Archive - April 2014

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Shrek from Book to the Children’s Theater.
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40th Annual MayDay Parade– Wonder? Wonder.
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Birthday Giveaway: Our First Love–BOOKS!
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Toddler Time at SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park
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The Free List: Five Ways to Celebrate Spring
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Dine Out for Life Today
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Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds: A To-Do List
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Wild Goose Chase Cloggers
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Birthday Giveaways Closing Soon!
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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – Past Production

Shrek from Book to the Children’s Theater.

Are you wondering if you should dish out to see Shrek the Musical at the Children’s Theater? I give my very opinionated review of Shrek from book to movie to Broadway to the Children’s Theatre.  I’d love to hear your feedback.  Let me know what you think of any of them.

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40th Annual MayDay Parade– Wonder? Wonder.

If you had read Anne’s article this month about 5 things she wants to make sure she does with her family this year, on the top of her list is the In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s MayDay Parade.

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Birthday Giveaway: Our First Love–BOOKS!

Contest is now Closed.
Congratulations to Katie! I have sent an email to you with more information so look for it in your inbox!
Thank you all for participating and we look forward to more great family fun in the future!

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Toddler Time at SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park

Toddler Time at SkyZone Indoor Trampoline ParkToddler Time at SkyZone trampoline park

Two locations:
595 Hale Ave N., Oakdale, MN 55128
(St. Paul area)
13310 Industrial Park Blvd., Plymouth, MN 55441
(Mpls area)
Time: 9:30 – 11am, Tuesdays & Fridays
Cost: $6/hr per jumper plus $2
SkySocks fee
Ages: Youth ages 5 & under AND caregivers!

In honor of this crummy spring Tuesday (don’t you relish in snow on April 29?), I thought I’d share a fun place to escape the weather with stir-crazy toddlers. SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park – with two metro locations – hosts a special jump time twice a week just for kids five and under (willing caregivers as well). If you’re not familiar with SkyZone, it’s a space made up of wall-to-wall trampolines. In fact, trampolines extend right up the walls themselves! There’s even a foam pit the kids can launch themselves into. The place is fantastic for all ages and – a total bonus for us adults – it’s a super fun workout bouncing around after the kids.

There’s a nice price break for jumping during Toddler Time at SkyZone, too. Kids bounce for $6 per hour plus a $2 fee for required SkySocks, yours to keep and re-use.


The Free List: Five Ways to Celebrate Spring

Easter and Earth Day are kind of the herald’s of Spring in Minnesota.  We’ve finally moved away from the snow and into the April Showers. Here are five ways to celebrate spring this weekend.

Dine Out for Life Today

Today, do you need a reason to eat out? Do you need a break from cooking but feel guilty about spending your money at a restaurant when you could be saving money at home?
Well, today’s the day to get the cooking break you need and not feel badly about spending your money.
Today is the 20th anniversary of Dining Out for Life which is a fundraiser for the Aliveness project–a provider of vital services to individuals in Minnesota living with HIV/AIDS.

Many restaurants around the Twin Cities and even in Duluth and Rochester are participating at various mealtimes and donating approximately 35% of the sales (or more) to the Aliveness project.

Participating Restaurants include Chatterbox Pub, Papa John’s , and Butter Bakery Cafe.  Here is the complete list for you to peruse.

If ever there was a time to eat out, now is it.

Have a great day!

Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds: A To-Do List

When you blog for FFTC, you never have an excuse not to know what’s going on for the family-minded in the Twin Cities. Our Family Fun Calendar is such a handy little tool – I can plan weekend activities days in advance (thanks to my cohorts the admins) or whip it out for a spur-of-the-moment outing. The calendar is also my constant reminder of some wonderful opportunities in the metro for family fun that I haven’t gotten to yet. A year after merging activity arsenals with Gianna and Joy, my to-do list is as long as ever. Here are some of the places I can’t wait to get to in our second year as a team:

1. Highpoint Center for Printmaking – Part gallery, part hands-on creative space, Highpoint strives to make the art of printmaking accessible to all. My artsy daughters would love the Free Ink Days (drop-in events held four times yearly) or one of the family classes. (Registration for the upcoming Playdate at the Press has been extended to Friday, April 25, for the class on May 3!)

