Yesterday The Wife started populating the calendar for the upcoming months with a variety of things for the family to do with the kids. She’s incredibly good at finding kid-friendly and fun events for us to do together which aren’t just fun for kids but both of us too. While I remember doing some things as a kid, I mostly just have clips here and there and hazy recollections of things my parents would talk about. These recollections were probably their memories of the good times they had taking me around to do things and I have to admit I am excited to have those same memories.
- We’ve never been here but with the rave reviews of so many others, we just had to give it a try.
- We’ve taken two rides on the Harriet-Como Streetcar now, once this summer and once this fall for the Pumpkin Patch event. The Rooster loves it and it’s really inexpensive. He can remember things about his first trip several months when you bring it up that makes me wonder if he’ll remember it for years. The Holly Trolley gives a ride on the streetcar, Santa is on the trolley and there is a bonfire with hot dogs and cider. For a few dollars and a lot of smiles this is a good one.
- The Rooster loves this band who normally perform free at local library events during the year. He routinely asks for them to be played in the car (we don’t have any of their music on CD or MP3) so we looked it up and saw they had a show right next to one of our all time favorite cheap-eats restaurant, The Wienery. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than eating hot dogs and watching the kid clap along to kid-friendly bluegrass?
- I saw this advertised a few times and a more in-depth article on it yesterday. It says:
“The castle will be made of icicles grown from 4 million gallons of water and then fused together. It will join 50 large ice towers together to create a series of archways, tunnels, walls and caverns. An ice tower in the center courtyard will rise more than 40-feet high, the mall said. There also will be several “throne rooms” with ice chairs large enough to seat several people at once. At night, thousands of LED multi-colored lights will illuminate the castle.
Tickets will cost $5 for children ages 3-12 and $10 for adults.”
While that’s quite a bit of money to see a bunch of lit up ice, something you can see in almost any Minnesota parking lot at that time of year, The Rooster loves his castles and it sounds like something nice to do instead of sitting at home whining about the cold.
- We did this one last year and I was incredibly surprised at just how much fun it was standing in the middle of a frontage road in Cottage Grove waiting in the dark for a train to arrive that was all lit up with holiday lights. Once the trail stopped and the car opened showing off a rockabilly band, all my confusion melted away as we danced with The Rooster on our shoulders eating cookies and hot chocolate. We can’t wait to do it all over again.
So what are your favorite fall/winter activities that you do as a family or personally to beat the cold weather blues? Have you done any of these? Any to add? Plans to add these to your own lists? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.