Businesses in St Paul
Although I already have a blog about the Children’s Museum, one thing I did not focus on was the Rooftop ArtPark. Despite visiting the museum several times, I had never been to this particular part of it. This outdoor gallery was a pleasant surprise. The ArtPark is located on the fourth floor of the museum and has a great view of the city. Other features of this play area is the rockembedded stream, supplied with paint brushes for imaginitive play, A 12′ tall tree fort, and a sandy play area created inside a uniquely designed sandbox with beautiful mosaics enlayed. Last, but not least, is the art studio which offers different creative hands-on activities each day. The day I visited, the activity was spray paiting which involved walls of paper and spray bottles full of colored water – the kids loved it! This outside play area is only open during the warm months, so be sure to make time to check it out.
Despite being a huge fan of beer, I haven’t ever had the desire to brew it myself. I think I would enjoy it, but perhaps it’s a timing issue. Nonetheless, this weekend I stopped by Northern Brewer with a friend of mine. He’s made homebrew for about five years now and I have been fortunate enough to sample almost all of his batches. I hadn’t been to Northern Brewer before and didn’t really know what to expect. It is quite a cool place. They have supplies for both beer and wine making and the staff was very low pressure, highly knowledgeable and really friendly. Maybe it was the excitement of the moment, but I inquired about purchasing my own brew kit and here’s what I learned: As a beginner, for all of the supplies needed for your first brew kit, you should be prepared to spend about $200 give or take (depending on what you purchase). After you own the supplies needed, beer kits start at around $20 and go up from there. It’s really more affordable than I thought. For now I’ll let my friends do the brewing, but if I ever change my mind, I’ll definitely stop back at Northern Brewer!