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Rockin’ October
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Weekend in Pictures Including Kelley Farm and Peek
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Beauty and the Beast at Old Gem Theater this Weekend
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Peeking in on Peek
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Family Night at The Great Clips IMAX Theatre at the MN Zoo This Monday, October 20
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MEA Weekend Activities in 1 Minute
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Halloween Happenings at Three Rivers Parks
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Fall Family Outing: Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, Minnesota
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Heartfelt Crafts–Perfect Weekend to Get Crafting
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Free List – MEA WEEK!!
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Science Museum’s New Exhibit Opening Today!

Rockin’ October

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Pumpkins, Halloween, Costumes, Colored Leaves, Parties, Hot Apple Cider, Candy,

And Family Concerts

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Weekend in Pictures Including Kelley Farm and Peek

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Yesterday my husband and I were talking about our lovely fall weather as we cleaned up the yard of leaves (never mind the tree unloaded another third today), and I asked him, “I think this fall has been beautiful, don’t you?” 

To which he wholeheartedly agreed. 


 

Because there is one thing I don’t have patience for, and that is when people complain that we didn’t have a fall.  Fall is my favorite time of year so I soak it in–loving the sights and the scents and the sounds (crunching the leaves under your feet, anyone?).  Sure, sometimes the snow comes a little early or the temperature plummets to a reading that rivals Antartica, but that’s what living in Minnesota is.  

An experience of never knowing what you’re going to get. 

peek and kelly farm weekend

So while we had the time, my kids and I took MEA weekend and explored some unknown destinations.  We journeyed back in time to the 1850′s and discovered life on a farm at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm.  On another day, we hopped on the fashion train to discover an up and coming designer fashion store for kids–Peek–just opened in the Mall of America. 

What did you do this weekend?

 

Beauty and the Beast at Old Gem Theater this Weekend

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Old Gem Theater Students perform an original adaptation of Beauty and the Beast this weekend.

This Old Gem original play tells the timeless tale of self-sacrifice and true love and is produced as the culmination the fall Young Performers Ensemble class.

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Peeking in on Peek

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Kyla, my fourth grader, wants to be a fashion designer–among many other things–when she grows up, so when Family Fun Twin Cities was invited to come to Grand Opening of Peek–a unique children’s clothing and gift store in the Mall of America–she was estatic.  We were also invited to come chat with Tina Canales, the owner and CEO of Peek, and I thought, “How much fun would Kyla have learning about the fashion industry?  And how much fun would it be for us to watch her learn about it?” Read More

Family Night at The Great Clips IMAX Theatre at the MN Zoo This Monday, October 20

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 Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland: In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos archipelago. Amongst these fascinating and remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismatic animals that have all adapted to this unique environment. This is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D. You’re invited to explore these extraordinary and enchanted islands, whose remarkable inhabitants helped change the way we understand nature. (taken from the IMAX press release)

And you are invited to see this amazing show at the Minnesota Zoo IMAX for just $5/person on Monday, October 20.  It includes pizza, beverages, and the incredible film on the largest screen in Minnesota.  Keep reading for more information. Read More

MEA Weekend Activities in 1 Minute

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Halloween Happenings at Three Rivers Parks

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Image Credit: Three Rivers Park District

Halloween Happenings

From the scary to not-so-scary

Have some Halloween fun! Three Rivers is hosting a series of family-friendly celebrations with games and treats. Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths, see a Halloween puppet show, meet live animals, hone your pumpkin carving skills, make a pumpkin boat, and more.

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Fall Family Outing: Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, Minnesota

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Forget that the name “Wyoming” conjures up a landscape hundreds of miles from the Twin Cities. Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, Minnesota, is a fairly quick and easy day trip from most Metro locations because it sits right along a major freeway and just off the cusp of the northern suburbs. I took my bunch (ages ranging from 3 to 9) to Pinehaven today because of MEA break (also because it was forecast to be the last 70-degree day this year), but it would make a super fun family weekend outing as well.

I like the convenience of paying an admission charge upfront at a place that offers lots of activities. Pinehaven Farm’s got a plethora of activities to choose from and the entrance fee covers nearly all of them, including these highlights:

  • children’s playgrounds – most of the play equipment is appropriate for young children. The tot lot has a wonderful collection of corncrib slides, pony tire swings, junior pedal tractors, and a gravel box to play in. Send the older kids over to the two-story tube slides instead.
  • multiple mazes – including a tiny straw bale maze, a short hay bale maze, and a slightly more challenging one for school-aged kids.
  • tractor wagon and hay rides – kids up to 12 can ride the wagon train, but the short loops are geared for preschoolers. Entire families can take a hay ride into the fields to search for the perfect pumpkin (priced at 41¢ per lb.)
  • jumping pillow - kids can bounce to their heart’s content – if they don’t mind waiting in line (weekends will draw a crowd).
  • pedal trike track - the sturdy trikes appealed to my older kids; for the youngest in the bunch there is a small pedal tractor loop in the tot lot.
  • large petting farm - including goats, cows, emus, turkeys and more. Bring quarters for feed if your kids are interested in feeding the animals.
  • special weekend events – such as the pumpkin-eating dragon show (my kids LOVED this when they saw it a few years ago). Magic shows, a Halloween party and other special events are held select weekend dates. See the complete calendar here.

Extras not included in the admission fee:

Bring cash if you think you might be interested in firing the corncob cannon ($1), purchasing a rubber duck for the duck derby races ($1), picking pumpkins (41¢ per lb.) or other produce, buying snacks or purchasing more substantial concessions (weekends only).

Other things to consider:

Keep in mind that weekends, particularly temperate ones, are going to be crowded. If it’s an option for you, consider going during the week. Pinehaven Farm is open weekdays from noon – 6:30pm and admission is discounted $2.00 (to $6.50 per person) Monday – Wednesday. A coupon good for $1 off daytime admission throughout the week can be found here. Teens and/or adults might be interested in the darker side of Pinehaven Farm – the Dead End Hayride runs through November 1, 2014.


Location: Pinehaven Farm is located at 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN 55092 (conveniently along Interstate 35). It’s a little over a half hour’s drive from the middle of the Metro in good traffic.
Hours: Open weekdays noon – 6:30pm and weekends 10am – 6:30pm through October 31, 2014.
Admission: $8.50/pp Thursday – Sunday, $6.50/pp Monday – Wednesday, kids under 3 are free. Print and bring along this coupon for $1 off/pp.


Heartfelt Crafts–Perfect Weekend to Get Crafting

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This weekend is a great time to drop by Heartfelt and get creative.  My children rarely do the project that is demonstrated.  They almost ALWAYS do their own thing and not only does Lisa (owner and lover of all things crafty) encourage this behavior, she delights in it!  She welcomes all imaginations–those that need to be guided and those that want to be left to their own whimsy.

Here are just a sample of some of the unique crafts that Heartfelt is offering.

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Free List – MEA WEEK!!

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This is a something for everyone MEA Weekend.  I didn’t mention Third Free Sunday at the Children’s Museum, but that is a great option, too; and Anne has reviewed the new Clifford exhibit for us.

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  • Rainbow Crow
  • ChildishFilms
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Science Museum’s New Exhibit Opening Today!

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Today the Design Zone exhibit will open – bringing hands-on math exploration to the museum just in time for fall break! Read More

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