The weekend after Labor Day is Saint Croix Vineyards annual Grape Stomp. In the past, I was not aware this is free and open to the whole family. Not only do I think this could be fun to do as a family, it could be an opportunity to introduce my kids to Lucy. I have to admit though, the thought of my kids feet stomping grapes to be turned into wine kind of makes me ill. However, whether or not we actually stomp the grapes, the idea of a picnic and vineyard tour along with live music sounds like a really pleasant weekend afternoon. Read More
Music at Mounds View, now in its second season, is a concert series that brings nationally-recognized artists to the local community. All concerts are held at Mounds View High School. Tickets are $13-$20/pp. Season tickets are also available, but do not include the Okee Dokee Brothers. This year, the artists are, Peter Mayer, Lake Wobegon Brass Band, the Okee Dokee Brothers and The Singers and Loring String Quartet. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
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Visit the New Baby Giraffe at Como Zoo
Baby’s are always a good excuse to get to Como Zoo and a new baby giraffe is being debuted today (assuming Clover, her mother, cooperates). Arlene, the baby gorilla that was born several months ago, is also on display in the Gorilla Forest. My three-year-old couldn’t get enough of her when he visited this week. While you are there, check out the Edible Garden or maybe time it with the music and movie below.
Friday Night – Date Night (With Kids)
We have several options for music and/or movies on Friday night — three bands I really love and three classic movies to match anyone’s taste. Plus a dance night!
Como Regional Park is hosting Fort Wilson Riot, followed by a Showing of Willow (PG). This is my pick, but I’m bringing the kids in their footies and hoping they’ll sleep during the movie and not be too disruptive during the grown-up music.
On the Minneapolis side, everyone’s favorite rock-n-roll drum quartet – 4ontheFloor is opening for Smokey and the Bandit (PG) at Lake Harriet. I’m not going to pretend I like Smokey and the Bandit or parking at Lake Harriet enough to even consider trying to make the 4ontheFloor show, but I’m a little sad about that.
If you want particularly family-friendly music, The Roe Family Singers are playing at the St. Croix Falls Overlook Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. I would recommend leaving before rush hour for this. We spent way too much time stuck in Friday night traffic when we camped in the St. Croix valley earlier this summer. There is also a Monarch Butterfly Festival happening at the same time.
If what you really want is to dance, then RSVP to go to the Big Epic Family Dance Night.
Saturday is the annual Urban League Family Day to promote healthy lifestyle choices, local entrepreneurialism, and community empowerment.
The Kidzone will have pony rides, art projects and games. This is a good weekend for an end-of-summer outdoor festival.
Speaking of getting out of doors while we still can, on Sunday, Richardson Nature Center is having a Fort Building day for their weekly Free Family Fun Day!
Besides building forts, you can explore the park and nature center.
Still looking for just the right thing? Check our Family Fun Calendar for more ideas.