Thursday, May 22, 2008

What to Do This Memorial Weekend

Here are two Red Box codes for you: HIGHLIFE & MILLER
I see a beer theme going on here!

If you are in town this weekend and not at the cabin, here are a few activities that you might want to check out:


Family Chess Club
St. Anthony Park Library
2245 Como Avenue 55108
Students and families can take on other chess players. If you have a board, bring it!651.642.0411
Ages: 3 to 18
Date: Friday May 23
Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: Free

Bird Banding
12805 St. Croix Trail Minneapolis/St. Paul MN 55033
See songbirds up close, learn about their migration habits, and watch as naturalists record banding information. Takes place on the fourth Friday of each month.
Advance registration is requested.
Ages: 3 to 18
Time: 9am-12n
Cost: Free

St. Paul Saints vs Fort Worth
1771 Energy Park Drive
Minneapolis/St. Paul MN 55108
Time: 7:05pm
Cost: $3-$10


Lowes Build & Grow Project
You can pre register here and sign your waiver form to bring along. Bring your child to Lowe’s to build this PLANTER BOX project! After they’re done, plant a seed near the acrylic window and they can watch their plant begin to grow!
Time: 10am - 11am
Cost: FREE

Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides
Oliver Kelly Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Road
Elk River, MN 55330
Get up close and personal with farm animals, tend vegetables in the garden, help cook a meal on the wood-burning stove in the farmhouse, and hop on the new horse-drawn trolley to ride along the Mississippi River.
Ages: 0 to 18
Time: During farm hours
Cost: Free with paid admission

Saturday Mornings on the Farm
Gale Woods Farm
7210 County Road 110
Mound, MN 55364
Explore Gale Woods, meet farm animals, help farmers with chores, and participate in seasonal activities. Offered Saturdays from May through October.
Time: 9am-12n
Cost: $4.00

Grab a Net
Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Road
Osseo, MN 55369
Search for bugs in the field and pond using sweep nets, pond nets, and magnifying lenses.
Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: FREE

Frogs & Tadpoles
7025 Victoria Drive
Victoria, MN 55386
Take a hike to enjoy the sound of male frogs "singing" and learn to identify several species of frogs by their distinctive songs. After the hike, see frogs up close and help feed them in the nature center.
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
Cost: Free

Peer into the Pond
Maplewood Nature Center
2659 East Seventh Street
Maplewood, MN 55119
Catch, identify, and release snails, waterbugs, and minnows from the floating boardwalk. Fred the Fish teaches kids to protect wetlands and water quality. Register in advance. Children must be accompanied.
Ages: 5 to 18
Time: 10am-11:30am
Cost: Free

Animal Feedings
100 - 85th Avenue Northwest
Blaine, MN 55432
Naturalists are on hand to feed live prey to the exhibit animals and answer questions about the predator-prey relationship.
Ages: 0 to 18
Time: 10am-11am
Cost: Free

Personalized Journal
Lakeshore supplies everything kids need to make this free craft right in the store; expect the project to take 10 to 30 minutes. Parents must remain on-site.
Offered at all Lakeshore locations.
Ages: 3 to 10
Time: Stop in anytime between 11am-3pm
Cost: Free

Plant Hike
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
9750 Egret Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN
Spring is the time to find beautiful flowering native plants. Some are edible, some are colorful, and a few are dangerous. Join us as we search for some of each. Remember your camera.
Time: 10am - 12:00n
Cost: $4.00 per person


Memorial Day Weekend Music
P.O. Box 112, Nicollet Cty. Hwy. 21
New Ulm, MN 56073
Enjoy the sounds of Bill Cagley, who performs "music of all ages, for all ages" on the front porch.
507.354.8666 or 507.934.2160
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free

Wild Honey & the Locusts
Como Park
1360 Lexington Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55103
Families are invited to enjoy a live performance of gospel jazz music in the Pavilion, as part of St. Paul's Music in the Parks program.
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE


Roseville Community Band
Como Park
1360 Lexington Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55103
Families are invited to enjoy a live performance of band music in the Pavilion, as part of St. Paul's Music in the Parks program.
Time: 3pm
Cost: FREE

Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery
Lakewood Cemetery is located on Hennepin Avenue at 36th Street between Lakes Calhoun and Harriet in South Minneapolis.
The venerable Lakewood Cemetery once again marks Memorial Day with activities that give families a chance to reflect, learn, and have fun. The day begins with a service and dove release (10:30am); visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Family activities (12n-4pm) include live music in the chapel, tours, horse and carriage rides, historical exhibits, and more. Head over on the Como-Harriet streetcar (9am-dusk; $2/person) to avoid parking hassles. The Dupont & 42nd Street entrance is open to the public on Memorial Day only (in addition to the main entrance at 36th and Hennepin), but drivers should expect significant congestion and delays.
Time:Service 10:30am;
Family activities 12n-4pm

Memorial Day Pow-Wow
43411 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Veterans are honored during an annual, contemporary Ojibwe pow-wow rooted in traditional ceremonies. People are invited to come together to listen to and dance to the drum on the shores of Mille Lacs, eat fry bread, and shop for authentic American Indian goods in the adjacent Trading Post. This year's event also includes a moccasin-game tournament.
Cost:Free; museum admission additional

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