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Falling Into September
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An “A-peeling” Weekend in Pictures
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Applewood Orchard: Simply Pleasant
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The Free List – A Little Something for Everyone
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Laurie Berkner Live in Concert
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Finding Fun in St. Paul: Apples, Airplanes & Curious George (Saturday, September 20)
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Laurie Berkner Sneak Peek
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Candy or Playtime?
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Flying High: Our Weekend in Pictures
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In My Inbox–Birthday Sale at Peapods, Landmark Center Tours
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Steppingstone Theatre Family Membership

Falling Into September

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Every year September arrives in a whirlwind. In the bustle to get everyone to school and start the new routines and shell out all the money that is asked for, sometimes we don’t have time to reflect on our summer. So if you are reading this article, let’s take some time to reflect on our summer wins and losses.

Here are some of my family’s. Read More

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

An “A-peeling” Weekend in Pictures

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Our third consecutive gorgeous September weekend finds Family Fun Twin Cities back pounding the apple orchard trail. Gianna discovered the lovely Applewood Orchard south of the Metro (22702 Hamburg Ave., Lakeville). This little haven is one of the few places to pick-your-own apples in Dakota County.

My family ventured out west to Apple Jack Orchards (4875 37th St. SE, Delano) and it turned out to be of little consequence that we couldn’t pick our own today. There is so much else for kids to do at the orchard they might not have noticed they couldn’t get their hands on the apples!

Joy didn’t visit an orchard this weekend, but there was apparently no shortage of apples in Busytown the Musical, which her family was lucky enough to see on its first Friday at the Children’s Theatre Company. Look for her take soon on the adaptation of Richard Scarry’s classic children’s book What Do People Do All Day?


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

Applewood Orchard: Simply Pleasant

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Every year, we are on the quest to find a new apple orchard.  This year we traveled south into Lakeville to Applewood Orchards.  It was a trek, but it was worth it!  We had a great time picking and eating apples and running through the corn maze.  Read More

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

The Free List – A Little Something for Everyone

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The free list has a little something for everyone this week.  Whether you feel like dancing, taking in a short film or eight, experiencing another culture or hanging with your family dog.  If you still want more, check out our calendars or maybe you would prefer a laid-back library visit for your weekend outing — Ruhama, our resident children’s library, has some suggestions for good pairings of new and classic books.

  • Don't You Feel It Too
  • ChildishFilms
  • taste of romania
  • WalkingDogs2

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Laurie Berkner Live in Concert

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I learned about Laurie Berkner through my public library and one of my favorite local librarians.  At first, I wasn’t too sure if I would like her.

A lady.

Playing a guitar.

And singing.

That sounds, um, boring.  Yeah, that’s the word.

Except for the fact that that she’s a lady who plays the guitar and sings!

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

Finding Fun in St. Paul: Apples, Airplanes & Curious George (Saturday, September 20)

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Three events going down this weekend in (or near) St. Paul have been brought to my attention and I think they’re worth a quick post. All events will take place this Saturday, September 20.

Apple Festival at
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer & Dakota Life
2097 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Falcon Heights, MN, 55113
Date: Saturday, September 20
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $8/adults, $7/seniors, $5/kids 4+, free for Ramsey County Historical Society members.

Details: Our family has attended this events two years running and love all the classic fall offered — apple crafts and games, pressing apple cider, hayrides through the farm property, and much more. Admission includes all activities and a hot dog lunch.

Airport Open House at
St. Paul Downtown Airport
644 Bayfield St., St. Paul, MN 55107
Date: Saturday, September 20
Hours: 11am – 3pm
Cost: FREE!

Details: The St. Paul Downtown Airport is throwing open its doors to little aviators (and their families) this Saturday. Come check out the aircraft, meet some pilots and enjoy a hot dog lunch.

Curiosity Day with Curious George at
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 10:30am
Cost: FREE!

Details: Bring your own little monkeys for stories, crafts and games with Curious George!


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

Laurie Berkner Sneak Peek

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Shake like a Chicken with Laurie Berkner Live!
Family Fun Twin Cities is partnering with Beth El Synagogue for you and your family to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Clear your calendar on October 26, 2014 to dance together with Laurie and her band.
Ticketing: www.besyn.org/laurieberkner

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

Candy or Playtime?

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Play from Scratch will be among the artists with projects at Play Day. I am convinced that when my kids state they need candy or ice cream, they are really saying that they are bored. Because they are. So what do we do for our kids when they think they need candy when they are bored? Break out the toys.  Or go build with your kids in the woods. Or be superheroes in your playroom or backyard. Read More

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

Flying High: Our Weekend in Pictures

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Hands down the highlight of the weekend — for most of us — was an exhilarating 2 1/2 hour flight through the treetops with Kerfoot Canopy Tours! We went sailing over gorges, wobbled our way across a 170-foot suspension bridge, and careened down zips at speeds that bring Space Mountain to mind. Much of it we got on video! Here are some stills taken on our adventure:

The only bummer in the day was that we were missing two of our team members. Van trouble. Not surprisingly, they made the best of the situation and found their only family fun!


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

In My Inbox–Birthday Sale at Peapods, Landmark Center Tours

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This fall is overwhelmingly fantastic!  Get out there to enjoy the weather and what the Twin Cities has to offer your family.

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

Steppingstone Theatre Family Membership

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Have you ever considered a family membership to a theatre?  Most of the theaters around town have one program or another.  I just received in the mail Steppingstone Theatre’s information and wanted to pass it along.

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

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