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Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
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Family Fun Idea: Teeny Bee Boutique’s FREE Classes & Playdates
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In the Heart of the Beast presents FREE Puppet Shows at Calhoun Square this Summer
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Memorial Day Round-Up for You and Your Family
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Peter Pan Fun for Everyone! Enjoy
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Reader Suggestion – Tonkadale Greenhouse Fairy Gardens – Tonight!
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St. Paul Outdoor Pools Open for Memorial Day Weekend
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Round Up of Minneapolis Wading Pools — Opening Saturday!
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Reader’s Suggestion– Free Mama Fit Club Starts Tomorrow
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Make a Family Day of It at Q. Cumbers Restaurant and Centennial Lakes Park – plus a GIVEAWAY!
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St. Paul Saints Home Opener Pre-Game Celebration at Union Depot

Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids

This is my go-to website for things to do with the kiddos in Minnesota.

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

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Family Fun Idea: Teeny Bee Boutique’s FREE Classes & Playdates

I meant to delay posting this until I’d had a chance to get to all the events offered weekly at the charming Teeny Bee Boutique. But my preschooler and I had such a nice time at the Tuesday music class that I want to quick share it with you while it’s fresh in my mind. Plus, I’ll tell you what you can enjoy the other six days of the week.

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  • Tuesday music (10:30-11:15am) – These 45-minute caregiver-and-child classes are relaxed, informal, and filled with familiar songs, fingerplays, and simply having fun making sounds kids can’t resist (my 3-year-old, for instance loved echoing silly noises back at the teacher, not realizing of course, that she was learning about pitch and volume). There is also whole-body movement in the class, parachute play, and freestylin’ on wee instruments. No reservations are necessary, just show up ready to make music.
  • Wednesday playdates (10:30am-noon) – Held downstairs in Teeny Bee’s “Bloom Room”, this special block of time is limited to little ones ages 0-3. I have not personally attended, but my preschooler and I did make sure to evaluate the playthings so we could let you know what there is to enjoy: ride-on toys, mini tramps, a basket of balls and a magnetic wall are a few of the offerings. And, the boutique owner hinted, there is COFFEE for the adults during playdates!

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  • Thursday yoga (3:30-4pm) – Really want to get to this! I’d love to see my feisty little one attempt to meditate. The instructor also uses games and storytelling to help teach yoga poses and motor coordination to kids ages 0-5 with their caregivers. Again, the class is free and no pre-registration is required.

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  • Seven days a week – Feel free to come play in the Bloom Room during store hours when events are not scheduled, and shop the sweet styles in stock for infants through size 5. Teeny Bee also carries several quality lines of toys, bath accessories, and books.

    Teeny Bee Boutique
    1560 Selby Ave.
    St. Paul, MN, 55104


 

In the Heart of the Beast presents FREE Puppet Shows at Calhoun Square this Summer

HOBT Calhoun Puppet Shows

I always want to get to one of the Saturday Puppet Shows at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre, but there is always something else to do on Saturdays, it’s across town, and anything that has a fee — even a small one — means budgeting and planning.  So, as of yet, I haven’t gotten to one.  That is going to change this summer.

HOBT Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids will be free and held at Calhoun Square in Uptown this summer. (I realize both on on the south side of Minneapolis, but I know the bus route to Calhoun Square — one less thing to plan). The shows will be held in the atrium on the first floor every Saturday in June and July.  Saturday puppet shows always include a “Make and Take” activity. This summer’s activities will be held between the first and second shows, for the first 45 participants only, so be sure to stay after or arrive early!

SCHEDULE:
June 6 – On the Day You Were Born
June 13 – Coyote Stories
June 20 – The Way of the Monarch
June 27 – The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
July 4 – Buppet Labs
July 11 – Lupita Does Not Want to Sleep!
July 18 – I Love Science
July 25 – Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City

More information visit In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

Memorial Day Round-Up for You and Your Family

Fort Snelling is one of the many places around town offering Memorial Day Ceremonies.This Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer with the opening of the swimming pools and other summery activities.

Here at FFTC we are planing on having a great weekend with  our families.  Even if it does rain.

Since we have been so busy being with our  families, we took a few minutes and looked around the  internet  and found some fabulous Memorial Day Weekend choices.

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Peter Pan Fun for Everyone! Enjoy

Reader Suggestion – Tonkadale Greenhouse Fairy Gardens – Tonight!

This looks like fun.  Find details on Family Fun Twin Cities.

This suggestion comes from one of our contacts:

Stop by Tonkadale Greenhouse in Minnetonka this Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 5-8pm for your chance to enter-to-win a copy of STRANGE MAGIC on DVD as well as participate in fairy themed activities and learn how to make your own fairy garden! Tonkadale was voted the “Best Resource for Fairy Gardens” in 2013 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

STRANGE MAGIC now available on DVD and Digital HD:

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St. Paul Outdoor Pools Open for Memorial Day Weekend

I really want to hit one of the St. Paul Waterparks this summer! via Family Fun Twin Cities

Dig out the swimsuits and sunscreen – Memorial Day Weekend is projected to be beautiful and St. Paul outdoor pools are opening to the public for the occasion. Both Como Regional Park Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center are offering Open Swim hours starting this weekend.  Pre-Season Hours are as follows: Read More

Round Up of Minneapolis Wading Pools — Opening Saturday!

