Posts Categorized: family fun

Duluth, Minn: Top Things to Do for Holiday Fun

Bentleyville lights up Duluth’s Bayfront Park. Photo by Lisa MeClintick Duluth, Minnesota, with the magical backdrop of Lake Superior, has always been a favorite summer and fall getaway for Twin Cities residents and others across the state. If you need another enticement to head north, here are the top things to do for the holidays… Read more »

Best Midwest ice cream shops keep you cool

Enjoy the Midwest’s tastiest ice cream Barb at Pumphouse Creamery One of the best parts of summer is seeking out the Midwest’s best ice cream stand, shop, parlor or drive-in. Grab a crispy, crunchy cone, pile it high with dense, sweet ice cream or tangy, refreshing sorbet. It’s one of the most luscious (and cool)… Read more »

Take the kids on a farm stay vacation

Mary Veraguth helps our girls collect fresh eggs for breakfast. Story & Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick Join in with farm chores and fun at Wisconsin’s Room to Roam Want to hear your kids shriek with joy? Let them run loose at Room to Roam, a working farm perched along the picturesque Mississippi River bluffs… Read more »

Jelly Belly jelly bean art opens at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Jelly Belly jelly bean artistry on exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Princess Elizabeth at Jelly Belly in Wisconsin. A challenge: Before you let the kids (or yourself) snarf through Easter Basket jelly beans, delay the sugar high with edible art work. Slap some sticky frosting onto a paper plate or graham cracker and… Read more »

Minnesota travel app makes planning lake vacations easy

Spin through entries with the filter wheel page. Minnesota tips from an expertMelting snow means means it’s time to plan summer lake vacations in Minnesota. Why here? This is the place to do it. With more than 11,000 lakes, Minnesota boasts most coastline than California. Are you a fanatic angler? Happy camper? Or more into… Read more »

“Narnia” wonderland on Minnesota sleigh ride

Mark Patten with Duke and Captain at Okontoe’s sleigh rides. Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick. Take a winter ride through lantern-lit forest By Lisa Meyers McClintick Remember the magic of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” movie as Lucy steps into the hushed winter wonderland of Narnia? We’ve found it here in Minnesota, where… Read more »

Follow the dogsleds on Minnesota’s North Shore

Mother-daughter mushing Rita and her Stoney Creek dogsled te By Lisa Meyers McClintick For most Minnesota vacationers, dogsledding is one of the most exciting and authentic ways to enjoy the North Shore’s winter scenery. If you have dog lovers in the family, even better. I couldn’t wait to take my 6-year-old twin girls on a… Read more »

Shop Minnesota museums for the most unique holiday gifts

If you crave gifts that are unexpected and go up a notch on the cool factor, skip the big retailers. Head to your local museums instead. Museum gift shops celebrate regional artists, authors and local flavor in a ways you won’t get at most stores. By shopping at museums, you’re supporting Minnesota’s cultural scene as… Read more »

Weekend fun: Anoka’s Halloween parade

Anoka’s Light Up the Night Parade Halloween capital of the worldYou can go throughout the Twin Cities and beyond to find plenty of good scares this month (Duluth’s Ship of Ghouls, anyone?). But for a light-hearted look at Halloween and the creativity it inspires, head straight to Anoka, the so-called Halloween Capital of the World… Read more »

Minnesota family resorts: Lake vacations with old-fashioned fun

Hydro-biking at Northern Lights Resort It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but we haven’t had the chance to enjoy a true lakeside resort before–not the neighborly family-run variety where kids roam freely, movie rentals are on  the honor system, potlucks are spontaneous, and the resort dog shows up when she gets the first whiff of… Read more »