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Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
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Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide
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Budget Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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FFTC Guide to Unique Dance Studios
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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

Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


Twin Cities August Guide



Is this your first visit to our site? Start here and get to know us!

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Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide

Twin Cities August Guide

It is our hope that you can use our August Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In August we are highlighting one of our absolute favorite events, the Minnesota State Fair, as well as reminding you of all the festivals and outdoor entertainment left to enjoy before summer’s last gasp.  As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
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Budget Twin Cities August Events & Activities

June budget

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find August’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities page.

8/3: Beach Party @ Bryant Lake Regional Park, Eden Prairie • 12-3pm • $5/pp ages 0-17, adults FREE • Details: A water slide, water obstacle course, sandcastle building and other splishy-splashy fun.

8/4-7: Eden Prairie Players Children’s Theater Performance: Happily Forever After, Riley-Jacques Barn, Eden Prairie • 2:30pm & 7pm (Sat/Sun only) • $5/ages 10+, $3/ages 4-9, tickets sold at door only. Read More

Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities

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FFTC Guide to Unique Dance Studios

There must be hundreds of dance studios in the Twin Cities.  Family Fun Twin Cities has collected some of the most unique ones, and we’re excited to share these with you.

*This is an advertorial listing.

TranscenDance Xperiencedance studios
6885 Washington Ave S
Edina, MN 55439
612-567-3323
 info@tdxdance.org

“TranscenDance Xperience is dedicated to providing a FUN, wholesome and family-centered dance Xperience for all students in our programs, both recreational and competition.
Why TDX?
Class sizes are small, which allows instructors to create lesson plans specific to their students’ needs–maximizing learning potential and growth.
We believe families play an important role in the success of our dancers, and encourage open communication within the classroom.
TDX places a strong importance on flattering costumes for all shapes and sizes, as well as family-friendly music.  Our goal is to create passionate, confident young dancers who develop a lifelong love for the art of dance.”



This Guide is Sponsored by Rince na Chroi

dance studio

(651) 645-4292

 

The Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers are based in St. Paul. Founded in 2003 by owner and director Katie Stephens Spangler, the group of about 200 students performs around the Twin Cities and the Midwest over 100 times each year.  Classes are available for children and adults.”



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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

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