Archive - 2017

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Opening in May – Greater Minnesota Attractions
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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
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Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities
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How to Steal A Dog – Review
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Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues – Review
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Twin Cities May Budget Family Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities
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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies
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10 Family-Friendly Twin Cities Spring Farmers Markets
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2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

Opening in May – Greater Minnesota Attractions

Greater MN bannerI had way too much fun doing the research for this article — poring over trip journals and photos from adventures taken with our growing family as well as mapping out road trips to new destinations this season! It was especially enjoyable to stretch well beyond the borders of the Twin Cities — out of our comfort zone, you could say — to share ideas for family fun. Here’s just a taste of what we came up with. If there’s a favorite you don’t see on the list that you’d like added, please let us know!

5/1: Hinckley Fire Museum | Hinckley • 10am-5pm Tues-Sun • $1-$5/ages 6+, ages 5 & under FREE • Housed in the rebuilt train depot, media and exhibits tell the story of one of Minnesota’s worst modern natural disasters. The material is presented in a sensitive manner. More family fun near Hinckley: On the road to Hinckley, pull over for a couple hours at the Northwest Company Fur Post (opening Memorial Day weekend) for an interactive tour or special event.

5/3: Red Barn Pizza Farm | Northfield • Wednesdays through Oct. 26 & 3rd Sun/month May-Oct • $10-$25/pizza. Thrifty Minnesota shares some good Tips for Wandering the Back Roads to Pizza Farms.

5/6: Harkin Store | New Ulm • May weekends, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open Tues-Sun • $4-$6/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Explore the 1870s-era general store, still stocked with original merchandise. More family fun in New Ulm: Make a day of it by touring the August Schell Brewery (kids can roam the gardens, seek out the peacocks and guzzle free 1919 draft root beer). Finish with a dip in the sand-bottomed swimming pool at Flandrau State Park – only $5 for a park permit.

5/6: Historic Forestville | Preston • Saturdays in May, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat & 12-5pm Sun • Immerse yourself in the bustling remnants of a 19th-century town and interact with the locals. More family fun near Preston: Older kids might enjoy hunting down the disappearing river in Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park.

tm split rock lighthouse 25/15: Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors • Daily 10am-6pm • $6-$10/pp • Just one of dozens of gems to see along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior. Tours are FREE during the 6/10/17 Open House and also FREE for and geared for kids during the 6/24/17 Children’s Day. Afterwards, stop for a slice at Betty’s Pies.

OPENING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – GREATER MINNESOTA

5/19: Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park, Park Rapids • 10am-6pm weekends, 10am-4pm weekdays • wristband prices here • Growing up we knew this spot as World of Christmas; now we bring our own kids for mini-golf, laser tag, bumper boats, train rides and all the rest. More family fun near Park Rapids: Crossing the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi at Itasca State Park —  how much more Minnesotan can kids get? Not to mention that you could lose yourself for days within the recreational opps at the park.

5/20: Wild Mountain’s Alpine Slide & GoKarts | Taylors Falls • opens 11am, see website for complete hours • $3.99-$8.49 per ride • Minnemama Adventures spent a day at Wild Mountain last summer and her detailed post can be found here. More family fun near Taylors Falls: One day in the area might not be enough; here are 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, including a climb up, down and all around the Pothole Trail at Interstate State Park.

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5/27: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site | Little Falls • Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun Noon-5 pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • All ages can explore the interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center and horse around in the adjoining Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. Older kids and adults might like a tour through the home Lindy grew up in.

5/26: Northwest Company Fur Post | Pine City • Mon 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$10/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • The reconstructed fur trading post comes alive with costumed interpreters, demonstrations and special events such as War of 1812 Family Day on 6/4/16.

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5/6: Fort Ridgely Historic Site, | Fairfax • 10am-5pm • $4-$6/66, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Visit exhibits inside the restored commissary, explore the parade grounds and ruins of the outpost.

