May 11, 2012 by Carin
As part of our ongoing summer series, we will be featuring kid friendly, fun places to go to in and around town that you can enjoy during the week or on weekends. There is so much to see and do right here in the Twin Cities, that we hope to highlight areas that will get you excited to explore the city this summer.
This past Wednesday, Melissa and I took our kids to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Gina was busy, otherwise she would have joined us). The garden is located in Minneapolis, just across the street from the Walker Art Center. The Sculpture Garden features the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture and even Grace remembered it from frequent trips running through the area. There are 40 sculptures to check out and at 11 acres; there is a lot of room to let the kiddos run around. It was a lot of fun and so laid back. The garden was quiet that morning, so we felt at ease letting the older girls do some exploring and a little bit of climbing. We strolled through the gardens and stopped several times to check out a sculpture, smell the flowers and enjoy the sunshine. The girls had a snack on the large platform “swing” and had it all to themselves. While at the garden, we discovered (thanks to Melissa’s stunning observations) a frog, caterpillar, chipmunks and several birds. You didn’t feel that you were on the edge of a large city, but more nestled in a small town area (well that is untill we climbed out of the bowl of the garden to cross the bridge). We hardly noticed the noise of traffic from the adjacent highway and roads.
After taking in the Sculpture Garden, we walked across the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge to Loring Park. Another flower garden, a few ponds, play area, tennis courts and more are present at the park and would be well worth the walk across the bridge.
We ended our visit at the new sculpture of (couldn’t find the name) large boulders with different colored stainless steel on them. They are behind the Walker Art Center on the hill formerly occupied by the Guthrie Theatre. The kids got a kick out of the shiny “big” rocks and then running down the hill.
On the Sculpture Garden grounds, there is also Cowles Conservatory that features a very large sculpture (22 ft. tall), titled Standing Glass Fish by Frank Gehry that resembles a large koi fish and resides in a lily pond. This piece of art is very cool and fun piece to check out with your kids.
We spent almost two hours walking around, having snacks and checking out most of the Sculpture Garden. Pack a picnic lunch and head over when you have some free time. You and the kids will have a good time and you might just inspire your kids to create a sculpture when they get home.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is free to the public. There are several parking lots and on street parking in and around the area for a low fee.
Some pictures from our adventure!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies out there! Have a great weekend and we hope you have lots of your own adventures this weekend. See you back here on Monday!