Finding Fun in St. Paul: Grand Old Day, WaterFest & tpt Family Fun Day at Como (May 31 – June 1)

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Real quick: three ways to entertain the family this weekend, May 31 – June 1, in St. Paul — and on a budget!

Grand Old Day
Grand Avenue between Dale Street & Wheeler Avenue (map)
Sunday, June 1 • 8am – 6pm
Free to attend, extra cost for some children’s activities

Parking can be a hassle and, in our opinion, the activities in the Family Fun District can be a drain on the wallet, but there will be free live music on the Family Stage and interactive games in the Sports District. Free Metro Transit bus passes can be downloaded here. Get more details at the Grand Old Day website.

Phalen Lake Park, north of Phalen Drive & Wheelock Pkwy
Saturday, May 31 • 11am – 4pm
Free to attend

The fun, and completely free, activities at WaterFest (minus the food, natch) will keep you busy for hours. There are watercraft rides and fishing lessons on Lake Phalen, booths of hands-on exhibits, the Park & Rec portable climbing wall, archery, and lots more. Those are my kids, at right, learning about life down in the sewers from the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District.

tpt Family Fun Day
Como Town & Como Park Zoo
Saturday, May 31 • 10am – 4pm
Free to attend, Como Town wristbands discounted

Join tpt for their annual Family Fun Day at Como. Special activities include: songwriting for kids with Steven Sanders of Snapdragon Seeds (take it from me – this can be a fun keepsake), TV character appearances on the Sparky Stage, and discounted Como Town ride wristbands ($12/tpt member, $14/non-member).

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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