Archive - 2016

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12 Weekends Until Spring! My Winter Checklist
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Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities Guide
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Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide
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Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar
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Budget Twin Cities January Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities
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Merry Christmas from Family Fun Twin Cities
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Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017: Top 7 Free Family Activities
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Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks
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December Weekend Family Fun: Keep Warm!

12 Weekends Until Spring! My Winter Checklist

There are twelve weekends left until spring! It is time to start thinking about my winter checklist. When you pack all your fun into the weekends like I do, seasons go by fast. Even during years that I despise winter, twelve weeks doesn’t seem like much time when I make a checklist.

Here is a baker’s dozen of activities to try to pack into the next twelve weekends: Read More

Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities Guide


Thank you to our January Sponsor

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It is our hope that you can use our January Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In January you can bundle up and expect a flurry of winter festivals and snow fun days including the popular St Paul Winter Carnival. When it’s time to come in from the cold, we’ve also got ideas for indoor fun and ways to spend that long mid-month MLK weekend.  As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities

 

 

Free Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities

Budget Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities

 

 

Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017: Top 7 Free Family Activities

Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

FFTC’s Twin Cities Winter Survival Guide

12 Weekends Until Spring! My Winter Checklist

Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide

Blooma’s Twin Cities Family Wellness Guide

Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide

Sledding is my favorite winter outdoor activity and Twin Cities-area sledding hills can’t really be beat. They are free and abundant, and they come in all shapes and sizes. These are some of our favorite sledding hills around the metro:

Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide by FamilyFunTwinCities.com

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Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar – Because Festivals aren’t just for summer in Minnesota.
Winter Family Festival

1/6-2/11: Ice Castles | Lowell Park, Stillwater • Once inside, explore the ice palaces for as long as you’d like! $6.95-$15/pp

1/8: 27th Annual Winter Ice Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina, 1-5pm • Family highlights: Horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, ice sculpting demos and skating for families – rent skates or bring your own. FREE. Read More

Budget Twin Cities January Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities, especially after that often spendy holiday season! Our list of budget Twin Cities January events for families. all cost $5 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities page.Budget Twin Cities January Events

TWIN CITIES JANUARY SPECIAL EVENTS – $5/PP OR LESS
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Free Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities
Free Twin Cities January Family Events

Who doesn’t appreciate a whole lotta FREE after the holidays? Free events, free activities, free admission – January is stocked with opportunities for free family fun in the Twin Cities! Read More

Merry Christmas from Family Fun Twin Cities. It is a time for joy & relaxfor everyone look forward to see you in the New Year.

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Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017: Top 7 Free Family Activities

Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017

We’ve got the scoop on the coolest carnival in town! From ice sculptures to the thrilling Vulcan snow slide, browse below for our top 7 picks for FREE family fun during the run of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Thursday, January 26-Sunday, February 5, 2017:

Snow Park at the State Fairgrounds | Falcon Heights

When: Activities run Saturday, Jan 27-Sunday, Feb 5, 2017
Details: Chill out at the Fair with the following fun family-friendly events:

  • Jan 21-22: Calling all kids who like heavy equipment! Watch as it assembles the giant snow blocks and walls created for the annual snow sculpting contest. 9am-4pm.
  • Jan 27-29: Come watch works of art whittled out of the snow during the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition (Fri) and the Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest (Sat). Sculptures will be on display at the Fair through Feb 5, 9am-10pm.
  • Jan 28-Feb 4: Plummet down the Giant Snow Slide (if you dare!) A fee of $2 per ride is charged, sleds provided.
  • Jan 29: Hail the Vulcs on Vulcan Fun Day with free fire truck rides, a mini-medallion hunt for kids and more. 11am-3pm.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival 2017 Read More

Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks

Today marks opening weekend for many of the Twin Cities-area outdoor ice rinks and we’re sure, as hardy Minnesotans ourselves, that you’re dying to strap on your skates and hustle the kids out to the rinks! That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of local places to skate –and, as nearly all are located in city parks, there’s no charge for the skating. Find your city below and click through to get the latest rink hours, directions, warming house information, and numbers to call for rink conditions.
Twin Cities Outdoor Ice Rinks

If you don’t see your city below, my apologies in advance. Please contact us to have yours added to the list or leave the information in the comments. Thanks, and enjoy your outdoor rec time!

Twin Cities Outdoor Ice RinksAndover
Anoka
Apple Valley

Blaine
Bloomington
Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Park
Burnsville
Coon Rapids
Cottage Grove
Crystal
Eagan
Eden Prairie
Edina
Fridley
Golden Valley
Inver Grove Heights
Maple Grove
Maplewood
Mendota Heights
Minneapolis (2016/2017 Brochure PDF)
Minnetonka
New Brighton
New Hope
Oakdale
Plymouth
Richfield
Rosemount

Roseville
Shoreview
St. Louis Park
St. Paul
Vadnais Heights
White Bear Lake

Woodbury
West St. Paul


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December Weekend Family Fun: Keep Warm!

December Weekend Family Fun! As the snow piles up and the temps crash, we’re encouraging you to stay indoors this weekend and hunker down with crafts, games and other activities!December Weekend Family Fun

KEEP WARM WITH CRAFTS: Created to Grow, Heartfelt, Kiddywampus & Michaels

Created to Grow | St. Anthony
Offers: Every Saturday is Family Fun Day here – from 10:30am-1:30pm all ages can drop by to work on a variety of projects. Gifts for the grandparents perhaps? • $15/session, discounts if you purchase a pack of 10 family visits.

HeartfeltDecember Weekend Family Fun | Minneapolis
Offers: Drop-in crafts and a comfortable, child-friendly environment to spend some time. Browse their Holiday Gift Digest, filled with 30 holiday projects from tabletop reindeer to wood-burned picture frames, that can be given as handmade gifts.
Most drop-in crafts are priced between $10-$20 apiece.

Kiddywampus | Hopkins
Offers: Check out the Maker’s Studio, a space dedicated to letting little ones get creative • $8/child per hour ages 18 mon-10 years, open daily 10am-5:30pm.

Michaels | Twin Cities locations
Offers: Kids Club crafts are simple and inexpensive yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Drop in Saturdays 10am-noon during Nov and Dec to make felt ornaments, clay pot elves and other holiday themed items. $2 per project, supplies included.

WITH CHRISTMAS INDOORS: Jerry’s Foods Very Merry Santa Day | Eden Prairie • Sat Dec 17, 11am-2pm & Woodbury, Sun Dec 18, 11am-1pm • Details: Before getting groceries out of the way, meet up with Santa, get your face painted, catch some caroling, sample treats and more. FREE

WITH CULTURE: Kids at the Castle: Tiny Tomtes | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • Sat Dec 17, 9-10am • Details: Littles can roam free in a real-life castle after an hour or so of structured activity time with stories, songs and games aimed at ages 2-5. $8/family.

WITH CRAZY CONTESTS: Winter Beach Party | Great River Water Park, St Paul • Sat Dec 17, 1-5pm • Details: Hit the tropics for only $2/pp open swim complete with contests and tube races plus FREE live music, food and photos with Santa.

WITH CRITTERS: Bell Museum of Natural History | Minneapolis • Sun Dec 18, 12-5pm • Details: This is your final chance to pop into the Bell for FREE (Sunday only) before the museum closes until 2018. For two other classes going on indefinite hiatus, see below!

December Weekend Family Fun

WITH CHARADES: Among other simple indoor games for kids – all categorized by age!

December Weekend Family Fun


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