April 2015

Found 8 blog entries for April 2015.

Minnesota SeaLife - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coolmikeol/4156969289

Minnesota SeaLife is the top aquarium in the area located right in the Mall of America. It features hands-on activities for kids, new displays and thousands of sea creatures. It’s located at 120 East Broadway in Bloomington and opened back in 1996. You can visit this premier family-friend attraction seven days a week for interactive fun for all ages. If you love sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and getting in the water, you’ll love a visit to the Minnesota SeaLife inside the Mall of America.

What to expect

The aquarium is an exciting, family-friendly attraction in Bloomington in which you’ll get to get closer than ever to sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and thousands of other underwater creatures. There are opportunities to scuba with the sharks

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Dining

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar is an excellent place to dine out in Bloomington. You’ll enjoy dishes crafted for all tastes and appetites that can work for just about any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch spot or an intimate dinner date, FireLake is the perfect place to go. T

The foods are based on North American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. You’ll love the flavors, the excellent service and the welcoming atmosphere. Here is a look at why you’ll love a visit to FireLake in the Mall of America.

About FireLake

FireLake uses locally grown and perfectly seasoned ingredients to create delicious entrees. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Make a reservation or walk-in at their location at

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Ravioli - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyww/5504011762

Ciao Bella opened the doors in 1997 and has been a popular Bloomington restaurant ever since. With contemporary Italian cuisine and amazing service, the restaurant has made a name for itself.

At Ciao Bella, you will find plenty of organic and local ingredients on the menu. They craft food by hand with fresh, seasonal offerings every single day. Here's what you will find at the restaurant.

The Menu

Ciao Bella offers a lunch and dinner menu, along with an extensive wine list. You will find only the best ingredients in each dish. With an emphasis on local produce, in-season choices, 100% natural antibiotic-free meats and fish flown in daily, only the best is found here. Even the wine includes only the best grapes chosen by well-known vintners.

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Star Trek Exhibition - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_radcliff/2611175388

As one of the most-watched TV shows and movie series of all time, Star Trek is quite popular. If you love Star Trek, then Star Trek: The Exhibition is for you. This is one of the most popular attractions found in Bloomington inside the Mall of America.

You can enjoy discovering the history of the future with the most popular science fiction brand ever. Star Trek has provided entertainment for more than four decades and continues to tell a story through this exhibit. Experience Star Trek like you never thought possible, hand-on and live. You can explore the science, culture, characters, wisdom and worlds behind the Star Trek universe and more. 

The Collection

Within Star Trek: The Exhibition, you will find a huge collection of authentic

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Water Park of America - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wave_Pool_at_Water_Park_of_America.JPG

The Water Park of America is one of the best year-round attractions found in the Bloomington, Minnesota area. It's a part of the Mall of America and provides a huge indoor water park for all to enjoy. Here's what you will discover at the park.

The Rides

Families can come out and enjoy all types of rides gears for all ages. Some of the rides may not be suitable for younger children, but there's certainly something here for everybody. Even parents will find plenty of fun with the many thrilling rides at the park.

Some of the most popular rides include:

  • Cascade Fall FlowRider
  • St. Croix Lazy River
  • Lake Superior Wave Pool
  • Eagles Nest 7th & 10th Floor Body Slide
  • Eagles Nest Family Raft Ride
  • Eagles Nest 5th Floor Tube Slide
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Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? Indeed it is and we happen to know for a fact that Bloomington-ites are a giving bunch, so we thought we’d share with you some volunteer opportunities right here in our neck of the woods.

Have a Passion for Graphic Design?

Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) in Bloomington is looking for a marketing and graphic design intern to help market their services. They need you to help with layout and design of print and online marketing materials, media list development, press releases and more.

The group requires a background check, orientation, InDesign experience and they are asking for a commitment of 10 hours per week.

Reach out to VEAP by calling 952.888.9616 or by visiting their

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Italian Food - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/portobayevents/8662943022

An Italian restaurant with an award-winning atmosphere, Parma 8200 is a part of the D'Amico Restaurant Company. They serve lunch and dinner with live jazz music on Saturday night and plenty of excellent dishes. Here's what you will find when you dine at Parma 8200.

The Menu

Whether you stop in for lunch, dinner or take a family dinner to go, you will enjoy classic Italian cuisine from Parma 8200. You can come out for one of the many special, which include Happy Hour and Sunday Date Nights, as well. Some of the dishes you can expect to find on the menu include:

  • Salumi Plate
  • Gorgonzola Caesar Salad
  • Garetto Soup
  • Tortellini
  • Penne
  • Cavatelli
  • Parma Sandwich
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Chicken alla Parmigiana
  • Crab Linguine
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Minnesota Children's Museum - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/puroticorico/3611934503

Bloomington, MN offers some amazing attractions that the young and the old will enjoy. Families are attracted to this city due to the amazing things it has to offer. It’s a beautiful thriving city and there are some wonderful things to enjoy.

You can find plenty of shopping in over 520 stores at the Mall of America alone while kids will love the animals at the Minnesota Zoo and a game in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Here is a look at some of the top attractions in the area.

Minnesota Children’s Museum – 10 West Seventh Street, Saint Paul

The Minnesota Children’s Museum is the perfect place for kids under the age of 7. It’s a place to explore creativity, child development, play and has many interactive learning activities.

Minnesota Zoo – 13000

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