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Opening in May – Greater Minnesota
Archived: A Syrupy Weekend Wish List for March 7-8, 2014

Opening in May – Greater Minnesota

Greater MN bannerI had way too much fun doing the research for this article — poring over trip journals and photos from adventures taken with our growing family as well as mapping out road trips to new destinations this season! It was especially enjoyable to stretch well beyond the borders of the Twin Cities — out of our comfort zone, you could say — to share ideas for family fun. Here’s just a taste of what we came up with. If there’s a favorite you don’t see on the list that you’d like added, please let us know!

5/1: Harkin Store, New Ulm • May weekends, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open Tues-Sun • $4-$6/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Explore the 1870s-era general store, still stocked with original merchandise. More family fun in New Ulm: Make a day of it by touring the August Schell Brewery (kids can roam the gardens, seek out the peacocks and guzzle free 1919 draft root beer). Finish with a dip in the sand-bottomed swimming pool at Flandrau State Park – only $5 for a park permit.

5/1: Hinckley Fire Museum, Hinckley • 10am-5pm Tues-Sun • $1-$5/ages 6+, ages 5 & under FREE • Details: Housed in the rebuilt train depot, media and exhibits tell the story of one of Minnesota’s worst modern natural disasters. The material is presented in a sensitive manner. More family fun near Hinckley: On the road to Hinckley, pull over for a couple hours at the Northwest Company Fur Post (opening Memorial Day weekend) for an interactive tour or special event.

5/4: Red Barn Pizza Farm, Northfield • Wednesdays through Oct. 26 & 3rd Sun/month May-Oct • $10-$25/pizza. Thrifty Minnesota shares some good Tips for Wandering the Back Roads to Pizza Farms.

5/7: Historic Forestville, Preston • Saturdays in May, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat & 12-5pm Sun • Details: Immerse yourself in the bustling remnants of a 19th-century town and interact with the locals. More family fun near Preston: Older kids might enjoy hunting down the disappearing river in Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park.

tm split rock lighthouse 25/15: Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors • Daily 10am-6pm • $6-$10/pp • Details: Just one of dozens of gems to see along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior. Tours are FREE during the 6/11/16 Open House and also FREE for and geared for kids during the 6/25/16 Children’s Day. Afterwards, stop for a slice at Betty’s Pies.


5/21: Wild Mountain’s Alpine Slide & GoKarts, Taylors Falls • opens 11am, see website for complete hours • $3.99-$8.49 per ride • Details: Minnemama Adventures spent a day at Wild Mountain last summer and her detailed post can be found here. More family fun near Taylors Falls: One day in the area might not be enough; here are 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, including a climb up, down and all around the Pothole Trail at Interstate State Park.

PicMonkey Collage interstate

5/28: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls • Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun Noon-5 pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Details: All ages can explore the interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center and horse around in the adjoining Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. Older kids and adults might like a tour through the home Lindy grew up in.

5/28: Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park, Park Rapids • 10am-6pm weekends, 10am-4pm weekdays • wristband prices hereDetails: Growing up we knew this spot as World of Christmas; now we bring our own kids for mini-golf, laser tag, bumper boats, train rides and all the rest. More family fun near Park Rapids: Crossing the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi at Itasca State Park —  how much more Minnesotan can kids get? Not to mention that you could lose yourself for days within the recreational opps at the park.

5/28: Northwest Company Fur Post, Pine City • Mon 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$10/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Details: The reconstructed fur trading post comes alive with costumed interpreters, demonstrations and special events such as War of 1812 Family Day on 6/4/16.

nw company fur post

5/28: Fort Ridgely Historic Site, Fairfax • 10am-5pm • $4-$6/66, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Details: Opening Day – visit exhibits inside the restored commissary, explore the parade grounds and ruins of the outpost. Refreshments will be provided.

5/28: Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey (SW) • Mon 10am-5pm, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE under 5 & MHS members • Details: Kids can get hands-on in the visitor center, take an Adventures in Nature or craft something unique during Make American Indian Pottery Day. • More family fun nearby: Step back into the pages of Laura Ingalls Wilder at the namesake museum in nearby Walnut Grove or catch the Wilder Pageant weekends in July. Little trainiacs might enjoy a trip to the End-o-Line Railroad Park & Museum a few miles away in Currie.

5/28: Soudan Underground Mine Tours @ Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Tower/Soudan area • tours daily, 10am-4pm • $12/adults, $7/ages 5-12, under 5 FREE • Details: Travel 1/2 underground to explore the depths of an iron-ore mine as it was left in the 1960s.



Archived: A Syrupy Weekend Wish List for March 7-8, 2014

When it comes to my wish list for family fun, I find more and more I’m wishing for a date night.  I never used to need one of those — family dates were just fine.  But almost 9 years into the whole parenting experience, sometimes I just want to be with the love of my life without our offspring.  Where ever you stand in the parenting continuum, I say embrace it. If you don’t need special date nights, there are some great activities for the whole family.  If you want to hire a babysitter or send the little ones to grandmas house for the night, how about a Date Night at Silverwood Park?  No matter what, here are some wishful options for the upcoming weekend.


Date Night at SilverwoodDate Night  –  How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You: Maple Syrup Making and Pitchers
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E,St. Anthony, MN 55421
Friday, March 7, 2014; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$25.00 per couple (Reservations required by Thursday)

Since March is Maple Syrup month, what better way to have a date night than by making some sticky sweet maple syrup and a pitcher to pour it from.  You’ll have something special to take home to the kids at the end, too.  Date Nights at Silverwood are always part indoor clay project and part outdoor — so this is a dress down date.  Dress to get dirty and stay warm.  But wear layers, because you are going to want to peel them off by the fire after all the fun.  “Wine and beer are allowed” — That sounds like a bring-your-own kind of deal.  Reserve your spot by Thursday by calling 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number #237811-16. This program is for ages 21+.

Alexander graphicOpening Night: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Friday, March 7, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
$15 per person; Pre-Buy Tickets Here.

I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens at Stages Theatre this weekend.  We visited Stages to see Aladdin earlier this year, as I said in my review of that production, the actors at Stages are gifted young people.  It is so worth it to get to these shows if you can.  Maybe if you take your kids to see Alexander, they won’t want to move to Australia.


Mu Daiko
Cowles Center For Dance and The Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Saturday, March 8, 2014; 2:00 p.m.
Special Family Performance Pricing: $22 for Adults and $14 for students.

This weekend the Cowles Center will host Mu Daiko – a performance based on Japanese drumming.  Saturday’s show is cut a little shorter (45 minutes) and is specially priced for families.  It’s recommended for ages 3 and up.  If you go to one of the other performances, they suggest 7 and up.  After the show, your kids will be invited up on stage to try the drums themselves.  If you want to prep them for this show, you can watch several videos on YouTube, including the one below:

Little House in the Big WoodsIn Laura’s House: Sugar on Snow
Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386
Saturday, March 8, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$5 per person (20% discount for groups of four or more)

Like I said above, we’re all about the maple syrup experience this month.  There is no shortage of events throughout the Twin Cities during March.  However, when I think of maple syrup, I immediately think of that Chapter of Little House in the Big Woods, where they eat nothing but maple syrup for like 24 hours straight.  If that’s what you think of too, you may want to haul out to Victoria with your family to experience maple syrup Laura Ingall’s style.  Here some stories from the book – probably the syrup-gorging chapter, make a sugar on snow treat just like Laura, sample real maple syrup and sugar. You can even start a quilt sampler like Laura’s.




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