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Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
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Twin Cities Valentine’s Day Weekend Events
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BookHounds: ‘Punk Skunks’ Releases TOMORROW! Book Launch Parties All Month Long!
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Minneapolis/St. Paul: A Train Lover’s Destination
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Minneapolis Parks Offers A few ways to celebrate with your Valentine
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Memory Boy – An Opera for Kids of All Ages
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Free Weekend Family Events for February 6-7, 2016
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Baby Emperor Tamarin Twins – Cuteness Overload
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Ski and Snowboard–Fun with Dad
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Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Children’s Museum at Mall of America

Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids

This is my go-to website for things to do with the kiddos in Minnesota.

 

 
Is this your first visit to our site?  Start here and get to know us! 

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Twin Cities Valentine’s Day Weekend Events

Spend a lovely weekend with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of all the Valentine's Day activities in the Twin Cities - many of them FREE. Here are 10 ideas to get you started

Spend a lovely weekend with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of all the Valentine’s Day activities in the Twin Cities – many of them FREE. Here are 10 ideas to get you started:

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BookHounds: ‘Punk Skunks’ Releases TOMORROW! Book Launch Parties All Month Long!

Buzz and Kit are BSFs (Best Skunks Forever), but even best friends get into disagreements.  Will they work it out? You’ll have to look for clues in this month’s BookHounds Book!

Children's authors, books

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I know we keep saying this, but honestly Punk Skunks needs to find a place in your home library.

Pick it up here and then go hang out with the Shaskan Band these next two Saturdays. Or just go hang out with them at our favorite bookshops and pick it up there!

Punk Skunks Launch Party

Red Balloon Bookshop
Saturday, February 13, 2016
10:30 am
FREE
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Punk Skunks Publication Party

Wild Rumpus for Young Readers
Saturday, February 20, 2016
11 am
FREE

Or  join us for our BookHounds Meeting on Friday, February 26!
 Go to our BookHounds page for more information on how to download the app and where to find us.

 

Minneapolis/St. Paul: A Train Lover’s Destination

Minneapolis/St. Paul: A Train Lover's Destination
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** World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour, Feb. 6-7, 2016 **
RiverCenter, St. Paul
Children 16 & under admitted free with paid adult


 

If you are a train lover or have train lovers in your family, then the Twin Cities is a fantastic place for you.

James J. Hill–a native of Ontario, Canada–was a pioneer in Minnesota developing the Great Northern Railway and pioneering the Pacific Northwest Railway.  Because of his legacy, the Twin Cities has a rich railroad history making it a great location for any train lovers.

These destinations are just the beginning of what you can find here:

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Minneapolis Parks Offers A few ways to celebrate with your Valentine

Minneapolis Parks Valentine ActivitiesThis is a share from my email.  Minneapolis Parks has a few suggestions for what to do with your family for Valentines Day:

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Memory Boy – An Opera for Kids of All Ages

Memory BoyMemory Boy the opera is based on the novel by Will Weaver of the same name. It’s a post-apocalyptic story set in Minnesota. Post-apocalyptic novels are kind of a guilty pleasure for me. My 10-year-old daughter, who is my usual date for these kind of things doesn’t share that interest with me, so I decided to take my 6-year-old. He’s not as seasoned with theater as his sister, but he is drawn to more adventurous stories.

Memory boy is billed as an “opera for kids of all ages,” and he was not the only younger child there, but it would have been a better fit for the 10-year-old. Even though it was only an hour and sung in English, it was difficult for him to sit through it and difficult for him to remember he couldn’t talk in his regular voice. Although this is an excellent starter opera, I would still recommend it for slightly older than kindergarten. Probably 8 and up. Read More

Free Weekend Family Events for February 6-7, 2016

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What better to liven up the dead of winter than tons of free family events? Saturday is packed full of stuff to do from the final weekend of the St. Paul Winter Carnival to Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday program. Plus, you can always check our Family Fun Calendar for more Twin Cities free events and festivals this weekend and beyond.

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Baby Emperor Tamarin Twins – Cuteness Overload

Baby Emperor Tamarin Twins

Image courtesy of Como Zoo

Como Zoo announced the birth of twins today — baby Emperor Tamarin Twins! A boy and a girl (they think). The twins were born on January 27th and are now on display. There are only about 30 Emperor Tamarins in U.S. zoos.  These tiny primates are currently only about 40 grams and will grow to be around 1 pound.

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Ski and Snowboard–Fun with Dad

 

 

Family Fun With Dad

 

Meet Jeff Lenz. He is a local dad who likes to spend time with his family outdoors.  Right now in this winter season, he likes to ski with his girls.

I met Jeff at my 20th high school reunion where I grew up with Kassie his wife.  Reconnecting with Kassie and meeting her husband were some of the best parts of the reunion.  When I learned that they lived in South Minneapolis (and we laughed at how we both were small town girls who wanted to live in an actual city), I asked Jeff if he wouldn’t mind sharing how he and his family spend time together. Read More

Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Children’s Museum at Mall of America

Family Fun Idea: The Minnesota Children's Museum at Mall of America

Wondering if the new branch of the Minnesota Children’s Museum at Mall of America is worth a stop? My short answer is yes, particularly if you are a museum member (which I have been for many years) and especially if you come planning to make a morning or afternoon of it at the Mall (which I did). As for the value in non-members making the trek out solely for the two exhibits at the mini-museum; that’s debatable. Personally, if I hadn’t been admitted free I would have thought paying $7.95 per person to play in the diminutive space at the Mall a bit steep when compared to paying only $2 more for all the flagship Minnesota Children’s Museum has to offer.

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