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Bringing you with us on our adventures

AUGUST 2017

Pick Your Own Orchards – Apples
Apple picking generally begins mid-August and runs into November. Earlier in the season you can pick apples such as Paula Reds and Crab Apples. September gets into McIntosh and Haralson. Mid September gets into Honeycrisps and more. Check the farm’s picking schedule before making the trip.

 

JULY 2017

Puppet Wagons
Summer season is here and the Puppet Wagons are out!! You can find these wagons cruising through parks and libraries across the following cities

 

JUNE 2017

Farmers Market with Family Fun Activities
Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes to these fun farmers markets! Organized by day of the week, location, and time

 

MAY 2017

More of the Best Minnesota Hikes for Families
Hiking is such a great family activity… it’s free, it’s great exercise, you get all the positive benefits of spending time in nature and it’s something people of all ages can do if you pick the right trail!

Duluth MN Getaway
Oh Duluth, such a special place for so many Minnesotans. People that know Duluth seem to have their favorite places, Learn about our favorite warm weather spots.

New Ulm MN
New Ulm has a wonderful German small town feel, but is big enough that it has enough attractions to make a day trip out of a visit to just the beautiful city of New Ulm.

Amazing Places Animal Lovers Should Know About
If you live in the Twin Cities and have kids, you have probably been to the Como Zoo and the Minnesota Zoo more times than you can count. If you have an animal lover in your family, expand your animal experiences beyond the zoo!

 

APRIL 2017

Mothers’ Day Events
This year Mother’s Day lands on Sunday May 14th, 2017. We’ve collected special Twin Cities Mother’s Day events for all types of moms. Find the one that’s right for yours.

Staying Fit as a Family
Staying fit, as a family, has benefits for everyone. Here are some ideas to get more physical activity in, as a family and keep staying healthy fun!

Earth Day 
Get out and celebrate our Earth at one of the Twin Cities many special events

How to Make Hiking with Kids a Blast
We’ve collected our best hiking tips to make sure hiking is something your kids will want to come back to again and again.

MARCH 2017

Eat Local
Why outsource your food when we have amazing options right here. Get onboard the farm-to-table movement as a family.

Free Indoor Nature Centers
Nature centers are great places to explore. They have loads of nooks & crannies, indoor/outdoor space, they aren’t too crowded, and best of all they’re free! Hours vary.

FEBRUARY 2017

Cupcake Shops in the Twin Cities
Cupcake Boutiques have been trending up since the early 2000’s but have really seen an uptick in Minnesota in the last year. You can find these sweet shops in all ends of the the Twin Cities.

JANUARY 2017

St Paul Winter Carnival
Love it or hate it, winter is a part of life in Minnesota and the Winter Carnival is a great event to get out and celebrate winter!

Birthday Bouncing at IGM Gymnastics
IGM Gym feels somewhere between a serious gymnastics arena mixed with somewhere over the rainbow. While it has all the equipment for the gymnasts, it also has all the bright colors, foam pits, trampolines, roly-poly mats, fun music and inflatables to keep even the little ones enamored for hours

DECEMBER 2016

Movie Theater Discounts & Promotions
At movie theaters, Tuesdays seem to be the day of the Deal. While tickets can cost in excess of $12 bucks, these places offer value days you can get excited about.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Hill Top Farm Stay at Room to Roam Farm Guesthouse
If you take a scenic ride 2 hours south of the Twin Cities along the Mississippi you’ll find nestled 400 feet up in the beautiful bluffs of South Western Wisconsin, rolling hilltop farmland as far as your eyes can see. Join us on our farm stay with cows, sheep, tractors, and much more.

AUGUST 2016

It’s Time for the Greatest of Minnesota Get Togethers
Read about our new favorites and get kid-friendly tips for how to enjoy the Minnesota state fair.

JULY 2016

Woodbury Adventure Day
Woodbury is a wonderful place to hang out. Read about our trip to Madison’s Place, the East Metro’s first fully accessible playground, Kiln Kreations, Wooddale Family Fun Zone and more!

