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Coz I'm lookin' for ideas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Dh and I decided that we are going to plan a new activity for every weekend... then a new restaurant (kid friendly) that day for lunch afterwards. Need suggestions please! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
Suggestions? What are you gonna do this summer? What does your calendar look like?
 

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I just can't wait to get outside! I've been cooped up with my ds, who has a bad stomach flu (yuck!), going on four days now.<br><br>
I don't know where you live, but Schultz Beach in Eagan is really clean and easy to navigate. There's a nice nature center too. Caponi Art Park (also in Eagan) has some fold concerts and other music events planned for summer.<br><br>
I'll post more when I have more time. I'm excited to get some ideas myself!<br><br>
-Angie
 

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Shultz beach and Caponi Park... I'll google them and add them to my favorites! Thanks Angie!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I'm thinking along those same lines in trying to get out somewhere at least once a weekend since we've been cooped up all winter and now DS is old enough to be curious about things and I want him to learn about more things.<br><br>
Edinburough park in Edina - which i was meaning to go to this winter since it is indoors and never got around to it! Good for cold or rainy or buggy days (when is summer in MN NOT a buggy day?).<br><br>
If you want to go to a resort Up North on a lake, <a href="http://www.countryviewresort.com/" target="_blank">http://www.countryviewresort.com/</a><br>
We were there a few years ago. Nice small cabins (and a couple larger ones), owned by a young couple, activities for the kids, beach, boat rental, bonfires.<br><br>
Check the different city and county Park and Rec activities. They have cool stuff like bird banding (kids may be a bit young right now) nature walks, etc.<br><br>
Woodlake? nature center in Richfield and other area nature centers, I think there is also a walkthrough place right on Lake Harriet by the rose gardens.<br><br>
The fenced in dog parks, even if you don't have a dog, the kids might like watching the dogs.<br><br>
If I think of some more I'll post
 

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We LOVE the MN Landscape Arboretum. We have a membership and go quite often. Lots of room to run and explore. They always have a summer theme geared towards families. We usually take a picnic along, but they have a good (and reasonably priced) cafeteria too. Highly recommend!
 

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Just as a suggestion, we prefer to go during the week so there's less people. If your DH can't go then, it might not be an option, but that's when the girls and I like to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have a one and two-and-a-half year old.<br><br>
We LOVE the MN Zoo, and last year we had a membership to the Children's Museum, so we went there frequently too. We also like to walk around IKEA and the MOA. Then of course there are any of the lakes to walk around. Oh! One of our new favorite activities is to drive into downtown and park, then ride the light rail to the MOA. Both girls love that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The Bursville Heart of the City fountain park is wonderful.. it is so easy and free and parking in convenient. You just let the kids run around the fountains and sprinklers while you sit in the grass. Now- once the trees come in it will be nice and shady but for now it is awfully bright. We went there almost once a week last year.
 

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Fort Snelling is a fun place to visit. They have a lot of fun activities--civil war and frontier reenactments, classes, nature trails, etc. <a href="http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/hfs/" target="_blank">http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/hfs/</a><br><a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/fort_snelling/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_par...ing/index.html</a><br><br>
We enjoy exploring all the parks in the area:<br><a href="http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/" target="_blank">http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/</a><br><a href="http://www.minneapolisparks.org/home.asp" target="_blank">http://www.minneapolisparks.org/home.asp</a><br><a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html</a><br><br>
MN has great biking and hiking trails within an easy drive of mpls/stp:<br><a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/list.html" target="_blank">http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/list.html</a><br><br>
The libraries have fun summer activities:<br><a href="http://www.mpls.lib.mn.us/" target="_blank">http://www.mpls.lib.mn.us/</a><br><a href="http://www.hclib.org/" target="_blank">http://www.hclib.org/</a><br><br>
Trolley rides: <a href="http://www.trolleyride.org/CHSL_Main/" target="_blank">http://www.trolleyride.org/CHSL_Main/</a><br>
The sculpture garden: <a href="http://garden.walkerart.org/index.wac" target="_blank">http://garden.walkerart.org/index.wac</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The fenced in dog parks, even if you don't have a dog, the kids might like watching the dogs.</div>
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I wouldn't bring small kids to the off-leash parks. There are often big dogs that aren't particularly well trained.
 

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We love to go to Cleary Lake Park in Prior Lake. Has a up north feel to it.<br><br>
Lakefront park on Prior Lake is fun too. Probably will do Lakefront Days as well this year.<br><br>
State Fair of course. I go at least twice every year. I usually hate crowded places, but not the fair. I LOVE it.<br><br>
We are going to Gull Lake again this year. The name of the resort escapes me right now though.<br><br>
Science Museum is a lot of fun too.<br><br>
My dd and I usually venture over to Stillwater for a day of shopping. Lots of fun girl time. We have also gone down to Red Wing.<br><br>
Minnehaha Falls<br>
Main Street (the actual street, not the bar) in Hopkins<br>
Uptown Art Fair<br>
Raspberry Festival in Hopkins<br><br>
That's all I can think of right now.............
 

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Cities near me have "<b>Art in the Park</b>" programs outside (for sure <a href="http://www.ci.edina.mn.us/content/facilities/centennial_lakes/culture/index.htm" target="_blank">Edina</a> and <a href="http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/cityhall/dept/commserv/parkrec/programs/artnpark/mondayam.htm" target="_blank">Bloomington-kids/Mondays</a> and <a href="http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/cityhall/dept/commserv/parkrec/programs/artnpark/ndalelake.htm" target="_blank">Bloomington-evening</a>).<br><br>
The <a href="http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/main_top/2_facilities/rec_facility/bfac/bfac_facility.htm" target="_blank">Bloomington Family Aquatic Center</a> (i.e. outdoor water park) has a <b>zero-depth entry pool</b> . They also have interactive play features, waterslides, diving boards, sand volleyball, bathhouse and concession stand. I would love to meet mamas there this summer!<br><br><b>Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington</b> has lots to do. There's a great <a href="http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/main_top/2_facilities/rec_facility/blbeach.htm" target="_blank">swimming beach</a> at Bush Lake, <a href="http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/outdoor_ed/center_richardson.cfm" target="_blank">Richardson Nature Center</a> amongst beautiful wooded trails, and <a href="http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/parks/hylandlakepark.cfm" target="_blank">Chutes and Ladders outdoor creative play area</a> amongst paved trails.<br><br>
Nine Mile Creek runs through Bloomington where there are gorgeous hiking trails. One park on the creek is called <a href="http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/cityhall/dept/commserv/parkrec/parks/parkinv/parkinv.htm#M" target="_blank">Moir Park</a> which has two playgrounds amongst the trees, as well as frisbee golf course and a sand volleyball court, plus trails.
 

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What great ideas! Thanks everyone!<br><br>
I've got them all bookmarked... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">
 

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Square Lake (northeast of St Paul) has nice, clear water and good facilities--pretty cheap, too.<br><br>
The May Day Parade this weekend--it's my FAVORITE thing, kids or no (very family-friendly)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The May Day Parade this weekend--it's my FAVORITE thing, kids or no (very family-friendly)</div>
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<a href="http://www.hobt.org/mayday/" target="_blank">http://www.hobt.org/mayday/</a> This Sunday, 1-3
 

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The free concerts at the Lake Harriet bandshell are fun.<br><br><a href="http://www.minneapolisparks.org/documents/activities/concerts/lake_harriet.pdf" target="_blank">2007 concert schedule</a>
 
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