June is ridiculously crazy busy! There is so much happening that I hope we were able to catch it all! Here are our favorite ways to Feel Like a Kid Again in June.
FREE Ride dates for 2017:
- May 30, Memorial Day
- July 4, Independence Day
- July 25, National Carousel Day
- August 24, State Fair opens
- Sept. 4, Labor Day
Last year, Cafestian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park expanded their hours to include all Mondays. It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit the beautiful antique merry-go-round when the temps are cooler and the price is unbeatable. For those of you who love a Minnesota State Fair connection, the hand-carved horses called the Fairgrounds home until the 1980’s. A St. Paul couple saved the carousel from the auction block, carefully restored the horses, and eventually were able to raise enough money for the carousel’s permanent pavilion in Como. Read More
Last year the MELSA Libraries (Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County,Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Scott County, Washington County), rolled out the smARTpass Program. Library patrons now have another option for free or reduced-price tickets to arts activities and museums with this program.
Try Hockey For Free Day
Various arenas around the country
Saturday, February 25, 2017; FREE!
On the fence about making the investment to put your kid in hockey? I understand. I’ve been there myself. And I highly recommend you give the sport a try for free on Saturday, February 25th.The event gives kids a shot at experiencing the basics of hockey without financial commitment. It’s strictly for fun! Plus, coaches will be on hand to offer tips and provide equipment. Learn more and find a location near you at the Try Hockey for Free website.
Who knows? This might be the beginning of a lifelong love of hockey. It certainly helps us get through our long Minnesota winters!
Arenas Participating in Try Hockey For Free Day
Participating Hockey Arenas include:
- Northeast Ice Arena • Minneapolis • 12:00 PM
- Roseville Skating Center • Roseville • 5:40 PM
- West St Paul Ice Arena • West St. Paul • 2:30 PM
- Eagan Civic Arena • Eagan • 3:45 PM
- Maple Grove Community Center • Maple Grove • 1:15 PM
- Apple Valley High Sports Arena • Apple Valley • 3:30 PM
- Bielenberg Sports Center • Woodbury • 4:30 PM
- Shakopee Ice Arena • Shakopee • 6:00 PM
- Andover Community Center • Andover • 11:40 AM
- Schmitz-Maki Arena • Farmington • 4:30 PM
- Delano Area Sports Arena • Delano • 10:00 AM
- Chisago Lakes Ice Arena • Lindstrom • 2:00 PM
Despite the bone-chilling temps the last couple years, I took the kids out to the Winter Carnival Snow Park at the Fair to change their minds about the St. Paul Vulcans. See, the little ones had always been wary of that wailing fire truck. Not to mention the red-cloaked men who once tried to ambush their mother at a parade in order to paint a huge black V on her cheek. I was willing to forgive and forget because the Krewe are the ones responsible for reviving the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition and organizing a super fun Snow Park at the Fair around it.
Here’s how the St. Paul Vulcans managed to win the hearts of my three girls (and why we’ll be back at the Vulcan Fun Day this Sunday): Read More
Julian McFaul has been at it for a decade and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
And even if he did, the Art Sled Rally has taken on a life of its own and could continue without him.
Today marks opening weekend for many of the Twin Cities-area outdoor ice rinks and we’re sure, as hardy Minnesotans ourselves, that you’re dying to strap on your skates and hustle the kids out to the rinks! That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of local places to skate –and, as nearly all are located in city parks, there’s no charge for the skating. Find your city below and click through to get the latest rink hours, directions, warming house information, and numbers to call for rink conditions.
If you don’t see your city below, my apologies in advance. Please contact us to have yours added to the list or leave the information in the comments. Thanks, and enjoy your outdoor rec time!
Inver Grove Heights
Minneapolis (2016/2017 Brochure PDF)
St. Louis Park
White Bear Lake
West St. Paul
Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide has something for everyone.
Thanks to the awesome Prairie Lights website for help with this list of Christmas light displays & music shows! Our family discovered the student-designed Winter Lights Show put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Science & Engineering. Who knew there were this many holiday light displays out there? Please, we beg you, personally confirm the details of these light shows before heading out! Read More