Archive - February 2016

Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum Moving!
BookHounds Episode #2: “Punk Skunks”
Earn More Family Fun Income This WEEK!
Free & Budget Family Events for February 27-28, 2016
Family Fun: A Scottish Ramble
Read Aloud Wednesday: Punk Skunks Recommend
Free & Budget Family Events for February 20-21, 2016
‘Punk Skunks’ A Picture Book Process
7 Ideas for Fun on Presidents Day in the Twin Cities
Autism Society of MN Presents Steps of Hope

Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum Moving!

Twin Cities model Railroad Museum



Looking to visit the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum?

They would love to see you at their new location in St. Paul when they open in early April.  They will be closed until then while they move into their new home.

668 Transfer Rd. Suite 8
St. Paul, MN

Keep up to date with all the news on the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum website.

BookHounds Episode #2: “Punk Skunks”

We were thrilled to have Stephen Shaskan and Trisha Speed Shaskan on our second BookHounds Show to share Punk Skunks.  If you missed the episode, you can watch it here.  If you want to catch our shows live, download the periscope app on your phone and follow us at @FamilyFunTC.


(Disclosure:  we have a bit of technical difficulty.  Hang in there.  I promise meeting the Shaskans is worth it!)

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Free & Budget Family Events for February 27-28, 2016



checkmark indexSATURDAY – FREE

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul • 10am-2pm
Details: Yes, it’s time to start planning the summer already. This event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids. Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Zoo animal.

Free Tour Saturday @ Gabbert Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Ave (St. Paul campus of the U of M) • 12:30-3:30pm
Details: Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Check out their remodeled raptor habitats, and get up close to bald eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons. The Raptor Center treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Read more about taking kids to the Raptor Center here.

PicMonkey Collage raptor center

Art Shanty Projects: Final Weekend @ White Bear Lake County Park, 5050 Lake Ave, White Bear Lake • 10am-4pm
Details: Not only are these 19 unique ice houses designed by local artists, they are strongly encouraged to be interactive. Herein lies the fun of bringing the whole family out to see them – my kids had a great time exploring the shanties when they last appeared in 2014.

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Winter Fun Kids Kraft @ Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller Street S, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • free, but registration required at 952-445-0378.
Details: Celebrate the chilly season with cozy stories and a special snow craft. Take advantage of free admission to the museum.

checkmark indexSATURDAY – BUDGET

Final Kenwood Poster PRINTRock Kenwood! @ Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis • 3-6pm • $20 per family at the door
Details: ARTrageous Adventures and Kenwood Park are co-hosting a family fun dance party! Jam to music with the Big Epic Show, make your own reARTcycled microphone and a rock star photo frame. Your family can get their own rock star make overs done and a photo shoot with a professional photographer! When it’s time for a break in the action, a chill room will be stocked with books and crafts.


Free Family Flicks: Hop  @ Theatres at Mall of America • 10am

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids  @ Twin Cities Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm

Saturday Live! @ George Latimer Central Library, 90 W 4th St, St. Paul • 11:15am
Details: Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul • winter hours 10am-4pm • suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate.
Details: Seasonal events include Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders (creepy crawlies on display through April 17), the Winter Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Open year-round.


The Blast Indoor PlaygroundFANtastic Saturdays @ Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan • 5-8pm • $4/pp ages 18 mon-12 years, all others free.
Details: Better bang for your buck every Saturday evening: $4 will get you into the Blast Indoor Playground, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids).

Saturday Shows for Kids @ In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis • shows at 10am & noon • suggested donation of $5/pp or pay-what-you can
Details: Two showings of The Stuffed Animal Spring Show. Stay for a make-and-take workshop based on that day’s puppet show theme (additional $5 per child, $3 per adult, advance registration recommended at 612-721-2535).

