This week my daughter and I had the opportunity to preview Wolf Tales, which will be one of the Minnesota Fringe Festival shows this year. When I asked my kids who wanted to be my date for a ballet review. My daughter yelled “Me!” and my boys yelled “Not Me!” That was easy. Except, it turned out that this would have been a really fun show for little boys as well as a tween girl. Read More
It is our hope that you can use our August 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 August we are highlighting one of our absolute favorite events, the Minnesota State Fair, as well as reminding you of all the festivals and outdoor entertainment left to enjoy before summer’s last gasp. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!
– Anne, Gianna & Joy
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It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find August’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that 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 August Family Events & Activities page.
8/4-7: Eden Prairie Players Children’s Theater Performance: Happily Forever After, Riley-Jacques Barn, Eden Prairie • 2:30pm & 7pm (Sat/Sun only) • $5/ages 10+, $3/ages 4-9, tickets sold at door only. Read More
There must be hundreds of dance studios in the Twin Cities. Family Fun Twin Cities has collected some of the most unique ones, and we’re excited to share these with you.
*This is an advertorial listing.
“TranscenDance Xperience is dedicated to providing a FUN, wholesome and family-centered dance Xperience for all students in our programs, both recreational and competition.
Class sizes are small, which allows instructors to create lesson plans specific to their students’ needs–maximizing learning potential and growth.
We believe families play an important role in the success of our dancers, and encourage open communication within the classroom.
TDX places a strong importance on flattering costumes for all shapes and sizes, as well as family-friendly music. Our goal is to create passionate, confident young dancers who develop a lifelong love for the art of dance.”
This Guide is Sponsored by Rince na Chroi
“The Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers are based in St. Paul. Founded in 2003 by owner and director Katie Stephens Spangler, the group of about 200 students performs around the Twin Cities and the Midwest over 100 times each year. Classes are available for children and adults.”
I’m a bit on the fence with the Pokémon Go app. On the one side, it sounded instantly appealing to me to take my family out to search for Pokémon. I picture a day of happy bonding while we explore the Twin Cities. On the other side, I am anti-app (an app-atheist? app-athetic?). I would probably need the expert tech help of my 11-year-old. At any rate, I’m still on the fence. I might make this exception or get my husband, who is an app-addict, to download it to his phone.
In the meantime, when asked to explain Pokémon Go, I told a friend, “It’s like geocaching for imaginary creatures.” I know its a bit more. You can train them, and battle them, and act out your cartoon fantasies; but the part that I like is the searching part. This is why, while I’m sitting on the fence, I can start to encourage some other treasure hunts I’ve been wanting to try.
This past week, I had the privilege of chatting with our beloved local Ann Michels. Not sure who I’m talking about? That’s okay. We are busy parents and are lucky to be able to watch a show without falling asleep halfway through it.
Ann Michels is a talented local actress who has performed in many different roles around the Twin Cities including The Guthrie Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Theater Latte Da and many others. Read More
So it’s late July and you’re looking for a place to take the kids and cool off. Bet you’d never think of the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis, huh? I never guessed my kids would leave 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. And brought out the bucket of squirters. (And then totally left us to our own devices out back behind the building.) 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.
Luckily, we’d seen a good chunk of the museum before the waterworks. I appreciated all the hands-on touches, such as the chance to:
- climb into a fire truck cab and tinker with the switches, operate the lights
- 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! (Be sure to eat your lunch at least an hour in advance.)
The friendly volunteers are a wonderful resource if your kids have questions or would like to see how some of the equipment works. And keep in mind, it’s a museum dedicated to fire, but it’s a surprisingly refreshing way to spend a summer day.
Firefighters Hall & Museum
664 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Hours: Open Saturdays 9am – 4pm or by appointment.
Admission: $7/adults, $5/seniors, $4/children ages 3-12
My middle grader and I attended opening night of Pinocchio on Friday.
This play was developed here at Children’s Theatre in 2013, has traveled around a bit and now come home to CTC. This was my first time seeing this version of Pinocchio.
Would I recommend this play. Well, yeah, I always recommend CTC shows, but as always, it depends on your child.
Photo Credit: Dean Holt as the Blue Fairy. Image by Dan Norman – courtesy Children’s Theatre Company
Three summers ago, Joy — sweating it out in an un-air-conditioned house — wrote our original article about seeking relief from the heat in a series of much cooler public buildings, most of which offered free family activities to boot. Following a quick check of this week’s weather forecast, I thought it might be time to revive the suggestions for others out there needing to cool off the kids on a budget. Here you have it, freshly updated for 2016: Read More