Welcome to the weekend! In search of some inspiration on how to spend what’s predicted to be a lovely couple of fall days with colors close to peak and Halloween creeping ever closer? We’ve spotlighted some best bets for weekend fall festivals, pumpkin patch rambles and not-so-spooky holiday treats with a road trip thrown in if you’re feeling extra adventurous. For more ideas for this weekend and beyond, zip over to our Family Fun Calendar, packed with both free and budget family activities.
FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT: Fall on the Farm, Pumpkin Nights & Apple Fest
10/15-16: Pumpkin Nights @ Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights • Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight • $16-20/pp, $64/family packs include 2 adults & 2 kids • Details: A mile-long walking path lined with 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in 12 themed worlds to create a multi-sensory Halloween experience.
10/15-16: Apple Fest @ Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings • 10am-6pm • $3-$4/pp • Family highlights: Festival admission includes hayrides, cider demos, access to the kids playground and petting farm, and special entertainment.
PUMPKIN PATCH SPOTLIGHT: Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches
Patches are in full swing this weekend, and we’ve got the details on 14 we think are worth checking out for their fall activities, farm animals, and fresh produce. Here’s a quick look at what Wheel Fun Rentals pumpkin patches have to offer families; for more options try Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches or click the graphic.
Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches – 2 Twin Cities locations: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Richfield & Como Lake, St. Paul • Open weekends, 10am-sunset • Admission wristbands $5-$10/pp • Activities vary at each patch and include mini golf, inflatables, a hayride and more plus PYO pumpkins.
HALLOWEEN EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Family Art Sunday @ Banfill-Locke Center for Arts, Fridley • Sunday, 10/16, 1-3pm • Details: Drop in for a Funky Pumpkin craft, take an art scavenger hunt in the galleries and have a spooky snack.
For dozens of additional Halloween events & activities, try FFTC’s Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun.
FALL WEEKEND ROAD TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Oktoberfest in New Ulm, Minnesota
Enjoy the peak of fall colors en route to this south central Minnesota town a couple hours’ drive from the Twin Cities. Oktoberfest in New Ulm, running Oct 14-16 is rocking with a festival, parade and activities reflecting the city’s proud Germanic heritage! Other nearby attractions with a stop for families are the Harkin Store, Schell Brewery and Flandrau State Park.
FALL SHOWTIME SPOTLIGHT: Spookley the Square Pumpkin at Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Oct 15-16 • $16/pp • Details: Follow the adventures of a misfit pumpkin.
What do you do with the family that’s done everything? How about make a movie? My family recently had that chance when Jed Schlegelmilch of A/P Productions approached us about trying out one of his favorite parts of his independent film service – Kid Movies. Jed’s work has been shown in several film festivals, including the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival, but he has discovered a passion for working with families to create their own independent short films. This may be one of the most fun things my (over-funned) family has ever done.
My husband and I are having a date night on Tuesday, October 18 at the Ordway to see STOMP! But it doesn’t need to be a Date Night. This is definitely a show you can bring the WHOLE family!
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In the event that you’re looking for one more place your child can stretch the use of their Halloween costume (and, yes, collect some goodies), several local grocery stores are offering trick-or-treating and other activities in the upcoming weeks:
Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl: Edina, Woodbury & Eden Prairie locations. Trick-or-treat around the store with a re-usable bag to tote your loot! Plus Halloween crafts, scavenger hunts and face painting. When: Sat, Oct 29 • 11am-1pm (Edina & Woodbury) and Sun, Oct 30 • 11am-1pm.
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My name is Maya. I am eleven years old, and my mom is Gianna Kordatzky. Recently, I did an interview with Nicole Jennings. She is the wife of Greg Jennings (who was a wide receiver for the Packers, the Vikings, and the Dolphins. He is now retired and is whole-heartedly supporting his wife’s endeavors, acting, and broadcasting for different football events). Nicole is also the owner of One Posh Closet and One Posh Closet Kids.
School’s out for a couple of extra days! Whether that means you’re looking for an engaging program to drop the kids at or an opportunity to spend some time out and about with them, we’ve got some ideas for you:
Each year, Children’s Theatre Company puts on at least one production that is geared toward middle grade to teen audiences. This year that play is Last Firefly – an exciting and sometimes unsettling hero adventure.
The Last Firefly is intended for audiences eight and over. This is a good guideline, however, you can read my review and take into account your own child’s temperament.
It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find October’s seasonal and monthly sponsor 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 October Family Events & Activities page. Read More
Halloween is right around the corner, and if your kids are like mine, they have been talking about their halloween costumes since April. If your kids haven’t been talking about their costumes, count your blessings. It’s extremely tricky to encourage creativity and ingenuity all the while keeping it real in your own head.
For those of you who aren’t ready for Halloween, I have a guide to easy and fantastic costumes with things from your closet/dress-up bin. It may take a quick trip to Goodwill, but honestly, if you can’t make it out, your kiddo will have an incredible costume.