Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s Cross Country season and, even though I haven’t run in 10 years, the scent of autumn makes me want to get out and run. That insanity will pass with the first snow; but in the meantime, I bought a pair of running shoes for myself and my daughter. This is a good weekend to encourage some enthusiasm for running.
The harvest brings to mind the year I visited a farm with my mother-in-law and young brother-in-law. We made caramel apples and picked out our pumpkins and walked through a corn maze that day. Every year I want to re-live that day with my own kids.
Leaves changing reminds me of the two men I love the most — my father and my husband. Memories of my dad always bring a sense of security and the knowledge that I can weather anything. I also love romantic walks in the fallen leaves. Romance kind of takes on a new meaning with kids. I just love sharing this season with my favorite people.
These are my favorite picks for this weekend. Want more? Check the Family Fun Calendar!
All WeekendSevers Corn Maze Severs Farm, 1100 Canterbury Rd. Shakopee Friday: 1pm-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm Ages 3 & Under: Free; Ages 4 & Over: $13
Severs Corn Maze is like the farm I visited with my mother-in-law 15 years ago, except on steroids. The price of admission includes enough fun activities to call it an “amusement park”. Jump in a corn pit. Climb the Tire Mountain and visit Goat World (Goat World? Who wouldn’t want to visit Goat World.) There is also Jumping Pillows, a canary tent, live entertainment, a petting zoo with exotic animals, two mazes — one of straw bales and one in a corn field.
Plus, if like us, you are in love with the Children’s Theatre production of Charlotte’s Web, you can pretend to be Charlotte in a giant Spider Web and watch the Pig Races. Run Wilbur, Run!!
Saturday, October 7, 2013Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon – Family Races State Capitol grounds, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 Half Mile and Mile – $16;Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash – $11
Should my insane urge to run translate into an urge to race, the Twin Cities Marathon is offering some family races on Saturday. For more information on the races and other activities tied to the Twin Cities Marathon, check out my article here.
Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 2013Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Learning Center Family Fun — Harvest Rainbow Saturdays and Sundays in October, Noon-4 p.m.
Learning Center Visitors age 13 & up: $12*; Children 12 & Under: Free admission; Members: Free admission year-round; children up to age 12 accompanying members in vehicle are free; University of Minnesota Students: Free
My mom would love this. “Eat a Rainbow Every Day” is her mantra. This weekend and all through October, you can visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to learn more about eating a healthy rainbow of foods from the harvest. While you are there, you and your kids can help prepare a a little something from colorful vegetables and fresh herbs. Then try to mix paints to match the exact pigment of heirloom tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, and many more colorful edibles fresh from the garden. What a great way to get your kids excited about vegetables.Eastman Nature Center – Fall Color Tram Rides. 13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN 55369 Saturday and Sunday; Hourly from 1:00 p.m. to 4:oo p.m. Public Program $5.00 (required); Wonder Fund Donation*$1.00 (optional); Total (taxes may apply) $5.00-$6.00
I’m not sure this is going to work out with the weather, but we’ll see. Eastman Nature Center invites you to enjoy open vistas and blazing fall colors on a tractor-drawn tram ride. They have an assortment of trees with beautiful colors. If you have time to grab a tree identification book from the library or bookstore, this could be a lot of fun. If you go on Sunday, there will be a free apple cider demonstration from 1-4 PM. Reservations are required for this activity and they will leave without you if you are late. Call 763.559.6700. Discount for groups of 4 or more (hey that’s my family!).