Fun at Como: Groovin’ in the Garden, Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel & the Chipotle Edible Garden Exhibit


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Three great reasons (among many!) to plan a trip to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory this month. All activities have been family-tested and marked with the stamp of approval!

Groovin’ in the Garden
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul
Visitor Center/Conservatory lawn
Wednesdays, June 18 – August 6, 2014 • 6 – 8pm

Truly something for everyone in the family — live music, food and drinks (by purchase) for the adults; lawn games, a climbing wall and a bouncy house (all free) courtesy of St. Paul Park & Rec for the kids. We brought a picnic for the big lawn and capped off the night at the recently renovated playground nearby. Get the summer’s concert series lineup here.

cafesjian's carousel como parkCafesjian’s Carousel
1245 Midway Parkway, St. Paul
FREE rides dates for 2014: June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15

11am – 4pm

Free rides for the young and young at heart are offered on the dates above. It’s a spring tradition of ours to visit the antique merry-go-round when the temps are bearable and the price unbeatable. Regular hours of operation are Tuesdays through Fridays 11am – 4pm and weekends 11am – 6pm. Cost is $2 per rider over age 1.

Chipotle Edible Garden
Outdoors, adjacent to the Visitor Center

June 13 – Fall 2014

This seasonal exhibit, developed to teach visitors how to grow and prepare food at home, features all kinds of plants you can EAT! My kids were salivating just walking through the exhibit last summer. Chipotle will be on hand June 13 — opening day of the garden — giving away tomato plants and hosting crafts, games, and an edible scavenger hunt.


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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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