It figures I’d pick a day to go to the Wild Rumpus bookstore when I’ve spent the morning swimming in laundry, tripping over the vacuum cleaner and coming to the sinking realization that we’re truly outgrowing our house. But I had already planned to take the girls to “Tail Time” at Wild Rumpus. What’s a little more claustrophobia? Might as well make a day of it!
You can begin by ducking through the preschool-sized purple front door. Then, you can try to get a seat for the wildly popular storytime (ongoing Mondays at 10:30am but apparently impossible unless you show up a half hour early). The bookstore was so packed that we abandoned hopes of any “Tail Time” and the girls decided to pursue their own activities – Emily found a cozy reading nook and Olivia wanted to scout out the various animals that inhabit the shop.
We found a regular menagerie: cages full of birds, ferrets, chinchillas and a lizard. Cats lazed about atop towering displays of books. An aquarium glowed in the bathroom and I’m quite sure chickens scuttle down the narrow aisles between the bookshelves, though we didn’t see any this trip.
Claustrophobic, yes, but still great for the little ones. And the animals make this independent bookstore truly unique in the area. A lot more fun to stumble over them than my piles of laundry back home.
If you’ve got Presidents Day to while away with the kids, you might be looking for a way to get out and make the most of it. We’ve rounded up 7 free or inexpensive ways:
Be Inspired! ALL ACCESS CELEBRATION @ Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis • 11am-4pm • FREE
Details: Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event. Take backstage tours and a Theatre Arts Training Class, play with puppets used in the current main stage show The Snowy Day, hear stories, learn dance moves, and more!
Rice & Arlington Batting Cages @ 1500 Rice St, St. Paul • noon-8pm
Details: Batter up and train for baseball season with special prices for Presidents Day – $1/token for 22 pitches.