Archive - October 2016

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Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities Guide
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Budget Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities
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Volunteering with Kids: Simple Ways to Give Back as a Family
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October Weekend Family Fun: Happy Halloween!
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10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls
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Christmas in the Twin Cities: 2016 Christmas Shopping Guide
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October (Long) Weekend Family Fun: MEA Break
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October Weekend Family Fun: A Harvest of Festivals
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Let’s Make a Movie! A/P Productions Helps Families Make An Independent Short Film

Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities Guide

It is our hope that you can use our Twin Cities November 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 November we are exploring opportunities across the Twin Cities to volunteer and give back as a family as well as keeping an eye on early holiday events around town. As always, we hope to be an inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
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This month, we are thrilled to partner with  kiddywampus as our monthly sponsor.

Kiddywampus is one of our favorite local hangouts with our kids (it’s where we held our Monster Bash this year).

It’s a great place to create, play, move, and stock up on Christmas presents–whether hand-made or purchased.

 

Twin Cities November Family Events

 

 

Free Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities

Budget Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities

Twin Cities November Family Events

 

 

Volunteering with Kids: Simple Ways to Give Back as a Family

Giving Back: 10 Places to Volunteer with Kids in the Twin Cities

12 Twin Cities Early Holiday Events

2016 Christmas Shopping Guide

Top 10 Twin Cities 2016 Christmas Experiences

From the Heart: 10 Spots to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities


Friday, November 11, 2016 • 8:30 am-11 am • For Ages 4 and under
Saturday, November 12, 2016 • Noon-2 pm • For Ages 18 months- 12 years

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Budget Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find November Family Events, our seasonal and monthly sponsor, as well as 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 November Family Events & Activities page.November Family Events

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Free Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities

With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure are THANKFUL for a good deal! This guide to FREE Twin Cities November family fun is filled with local ongoing events as well as special and seasonal ones (ready or not, the holidays are upon us). For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events & entertainment in November, visit our Family Fun Calendar.Free Twin Cities November

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Volunteering with Kids: Simple Ways to Give Back as a Family

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Before the chaos of the holidays hits us, we like to take this month to remember that spending quality time together isn’t always about being entertained. We grow close as families when we serve others together. Giving back doesn’t have to been a huge event; every heartfelt action makes a difference. We know first-hand how difficult it can be to figure out how to volunteer when you’re factoring in small children. We’ve come up with some simple suggestions all ages can take part in to find the family fun in giving:

GIVING BACK TO THOSE IN NEED

  • Ring Bells at Salvation Army’s Red Kettles – If possible, take an hour out of your day with your kids and go ring some bells to raise money for those in need. People love seeing kids participate–there is something extremely heart-warming when a child cheers for their donation.

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  • Donate gently used coats to a coat drive –  Life in Minnesota can be frigid. If you have coats your kids have grown out that are still in good condition, donate them. The Salvation Army can help you find new homes for them.
  •  Bring children with to a food shelf to donate – This summer, we went to our local food shelf to donate extra produce from our garden. In November, KARE 11 will host their Annual Food Fight. Bring your kids to your favorite anchor’s location, donate, and help them win!
  •  Collect loose change together and donate it  – Bring your loose coins into a local TCF Bank. Use the coin machine and when the counter has produced a receipt, give it to the teller with the name of a charity partner you want to support.

  • Make a meal for a family in need – Contact your local church or Salvation Army. They will give you the necessary information you need if you tell them you would like to feed those who are hungry. Starting a Meal Train for a family that could use some extra help is also a great option and you can get the kids involved in preparing the food.

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Clean up your kids’ favorite park – grab work gloves, plastic bags and a few friends. Head to your nearest park and spruce it up a little.
  • Visit a nursing home – the elderly or ill should not be overlooked. They have so much to offer in enlightening your perspective.
  • Support businesses that donate to organizations – this holiday season, bring the kids to shop for Christmas presents at stores that donate to charities. 

This colorful Random Acts of Kindness for Kids printout was created by Sara from Happiness is Here. You could use it now or save it for December as a holiday countdown!

HELPFUL WEBSITES

Doing Good Together has some awesome ideas for us as well that don’t include going anywhere. These work for any family, any budget and any time frame you have.

