Archive - April 2017

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Twin Cities Spring Family Festival Calendar
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Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities Guide
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Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park
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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide
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FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities
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Fanny’s Journey – Film Review
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Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review
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Mr. Frog – Film Review
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Tesoros – Movie Review
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Opening in May – Greater Minnesota Attractions

Twin Cities Spring Family Festival Calendar

After our long winter’s rest, the Twin Cities is awake with a full lineup of spring family festivals and events! You can get started planning those beautiful weekends in May right here: Read More

Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities Guide

It is our hope that you can use our May 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. May is filled with seasonal openings across the Twin Cities Metro Area, Mother’s Day activities and farmer’s markets bursting with fresh produce. And, when it’s time to unwind at home, we’ve added in some suggestions for crafts, recipes and read-alouds. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together! Read More

Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park

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Cafesjian's Carousel in como park11 a.m.-4 p.m.
FREE Ride dates for 2017:
  • May 30, Memorial Day
  • July 4, Independence Day
  • July 25, National Carousel Day
  • August 24, State Fair opens
  • Sept. 4, Labor Day

Last year, Cafestian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park expanded their hours to include all Mondays. It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit the beautiful antique merry-go-round when the temps are cooler and the price is unbeatable. For those of you who love a Minnesota State Fair connection, the hand-carved horses called the Fairgrounds home until the 1980’s. A St. Paul couple saved the carousel from the auction block, carefully restored the horses, and eventually were able to raise enough money for the carousel’s permanent pavilion in Como. Read More

Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Does the spring weather have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Twin Cities-area nature centers and outdoor education centers are wonderful places to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world. Most of them offer programming specially designed for preschoolers, free family events, and indoor exhibits to stimulate little explorers. Read More

FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

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Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in the Twin Cities? We get it — the annual bash is a big deal, and as parents, we want to make our kids’ birthday parties the best EVER. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities metro area offers a plethora of birthday party venues from which to choose. We’ve rounded up over 100 of these Twin Cites party places to give you some inspiration for your next birthday celebration! Read More

Fanny’s Journey – Film Review

Fanny’s Journey is based on the true story of Fanny Ben Ami, who was 11 years old when she and several other Jewish children had to flee to Switzerland to escape the Nazis. When the adults who are leading their flight do not make a rendezvous, she is forced to take responsibility for the safety of her group.

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Fanny’s Journey – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review

Continuing on our whirlwind review storm through the Childish Film series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival we saw Fortune Favors the Brave on Sunday morning. This is a German film that explores the very different worlds of the average middle class child and children of immigrants.

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Fortune Favors the Brave. Image courtesy Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

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Mr. Frog – Film Review

Mr. Frog is one of the seven films in the Childish Films series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. It is a Dutch film that places a fairy tail element within an otherwise everyday world. What happens when your teacher sometimes turns into a frog? Deborah Girdwood, who is the lead programmer for Childish Films, compares it to a Roald Dahl story. So if you like The BFG, Matilda, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you may find some common elements.

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Mr. Frog – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Tesoros – Movie Review

Continuing on our tour through the Childish Films offerings at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, we watched Tesoros this weekend. Tesoros is Spanish for treasure. The movie follows a group of children searching for lost pirate treasure. This Mexican film was shot on location in the small village of Barra de Potosi on the Mexican Pacific Coast.

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Tesoros – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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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! Read More

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