Category Archives: summer

Do you realize how cool our libraries are?

My big library crush is really no secret. Let’s just start with the magic that happens when I hear about a book I’m interested in for my little guy. And how I go to the library website, search, request and … Continue reading

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Saturday Live! at St. Paul Central Library: No shhh-ing required.

So you’re lazing around Saturday morning, fighting ¬†your inevitable pancake coma…now what? You have kids! And they have energy! So take them to Saturday Live! at St. Paul Central Library. Every Saturday morning there’s some sort of literacy-based, kid-pleasin’ entertainment … Continue reading

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Family Programs at Maplewood Nature Center: Lots of fresh-air fun.

Sometimes you just need a little escape from the city scene. And¬†Maplewood Nature Center is just the place for a nature recharge. This little gem features a cute Visitor Center filled with nature books and interactive displays little ones will … Continue reading

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Big Stone Mini Golf: Big beauty with a side of putting frustration.

(At Lollipopolis we love the Earth. That’s why 90% of this blog post comes from recycled content. That, and, I’m too busy to blog.) I put off posting about Big Stone Mini Golf for two simple reasons: 1. It felt … Continue reading

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Minneapolis Monarch Festival: Next stop, Mexico.

A few years ago there was this spot on my dog-walking route where about 800 monarchs would be resting on flowers, then flutter their wings in an explosion of color as soon as I walked by. Sadly, these days, my … Continue reading

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Stone Soup at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater: Side-splitting laughs for the whole family.

Do you like live shows and the sound of little bellies busting from laughter? Then get your theater-going fancy-pants to one of Old Gem Theater‘s Play Date productions at Bryant-Lake Bowl. This Saturday, see one of my favorite classic storybook … Continue reading

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Michigan UP: Closer (and more breathtakingly beautiful) than you might think.

This post will be a departure from the usual “Big-city treats for the kid about town.” Instead, I will regale you with tales of my family’s summer road trip to the Michigan UP (hey, get back here!). Hold on to … Continue reading

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