Sunday, June 26, 2011

Daily Adventures June 27- July 1, 2011

This is a special musical edition of "What Do I Do Now?"  Don't worry, I'm not going to sing to you, but feel free to hum along as you read!  Also, see if you can figure out each song's title, artist, album, and year of release.  Answers at the end.

Monday, June 27  "The sun'll come out tomorrow . . ."  But, alas, it looks like this morning will be stormy yet again.  I have some neighbor kids coming over for the day so, with quite a spread in ages and rain in the forecast, Edinborough Park in Edina is my plan.  Edinborough has an indoor play area called "Adventure Peak" that keeps my boys busy for hours.  They also have a gym, pool, and fitness area.  Admission to the park is free for adults, but kids over one year cost $6 each ($5 with a multi-punch card).  If you want to use the pool, it'll cost you $10.  Pack a lunch, eat by the fountain, and don't forget your socks!

Tuesday, June 28  "You belong among the wildflowers . . ."  Take the "Evening Nature Stroll" from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.  This is a free tour of the wildflowers led by a garden naturalist.  You'll need to register for this at or call 612-370-4903.  Tours begin at the Martha Crone Visitor's Shelter. 

Wednesday, June 29  "I've been workin' on the railroad . . ."  It's been a couple years since we've visited the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul.  The former steam engine maintenance facility has one of the last operating train turntables in the country.  There's a bunch of restored train cars and equipment that you can explore as well.  I'm not even into trains, but I remember thinking it was pretty cool.  It's open today and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and costs $7 per adult, $6 for kids 5-15.  If you go on Saturday, you can ride a caboose.  Today they might let you look at it.

Thursday, June 30  "Strawberry fields forever . . ."  The latter part of this week is supposed to be pretty nice, so it could be a great time to go strawberry picking.  The place I've gone lately is Pine Tree Orchard in White Bear Lake, but a friend recommended Afton Orchards in Hastings.  Afton has a small petting zoo for the kids.  Either way, be sure to call first to check the picking conditions.  When you get home, mix a package of cream cheese with a jar of marshmallow creme and dip your berries.  You'll never go back.

Friday, July 1  "When you find a geocache, take some swag and put it back . . ."  There are 25 state parks in Minnesota that will loan you a GPS unit for free so that you can try geocaching!  The closest one is at Fort Snelling State Park.  Geocaching is a fun way to hike through state parks while using a GPS unit to find a cache of hidden treasures.  I highly recommend this one.

OK, now for the trivia answers:

Monday - "Tomorrow" 1st performed by Andrea McCardle in Annie in 1977
Tuesday - "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty on the album Wildflowers in 1994
Wednesday - "I've Been Workin' On the Railroad" is an American folk song 1st recorded by Sandhills Sixteen in 1927
Thursday - "Strawberry Fields Forever" by the Beatles on the album Magical Mystery Tour in 1967
Friday - "Geocaching Song" by Nick Waldron on YouTube in 2008

Onward, Regal Guardians!

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