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I decided to check out the ice sculptures at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival this year. Good thing I went when I did because some sculptures had already begun to break apart from the couple days we had in the high 30′s. If I had waited one more day, there likely wouldn’t have been much to see.
This past weekend I went to the drive through light show that I blogged about here last year, Holiday Lights in The Park at Phalen Park. The displays light up at 5:30 and shut down at 10pm nightly through January 1st. The fee is $10 per car and rates are discounted to $8 Sunday through Thursday nights. I’d advise going during the week if you are able since it will likely be less busy. Remember that all proceeds go to Second Harvest Heartland, Union Gospel Mission, St Paul Parks Conservancy and Under Construction. Here are some pictures I took while we drove through. Enjoy!
I never knew this train museum was in existence until I was invited to a 4 year olds birthday party over the summer. The Great Northern Railway’s historic Jackson Street Roundhouse that used to maintain steam engines, is now a museum and open to the public. Take a trip through history while visiting this interactive transportation museum. You are able to step into the past and take self-guided tours through historic train cars that are over one hundred years old (I think that was my favorite part). There are several train tables located inside the museum for kids to play with and other hands on activities as well. There is also a Caboose that operates that guests are allowed to take a ride on. This museum is fun for the kids and adults alike. It is a unique experience that you will likely not forget!
It is a great place for kid’s parties as well. As I said I first visited the museum because I was invited to a birthday party there. The meal we had was served on an old train car that was decked out with tables, stools and even air conditioning. It was definitely a one of a kind birthday party!
Everyone that works at the museum is a volunteer and they are all very kind and passionate about the rich history the museum encompasses. The admission ranges from $5-10.
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.
Back in 1967, locals sparked the idea to have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Put together in just two months, the first parade was a roaring success and the tradition has kept on for nearly half a century! Who is St. Patrick, you ask? He was a Patron Saint of Ireland whom brought Christianity to Ireland back in the 5th century. He had a tough upbringing, during which he was kidnapped and enslaved for many years. Despite his hardships, he kept his faith and wanted to spread it. In his adult years, St Patrick spread the gospel and used a three-leafed symbol to signify the Trinity. This symbol was the shamrock which represented God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. March 17th marks the anniversary of when St. Patrick died and every year we celebrate in his memory.
The 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 17th, beginning at noon! Click here for more events in St Paul on St Patrick’s Day.
Because of construction on 4th street, the parade will be on 5th street this year. Here is a map of the parade route.
Ready for a little magic? Saturday, November 26th kicks off the beginning of Night Trains at the Railroad Museum in St Paul. Every Saturday through February you can experience this magical event. The lights are dimmed and the vintage model village of Mattlin glows with holiday spirit. The buildings, lights and passenger trains light up with life in the blizzard struck town. The town is decorated for Christmastime with miniature holiday decorations throughout! Whether you are a train fanatic or not, let your imagination take over and divulge in the enchanting city scene! It is sure to captivate you with warm childhood excitement and delight. Night Trains is from 6p-9p on Saturdays. Admission is $8/person or $25/family. Kids under 5 are FREE!
Who doesn’t like a great neighborhood bar? Monday night I had the pleasure of experiencing Sweeny’s Saloon for the first time, located just minutes away from my home in Crocus Hill (St. Paul, MN). I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised with an inviting low-key, sports bar atmosphere. My friend and I took a seat at the bar. The bartender told us Sweeney’s is famous for their 60 cent wings (offered Mon-Fri), which are tossed in a variety of tongue tantalizing flavors. We had to see for ourselves! We ordered teriyaki and spicy wings and I will admit, these were the best wings I have had around town! All in all, it was a great experience. I gotta love a bar with a wide selection of brews. Sweeney’s offers nearly twenty local and imported beers & the tall I had Stella hit the spot! I look forward to visiting Sweeney’s again in the summer, I hear the patio is the place to be!
Do you have a favorite restaurant or bar in St. Paul? Leave a comment & let me know. I love trying new places around town!
The winter carnival is in full swing! If you haven’t partaken in this 125 year tradition, then now is the time. Put a stop to the cabin fever, put on your snow boots and hit Rice Park! This chilly event began last Thursday, January 27th and runs through Sunday, February 6th. With many fun-filled & family friendly events, you’re sure to find something that sparks your interest. There is a variety of things to see and do for all ages. For the younger crowd & the young at heart, there is ice skating, snow carving, ice sculptures, sledding and a parade (plus more!). For the over 21 crowd, Summit beer and other libations are being served at the appropriately named Ice Bar. For a complete list of events, click here. I hope to bump into you this week at the nation’s oldest winter carnival!