padelford Riverboat tours

Padelford Riverboats

Padelford Riverboats two hour, Fall Sightseeing Cruises are available Friday -Sunday in October. The Historically Narrated tours depart from Harriet Island across the Mississippi River from Downtown St. Paul. See the Fall Colors along the river banks while cruising in comfort aboard one of our Fleet of Riverboats. Boarding at 2:15pm Cruise from 2:30-4:30pm. Group discounts available for groups of 25+! Free Parking! Senior Discounts!
Enjoy a Beautiful Fall day aboard Padelford Riverboats 4 Hour Lunch & Lock Cruise! Take in the Beautiful sights of the Mississippi River while feasting on our Buffet Lunch of BBQ Chicken, Pulled Pork, Cheddar chili corn bread, potato Salad, Coleslaw, Watermelon, Coffee and cookies. Delight in the Dixieland duo “Mississippi Ragtime” as we offer up a one-of-a-kind experience while you cruise the Mighty Mississippi River, Through Ford Lock & Damn #1 and back to Harriet Island in St Paul
Advanced Pre-paid reservations are required. Boarding at 10:30am Cruise from 11am-3pm Discounts available for groups of 25+. Free Parking. Senior Discounts.

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The Jolly Pops

Great to meet all the directors and planners I saw at the MNFTL Expo. For those who weren’t able to make it we have included some new downloadable materials below which include our Programming and Theme Menus. Please contact us with any questions to find out how The Jolly Pops can serve your school or organization.

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International Wolf Center

Discover all that the north woods has to offer through the all-inclusive Wolves and Bears and Eagles, Oh My! program. Journey to Ely, Minnesota and spend the weekend learning about three very different kinds of wildlife.
We’ll take a trip out to the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, where we will have lessons from Frank Taylor in raptor banding, visit the North American Bear Center to see their live bears and exhibits, and of course, we will spend plenty of time at International Wolf Center! Meals and lodging are included, so join us for this multi-faceted adventure in northern Minnesota!
Activity Level: MODERATE: Some short hikes (less than a mile) on uneven terrain. May have extended periods outdoors

Package Includes:
Slumber-party style lodging at the International Wolf Center
All meals
Photographic opportunities
Opportunities to observe raptor banding, live wolf and bear behaviors

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Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

Time: Available on any daily trip (For groups of 10 or more)

Price: $23.99 per person. One complimentary ticket for every 20 paid tickets.Note: Others will be on the boat at the same time as your cruise.

Your meal includes: deli sandwich, bag of chips, fruit, cookie, and a soda or lemonade.
A $100 deposit paid in advance is required. Call for information and reservations (651-465-6315). Luncheon Cruises are available 7 days a week.

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4 Ace Productions

School assembly provider Brian Richards knows the importance of starting the school year off right! And what better way to start it than getting your team working together to create a “bully free climate” in 2017-18! To kick-off the NEW school year the creator of “Bulldoze the Bully” and the cable show “The Magic in YOU” has a FREE report to help kick off your year…check it out!

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USA Inflatables

USA Inflatables

Our extensive experience with events of all types and sizes is what sets us apart! We’ve done thousands of school carnivals, block parties, church festivals, company picnics, graduation parties, birthday parties and many more! From small to large events, we offer a great selection, competitive prices, full insurance, an energetic staff and professional service that’s there when you need us. We have the experience to handle your event.

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Target Center

Click on this link for Special Group Pricing on Select Seats (for groups of 12 or more) for all performances!

Padelford Riverboats

Learn about the rich history and abundant wildlife of The Upper Mississippi River while on board The Padelford Riverboat Co.’s 90 minute sightseeing cruises.
We dock at Padelford Landing at the West Entrance of Beautiful Harriet Island Regional Park across the river from Downtown St. Paul. Cruises operate from Mid-April thru October. With Special Fieldtrip Rates for groups of 10-550!
With Groups of 25 or more we can start a fieldtrip from 10am-11:30am or Noon-1:30pm in the Fall.
Pre-ordered Hot dog Lunch Specials or Box Lunches are available to add to the convenience of your day.
Free Bus Parking. 1 Chaperone Free for every 15 students. With Additional Chaperones at the Special Fieldtrip Rate.
For more information and special suggested lesson plans visit:
or phone us at 651-227-1100 M-F 9am-4:30pm

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The Works Museum

Join in the fun at Girl Time, The Works Museum’s annual family event all about girls and engineering. Girl Time is Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Learn about engineering from women engineers
– Explore hands-on activities and demos
– Meet girls involved in STEM clubs and activities and young women studying STEM fields
– Dream about your future!

