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Goodbye Suka and Sakari – I Never Really Knew You.
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BeARTrageous Giveaway
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Free Family Events for Saturday, February 28
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Five Upcoming Opportunities To Introduce Opera to Kids
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Birchbark Books
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Two Weeks’ Worth of Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities
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Pop Culture Frozen Yogurt
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Flying Foot Forum at Cowles Center
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Get to Know the Twin Cities through Twin Cities Kids Club–Exclusive Offer
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Study Ahead for Shooting Kabul at SteppingStone Theatre

Goodbye Suka and Sakari – I Never Really Knew You.

Goodbye to our Visiting Polar Bears

I can’t really tell the difference between polar bears. They all look the same to me. So, I’m not really going to notice the absence of Como’s visiting residents. Still, I think its good news that Suka and Sakari have found a new home in one of my favorite childhood places, Henry Vilas Zoo. The two and a half year-old twin polar bears will be moving to Madison in time for the Memorial Day grand opening of their Arctic Passage exhibit. If you want a last chance to visit the pair, you should schedule it soon. For more information, visit the link above or Como Zoo.

If you are ever visiting the Madison, Wisconsin area, Vilas Park and Zoo and very similar to Como Park and Zoo.  It makes a nice free outing for the family. When I was a kid the zoo had wondering peacocks. I don’t think they do anymore, but I’ve been wanting to go and find out.

This news comes just in time to celebrate International Polar Bear Day, today. If everyone turns their thermostat down by two degrees today, we can show our solidarity in the mission to reduce carbon emissions and help save polar bears and other arctic animals.  I know the whole environmental thing always has political baggage, so feel free to ignore the video I’m putting in below or send me a nastigram in the messages.  I’m okay with that.  But I found this video amazing and it ties in to the whole carbon emissions thing.

BeARTrageous Giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS, Cheryl!  You are the winner of the be ARTrageous gift certificate.  Be on the lookout for an email from us!

Thank you, everyone, for participating!  The giveaway is now closed.

This month, you have had the opportunity to meet Michelle and Amanda of beARTrageous in Family Fun Twin Cities community. We love them and we know you would too.

So would you like to check out beARTrageous for free?? 

We thoughts so! beARTrageous was kind enough to offer a $50 gift certificate to one lucky FFTC reader.   So, we are doing a Flash beARTrageous Giveaway today!

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Free Family Events for Saturday, February 28

As always, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of events going on around the Twin Cities this weekend and beyond!

Toylend USA Open House
@ Playlend
506 Lovell Avenue, Unit #2, Roseville, MN 55113

Time: 10am – 5pm
Details: Toylend USA is a small business that rents toys and baby gear to families with children birth to 5 years of age. Playlend is the company’s indoor play space – come visit their open house, learn about renting out your own toys, and enjoy snacks and activities.
“Dr. Seuss Storytime” with the Cat in the Hat

@ Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Time: 10:30am
Details: Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a special Cat in the Hat-themed storytime. The Cat himself will be on hand for activities, songs and photo ops.

Free Crafts for Kids – Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
@ Lakeshore Learning – 2 locations in MN

  • 1721 Beam Ave., Suite A, Maplewood, MN 55109
  • 5699 W. 16th St, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Time: 11am – 3pm
Details: Create special “Cat in the Hat” crafts and listen to Seuss stories read on the hour.


Five Upcoming Opportunities To Introduce Opera to Kids

PicMonkey CollageOpera isn’t at the top of my radar for family fun.  It seems a little inaccessible to children and very expensive for something I’m not sure they will enjoy.  However, this season, it has been popping up repeatedly. Read More

Birchbark Books

Drive around the Lake of the Isles (because it’s a lake with an island in it–maybe two.  I only saw one, but I was more worried about avoiding a car accident than counting the islands) and through a beautiful neighborhood in Minneapolis, you will come upon a small, but beautiful, bookstore.

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Two Weeks’ Worth of Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities

Once upon a time, story hour was an integral part of my weekday routine as a stay-at-home mom with toddlers and preschoolers. The time we spent at bookstores, libraries and other tot spots around town made up a big piece of our social life. We’d see familiar faces, discover new stories, and I would often take away valuable nuggets of parenting advice. The list below of toddler and preschool story times are hosted at highly kid-friendly venues around the Twin Cities. And, with one noted exception, each program is completely free entertainment for your young ones.

