Oct 14 2007

What Are Adventures?

On summer days, weekends, days off school, etc., I like to take my kids on “adventures.”  Sometimes they’re close to home, and sometimes they become day trips, weekends, or even a vacation.  Sometimes we go to only one place in a day, but often we piggy-back multiple places.  Sometimes my husband comes along, but often the kids and I get out and have fun while he’s left behind to work.

People often think I’m crazy to go to museums and other locations with four young children (ages 6.5, 4.5, 3.5, and 1.5) in tow.  Choosing the right stroller for the occasion is just part of the fun.

I plan ahead (look at guidebooks and websites), navigate the old-fashioned way (using a map and some good luck), and find a bargain when I can.

To give you an idea of the adventures we take, here’s where we’ve gone in 2007.  In the future, I’ll try to catch up on the details of each trip, but for now, here’s the list.

  1. Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul, MN
  2. Amaze-n Farmyard, Eden Valley, MN
  3. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  4. Bakken Museum, Minneapolis, MN
  5. Brown County Historical Society Museum, New Ulm, MN
  6. Charles A. Lindbergh House, Little Falls, MN
  7. Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL
  8. Como Zoo, St. Paul, MN
  9. Deardorff Orchard, Waconia, MN
  10. Duluth Children’s Museum, Duluth, MN
  11. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville, IL
  12. End-o-Line Railroad Park and Museum, Currie, MN
  13. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, MN
  14. Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, MN
  15. Fort Ridgely Historic Site, Fairfax, MN
  16. Graue Mill, Oak Brook, IL
  17. Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth, MN
  18. Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum, Sioux Falls, SD
  19. Harkin Store Historic Site, New Ulm, MN
  20. Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, MN
  21. Historic Murphy’s Landing, Shakopee, MN
  22. Jackson Street Roundhouse, St. Paul, MN
  23. Kirby Science Discovery Center, Sioux Falls, SD
  24. LaCrosse Children’s Museum, LaCrosse, WI
  25. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL
  26. Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site, Morton, MN
  27. Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
  28. Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, MN
  29. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
  30. Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul, MN
  31. Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN
  32. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen, MN
  33. Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, MN
  34. Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Minneapolis, MN
  35. Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
  36. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
  37. Northwoods Children’s Museum, Eagle River, WI
  38. Notebaert Nature Center, Chicago, IL
  39. Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River, MN
  40. Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  41. Sears Tower, Chicago, IL
  42. Sertoma Butterfly House, Sioux Falls, SD
  43. Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota, MN
  44. Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud, MN
  45. Traverse des Sioux Historic Site, St. Peter, MN
  46. Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul, MN
  47. Valleyfair, Shakopee, MN
  48. Spam Museum, Austin, MN
  49. The Depot, Duluth, MN
  50. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
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