JUNE 2016

Pick Your Own Fruit Farms
Read our article featured on Minnnesota Parent! Minnesota farms will soon be ripe with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and much more. Minnesota strawberry season usually begins in early to mid-June, followed by raspberries and blueberries — beloved fruits for kids of all ages — in July and August. Learn about 6 PYO farms around the Twin Cities.

Summertime Fun
Schools out for summer – What do we do now? This collection is organized to make it super easy to find something fun to do outdoors.

MAY 2016

Maple Grove Adventure Day
Maple Grove has a lot to offer for a suburb! It’s located about 20 minutes west of Minneapolis and we found plenty of awesome things to keep busy for a whole day of adventure. Read about the indoor water park, rainbow park, music park, and killer cupcakes!

Great Spot for Young Anglers at McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center
For our first fishing adventure we wanted a spot that offered more than just fishing so that if the fishing only lasted a half hour before the calls of boredom came we would have other stuff to do. McColl Pond ELC fit the bill perfectly! There are hiking trails, a butterfly garden, an awesome playground, plenty of picnic tables and bathrooms!

APRIL 2016

Mother’s Day in Minnesota
Make mother’s day extra special by treating her like the wonderful woman she is. Here are some fun ideas around the Twin Cities to take mom out for her special day.

MARCH 2016

An Owatonna Spring Break
This year we wanted to get out of town but only had a couple of days to do so. Owatonna was the perfect choice. It’s roughly one hour south of the Twin Cities and there is plenty to do to keep you busy.

Twin Cities Free Indoor Places for a Playdate
Looking for a place to go on a playdate that won’t break the bank? Parks work great, except for when the weather isn’t on your side.

Spring Break Ideas
Don’t get stir crazy – Get out and discover something new! Here are some ideas for inspiration.

Pan Asian Dining with a Twist
These Pan-Asian restaurants are sure to keep the whole gang happy. They bring not only delicious noodles, but also a fun twist on the dining experience

FEBRUARY 2016

Indoor Places for Early Risers
Rise and Shine! Do you feel like your children are rarin’ to go before most businesses are even open? You’re not alone. We have a list of places that open before 10am.

Minnesota Resorts, Cabins, and Lodge Getaways
There’s no need to drive hours away from the Cities to find a perfect vacation destination for the family. Resorts, cabins, and lodges are available across the state.

Chocolate in the Twin Cities
Chocolate comes in many shapes and sizes. Candy, Ice Cream, and donuts are some of my favorites. The Twin Cities has an indulgently delicious number of options to tame even the sweetest sweet tooth.

Wisconsin Dells Winter Parkin’ It
The Wisconsin Dells is a Midwest mecca for tourism, known for its natural beauty and waterpark hotels. We stayed at the Mount Olympus resort, which offered an indoor waterpark, indoor theme park, and tubing/skiing/snowboarding. Get the inside scoop here.

JANUARY 2016

Swan Park in Monticello MN
Surprisingly loud, but extraordinary none-the-less. Watching the swans in Monticello’s Swan Park is enough to take your breath away. From mid-November through March, Swan Park is home to over 2,000 trumpeter swans, which is one of the largest congregations of trumpeter swans in the world.

Spending a Minnesota Winter Night inside a Camper Cabin
Camping is such a great way to spend quality time with your kids. Then winter comes and you think you have to wait months for camping season to begin again. Not true! My girls and I have stayed at two excellent camper cabins this year that make year round camping doable, and most importantly very enjoyable.

The North Shore: A Winter Adventure with the Kids
An amazing weekend dog sledding, snowshoeing, and much much more.

DECEMBER 2015

Enjoying the Neighborhood Christmas Lights from the Back Seat of a Limo 
Limo services are a great way to give everyone in the party the opportunity to sit back, watch the lights, and enjoy the ride.

Make a Tradition of Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree
Perspective from a converted artificial Christmas tree owner.

