Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daily Adventures June 20-24, 2011

Hey, Summer Knights!  I wanted a catchy title for us stay-at-home summer parents, and this seemed better than Regal Guardians.  Maybe not?

Either way, it's a good week to be hangin' with your offspring in the Twin Cities.  Check this out:

Monday, June 20  Midway Stadium, home of the Saint Paul Saints Baseball Club, hosts the Play Day at Midway.  Starting at 9 am there's a bouncy house, inflatable batting tees, speed-pitch cages, and a jungle gym ready to go.  You can also hang out and play catch on the field or snag some fly balls.  It costs $5 per kid, but adults are free.  And if ballpark hot dogs are your thing, you can enjoy one while you're there.

Tuesday, June 21  The Caponi Art Park is a very cool sculpture garden in Eagan that has programming for kids on Tuesdays.  This week it's a storyteller that will present Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream via songs and reenactments that kids can appreciate.  Maybe I'll even understand it.  The program begins at 10 am for a suggested donation of $2 per person.  After the show, take a hike through the grounds and use their tree swing to take a ride on the wild side.

Wednesday, June 22  There's no such thing as a free lunch, right?  Well, maybe.  But today you can catch a free concert from noon to 1 pm while you eat lunch on the plaza of Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.  Northrop hosts a summer music festival and today they feature a Minneapolis-based electronica group called Food Pyramid.  Pack a lunch, put on your Birkenstocks, and revisit your college days!

Thursday, June 23  If you saw the Yogi Bear movie this spring you might remember the water skiing exhibition that Yogi put on.  It was pretty good, but you ain't seen nothing 'til you've seen the Twin Cities River Rats do their stuff on the Mighty Mississippi.  You'll see pyramids, barefooting, flips, jumps and, if you're lucky, some crazy boat acrobatics.  The show is at 7 pm and free.  Directions are here

Friday, June 24  OK, so this is not free or cheap, but when opportunities arise you must take advantage.  We have a world-class theater in the Guthrie just minutes from our homes.  On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays they offer backstage tours for $10 per adult and $6 per student.  I've not tried yet, but I'm hoping my 2nd and 3rd graders are "students" and I can get us all in for $22.

Maybe I'll see you Summer Knights or Regal Guardians out there on the trail.  Good luck and good times!


  1. Thanks for all the great tips! My kids went to the magic show last week...with your recommendation. On Wednesday, I'm right inside Morrill Hall (at Northrop Plaza) and would enjoy seeing you! I'll keep my eyes open!

  2. I thought about dropping in to see you. I wasn't sure if that would be a good idea or not. (I read this after the fact.) As you know, the concert got canceled, but we had lunch there anyway!