Archive - October 2014

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Annie’s 45-second October Weekend Post
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Free Family Activities Around the Twin Cities – November 1-2, 2014
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Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Centers
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Halloween Fun and Frights in Minneapolis Parks
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(Mostly) Healthy School Halloween Treats
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TC Family Activities in 1 Minute (October 25-26)
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Family Fun List for October 24-26, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS
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Fairy Finery–Magical Costumes for Kids
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Largest Corn Maze in the Twin Cities
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Free Family Concert with Sesame Street Puppeteer and SPCO

Annie’s 45-second October Weekend Post

Meet Annie!  If you are interested in what she recommended, you will want to check out this post! Read More

Free Family Activities Around the Twin Cities – November 1-2, 2014

I’m ready to ditch Halloween and move onto other things.  This is partly because Halloween was my last big hurdle before my baby is due.  I’m sick of being pregnant and want to get to the end.  But, if Halloween is YOUR holiday, check out some of Anne’s suggestion’s HERE.  I posted the Minneapolis Park’s Halloween Schedule earlier this week.  These are mainly Free Family Activities.  Gianna has shared a list of grocery stores with Halloween freebies.

As always, our Calendars have an extensive list of outings — both free and not-so-free.  Just a reminder, you can choose which calendars you see by clicking on the little blue down arrow at the top right corner of of the calendars.  You can also click on the arrow next to the date to choose any date you want to view.  We start populating the calendars as soon as we receive information.  You can look as far ahead as you like.  Obviously, the closer the date, the more we have added and the more accurate our information will be.

This is my Halloween-Free List of weekend outings.

  • Three times a year Highpoint invites the community to an afternoon of hands-on printmaking and creative fun. Click here for more information.
  • courtesy jack brass band
  • Click here to learn more about this event.
  • Photo courtesy of Three Rivers Park District. Click here to learn more about Kroening Interpretive Center

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Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Centers

This is it, Twin Cities. We have come to the last of our Halloween posts. Over the past few weeks we’ve traveled through pumpkin patches and corn mazes, detailed not-so-spooky options around the Metro, and talked treats. You’re likely as ready to stop reading about Halloween as we are ready to stop writing about it. But first, just this one final post – a few spots for indoor trick-or-treating (with one exception) should the idea of bundling up to go around the block sound less than appealing.

All events listed are taking place on Friday, October 31 (Halloween!), 2014, and all events are FREE:

  • Howl-O-Ween, Mall of America, Bloomington, 4:30 – 7:30pm
    Details: Trick-or-treat around the Mall at participating retailers, then check out Blackout: Glow Crazy at Nickelodeon Universe for a wristband deal and free activities.
  • Mall-O-Ween Spooktacular Rosedale Center , Roseville, 5 – 7pm
    Details: Participating stores will begin handing out treats at 5pm – stop by Guest Services for a list. Wear your costume, but Rosedale kindly asks that you leave the masks at home. The Teddy Bear Band will be performing from 6 – 6:45pm. Rosedale Center is also hosting a Great Pumpkin Hunt for a chance to win a $250 Rosedale gift card.
  • Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Premium Outlets, 3965 Eagan Outlets Pkwy., Eagan, 3 – 8pm
    Details: No escape from the chill here, but the event is early enough that you could still make it home to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood! Stop at Guest Services for extra treats.
  • Halloween Spooktacular & Mall-wide Trick-or-Treat, Maplewood Mall (3001 White Bear Avenue N., Maplewood) Details: Trick-or-treating at participating stores begins at 5:30.
  • Halloween on the Mall, Eden Prairie Center (8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie), 5:30 – 7:30pm
    Details: Trick-or-treat at participating stores, then enjoy live music by the Teddy Bear Band and meet Eden Prairie firefighters and police officers.


Halloween Fun and Frights in Minneapolis Parks

 
 

Halloween Fun and Frights in Minneapolis Parks

 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is gearing up for its annual haunted and not-so-haunted Halloween celebrations in Minneapolis parks.

The MPRB will host safe, family-friendly Halloween celebrations beginning October 24 through Halloween on October 31.

Special Halloween events include the 13th annual Camden Haunted House at Folwell Park, open October 27, 29 and 31, and the Minnehaha Falls of Fun Halloween Party at Minnehaha Park on October 25.

Other free community parties featuring games, treat bags, refreshments and other fun activities will take place in parks across Minneapolis.

See below for a full listing of Halloween events in Minneapolis parks and find an event near you!

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(Mostly) Healthy School Halloween Treats

Halloween Treat CollageRecently, the members of a parenting group I belong to were discussing a letter sent home by a school regarding Halloween treats. This particular school was concerned with fat count and all treats had to be within certain fat guidelines. Other schools have allergy restrictions or limits on sugar.  Sometimes schools have to limit us to packaged food for insurance reasons.  No matter our personal opinions on this particular trend, it’s a reality.

Most of the parents in my group, including me, were leaning toward Clementine Jack-o’lanterns.  This made me wonder, “What if everyone brought Clementines as their treat?”  I’ve searched the web and found some ideas for treats to send with the kids this week.  Not every one of these ideas is going to fit every dietary demand and some will be less expensive than others.  Hopefully this round up will give us some ideas.

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TC Family Activities in 1 Minute (October 25-26)

tm eveland family farm | family activitiesLearn more about the FREE Ballet Minnesota Performance and Pumpkin Fest 

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Check out the information about Como’s Zoo Boo.

For more information about other events and family activities to enjoy this weekend, you can check out Anne’s pumpkin patch post, Gianna’s corn maze post, Anne’s other post about Halloween events  or Joy’s free list.


Don’t forget about the Monster Dash in St. Paul as well.  I was going to run in that but then realized I still had a lot of training to do. Not only that, but I will be heading to the Minnesota Blogger Conference.  With that in mind is there anything you would like to see on Family Fun Twin Cities?  What family activities do you know about that we are missing? Please contact us by using the contact form at the top of the page.  We love to hear from you.  You can also leave us a message on our facebook page.


video courtesy of Lori (thanks Lori)

Family Fun List for October 24-26, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS

October 31st is right around the corner, and I know that many people choose not to celebrate this holiday. I also know that whether you celebrate or not, it’s kind of hard to ignore.  I list some of the non-scary ideas for your family on KTIS.

Source:Family Fun List for October 24-16, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS

Fairy Finery–Magical Costumes for Kids

Soaked from the State Fair downpour and in search of cute flower headbands for my brand new, balding baby niece, we headed into Merchandise Mart on Dan Patch (I think that’s where it is).  Not far into the building, we came upon the perfect booth: Fairy Finery. Read More

Largest Corn Maze in the Twin Cities

Most of the Twin Cities is familiar with Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee.  If you aren’t, you can go here and learn more about it from Anne. But did you know that the North Metro now hosts one, too?   It’s called Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. Read More

Free Family Concert with Sesame Street Puppeteer and SPCO

On November 15, my children and I will be enjoying a performace of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, at the Ordway for free thanks to Target’s partnership with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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