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Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
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Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities Guide
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10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days
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Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities
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BookHounds Invites Rick Chrustowski in ‘The Case of Habitats & Homes’
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Twin Cities Best Ice Cream Shoppes
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10 Things for Families in Zimmerman, MN
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10 Things for Kids: Albert Lea, Minnesota
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Twin Cities Independence Day Events and Activities
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FFTC Guide to Affordable Minnesota Summer Water Fun: Water Ski Shows, Kayaking & Canoeing, and Sailing
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10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’

Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


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Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities Guide

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It is our hope that you can use our July 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. July, for instance, explodes with family summer festivals across the Twin Cities Metro Area. We’ve gathered Fourth of July celebrations, parades and fireworks. And local parks are ringing with the sounds of free family concerts and other artsy entertainment. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
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Free Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities

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Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar

Twin Cities Independence Day Events & Activities

Twin Cities Best Ice Cream Shoppes

FFTC Summer Bucket List–101 Things For Your Family This Summer

Splash Happy: Twin Cities Guide to Beaches, Pools & Waterparks

FFTC’s Summer Movie Guide

FREE Community Entertainment for Kids


10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days

The Bakken Museum is so engaging that, even though we were learning, it felt like play. This small museum does a great job of making science accessible. A person can walk away with a basic understanding of how electricity works.

10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days

One thing I loved about this museum is that, even during Bakken Discovery Days, it doesn’t feel crowded. Other people were participating, but enough nooks and crannies existed that we could feel like we were exploring by ourselves.

I had to promise my kids we will do this again. They get to do more than their fair share of these things, so wanting to return is high praise from them. However, I think I will leave the toddler at home next time. She was kind of a fun-kill. She would have preferred to spend the whole visit in the reading room playing with Legos on my lap. I think if you ONLY have a toddler, you can have slow-paced family fun at The Bakken. My 10 Things below contain several activities that littler kids would enjoy. However, trying to balance her slower pace with the pace of the older kids left me out of much of the fun.

A family membership to the Bakken is only $65/year. This is a deal if you plan to attend a more than one Discovery Day or have a budding young scientist on your hands. If you live close, this would also be a good deal for the quiet reading room and its Legos.

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Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities

 Twin Cities Free July Events and Activities
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7/2: First Free Saturday Stage & Screen: Groovy Adventures @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.

7/2: Home Depot Kids Workshop: Ice Age Bowling Game @ TC Home Depot locations • 9am-noon • Details: The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.


We are proud to have the St. Paul Saints as our July monthly sponsor.

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7/4:  Minneapolis Red White & Boom @ Downtown riverfront • 6-10pm • Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk. For more Twin Cities Independence Day events and activities, click the graphic below:

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7/4: 4th of July at Langford Park @ 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul • 11am-4pm. • Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more! New this year are a bouncy house, face painting, Instagram contest, photo booth, and an obstacle course.

 

7/4: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Ride Day @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • 11am-4pm (free rides also take place on 7/23, National Carousel Day).

7/5: Storytime with Engineer Paul @ Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul • 10am • 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. Also held 7/19. For more of the best storytimes in the Twin Cities, click the graphic below.

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BookHounds Invites Rick Chrustowski in ‘The Case of Habitats & Homes’


You don’t want to miss the show notes below.  There are affiliate links to purchase books (that go to support BookHounds at no extra cost to you)  and links to do further investigation of your own.

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Twin Cities Best Ice Cream Shoppes

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Nothing is more perfect for summer than an ice cream cone or shake or sundae or banana split or waffle cone or dish or….well, you name it.  Ice cream is perfect for the summer.  Well, all year round actually, but especially in the summer.  If you want to enjoy frosty, creamy goodness, here’s a round up of all the independent ice cream shoppes around town.  Where’s your favorite?

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10 Things for Families in Zimmerman, MN

 

zimmermanZimmerman is a lovely small town, just north of Elk River on Highway 169.  Most people drive straight through on the way to their cabins without realizing what they are missing.

Stacey of Ramshackled Treasures and Samara of Simplicity in the Suburbs invited FFTC  to check out this cute little village with a gang of bloggers (it was an extremely busy week for us). My favorite comment of the night was from Ashley Sears.  She kept repeating to herself, “Oh, boy.  I’m in trouble. I’m in so much trouble.”  She is moving to Zimmerman and fell more in love with the town with each stop–as did we all.

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10 Things for Kids: Albert Lea, Minnesota

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Even though we live in an amazing metropolis, Greater Minnesota is bursting with places to explore and discover. FFTC was invited by Robin Russell of Russell’s Adventures and the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau to enjoy a day in Albert Lea. I packed my kids in the van, took a road trip, and had a low key, perfect summer day in Albert Lea.

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Twin Cities Independence Day Events and Activities

Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.

Independence Day 2016

We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!

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FFTC Guide to Affordable Minnesota Summer Water Fun: Water Ski Shows, Kayaking & Canoeing, and Sailing

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As the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans take pride in our water fun.  Water ski shows, renting boats, kayaks and canoes and a free sailing experience are the most cost effective.  We have created a guide to the best options in the Twin Cities as well as a few outside the metro.

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10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’

Finding DoryFinding Dory premiered on Friday, June 17, and it is a delight. I took my boys to the media preview (thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing Minneapolis) as a surprise and we were not disappointed. 

It was full of emotions, and I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions. While it had some sad parts, the sadness was nowhere near the level of Up or Inside Out.

Here are 10 things your kids will love in Finding Dory.

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