This was a hard weekend for narrowing down the Wish List. There are three great children’s productions going on at three different theatres and two are ending this weekend. With the weather starting to warm up, we needed an outdoor activity on the list. Of course, what would be this weekend’s Wish List without Choo Choo Bob? I also picked a night out with the family — playing BINGO. Like I said, it was hard to narrow this week. If you want more be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar.
Closing Weekend: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Box Office: (952) 979-1111
Dates: Now – March 23, 2014
All seats, all shows $15
Alexander is already in its closing weekend this weekend. Anne had nothing but good things to say about the play. I expected my third grader to be jealous that we weren’t reviewing this one, but my four-year-old recognized it as a book he loves, too, and wanted to go. This is definately on our family wish list for this weekend.
Bully is unique among the theatre productions currently running in that it is written by a group of teenaged playwrights from SteppingStone and Action Transport Theatre in Ellesmere Port, England. Both groups tackled the issue of how to fight bullying. The play was created to inspire conversation.
Choo Choo Bob’s Great Minnesota Train ExpoEagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN Saturday, March 22, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission: $5/pp; Children Under 8 free.
I’m not sure why little boys are so fascinated with trains, but they are. If you have one of these boys, Gianna whole-heartedly recommends braving the crowds for the Great Minnesota Train Expo. With parking and children under 8 free, this can be a pretty cheap outing — even if you buy the hot dogs at the expo.
Family Bingo Night St. Cyril & Methodius Church, 1315 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 Saturday, March 22, 2014; 6:00 p.m. to midnight $1.00/card
One of my best memories of childhood is one my Grandma probably doesn’t remember. She took me to play bingo the night before my birthday. I loved playing bingo with her and watching the clock to reach midnight. I was in grade school at the time. I’ve tried taking my preschoolers to church bingo games, but its too hard for them to sit still. Adding in the fact that it goes to midnight, I think this is best for a grade school and up family.
Family GPS Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, 4001 County Road 24, Maple Plain, MN 55359 Sunday, March 23, 2014; 3:00 p.m. Reservations Required $5 – $6/pp; Children Under 2 free (20% discount for groups of 4 or more)
If you have wanted to try family Geocaching, but didn’t know how to start, this could be a great place to begin. You and your family can hike into the woods to find hidden geocaches. The GPS equipment is provided.
About the Author: Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.