Rockin’ October
(Mostly) Healthy School Halloween Treats
TC Family Activities in 1 Minute (October 25-26)
Family Fun List for October 24-26, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS
Twin Cities Family Halloween Wishlist: October 25 – 26
Fairy Finery–Magical Costumes for Kids
Largest Corn Maze in the Twin Cities
Free Family Concert with Sesame Street Puppeteer and SPCO
The Free List – 3 Stage Performances and Trick-or-Treat Fun
10 Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches To Pick From
Weekend in Pictures Including Kelley Farm and Peek

Rockin’ October


Pumpkins, Halloween, Costumes, Colored Leaves, Parties, Hot Apple Cider, Candy,

And Family Concerts

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(Mostly) Healthy School Halloween Treats


Halloween Treat CollageRecently, the members of a parenting group I belong to were discussing a letter sent home by a school regarding Halloween treats. This particular school was concerned with fat count and all treats had to be within certain fat guidelines. Other schools have allergy restrictions or limits on sugar.  Sometimes schools have to limit us to packaged food for insurance reasons.  No matter our personal opinions on this particular trend, it’s a reality.

Most of the parents in my group, including me, were leaning toward Clementine Jack-o’lanterns.  This made me wonder, “What if everyone brought Clementines as their treat?”  I’ve searched the web and found some ideas for treats to send with the kids this week.  Not every one of these ideas is going to fit every dietary demand and some will be less expensive than others.  Hopefully this round up will give us some ideas.

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TC Family Activities in 1 Minute (October 25-26)


tm eveland family farm | family activitiesLearn more about the FREE Ballet Minnesota Performance and Pumpkin Fest 


Check out the information about Como’s Zoo Boo.

For more information about other events and family activities to enjoy this weekend, you can check out Anne’s pumpkin patch post, Gianna’s corn maze post, Anne’s other post about Halloween events  or Joy’s free list.

Don’t forget about the Monster Dash in St. Paul as well.  I was going to run in that but then realized I still had a lot of training to do. Not only that, but I will be heading to the Minnesota Blogger Conference.  With that in mind is there anything you would like to see on Family Fun Twin Cities?  What family activities do you know about that we are missing? Please contact us by using the contact form at the top of the page.  We love to hear from you.  You can also leave us a message on our facebook page.

video courtesy of Lori (thanks Lori)

Family Fun List for October 24-26, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS


October 31st is right around the corner, and I know that many people choose not to celebrate this holiday. I also know that whether you celebrate or not, it’s kind of hard to ignore.  I list some of the non-scary ideas for your family on KTIS.

Source: Family Fun List for October 24-16, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS

Twin Cities Family Halloween Wishlist: October 25 – 26



Location: Tamarack Nature Center,
Time: 3-5pm, register for start time of 3pm, 3:20, 3:40, or 4pm. Visit the link above to register for this event. Expect activities to take about 75 minutes to complete.
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and younger school-aged children with accompanying adult
Cost: $7.50/child, $3.25/adult, pre-registration required
Details: This non-spooky event includes games, trick-or-treating on the prairie loop trail, and special Halloween activities in the Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area.

Location: Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd., Dayton, MN 55369
Time: 10am – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: $7/child ages 2-17 preregistered or $8 day-of, $5/ages 18+ preregistered or $6 day-of. Follow the link above to register.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a woodland trail, go on pumpkin scavenger hunt, and meet costumed animals – plus a puppet show, craft, and refreshments for all ages.

Location: Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and up
Cost: $6/pp all ages, reservations required – follow the link above.
Details: Turn a mini pumpkin into a boat and float it down the Mississippi with a message for someone downstream.

