If you’re looking for something to do while you wait for the snow, I suggested going to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Don’t worry, you can stay inside the whole time! I wrote about this place last spring but I wanted to bring it up again because it’s perfect for all seasons. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that operates with the U of M. It’s a big enclosure that is home to trees, cedar trails, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, wildlife and gardens BUT they also have exhibits, have a gift and garden store, a terrarium and are home of the Arboretum Café. Their current exhibit is the Arboretum’s “Making Spirits Bright: Land Of Gingerbread” that runs through January 3rd. During this time you can see the a 20-ft. Poinsettia Tree (since it was just National Poinsettia Day), live holiday music, pictures with Santa (even a breakfast this Saturday), live evergreen trees decorated in natural ornaments and Gingerbread Houses on display created by local bakeries. This Saturday, they even have a Traditional Gingerbread House Workshop where you can learn to make them. Finally, the Arboretum has adult art classes and you can become a member of the Arboretum Photographers Society (APS) in a place that has become a bit of a photographers paradise.
If you’re in the #SouthwestMetro and you’re in need of something to do today, let me invite you and your family to the #ChaskaRiverCityDays. It’s happening in the beautiful #citypark right, just off Hwy 41. I’m here #volunteering with the #BeyondtheYellowRibbon, servicing #military servicemen and their families, so stop on by as it’s an all day event (and weekend). Live #music, #fair food, local authors, food shelves, a blood drive, the humane societies, even local city and state representatives. There’s even a #pancake breakfast tomorrow!
Watch the sun rise and set often, put lots of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and count the stars, never buy a coffee table you couldn’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to do something on your bucket list. Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones. #mnbucketlist