dust storm scene from Triple Espresso


TRIPLE ESPRESSO Comes to Park Square Theatre for the Holidays! NOV 9 – JAN 13

 Triple Espressoa highly caffeinated comedy is high-energy, vaudeville-inspired comedy that grabs the funny bone, and just won’t let go! Groups of 10 save $10 per ticket. Perfect for the whole family, too!


people toasting with beer


St. Paul Oktoberfest—September 14-15

Minnesota’s most authentic Oktoberfest! Kicking off with a horse-drawn beer wagon parade, St. Paul Oktoberfest is a two-day celebration of German heritage, culture, and of course, beer.

We are Minnesota’s most authentic Oktoberfest! Festivities begin with a horse-drawn beer wagon parade to Schmidt Brewery followed by a keg tapping ceremony to officially kick off Oktoberfest.

Enjoy live music and entertainment both days. Saturday brings festival favorites such as Dachshund races and an Oktoberfest wedding. New this year is Steinheben (stone lifting) competition (the first in the U.S.!) and a Human Glockenspiel.

Complete the experience with authentic German food, vendors, and cultural demonstrations. Our kegs of Paulaner Oktoberfest beer, brewed in Munich, are on their way to St. Paul!

With fun for the whole family, it’s a two day celebration of German heritage and culture on the beautiful grounds of the old Schmidt Brewery. Find all the details at Saintpauloktoberfest.org.

Admission is free. ID and $5 wristband is required for alcohol purchases. Proceeds support GAI’s mission to foster appreciation and understanding of the culture, language, arts, and ongoing history of the German speaking peoples.


Owatonna Public Utility building


Attention History Buffs: NEW Tour Offering at Owatonna Public Utility

Whether you are a history buff, or looking for an adventure the whole family can enjoy, we have itineraries that fit your interests!

Tour guide services are available for tour buses and large groups when reservations are made in advance of a visit. Group tours are available for the following:
*NEW: :Owatonna Public Utility
•Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitter
•Historic Walking Tour
•National Farmers’ Bank
•Orphanage Museum
•Owatonna Arts Center
•Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo
•Steele County History Center
•Village of Yesteryear

Customized Tour Itineraries are available upon request, or use one of our ready-made here: https://visitowatonna.org/itineraries/


People at a coffee party


Swedish baked goods, coffee and friends – what else can you ask for?

Who can resist homemade cardamom bread, Kringlor, assorted cookies, Swedish almond cake, along with cheese, crackers and fruit? Oh – and of course, coffee? Book your coffee party now.

Book your Annie’s Coffee for September thru Annie, Gammelgården’s oldest resident, is the inspiration behind our traditional Swedish 3-course Coffee Party. Come hear her story while you enjoy the sweets treats of Swedish traditional coffees. October and it will include a tour of the historic buildings. Coffees booked for November thru December include a discussion on Christmas traditions in Sweden and enjoy the Jul Butik.

The menu includes homemade cardamom bread, Kringlor, assorted cookies, Swedish almond cake, cheese, crackers and fruit. (coffees in November – December include Christmas cookies, rice pudding with lingonberries).
Afterwards, visit the Butik gift shop to find wonderful Scandinavian gifts.

Book your private Annie’s Coffee 2 weeks in advance for 15 (minimum) guests.
Contact Gammelgården Museum – 651-433-5053 or info@gammelgardenmuseum.org.


elvis look alike


The Real Deal!

Elvis personality look & sound alike extraordinaire Eddie Hughes, performs all eras of Elvis in wardrobe. Eddie is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Elvis! You’ll love him!

RICH & THE RESISTORS….. MN VIKINGS HOUSE BAND! 2 hrs before all games!
Entertain, Engage while supporting your sponsors!
Teddy Bear Band & Rich & The Resistors (2 bands, same musicians) Specialty performers celebrate & educate ALL AGES & STAGES!
Have a need? We’ll fill it – developing shows for you! Rich & The Resistors (MINNESOTA VIKINGS house band)
&/or our other shows (same musicians). Ask about ECHOS OF ELVIS!

