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Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to St. Paul Winter Carnival January 22-February 1
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January–Be Active, Enjoy the Winter Carnival
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YMCA Promotes Playing
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See A Play, Win A Bike at Steppingstone Theatre
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Trickboxing: Not a Family Show, But Perfect for the Family!
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It’s Snowshoe Fun to Exercise Outdoors in Minnesota in January
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Hang Out With the Vulcans at Snow Park at the Fair
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Throw a Strange Magic Party with Downloads from Disney
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Update: Brickmania Toyworks Open House To End January 31, 2015
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Prep Your Preschooler for Goodnight Moon at Stages
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The 8th Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis
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Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 24-25
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Things and Stuff and Such at Minnesota Children’s Museum

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to St. Paul Winter Carnival January 22-February 1

The Winter Carnival is coming!  Starting Thursday, January 22, you can experience the fun of the Winter Carnival legend with King Boreas and Vulcanus Rex.  There is so much happening at SPWC that we couldn’t include it all, but we wanted to let you know about our favorites.  Head over to SPWC’s website for more info on the Toughest Rodeo, Saintly Cat Show, Medallion Hunt and Autonomous Snow Plow Competitions and SO much more!

Events take place before the Winter Carnival even begins.
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January–Be Active, Enjoy the Winter Carnival

We have complied several different round ups for you to figure out how you can move together. 

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YMCA Promotes Playing

Robin Hedrick, Director of Healthy Kids, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity.  By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find your family feeling energized and strong.

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Trickboxing: Not a Family Show, But Perfect for the Family!

Megan McClellan and Brian Sostek are happily married with a beautiful 7 year old son and 5 (and a quarter) year old daughter. Misha and Mahira go everywhere with their mom and dad and are involved with the whole production process of Trickboxing.

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It’s Snowshoe Fun to Exercise Outdoors in Minnesota in January

There’s no place like Minnesota for Winter Fun!

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Hang Out With the Vulcans at Snow Park at the Fair

Despite the bone-chilling temps last year, I took the kids out to the Winter Carnival Snow Park at the Fair to change their minds about the St. Paul Vulcans. See, the little ones had always been wary of that wailing fire truck. Not to mention the red-cloaked men who once tried to ambush their mother at a parade in order to paint a huge black V on her cheek. I was willing to forgive and forget because the Krewe are the ones responsible for reviving the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition and organizing a super fun Snow Park at the Fair around it.

Here’s how the St. Paul Vulcans managed to win the hearts of my three girls (and why we’ll be back at the Vulcan Fun Day this Sunday): Read More

Throw a Strange Magic Party with Downloads from Disney

So are you planning to take your kids to Strange Magic this weekend?  I understand it is Lucas Films’ first animated feature that is NOT Star Wars related. It’s Shakespeare related.  A Lucas/Disney version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.  What’s not to love about that? Read More

Update: Brickmania Toyworks Open House To End January 31, 2015

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Prep Your Preschooler for Goodnight Moon at Stages

Stages Theatre Company will be presenting its production of Goodnight Moon from January 23rd – February 16th.  This musical is particularly suited for preschool children.  I have some ideas for extending the fun at home. Read More

The 8th Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis

Julian McFaul has been at it for 8 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

And even if he did, the Art Sled Rally has taken on a life of its own and could continue without him.

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Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 24-25

Get out and enjoy the events of the St. Paul Winter Carnival this weekend! Many of the events are free and open to the public and several are aimed especially at families with young children. For a detailed listing of activities, visit our FFTC Guide to the St. Paul Winter Carnival. For more ideas of how to get out with your family this weekend, check out our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Here’s some inspiration to get you started: Read More

Things and Stuff and Such at Minnesota Children’s Museum

CJam-ImagineLogoCreativity Jam – Imagine
Minnesota Children’s Museum
January 17, 2015 – May 10, 2015

There is a great story going around the free range parenting groups about a playground in the UK that is essentially a minimally supervised junkyard.  Children entertain themselves for hours in an ever-changing landscape of open-ended “toys” such as discarded tires.  (I’ve included a video at the bottom of this post).  This is what the Imagine Room of Creativity Jam brought to mind when we had the opportunity to get a sneak peak on Friday afternoon. Read More

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