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Squeezing Out The Last Ounces of Summer

Today over on my Franticmommy blog I share an article about how I need summer to sllloooowwwww down.

I looked and there are 23 days until school officially begins here in the Lake Country. TWENTY-THREE!


I intend to squeeze out every last drop of summer in those remaining 23 days. Here’s some ideas how:

Find a Festival:

Events like The Chokecherry Festival, Emily Days, and Deerwood Summerfest are just a sampling of local summer fun. I love exploring new towns, looking through craft booths, and noshing of festival foods. Check for upcoming events, pack up the fam, and GO.

 Deerwood Summerfest

Deerwood Summerfest

Have a picnic (a REAL picnic)

Buttercream BakeHouse has a wonderful post and link-up with all sorts of picnic ideas.


Explore The Night Life:

No, I don’t mean clubbing (sorry) I mean family-friendly fun. Jump Into a Book encourages us to study the night sky and learn about constellations and Childhood Beckons shares 15 Ways to Have Fun After Dark.

Have fun outside after dark

Visit a Museum:

I love history and especially local history. Museums are a great family friendly activity cleverly disguised as learning :). Awesome museums win the Brainerd Lakes Area (and beyond) include Crow Wing Historical Society, This Old Farm, Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Northern Trackers Club Train Museum, and Charles Lindberg Historic Site.

Find a Good Playground:

Public Play Centers and Parks are the cheapest fun around and we are blessed with many good ones in this area. Organized Play Groups Like Fresh Air Fridays and Nisswa Time for Play are also options if you have smaller kids.  Here’s a resource for Brainerd playgrounds and Baxter playgrounds. Here’s some local playground reviews Lakes Area Mom Squad has done in the past:


Need more ideas for squeezing out the last drop of summer fun? Check out my post 18 Awesome Summer Activities Lakes Area Moms and Kids or share your ideas in the comment box below.

Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park Review (Park Rapids)

Franticmommy's No Bummer Summer

As everyone knows, the Flansburg clan is having a ball with our No Bummer Summer. For those who don’t know, No Bummer Summer  is our way of finding new adventures, going new places, and trying new things as a family. I then take these experiences and blog about them here or on Franticmommy in hopes of providing valuable first-hand information that parents may find helpful.

Last weekend we made a voyage up to Park Rapids, Minnesota. I adore Park Rapids and our 10 year-old was blown away by how people park in the middle of the street! Park Rapids has a ton to do as well. Lots of cool shopping, fun attractions, and unique places to snoop. I love their Park Theatre.

Park Theatre

This is obviously an older picture I found on the Web. They really were not showing Jurassic Park when we were there!

We also enjoyed MinneSoda Fountain, and old-fashion soda-jerk fountain decorated like the 1950’s.

MinneSoda Fountain


My rugrats LOVED their ice cream sundaes.


Then it was on to Evergreen Park-the main reason we drove an hour-and-a-half! Evergreen Park is about 8 miles north of town on the way to Itasca State Park. This fun park has been in existence since the early 2000’s and has grown steadily over the years. It has a mix of simple things for little kids to do like the neat train that goes onto the woods…

Evergreen Park

and a bounce house

Evergreen Park

and then unique things for adults and bigger kids like the climbing wall and “Extreme Jumping” which Jake called the “Extreme Wedgie Maker”….

Evergreen Park

Water Bumper Boats…


and VERY fun Go Cart Track….(Jake discovered his inner “need for SPEED.”)

Evergreen Park

It was a fun time and a good day, and the staff was exceptionally polite and professional.

However I was VERY taken aback by the price. I “get” that sometimes these parks can be spendy, but I honestly stood and stared at the gal behind the cash register when she told me the price. NOT what I wanted to hear after driving so far (note to self: clarify pricing before you leave home.) The price for my two kids (wristbands) was a whopping $42.00.

Did I mention I just about crapped myself?

I could accept $42 for an unlimited day of fun, but this hefty price tag was good only for an hour-and-a-half. THAT, my friends is bordering on unreasonable. The bottom line is, get coupons or stay home. Evergreen Park was something I am glad I can say we did, and the kids had a ball. The fact we created memories for them helps the price sting somewhat, but check ahead of time with Evergreen before you make the journey.

Have you ever been to Evergreen Fun Park? What are your thoughts.

June Events & Programs at The Brainerd Public Library

**taken from the Brainerd Public Library website


Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program at the Brainerd Public LibraryCalendar of Events – We will explore to the core this summer. Readers from birth through teens will celebrate our theme: Dig Into Reading! We’ll burrow into books and dig up fun with related stories, crafts, music and more. Mark this part of your summer plans! Sign up begins June 3rd.

“Paws” to read with Lulu the Dog – Lulu is a Reading Education Assistance Dog. She is very patient and calm and a great listener. Whether you’re a strong or struggling reader Lulu loves to hear kids read stories. Want to read her a story? Lulu will be at the library on Monday, June 3, 10 & 17 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at (218) 829-5574.

Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Author Events:
Click here for brochure and brief author biographies

  • June 3, 12:00pm Author William Souder- On a Farther Shore


  • June 10, 12:00pm Author Peg Meier- Through No Fault of My Own


  • June 17, 12:00pm Author Dave Wellstone- Becoming Wellstone


  • June 24, 12:00pm Author Jim Heynen- The Fall of Alice K.

Children’s Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Art and History – Wednesday June 5th @ 2:00pm* – Cheryl Minnema, Waabaanakwadookwe, has been practicing beadwork all her life. A member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnema learned to bead from her family. She is very interested in preserving the traditions of her people, but she also brings to her craft a contemporary viewpoint as well. Families welcome.

Adult Ojibwe Beading Work Art & History – Wednesday, June 5 from 5:00pm-7:00pm with Cheryl Minnema Cheryl will be discussing the history and cultural importance of Ojibwe beading. Through this program attendees will start on a beading project that they will be able to take home with them. Register by calling 218-829-5574.

Author Patrick Mader – Wednesday June 19th @ 2:00pm* – Children’s picture book author, Patrick Mader, is an author of heartwarming, inspirational, and intergenerational stories. He’ll talk about his children’s books including Big Brother has Wheels and Oma finds a Miracle.

City Chickens: Keeping a Backyard Flock – Tuesday, June 11 @ 12:00pm with Master Gardener JoAnn Weaver. A flock of hens can be fun and productive. They’ll eat bugs, produce top-notch fertilizer, and lay eggs. This presentation will cover the basics of getting started with chicken keeping such as city codes, housing, coop care, breeds, resources, feeding, watering, and daily care. Please register by calling 829-5574

Regular Brainerd Library Events
Family Story Time – Every Monday @ 6:30pm
Family Story Time – Every Tuesday @ 10:15am
Baby Story Time – Every Thursday @ 11:15am
Basic Computer Help – Every Thursday @ 2:30pm
Family Movies – Every Thursday @ 3:30pm
Brainerd Adult Book Club – Second Wednesday of every month @ 2pm

For more information call the Brainerd Public Library @ (218) 829-5574 or visit

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