Monday

  • Wild Rumpus Tale Time @ Wild Rumpus Books, 2720 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis. Time: 10:30am ongoing Mondays. Details: Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot at this popular story time. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store!
  •  Storytime w/ Mama Ray @ Moon Palace Books, 2820 E. 33rd Street, Minneapolis. Time: 11am the first & third Monday of the month (please check the link for the most current calendar!) Details: Themed stories and songs aimed at kids under five years.

Tuesday

  • Story Time with Engineer Paul @ Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, 2050 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul. Time: 10am ongoing Tuesdays. Details: Wonderful stories, songs and preschool activities with a (no surprise) train slant. Stick around to play at one of the 7 train tables set up at the back of the store.
  • Book Club Storytime @ Pottery Barn Kids, find your closest location here. Time: 11:30am ongoing Tuesdays. Details: Become a book club member and your kid is eligible for a special prize after attending five storytimes.

Wednesday

  • Preschool Storytime @ Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Time: 10:30am ongoing Wednesdays. Details: Themed stories, songs, puppets and other preschool pleasures. Red Balloon also hosts many weekend family events celebrating local authors.
  • Furry Tails Storytime @ Golden Valley Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley. Time: 10am each 2nd Wednesday of the month. Details: Call 763-489-2221 to reserve a spot. The 45-minute program includes a story, craft and time with an animal.

Thursday

  • Family Storytime @ Ramsey County Library Roseville, 2180 N. Hamline Avenue, Roseville. Time: 10:30am. Details: Stories, songs, creative movement and more for toddlers and preschoolers. For a complete listing of library story hours in the Ramsey County system, click here.
  • Lil Explorer Thursdays Storytime @ Como Park Zoo @ Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul. Time: The free program runs 10am – noon, ongoing Thursdays through April 30, 2015. Two themed storytimes are held during this time. Details: This is a fantastic free event aimed at preschoolers and includes all kinds of hands-on activities, manipulatives, games and crafts. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Friday

  • Barnes and Noble Storytime @ Galleria Shopping Center, 3225 W 69th, Edina. Time: 10am ongoing Fridays (and Wednesdays – at this location). Details: For a listing of all local Barnes and Noble story events, click here.
  • Preschool Story Time @ Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings. Time: One Friday each month, 10 – 11am. Call ahead to register, 651-437-4359. Cost/Details: There is a fee of $5 per child for this program which includes a story, craft, and nature and animal education. Accompanying adults are free.

Know of another great gathering spot for stories in your neighborhood? Please drop us a line so we can share your suggestion with other families.

Pop Culture Frozen Yogurt

I had been waiting for months from the moment I first saw the sign saying, “Pop Culture Frozen Yogurt Coming!”  in Arden Hills–just off of Lexington Avenue.

My curiousity was picqued!  I had never heard of Pop Culture.  For months, I would drive by, look in the window, and see it wasn’t yet open. After much impatience and aggravation, I finally saw the sign, “Open for Business!”

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Flying Foot Forum at Cowles Center

This is the company at which our friends Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan of Sossy Mechanics met.
I’ve never been, but it looks amazing!

 

Check them out this weekend at the Cowles Center for the Performing Arts.

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Get to Know the Twin Cities through Twin Cities Kids Club–Exclusive Offer

I know this is going to sound like an advertisement.  And I really don’t mean it to be.  I’m just so excited about this idea, and I can’t wait to share with you about Twin Cities Kids Club.

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Study Ahead for Shooting Kabul at SteppingStone Theatre

See the World Premier of Shooting Kabul at SteppingStone Theatre between March 13 – March 29, 2015.

Shooting Kabul opens at SteppingStone Theatre on Friday, March 13th. After the Pay-What-You-Can Performance on March 14th, the audience will have an opportunity to meet both the author, Naheed Hasnat, and the Playwright, Kim Hines (as well as Congressman Keith Ellison). Usually Pay-What-You-Can performances are on a first-come-first-served basis, but for this performance, you can name your price over the phone in advance at (651) 225-9265 as well as at the door on the day of the show. This is one of those shows I plan to study ahead for, and here is my plan. Read More

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