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Como Town Gazette – August/September 2016

Como Town is being invaded by….Pokemon!


PokemonGo players are coming to Como Town! There have been reports of Magmar, Jiggly Puff, Goldeen and even Pikachu spottings in the Como area. Como Town is a great place to spend the day having fun and catching Pokemon!


For those who are new to the craze, PokemonGo is a free-to-play location-based game played on your mobile device. While walking through the real world you discover Pokemon around you. You can catch hundreds of different species while you travel throughout real places. Once you are near a Pokemon your mobile phone will vibrate, alerting you. You then aim and throw a Poke Ball on your screen at the Pokemon to catch it. Come to Como Town to catch ‘em all!


18th Annual Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Japanese Garden @ Como Zoo
Sunday, August 21, 2016
3:00pm – 9:00pm


Enjoy art, dancing, music, martial arts, food, and more at the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. This is a family-friendly event showcasing many aspects of Japanese culture and Obon holiday. Admission for adults is $5, kids 3-12 and seniors 65+ pay $3, and kids under 2 are free! There is a free shuttle service until 10:30pm from the District Service Center located at 1930 Como Avenue. There are no pets permitted on zoo grounds for the event.


Make Your Own Como Town Train!


Easy to make train and track set!


Give your child three wooden blocks, a wooden spool, and six pieces of wagon-wheel pasta to paint. Cut a chipboard rectangle for the top of the train and two squares for train windows; let your child paint the pieces. Once the chipboard is dry, glue the pieces together as shown. Glue a tuft of cotton to the spool for smoke.

To make the tracks, cut a strip of chipboard a little wider than the length of one mini craft stick. Glue mini craft sticks at short intervals along the strip and top with regular craft sticks. For extra fun, create several sets of tracks for your child to place together.


Source: http://www.parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/simple-wood-crafts/

Como Town Gazette – June/July 2016

KSTP 5 Twin Cities Live Appearances


Come celebrate summer at Como Town and meet the hosts for Twin Cities Live on KSTP 5! See Steve Patterson at Como Town on Wednesday, June 15 from 10am-12pm and Elizabeth Ries on Friday, June 24 from 10am-12pm. Join in on the fun for a chance to win free rides, prizes, and great giveaways!




Summer Safety Safari for Kids

Zoo Grounds @Como Zoo
Tuesday, June 14
10am – 1pm

Fun, games, hands-on learning – and a bike helmet giveaway!

Some of the stops on the Safety Safari:
Test Your Street Smarts – Do you know all the steps to get across the street safely?

Splish-splash! – Don’t be wishy-washy about water safety!

Home Safety Challenge – Can you find what’s safe — and what’s not?

The Seat Belt Challenge – Find out if you’re ready for seat belts only!

Keep Your Signals Straight – Especially when you’re on your bike!

Children who visit all Summer Safety Safari stations can receive a new bike helmet from AAA (while supplies last).



Craft: Rock Animals

Kids will love transforming rocks into their favorite zoo animals. Let them get artistic and open up their imagination by making rock animals they can enjoy all summer long. Done in only two steps!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 rocks, one smaller than the other (1 pair for each animal)
  • Acrylic paint in assorted colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors



  1. Paint rocks a solid color; let dry. Using a small brush, paint details such as spots, stripes and (on smaller rock) facial features. Let dry. Glue smaller rock to larger rock.
  2. For ears, cut a pair of circles or ovals out of construction paper, adding a tab or stem. For panda, cut a pair of circles out of white paper that are about 1/3 smaller than black circles, and glue them to black circles. Glue ears to head. Leopard’s ears are painted directly onto rock.

Source: www.allyou.com

Como Town Gazette – April/May 2016

Splash Zone Opening Memorial Day Weekend


The water attraction, Splash Zone, will open at Como Town on Memorial Day Weekend. Splash Zone is located in Hodge Podge Park, centrally located in the middle of the theme park. The attraction is a fun way to stay cool on a hot day! Kids love splashing in the water and playing in the fountains.

Parents and chaperones 14 years of age or older enter for free. Splash Zone is included in Hodge Podge Park admission so make sure to bring your suit!




Mother’s Day Bonsai Show

The Ordway Gardens

Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 8, 2016

10am – 6pm

Take Mom to this annual tradition! The Minnesota Bonsai Society will be displaying some of their finest work in the Ordway Gardens. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai! Learn more about The Ordway Gardens.





Send us in a picture of your child at Como Town for a chance to win 2 unlimited ride wristbands!

How to enter:

  • Like us on Facebook
  • Message us a picture of your kid at Como Town.

Wristbands are good for the 2016 season. All entries must be in by 3pm on May 11. Winner will be announced on May 13 and will be drawn at random.


Last Winner!


