The government shutdown may have shut down our national parks and monuments, but there are still plenty of fun fall activities to enjoy in the Twin Cities.
Three Rivers Park District
Three rivers is a regional park district, and as such? Not affected by the shutdown. Which is lucky for us, because they host TONS of fun and inexpensive family activities.
For example, on Saturday, October 12th, you can enjoy a real Harvest Hoedown at Gale Woods Farms in Minnestrista. For just $6 a ticket, you can listen to music, learn how to folk dance, take a wagon ride, and meet the animals. Concessions are an extra fee, so plan accordingly. http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/H/harvest-hoedown.aspx
Sundays are Free Family Fun Days at Three River's nature centers. This Sunday, you can learn about Apple Cidering at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington. And next Sunday, the Carl Kroenig Interpretive Center is hosting their free Trick or Treat Animals program. I don't know what that is, but it's free! And fun for the whole family. For more information about Three Rivers programs, log on to http://www.ThreeRiversParks.org.
Twin Cities Book Festival
If you're like me, and think authors are as cool as rock stars, then you need to attend the Twin Cities Book Festival. According to the event's website, it's "an all-day exhibit of publishers, magazines, literary organizations, local authors, booksellers, and more."
The FREE Book Festival is brought to our fair city by Rain Taxi and features author readings, writer panels, a children's pavilion with readings for the kids, free face painting, free live music, and concessions, which aren't free, but are still delicious. The event runs Saturday, October 12th, from 10AM to 5PM at the MN State Fairgrounds, in the Progress Center.
For more information, and to learn about organization behind the Festival, Rain Taxi, log on to http://www.RainTaxi.com.
Twin Cities Harvest Festival And Maze
Located in Brooklyn Park, this festival isn't free, but it sure is inexpensive! For just $10 a ticket, here's what you get:
Entrance to their Corn Maze, Corn Pit, and Straw Bale Maze, a Kids play area, Live Music, a Petting Zoo and a Hayride. Plus, they offer 3 pumpkins for just $10! So you can get your carving on when you head home.
The Festival is open every weekend through October 27th. To buy tickets, log on to www.twincitiesmaze.com. And need one more incentive to go? $1 of each ticket sold is donated to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.