THE RESISTORS (They do it all! ) Featured band! Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Wedding Guide!
House band before MINNESOTA VIKINGS games and special events.

* TEDDY BEAR BAND! ( The absolute best in children’s / family entertainment!)
TBB’s contribution to the Evolution of Children’s Music!

* ECHOS OF ELVIS ( The Resistors back up Elvis personality look & sound alike extraordinaire Eddie Hughes, performing all eras & moves of Elvis )

* TC ROCKERS ( The Resistors featuring drums & vocals of Bobby Vandel of Prince, TC Jammers, Mpls Music All Stars, etc. fame)

* SONS OF THE BEACH ( Beach party – 50’s / 60’s – Reggae/ Latin / Tropical)
* REMEMBER WHEN (seniors favorites from the past)
* LITTLE PRAIRIE (bluegrass,country)
* HIGHER GROUND (jazz for concerts or easy listening)
* TRUTH AND LIGHT (Traditional, contemporary & original gospel music)
* Name Your Theme Show!

* HOLIDAY EXPRESS ( Music for any holiday)

Valentines Day
* WHOLE LOTTA LOVE (romantic easy listening +)

* GOTTA-DID-DAT (dixieland, cajun, zydeco)

Cabin Fever Season
* SONS OF THE BEACH ( Beach party – 50’s / 60’s – Reggae/ Latin / Tropical)

St Pat’s
* THE BLARNEY-STONES (Traditional, contemporary Irish + fun w/ McBeatles, Bobby O’Dylan, RO’lin Stones & more!)

* Soloists, duo, trio, strolling performers, all instrumentation & vocal styles.

Entertainment Services by Richard Alan Productions
Magicians *Acrobats *Stilt Walkers *Face Painters *Character Actors *Jugglers *Mimes *Petting Zoo *Pony Rides *Sound Production * Ventriloquists & much more…


kids petting a kangaroo


Kangaroo Encounters

Get up close and personal with adorable Kangaroo Joeys!

Do you want to know what a kangaroo’s fur feels like? Want to pet a kangaroo? You can! Pine Grove Zoo is offering Kangaroo Encounters in which you can hang out with our Kangaroo Joeys for up to 30 minutes and learn about kangaroos, and specifically, our kangaroos. It’s just $25.00 per person with your admission into the Zoo. It’s a once in a life-time opportunity.

Kids under age 10 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration is suggested, as there is a limited amount of slots available. The times for the encounters are: Sundays and Thursdays at 2:30 pm,  Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am.

You will have an opportunity to meet Sydney and Bindi our Kangaroo Joeys that have been hand-raised and LOVE people. Call 320-616-5595 or info@pinegrovezoo.com for more information.




Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra


A tantalizing mix of classical, contemporary, and comic ballets danced by one of America’s most exciting companies paired with Mozart’s delectable music.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Mozart in Motion
Thu, Nov 8, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage

Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián
Divertimento No. 15 by George Balanchine
Sechs Tänze by Jiří Kylián

A tantalizing mix of classical, contemporary, and comic ballets danced by one of America’s most exciting companies is paired with Mozart’s delectable music, played live by the incomparable Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mozart in Motion promises to be a “can’t miss” feast for the senses. George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 has been hailed by the New York Times as “the most sublime choreography ever made to music by Mozart.” Jiří Kylián combines physical comedy with powdered wigs and dry wit in Sechs Tänze, while his profound Petite Mort integrates fencing foils and black silks with powerful athleticism and musicality, to striking effect.


Little Red Riding Hood poster art


Sidekick Theatre presents new musical during the holidays for pre-k to 5th graders


A New Musical For The Holidays – Ideal for pre-k to 5th grade students.