5/27: Jeffers Petroglyphs | Comfrey (SW) • Mon 10am-5pm, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE under 5 & MHS members • Kids can get hands-on in the visitor center, take an Adventures in Nature or craft something unique during Make American Indian Pottery Day. • More family fun nearby: Step back into the pages of Laura Ingalls Wilder at the namesake museum in nearby Walnut Grove or catch the Wilder Pageant weekends in July. Little trainiacs might enjoy a trip to the End-o-Line Railroad Park & Museum a few miles away in Currie.

5/27: Soudan Underground Mine Tours | Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Tower/Soudan area • tours daily, 10am-4pm • $12/adults, $7/ages 5-12, under 5 FREE • Travel 1/2 underground to explore the depths of an iron-ore mine as it was left in the 1960s.


 

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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.

TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY

Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

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5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

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Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities

Mothers-Day

How will you be celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make her day extra special.

We also have some simple DIY gifts and cards the kids can make.

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY

5/13: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking | Articulture, Minneapolis • 1-3pm

5/13: Saturday Crafts for Kids: Mom’s Favorite Recipes Box @ Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

5/13: Mother’s Day Storytime @ Barnes & Noble MOA • 11am • Details: Plus, make a card for Mom.

5/14: Family Day: Tea Time @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm • Details: Create tea vessels (cups and such), taste different tea at a tea-tasting, and celebrate tea around the world.

5/14: Family Fun: Nature’s Mothers @ Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park • 1-3pm • Details:  Drop in anytime for hands-on activities.

5/14: Mother’s Day Nature Collage @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 1-3pm • Details: Take a walk in the park and commemorate your time create a collage.

5/14: Mother’s Day Photo Booth @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 1-3pm • Details: Make a memory by taking a fun picture with Mother Nature and unique props.  Bring your camera!

5/14: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert @ Landmark Center • 1pm

5/14: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis • 11am-noon & 3-4pm.


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM

5/13-14: Mother’s Day Weekend @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: Moms free when accompanied by a child; help with spring planting and visit the farm babies.

5/14: Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am • Moms are in FREE on Sunday only.  This is a change from the past.

5/14: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • noon-5pm • Moms and grandmas admitted FREE!

5/14: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis • 12:30-8:30pm • Moms ride FREE!


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID

5/13-14: Mother’s Day St. Croix Valley Train Ride @Osceola, WI • 11 am both days (brunch), 3 pm Sunday (dinner) • Details: Train departs from 114 Depot Rd, Osceola.  Ticket Range from $30-$55. Register ASAP.  Will fill quickly.

5/13: Mother’s Day Tea @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 1:30-3pm • $10/kids, $15/adults • Details: Register by May 11. Kids ages 5 & up and their families can enjoy tea and treats, make a Victorian trinket box and snap a picture in the photo booth.

5/14: Mother’s Day Clay @ Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am-noon • $25/adult-child pair, $15 per additional child. Reservations required by phone only.

5/14: Spring Wildflowers on Mother’s Day @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 12:30-2pm • $7-$9/pp • Details: Register to participate.

 

MOM EATS FREE

She hasn’t posted it yet, but Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars typically has got the best roundup of Moms-Eat-Free deals offered in the Twin Cities for Mother’s Day. When the post goes up, we’ll link to it here.


DIY Gifts

Crafting at Lakeshore Learning

Simple 5 Minute Soap Scrub

Love Print Sign

Garden Markers

Tissue Paper Flowers

Cool Painted Flowerpot


Handmade Cards

Ha-Pea Mother’s Day

You are my Sunshine Noodle

Dandelion Q-Tip

Love You Bunches Thumbprints


How to Steal A Dog – Review

How to Steal A Dog is a Korean film based on the American book of the same title by Barbara O’Connor. The book is based in a small North Carolina town. While the film occurs in a busy metropolitan area on Jeju Island, South Korea.

How to Steal A Dog at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues – Review

Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues is the sequel to the 2013 French film Belle and Sebastian. The original movie was dubbed into English in 2015. The sequel is being screened at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in French with English subtitles. Because I loved the original version, I was hopeful but cautious going into this film.

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Twin Cities May Budget 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 seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend.

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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

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5/2: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.

5/5: Friday Family Movie Night: Storks | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm
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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies

As soon as I can smell the wet earth and the sun is still shining at 6pm, I’m ready for a spring farm fix. Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest — plus farmhands of all ages can partake in waking up the barns for spring.

