Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide
FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities
Fanny’s Journey – Film Review
Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review
Mr. Frog – Film Review
Tesoros – Movie Review
Opening in May – Greater Minnesota Attractions
Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities
How to Steal A Dog – Review

Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
We’d like to help your family connect with fun events, resources, and local businesses in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul – and beyond!



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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Does the spring weather have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Twin Cities-area nature centers and outdoor education centers are wonderful places to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world. Most of them offer programming specially designed for preschoolers, free family events, and indoor exhibits to stimulate little explorers. Read More

FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities


Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in the Twin Cities? We get it — the annual bash is a big deal, and as parents, we want to make our kids’ birthday parties the best EVER. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities metro area offers a plethora of birthday party venues from which to choose. We’ve rounded up over 100 of these Twin Cites party places to give you some inspiration for your next birthday celebration! Read More

Fanny’s Journey – Film Review

Fanny’s Journey is based on the true story of Fanny Ben Ami, who was 11 years old when she and several other Jewish children had to flee to Switzerland to escape the Nazis. When the adults who are leading their flight do not make a rendezvous, she is forced to take responsibility for the safety of her group.

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Fanny’s Journey – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review

Continuing on our whirlwind review storm through the Childish Film series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival we saw Fortune Favors the Brave on Sunday morning. This is a German film that explores the very different worlds of the average middle class child and children of immigrants.

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Fortune Favors the Brave. Image courtesy Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

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Mr. Frog – Film Review

Mr. Frog is one of the seven films in the Childish Films series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. It is a Dutch film that places a fairy tail element within an otherwise everyday world. What happens when your teacher sometimes turns into a frog? Deborah Girdwood, who is the lead programmer for Childish Films, compares it to a Roald Dahl story. So if you like The BFG, Matilda, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you may find some common elements.

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Mr. Frog – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Tesoros – Movie Review

Continuing on our tour through the Childish Films offerings at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, we watched Tesoros this weekend. Tesoros is Spanish for treasure. The movie follows a group of children searching for lost pirate treasure. This Mexican film was shot on location in the small village of Barra de Potosi on the Mexican Pacific Coast.

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Tesoros – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Opening in May – Greater Minnesota Attractions

Greater MN bannerI had way too much fun doing the research for this article — poring over trip journals and photos from adventures taken with our growing family as well as mapping out road trips to new destinations this season! It was especially enjoyable to stretch well beyond the borders of the Twin Cities — out of our comfort zone, you could say — to share ideas for family fun. Here’s just a taste of what we came up with. If there’s a favorite you don’t see on the list that you’d like added, please let us know!

5/1: Hinckley Fire Museum | Hinckley • 10am-5pm Tues-Sun • $1-$5/ages 6+, ages 5 & under FREE • Housed in the rebuilt train depot, media and exhibits tell the story of one of Minnesota’s worst modern natural disasters. The material is presented in a sensitive manner. More family fun near Hinckley: On the road to Hinckley, pull over for a couple hours at the Northwest Company Fur Post (opening Memorial Day weekend) for an interactive tour or special event.

5/3: Red Barn Pizza Farm | Northfield • Wednesdays through Oct. 26 & 3rd Sun/month May-Oct • $10-$25/pizza. Thrifty Minnesota shares some good Tips for Wandering the Back Roads to Pizza Farms.

5/6: Harkin Store | New Ulm • May weekends, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open Tues-Sun • $4-$6/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Explore the 1870s-era general store, still stocked with original merchandise. More family fun in New Ulm: Make a day of it by touring the August Schell Brewery (kids can roam the gardens, seek out the peacocks and guzzle free 1919 draft root beer). Finish with a dip in the sand-bottomed swimming pool at Flandrau State Park – only $5 for a park permit.

5/6: Historic Forestville | Preston • Saturdays in May, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat & 12-5pm Sun • Immerse yourself in the bustling remnants of a 19th-century town and interact with the locals. More family fun near Preston: Older kids might enjoy hunting down the disappearing river in Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park.

tm split rock lighthouse 25/15: Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors • Daily 10am-6pm • $6-$10/pp • Just one of dozens of gems to see along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior. Tours are FREE during the 6/10/17 Open House and also FREE for and geared for kids during the 6/24/17 Children’s Day. Afterwards, stop for a slice at Betty’s Pies.


5/19: Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park, Park Rapids • 10am-6pm weekends, 10am-4pm weekdays • wristband prices here • Growing up we knew this spot as World of Christmas; now we bring our own kids for mini-golf, laser tag, bumper boats, train rides and all the rest. More family fun near Park Rapids: Crossing the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi at Itasca State Park —  how much more Minnesotan can kids get? Not to mention that you could lose yourself for days within the recreational opps at the park.

5/20: Wild Mountain’s Alpine Slide & GoKarts | Taylors Falls • opens 11am, see website for complete hours • $3.99-$8.49 per ride • Minnemama Adventures spent a day at Wild Mountain last summer and her detailed post can be found here. More family fun near Taylors Falls: One day in the area might not be enough; here are 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, including a climb up, down and all around the Pothole Trail at Interstate State Park.

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5/27: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site | Little Falls • Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun Noon-5 pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • All ages can explore the interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center and horse around in the adjoining Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. Older kids and adults might like a tour through the home Lindy grew up in.

5/26: Northwest Company Fur Post | Pine City • Mon 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$10/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • The reconstructed fur trading post comes alive with costumed interpreters, demonstrations and special events such as War of 1812 Family Day on 6/4/16.

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5/6: Fort Ridgely Historic Site, | Fairfax • 10am-5pm • $4-$6/66, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Visit exhibits inside the restored commissary, explore the parade grounds and ruins of the outpost.

5/27: Jeffers Petroglyphs | Comfrey (SW) • Mon 10am-5pm, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE under 5 & MHS members • Kids can get hands-on in the visitor center, take an Adventures in Nature or craft something unique during Make American Indian Pottery Day. • More family fun nearby: Step back into the pages of Laura Ingalls Wilder at the namesake museum in nearby Walnut Grove or catch the Wilder Pageant weekends in July. Little trainiacs might enjoy a trip to the End-o-Line Railroad Park & Museum a few miles away in Currie.

5/27: Soudan Underground Mine Tours | Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Tower/Soudan area • tours daily, 10am-4pm • $12/adults, $7/ages 5-12, under 5 FREE • Travel 1/2 underground to explore the depths of an iron-ore mine as it was left in the 1960s.



Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.


Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

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5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

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Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities


How will you be celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make her day extra special.

We also have some simple DIY gifts and cards the kids can make.


5/13: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking | Articulture, Minneapolis • 1-3pm Read More

How to Steal A Dog – Review

How to Steal A Dog is a Korean film based on the American book of the same title by Barbara O’Connor. The book is based in a small North Carolina town. While the film occurs in a busy metropolitan area on Jeju Island, South Korea.

How to Steal A Dog at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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