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Spotlight: Minneapolis, MN

By Lindsay Pinchuk

Bump Club and Beyond has been on the road traveling across the country bringing our events coast to coast. We decided to bring you along with us by consulting a few “moms-in-the-know” in each city on the family friendly must-dos for residents (and visitors too). Welcome to Minnesota! 
Nancy Fink, Stay at Home Mom
Must-have gear: Since the winters here can be pretty brutal, if you have an infant you definitely need a car seat cover to keep your little one warm. Without question, my favorite is called the Cocoon by 7 A.M. Enfant (https://7amenfant.com/shop/car-seat-cocoon/).  The other thing I love having for my littlest one is this compact change of clothes called baby sparewear (http://www.babysparewear.com). It’s the perfect emergency travel kit to keep in my diaper bag because it comes in a sturdy ziplock-type bag and has a couple mix and match choices. It’s been a lifesaver countless times!
Date night: We love getting tickets to any number of Broadway shows that come through Minneapolis and that usually involves an early stop for our favorite steaks at Capital Grill (which is conveniently located right across the street from the theaters). During the warmer months, we love to going to downtown Excelsior or Wayzata to stroll and eat. Both suburbs make you feel like you have been transported to an eastern coastal town because of the gorgeous Lake Minnetonka views. Yumi’s for sushi in Excelsior and Gianni’s for steak in Wayzata are always at the top of my list.
Film director and producer, www.hellosunshinefilms.com.
Best drivable getaway: For a family day trip, we love going to Stillwater for a walk down main street and a trip to the old fashioned candy store. It’s a pretty drive that’s less than an hour and it’s such a charming little river town.
Perfect family weekend in MN: Lazy Saturday PJ morning at home with the kids. Lots of coffee, cartoons, and scrambled eggs with no where to be. Saturday afternoon outing to do something fun (mini golf at Centenial Lakes or Chutes and Ladders rec park). Date night while the kids hang out with one of their favorite sitters. Sunday morning Kingfield Farmers Market with Foxy Falafel food truck. Errands to get ready for the week. BBQ something yummy at home for dinner. Watch Homeland with a glass of wine on the couch after kids are tucked in bed.
Finn Photo
Libby Finn, Minneapolis Ragstock Co.
Family-friendly dining: Yum! Kitchen and Bakery is one of our go-to family spots. The vibe is casual and great for kids since you order at the counter and they bring the food to your table. They have tons of delicious kid-friendly options like mac and cheese and pizza, but they also have upscale fare for the adults. I love their lemon salmon and kale salad and their “fancy schmancy” tuna salad. The hard part is remembering not to eat too much since the bakery is out of this world. I am a devoted fan of the Patticake, but their pull-aparts and chocolate chippers can’t be missed either. Really, anything from this bakery is a home run.
Best thing about raising a family in MN: Minneapolis affords our family the best of both worlds. The convenience and comfort of the Midwest with extremely easy access to a very cosmopolitan city. Most people don’t know that Minneapolis houses some of the top companies in the country including Target, Best Buy, 3M and Cargill, not to mention scores of cutting edge creative agencies. This allows for a thriving economy with world class restaurants and shopping. Minneapolis has been attracting some of the nation’s top chefs and can now boast a large number of restaurants that would impress any foodie. Many of the suburbs are less than a 20 minute drive from downtown which makes it very easy to enjoy all that the city has to offer.
Natalie Zamansky, Client Services, Ad agency
Must do kid-friendly activity: Como Zoo , Trolly at Lake Harriet Wild Rumpus book store Play & Learn cafe 
Perfect family day: Early morning donuts at Yoyo Donuts & Coffee Bar in Minnetonka followed by a visit to Fall Harvest  – a small, family-owned farm/orchard that has apple picking, hayrides, petting zoo, a corn pit and more. There are tons of picnic tables at Fall Harvest for lunching but there is also an amazing drive-in called the Peppermint Twist a mile away with awesome burgers and shakes as well as gated play area for kids. After all that, I would say an early bedtime for the kids and a glass of wine at home would be the perfect ending to a great fall day in Minneapolis.

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