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									                                     SUMMER FUN & GETAWAYS
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Memorable Getaways in the Upper Midwest by Beth Gauper            St. Louis Park: Oak Hill Park (water park)
8 Days Out: every week in Sun. StarTrib                           Minnetonka Drive-In: 394 west to Co. Rd. 15, towards Mound;
Explore Minnesota Sun. StarTrib supplement in May                      eat corn dogs, malts, root beer floats in your car!
      (or go to www.exploreminnesota.com)                         Light Rail: take it to Mall of America
Henn. Co. Parks Seasons magazine                                  Train Museum in St. Paul: at Bandana Square; huge miniature
Mpls.-St. Paul Magazine: Summer Fun Issue (May or June)                train layout; kids free, adults $3
Exploring the Twin Cities with Children by Elizabeth French       Noerenberg Park: beautiful flower gardens, gazebo; sit and
                                                                       read book in gazebo or on benches
EXPEDITIONS                                                       Plymouth Ice Arena: great place on a hot day; bring
Real train rides: Minn. Zephyr & Day Out With Thomas                   sweatshirts, gloves and bike helmets; rent skates
    (www.minnesotazephyr.com)                                          (www.ci.plymouth.com)
Holiday Inn: Owatonna, indoor water park 507-446-8900             Edinborough Indoor Park: for hot or rainy days, in Edina at
Lanesboro MN: camp in town on the lakeshore (cheap);                   7700 York Ave., 952-832-6790
   Bike trails                                                    Gale Woods Farm: 7270 Co. Rd. 110, Minnetrista; hay rides,
Singing Hills Bike Trails: near Maiden Rock MN                         animals, etc. (Three Rivers Park System) 763-472-9203
Duluth: great for families, LOTS to do, contact Chamber of        Retro: in Loretto, 50’s style fun for kids; ice cream & coffee
  Commerce; Best Western Edgewater has new water park at          Minn. Transportation Museum: trolley rides at Lake Harriet &
  north end of town overlooking the lake; train museum and             Excelsior, boat rides, St. Paul, Mpls., and more
  great library for rainy days, huge playground by the lake,           www.mtmuseum.org 651-228-0263
  tours of iron-ore boats, zoo, boat tours of harbor, aquarium,   Edina Art Center: art classes for kids in summer
  lots of great hotels at Canal Park by the Aerial bridge         Minnetonka Art Center: art classes for kids in summer
  (Hampton Inn especially family-friendly) and much more          Corcoran Lions Park: off 116 & County Rd. 10,
Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria: all the comforts of a                 west on County Road 10
   Radisson with boats, pools, golf, tennis, day-camp, fishing    Mound Drive-In Theatre: watch movies in your car, the old
Walnut Grove, Minn.: Little House on the Prairie Museum                fashioned way!
                                                                  Pump It Up: open gym Wed. & Thurs. am (call to confirm hours)
NEARBY FUN                                                        French Park play area, beach, trolley from car to beach
Wayzata Trolley: park at any stop-- Wayzata Beach,                Peppermint Twist Drive-In: Delano on Hwy 12, great play area
  Toy World, Depot, etc.
  (www.wayzatachamber.com/town_trolley.html)                      SPECIAL EVENTS
Wayzata Beach: swim, play, then walk to Ben and Jerry’s!          Henn. Co. Fair: July, old-fashioned fair, State Fair without the
Como Zoo                                                              huge crowds!
Minnesota Zoo                                                     Wayzata Kids parade: 4th of July
Sculpture Garden (near Walker Art Center)                         Minnetonka Festival: June?
Luce Line: shady, narrow, walking or strollers                    Delano: great 4th of July celebration and parade
Fireworks: lots of events all summer, virtually every weekend;    Annandale: great 4th of July celebration and parade
  check Sun. paper                                                Hopkins Raspberry Festival: great parade; June?
Puppet Shows (travels to parks): www.ci.plymouth.mn.us            Plymouth Music in the Park and fireworks;
Libraries: many special events, series www.hclib.org/BirthTo6         usually around July 4 (www.ci.plymouth.mn.us)
Wild Rumpus : Children’s book store in Linden Hills (2720 W.      Day Out With Thomas: real Thomas the Train rides
  43rd St., Mpls.) includes live animals; unique!                     (www.thomasandfriends.com)
Mpls. Institute of Arts                                           Maple Grove Days: fireworks & parade, mid-July
Minn. Arboretum: Chanhassen                                       Parkers Lake Kids Concerts (www.ci.plymouth.mn.us)
Big Stone Mini-golf: Minnetrista                                  Stages Theatre productions, located in downtown Hopkins
Theodore Wirth Park: bird sanctuary, walking paths, bike paths    Putt-Putt Golf at Centennial Lakes in Edina
St. Croix Railway: Miniature train rides for kids, Hudson WI
  (www.mtmuseum.org) 651-228-0263                                 TIPS FOR SMOOTHER SAILING
Elm Creek Park Reserve (Three Rivers Park System)                 Portable potty in the car
  man-made lake                                                   First aid kit
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park: Hwy 7 & 41, huge playground,       Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, water, snacks,
  sandy beach, clean, zero-grade shore                               blanket, camera, sun or rain umbrella, balls, frisbees
St. David’s Playground: Hwy 7 in Mtka., open to public after      Stroller, wagon or and backpack for tired legs
  6:00 pm weekdays & all day weekends; unique equipment,          Sturdy shoes (not sandals)
  sand and water structures

								
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