Author Archive | Amy Hernandez

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Halloween at the Art Park: A spooktacular way to see sculptures.

With this Saturday’s Halloween at the Art Park, everybody wins: The sophisticated grownups get to explore the sculpture garden during Caponi Art Park’s last open weekend of the season. The little ones get candy—plus a whole lot of fun. What kind of fun? How does a trick-or-treat tour of the park’s spooky sculptures sound (for […]

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MN Raptor Center Fall Raptor Release: Fly like a (rehabilitated) eagle.

If you’ve been following Lollipopolis.com at all, you probably know that I’m a big fan of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and its public spring and fall raptor releases. Well, guess what’s happening this Saturday? At 11 am and 2 pm see happy rehabilitated birds of prey be released into the wild and fly off […]

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Hike & Seek for the National Wildlife Foundation: A fundraiser full of flora, fauna and fun.

The house where I grew up sits near the edge of a woodsy ravine. I spent many a day exploring down there—catching water bugs, balance-beaming over the creek on a fallen tree, making forts… And while sadly, my boy doesn’t have everyday access to experiences like that, I know he gets more nature time than […]

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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 monarch sightings are few and far between. All the more reason to get to the […]

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log slide overlook in grand marais. those two black dots in the middle? my boys.

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

(I’m going to preface this post by saying: Yes, I know this isn’t technically summer in “Our Fair State,” but it’s NEXT to our fair state and that oughtta count for something, right?) Did you realize the Porcupine Mountains are a mere five and a half hours away? Drive, drive, drive, Bam! you’re there. What’s in […]

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check out the live amphibians and reptiles plus lots of cool hands-on stuff.

Finding Your Inner Caveman: Grog have fun here (grunt)!

You heard it here first: Cavemen might very well be the next big trend (move over owls!). Of course, I base this on nothing but the whole Paleo-diet craze. But who cares?! Your family will want in on this pretend trend with this weekend’s Finding Your Inner Caveman at the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi […]

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Geocaching in the Twin Cities: A family-fun treasure hunt.

Until a few months ago, I thought geocaching could only be done in certain places. But then my brother (aka: Uncle Mike) came over and rounded the kids up for a geocaching adventure—right in our own urban neighborhood. For those not in the know, geocaching is a high-tech global treasure hunt that involves placing or looking […]

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