Every summer in a kids life should be the best summer ever. I’m always looking for ways to get my kids outside. It’s an ongoing process that is always set back by the school year. I call it school year slide. All the work I do over the summer to get my kids outside goes out the window in September, and I have to start over instilling outdoor habits the next summer. I have developed a pretty good arsenal that includes a great backyard, getting my kids to the park for meals most days, and even a careful selection of television shows that inspire outdoor play. This is why Kevin Kling’s two-man show, The Best Summer Ever!, at the Children’s Theatre, is a perfect companion to our summer of outdoor play. The character Maurice never goes inside during this tale. Every story is an outdoor story that reminds us of our favorite parts of summer.
Once upon a time, in order to find fun things to do around the Twin Cities, I would frequent the library, explore guidebooks and newspapers, and sometimes just get lucky. While I love the ease of the internet, I still love to pick these books up at the library periodically.
Nothing quite compares to the joy of reading guidebooks – especially with kids. There is just something magical about sitting together on the couch, flipping through the full color pages and picking our next activity. When you own the guide, you can even use it like a checklist and a journal, working your way down the list, writing notes, and maybe even tucking memorabilia into the pages. (If you choose to borrow the book from the library, you might want to pick up a journal or photo album for this purpose.)
From the quirky to the classic, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite guides to the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.
The Co-op Farm Tour is free family fun that can be done at your own pace. Visit one, visit all or just pick a few in one area. There is no need to RSVP or sign up. The farms will be offering tours, tastings and activities. The public is invited to come see where our food is actually grown.