Thursday, June 1, 2017

ABC of Summer Fun

Got this idea from the June 2005 issue of Mpls.St. Paul magazine. The intent was to help parents find "kid-friendly activities that mix recreation and education." Some of the ideas are theirs (if they aren't time-sensitive) and others are mine.

Please note: This is more of a "working document" with reference notes and information for me than it is finished post.


A - Art - Go to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. (Also went to Caponi Art Park in Eagan on Sunday, June 18th. See HERE.)

B - Bridges (ties into Olivia's Physics curriculum for 2017-18)
=> - in Zumbro Falls
=> - in St. Paul
=> - Mendota Bridge by Fort Snelling

C - Campfire

D - Dog Hiking - Find a place that we haven't been to before and take the dogs hiking. Alternatively, take a day trip to Duluth with the dogs.

E - Explore something at a nature center - Could be done in Arizona on our trip or locally.

F - Franconia Sculpture Park - Explore the park.

G - Geology - Blue Mounds State Park (Luverne, MN). From the state park's website, "From a distance the Sioux quartzite cliff within this park appears to blue. This geological formation is about 1.5 billion years old, and was probably formed in a shallow sea."

Do this is a family day trip with the dogs.

H - Hopkins Raspberry Festival - Fair and arts activities on July 15th or parade on the 16th.

I - Ice Cream - make a new flavor of homemade ice cream or go out for an ice cream treat. 

J - Jungle - Go to Como Zoo and see what animals would live in the jungle.

K - Kites - Minnesota Kite Society Fun Fly on Sunday, July 16th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Oak Land Junior High School (820 Manning Avenue North in Lake Elmo).

L - Lutz Backyard Railroad Garden. Waterfall, Petrified Rocky Mountains and summit-topping tram, miniature village, tiny plants and shrubs, and G-scale model train. 2960 Eagan Avenue in Eagan. Open only once a month. June 18th or August 20th would work best. (DONE: Went to the railroad garden on June 18th.)

 M - Minnesota State Capitol - go on a free tour of the newly-renovated capitol.

N - Needlework - go to Ingebretsens to take a class about how to make singlade balls. From the course description: "Kate Sterner teaches you how to make singlade balls, traditional hand-stitched balls made from wool yarn. It's a lovely way to make a toy for a child or a cat, and to use those colorful bits of yarn in your stash. This rare handcraft is found in Denmark and southern Sweden. Kate learned from her Danish grandfather and has created a website dedicated to preserving and furthering this craft.

"Join Kate and have fun keeping a tradition alive. Bring wool yarn and a darning needle. $30. All classes are Saturday mornings from 10 to noon. July 8 and 15."

O - Osceola Rhubarb Days - There are activities on both June 2nd and 3rd. (DONE: Went to an outdoor picnic, Farmers Market, and to Mr. Deals on June 2nd.)

P - Prayer Beads at White Bear Center for the Arts. (DONE: Did this on June 8th.)

Q - Quiet Day at the library - taking a class and checking out books. There are quite a few classes that look interesting for teens and adults this summer. These are marked on my calendar along with the date that registration opens (if applicable).

R - Ramsey County Fair - Friday, July 14th.

S - Science Museum in St. Paul - The Science Behind Pixar opens on June 9th.

T - Tea Party at Panola Valley Gardens - this is the schedule for 2017:

Wednesday, June 28Iris Luncheon
Wednesday, July 5Rose Luncheon
Sunday, July 9Fern Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, July 12Lily Luncheon *(Italian Food Themed Luncheon)
Tuesday, July 18Hydrangea Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, July 19Begonia Luncheon
Sunday, July 23Daisy Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, July 26Dahlia Luncheon
Tuesday, August 1Hosta Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, August 2Daylily Luncheon
Tuesday, August 8Zinnia Luncheon *(Asian Food Themed Luncheon)
Wednesday, August 9Marigold Afternoon Tea
Sunday, August 13Gladiolus Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, August 16Aster Luncheon
Wednesday, August 23Ivy Luncheon
Wednesday, August 30Sunflower Luncheon
Wednesday, September 27Fall Harvest Luncheon

Luncheon seating is at 11:45, 12:00 and 12:15.
Luncheon includes: main entree, side vegetable, fresh fruit, bread, dessert and beverage. $22.00 (includes sales tax)

Afternoon Tea seating is at 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15.
Afternoon Tea includes, assorted tea sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit, light dessert and tea. $23.00 (includes sales tax)

*Gratuity not included. A gratuity of 15 percent will be added for parties eight or larger.
Please call Mary Ann for reservations at 651 -257-6072.

U - Underwater - visit a pool or lake to go swimming.

V - Victoria, Minnesota - Go to Lowry Nature Center. From the LNC website: "Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of the Carver Park Reserve.

"The 250-acre interpretive area surrounding the building features hiking trails that weave between diverse habitats, including lakes, tamarack swamps, cattail marshes, oak and maple / basswood forests, and 'Habitats,' an outdoor education exhibit, and play area."

W - Wood burning - Take a class at the Wyoming Center for the Arts. (DONE - Did this on June 15th.)

X - X marks the spot. Create a treasure map and the girls have to follow clues and the map to find what we are doing.

Y - Yogurt Making - use the yogurt maker and see if we can make yogurt that tastes good. Add freshly-picked berries that we pick this summer. (DONE - Did this on June 8th.)

Z - Minnesota Zoo - Visit the Kangaroo Crossing and other areas of the Zoo that we didn't see in March.

1 comment:

Rita said...

Wow! What a list! Looks like fun ahead. :)