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Name: Benjamin
Age: 1
City: St. Paul
Parents: Joe and Ann Matuella
Siblings: 3 furry-faced wiener-dog sisters: Lily, Ruby and Rosie

Personality: Spunky, inquisitive, happy and always BUSY

Favorite toy: Daddy's TV remote control

Favorite foods: Raspberries, Cheerios, spinach, turkey and hummus

Favorite book: He’s not into books yet, but he loves hearing his adoption story as told by Mommy.

Favorite activities: Playing with his older cousins; being in water ... bathtub, lake or pool; dropping items and watching mommy and daddy pick them up; brushing his four teeth; and having cozy-cuddle time while having his bottle.

 

Photo by Kelly Greenwalt / The Silver Blossom Photography Studio

 

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Out & About
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails
When: Aug 23
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Museum admission is $9.95 for ages 1 and older.
Website: mcm.org
Big Back Yard
When: Aug 23
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Included with museum admission ($13 for adults, $10 for ages 4-12)
Website: smm.org/bigbackyard
Minnesota State Fair
When: Aug 25
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails
When: Aug 26
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Museum admission is $9.95 for ages 1 and older.
Website: mcm.org
Skyline Mini Golf
When: Aug 26
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $12 adults, $9 for ages 7-12, free for ages 6 and younger with a paid adult
Website: walkerart.org/minigolf
Monarch Open House
When: Aug 27, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Renaissance Festival
When: Aug 27
Where: Seven miles south of Shakopee. The festival will move to a new home in 2020. Cost:
Cost: $23.95; $14.95 for ages 5 to 12, $21.95 for ages 62 and older. Starting Aug. 8, buy tickets online or at local stores to save money and avoid lines at the event.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Minnesota State Fair
When: Aug 27
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Lil' Kickers Open Houses
When: Aug 27
Where: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: www.lilkickerstwincities.com
Forces at Play
When: Aug 27
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Museum admission is $9.95 for ages 1 and older.
Website: mcm.org
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