Archive - March 2016

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Bonus BookHounds– Interview with Aimee Bissonette
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Check This Out! The April Library List.
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Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities Guide
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‘Animal Dance’ at Children’s Theatre Co.
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Kids Eat Free or Cheap Twin Cities List
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Kitchen Scrap Garden – A Crafty Wednesday Project
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National Craft Month
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MSPIFF: See The Film Trailers for Childish Films
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5 Barre Exercises To Do With Baby
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BookHounds Invites John Coy, Author of ‘Their Great Gift’

Bonus BookHounds– Interview with Aimee Bissonette

Our final pre-launch BookHounds interview was with Aimee Bissonette.  She is the author of Northwoods Girl and Miss Colfax’s Light.  We had some technical difficulties while recording this interview due to malfunctions of my own.  However, I was able to capture the story in full and most of the interview.  

Thanks for your understanding and enjoy the show (s). 

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Check This Out! The April Library List.

April Library Banner

May will be the start of the busy months — when we all really come out of our hibernative states and start filling our days with as much activity as there is sunlight! My house becomes bigger because it includes the porch and yard again; but I spend less time at home because there is so much to do.  There are several fun things coming up in April that could be made a little more fun with a trip to the library.  Here are the things we are checking out in April

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Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities Guide

Twin Cities April

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‘Animal Dance’ at Children’s Theatre Co.

Children's Theatre Company, Ann Carlson

image courtesy Dan Norman

 Animal Dance is the kind of experience that will engage and delight the whole family and especially those who are very young. As part of their Early Childhood Initiative, Peter Brosius and Ann Carlson have created a unique piece that speaks the truth, “Dance is EVERYWHERE!”

A 40-minute show, there is no plot.  It’s simply enjoying life through vibrant eyes.

World-renowned choreographer and performance artist Ann Carlson playfully, gently, and thoughtfully interacts with animals in many of the same ways that children do: with curiosity, a sense of wonder, and reverence for animals.”

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Kids Eat Free or Cheap Twin Cities List

Because dining out can be considered family fun…right? All “Kids Eat Free or Cheap” entries have been personally verified as of 3/19/16 and most as of 4/21/17. Because they are subject to change without notice, please call or check the website in advance.

Kids Eat Free or Cheap

Kids Eat Free or Cheap Twin Cities List:

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Kitchen Scrap Garden – A Crafty Wednesday Project

Fun at Home

My Kitchen Scrap Garden started as an answer to my current inability to keep houseplants alive and morphed into a fun family project that we can eat!

My modest, but exciting Kitchen Scrap Garden

My modest, but exciting Kitchen Scrap Garden

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National Craft Month

Crafting at Lakeshore Learning, National Craft Month

National Craft Month Fun

National Craft Month takes place every March and this year, FFTC was invited to Lakeshore Learning to enjoy it.

Every Saturday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft. It’s a versatile craft. Simple enough for a toddler, but can be personalized and blinged by an older child.

My ten year old loved it!  And even I got into the spirit of crafting fun!  Read More

MSPIFF: See The Film Trailers for Childish Films

See The Film Trailers for the MSPIFF Childish FilmsThe line up has been announced for The 2016 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. I’ve been busy exploring the films coming out and finding the film trailers to share. I’ve also been reviewing films from past years. Several of them are now available either from Netflix or Hennepin County Library. If you are on the fence whether your child is ready for the film festival, you could view some of the past films together at home and see how they enjoy them. I’ll have some lists coming up in the next few days.

Another new family-friendly feature is the Youth Juries. If your child is between the ages 11-14, they can apply to judge the six international feature films in the Childish Films series. I’ve included the film trailers for all six below.  If you have older teens, between ages 15-18, they can apply to judge Youth Films made by their peers from the Twin Cities and around the world. Deadline to apply is this coming Wednesday, March 16th. More info and application at MSPFF Youth Juries.

Here are the trailers for the films that are included in the Childish Films series. Note none of these films are in English this year, since whispering subtitles through an entire film gets tiring, you may want to consider these outings for competent readers. You can find the films and buy tickets HERE. Read More

5 Barre Exercises To Do With Baby

Babies at the BarreBarre Exercises with a baby? You BET!

We want to introduce you to Tori Levine, founder and owner of  Babies at the Barre™. She has a passion to help mamas feel good about themselves.  Welcome Tori!

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BookHounds Invites John Coy, Author of ‘Their Great Gift’

BookHounds welcomes John Coy, the author of the new book, Their Great Gift, just released March 1, 2016.

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