Here are some of the fun things our family did this summer.
We visited the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River and got our hands dirty (literally) helping out with the chores, 1860s-style.
Lambs roamed freely around the barnyard, letting us pet them.
Watch out for sheep poop, kids!
The barn kittens were so sweet and sleepy, they loved being held by the kids.
Hundreds of buckets of water need to be pumped and carried every day on the farm. We helped water the pigs and the garden.
Punky helped scrub some of the farmers' dirty shirts with a washboard. Believe me, they were filthy.
We went on a camping trip with a group of families at Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain during a weekend of record low temperatures.
Roasting marshmallows (and keeping warm) by the fire was the thing we looked forward to the most.
The Mister took the kids fishing on the dock near our campsite.
Punky enjoyed swinging in a hammock brought by one of our friends.
The Mister took s'mores to a whole new level with the addition of bacon.
We discovered the Twin Cities newest indoor playground, Good Times Park in Eagan.
There's a giant pillow for bouncing.
A projector shows interactive games and musical instruments.
There's all the usual playground equipment with slides and things to climb.
The kids like playing in this room of foam blocks to make tunnels and ramps.
We visited Lark Toys, an old-fashioned toy store in Kellogg.
Many toys and games were set up for hands-on playing.
The kids loved picking out marbles from this huge display.
I loved all the simple wooden toys.
I was also excited by the many paper doll books.
The Mister took the kids for a ride on the indoor carousel.
On the way home from Lark Toys, we visited the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.
It was surprising to see how close we could get to the five resident eagles.
The center is very family-friendly, with lots of activities for the kids.
Outside, we could overlook the river and spot other eagles in the trees.
We saw a puppet show, "The Amazing Cowboat," put on by the Open Eye Theater's Driveway Tour.
The show was so funny and entertaining for the kids and adults in the audience!