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Family Fun Twin Cities Holiday Guide
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Winter Wonderland: Experience the Magical Holiday Traditions Of Sweden at the American Swedish Institute
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Twin Cities Free Weekend Events December 20-21
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Night Trains Ticket Giveaway
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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide
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Where to Find Minnesota Christmas Lights & Music Shows
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Weekend Free Twin Cities Events List Dec. 12-13
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Three Unique Christmas Experiences in Minneapolis This Weekend
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Christmas Shopping with Local Toymakers
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“Annie” Screening Giveaway at the Theatres at Mall of America
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Free Family Tuesday Night Special at Minneapolis Holiday Market in Holidazzle Village

Family Fun Twin Cities Holiday Guide

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Winter Wonderland: Experience the Magical Holiday Traditions Of Sweden at the American Swedish Institute

Tomte, the Swedish Christmas Elf, lives part time at the American Swedish Institute! Visit him for story time at ASI’s Julmarknad (Christmas Market) on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Guest Post by Laura Cederberg from the American Swedish Institute.

Christmas is a magical time in Sweden and the Nordic region. There’s no place on earth that’s more of a winter wonderland and the darkest months are filled with light and joy thanks to many special traditions. Read More

Twin Cities Free Weekend Events December 20-21

Don’t forget to check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of events going on this weekend in the Twin Cities! If it’s seasonal events you’re searching for, try our Family Fun Twin Cities Holiday Guide.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

Childish Films: Wind in the Willows
at Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN • 10am – 12pm

Ages: Most films are best enjoyed by kids ages 3+ but all ages are welcome.
Details: Doors open at 10am for snacks and hands-on activities, pre-show entertainment begins at 10:30 and films begin closer to 11am.

Live Animals @ Maplewood Nature Center
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 7th St, Maplewood, MN 55119 • 1 – 2:15pm

Ages: Ages 3 & up with an adult present
Details: Touch and see the nature center’s live snake, toad and salamander.  Watch them slurp up a treat!  No registration necessary. Stay to explore and play with the indoor exhibits.

STEM Saturday @ Ramsey County Library Roseville: Stop Motion Animation
2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 • 10:30-11:30am

Ages: 8-14
Details: Try your hand at creating a movie using stop-motion animation and the library’s iPad Lab. Instructors will walk you through the process and be available to help anyone with their film creation.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

Target Free Third Sunday
at Minnesota Children’s Musem, 10 West 7th Street, St. Paul MN • 9am-5pm

Ages: Appropriate for all ages.
Details: Roam the museum free of charge every third Sunday of each month – take note, it will most likely be crowded. Current visiting exhibits include Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Healthyville.

Night Trains Ticket Giveaway

An annual (somewhat holiday-esque) tradition, Night Trains is amazing.  If you have a train lover in your family, you will not want to miss this! Read More

Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide

We’ve put together our Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide for all of us to have a fun and meaningful Winter Break.

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Where to Find Minnesota Christmas Lights & Music Shows

Thanks to the awesome Prairie Lights website for this list of Christmas lights & music shows! Our family discovered the student-designed Winter Lights Show put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Science & Engineering. Who knew there were this many displays out there?

These links were verified on December 9, 2014:

– See more at: http://www.prairielights.info/l-synchronized-lights.htm#sthash.8FwaT3Ji.dpuf


Weekend Free Twin Cities Events List Dec. 12-13

We’re getting ever-so-closer to the holidays, so it comes as no surprise that several of this weekend’s highlighted events are themed accordingly. However, a closer look reveals that not everything going on is focused on the season…

Friday, December 12

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
at South Plaza, Union Depot, 214 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Time: 6-7pm
Cost: Free, or $3 for VIP admission
Details: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling through Union Depot raising food and cash donations for food banks in the U.S. and Canada. The entire train is decked out with brilliant holiday lights and musicians onboard a decorated boxcar will perform starting at 6:30. For the train’s complete schedule click here.

Saturday, December 13

Free Second Saturday: Art & Science
at The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55416

Time: 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free
Details: A blend of art and science hands-on activities are on the schedule for Bakken’s monthly free Second Saturday program. For a complete schedule click here.

Gingerbread House Making
at Ramsey County Library – Shoreview, 4570 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126

Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages: Appropriate for ages 4-10
Cost: Free, supplies available while they last
Details: Drop in and decorate your own gingerbread (OK – graham cracker) house! Frosting and candy will be provided for decoration.

Sunday, December 14

Target Family Day: Ready-to-Wear
at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Time: 11am – 5pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: Free, parking available free on side streets
Details: Explore art on fabrics and fashion some art to wear yourself. Get the complete family-friendly schedule here.

Sundays at Landmark: Santa’s Workshop
at Landmark Center, 75 5th St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Time: 1pm
Cost: Free, parking available on side streets
Details: Spend the afternoon with Santa and his reindeer while making crafts for friends and family and enjoying festive performances.

Be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of events for this weekend and beyond!


Three Unique Christmas Experiences in Minneapolis This Weekend

Helping to make a wish come true for a little girl, a journey through Christmas and a family friendly musical experience.  This weekend is packed with joy!

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Christmas Shopping with Local Toymakers

Christmas is in less than two weeks. 

Can you believe it? 

Two weeks.

TWO WEEKS!

If you are like me, you might be a little panicked.  I need to start buying Christmas presents in January, or I put it off and put it off.  Then, no one gets anything. 

Or maybe you are like my husband and you are finished, but you need that one last thing.  Family Fun Twin Cities has some great suggestions for you.  We have met some great local toymakers and have played with their many different toys.  Here are some of our familys’ favorites. Read More

“Annie” Screening Giveaway at the Theatres at Mall of America

Congratulations, Chris! You are our winner! Look for an email from me! Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway.
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Free Family Tuesday Night Special at Minneapolis Holiday Market in Holidazzle Village

Family Fun Twin Cities was given the wonderful opportunity to ask Leah Wong–vice president events and marketing with the Minneapolis Downtown Council–some questions about Holidazzle Village featuring the Minneapolis Holiday Market.  If you want to know more about it, keep reading.  

(This weekend may be the perfect opportunity to check it out) Read More

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