Weekend Best Bets: May 24-26

This weekend around the Twin Cities: The world’s biggest bounce house, the moon at the Bell Museum, Terry Reid, and more
The World's Biggest Bounce House
The World’s Biggest Bounce House

Courtesy Big Bounce America Tour

Hey! It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Do you have plans? No? One of our editors already did a roundup of Memorial Day happenings. You can read it here. It includes the Lake Harriet Bandshell, a wildflower garden, and a visit to Historic Fort Snelling, to honor our troops.

The Twin Cities have other options all weekend long, too. Like…

A Seriously Giant Bouncy House

What: World’s Biggest Bounce House
When: May 24-26, May 31-June 2
Where: Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S., St. Louis Park

Want to give your kids one of those memories that will stick? (And have you ever wondered what the Russian Kremlin would look like as a bouncy castle?) The Big Bounce America Tour is coming to the Twin Cities, and it’s more like a bouncy citadel: a 10,000-square-foot balloon-icipality with a 900-foot-long inflatable obstacle course. There’s also a space-themed amusement-park portion. Overall, it promises to be very, very large. Learn more.

A Big, Big Moon

What: Museum of the Moon
When: Through June 9
Where: Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul

On display as of this Tuesday, a huge replica of our very own moon comes to Minnesota’s natural history museum. It’s by a London artist, and part of Year of Apollo: The Moon & Beyond, the Bell Museum’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. The roughly 23-foot sculpture uses NASA imagery and simulated moonlight. Each centimeter represents five kilometers. While it’s here, check out related programming—like, on May 29, an open writing workshop reflecting on the moon and nocturnal nature, plus “Moon Yoga” and a pajama party on June 1. Learn more.

An Awfully Quiet Play

What: Small Mouth Sounds
When: Through June 16
Where: Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

This off-Broadway hit stars six city folk who take off on a yoga retreat in the wilderness. Meditation brings out internal demons and a strong yearning for human connection. The dialogue is minimal, the humor bumbling and tender. The point: How we’re challenged and benefited by going off the grid. (Which is basically what going to a play is, right?) At the Jungle, the cast features familiar local names: Christina Baldwin, Becca Hart, Jim Lichtscheidl. Learn more.

An Underrated Legend

What: Terry Reid at the Cedar
When: Friday, May 24, 8-11 p.m.
Where: The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

Aretha Franklin once said the best England had in 1968 were the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Terry Reid. The rock-soul musician—and subject of a documentary called Superlungs—comes to Minneapolis for a show that will make you wonder what would have happened had he claimed as much fame as his peers. Learn more.

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