The Memorial Day Weekend Free List – Four Things to Get You Out of the House!


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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.

ALL WEEKEND

Who can resist the beach two weeks after you quit wearing wool.  Not my kids.

Who can resist the beach two weeks after you quit wearing wool. Not my kids.

Beach Openings

Three 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.


 SATURDAY

The Richfield Farmers Market — One of the Early Openers Around Town.

Farmers Markets

Throughout 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.


 

SUNDAY

Come experience a day as an immigrant making a new life on a small farm in the town of Scandia in the late 1800’s

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).


MONDAY

 

Fort Snelling is one of the many places around town offering Memorial Day Ceremonies.

Fort Snelling is one of the many places around town offering Memorial Day Ceremonies.

Memorial Day Services

Monday, 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.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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