This week, I’m starting the weekend on Friday afternoon. Summer is short enough. We need that extra weekend day. They’ll be time enough for work and chores in the cold months. This was such a jam-packed weekend, that I couldn’t possibly cover everything. If you don’t like my picks, check our calendars.
Other ideas that were tossed out there this weekend: Anne offered several good reasons to go to Como Park and Zoo. True, the carousel isn’t free this weekend, but it is always reasonably priced. Another good option, pick up the Creator’s Game at your local library and learn a little about the game of Lacrosse and its Minnesota connection. Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day and we’ve compiled a list of activities here. Didn’t I say this is a busy weekend? We’re not done. You can ride the Metro Green Line for free all weekend and Saturday has great activities planned. And without further delay, here are my picks for the weekend:
FRIDAYPreview Day at Jim Lupient Water Park Northeast Park, 150 Johnson Street Northeast Friday, June 13, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Experience the aquatic fun of Jim Lupient Water Park in Northeast Minneapolis for free on Friday afternoon. It looks like the weather should be great for swimming. If you like it enough that you want to return all summer, you can purchase a season pass while you visit. The water park opens for its summer season on Saturday, June 14th and continues through August 24th. It’s usual hours are weekdays 1:oo p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-370-4937.
Minneapolis Movies in the Park – The Princess Bride Lake Harriet Bandshell, West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN, United States Friday, June 13, 2014; Dusk
I know, I feature the Princess Bride every time I see it playing somewhere. I just think its a great movie and the Lake Harriet Bandshell would be a great place to watch it. Bring mosquito repellent though. I remember being eaten alive there before. Commonsense Media suggests that this movie is best for ages 8 and up. It has some violent and possibly scary parts — but mostly they keep it light. Probably the scariest part for small children would be the rodents of unusual size.
For the next two weekends, The Eden Prairie Players will be performing the musical adaptation of Doctor Doolittle. Follow the antics of Doctor Doolittle and his animal friends as he fights a wrongful murder charge and searches for the Great Pink Sea Snail–the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a Father’s Day tradition for many families. This is probably because there is so much for the whole family. Besides music and art vendors, there is a classic car show with a motorcycle gallery. There is also a Family Activities Area where your kids can unwind and take part in a variety of activities. such as:
- A birdhouse building station
- Face painting
- Caricature artist; and
- A funny family photo opportunity with Venture Photography.