Archive - September 2016

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Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities Guide
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Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities
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Bookhounds Review – One North Star
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FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend
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Family Fun: Deardorff Orchards, Waconia
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FFTC’s Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun
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BookHounds Invites: Belinda Jensen
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A-maze-ing: 10 Twin Cities Corn Mazes for Families
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Children’s Literature on Stage: ‘Elephant and Piggie’s We’re In A Play’ at Children’s Theatre Company
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Twin Cities October Family Festival Calendar

Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities Guide

October Family Events

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It is our hope that you can use our October 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 October we are highlighting our favorite  pumpkin patches, corn mazes and apple orchards across the Twin Cities Metro as well as keeping up with the harvest of fall festivals cropping up. We’ve also thrown in some ideas to make the most of the kids’ MEA fall break from school. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
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Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities

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With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure appreciate a good deal. And October is filled with them – from FREE Halloween events and fall festivals without admission fees to ongoing family art programs, special grand openings and open houses. For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events & entertainment in October, visit our Family Fun Calendar.

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Bookhounds Review – One North Star

One North Star is a delightful book that pleasantly exceeded my expectations. The illustrations by Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen are beautiful and engaging; and Phyllis Root manages to pack a great deal of information into lyrical prose.

One North Star

I first sat down to read the book with my math-loving preschooler, assuming he would enjoy any counting book. However, within a couple pages, my first-grader was wedged in by us, playing along as we read. By the end, I had three of them engaged (ages 4-11).

This is the kind of book that can be read repeatedly but with a different focus each time. It can be read as:

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FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend

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MEA Weekend isn’t that far away, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend.  If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access. Read More

Family Fun: Deardorff Orchards, Waconia

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Fall cannot officially commence for our family until we’ve taken a trip out to an apple orchard. The kids look forward to this tradition as soon as the State Fair wraps, school is back in session, and the weekends take on a twinge of crisp in the air. Having maintained for a few years an orchard directory of sorts for Family Fun Twin Cities, I feel like I’ve got a pretty good handle on the crop of apple farms to choose from in the metro. And yet, every fall an orchard pops up on my radar that I hadn’t considered before. Deardorff Orchards in Waconia was this year’s new find.

Our visit had nothing to do with blogging or business, it was simply an afternoon meant to be spent with friends — picking apples, taking a tractor hayride, munching absolutely delicious wood-fired pizza on a picnic blanket, and in the kids’ case, building log shelters and throwing themselves heedlessly off hay bales.

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The pickings weren’t as superior as we’ve found at other orchards in the west metro and be prepared to pay $20-$30 for your pecks, but we appreciated that there was no admission charge or nickel-and-diming for any of the simple activities. Our kids found plenty to do clambering on logs, getting up close to the horses, touring the orchard by tractor ride, and enjoying the fresh air.

Had we the time and/or inclination, there’s the onsite Parley Lake Winery, located adjacent to the classic white apple barn. Long after the last apples have fallen from the trees, the tasting room is still open Friday-Sunday until Dec 20.


FFTC’s Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun

We are just “dying” to share our roundup of Halloween fun in this frightfully full list of family friendly October events in the Twin Cities! Check back often as we’re always adding in new events.

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BookHounds Invites: Belinda Jensen

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I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was a little star-struck when I first met Belinda Jensen.  But she admits herself that she is a science nerd–and has always been one.

As a meterologist, Belinda gets to meet with second-graders and has learned first hand about their anxiety over the weather.  This is where being a mom herself collides with being a science nerd.

The Mayo Clinic has done research about how to help kids.  Bel took that information from Mayo and applied it.  She could do something to help kids.

That’s how Bel the Weather Girl  was born.


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A-maze-ing: 10 Twin Cities Corn Mazes for Families

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Some of us here at FFTC have recently learned the hard way not to let our minis out of our sight in the local corn maze. Others have kids that are ready to tackle those rippling rows of corn on their own. Whatever the ages and abilities of your family members, there is something for everyone at these 10 Twin Cities-area corn mazes plus a harvest of other classic fall fun: Read More

Children’s Literature on Stage: ‘Elephant and Piggie’s We’re In A Play’ at Children’s Theatre Company

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My most beloved children’s literature characters are on stage for the next month.

Elephant and Piggie.

Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences on Tour  has brought them here in a partnership with Children’s Theatre Company.

 Whether you have a kiddo who loves books or one who is a reluctant reader, you will want to check this theatrical experience out!

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Twin Cities October Family Festival Calendar

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Now-10/30: Sever’s Fall Festival • Fri-Sun • $14-$15/pp • Family highlights: Admission includes a full lineup of fun – obstacle course, corn maze & pits, petting zoo, magic shows, zip line, playground and jumping pillow; additional activities extra.

Now-10/30: Scarecrow Festival @ Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine • Open daily 10am-6pm • $5.50+tax/pp • Family highlights: Admission includes activities like tractor trikes, wagon rides, a slide and the 33rd annual Great Scarecrow Display. Read More

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