Location: Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria, MN 55386
Time: 5 – 9pm
Ages: Non-spooky and appropriate for all ages, note this is a nighttime event.
Cost: $9/pp all ages, children under 2 admitted free. Register by following the link above.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a character trail, warm up with stories around the bonfire, and enjoy games, crafts, and cookie-decorating. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Location: Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan, MN 55123
Time: 1 – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5/pp to support the Art Park
Details: Trick-or-treat along a guided tour of Caponi’s sculpture garden. Make a craft, jump in the giant leaf pile, and enjoy refreshments during Caponi Art Park’s last open weekend of the season. Read More

Fairy Finery–Magical Costumes for Kids


Soaked from the State Fair downpour and in search of cute flower headbands for my brand new, balding baby niece, we headed into Merchandise Mart on Dan Patch (I think that’s where it is).  Not far into the building, we came upon the perfect booth: Fairy Finery. Read More

Largest Corn Maze in the Twin Cities


Most of the Twin Cities is familiar with Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee.  If you aren’t, you can go here and learn more about it from Anne. But did you know that the North Metro now hosts one, too?   It’s called Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. Read More

Free Family Concert with Sesame Street Puppeteer and SPCO


On November 15, my children and I will be enjoying a performace of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, at the Ordway for free thanks to Target’s partnership with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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The Free List – 3 Stage Performances and Trick-or-Treat Fun


This weekend offers a play, a ballet performance and a puppet show for anyone looking for live stage.  If you would prefer to get outdoors and trick-or-treat, we have an option for that, too.  Of course there is always more to be found on our Calendars.

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  • Enjoy warm drinks compliments of Caribou Coffee. Trick-or-treating starts at 10a.m.
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10 Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches To Pick From


There’s still time – and most likely a gorgeous weekend ahead – to hit one of these ten Twin Cities-area pumpkin patches before Halloween. And even if you’ve already secured your jack-o-lanterns, these patches are crammed full of fall fun. Check out the list below. Did I miss any?


Pinehaven Farm

Location: 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN 55092
Hours: Open weekdays noon – 6:30pm, weekends 10am – 6:30pm through October 31, 2014.
Admission/Discounts: General admission is $8.50/pp over 2 yrs. of age. Admission is discounted to $6.50/pp Monday – Wednesday. Find a $1 off/pp coupon here for use during the day. The fee covers the majority of attractions offered at the farm; there are a few nominal exceptions.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick-your-own for 41¢/lb. The setting is beautiful and the fall colors are at peak!
Other activities: Included in admission to Pinehaven Farm are a bundle of fun fall activities: playground equipment, mazes, all-terrain trikes, a petting farm, wagon rides and special events on select weekends. The farm will host its annual Kids Halloween Party Oct. 25-26, 10am – 3pm. Treats are available for purchase daily, full concessions for sale on weekends only. Read about my visit to Pinehaven Farm here.

Anoka County Farms

Location: 128 Bunker Blvd., Ham Lake, MN 55304
Hours: Open Monday – Thursday 3pm – sunset, Friday 12pm – sunset, and weekends 10am – sunset.
Admission: $5 per car on weekends includes pumpkin games and the petting farm, additional activities extra. Cash only, no checks or credit cards accepted at the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and other produce available for purchase.
Other activities: Paid activities include inflatables, hayrides, pony rides (weekends only) and a dump truck hill to play on. Concessions are also available weekends.

Eveland Family Farm

Location: 2575 Andover Blvd., Andover, MN 55304
Hours: Open weekdays 3 – 7pm, weekends 10am – 6m through October 31, 2014.
Admission: $3/pp includes a hayride, kids corn maze and self-guided tour of the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and squash for 33¢/lb.
Other activities: Hayrides run at 4, 5 & 6pm on weekdays and run continuously from 10:30am until close on weekends. Exploring the farm and its many inhabitants is a highlight — llamas, alpacas, goats, pot-bellied pigs and more. A lovely picnic shelter is available whether you bring your own food or purchase concessions at the farm.

Waldoch Farm Garden Center

Location: 8174 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, MN 55014
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm through October 31, 2014.
Admission: Free weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch, weekday rides are $6/pp. The animal barnyard is also free. There is a separate admission charge for Waldoch’s giant corn maze: $10/ages 13+, $8.50/ages 3-12, under 3 free. Fee includes maze, pedal carts for all ages, sand and corn boxes, a hay jumping bin, an obstacle course, and more.
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkins and other fall produce.


