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Fall Family Fun List: Weekend of October 4-5
Archived: The Weekend Wish List for March 29th and 30th

Fall Family Fun List: Weekend of October 4-5

Bundle up and head outside for these classic fall family events, heavy on the apples and autumn colors. All of these activities come with a fee attached, but we tried to pick ones that we thought were reasonable for families. For our list of FREE weekend events, check over here and for our complete Family Fun Calendar for this weekend and beyond, head over here. Thanks for stopping by!


Fall on the Farm
Where: Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N., Brooklyn Park, MN , 55444
When: 12 – 3pm
Cost: $6/adults, $4/kids 4-12
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: It’s harvest time on the historic Eidem Homestead! Join in for harvesting activities, cider pressing and pumpkin carving.

Apples Galore
Where: Dodge Nature Center, Farm Entrance at 1701 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN
When: 1 – 2:30pm
Cost: $7/pp or $20/family (non-member), $5/pp or $15/family (member)
Ages: Designed for all ages
Details: Hike to the apple orchard for tastings and press them for fresh juice. Educational for all ages. Pre-registration is required.


Where: The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 Highway 101 East
Shakopee, MN 55379
When: October 4 – 5 • 10am – 5pm
Cost: $5/adults, $3/ages 2 – 17, 65+
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: Learn how German immigrants harvested and processed apples, play games and ride a horse-drawn trolley.

Weekend Family Fun: Fantastic Foliage
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum‘s Learning Center
When: October 4 – 5 • 12 – 4pm
Cost: $13/ages 13+
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: Learn about leaves and why they turn those gorgeous colors in fall, participate in leafy crafts and complete a scavenger hunt. Take time to explore the Arboretum grounds and, kids, spend some time in the Green Play Yard.

Fall Color Tram Tour
Where: Eastman Nature Center at Elm Creek Park Reserve, 12400 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369
When: October 4 – 5 • Tours run on the hour from 1 – 5pm.
Cost: $5/pp, 20% discount for groups of 4+
Ages: Best for kids who can tolerate a decent ride.
Details: Registration required (763.559.6700 only). Enjoy the fall foliage from the comfort of a tram. Take in an apple cidering demonstration Sunday only from 1 – 4pm.


Wood Lake Sunday Special: Apple Cidering
Where: Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lakeshore Dr, Richfield, MN
When: 1 – 4pm
Cost: $3/pp
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: Mill and press apples into cider.

Archived: The Weekend Wish List for March 29th and 30th

This past weekend, I ordered my families summer farm share.  Now I’m just counting down the days until June when the vegetables start arriving.  In the meantime, last year, in a fit of overzealous optimism my husband and I marked off about a quarter of our yard for our own vegetable garden.  It was a little more than we could handle.  This year we are thinking smaller scale — maybe popcorn or something that takes up a lot of space, but is easy to grow.  We’ll see how that goes.  My list is a little soil heavy this week.  I’ve just had enough winter and I’m ready for spring.  I’ve also included a roadtrip and a couple stage productions.


The Scarecrow and his Servant and Ballonacy
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Prices Vary: Order Tickets Here or Learn How to Score $10 Tickets Here

 No matter the age of your kids, this is a good weekend for Children’s Theatre Tickets.  My grade schooler really enjoyed our outing to see the The Scarecrow and his Servant. However, after we saw The Very Hungry Caterpillar, my 4-year-old also thinks he should be my guest every time I review a play.  CTC has a new offering for the preschool crowd opening this week and Gianna has the preview of Balloonacy here.  We haven’t seen it yet, but we haven’t been let down by CTC yet.

Get Started Gardening with Gale Woods Farm on Saturday

Get Started Gardening with Gale Woods Farm on Saturday


Get Started Vegetable Gardening
Gale Woods Farm, 210 County Road 110 W. ,  Minnetrista, MN 55364
Cost: $8.00 per person (Reservations Required)

This is a gardening class for the fmaily with older children.  The program is designed for ages 12+.  If you have younger kids, scroll down a bit to see another suggestion.  In this program, you and your family can learn to grow your own vegetables in your backyard (a class we probably should have taken last year).  Gale Woods Farm will inspire you to get started and offer you some go-to resources for later use. Registration for this event ends Wednesday, March 26th. Call 763-559-6700 or click the reservation link above.  This is activity #237409-00.



RTrain_Cartoon_2andolph Railroad Days
Randolph High School, Railyards, and Museum, 29110 Davisson Avenue, Randolph, MN 55065
Saturday, March 29, 2014 & Sunday, March 30, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission $5/adults; Children Under 12 free

I’m sure you didn’t get enough trains last weekend at the Great Minnesota Train Expo.  So this weekend, how about a roadtrip to Randolph, Minnesota (about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and half an hour from St. Paul).  Engineer Paul from Choo Choo Bob’s will be there.  Plus they offer tours, sales of collectibles and toys and an opportunity for the public to view operating layouts and displays and more. This sounds like an ideal outing for a family that loves trains.  There will be plenty of locomotive fun for the adult as well as the child.

Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil ca. 2000 via Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil ca. 2000 via Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Weekend Family Fun
Minnesota Landscape Arboreteum, Learning Center, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, MN 55318
Saturday, March 29, 2014 & Sunday, March 30, 2014; Noon. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission $13/adults; Children 12 and under free

As promised, here is something to inspire gardening in the younger family.  This program is less instruction and more fun.  However, your kids can learn something, too.  Drop in activities include:

  • A look into a microscope to see shoots with baby leaves and roots;
  • A chance to make a snack out of sprouts;
  • An art project made with seeds; and
  • The opportunity to start seeds to watch grow at home.



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