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Cheating!  That’s what I’m all about this week.  I’m starting the weekend on Thursday evening.  I’m also sneaking in a not-quite-free event ($2/pp) on Friday.  It’s totally worth it though.


An Orchid Bee from the Disney Movie “Wings of Life”, playing at dusk.

Pollinator Party

Lyndale Park Gardens, 1300 42nd St W, Minneapolis, MN, US 55409
Thursday, July 24, 2014; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Movie at Dusk)
Pay Parking

As the world becomes more aware of the importance of pollinator’s in our environment, we are hearing more and more about them. Learn about and celebrate the humble pollinators at the 2014 Pollinator Party. The party will be on the open lawn just north of the Peace Garden. Since this party falls during the dinner hour, you can bring your own picnic food or purchase from La Loma Tomales.  After the party, stick around for the movie “Wings of Life” which offers an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers.

Event details:

Just a note about parking:  Many of the south side parks — including this one — require paid parking.  Because I only seem to get over to that side of town for more popular events, I’ve found parking and paying for parking rather inconvenient.  The easiest solution is to pre-buy a permit if you are going to be parking in these lots often.  Lyndale Park has lots exclusively for permit holders.

If you go less often, there are some Pay and Display lots where you can use your credit card or cash.  They fill first.  Other options include metered lots (bring quarters and lots of them) or parking further away and walking.


Anne's Family Attended A Family Fun & Fitness Friday at Great River Waterpark.

Anne’s Family Attended A Family Fun & Fitness Friday at Great River Waterpark.

Family Fun & Fitness Friday

Great River Water Park, 270 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN, United States
Como Regional Park Pool, 1151 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Highland Park Aquatic Center, 1840 Edgcumbe Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55116
Friday, July 25, 2014; $2 per person during Open Swim hours

 On Family Fun and Fitness Friday’s, Admission is only $2.00 per person at St. Paul Water Parks.   I know that is not quite free — but really affordable.  For More details, Anne and her family have attended and she shared her observations, HERE.


Searching for Bigfoot
Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386
Saturday, July 26, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is kind of an exercise in futility, since everyone knows that Bigfoot lives in California.  But hey, maybe he summers in Victoria.  Either way, you are invited to come search for Bigfoot by looking for signs such as tracks, feeding sites, scat (gross), and nesting sites. Again Lowry Nature Center is a little misinformed, because they will discuss “wild edibles Bigfoot might eat”, but its common knowledge that Bigfoot eats beef jerky.


All the information you need is right here!

ArtCars + ArtBikes

Starts at the Rose Garden of Lake Harriet, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota around Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Saturday, July 26th, 2014; 6:00pm 

The Annual ArtCar (ArtBike and one Couchmobile) Parade is this weekend.  I haven’t been to it yet, but I have it on good authority it is a great outing.  You are encouraged to bring a picnic.


Entomologist Andrea Hefty, PhD

Walk with an Entomologist

Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Sunday, July 27, from 5-6 p.m.

I don’t know why this outing sounds great to me, but it really does. I imagine we’ll be turning over rocks and digging in leaves to discover how insects live.  Entomologist Andrea Hefty will be leading this expedition.  You can tell your kids that Ms. Hefty has a PhD in bugs!!! That sounds like a cool, doesn’t it?   You and your little bug collectors will have a chance to capture, examine, and release the insects you find. Maybe stay away from the bees.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.


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