courtesy Cragun's Resort and Hotel
What? You didn’t make any plans for MEA weekend*? Ha! Ha! Ha! We didn’t either. Our plan is to sit on the couch with the children and watch all the Star Wars movies in chronological order while eating multiple bowls of Cocoa Pebbles. Come over and be fancy with us!
Or send the children off to do any one of the following. We did your dirty work and called around — here’s what’s still available.
SteppingStone Theatre: Camps still available for Thursday and Friday. Thursday is mask making (costume arts focused) and Friday is Monster Mash (dance focus). $95 for one day, $155 for both; for ages K -5; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with optional care until 5 p.m. Call 612-225-9265 for more info.
Children’s Theatre Company: Spots available for their Theater Arts Training two-day, all-day camp around Busytown, the Musical; for grades K - 3, and it includes a ticket to the show; all day both days, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 612-879-5685 for more info.
Science Museum of Minnesota: Full- and half-day camps still available for ages six through eight for Thursday and Friday. The camp is a sampler that engages kids in chemistry, robotics, basic computer programming, and a trip to the butterfly house. Only a few left! Call 651-221-9444 for more info.
Minnesota Zoo: Still open spaces for fall camps for preschoolers on Thursday. Open spaces for Thursday and Friday for kindergarteners and grades 4 – 6. Call 952-431-9200 for more info.
Children’s Museum of Minnesota: Extended hours during MEA—open to 6 p.m. on Thursday night, 8 p.m. on Friday night. Also: Saturday is Super Pet Saturday, kids can read to a therapy dog and learn about veterinary medicine from a real veterinarian.
Walker Art Center: is celebrating its 75th Anniversary Thursday through Sunday with free entrance fees, extended hours (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and music, films, and beer. The beer is for you, not the children. Did you know the Walker is always free for kids under age 18? True story.
Catch a Matinee: Stages Theatre Company will run James and the Giant Peach at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and Zen Ties at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
And if you want to go big:
Kee Nee Moo Sha Resort on Woman Lake in Hackensack is offering discounted rates for families—as low as $230 for four people for three nights for a three-bedroom cabin. They have one left—cabin 7B! Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd is offering $131 per person per night, and two kids stay for free; pumpkin carving and breakfast and dinner are included. At Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake, you can add Wednesday or Thursday night to your stay for just $69, and they have a host of free family activities for Pumpkin Fest too.
* We know it is called Education Minnesota weekend, we are just, how shall we say, old school.