Volunteer Match connects you with volunteer opportunities based on your interests.

Homeless families bags 
Follow the example of one little 6 year old who wants to make a difference for each person she meets. Evie is going to change the world!


 

October Weekend Family Fun: Happy Halloween!

October Weekend Family Fun: Though Halloween just had to go and fall on a Monday this year, there is no shortage of not-so-spooky family events filling up the weekend prior. Pick your poison – do you want to trick-or-treat? Still hunting for that perfect pumpkin to carve up? How about a fall hayride? We’ve got bunches of ideas for the weekend and beyond on our Family Fun Calendar or browse the highlights below:October Weekend Family Fun

 

HALLOWEEN EVENT SPOTLIGHT:

10/29: Afton’s Trick-or-Treat Trail @ St. Croix Trail through Afton • 11am-2pm • Details: Stop at local businesses to trick-or-treat, decorate a pumpkin at Afton Museum, take part in games and more.

10/30: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival @ Landmark Center, St. Paul • 1pm • Details: Gear up for a costume party, trick-or-treating, face painting and more free activities.

10/31: Vadnais Heights Community Halloween Party @ Vadnais Heights Commons • 6-8pm • Details: Entertainment by Circus Manduhai, treats and refreshments, and kids activities. FREE.

I don’t know how she does it, but while I was out of the office the past week, Joy managed to find and add half a dozen more events to her Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun. It’s currently bursting with places to get more wear out of those cute Halloween costumes! Some of them include collecting treats at low-key venues such as these 10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls and Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Grocery Stores and Markets.

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PUMPKIN PATCH SPOTLIGHT: Pleasant Valley Orchard, Shafer

New in 2016, Pleasant Valley Orchard hosts 12 Days of Halloween with special not-so-spooky activities, free pumpkins with purchase of a hayride to the patch and fall apples available until 11/6.

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FALL FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT:

Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival @ Landmark Center, St. Paul • 1pm • Details: Gear up for a costume party, trick-or-treating, face painting and more free activities.

Fall Festival on Main Street @ The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove • 9:30am-1:30pm • Details: Trick-or-treat along Main Street, grab a free mini pumpkin and enter the costume contest.

NON-HALLOWEEN EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Free Ink Day @ Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis • 12-4pm • Details: Halloweened out already? Try an all-ages intro into the art of relief printmaking.


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10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls

pumpkinfestival[1]50th & France in Minneapolis: Pumpkin Fest, Edina
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10/22, 10am-1pm • Details: Enjoy trick-or-treating at local businesses starting at 10am (look for the sign in the window, kids 12 & under only, please), kids activities, horse-drawn trolley rides, a cake walk, and costume contest. FREE.

Arbor Lakes: Fall Festival on Main Street, Maple Grove
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10/29, 9:30-1:30pm • Details: Trick-or-treat at participating Main Street businesses, free mini pumpkins and a costume contest. FREE.

Galleria Edina: Tricky Treat-a-Palooza
When: 10/29, 10am-12pm • Details: Grab a free treat bag at Pottery Barn and head off to collect candy at participating shops around the Galleria.

Trick-or-Treating on Main Street, Stillwater
When: 10/29-30, 12-4pm • Details: Troll for treats along Stillwater’s business district.

Maplewood Mall: Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night at the Mall
When: 10/31, 5:30-7:30pm • Details: Visit participating retailers for treats, make a craft and take a turn in the bouncy house. FREE.

Halloween-spooktacular[1]Rosedale Mall: Mall-Wide Trick-or-Treating, Roseville
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10/31, 5-7pm • Details: Trick-or-treat at participating stores, plus a performance by the Teddy Bear Band in East Court. FREE.

1265-1442591411[1]Mall of America: Howl-o-Ween
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10/31, 5-8pm • Details: Come in costume and prowl the mall for treats at participating retailers. FREE.

Eden Prairie Center: Halloween on the Mall
When:
10/31, 5-7pm • Details: Trick-or-treat at mall merchants, meet Eden Prairie policemen and firefighters, and free entertainment in Center Court. FREE.

