Last week the kids had two days off of school, the famous MEA weekend in Minnesota, where public schools ostensibly give teachers two days off to attend an educational conference.
But basically this is a Mini Spring Break in the Fall, and many families take copious advantage of this to escape town for a long weekend.
Per my usual state, I didn’t prepare well in advance and for Day 1 of break, both MGM and Trixie found themselves back at school for an all-day Kids’ Club session.
Miraculously, I’d had foresight back in the summer to take off work for Day 2 of the break, so we had a whole day to spend together. It was a perfect fall day – warm and sunny – and we decided to do something fall-y, which was to go to a corn maze.
Everyone else in the Metro Area had the same idea. This place was a zoo, figuratively and literally since there was a petting zoo area.
After paying for entrance fees, face painting, some strange food for the animals at the petting zoo, overpriced drinks and for camel (!) rides, I was suddenly $100 poorer for the effort.
But the kids had a blast, especially in an area that was like a ball or sand pit, except completely filled with corn.
On the con side, I’ve been digging corn kernels out of the washing machine for a week.
The weekend held one more perfect day and this time, I decided we were going to get some culture. Off the the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden!
If you’ve ever seen pictures of Minneapolis, there’s a fair chance you’ve seen the most iconic work in the garden, Spoonbridge and Cherry.
The kids appreciated the art about as much as I predicted, which was approximately a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.
This “snowman” sculpture was a hit with the late afternoon sun providing a perfect angle for the shadows:
The giant blue chicken also did not disappoint:
In the end we spent about an hour and a half enjoying the sculptures and running up and down the hill behind the Walker Art Center (them, not me).
Perfect way to cap off fall break!