Como Town Gazette – June 2015

Twin Cities Live Night at Como Town

Gather up the family and join us for Twin Cities Live Nights at Como Town!

Twin Cities Live Night at Como Town
Twin Cities Live Night at Como Town
Tuesday, June 9, 5-7 pm
Meet Twin Cities Live host Steve Patterson. Pick up some Twin Cities Live merchandise and register to win some prizes from Twin Cities Live.

Tuesday, June 16, 5-7 pm
Meet Kelli Hanson, pick up some Twin Cities Live merchandise and register to win prizes. The first 100 visitors from 5-7 PM get a Como Town Fun Pass good for one free ride at Como Town!

Tuesday, June 23, 56-7 pm
Meet Elizabeth Ries. The first 100 visitors from 5-7 PM get a Como Town Fun Pass good for one free ride at Como Town!

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Centennial Kickoff Weekend

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Centennial Kickoff Weekend
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Centennial Kickoff Weekend

Join Como Park Zoo and Conservatory June 19-21 for a weekend that includes live music, a classic movie, vow renewals, a purple dome, and much, much more.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is kicking off the Centennial Celebration Weekend with a 9:30 am ribbon cutting ceremony in the new Centennial Garden on Friday, June 19. The Centennial Garden is a stylized nod to the traditional European landscape gardens that drew visitors to Como at the turn of the century. The Garden will welcome guests into the Visitor Center and serve as a landmark to remember all of the community members who have made the past 100 years possible. Click here to see the complete weekend celebration schedule: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Centennial Kickoff Weekend

Craft: DIY Cardboard Neighborhood

Craft: DIY Cardboard Neighborhood
Craft: DIY Cardboard Neighborhood

Spark your imagination and celebrate Mister Rogers’ birthday by building your own cardboard neighborhood.


    ● cardboard cereal box
    ● pencil
    ● ruler
    ● scissors
    ● paint
    ● hot glue gun
    ● string


1. Open your cereal box and lay it flat. Use a pencil and ruler to draw two longer rectangles for the front and back of the house. Make two small triangles on the front panel for the dormers. Make two squares and triangles for the sides of the house.

2. Cut out your house and a rectangle for the roof. Cut two slits on one edge of the roof. For the chimney, cut out out a rectangle with two little triangles.

3. For the optional patio, cut out a long rectangle. To make a swing, fold a small rectangle in half, and make two holes to add the string, tying off at the bottom.

4. Paint the house and roof and let dry.

5. Fold your house to create a box and hot glue together. Add the roof, sliding the triangles into the slits, and glue in place.

6. Fold and add the chimney and optional patio, hot gluing the strings for the swing to the ceiling. Build more houses to make your neighborhood!

Enjoy your neighborhood!

For more information and tips, check out www.pbs.org/parents.

Como Town Gazette – May 2015

Como Town Gazette - May 2015

Coming Soon: Tiger Trax Roller Coaster

Tiger Trax Roller Coaster is a family-friendly coaster custom made for Como Town by SBF Group in Italy. The jungle-themed Tiger Trax coaster cars are custom painted to look like Como Zoo’s Siberian tigers. The figure-eight roller coaster has 1,100 feet of track.

The new Tiger Trax Roller Coaster replaces a 20 year-old coaster, the Scream’in Dragon, which was sold to an amusement park in South Dakota in 2013. Como Town went last season without a roller coaster while plans were made to obtain a new roller coaster.

After months of research and roller coaster testing Como Town’s owner and Saint Paul resident Glenn Baron, accompanied by his 14-year-old daughter, traveled to Italy to test SBF Group’s roller coasters before selecting the Tiger Trax coaster for Como Town. The roller coaster was shipped from Italy and arrive in Minnesota in May and engineers from SBF Group supervised the installation and testing of the new coaster.


TPT Family Fun Day


On Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10am to 4pm, bring the whole family for a day filled with fun activities at Como Town and Como Zoo! Enjoy a discounted unlimited ride wristband for Como Town, character appearances and musical performance by children’s band Snapdragon Seeds. Click here to get your discounted Como Town Wristbands!

Coming Soon


Twin Cities Live and KS95 are coming back to Como Town this season! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and be the first to know about all the news, fun events and activities we have planned for you this season!

Craft Project – Melted Bead Bowl


Make this stylish bowl with only a few simple supplies!

– beads—a wide variety if you choose
– an oven-proof bowl
– Pam or grease for the bowl

1. Grease the oven-proof bowl and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Empty the beads into the bowl and push them down to the bottom, spreading them out until there is a single layer reaching up the sides.
3. Place the bowl in the oven and “bake” it for about 15 minutes.
4. Once it’s cooled, peel the bead bowl off of the oven-proof bowl; now you have a new, beautiful bowl!

For more information and tips, check out www.pbs.org/parents.