OCTOBER 2015

Amazing Quarry Hill Nature Center (Rochester MN) Best Nature Center, hands down. Fossil Hunting, live animals, and much much more.

A Southern Minnesota Fall Adventure Day (Byron MN) Zoos, orchards, and parks, oh my!

Stillwater – The Ultimate Fall Day Trip (Stillwater MN) While Stillwater is beautiful any time of year, it’s especially spectacular in the fall!

SEPTEMBER 2015

Fun with Themed Staycations – Sure getting out of town makes for a great adventure, but sometimes all you need is a little creativity and you can make your own special weekend staying right here in the Twin Cities.

Princesses for the Day – Come with us as we take our girls on a magical adventure filled with glitter, cupcakes, and lots and lots of Frozen!

A Pizza Farm Experience at SunCrest Gardens Farms – After experiencing a pizza farm firsthand, I can easily say to you – don’t wait like I did – go now! A visit to a pizza farm will be on our Must-Do List EVERY YEAR!

Splashing Around Bunker Hills Regional Park – The park offers a huge array of activities including horseback riding, hiking, camping (they have camper cabins!), playgrounds, disc golfing and more. The biggest highlight for a family though is probably the Bunker Beach Water Park.

AUGUST 2015

Lily Pads and More at the Maplewood Nature Center – Maplewood is only 15miles from Minneapolis, but at the nature center you definitely feel like you are out of the cities!

A Day in the Life of a sKIDaddler – With sKIDaddlers as a resource there is no preplanning needed to go on an amazing adventure! Check out this day in the life of a sKIDaddler to see how you, too, can easily make the most out of every day.

The 2015 Great Minnesota Get Together: Get the Real Scoop on Food and Fun on a Stick! Let us help you make the most out of your trip to the fair this year!

Saving the Monarchs at Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve – Milkweed, monarchs, and one of the best kid-friendly trails in the south metro.

Strolling through Rosemount – Downtown Rosemount is a wonderful place to take the family for a fun and easy day trip outing. You’ll find a park, splashpad, restaurants, and shops all within walking distance of each other.

JULY 2015

A Breath of Fresh Air at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – The sky was blue, the flowers were blooming. It was a perfect day to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

A Day Well Spent at Whitetail Woods Regional State Park – Get to know Dakota County’s newest regional park

A South Dakota Roadtrip – Let’s talk about the great Midwest roadtrip to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

JUNE 2015

PJ Party on the Como Harriet Streetcar – Milk & Cookies, trolley rides, and story time from a local author. Get ready to put on your jammies and party!

Strawberry Picking at Silkey Gardens (Dundas, MN) – A short but sweet season.. and one not to be missed!

Brainerd Minnesota; An Up North Getaway – Get that Up North feeling just a couple hours north of the Cities. Waterpark hotels, turtle races, Paul Bunyan, and more

Great “Starter” Camping Spot at Lake Byllesby – There’s no need to put a hold on camping just because you have little ones

MAY 2015

Man-Made Swimming Ponds: Where Have You Been My Whole Life – Get the feel of being at the lakes, but with the cleanliness of a pool

Keeping the Kiddos Happy on  a Road Trip – With these tips and a little planning, you can keep kids entertained in the car for hours without ever turning on any digital device!

Top Places Near You to Turn Into an Adventure – Dollar Stores, Nail Salons, Grocery Store Salad Bars and more!

What’s On Your Summer Bucket List – Here’s a fun idea… make a list of all the cool places you’ve been wanting to check out, and then start checking them off the list. sKIDaddlers can help!

Tipi Camping in Upper Sioux Agency State Park – Why camp in a tent when you can stay in a tipi?

Our Favorite Splashpad – Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville, MN has it all

Go On a Scenic Roadtrip without Ever Leaving Minneapolis – Exploring the Ground Rounds Scenic ByWay

A Perfect Day in Osceola, WI – Train rides, waterfalls, and good eats

Winter Oasis –  A Bakery in a Greenhouse Looking for an escape from the MN winter blues, Patrick’s Bakery in Richfield is definitely the spot to be.

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