Do you have a young inventor, designer, creator, or tinkerer in your life? Do you know someone who enjoys math, science, or technology? This event is for you! Drop in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to explore engineering together. Try hands-on activities designed with girls in mind, see demonstrations, and chat with women working in, or studying, engineering to learn more about their work, fields of study, and how they knew this was the career for them. Bring in your curiosity and questions and leave with ideas to get involved in STEM today and dreams for your future!

We’re gathering women engineers from corporations around the Twin Cities, including Boston Scientific and Emerson, to showcase their work through interactive STEM activities. You’ll also meet young women studying STEM fields at universities and girls from local high schools and middle schools.

Drop in for an hour or stay all day to explore together. Perfect for girls ages 5-12 and their grown-ups. Boys also welcome.

$9 Pre-registered/$12 at the door; Members free (children must be accompanied by an adult).

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Sea Life at Mall of America

Teacher Appreciation Days at SEA LIFE: August 23-September 1

As a thank you for all your hard work, SEA LIFE at Mall of America is offering teachers FREE admission August 23-September 1. PLUS your guests will receive 1/2 off general admission (reg. $24.25+tax per adult, $17.25+tax per child). Teachers must present proof of employment (Teacher ID, pay stub, etc.) at box office to receive this offer. Limit of 10 discounted guests per group. Offer only valid August 23rd through September 1st. Cannot be combined with any other offers or used online.

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Conquer Ninja Gyms

“This was our best field trip to date!!! Thank you so much for working with us and giving the experience of a life time! 1/2 the bus was asleep minutes away and every kid can’t wait to come back! Thank you again for an Amazing experience!” -Kids Company Organizer
Conquer is the ONLY ninja warrior gym to host field trips for small and large groups. Conquer has the most unique and well-known ninja obstacles for you to explore and you will learn from real ninja warrior coaches. Come experience a field trip like unlike any other, at Conquer Ninja Gyms!
We are located in Eden Prairie and Woodbury and soon to be in Blaine and Burnsville, MN. This is the ONLY facility in the metro area offering ninja warrior field trips to students.
Our gym is specifically designed for anyone 5 and up, with full size and smaller scale obstacles for all abilities. Our coaches have diverse backgrounds in obstacle training and many have competed on the show, American Ninja Warrior!
We can accommodate any size group. Let your group be Ninja Warriors for the Day!!
What will we do?
Our field trips include the following:
1- Experienced Ninja Coaches, most who have competed or done testing for the American Ninja Warrior show
2- A structured or open gym style event
3- Instruction from our Ninja Coaches
4- Time to explore ninja obstacles (coaches are there encouraging and instructing the guests if needed)
5- Timed trials just like on the TV show, American Ninja Warrior
6- (Woodbury and Burnsville Only) a place for the kids to have a snack/lunch, if needed

Our pricing depends on your group size and the length of time you are in the facility. Large group discounts are available for groups having over 40 guests.
We would love to have you in the gym! Please call us at 952-303-6107 to discuss the details of your field trip!!!
You will give the kids something they won’t be able to stop talking about.

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Audubon Center of the North Woods

Home School Programs

The Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) offers two Homeschool Weeks (November and January) to extend our quality K12 programming to the homeschooler community. We specialize in residential (overnight) experiences for K–12 students and our classes are aligned with MN Academic Standards.

Join for us for a one, two or three day environmental learning experience during a week designated for homeschool families. During these weeks your students will have the opportunity for more in-depth and hands-on learning in an outdoor setting.

Through class options focused on ecology, wildlife, adventure, or cultural and natural history they will discover new ways to connect with the natural world, challenge themselves to push the limits of their comfort zones, and have fun in a new learning environment.

The homeschool fields trips include lodging, all meals and a variety of classes led by our highly-trained educational staff. During the following two weeks, we will be offering all-inclusive 1-night/2-day and 2-night/3-day field trips with a tiered family rate to homeschool groups, coops, and parents.

• Fall week – November 6-9, 2017
Class options include:
Predator Prey
Fish Function
Creek Creatures
Nature Journaling
Raptors by Family
• Winter week – January 22-25, 2018
Class options include:
Cross Country Skiing
Ojibwe Hike
Animal Signs
Silent Hunters
Clean, Green Energy

Climbing wall, low and high ropes course may also be available depending on age and number of students. The number of classes you choose will depend on the length of your visit. We will work with you to create the best experience for you students and specific learning goals.

We intend for homeschool parents and teachers to utilize a portion of their time here to network, share ideas and experiences and network with other home educators. We hope it can be a great learning opportunity for students, teachers and parents alike. We welcome families of all sizes and cooperatives are encouraged to inquire. There is a student minimum of 24 in order to carry out programming so spread the word, tell other homeschool families or cooperatives and let’s make it happen!

For more information about the class offerings, pricing, or to book your field trip, please contact or call 320.245.2648
ACNW is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).

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