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10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days
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Family Twins Games on the Cheap
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Twin Cities to Duluth – 10 Fun Stops for Families

10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days

Note the museum is under construction until June of 2020. Bakken Discovery Days are still on the calendar, but some of our favorite exhibits are not out at the moment. Find more details in our directory.

The Bakken Museum is so engaging that, even though we were learning, it felt like play. This small museum does a great job of making science accessible. A person can walk away with a basic understanding of how electricity works.

One thing I loved about this museum is that, even during Bakken Discovery Days, it doesn’t feel crowded. Other people were participating, but enough nooks and crannies existed that we could feel like we were exploring by ourselves.

I had to promise my kids we will do this again. They get to do more than their fair share of these things, so wanting to return is high praise from them. However, I think I will leave the toddler at home next time. She was kind of a fun-kill. She would have preferred to spend the whole visit in the reading room playing with Legos on my lap. I think if you ONLY have a toddler, you can have slow-paced family fun at The Bakken. My 10 Things below contain several activities that littler kids would enjoy. However, trying to balance her slower pace with the pace of the older kids left me out of much of the fun.

A family membership to the Bakken is only $65/year. This is a deal if you plan to attend a more than one Discovery Day or have a budding young scientist on your hands. If you live close, this would also be a good deal for the quiet reading room and its Legos.

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Family Twins Games on the Cheap

The Twins have announced that they hope to start regular games around July 23-24. Meanwhile, we developed this plan for Family Twins Games on the Cheap toward the end of last season and are excited to tweak it this year. With the Saints off in Sioux Falls this summer, this may be our best option to get us out to the ballgame.

UPDATE: I’m going to clarify because readers have pointed out that MLB games are not open to the public in 2020. We are hoping this plan can be done even if games are not open. It does not require tickets and does not involve going into the game. It is a picnic in the courtyard during the game – with all the yummy bells and whistles of a MLB game but without the commitment of sitting in the stands with squirmy kids. We also, obviously, suggest skipping public transportation this year. Maybe consider biking instead. Read on for details.

Our Impromptu Twins Game Adventure

It was a beautiful weekend afternoon. The sky was blue; the forecast was beautiful; and I had been itching to try out my idea for spontaneously attending a Twins Game for free for some time. Today was the day. There was seriously not a cloud in the sky. We dug out our Twins gear, gathered our picnic stuff, found our stored value cards for the bus and headed out.

“Was that a rain drop? The sky is blue!”

Family Twins Games on the Cheap

Getting there is half the fun

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Twin Cities to Duluth – 10 Fun Stops for Families

Just about any season of the year has me hankering for a few days around Duluth and the north shore of Lake Superior, but the fall definitely has the strongest pull. And for my family, the drive up along Interstate 35 during the autumn months can be half the fun of the journey. Here we share 10 spots along — or not far off from — our favorite Minnesota corridor we think are worthwhile stops en route to Duluth:

Family Road Trip: Twin Cities to Duluth - 9 Things for Families

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