Memorial Day Weekend — the official start to summer in Minnesota. Despite the fact that I was still occasionally digging out the winter coats and boots up until about a week ago, it’s time to shift gears to beaches and sandals and sun dresses. We will be breaking out the tents and sleeping on the ground this weekend. There are some other summary options out there, too. Here’s our round up.
Beach OpeningsThree Rivers Parks
The water is going to be frigid, but the sun will be warm — when its shining directly on you. Okay, I’m not really a beach person this early in the year, but my kids are. If you have been hearing the same question as me all winter — “Can we go to the beach?” — you can finally say, “Yes”. Although, you won’t catch me in the water, I wouldn’t mind having a picnic in the sunshine while my kids turn as blue as smurfs. Gianna has the details for Three Rivers Beach Openings this weekend.
Farmers MarketsThroughout the Twin Cities
Not all, but some of the Farmers Markets are starting to open. In a couple weeks, they will all be going strong. If you would like to get out on a Saturday morning to get fresh produce with the kiddies, two options that I know are open right now are:
- The Richfield Farmers Market. This market opened last weekend and will run through the summer. You can check it out between 7:00 a.m. and noon every Saturday. Besides offering the obvious produce and gardening options, they offer kids activities and entertainment. Its held in Veterans Memorial Park, which also offers a mini golf course (not free), a playground and a malt shop. Go for the veggies and stay for the playtime.
- The Mill City Farmers Market. Nothing bits the bustle of a downtown Farmers Market and Mill City is in such a beautiful area, you can spend a little extra time walking the river. Mill City also offers live music and community booths. And, of course, if you want to pay admission, the Mill City Museum is right there.
For more ideas for farmers markets around Minneapolis any day of the week, the City offers this Interactive Map.
Immigrant for a Day at the “Old, Small Farm”Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia, Minnesota Sunday, May 25, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This is a little drive from the Cities, but I think its worth it. Plus, if you want to go an extra 20 minutes, you can have a little picnic and some free play time at Franconia Sculpture Park. The Gammelgarden Museum wants to give you a taste of what it was like to be an Immigrant for a Day. The festivities start at 1:00 p.m., but if you want to get there early (8:00 a.m.), you can attend worship services in the GammelKyrkan (old church).
Memorial Day ServicesMonday, May 26, 2014
Finally, what better way to get outside on Memorial Day weekend than with Memorial Day Ceremonies. Gianna has taken the time to round up services in the Twin Cities and has a list for you HERE. Most of these are free services — but not all.