#13 AND #27 – Go to the MN Zoo & Go to an IMAX movie

I finished two 40 in 40 items in one day!

I don’t know the last time I went to the MN Zoo, or even if I’ve ever been, so 13 on my 40 in 40 was to go to the MN Zoo.

I’m often not a fan of zoos because I feel so bad for the animals. I don’t like when there isn’t a lot of space for them, so I really don’t enjoy Como Zoo at all. But I was pleasantly surprised with the MN Zoo. There was a lot of space for the tigers and buffalo, and I made sure to ask if the cows that were penned up were ever released into a pasture, and they assured me they were daily.

And the kangaroos! Kangaroos are apparently new at the MN Zoo, and the attraction is super cool in that there are no fences. We walk on a dirt path and mere feet beyond the dirt path are the kangaroos. There was a sign that said kangaroos can jump as far as 25 feet in one jump, so I’m sure they could take me out, but we didn’t see any of them jump. They were having a nice, lazy day sprawled out on the grass or walking. And have you seen a kangaroo walk on all fours? Their back legs are way longer than their front legs, so just imagine a T-Rex walking on all fours. I should’ve taken a video.

After the zoo, we then went to the IMAX, number 27 on my 40 in 40, and saw the movie Dunkirk. It was different than I thought it would be in that there really isn’t much dialogue. We’re just instantly immersed in the British soldiers stranded at Dunkirk and we follow some of them and what they went through to try to get off the beach. It was really intense and I understand the praise it’s getting.

I’m not sure what’s next on my list, but this was a really fun day. Thanks to Kristen, Heather, and Jennifer for making it so much fun!

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#22 – See a play or musical at a new theater

I love the theater. Plays and musicals are totally my jam, but I feel like I sometimes go to the same theaters again and again, like the different venues owned by Hennepin Theatre Trust, the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the Ordway, and, of course, going with my family to Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria.

Number 22 on my 40 in 40 was to make sure I’d make an effort to seek out a new theater this year.

This past weekend one of my sisters was visiting me, as she was recuperating from a surgery, and we wanted a lazy weekend. We saw some movies (The Big Sick is so good!), ate yummy food, and decided to go to a play.

The Gremlin Theatre just moved to a new location, in the same building as Lake Monster Brewing, after three years of trying to find a home. To celebrate their new space, they’re redoing the very first play they ever put on as a theater company 19 years ago – Don’t Dress for Dinner.

Don’t Dress for Dinner is a comedy of errors, a mistaken identity farce, where a husband and wife are both trying to sneak their lovers into their home for the evening. Throw in a sassy caterer and her jealous husband and this play was just what we needed. I highly recommend it if you need a good laugh.

The only bad thing about the Gremlin Theatre is the location, which sucks because it’s their new location. It’s a little hard to find, because signage isn’t good, but you locate it by entering the doors to the left of Lake Monster Brewing. But it’s not really about locating it that’s the problem. It’s the smell.

Entering the building, you’re hit in the face with a pretty gross bathroom smell. It permeates the long hallway leading up to the theater, so instantly I felt gross. I swear I could still smell it a little bit in the theater, too, and whatever it is, the building needs to fix it. When I’m going to the theater, I don’t want it to smell like porta potty.

Overall: the play was good, but the venue needs some work.

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