Before I started writing this article, I had my weekend all planned out. Now I’ve talked myself into adding a few extra outings to the weekend. Summer is just so short, I want to stuff a year’s worth of activities into 12 weeks. If you want something other than my picks, there are a lot more on our calendars. Anne has also offered a list of ideas for a budget-friendly summer. We’ll share what we actually did after the weekend. We would love to hear from you, too. What are you doing this weekend?
Friday NightBloomington Moonlight Movies Series – Frozen Sing-Along Normandale Lake Bandshell, 84th Street and Chalet Road, Bloomington, MN Friday June 27, 2014; 9:00 p.m.
I admit we have not seen Frozen yet, so maybe a sing-along is not our best choice, but this is a good opportunity and I have a little girl who REALLY wants to see this movie.
Normandale Lake Park is a nice park where I have seen bald eagles skimming the water. There are picnic shelters, tables and grills available as well as public restrooms. There is also a nice walking trail along the lake. Bug spray is a must because it is on a somewhat sedentary lake.
I’ve seen good and bad reviews of Frozen. From either outlook, I expect it to be a Disney-quality film. It has a PG rating, but Common Sense Media gives it an age-appropriateness rating of 5+. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and bug spray to watch the movie on the hillside. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Saturday4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430 Saturday, June 28, 2014; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Bird Banding events are something that are always on my “to-do-someday” list, but never on my “now” list. This weekend’s opportunity is a particularly good opportunity, because Kroening Interpretive Center is in Minneapolis. All of the Three Rivers Parks are technically Twin Cities Metro, but some are a haul from the City. This is also a drop-in activity with a 4-hour span. If, like me, you want to move Bird Banding from your “to-do-someday” list to your “been-there-done-that” list, this is the weekend to do it.
Maker Fest Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN Saturday, June 28, 2014; 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
I am a huge craft geek. Not in the sense that I make anything myself (yet!), but that I love to drool over crafts created by other people. Pinterest was made for people like me. Before that, I religiously followed the Craft Blog by Makezine. So the idea of actually attending a real-live Maker Fest is really tempting in this very busy weekend. The really cool part about it, is that I can just take my like-minded daughter from booth to booth with me while my husband and the boys hit the bounce castle, the climbing wall and the food trucks. Oh, and if I need a little more temptation, two of my favorite local bands are playing:
2-2:45 Minneapolis Chapter of Roustabouts (I take partial credit for their name)
3-3:45 Savage Aural Hotbed (I can’t take any credit for them in any way, but if you haven’t seen them once, you really need to.)
Summer Wildflower Tour Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Glenwood Ave & Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422 Saturday, June 28, 2014; 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Join a Garden Naturalist to explore the trails and learn about the natural history of Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden as the summer blossoms unfold. The park is open until an hour before sunset, so this outing could include a picnic dinner. Keep in mind that parking is not free – unless you have a Minneapolis Parks parking permit. Parking at Minneapolis Parks pay lots range between $0.75 – $1.50 per hour.
Bush Lake Beach will be hosting a sandcastle building contest on Sunday. This is kind of a nice excuse to spend a Sunday on the beach. Lifeguards will be on duty. There will be prizes for the best castles and sculptures, games and contests. This outing also requires a parking fee if you park onsite — $6.75.