Author Archive | Amy Hernandez

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Minneapolis Bike Week: Family fun minus the mini-van.

You know those bikes that have been sitting sad and lonely in your garage all winter? Gather the kiddlings and get out and ride them. It’s Minneapolis Bike Week (in case you need a reason)! Each day this week there’s a theme. Today MPS celebrates Bike to School Day with free tuneups and bicycle light giveaways at various schools throughout the day. Then, Friday […]

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Elf and Fairy Houses at North Mississippi Regional Park

When I was little, I was mildly obsessed with tiny people a la the Borrowers. Growing up, we had a bottle-shaped vase on our piano and I’d pretend my very own Jeannie lived in there. If your kiddo has a big imagination involving tiny humans, I say embrace it. And hurry up and build those little people a home before they take residence in your […]

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Spring Fling at Springbrook Nature Center

As I type this, the birds they are a-chirpin.’ And this morning I saw a mama and papa duck with a look of love in their eyes (bow-chicka-bow-wow). Spring is here! Spring is here! This calls for some outdoorsy family fun. And Saturday’s Spring Fling at Springbrook Nature Center is bound to offer much of it. Here’s just a […]

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Peter Pan by the Morris Park Players: You’ll be hooked.

Good news! You don’t have to drop 30 clams to experience musical theater with your wee ones. Not when you’ve got the Morris Park Players presenting the beloved tale of Peter Pan. Forget what you think you know about community theatre (ahem, Waiting for Guffman). When you consider the talent in our fair cities, it’s safe […]

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Sledding at Columbia Golf Course? “Totally EPIC!”

We’ve always loved the sledding at Columbia Park Golf Course. And that was before I realized that that building there? IT SELLS SNACKS! Boasting the steepest slopes in NE Minneapolis, Columbia Golf Course offers different sized hills for all levels of sledders. Looking for the big kahuna? Once parked, just climb the hill to the […]

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Art Shanties: Frozen Fun for the Whole Family

Icepocolypse. Minne-FROZE-a. The #@%! cold. Call it what you will, it’s here. And we can choose to either wrap ourselves up all burrito-like in a comfy blanket and watch the Olympics. Or, embrace the cold along with Minnesota arts and ice-fishing traditions and go see the Art Shanty Projects. This past weekend, my fam chose […]

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Great River Water Park: Making a Splash with the Littlest Fishies

A few years back, I spent many-a-winter Mondays at the Oxford Community Center Great River Water Park  with my little dude and his pals. It was always great fun but more importantly, it was warm. And it was winter. In Minnesota. The Kids’ Pool is perfect for smaller swimmers. There’s a little water slide, a rope […]

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Childish Films Featuring Sesame Street Classics: 4 out of 5 monsters recommend it.

Would it be so wrong for a grown woman to go see a program of old-school Sesame Street classics by herself? Because I just know my boy’s going to break my heart and say he doesn’t want to go. I mean, he’s NINE (eye roll)! But maybe there’s a fan of the Street in your […]

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Holiday Daycare at Como Park: Big fun for little monkeys.

Shopping or no shopping, things get a little kooky-busy this time of year. If only you could have, say, 4 1/2 hours to get a few things done, then maybe the holidays wouldn’t be so filled with frazzle. Enter: “Holiday Daycare” from Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. No, your kiddos won’t be babysat by a […]

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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 like puppets, magicians, singers, wild animals, storytellers—you get the idea. And don’t forget, the famous […]

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