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Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
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Beyond Pokémon Go – Twin Cities Quests for Families
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Family Fun Idea: ‘Paint Your Wagon’ at The Ordway
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Pinocchio at Children’s Theatre Company
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10 Free & Air-Conditioned Indoor Family Outings
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BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies
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Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities August Family Festival Calendar
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Family Fun Idea: Eat Local Farm Tour
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Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe
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Tot Time Open Swim at Twin Cities Pools & Aquatic Centers

Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


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Beyond Pokémon Go – Twin Cities Quests for Families

Pokémon Go at the library

Pokémon Go Activities are popping up everywhere – Like This Library Crawl

I’m a bit on the fence with the Pokémon Go app. On the one side, it sounded instantly appealing to me to take my family out to search for Pokémon. I picture a day of happy bonding while we explore the Twin Cities. On the other side, I am anti-app (an app-atheist? app-athetic?). I would probably need the expert tech help of my 11-year-old. At any rate, I’m still on the fence. I might make this exception or get my husband, who is an app-addict, to download it to his phone.

In the meantime, when asked to explain Pokémon Go, I told a friend, “It’s like geocaching for imaginary creatures.” I know its a bit more. You can train them, and battle them, and act out your cartoon fantasies; but the part that I like is the searching part. This is why, while I’m sitting on the fence, I can start to encourage some other treasure hunts I’ve been wanting to try.

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Family Fun Idea: ‘Paint Your Wagon’ at The Ordway

Paint Your Wagon

photo by Rich Ryan

This past week, I had the privilege of chatting with our beloved local Ann Michels.  Not sure who I’m talking about?  That’s okay.  We are busy parents and are lucky to be able to watch a show without falling asleep halfway through it.

Ann Michels is a talented local actress who has performed in many different roles around the Twin Cities including The Guthrie Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Theater Latte Da and many others. Read More

Pinocchio at Children’s Theatre Company

My middle grader and I attended opening night of Pinocchio on Friday.

Pinocchio meets the Blue Fairy

This play was developed here at Children’s Theatre in 2013, has traveled around a bit and now come home to CTC. This was my first time seeing this version of Pinocchio.

Would I recommend this play. Well, yeah, I always recommend CTC shows, but as always, it depends on your child.

Photo Credit: Dean Holt as the Blue Fairy. Image by Dan Norman – courtesy Children’s Theatre Company

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10 Free & Air-Conditioned Indoor Family Outings

My kid broke the fan yesterday.Three summers ago, Joy — sweating it out in an un-airconditioned house — wrote our original article about seeking relief from the heat in a series of much cooler public buildings, most of which offered free family activities to boot. Following a quick check of this week’s weather forecast, I thought it might be time to revive the suggestions for others out there needing to cool off the kids on a budget. Here you have it, freshly updated for 2016: Read More

BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies

 

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“I’ve always been a huge fan of series.  It turns somebody into having a reading habit, going back to the same characters.”

-Erin Soderberg Downing

Erin Soderberg Downing is a fun mom!  You will hear about how she is a mother to three.  Sometimes four and sometimes five.  And how that alone was the inspiration for her popular book series, The Quirks and Puppy Pirates.

We have affiliate links to the books mentioned in the show notes below.

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Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities

Gale Woods Farm Collage

The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards! Browse the favorites below for ideas on where your own little ones can get up close to animals, play at farm chores, pick their own produce, and learn through living history activities: Read More

Twin Cities August Family Festival Calendar

august festivals

Kicking off with some neighborhood fetes and culminating with summer’s fair-well bash, August is ripe with family festivities: Read More

Family Fun Idea: Eat Local Farm Tour

The Eat Local Farm Tour is free family fun that can be done at your own pace. Visit one, visit all or just pick a few in one area. There is no need to RSVP or sign up.

Eat Local Farm Tour

Click Here to Get More Information at the Eat Local Farm Tour Facebook Page

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Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe

Ammy's Cupcake Shoppe


If you were at FFTC’s Monster Bash in April, you probably met Amy Brace, the owner and chief baker at Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe. Not only did you get to enjoy her as a person, but hopefully you were able to enjoy her delicious treats: yummy cupcakes and beautiful macaroons. Read More

Tot Time Open Swim at Twin Cities Pools & Aquatic Centers

tot time open swim

Como Regional Pool

So you’ve got a little one who’d prefer to become accustomed to the pool without those periodic (and unintentional) slaps of water in the face from sharing space with the big kids? The following Twin Cities pools are offering special tot times this summer solely for the purpose of helping youngsters get comfortable in the water: Read More

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