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Experience Gifts for the Whole Family – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time
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Farewell to Summer: Readers’ Suggestions for Family Fun
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Greater Minnesota Attractions Opening in May 2019

Experience Gifts for the Whole Family – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time

Like many parents, I dream of having a home that is more of a cozy little landing pad for our adventures than a storage facility for our stuff. I love the trend of experience gifts over more plastic toys. So I have been collecting up ideas for clutter-free gifts of adventure in our own Twin Cities. These are all fun activities we can do without leaving Minnesota.

Lucky for gift givers, November and December are the best time to think about memberships, because several places offer pre-holiday or end-of-the-year discounts.

Hello Grandparents: Experience Gifts are the New “I Love You!”

If you are an out-of-town grandparent, membership gifts are ideal. It is not just a toy that will be forgotten in the pile of of toys. Your grandchildren will look forward to your visits so you can enjoy your gift together; plus they will enjoy it with their parents the rest of the year. Furthermore, your children will tell all their friends that you are so much cooler than the grandparents who bought loud, battery-powered, plastic toys that end up in the garbage heap we call a toy box. Trust me on this. Read More

Farewell to Summer: Readers’ Suggestions for Family Fun

In August, we asked readers for their suggestions of one family activity they hoped to squeeze in before summer’s end. There were so many good suggestions it seemed fitting to incorporate them into a post. Need a little inspiration for that last summer hurrah? Here’s what our readers had to say: (more…)

Greater Minnesota Attractions Opening in May 2019

I had way too much fun doing the research for this article — poring over trip journals and photos from adventures taken with our growing family as well as mapping out road trips to new destinations this season! It was especially enjoyable to stretch well beyond the borders of the Twin Cities — out of our comfort zone, you could say — to share ideas for family fun. Here’s just a taste of what we came up with. If there’s a favorite you don’t see on the list that you’d like added, please let us know! Read More

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