November 27 – December 29, 2018

This joyous new musical based on the classic fairy tale touches the heart – with lots of laughs and lovable characters along the way! Little Red bravely ventures into the woods to deliver a basket of holiday treats for her grandmother only to encounter a wolf named Walter.  Will she reach her grandmother’s safely?  Or will the charming wolf distract her from her journey? This magical and funny musical is a perfect story for the holiday season.

  • Field trip performances Monday through Friday at 10am and 12:30pm.
  • Group Tickets: $9 for ten or more.  (Funding assistance may be available for qualifying schools.)
  • One free ticket for teacher/staff for ten paid.
  • No upfront money required for reservations. Simply pay when you come and for only the number of students who actually attend.
  • Free Parking and Convenient Drop Off: Buses can drop off children steps from the theatre entrance.
  • Beautiful, brand new 440 seat theatre.
  • Kids get to meet cast members after the show. 

To Schedule Your Field Trip call 612-440-7529 or go to sidekicktheatre.com

Sidekick Theatre is a professional theatre company under the leadership of Tim Stolz and Brian Pekol, who were affiliated with the Old Log Theatre for many years.  Performing at The Ives Auditorium in Bloomington with a company of actors who have appeared on major stages throughout the Twin Cities, Sidekick Theatre is committed to producing exciting, engaging and affordable theatre for adults and children.


historical presentation


The Great War (World War I) Comes to An End!

It was 100 years ago at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that World War I came to an end. Teach your students all about the Great War by having us come to you to bring this history to life.

This interactive presentation will give your students a thorough understanding of what the Great War was all about.

What were the causes of the war? Your students will portray the different European nations as they play out the domino effect that plunged Europe and eventually the world into war.
Why was it such a costly and devastating war? Your students will learn about new inventions like the airplane, the tank and lethal gas, which made the battlefields deadlier than any others to date.

What was the cost of the war in terms of loss of life, and how did the war become a turning point in the history of the world. Minnesotans were key players in the war sending 118,497 men to fight in the war. Minnesota women also contributed to the war effort as nurses, drivers, and aid workers on the battlefield, while many more participated on the home front taking on new jobs and joining volunteer organizations.

This centennial year of the end of the GREAT WAR is the perfect time to invite us to your school. Make history come alive for your students. Go to historicalexperiences.org or call 507-381-0898 to schedule this exciting history event today.



photo of inside of basecamp


We’re Open! Our Move to Base Camp

For the first time since two councils merged to form Northern Star, all of our operations will be based out of one building – the new Leadership Center located at Base Camp! Our staff and operations will be moving there this summer.

We had a ribbon cutting ceremony on the morning of July 23, appropriately cut by two helpful Cub Scouts. This was just a small preview of what’s to come at our Grand Opening on September 15, which is open tothe public and the entire Scouting community.


Corteo Poster Art


Cirque du Soleil – Corteo

A theatrical procession of poetic characters and graceful acrobats.

CORTEO, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.


Kids on gymnastics mat


EGA’s Active FUN Field Trips

Field trips at EGA are filled with active fun for all ages beginning with a group warm-up and followed by structured games, gymnastics instruction, and open gym time.

Join the field trip fun at Elite Gymnastics Academy (EGA)!

Conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy 13 South & Chowen Ave on the border of Burnsville and Savage, our expansive facility features both a 16,000 square-foot Main Gym and a first-rate Tots Gym. Both gyms are climate-controlled and filled with state-of-the-art equipment suitable for children of all abilities. So, whether your field trip occurs in the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, your kids will enjoy active fun in a safe, clean, and temperature-controlled environment!

Gymnastics Field Trips!
For only $150 your group of up to 15 children (each additional child is just $8) ages 5 and up will enjoy 1.5-hours of gym time hosted by our professional coaches. For smaller and younger groups, please call for personalized pricing: 952-882-9012.

Field trips at EGA are filled with active fun for all ages beginning with a group warm-up and followed by structured games, gymnastics instruction, and open gym time. Our field trip program is customizable…simply share with us your requests, and we will do our best to accommodate them!