Archive - July 2019

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smARTpass Program – Check Out FREE Tickets to Shows and Exhibits!
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Franconia Sculpture Park, Taylor’s Falls
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Birthday Freebies and Deals for Minnesota Kids

smARTpass Program – Check Out FREE Tickets to Shows and Exhibits!

MELSA smARTpass Program is an arts access program for Twin Cities metro public library users. The MELSA Libraries (Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Scott County, Washington County), offer patrons this option for free or reduced-price tickets to arts activities and museums. Like the Museum Adventure Pass that went before it, this program is not guaranteed to be around forever. We recommend taking advantage of it but also thanking the venues for their support. It would be sad to lose this resource.

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Franconia Sculpture Park, Taylor’s Falls

Located about an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities, the funky Franconia Sculpture Park park has often been a stop for our family en route to Taylors Falls and the beautiful St. Croix River Valley.

Franconia Sculpture Park

What can you do at Franconia Sculpture Park?

Make sure not to miss exploring the dozens of intriguing sculptures that dot the 20-acre space, each crafted by a current or previous resident artist of the Franconia community. These inspired sculptures are truly the heart of the park. Plus, it’s art you can touch! And in some cases, run through, climb over, and swing on! In short, it’s art that’s extra kid-pleasing.

It’s possible, and always free, to tour at your leisure. Spend as little or as long as you’d like interacting with the art. For those who’d like a little more formal introduction, artists and staff lead free guided tours each Sunday at 2pm from May-October. There are also options to go more in depth for a small fee per person. Please note that the exhibits are continually changing as artists complete their residencies.

A number of special events are hosted throughout the year at Franconia Sculpture Park.

  • Valentine’s Hot Metal Pour, February
  • Music at Franconia, June-August, one Saturday/month
  • Art & Artists Celebration, September

Find the top 8 things for family fun in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.


Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Franconia, MN 55074


Birthday Freebies and Deals for Minnesota Kids

It may seem like many of the best Birthday Freebie deals are for ages 13 and up. If you look around, there are some good deals for kids, too. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Birthday Freebies that kids can get right here in the Twin Cities.

If you’re in search of a memorable birthday party venue, our Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids guide has over 100 ideas!

Just a reminder, we are linking to our sources, but birthday deals can come and go, so we recommend checking the link and calling ahead when in doubt Read More

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