Danielle Brown of Green Martini Paint Co.

This post is part of a series celebrating STMA moms who’ve turned their passions into unique local businesses. You can read past #mompreneur articles by clicking here.

Check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of this article!

Every once in a while I have the chance to get to know someone who is totally working in her sweet spot. One such local mom, Danielle Brown, has combined her background in graphic design and her love of teaching with her outgoing personality to create Green Martini Paint Co., which provides not only for her family but also meets the need for a social and creative outlet for members of the STMA community.

Top 5 Favorite Local Apple Orchards

Fall is here, and with it comes the opportunity for your family to enjoy all that the harvest season has to offer—including a visit to one of our area’s fantastic apple orchards!

I’ve pulled together information on five of the most popular orchards among STMA residents, all of which include pick-your-own apples. (Distances listed are from St. Michael town center)

Harvest Festival at The Fountains at Arbor Lakes – Sunday, September 17

The Fountains at Arbor Lakes shopping center in Maple Grove is hosting it’s second annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 17.

Join them for fall fun from 1 to 5 p.m.—free hay rides, Untiedt’s farmers market, Walton’s Hallow petting zoo, and much more!  More info: www.arborlakes.net

The Fountains at Arbor Lakes is located on the east side of Hemlock Lane.
This event is taking place in the parking lot between Dave & Busters and Klein Bank.
(download PDF map)

Kids Fall Movies at St. Michael Cinema

The Kids Fall Movie Series is coming to the St. Michael Cinema!

Starting September 30 and continuing through November, our favorite local theater will be featuring great family films—a new one each week—and tickets will be available for just $1.

In addition, the theater is partnering with local schools to sell a discounted Series Pass for $5, which provides admission to each film and returns a portion of the sales back to your school of choice.

Showtimes and details about the Series Passes are forthcoming, but go ahead and add this to YOUR family’s fall entertainment plans now!

(Note: Series passes will be $5, not $8 as printed in the flyer above)



“Dream Big, Princess” at AMC Theatres

As a lifelong Disney fan, a girl-mom, and an proponent of strong women, I’m super excited about the “Dream Big, Princess” movie series taking place at AMC Theatres this fall!

Beginning this weekend, you and your little ones can enjoy seeing some of Disney’s most heroic princesses on the big screen at the AMC Theatre in Maple Grove or Coon Rapids.

Beauty and the Beast – September 15–21
Mulan – September 22–28
Tangled – September 29–October 5
The Princess and the Frog – October 6–12
Brave – October 13–19

My family’s favorite princesses are Belle and Rapunzel, so you can bet we’ll be taking advantage of this rare opportunity to see them in theaters. 🙂

Visit amctheatres.com/dream_big_princess for tickets and showtimes.




Adults@Play at Minnesota Children’s Museum

My husband and I sometimes commiserate while at a playground or somewhere else with our kids, that there aren’t nearly enough places for grown ups to enjoy being playful. I mean, when was the last time you felt like you could really just “let loose” and PLAY at an area intended for kids without feeling like a weirdo?

If you’ve been longing to release your inner child, the Minnesota Children’s Museum is inviting you to a special 21+ adults-only takeover event called Adults@Play on Thursday, September 28.

Open Streets STMA – Saturday, Sep. 16

Next Saturday, September 16 from 10 to 2, join us in downtown Albertville for FYCC’s semi-annual community festival, Open Streets STMA.

More than just a street festival, Open Streets gives St. Michael-Albertville families the opportunity to explore our neighborhood and get to know the local businesses.

Get Your Fair Food Fix in STMA

Did your family visit the Minnesota State Fair this year? What did you do there… and more importantly, what did you EAT? Or maybe you didn’t make it to the fair. Maybe you don’t even like the State Fair (gasp!) with all of its crowds and animal smells and heat.

Regardless of how you feel about the fair, you still probably have a handful of fair foods that you crave. My personal top three are pronto pups, cheese curds, and funnel cake, and on the years we skip the fair, I really miss them. Did you know, though, that you can find a lot of popular fair foods right here in our community?

STMA Mom “Back to School” Celebration

Why let the kids have all the fun?? Celebrate the kids’ return to school with a celebration of your own!

Visit Dunn Brothers in St. Michael on Tuesday, September 5 between 9 and 11 a.m., and stop by the STMA Mom table to get a coupon for 25% off any beverage or food item.*

Invite a friend to enjoy the morning out with you. And while you’re there, be sure to enter our drawing to win a FREE coffee mug and a pound of Dunn Brothers coffee!

Event details at:

*In store only, excludes alcoholic beverages

Fall 2017 Community Ed Activities

The Fall 2017 brochure from Community Education will be hitting mailboxes this week!

In it you’ll find information about early childhood (ECFE) programs, youth sports, music lessons, art classes, and MUCH more for your kids… as well as a handful of classes, trips, and athletic opportunities for adults.