Archive - 2017

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National Get Outdoors Day Round Up – 2017
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FFTC’s Ultimate Summer Guide in the Twin Cities
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Summer Fun Bucket List 2017: 101 Ideas For Your Family This Summer
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FFTC’s Guide to Local Parades in the Twin Cities
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Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green
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FFTC’s Guide to Mini Golf in the Twin Cities
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FFTC Guide to Summer Water Sports
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Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017
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10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer
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Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2017

National Get Outdoors Day Round Up – 2017

National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 10th this year. You can find an extensive list of events at the National site, however many of their listings seem outdated this year. We have verified dates for you, including Powderhorn and State Parks.

National Get Outdoors Day

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FFTC’s Ultimate Summer Guide in the Twin Cities

We have been working hard all spring to bring you the Ultimate Summer Guide to the Twin Cities.

Family Fun Twin Cities' Ultimate Summer Guide

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Summer Fun Bucket List 2017: 101 Ideas For Your Family This Summer

It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the beaches are beckoning, the kids are home and it’s time to get outside together. Want to fill up your summer fun bucket list but don’t know where to start?

Not a problem – we’ve got you covered. 101 Ideas for Kids this Summer:

Summer Fun

We’ve got your bucket list of 101 Ideas For Your Family Summer Fun

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FFTC’s Guide to Local Parades in the Twin Cities

Parades are some of the best family fun in the summer.  They are free, you get candy, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort.  Just bring a blanket or a chair.  Oh, and some pillowcases for all the tootsie rolls you will be collecting.


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Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green

Nature Playgrounds are a growing trend for good reason; scientists keep finding connections between nature to child development and well-being.

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It used to be, according to my children, that in order for a park to be authentic, it needed at least a slide and a set of swings. I was less enthusiastic about taking them to places like state parks simply because I felt I’d have to go the extra mile to “prove” that playing and exploring in a natural environment could be just as fun as clambering around a commercially manufactured jungle gym. Don’t get me wrong – the local playgrounds can be a lot of fun, too. And some are really inventive! But I have to say that I get a deeper satisfaction from watching them play in a more natural setting: digging, figuring out how to climb that tree, following paths, building forts. They become immersed in tossing rocks into the water, scouting frogs, collecting wildflowers. They also gradually forget that “playing at the park” requires a plastic treehouse.

So here’s what I find really cool: incorporating natural elements into new playground designs seems to be the trend. More places are popping up where kids get the opportunity to interact with the landscape and, perhaps, develop a greater appreciation for it. Here are seven places I’ve discovered that have those goals in mind:

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FFTC’s Guide to Mini Golf in the Twin Cities

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Whether you are looking to mini golf outside in the beautiful summer weather or inside to escape the heat and humidity, we’ve rounded up all the mini-golf courses in and around the Twin Cities.  Choose between classic courses and inventive courses, beautifully artistic courses and techno courses, challenging putting courses for dad and pirate’s lair for son.

 


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FFTC Guide to Summer Water Sports

As the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans take pride in our summer water sports.  We’ve collected water ski shows, boat rentals, kayaks and canoes, sailing experiences and other water fun.  Most are located in the metro while some of them are just a short drive away.

Happy wakes to you.

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Boat Rentals

 

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Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017

TWIN CITIES JUNE FAMILY FESTIVAL IDEAS

Get your fill of June family festival outings with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Most are free. If there is admission, it is listed. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:

Family Festival Calendar - Get Your Fill of Twin Cities Festivals in June

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10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer

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Tired of heading out to the same old swimming spot? We’ve combed the Metro in search of new places to try with our own families and came up with ten we think are worth checking out for their beaches, playground, and other recreational opps nearby:

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Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2017

A couple years ago, I did some research on the reality of the income-based achievement gap and how parents can Increase their Child’s Chances in School with a few Simple, Budget-Friendly Habits. Summer reading is another place where the achievement gap grows. However, the fix is offering your kids easy access to a lot of books and empowering them to select their own reading materials.This is where summer reading programs can come in handy.

2017 Summer Reading Programs

Where do your kids fall in the summer reading spectrum? Whether they love to read or hate it or are somewhere in between, there is probably a program out there for them. If they are ambitious, they can participate in several. There is no rule that kids can’t use the same books for several programs.

The following are few programs we found plus our own:

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