Archive - June 2015

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Top 10 Fireworks Displays in the Twin Cities and More 4th of July Fun
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Flash Giveaway Monday — ‘Puppa-Na-Wuppana’
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Circus Juventas Summer Spectactular –‘1001 Nights’–Tickets On Sale on TODAY!
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Kids Cooking Classes with Wee Ones Wellness & Toylend USA
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Free Family Weekend Events List for June 27 – 28, 2015
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James and the Giant Peach Opens Today at Open Window Theatre
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‘Dad’s First Day’ by Mike Wohnoutka– A Review
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‘Inside Out’ FFTC Review of the New Disney Pixar Release, Opening Today
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Reader Suggestion: Friends & Family Day at Gilda’s Club
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Free Family Fun Idea Tomorrow at Union Depot

Top 10 Fireworks Displays in the Twin Cities and More 4th of July Fun

Over the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Celebrating Independence Day with Minneapolis’s Red, White and Boom over the Stone Arch Bridge.

Fireworks on the 4th of July are a tradition for our country.  You can stay at home and watch them on your TV (which we have done when our kids were super tiny) or you can find live fireworks near you.  Most of them start just after dusk–approximately 10:00 p.m.  More than likely, you will want to arrive before then to find a good spot to sit.

Here are our top 10 Fireworks Displays to enjoy this Saturday, plus some other fun to enjoy. Read More

Flash Giveaway Monday — ‘Puppa-Na-Wuppana’

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My kids want a puppy. Unfortunately for them, Daddy is allergic and would rather not deal with the repercussions of having a dog. So instead we have a loud, screechy parrot. I would love to have a dog, but then I read books like Puppa-na-Wuppana and think, I’m not ready to have a dog.

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Circus Juventas Summer Spectactular –‘1001 Nights’–Tickets On Sale on TODAY!

Don’t miss Circus Juventas’ Summer Spectacular!  If your family likes the story of Aladdin, you will want to snatch up these tickets that go really fast! Read More

Kids Cooking Classes with Wee Ones Wellness & Toylend USA

Confession: I’m super uninspired when it comes to cooking. Basically, I prepare the same 15 meals over and over in rotation for dinner, I swap out 5 different sandwiches when packing the kids’ lunches, and the young ones eat cereal for breakfast every. single. morning. There aren’t many complaints about food in our house, but there’s not a whole lot of creativity and introductions to new dishes either. This is partly why I jumped at the chance – really, responded within seconds – when Twin Cities Kids Club‘s lovely Lisa offered a chance to take a Wee Ones Wellness Healthy Hands Cooking Class with my preschooler. Read More

Free Family Weekend Events List for June 27 – 28, 2015

No matter how long we’ve been residents of the Twin Cities it seems there’s always some hidden fun out there we haven’t discovered yet. Our family, for instance, hadn’t made the trip out to Carver Park Reserve in Victoria until last year when we decided to make an afternoon of it at the historic Grimm Farm Open House and the Lowry Nature Center. That’s just one of the ideas we’ve got on this weekend’s free family events list – as always, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for more. Happy exploring!

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

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historic grimm farm

Grimm Farmhouse Open House
@ Grimm Farm Historic Site, Carver Park Reserve
7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, 55386

Time: 1-4pm
Details: Step back in time for a few hours at the historic home of Wendelin Grimm and his family. My kids have done this event and enjoyed the old-fashioned porch and lawn games, and the peek into daily life inside the farmhouse. Leave time to explore the Lowry Nature Center (also located within Carver Park Reserve) and its nature playground.

Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids w/ In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
@ Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 55408

Time: Shows at 10am & 11:30am
Details: Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is bringing Saturday shows to Calhoun Square every Saturday in June & July. This Saturday’s show is based on There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the first 45 kids between shows will get to participate in a make-and-take activity.

Minneapolis Movies in the Parks: We Bought a Zoo
@ Kenwood Park
2101 Franklin Ave W, Minneapolis, 55405

Time: Starts at 8:30pm
Details: Not limited to Saturday nights (we chose this one because it’s rated PG), Minneapolis Movies in the Parks run every night except Sundays through August 29th. You can find the complete list of parks and the featured movies for 2015 here.

Friends-and-Family-day-thumbnail[1]Friends and Family Day at Gilda’s Club
@ Gilda’s Club Twin Cities
10560 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, 55305

Time: 10am-2pm
Details: Celebrate what would have been Gilda Radner’s 69th birthday at her namesake club, an organization dedicated to supporting those impacted by cancer. Activities include family yoga, comedy theater, cupcake decorating, kids crafts, games and more.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Fun with the Science of Bubbles
@ Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lakeshore Dr, Richfield, 55423

Time: 1-4pm
Ages: Ideal for kids ages 4-10 but all ages are welcome
Details: Join kiddywampus for an afternoon of exploring the science of bubbles. Discover how animals use bubbles and explore Wood Lake Nature Center in search of them.


James and the Giant Peach Opens Today at Open Window Theatre

  • Photos provided by Emma Donley
  • Photos provided by Emma Donley
  • Photos provided by Emma Donley
  • Photos provided by Emma Donley
  • Photos provided by Emma Donley
  • Photos provided by Emma Donley
  • Photos provided by Emma Donley

James and the Giant Peach is opening today and running until Sunday, June 28. Read More

‘Dad’s First Day’ by Mike Wohnoutka– A Review

Dad's First DayFamily Fun Twin Cities was given the opportunity to enjoy Mike Wohnoutka’s new book called Dad’s First Day, just in time for Father’s Day.

See FTC Disclosure Image Guide on sidebar We received the book to review.  FFTC did not receive compensation other than the product and, of course, once again, this does not sway our opinion!
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‘Inside Out’ FFTC Review of the New Disney Pixar Release, Opening Today

A great way to discuss emotions with your kids and a great reminder to enjoy your kids’ current stage of life is Inside Out, Disney/Pixar’s new release, opening today.  

 

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FFTC received tickets to attend a prescreening of Disney/Pixar’s new film Inside Out.

And make sure you get there in time to catch Lava, Pixar’s new short.  You will love it!


 

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Reader Suggestion: Friends & Family Day at Gilda’s Club

Here’s a suggestion that comes from Gilda’s Club – a cancer support community built in honor of Gilda Radner.  Celebrate Gilda Radner’s 69th birthday with a free, family-friendly celebration.

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Spend a Saturday in the sun at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities!

READ MORE AT GILDA’S CLUB TWIN CITIES.

Free Family Fun Idea Tomorrow at Union Depot

Games Galore

Image courtesy Union Depot

Union Depot’s schedule is always full of awesome free family fun!  Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to a celebration of a new Little Free Library Grand Opening and the launch of Games Galore.

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