Below is Minneapolis Park’s List of Wading Pools with addresses and links to the their website for more information on each pool.  For More Information and up-to-date closures, see the Park’s Pool Page.  Water Parks Open June 6th. Read More

Reader’s Suggestion– Free Mama Fit Club Starts Tomorrow

We really need to do this!! via Family Fun Twin Cities

Exercise for the busy mom

If you live in the South Metro near Apple Valley and you’re looking for a way to exercise, check out this FREE, kid-friendly exercise option!

Mama Fit Club!

If you are interested, please check it out.  The schedule is tentative, but you can check it out on Facebook if you need to verify the time and place.

 

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Make a Family Day of It at Q. Cumbers Restaurant and Centennial Lakes Park – plus a GIVEAWAY!

Q. Cumbers is celebrating 25 years with a concert and fundraiser for bullying prevention. Family Fun Twin Cities has the details.It sounds like a feat of epic proportions: get married and open a restaurant business in the same year? Yet that’s exactly what Sheila and Mickey McCabe did exactly 25 years ago when they opened the doors to their successful buffet-style restaurant, Q. Cumbers in Edina. On this, their silver anniversary spring, I was invited to lunch with the owners, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the ultra-fresh way they prepare their food, and to learn about the Kat Perkins concert Q. Cumbers is putting on June 12 to benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

And, of course, because Family Fun Twin Cities is dedicated to finding places — in this case, a dining option — that are kid-friendly, I was interested in hearing more about how Q. Cumbers appeals to families.

Q. Cumbers is celebrating 25 years with a concert and fundraiser for bullying prevention. Family Fun Twin Cities has the details.

Fresh, healthy choices – Kids, Sheila McCabe noted, like having a little control in choosing their own food. And they really can’t go wrong with the bounty of fresh (like, chopped up fresh daily in the kitchen!) veggies, salad ingredients and fruits. The buffet makes all of its soups from scratch, bakes all of its breads, and rotates through a menu of hot items that will always have picky-eater favorites on hand. Gluten-free options are plentiful and clearly marked for those with sensitivities. And for those of you with a sweet tooth like mine, don’t worry, there’s soft-serve ice cream with a fantastic top-your-own bar.

Kid-sized prices and more– A bigger-than-average-sized family like mine can sure appreciate this! Depending on the type of meal – lunch, dinner or brunch – children are charged 70¢-80¢ per year plus tax. Kids under 3 years always eat free. Also, save further on Monday nights after 4pm when kids ages 3-12 eat for only 99¢. (Limit two kids per paying adult. My family is covered!) Other kid-pleasing touches include coloring sheets, a good stock of storybooks, and balloons.

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Nearby family attractions – Here’s where the “Make a Family Day” part comes in. Q. Cumbers is located only steps from the 24-acre Centennial Lakes Park in Edina. There is tons to do in the urban green space during the fair-weather months: paddleboat rentals, fishing, a challenging putting course and other lawn games, walking paths, a lakeside maze and live entertainment at the outdoor amphitheater. Get a look at the complete summer event schedule here. Families could easily purchase takeout containers from Q. Cumbers (you can find pricing here) and enjoy a meal picnic-style in the park.

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Now, about that giveaway. We’ve got a pair of tickets earmarked for one of our readers so they can enjoy a night out to benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Q. Cumbers is hosting a 25th Anniversary Party & Fundraiser at the Centennial Lakes Amphitheater featuring Kat Perkins from The Voice! It’s a pretty good deal, too – tickets include general admission seating to the concert, a picnic dinner, and a meet-and-greet with Kat Perkins. If you’re interested in attending the concert and helping raise funds to fight bullying, tickets ($30/GA, $50/reserved seating) can be reserved here.

Q. Cumbers is celebrating 25 years with a concert and fundraiser for bullying prevention. Family Fun Twin Cities has the details.

  • To enter the giveaway (which we don’t plan to announce on our Facebook page until May 26), leave a comment on this article letting us know one activity or event you’d like to see highlighted on Family Fun Twin Cities this summer. The giveaway will run through June 1, 2015, on which day we’ll randomly pick a winner at 9pm. The winner will be notified by email, so please make sure to provide an email address for us and be prepared to submit a postal address at which to mail the tickets. Good luck and thanks for reading!

Q. Cumbers
7465 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
(952) 831-0235


St. Paul Saints Home Opener Pre-Game Celebration at Union Depot

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St. Paul Saints Home Opener at CHS Field Image courtesy St. Paul Saints

If you are planning to visit the new CHS Field for the St. Paul Saints Home Opener  in Lowertown, then you won’t want to miss the FREE party at Union Depot.  As a matter of fact, even if you aren’t planning to go to the game at all, you won’t want to miss the FREE party.

Thursday, May 21
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Union Depot

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