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Archived: A Syrupy Weekend Wish List for March 7-8, 2014
Heartfelt–March Crafts

Archived: A Syrupy Weekend Wish List for March 7-8, 2014

When it comes to my wish list for family fun, I find more and more I’m wishing for a date night.  I never used to need one of those — family dates were just fine.  But almost 9 years into the whole parenting experience, sometimes I just want to be with the love of my life without our offspring.  Where ever you stand in the parenting continuum, I say embrace it. If you don’t need special date nights, there are some great activities for the whole family.  If you want to hire a babysitter or send the little ones to grandmas house for the night, how about a Date Night at Silverwood Park?  No matter what, here are some wishful options for the upcoming weekend.


Date Night at SilverwoodDate Night  –  How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You: Maple Syrup Making and Pitchers
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E,St. Anthony, MN 55421
Friday, March 7, 2014; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$25.00 per couple (Reservations required by Thursday)

Since March is Maple Syrup month, what better way to have a date night than by making some sticky sweet maple syrup and a pitcher to pour it from.  You’ll have something special to take home to the kids at the end, too.  Date Nights at Silverwood are always part indoor clay project and part outdoor — so this is a dress down date.  Dress to get dirty and stay warm.  But wear layers, because you are going to want to peel them off by the fire after all the fun.  “Wine and beer are allowed” — That sounds like a bring-your-own kind of deal.  Reserve your spot by Thursday by calling 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number #237811-16. This program is for ages 21+.

Alexander graphicOpening Night: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Friday, March 7, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
$15 per person; Pre-Buy Tickets Here.

I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens at Stages Theatre this weekend.  We visited Stages to see Aladdin earlier this year, as I said in my review of that production, the actors at Stages are gifted young people.  It is so worth it to get to these shows if you can.  Maybe if you take your kids to see Alexander, they won’t want to move to Australia.


Mu Daiko
Cowles Center For Dance and The Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Saturday, March 8, 2014; 2:00 p.m.
Special Family Performance Pricing: $22 for Adults and $14 for students.

This weekend the Cowles Center will host Mu Daiko – a performance based on Japanese drumming.  Saturday’s show is cut a little shorter (45 minutes) and is specially priced for families.  It’s recommended for ages 3 and up.  If you go to one of the other performances, they suggest 7 and up.  After the show, your kids will be invited up on stage to try the drums themselves.  If you want to prep them for this show, you can watch several videos on YouTube, including the one below:

Little House in the Big WoodsIn Laura’s House: Sugar on Snow
Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386
Saturday, March 8, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$5 per person (20% discount for groups of four or more)

Like I said above, we’re all about the maple syrup experience this month.  There is no shortage of events throughout the Twin Cities during March.  However, when I think of maple syrup, I immediately think of that Chapter of Little House in the Big Woods, where they eat nothing but maple syrup for like 24 hours straight.  If that’s what you think of too, you may want to haul out to Victoria with your family to experience maple syrup Laura Ingall’s style.  Here some stories from the book – probably the syrup-gorging chapter, make a sugar on snow treat just like Laura, sample real maple syrup and sugar. You can even start a quilt sampler like Laura’s.




Heartfelt–March Crafts

heartfelt logoNo need to make an appointment! Drop in anytime during store hours and put your crafting juices to work on some of the fun ideas the Heartfelt staff is presenting this month.  If you have any questions, you can call them at 612-877-8090 or visit them online here.

For Your Very Young Family Members

No need to sign up ahead of time. Come on in and craft with us!

Decorate a little clay pot with shiny crayons, then fill with soil and sow thickly with
grass seed. Add a cute plant stake, then head for home to water and care for the
soon to sprout crop. As the grass grows, it’s fun to trim with little scissors.
Ages 2 ½ and up. $10.

Choose wool from our array of colors, making an
abstract design on a cream colored wool base.
Slide your creation into a zip lock bag, add soap and warm
water, and seal well. Then it’s fun to pat rub and pat to make
your felt picture. Ages 2 ½ and up. $10.

Tie colorful ribbons onto a wooden ring, then watch them
flutter in the wind. Especially fun when running and twirling!
Ages 2 ½ and up. $10.

Family Crafts

This little orange baby is cozy in his fuzzy
sleeping bag and wears such a cute green
hat! Add a string so you can wear him
everywhere. Ages 5 and up. $15.

Using colorful fleece, design a simple
landscape picture, then slide your art into a
ziplock bag. With warm water, soap and a
gentle massage, the wool will soon become
felt—it’s magic! All ages. $10.

Decorate a sweet little fairy
house, using watercolor
sticks, natural trimmings
and pussy willow branches.
Spring has sprung! Allow
one to two hours. Ages 7 to
adult or younger with adult
help. $28.

Cut, stitch, and stuff a sock into this
silly bunny. He is oh-so-simple to
make and
darling! Ages
4 and up. $15.

Wrap wool around pipe cleaners to
make his body, and then sew a vest
and jacket for this jaunty little fellow.
Topped with a little felt hat, he is sure
to bring the luck of the Irish your way!
Ages 8 to adult. Allow 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Make a cuddly bunny from a
square of felted wool
sweater—really! This sewing
project is suitable for ages 8
to adult. Allow 2 hours or
more. $28.

We have three different egg decorating options. $10 per half
dozen eggs–add a needle felted nest for an additional $5.

Felted Wool Eggs
♥ Wrap colorful fleece around a
wooden egg, then felt using soap and
water. Ages 6 and up; younger with
grown up helper.

Painted Paper Eggs
♥ Eggs made of pressed paper are
fun and easy to color with acrylic
paints. Ages 6 to adult.
Watercolor Wooden Eggs
♥ Use our watercolor
crayons to color wooden eggs.
All ages.

Use watercolor crayons to
color a little hinged box, and
then rub with a bit of beeswax
polish. Pick a few glass
treasures to tuck inside. All
ages. $10

(Taken from Heartfelt Newsletter)


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