Summer Lovin’

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By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor
Woodland Hills Church

Summer is knocking at our door. Finally, the season that gets us hearty Minnesotans through our long, hard winters is almost here. Summer is a great time for inexpensive family bonding and activities. We thought we would share some of our favorites:

• Como Zoo: Free with reasonably priced rides in Como Town
• Bell History Museum: Free Tuesday evenings with fun and interactive exhibits
• Walker Institute of Arts: The first Saturday of every month is free
• The Children’s Museum: The third Sunday of every month is free
• Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Park: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com
• St. Paul Music in the Parks: http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=1357
• Swimming at local beaches – A popular staff favorite is Lake Elmo Park Reserve
• A picnic in the park
• Hiking trails and paths such as those found around Taylor’s Falls or the Mississippi River Valley
• Fun parks to go to:
• Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo
• Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis
• Hyland Park in Minneapolis – Includes a Chutes and Ladders-Themed Playground
• Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis
• Minnehaha Falls and Park in Minneapolis
• Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater
• Go to a drive-in movie
• Grab some ice cream – Here are a few of our favorites:
• Nelson’s in Stillwater
• Dairy Queen
• Cold Stone
• Grand Ole Creamery in St. Paul
• Hometown Creamery in Maplewood
• Izzy’s in both Minneapolis and St. Paul

And, of course, the obvious choices for summer fun include: Bike rides, walks, playing in the sprinkler, catching fireflies, stargazing and not wearing a hat and gloves! Happy summer, everyone!

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