2. Gale Woods Farm – Part of the Three Rivers Park District, this is a working farm that invites kids and families to get hands-on with animals and agriculture. My kids would love to experience one of the Saturday Mornings on the Farm ($5/pp through August 30). Visitors are also welcome to explore on their own. Gianna details an outing to Gale Woods Farm here.

steppingstone theatre3. SteppingStone Theatre – Theater can be so incredible for kids to experience, yet a larger family might balk at the expense of tickets. SteppingStone strives to offer affordable ticket options for their audience. I’d like to check out one of their “Pay What You Can” performances — held the first Saturday of each production. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; arrive an hour prior to showtime.

4. Silverwood Park – The first and only time I’ve been to Silverwood I was in that rarest of states: alone. Next time I vow to bring my kids along to enjoy one of the park’s awesome events designed just for them! Let’s Get stARTed is a monthly free drop-in art class. When you Walk with an Artist, you’ll explore the park’s intriguing sculptures. Gianna tells us more about her love for Silverwood Park here.

5. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre – Every spring I resolve to attend HOTB’s MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. And every spring I then fail to do so (or, occasionally, the weather won’t cooperate). HOTB invites the public to come help create the parade floats and decorations! You can find out more about these free workshops — including your last opportunity to be involved — here. Heart of the Beast also presents Saturday Shows for Kids nicely priced at $4/pp.

There’s my list! Isn’t there research that suggests you’re way more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down? I’m halfway here! Thanks for joining us during our first year of Family Fun Twin Cities. We hope you’ll stick around!


Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

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Birthday Giveaways Closing Soon!

Our Birthday Month is drawing to a close.  Some of the Birthday Month Specials will expire soon.  Make sure you print off their coupons and head to the store,  or take advantage of their online offers.

Don’t forget about our Birthday Month Specials at some of our favorite Local Businesses!


Tomorrow, we draw for the Four Pack of Science Museum Tickets (courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota).  We would love everyone to join us at the Science Museum!

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – Past Production

This production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is past; however, you can find current and upcoming productions at Stages Theatre in our directory and family fun calendar.

This weekend we took a family date night to Hopkins.  The date centered around my 4-year-old and I attending Stages Theatre’s production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  Although I have never read the book, I really enjoyed this performance.  It centers around the trial of the Big Bad Wolf and, like a trial, each side presents their very one-sided stories for the audience (the jury) to determine the truth.

According to Stages this is an all ages show.  My four year old had a difficult time sitting through it from the beginning.  There were other children around his age there that did better, and he had not napped before going, but I would still recommend this show more for early grade school age and up.  It has great musical numbers and a fast moving pace that will keep kids interested, yet it was appealing to me, as an adult, with its pop culture references and jokes that might go over the heads of kids.  If you do decide to take younger kids, I would recommend working with their natural schedules.  I should have known to go to a matinee or be more insistent about the nap.  Also, the Disney version of the Three Little Pigs is available on Netflix streaming or below on YouTube.  It doesn’t hurt to prep them with the back story.  (What kind of mom let her child reach age 4 without knowing the story of the Three Little Pigs?).

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs in HopkinsHopkins is kind of a haul from our home in Northeast Minneapolis, so when we go we like to make a day of it.  We arrived early enough to get dinner and walk around a little.  Hopkins Main Street is called “Art Street” because it has great little art exhibits you can explore on your own.  With a smart phone, you can scan the QR codes to see a video about each piece at Think Hopkins.  So it makes a great walking tour.  The Hopkins Center for the Arts (the home of Stages Theatre) also has galleries that are free and open to the public.

A little bit out of downtown Hopkins (actually Minnetonka) we found a sweet little organic pizzaria, Living Waters Cafe & Pizzaria.  The service was excellent and the food came fast and it was very child-friendly.  I would highly recommend it if you are in the area.  It will definitely be our go-to place when we are in the Hopkins/Minnetonka area.

Date night at Living Waters at The True Story of the Three Little Pigs


Stages Theatre provided tickets for this review.


Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for TwinCitiesFamilyFun.

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