Seven Things to Do on Rainy Days in the Twin Cities

I love me some hot, summer sunshine. The sunnier the better for pool days and parks and walks through the neighborhood but sometimes the weather and me aren’t on the same page. Rain happens. Heat advisories strike. Sometimes it’s just plain yucky. It’s good to have a plan when these things happen and you just need to get out!

Here’s seven things to do on rainy days in the Twin Cities:

  1. ONE: Indoor Movies

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Have a Muller Theater nearby? Every Wednesday and Thursday they do FREE films for kids. FREE! Load up the kids and get there early, all shows start at 10 a.m. Buy a giant tub of popcorn {extra butter, please} and enjoy two hours of PEACE and QUIET. Did I mention for FREE?

JUNE 22 & 23 —– Penguins of Madagascar
JUNE 29 & 30 —– Lego Movie
JULY 6 & 7 —– Hotel Transylvania 2
JULY 13 & 14 —– Home
JULY 20 & 21 —– Pan
JULY 27 & 28 —– Peanuts Movie
AUG 3 & 4 —– Norm of the North
AUG 10 & 11 —– Nut Job
AUG 17 & 18 —– Paddington
AUG 24 & 25 —– How To Train Your Dragon 2

  1. TWO: Go on a Donut Crawl

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Minnemama Adventures has compiled a list of the top 7 donut shops in the Twin Cities. I’m a tad bit biased because the bakery formerly owned by my in-laws made the list. But how fun would it be to just plan a morning of donut tasting? I think yes! You can read her list right here. 

  1. THREE: Jump!
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We invested in a trampoline this spring and love it. There’s something about some good jumpin’ to get that energy out but if they can’t jump outside, inside places work too!

When the weather is bad and kids are cooped out sometimes they just need to jump! One of our favorite jump spots is Jump City in Otsego. Several jumpers in a large space but not so large that you’re going to be chasing them around. They also have a parent viewing area, free wi-fi and snacks for sale. {But you can totally bring your own.} Check their hours before they go. Open jump is $4.95/jumper.

Other local jump spots: Pump in Up- each location holds their own open jump times and charge $6.95/jumper. Check the schedule for your nearest location here.

  1. FOUR: Library

My kids love the library and the summer reading programs are always fun for them to have some motivation to get reading. In our house, once our kids can write their name, they get their own library card and let me tell you, this is a HUGE deal. They love picking new books to read.

  1. FIVE: Minnesota Children’s Museum St. Paul or Mall of America

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It’s no secret, we’re huge fans of the Minnesota Children’s Museum. YES, there’s construction going on and YES, some of your favorite rooms might be closed or different. But good things are on their way. Members get free admission at both the St. Paul and Mall of America locations, otherwise admission is $9.95/person ages 1-101. If you’re a family of four and plan on going 3x a year, it’s paid for so memberships just make sense. Also, it helps support the great mission of kids and play.

Thinking your older kids won’t enjoy the museum? Think again. There’s an all new DigiPlay exhibit. My younger three {ages 3, 7 and 10} visited a few weeks back and ALL THREE were entertained and engaged in the exhibit. Learn more about DigiPlay here.

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  1. SIX: Chik Fil A

I know, I know. It’s fast food. Buuuut it’s Chik Fil A and we love Chik Fil A. Also, I LOVE what they do for moms. I so could have used this a few years ago. Go through the drive thru, order and pay. Let them know you and your kids are coming in to dine and they’ll set up your food at your table so you’re ready to go when you get inside. Not every store is participating {for instance, Bloomington is out.} But every single Chik Fil A has a play place.

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{PS They have an entire page of family activities you can do with your kids. Date night questionnaires, fun sheets. It’s good stuff.}

  1. SEVEN: Indoor Parks

There may be other indoor parks in the Twin Cities but I know of three really good ones.

Maple Maze

Edinborough Park

Good Times Park

Not quite a park BUT Maplewood Mall has a really fun carousel and play place that’s worth a drive, too.

 

What do you do when the weather’s bad with your kids?

