Archive - July 2015

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Como Zoo’s Flyer for the 2015 Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – The Loring Park Art Festival
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Metro Transit Art Pass
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Uptown Art Fair
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Powderhorn Art Fair
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Family Fun Idea: Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis
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Reader Suggestion: Form a Family Team for the 2015 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s
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Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to the Aquatennial 2015
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Lake Nokomis Main Beach–Sandy Fun for Everyone
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Save the World in Your Backyard: Volunteer to Raise Monarch Butterflies

Como Zoo’s Flyer for the 2015 Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – The Loring Park Art Festival

Time for Art Fair Weekend!  I’ve updated my thoughts and all the details on the Loring Park Festival for 2015.

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Metro Transit Art Pass

The last couple years I’ve written and updated a series of articles about doing the Art Fair Circuit with kids.  If you are an old hand at getting to the various art fairs, you can move on to my individual posts on each fair.  Keep in mind that Free First Saturday at the Walker was last week this year, but there is still enough to do to cover a full weekend.

To read all the articles in this series, click the squares below.

Loring Park Art Festival

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Powderhorn Art Fair

 

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Uptown Art Fair

Last year I wrote a series of articles about navigating the Art Fairs with kids.  The following is an update of my Uptown Art Fair article.  To read all the articles in this series, click the squares below.

Loring Park Art Festival

Navigate the Minneapolis Art Fairs with Kids

Powderhorn Art Fair

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Powderhorn Art Fair

I have been wanting to get to the Powderhorn Art Fair for a few years. So far it hasn’t been in the cards for us. Have you been there? If you have, leave a comment and let us know what you recommend and anything we should watch out for.  How did you get there?  Did you park or bus?  How did that go?

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Family Fun Idea: Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis

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So it’s late July and you’re looking for a place to take the kids and cool off. Bet the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis hasn’t crossed your mind, huh? I never guessed my kids would leave completely soaked to the skin either, but they did and they had a marvelous time getting there. I should have realized what was going to happen when two of the volunteers who run the museum started filling up these cool, old-fashioned hand pumpers with hoses attached. Then brought out the bucket of squirters. (And finally left us to our own devices out back behind the building.)

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I think one-third of the kids’ aim went towards fighting fires on the “fire wall” display and the other two-thirds went squarely at each other. [Note: You may want to call ahead to make sure this particular exhibit will be on display. I inquired at the desk and they set it up for us upon request.]

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Luckily, we’d seen a good chunk of the museum before the waterworks. I recommend you do the same so you, like I, can appreciate all the hands-on touches for kids, such as the chance to:

  • climb into a fire truck cab and operate the lights, tinker with the switches
  • steer a ladder truck in a simulator
  • pull an old fire alarm box and find out how the signal was received in re-created “Station 8″
  • work an old fire station switchboard
  • slide down the pole!
  • try on firefighter duds
  • And take a ride through the neighborhood on a real fire truck! (Make sure to eat your lunch at least an hour in advance. Really.) Currently, the website lists the rides as summer months only.

Firefighters Hall & Museum
664 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-623-3817

Open: Saturdays, 9am-4pm
Admission: $7/adults, $5/seniors, $4/kids 3-12


Reader Suggestion: Form a Family Team for the 2015 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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This suggestion from our reader, Molly, is an opportunity to have fun and promote a good cause as a family:


The 2015 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s is on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Families are invited to form Walk teams and join us for an exciting event that raises funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

There is no minimum donation amount a participant must fund-raise to participate in the Walk. There is a suggested goal of $35.00 however, that is not a requirement. Walkers who raise $100.00, will receive Walk T-shirts on Walk day.

More information can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association website, by calling 952-830-0512 or by emailing mnnd-walk@alz.org.

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to the Aquatennial 2015

Summer Fun

courtesy Aquatennial website

Starting on July 22, Minneapolis will be hosting its annual summer party. While this year the Aquatennial has been shortened to four days, you won’t miss the most popular and fun and FREE events including the Torchlight Parade and Target Fireworks.

These four days are packed with several free options to enjoy (minus parking fees when and where they apply).

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Lake Nokomis Main Beach–Sandy Fun for Everyone

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Finally at the beach!

For the past five summers, I have made it a priority to get to the beach each week with my kids–to really take advantage of the Minnesota weather and Minnesota lakes.

This year, much to my kids’ chagrin, is the first year in the past five that hasn’t been successful in this endeavor.  It wasn’t until July 11 that we made it to the beach.

So we made an excursion of it, heading down to South Minneapolis to explore Lake Nokomis’ Main Beach.

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Save the World in Your Backyard: Volunteer to Raise Monarch Butterflies

A fun opportunity to help preserve monarchs!

Image Courtesy Minneapolis Parks

The Minneapolis Park Board is looking for volunteers  to raise adult butterflies from eggs for the Minneapolis Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca™ on September 12, 2015.  This annual festival releases over 100 butterflies marked with a small, weatherproof identification tags each year. The tagged adult monarchs, raised from eggs by volunteers, will be part of a large-scale study of the monarch’s migration (just like we learned about in Flight of the Butterflies last fall). Read More

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