Southdale Center: Mall-o-Ween, Edina
When:
10/31, 3-7pm • Details: Participating merchants will hand out treats; stick around for crafts, face painting and a bounce house. FREE.

Northtown Mall: Halloween Trick-or-Treating, Blaine
When: 10/31, 6-8pm • Details: Trick-or-treat around the mall, play games and snap a selfie at the photo station. FREE.


Christmas in the Twin Cities: 2016 Christmas Shopping Guide

Christmas is just around the corner. Maybe this year you are hoping to support local businesses or other family businesses. We want to do the same, so we have collected some of our favorite local businesses and artisans as well as some of our favorite ethical companies in this Christmas Shopping Guide.Christmas Shopping Guide Read More

October (Long) Weekend Family Fun: MEA Break

Fear not families, we’ve got many ideas for your MEA break with (or without) those kids! Our FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend has dozens of ways to spend the time together. And if you need to drop them somewhere engaging there may be space available in one of these Camps & Classes.MEA Break

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October Weekend Family Fun: A Harvest of Festivals

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Welcome to the weekend! In search of some inspiration on how to spend what’s predicted to be a lovely couple of fall days with colors close to peak and Halloween creeping ever closer? We’ve spotlighted some best bets for October Weekend Family Fun — fall festivals, pumpkin patch rambles and not-so-spooky holiday treats with a road trip thrown in if you’re feeling extra adventurous. For more ideas for this weekend and beyond, zip over to our Family Fun Calendar, packed with both free and budget family activities.

FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT: Fall on the Farm, Pumpkin Nights & Apple Fest

10/15: Fall on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 12-3pm • $4-$6/pp, 4 & under free • Family highlights: Join in harvest time, cider pressing, pumpkin carving and more.

10/15-16: Pumpkin Nights @ Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights • Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight • $16-20/pp, $64/family packs include 2 adults & 2 kids • Details: A mile-long walking path lined with 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in 12 themed worlds to create a multi-sensory Halloween experience.

10/15-16: Apple Fest @ Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings • 10am-6pm • $3-$4/pp • Family highlights: Festival admission includes hayrides, cider demos, access to the kids playground and petting farm, and special entertainment.

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PUMPKIN PATCH SPOTLIGHT: Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches

Patches are in full swing this weekend, and we’ve got the details on 14 we think are worth checking out for their fall activities, farm animals, and fresh produce. Here’s a quick look at what Wheel Fun Rentals pumpkin patches have to offer families; for more options try Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches or click the graphic.

Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches – 2 Twin Cities locations: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Richfield & Como Lake, St. Paul • Open weekends, 10am-sunset • Admission wristbands $5-$10/pp • Activities vary at each patch and include mini golf, inflatables, a hayride and more plus PYO pumpkins.

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October Weekend Family FunHALLOWEEN EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Family Art Sunday @ Banfill-Locke Center for Arts, Fridley • Sunday, 10/16, 1-3pm • Details: Drop in for a Funky Pumpkin craft, take an art scavenger hunt in the galleries and have a spooky snack.

For dozens of additional Halloween events & activities, try FFTC’s Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun.


October Weekend Family FunFALL WEEKEND ROAD TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Oktoberfest in New Ulm, Minnesota

Enjoy the peak of fall colors en route to this south central Minnesota town a couple hours’ drive from the Twin Cities. Oktoberfest in New Ulm, running Oct 14-16 is rocking with a festival, parade and activities reflecting the city’s proud Germanic heritage! Other nearby attractions with a stop for families are the Harkin Store, Schell Brewery and Flandrau State Park.


FALL SHOWTIME SPOTLIGHT: Spookley the Square Pumpkin at Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Oct 15-16 • $16/pp • Details: Follow the adventures of a misfit pumpkin.


Let’s Make a Movie! A/P Productions Helps Families Make An Independent Short Film

What do you do with the family that’s done everything? How about make a movie? My family recently had that chance when Jed Schlegelmilch of A/P Productions approached us about trying out one of his favorite parts of his independent film service – Kid Movies. Jed’s work has been shown in several film festivals, including the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival, but he has discovered a passion for working with families to create their own independent short films. This may be one of the most fun things my (over-funned) family has ever done.

Let's Make A Movie. A/P Productions Helps Families Make An Independent Short Film

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