Archive - June 2016

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10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days
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BookHounds Invites Rick Chrustowski in ‘The Case of Habitats & Homes’
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Family Day Trip: 10 Things To Do in Zimmerman, MN
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Family Day Road Trip: 10 Things To Do in Albert Lea, Minnesota
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10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’
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Family Fun: Big Back Yard at the Science Museum of Minnesota
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Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar
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2017 Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities
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Twin Cities Community Entertainment for Kids, Summer 2017
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BookHounds Invites: Vicki Palmquist of Winding Oak Literary Services in “The Case of Summertime Books” with Special Guest

10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days

The Bakken Museum is so engaging that, even though we were learning, it felt like play. This small museum does a great job of making science accessible. A person can walk away with a basic understanding of how electricity works.

10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days

One thing I loved about this museum is that, even during Bakken Discovery Days, it doesn’t feel crowded. Other people were participating, but enough nooks and crannies existed that we could feel like we were exploring by ourselves.

I had to promise my kids we will do this again. They get to do more than their fair share of these things, so wanting to return is high praise from them. However, I think I will leave the toddler at home next time. She was kind of a fun-kill. She would have preferred to spend the whole visit in the reading room playing with Legos on my lap. I think if you ONLY have a toddler, you can have slow-paced family fun at The Bakken. My 10 Things below contain several activities that littler kids would enjoy. However, trying to balance her slower pace with the pace of the older kids left me out of much of the fun.

A family membership to the Bakken is only $65/year. This is a deal if you plan to attend a more than one Discovery Day or have a budding young scientist on your hands. If you live close, this would also be a good deal for the quiet reading room and its Legos.

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BookHounds Invites Rick Chrustowski in ‘The Case of Habitats & Homes’


You don’t want to miss the show notes below.  There are affiliate links to purchase books (that go to support BookHounds at no extra cost to you)  and links to do further investigation of your own.

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Family Day Trip: 10 Things To Do in Zimmerman, MN

 

zimmermanZimmerman is a lovely small town, just north of Elk River on Highway 169.  Most people drive straight through on the way to their cabins without realizing what they are missing.

Stacey of Ramshackled Treasures and Samara of Simplicity in the Suburbs invited FFTC  to check out this cute little village with a gang of bloggers (it was an extremely busy week for us). My favorite comment of the night was from Ashley Sears.  She kept repeating to herself, “Oh, boy.  I’m in trouble. I’m in so much trouble.”  She is moving to Zimmerman and fell more in love with the town with each stop–as did we all.

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Family Day Road Trip: 10 Things To Do in Albert Lea, Minnesota

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Even though we live in an amazing metropolis, Greater Minnesota is bursting with places to explore and discover. FFTC was invited by Robin Russell of Russell’s Adventures and the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau to enjoy a day in Albert Lea. I packed my kids in the van, took a road trip, and had a low key, perfect summer day in Albert Lea.

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10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’

Finding DoryFinding Dory premiered on Friday, June 17, and it is a delight. I took my boys to the media preview (thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing Minneapolis) as a surprise and we were not disappointed. 

It was full of emotions, and I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions. While it had some sad parts, the sadness was nowhere near the level of Up or Inside Out.

Here are 10 things your kids will love in Finding Dory.

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Family Fun: Big Back Yard at the Science Museum of Minnesota

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Big Back Yard at the
Science Museum of
Minnesota
Open June 18-September 5, 2016
10:30am-5pm
Included with museum admission

Tucked between the towering buildings on Kellogg Boulevard above and the Mississippi riverfront development below is one of the city’s best splash pads and sandboxes. This endorsement comes courtesy of my four children, who never fail to have a blast when we make our annual summer trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Back Yard. Now, the museum doesn’t tout itself as featuring a splash pad and sandbox on property, so you’ll have to keep in mind that the Big Back Yard might not be your destination if you don’t want the kids coming out sandy and soaked.

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The first culprit is the nine-hole mini golf course. Designed to teach about the flow of water and how it shapes the land, it consists of tempting waterways, a hydraulic jump, and a braided stream. My son takes his golf pretty seriously, but his younger sisters quickly abandon their clubs and start splashing away. (Note: this is not necessarily allowed and probably not courteous if there are other golfers on the course. We try to visit when we’ll have the place to ourselves.)

science museum of mn big back yardIf the kids aren’t damp enough after the putting, the Ground Water Plaza might guarantee there isn’t a dry patch left on them. The kids can pump buckets full of water from the Museum’s deep artisan well and pour it over a variety of surfaces to learn how groundwater can move through rock. Plenty of the water did end up on the rock, but much of it was aimed at each other.

science museum mn big back yardAn adjacent native prairie maze is helpful for drying off after the waterworks. My kids usually play tag through the native grasses and gardens and perhaps learn a thing or two about prairies and their role in cleaning the environment. A second (somewhat) drier activity available is panning for gemstones and fossils in a giant sluice.

So pick a nice, hot summer day to enjoy all the Science Museum’s Big Back Yard has to offer. If I can add one tip: let the kids wear swimsuits under their clothes! Exploring the gardens and ground water plaza is included in museum admission; a charge of $3.50 is levied for kids to play a round of golf, $4.00 for adults. The Back Yard is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day and September weekends, weather permitting.


Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Back Yard
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102

Museum Admission:
Adults: $13 ($20 w/ Omnitheater ticket)
Child (4 – 12): $10 ($17 w/ Omnitheater ticket)

Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free admission each Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to noon as part of the Preschool Playdates program!

Big Back Yard mini golf: $4/member, $5/non-member, ages 3 & under golf free
$5.00 per person after 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday without museum admission!


Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar

Fill your plate with one family festival or more throughout the month of July with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:
Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar

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2017 Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities

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How will you be celebrating Dad this Father’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make his day extra special:


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Twin Cities Community Entertainment for Kids, Summer 2017

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There is so much fun to be had out in our local communities. There is something to do every day of the week during the summer. The libraries have programming all summer.  You can find out more information about all the different summer reading programs we found for Twin Cities families. Don’t forget to explore your own community for fun in your local parks where you can find music or maybe even the puppet wagon.

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BookHounds Invites: Vicki Palmquist of Winding Oak Literary Services in “The Case of Summertime Books” with Special Guest

Summer is here!

We have 90ish days to read with our kids, to encourage our kids to read, and to enjoy great familylit.

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