School Is Out, Now What

For most kids in Minnesota school ends this week and unless you they are enrolled in camp or summer school you have 3 months to keep them entertained.  I put together a list of some fun things to do around the Twin Cities over the summer.  Most of the activities are outdoor activities, some are free and some do cost money.

  • Take a trip to Rice Park and have the kids find and count all the Peanuts statues in the park
  • Play a round of mini-golf at Adventure Gardens in Richfield
  • Head to Lake Calhoun – here you can enjoy several beaches, rent canoes or paddle boats
  • Visit Choo Choo Bob’s Train store the kids love it here but it is fun for adults too
  • Ride on an old Minneapolis street car and check out the Minnesota Street Car Museum
  • Why not step back into the 1800’s and visit Historic Fort Snelling this can be a fun learning excursion for the entire family
  • The Minnesota Zoo is an great place to go in the summer as all the outdoor exhibits are open
  • Como Park is a nice smaller zoo and they have a small childrens amusement park and mini golf
  • South of the Cities in Shakopee you can spend the day at Valley Fair Amusement Park
  • Head down to Target Field and catch a Twins game – take the light rail, maybe spend some time in downtown Minneapolis
  • The Wabasha Street Caves are also an interesting and educational experience
  • Attend some Minneapolis Aquatennial events in July, maybe enter the milk carton boat race and have the kids build the boat
  • Summer is baseball season, why not attend a St. Paul Saint’s game
  • Nothing beats swimming when the temperatures are hot, the Apple Valley Aquatic Center is a great outdoor swimming and water park area
  • If you get just outside the city limits there are all kinds of pick your own berries farms.  Let the kids help pick some strawberries or raspberries
  • The kids will get a kick out of an old fashioned drive in like the Galaxy Drive in in St. Louis Park – even the family dog will get a free 1 scoop ice cream
  • It is about the time of year where the farmer’s markets get started, teach the kids how to find and buy healthy foods grown locally
  • Visit a Snuffy’s Malt Shop for an old fashioned burger and malt experience
  • How about a drive in movie theater, they are almost extinct but you can still try the Vali-Hi Drive In
  • Contact your local library for summer childrens reading programs
  • Contact your city park board for events in your local parks such as puppet shows or story time
  • The last thing to do before going back to school, and this is every year, attend the Minnesota State Fair
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If you're a buyer or seller, relocating from out of state or in town, an investor in a short sale or foreclosure situation, townhome or single family, acreage or development, new construction or existing, I'm here to serve your real estate needs! My main areas of business are residential real estate in the Twin Cities 13 County Metro Area and Western Wisconsin. I sell all types of residential real estate, from first time homes through executive properties, and specialize in relocation services working with various companies, organizations and universities throughout the Twin Cities. Because I pride myself on providing over-the-top customer service, the majority of my business comes from referrals. My educational background includes a BA in Communications from Central College, Pella, IA, and a Masters in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.
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