Saturday, July 9, 2011

Daily Adventures July 10 - 15, 2011

I love summertime.  I actually said to my wife, "I had to be there by 11, so I didn't have time to shower," last week.

Just a reminder, in case you didn't see my first post from June 14 - kids can bowl for free all summer at Flaherty's Arden Bowl if you register at  Up to four adults can bowl all summer, too, for a one-time fee of $24.95.  Each person pays $2.50 every time for shoe rental, however.  Don't forget to print the coupons that will be sent to your email! 

And a note - because my boys are so Star Wars and light saber crazy right now, I looked into fencing classes.  The Minnesota Sword Club offers a number of summer camps for beginners for $129.  These are five-day camps for 3 1/2 hours per day for fencers ages 8-16.  I'm thinking about it.

Now, on to this week's adventures!

Sunday, July 10  The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is always free.  Today they have an event called, "How Did They Do That?"  from 11 am to 4:30 pm.   Here kids can grind paints and use a camera obscura.  I don't know what that is, but it sounds cool.  You can watch demonstrations on historical painting methods and turning wood on a lathe.  There will also be studios set up for your kids to create their own refrigerator masterpieces.

Monday, July 11  Go to your local library and get a Museum Adventure Pass to use this week.  These passes offer two free admissions to a wide variety of museums around the Cities.  Destinations include the Foshay Tower Museum or the Firefighters Hall and Museum.  Check to make sure your choice is actually open before you go.  (The Minnesota Zoo is part of this program, but is currently closed due to The Shutdown.)

Tuesday, July 12  Your little buddies (5 and up) can earn their Junior Refuge Manager Badge at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  Meet at the Bloomington Visitor Center at 9:30 am for the two-hour program.  If you visit the site, check out the Wildlife Adventure Camps they have coming up on July 20th (fishing) and August 18 (map reading).  They also have an Explorer's Club on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to noon for kids 8 and up.  All of this is free, free, free!

Wednesday, July 13  We're headed back to St. Paul for the Heart of the City Tour at 10 am.  It stops at Mickey's Diner and Candyland - how bad can it be?  The best part of our last St. Paul tour was enjoying lunch in Rice Park afterward, so we'll plan on doing that again.  If you decide to go on the tour, make a reservation by calling 651-292-3230.  There is also music, described as "piano pop," provided by Brynn Andre in the Landmark Center at noon.  You'll find Anita's Cafe there if you want to pick up something tasty to eat.

Thursday, July 14  Bring along a Frisbee for each of you and head to Lock and Dam #1.  You can access the dam/lock along West River Road near Minnehaha Park.  It's open every day from dawn to dusk until November.  There is an observation tower and some interesting views from various places on the dam.  If you're lucky, a boat will come through and you can see the lock in action.  When you finish there, walk up to the Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Park and play a round of Frisbee golf.

Friday, July 15  Today begins the "Ten Best Days of the Bakken."  The Bakken is an electricity museum on the shores of Lake Calhoun.  It is still Lake Calhoun, right?  Today is Kid Inventors Day offering "hands-on fun with Microsoft Kinect and Lego robots."  Other themes include Frankenstein Day, Ben Franklin Day, and Wizards Day.  You can click here for the calendar.  The Bakken is free during the 10 Best Days.  That's part of the "bestness," I suppose.

Have a great time this week!

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