Michaels Kids Club Crafts @ Twin Cities Michaels locations • 10am-noon • $2 per project


checkmark indexSUNDAY – FREE

Winter Games @ Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria • 12:30-2pm
Details: Unplug by spending time outside playing snow and ice games.

checkmark indexONGOING SUNDAYS – FREE

Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis • Noon-5pm
Details: Explore the very kid-friendly Touch and Feel room and the wildlife dioramas free each Sunday.

Bell Museum of Natural HistoryMinneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm

Free Family Fun Days @ Three Rivers Parks
Carl Kroening Interpretive Center: Tracks, Trails & Tales • 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center: Feeding Time • 3-4pm

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Anne's Family Attended A Family Fun & Fitness Friday at Great River Waterpark.$4 Sundays @ Great River Water Park, 270 N Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul • 11am-5pm • $4/pp
Details: Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here.

And as always, please check our Family Fun Calendar for more ways to get out and about with your family this weekend and beyond!



Family Fun: A Scottish Ramble

A family tradition that dates back years before the word “blog” entered our collective lexicon. Not quite as far as the original Highland Games of Scotland, of course, but encompassing many aspects of them: the skirl of bagpipes, swishing of kilts and family members distantly connected to those ancient Scottish clans.

The highlight of A Scottish Ramble is the Highland Dance competition. A collection of flings, reels, hornpipes and jigs is set to the pipes and echoes in the beautiful Cortile of Landmark Center.

We also make sure to catch a performance by musician Ross Sutter. A longtime favorite performer of ours, we’ve followed him to libraries, parks and other festivals over the years. Our best-loved encounters have been at the Scottish Ramble where he leads our growing family in traditional songs and dances.

A Scottish Ramble is one of many wonderful cultural events hosted by Landmark Center throughout the year. Rounding out the music and dance are food (we like the shortbread cookies and meat pies), vendors and cultural presentations.

A Scottish Ramble is an annual event held at Landmark Center in St Paul. 2017 admission is $4-$6/pp.

Read Aloud Wednesday: Punk Skunks Recommend

Family Fun at Home

This month for Read Aloud Wednesday, we asked our favorite Punk Skunks–Stephen Shaskan and Trisha Speed Shaskan–what some of their favorite picture books were.

Check these out at your library and you won’t be disappointed.  These are great reads for the entire family! Read More

Free & Budget Family Events for February 20-21, 2016

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‘Punk Skunks’ A Picture Book Process

What’s it like to write a picture book?

Punk Skunks is a rockin’ picture book illustrated and written by Stephen and Trisha Speed Shaskan.  They share with us the process of publishing their most recent book.

  • Why did they choose skunks?
  • How did they become punk rockers?
  • What do you do when you are asked to make changes?

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7 Ideas for Fun on Presidents Day in the Twin Cities

If you’ve got Presidents Day to while away with the kids, you might be looking for a way to get out and make the most of it. We’ve rounded up 7 free or inexpensive ways:

CTCBe Inspired! ALL ACCESS CELEBRATION @ Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis • 11am-4pm • FREE
Details: Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event. Take backstage tours and a Theatre Arts Training Class, play with puppets used in the current main stage show The Snowy Day, hear stories, learn dance moves, and more!

Rice & Arlington Batting Cages @ 1500 Rice St, St. Paul • noon-8pm
Details: Batter up and train for baseball season with special prices for Presidents Day – $1/token for 22 pitches.

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Autism Society of MN Presents Steps of Hope

Be an Autism Hero with the Autism Society of Minnesota 16th annual Steps of Hope Walk.
Autism Society of Minnesota

When I was a teenager, I had the opportunity to babysit for a little boy who had autism.  I can still see his face and his strawberry blonde hair as he tip-toed around his house with incredible agility.

Unfortunately, I was not fully prepared for how I could best care for him.  But thankfully, I had a friend who loved that little boy so much.

She knew exactly what he needed–when he needed space and when to be insistent.  She was a lifesaver for his family and him and a blessing to the whole community.

Tammy was just 15 years old and already an Autism Hero. Read More

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