It’s Always Sunny in the Twin Cities

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Photo Credit: Nattapol Pornsalnutwat

Photo Credit: Nattapol Pornsalnutwat

You know the situation: You wake up in the morning on a beautiful, sunshiny day with big plans to hit the beach with a cooler and friends or take the kids to the park. You pull back the drapes, expecting to be greeted by the bright, warm sun. Instead, you are faced with grey skies laced with dark, heavy clouds and pouring rain. Shoot. This must mean you’ll be spending your day in bed. Or maybe you’ll have to fight the kids to keep them inside, hoping to entertain them with broken toys and movies they’ve seen hundreds of times, right? WRONG! Get out of bed, people of the Twin Cities! There are still plenty of options!

First off, there’s the old rainy day staple: Go see a movie. Fortunately, movies are abound during the summer months. Here’s a list of some of the most talked about movies to look forward to this season, along with the dates you can expect to see them in theaters:

Man of Steel: Friday, June 14

Monsters University:  Friday, June 21

World War Z: Friday, June 21

The Heat: Friday, June 28

White House Down: Friday, June 28

Despicable Me 2: Wednesday, July 3

The Lone Ranger: Wednesday, July 3

Pacific Rim: Friday, July 12

The Wolverine: Friday, July 26

The Smurfs 2: Wednesday, July 31

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: Wednesday, August 7

Disney’s Planes: Friday, August 9

Elysium: Friday, August 9

At least one of these films is bound to pique your interest. If a movie isn’t really your style, there are great things to see and do elsewhere in the metro area.

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The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul offers the Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed exhibit from June 21 until January 5. This is a great opportunity for history buffs and explorers alike to view ancient Mayan artifacts and learn more about their fascinating culture. Learn more at http://www.smm.org/maya.

Take the kids to the Minnesota Zoo to view the Africa! and Dinosaurs! exhibits. Both are open to the public until September 2 and feature a wide array of creatures to see, along with some hands-on activities. Explore this event at http://www.mnzoo.org/events/Events_summer2013.asp.

Need to find something fun for your teen? Visit the Sound Lounge at the Mall of America, open until August 19. This is a place for your teenager to hang out with other kids his/her age while listening to popular music and sometimes taking in a show. Scheduled performances this summer include Megan and Liz and Capital Cities. Want more? Visit http://www.mallofamerica.com/shopping/directory/the-patio.

If it’s adult fun you seek, look no further than the Minnesota Music Café in downtown St. Paul. They showcase American cuisine with a full bar, along with a diverse assortment of music every night of the week. They had me at beats and booze. Check out http://www.minnesotamusiccafe.com/Home/calendar for more info.

Of course, the Twin Cities are host to many more events and activities than posted here. There are a large number of museums offering a variety of interesting displays, and many fun and fascinating events can be found at any one of the metro’s bars and restaurants. The weather outside may be gloomy, but don’t let it keep you at home.

 

 

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Eva Meierhoff

Eva Meierhoff is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a B.A. in English. Eva is a fan of the TV show Survivor and says it is one of her dreams to be on the show. She also loves to travel and hopes to one day go island-hopping in Croatia and snowboarding in Austria. One of Eva’s favorite pastimes is reading, and her favorite books include Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Misery, The Kite Runner, and The Other Boleyn Girl. She is currently living in Duluth, where she enjoys camping, playing tennis, snowboarding, and volunteering at the local animal shelter.

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