Our Top 10 Cultural/Educational Institutions in the Twin Cities

GM has been learning about Japanese Woodcut prints at school, and it downed on me that the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has an extraordinary collection. They recently had an exhibition of a portion of their extensive collection.  Click here for an example of a Japanese Woodblock Print from the MIA.

I often forget how fortunate we are to live in the Twin Cities metro area that has a huge collection of really impressive cultural and educational institutions.

Here in no particular order are a few of our favorites;

  1. The aforementioned MIA, or Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  2. The Guthrie
  3. The Minnesota Zoo
  4. The Science Museum
  5. The MacPhail Center for Music (where I just happen to be sitting while I write this post)
  6. The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
  7. The Walker Art Center, but most notably the outdoor sculpture garden which is more child friendly for the under 10 set.
  8. The Raptor Center
  9. The Mill City Museum
  10. The Children’s Museum

Now, this doesn’t even begin to mention the multitudes of theatres, art galleries/lofts, nature centers and other opportunities. Plus I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few of the big ones on this list. Many a blog has been written about these institutions; however, I still felt the need to name some of our favorites.


Waldorf Schools

We have fallen in love with the Waldorf School near us. GM is currently on her three day visit of the school. (Today is day 2.) and she’s thriving there. Her little sister took an informal tour today and also really seemed to feel at home. 

Today is the first day since I began this exhaustive search where I’m feeling like I may have found a solution that will work for all of us. 


Five Things I love about Online School


  1. Flexibility – My days are never predictable, as much as I strive for a routine, it’s not usually completely consistent, and it’s great to be able to take spelling lessons on the go, or double up on a science lesson if needed. Or when it’s too busy for school, being able to skip something in that moment, or even that day, and loop back at a more convenient time.
  2. Quality Time– I’m very lucky that I have a kid that loves learning and is very self motivated, which means most of the time we spend together in school is positive time learning, and bonding. Every once in a while we’ll hit a snag, but so far we’ve been really able to problem solve through them, or decide to put the lesson down and come back to it when we aren’t feeling so frustrated. Continue reading

And Another Thing

I’ve realized that I’m terrible at divorcing my core values and philosophies from finding a good school. I hate the fact that the system seems to be set up so that I’m competing with my neighbors and community to get MY kid in the best school instead of figuring out a way to bring my community a functioning, thriving school that welcomes everyone.  Continue reading