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Top 7 Places to Take Visiting Family

We pick the best of the bunch.

Christmas is over, Hanukkah is done, piles of tissue paper are stuffed in your garbage, and you just ate leftover pie for breakfast. Even so, your hosting duties might not be over yet. With relatives in town or kids out of school, there is still a lot of entertaining left to do. Luckily for you, Southwest Minneapolis Patch has compiled the top seven things to see and do and see this week.

Salon Saloon: The 2012 Show 

Salon Saloon is one of our favorite shows at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It is a live, monthly talk and variety show focused on the local art scene. This month, Salon Saloon celebrates 2012 with the "Heavy 100", featuring all of the best things from this year, ranging from the best contemporary rural art to the best t-shirt, with the list evenly split between two back-to-back shows. Always funny, charming and engaging, Salon Saloon offers out-of-towners a glimpse into our vibrant arts community. It's a bargain at a sliding scale fee of $6 - $12, but tickets tend to sell out at the door. Show up early or buy them in advance. (Friday, Dec. 28th, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.)

Sugar Sugar Candy Shop

Sugar Sugar is the world's most delicious time warp. Walking into the store feels like stepping back fifty years with its vintage décor, glass jars, and incredible selection of popular candies of the past. Sugar Sugar strikes a perfect balance between nostalgia and novelty that anyone can enjoy.

Wild Rumpus Book Store

Wild Rumpus' amazing selection of children's and young adult literature paired with its menagerie of live chickens, cats, and other creatures is enough to excite anybody. The decor, including a tiny, Alice in Wonderland style door and a ceiling that bursts open to reveal the sky, gives this store a magical quality unlike any other business in the Twin Cities.

The Bakken Museum

For the kid who loves to touch everything, there’s Minneapolis’ Bakken Museum. Tucked away in a mansion on Lake Calhoun, the Bakken offers fascinating, hands-on exhibits about electricity and how it impacts our daily lives.

Feast of Fools Masquerade Ball: A Benefit for the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater

Puppets! Music! Dance! Heart of the Beast Theater is transforming its space into a New Year’s Eve extravaganza this Monday night. Featuring Heart of the Beast's infamous, larger than life puppets, local food and beer,dance performances, and a "Best Mask" competition, this is an evening not to be missed. Plus, there is a great line-up of live bands which will make anyone start to gyrate. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Y (Monday, January 31st, 8:00 pm)

Head Outdoors at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Wrap up warm and head down to Eagan to get some fresh air at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. The crown jewel of Dakota County's park system, Lebanon Hills encompasses nearly 2,000 acres, and offers miles of trails and many lakes for year-round outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education. Even in the winter, this massive expanse of nature is gorgeous.

Midtown Global Market

Take the family down to Lake Street’s Midtown Global Market this year, and show them the bright, multicultural explosion that is Minneapolis. If you come for lunch, make sure you bring as many relatives as you can, in order to help you try the dozen or so food stands and restaurants showcasing the city’s many different cuisines. Favorites include Salty Tart bakery, Los Ocampo, Safari, and Manny's Tortas. Once you wrap up your meal, enjoy some awesome window shopping at stands featuring everything from saris and hijabs through homemade gift cards.

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