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Summertime in the City
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In My Inbox: Meet Movie Stars TODAY and More
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The Weekend in Pictures – Family Outing Ideas!
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – The Loring Park Art Festival
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Metro Transit Art Pass
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Uptown Art Fair
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Powderhorn Art Fair
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Get Back to Nature at these 5 Metro “Playgrounds”
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Find Waldo Before He’s Gone!
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The (Mostly) Free List
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The (Past) Weekend in Pictures

Summertime in the City

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Parents can lose perspective.  There are times I go in search of Chris just to whine, “I need you.  I can’t figure out what I should do.  Kyla wants this and Tori wants that.  Dash and Jack won’t stop asking me for things. Help!”

I am so glad for the summertime.  I need this time to have later bedtimes and relaxed days.  While we are still keeping up our morning routine, it’s not the same rush of the school year.  If we don’t get started on morning chores until 9:30, that’s okay.  We all need time to relax and not rush.  As for this summer, I can honestly say that I am going to soak in every last ounce of heat.  We haven’t put in our window air conditioners yet.  Unprecedented, I tell you.

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Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities

In My Inbox: Meet Movie Stars TODAY and More

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

THE GIVER ImageMeet the Stars of The Giver

Brenton Thwaites & Odeya Rush, stars of THE GIVER, will be at Mall of America on Tuesday, July 29 at 4:00pm! Brenton & Odeya will show a trailer of the film, sign autographs, & answer questions from fans!  Visit mallofamerica.com for more information.

 

The haunting story of the THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. 

THE GIVER opens in theaters on August 15.

 

Website:  www.TheGiverFilm.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

image courtesy Red Balloon Bookshop

 Eric Litwin, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nuthouse - Outdoor Concert and Meet & Greet!

Red Balloon and St. Paul Public Library present Eric Litwin, author of Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoesfor a special outdoor family musical event!  

The lawn of the Town Square at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue in St. Paul for a rockin’ performance, featuring Eric Litwin’s new series, The Nuts: Bedtime at Nuthouse.  Eric will share interactive songs and stories that involve kids from start to finish, and promote the joy of books and music.  Get ready to sing, dance, and fall in love with literacy!  

In the event of rain, the concert will be held inside the Arlington Hills Community Center.

Families wanting to meet Eric Litwin after the concert may purchase a “Meet & Greet” ticket from Red Balloon Bookshop, which includes a copy of The Nuts: Bedtime at Nuthouse!  Call 651-224-8320 or visit www.redballoonbookshop.com for more details. 

Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities

The Weekend in Pictures – Family Outing Ideas!

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While Dad’s away, Mom and the kids will play! We devoted Saturday to checking out a couple spots in Minneapolis we’d been meaning to get to for years (really, for years):

The Firefighters Hall & Museum (664 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis) is great for kids who like to get their little hands on things. Take a ride in a real fire truck, work switchboards and alarms, drive a simulator and — my kids’ favorite part — pump water to extinguish a fire on a building facade. The museum is open Saturdays 9am – 4pm or by appointment. Cost is $6/adults, $3/kids ages 3-12. Read more about our trip to the Firefighters Hall & Museum on our family blog here.

Later on, the kids tried their hand at printmaking. Highpoint Center for Printmaking (912 W Lake St, Minneapolis) hosts four themed Free Ink Days a year, suitable for (almost) all ages. Here’s a tip for relief printing: come with some designs in mind or even with sketches. Also, don’t come at the last minute because this is a process you won’t want to rush. We finished cleaning up just in time to catch a special performance of “The Amazing Cowboat” by Open Eye Figure Theater. Entertaining puppetry for kids and adults alike! Find out where Open Eye will be next during their Driveway Tour 2014.

Now, I’ll move over and let Joy and Gianna have some space. Joy’s family made an evening of it watching the Calhoun Isles Community Band. Their final performance of the summer will be at July 31 at 6:30pm in Bryant Square Park, Minneapolis.

And Gianna’s fun addition:


About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Art Weekend – The Loring Park Art Festival

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Last year I explored the various art fairs that Minneapolis offers during the first weekend of August and how best to navigate them with kids.  Here is my article on Loring Park Art Fair — I think my favorite art fair.

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Metro Transit Art Pass

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Last year I wrote a series of articles about doing the Art Fair Circuit with kids.  This year, I am updating them and bringing them back.  If you are an old hand at getting to the various art fairs, you can move on to my individual posts on each fair.  I always consider Free First Saturday at the Walker part of the Art Fair Circuit since it is right across the street from Loring Park and just up Hennepin from Uptown.  I’ve have links to each of my posts on the various art fairs at the bottom of this article.

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Uptown Art Fair

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Last year I wrote a series of articles about navigating the Art Fairs with kids.  The following is an update of my Uptown Art Fair article.  To read the rest of the series, click on the links below:

 

Click on this image to read about Powderhorn Art Fair

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Click the link above to read about the Uptown Art Fair with kids.

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Free First Saturdays are for Families

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Powderhorn Art Fair

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Last year I wrote a series of articles on the various art fairs happening the first weekend of August.   I still haven’t gotten to Powderhorn Art Fair.  Have you?  If you have, leave a comment and let us know what you recommend and anything we should watch out for.  How did you get there?  Did you park or bus?  How did that go?

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Get Back to Nature at these 5 Metro “Playgrounds”

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It used to be, according to my children, that in order for a park to be authentic, it needed at least a slide and a set of swings. I was less enthusiastic about taking them to places like state parks simply because I felt I’d have to go the extra mile to “prove” that playing and exploring in a natural environment could be just as fun as clambering around a commercially manufactured jungle gym. Don’t get me wrong – the local playgrounds can be a lot of fun, too. And some are really inventive! But I have to say that I get a deeper satisfaction from watching them play in a more natural setting: digging, figuring out how to climb that tree, following paths, building forts. They become immersed in tossing rocks into the water, scouting frogs, collecting wildflowers. They also gradually forget that “playing at the park” requires a plastic treehouse.

So here’s what I find really cool: incorporating natural elements into new playground designs seems to be the trend. More places are popping up where kids get the opportunity to interact with the landscape and, perhaps, develop a greater appreciation for it. Here are five places I’ve discovered that have those goals in mind: Read More

About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

Find Waldo Before He’s Gone!

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Inadvertantly, my kids and I had the joy of participating  in the Where’s Waldo Search with Wild Rumpus.  While we were there on our playdate, they were alerted to the quest to find Waldo, and suddenly, all of us were walking back and forth all around the 43rd and Upton intersections looking for the elusive Waldo.

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Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities

The (Mostly) Free List

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Cheating!  That’s what I’m all about this week.  I’m starting the weekend on Thursday evening.  I’m also sneaking in a not-quite-free event ($2/pp) on Friday.  It’s totally worth it though. Read More

The (Past) Weekend in Pictures

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So it’s nearly Wednesday and we’re halfway to the next weekend…

Discovering Twin Cities Trapeze Center & closing another season of Little League

My 7-year-old daughter thought this trapeze class was incredible. Check out Twin Cities Trapeze Center if you’re looking for the chance to fly!

 


About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

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