I had no idea there were this many places to find Minnesota Farm Babies!

TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES

Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 3/24-4/30, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Get the full lineup here.

Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays 4/1-5/27, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals. Read More

10 Family-Friendly Twin Cities Spring Farmers Markets

How much more fun does it sound to bring your kids along to one of these Twin Cities family-friendly spring Farmers Markets as opposed to dragging them to the local supermarket? Here are 10+ fresh picks we chose based on their appeal to the whole family. Each is listed by their opening date:

10 Twin Cities Farmers Markets for Kids

 

4/29/17: St. Paul Farmers Market, see link for locations & hours across the Metro • Downtown location hours are Sat from 6am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm • Family fun: Be spontaneous! Pick any day of the week, except Monday, and find a market location to visit. Can’t wait until the end of April? There are winter markets year round.

5/6/17: Mill City Farmers Market, 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis • Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru Oct. 2017 • Family fun: Bring Mom down on Opening Day for fresh spring produce, flowers, samples, live music from Jack Klatt, storytime with the Guthrie, and join the Power of Produce Club. Last indoor market is April 22, 2017.

5/6/17: Midtown Farmers Market, Lake St E & 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis • Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Tuesdays, 3-7pm (beginning in June) • Family fun: Live music, children’s educational activities and storytime, advice and demonstrations for cooking, gardening and composting. Year round, visit Midtown Global Market. It has the feel of a old-fashioned street market indoors.

5/20/2017: Northeast Farmers Market, 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis • Saturdays, 9am-1pm • Family fun: A children’s tent is stocked weekly 9am-1pm with educational market activities such as seed planting, food-themed art projects, storytime and more. Live music also accompanies the bountiful local food and handcrafted items. The Winter Market ended in March, so you do have to wait for this one.

5/20/2017: Richfield Farmers Market, Veterans Park, Richfield • Saturdays, 7am-noon • Family fun: Plenty for families to enjoy at the market in addition to perusing the produce: art programs every 2nd Saturday, puppet story program every 3rd Saturday, live music and more. Plus there’s the proximity to Malt-T-Melt‘s grilled cheese sandwiches and 18 holes of mini golf.

5/20/2017: Fulton Farmers Market, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis (plus 2 other locations and times) • Saturdays 8:30am-1pm • Family fun: Local businesses take turns sponsoring children’s crafts each week — in past years kids painted, made sand art, and designed and pressed their own buttons. Past entertainment has included storytime and magic shows. Plus, what kid can resist samples?

6/7/2017: Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds • Wednesdays, 4-8pm thru 8/31/16 • Family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families (Kidsdance DJs, free inflatables, lawn games and craft projects galore.). Get the full lineup of entertainment here.

6/8/2017: Maple Grove Farmers Market, Maple Grove Community Center • Thursdays, 3-7pm through September (reduced hours in October) • Family fun: Weekly live music, Kids POP Club and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings.  Winter indoor farmers market select Thursdays November – May. Last two indoor markets – April 13 & May 11, 2017.

6/10/2017: Bloomington Farmers Market, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd • Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru 10/21/17 • Family fun: Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the POP Club.

6/15/3027: Centennial Lakes Farmers Market @ Centennial Lakes Park, Edina • Thursdays, 3-7pm thru 9/28/17 • Family fun: There are 10 acres of kid-friendly space to explore within Centennial Lakes Park. Kids ages 8+ might enjoy the obstacles on the 18-hole putting course, younger kids may get a kick out of renting a paddleboat or seeking out the labyrinth. Thursday evenings also play host to a radio-controlled miniature boat club and Movies in the Park begin at sunset.


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2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

Earth Day Network’s first Earth Day was in 1970. It’s continuing mission — “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.”
Earth Day Family EventsFor us, it’s a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, while getting out and enjoying the long-awaited spring. I think the spring thing may be why the Twin Cities Metro does not skimp on Earth Day activities and events. We have a sampling of Earth Day family events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month.


Thanks to this month’s sponsor Rockin’ Jump!  Check them out at FFTC’s Rockin’ Party on April 15.

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