 

 

Twin Cities Road Trippin’ to Zimmerman

There are so many cute little towns to explore in and around the Twin Cities that I’ve decided to start a new series of adventures, Twin Cities Road Trippin’. I’d love to hear from you about your favorite little towns, what there is to do and eat and see. And is it fun for kids? Because a lot of us like to adventure with kids.

First up was Albert Lea.

Now we’re moving on to Zimmerman.

Last week, I, as well as several other Twin Cities bloggers had the opportunity to explore and discover the secret that is Zimmerman.

Being that we live in the northwest suburbs, we’re really only about 20 minutes away from this cute little town. Zimmerman is about 40 miles north on 169 from Minneapolis.

Prior to Thursday evening, I’d only seen the infamous Ramshackled Treasures shop. The shop lives in the oldest house in Zimmerman and is stock full of reclaimed, repurposed goodies. It’s treasure upon treasure. It’s hard to walk away empty handed.

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Stacey McDevitt runs the store with the help of various local vendors who all take turns working in the shop in exchange for selling their product in store. Stacey is an upbeat, creative soul with a knack for decorating. She even teaches painting classes so if you’re interested in painting and refinishing furniture, she’s your gal. {Also, you’ll find her and her goodies at Junk Bonanza twice a year!}

Here’s her blog post about Thursday night’s event.

Ramshackled Treasures isn’t the only shop you’ll find in town. There’s several right in a row that all over fun gifts, home decor and ideas to take home.

The Shoppes on Fremont:

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highlights- it’s two floors chock FULL of ever changing merchandise from vendors. Right now, they have a ton of patriotic decor, anchors {#swoon!} and letters.

Sassy Bean Boutique:

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hightlights- another shop inside of an old house, lots of goodies and signs. There are classes you can sign up for to learn how to make signs or other crafts.

Zimmerman Floral and Gifts also includes not just fresh flowers and arrangements but candy bar bouquets:

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Zimmerman is also home to the infamous ZoChic Boutique. I’ve heard of their home parties before but had never gone. They have a standalone shop in Zimmerman in addition to their traveling truck. Their shop, clothes, accessories are all adorable and at a just right price point. Because their inventory is always changing, each shopping experience is different, every single time.
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One of my favorite stops on our trek through Zimmerman was to The Tattooed Lady. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Is it a shop? A tattoo parlor? An art gallery?

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How about all three?

I’ve never really had “get a tattoo” on my bucket list buuuut if that ever changes, THIS is where I’d get it.

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Sonia is an amazing artist. She has her MFA from Moorhead State and in addition to being a very talented tattoo artist {she’s got a 3 month+ wait list} her shop is an art gallery displaying her beautiful charcoal artwork and other local art.

In addition to all the fun shops and home decor stores was Ashley Taylor Salon, a full service salon that makes you feel like you’re the only client there with their private cabin decor. {Appointments are always recommended but they do offer consults and other mini-freebies on Ladies on the Loose days.}

Finally, I loved seeing and learning about Nelson Nursery. Who knew that 25,000 wreaths were made right here in Zimmerman, MN. They have family celebrations for each holiday, including a fun fall festival that I can’t wait to check out next fall. We’re always looking for the best places to jump in the corn or get lost in a maze.

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As for eats, Zimmerman has some good ones. We tried both The Whistling Pickle and ZBG last week and let’s just say I had to go back to The Whistling Pickle the very next day.

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Pro tip: Order the pickle poppers with a side of ranch and upgrade to the pickle fries. Yum-O!

Of course, there’s coffee {Dunn Bros} and fast food right around the corner too. Don’t miss all the cute shops on your way up 169 though, turn LEFT on Fremont for a fun little adventure.

Did you know the shops of Zimmerman host a Ladies on the Loose six times a year? The next one is July 9 and the theme is Rustic and Whimsical. Come shop with your friends, enjoy exclusive discounts and be entered to win some giveaways and goodie bags.

Future Ladies on the Loose events are: September 10 and November 5. More info on Facebook.

Have you ever visited Zimmerman? What are your favorite things to do, see and eat?

 

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