the fact that the Science Museum – the largest museum-based producer of giant screen films – played a role in producing each film.

With a diverse film line-up that appeals to all ages and interests and a Minnesota tie to each film that can make each of us proud, Omnifest 2019 is an ideal destination this winter.

NOON Year’s Party at Como Zoo

Yes it’s almost 2019, not sure where the year went.  Are you thinking the same thing?  We like to celebrate the New Year as a family and one of our favorite indoor New Year events is the NOON Year’s Party at Como Zoo.  A great event for the whole family.  The best part is that you have two options to choose from, December 31st or January 1st. Music, Crafts and fun for all ages.  Plus it’s free, so a great thrifty option.

Ring in the New Year at Como! Bring the whole family from 10am – 1pm and help us celebrate with our party animals in a whole new way. We’ve ditched the plastic beach ball drop and made an environmental choice to go GREEN….and BLUE and RED and YELLOW and PURPLE and ORANGE as we rain down from above hundreds of thousands of pieces of colorful biodegradable confetti at HIGH NOON on December 31 and again on January 1.

Doors open at 10am with rockin’ tunes, dancing and games from the DJs of Kidsdance.

Bring the Sing in St. Paul

Do you enjoy singing but perhaps don’t have the perfect voice for it?  You can still have fun and join Classical MPR and The Current for a very special Bring the Sing on the winter solstice!  The free event takes place December 21st at the Como Lakeside Pavilion.  Doors open at 5 and the singing starts at 6.  All ages are welcome to join the fun.

No experience necessary — just bring your voice and love for carols and holiday songs, both new and traditional. Soul beacon PaviElle and masterful choral artist Jerry Rubino will lead the participants and will be joined by featured guests from all over the Twin Cities, including neo-soul singer Cameron Kinghorn, the Beer Choir and its leader Adam Reinwald, and accordionist Dan Newton.

This event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Como Lakeside Pavilion’s Spring Cafe will kindly serve as our warming house, providing warm drinks and snacks, as well. Doors open at 5 p.m. with singing planned to start at 6 p.m. The ability to read music is not necessary, and all are welcome.

Grand Meander on Grand Avenue in St. Paul – Saturday, December 1st

Grand Meander is an annual opportunity to stroll along Grand Avenue in St. Paul and enjoy the communal spirit of the holidays.

Pick out your Christmas tree, have breakfast with Santa, hear carolers meander from store to store, and hop on a classic trolley and ride the 20-block length of Grand Ave – See more at:

Enjoy breakfast with Santa, hear carolers meander from store to store, hop on the trolley for a free ride, and more!

It’s this Saturday, December 1st from 8:30 am – 5 pm.

The North Pole Express at the Union Depot

This recent snow has us thinking it’s December and although we don’t want to rush things, we know it will be here soon.  If you love trains the The North Pole Express at the Union Depot is something you’ll want to put on your list and get spots reserved.  It takes place November 29-December 2nd.  There’s a great video and more information about this event here.   Tickets can also be purchased in advance here.  It’s not a long ride but it will be a memorable one for the kids.

The North Pole Express

Children and trains go together during the Holiday Season like colorful lights, brightly iced cookies, festively wrapped gifts, family and friends. Please join the nonprofit Friends of the 261 annual journey on the North Pole Express.

The North Pole Express is our group’s largest yearly fundraiser enabling us to continue to operate and maintain the star of the show the Milwaukee Road #261 steam locomotive, built in 1944, and experience a ride in one of our of historic rail cars.

Our show is brought to you by our excited ALL volunteer crew, Santa and his elves that promises to make this a memorable Holiday Tradition.

Climb aboard this holiday train from the past that includes the North Pole and a visit from Santa himself! Avoid the trouble of setting up your old train set around the tree this year and let us provide you with a REAL steam train for the holidays.