Afton Apple Orchard

Location: 14421 S. 90th St., Hastings, MN 55033
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm through October 2014.
Admission: $4/pp ages 5+, $3/pp under age 4. Includes hay rides when available, use of play equipment and petting farm.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick-your-own, call (651) 436-8385 to check the status of apple picking.
Other activities: Afton’s 15-acre corn maze ($9/ages 11+, $7/ages 2-7) is open Fri-Sun through November 2, 2014. The maze is divided into three progressively challenging phases. 3 additional mazes are included in admission. We haven’t tried the corn maze, but my kids love the tire hill and the play structure. A ride on the kiddie cow train is $2 extra.

Country Sun Farm

Location: 11211 N. 60th St., Lake Elmo, MN 55402
Hours: Open weekdays 9am – 7pm, weekends 9am – 6pm. Activities are up and running Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11am – 5pm.
Admission: Free, with a charge for all fall activities with the exception of the petting farm and outdoor display photo ops.
What’s picking: Pumpkins, though you don’t choose them from the field.
Other activities: Play in a giant corn pit outfitted with buckets, slides and toys ($3), make your way through the corn maze ($4), enjoy the fall scenery on a hay ride ($4), pan for gems and lots more. Thanks to one of our readers for bringing Country Sun Farm to our attention!


Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn

Location: 12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee, MN 55379
Hours: Open weekdays 11am – 6pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm
Admission: Free
What’s picking: Free hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field. Bring or show this coupon for a buy-two-get-one free pumpkin.
Other activities: Enjoy the working farm, corn maze ($1) and free face painting on the weekends.

Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival

Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee, MN 55379
Hours: Fridays 1- 8pm, Saturdays 10am – 8pm (last ticket sold at 6:30), Sundays 10am – 6pm (last ticket sold at 4:30).
Admission/Discount: $13/pp ages 4+ or $12 online or with this coupon. Includes admission to Sever’s giant themed corn maze, the corn pit, play equipment, jumping pillows, an exotic petting zoo, live shows and quite a bit more.
What’s picking: New for 2014 – pick-your-own pumpkins at Sever’s Fall Festival.
Other activities: Sever’s Corn Maze is well-known for its extensive menu of activities. In addition to what’s included in admission, these diversions require an extra fee – giant slide ($2), pony and camel rides ($5), pumpkin cannons ($5), face painting, sand art, hay rides ($1), an arcade, and concessions.

Barten Pumpkins

Location: 5716 W. 280th St., New Prague, MN 56071
Hours: Open during daylight hours through October 31, 2014.
Admission: Free
What’s picking: Pumpkins of every shape and size (pre-picked) most priced at $2-$6.
Other activities: Play free pumpkin bowling and other games, call 612-227-0033 to schedule a family hayride, and take note of Barten’s two Pumpkin Fun Saturdays.

Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park - 6335 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, MN 55423
Hours: Open weekends 9am – 7pm through October 28, 2014.
Admission: Free to enter the pumpkin patch, an extra charge for special fall activities.
What’s picking: Pumpkins, plain and simple.
Other activities: You have the option of choosing two different wristbands to partake in the pumpkin patch activities. Wristband #1 ($5/pp kids under 6 and $10/pp ages 6+) includes a pumpkin, inflatables, a hay ride, surrey rental, and 18 holes at the Malt-Tees miniature golf course. Wristband #2 ($5/pp) includes the aforementioned attractions without the golf.

Weekend in Pictures Including Kelley Farm and Peek


Yesterday my husband and I were talking about our lovely fall weather as we cleaned up the yard of leaves (never mind the tree unloaded another third today), and I asked him, “I think this fall has been beautiful, don’t you?” 

To which he wholeheartedly agreed. 


Because there is one thing I don’t have patience for, and that is when people complain that we didn’t have a fall.  Fall is my favorite time of year so I soak it in–loving the sights and the scents and the sounds (crunching the leaves under your feet, anyone?).  Sure, sometimes the snow comes a little early or the temperature plummets to a reading that rivals Antartica, but that’s what living in Minnesota is.  

An experience of never knowing what you’re going to get. 

peek and kelly farm weekend

So while we had the time, my kids and I took MEA weekend and explored some unknown destinations.  We journeyed back in time to the 1850’s and discovered life on a farm at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm.  On another day, we hopped on the fashion train to discover an up and coming designer fashion store for kids–Peek–just opened in the Mall of America. 

What did you do this weekend?


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