Tag: Seasonal

Ice Skating in St Paul

Some families see Santa once. That’s their Santa. That’s not how we roll. Much like fall, we’re working on exploring as much of our local seasonal activities as we can. We’ve learned a lot this last month. I think we’ve tallied our list on things we would try again, things we’d pass on, things we’d do earlier.

I am a huge wuss when it comes to the cold. I’d rather experience it as little as possible. This late winter arrival surprised us with one last glorious weekend to do two things that were on our to-do list all of last winter and we never got to (or even attempted to do…).

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Saturday night, we loaded up the kids, threw the coats in the trunk, and headed down to Rice Park in St Paul for Christmas lights and Wells Fargo WinterSkate. You guys. It was wonderful. It certainly helped that it was a balmy 40 degrees out, but it was so fun to be out after dar, surrounded by so many of my favorite things: little white lights. And my family, obviously.

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Parking was a breeze, even during a Wild game (leaving was another story. IDK WTF St Paul Police was doing to route traffic, but it was a mess.). Parking stresses me out, and I like to be close knowing that we will soon lose our shit and need to book it to the car. Even with the accidentally leaving at the same time the game got out SNAFU, I did prefer the parking situation in St Paul over the Minneapolis one.

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We wandered Rice Park and headed to the Wells Fargo rink. Totally worth the $4 to skate. One thing that I did prefer at the Holidazzle was that they have the little handle bar contraptions to help kids skate. For newbies, like us, those would have been pretty awesome.

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I honestly didn’t know what to expect out of skating. Wilson can be one of the grumpiest kids you’ve ever met and has strong opinions about most things in life, including all winter outerwear. He happily ripped off his shoes in exchange for skates, and even willingly wore his hat and gloves.

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We will definitely do this again. Okay, let’s be real. If it’s open and it’s above freezing, we will definitely do this again. Any recommendations for indoor skating rinks in the metro?

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Next time, I think I’d like to make more of an evening out of it. I’d like to check out the European Christmas Market at Union Depot, but we ran out of time (and patience).

Halloween Bash at the Minnesota Children’s Museum

This year, I was so excited when the Minnesota Children’s Museum was bringing back their Halloween Party. It was our favorite Halloween activity before they stopped hosting it for renovations. They offered a few different times, which was great. We went Sunday evening with Matilda and Ryan, and Wilson and I went back Monday morning to help out with a few photos. Halloween during the week is always a drag, so it was nice that weekend options were offered so everyone could join in on the fun.

We’re frequent visitors to the Minnesota Children’s Museum (and I’m a play ambassador for them, which basically means I get a membership and coupon code to share so you can get discounts on memberships – “EmilyO” will save you money on your next membership!). We try to go every Friday night as a way to reconnect as a family, to play, to decompress. We don’t always make it, but we try.

The kids had so much fun being silly with so many new friends. Wilson went as “Marshall from Paw Patrol” or “nothing”, depending on when you asked him (he didn’t actually dress up, so I have a brand new Marshall from Paw Patrol costume I’ll send you for free) and Matilda went as THE WORLD because she’s literally the coolest kid I know. She drew her dress and ordered it from Picture This Clothing. It was a piece of cake to do – you just print their template, your kid draws whatever they want to wear, you take a photo and email it back. Boom. Custom dress.

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She finished it off with a yellow sun hat, a rainbow necklace she made, Lularoe road leggings, and some dirt boots.

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An unexpected favorite from the Halloween party was this amazing lantern, which we promptly ordered and added to our daily life.

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We love the quieter ticketed events at the Children’s Museum, where we can explore and play a little more freely. We’ve already bought tickets for their New Year’s Eve bash and we can’t wait to go! An 8pm “human ball drop” featuring Twin Cities Trapeze? Heck yes!