Archive - October 2017

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October Weekend Family Fun: A Harvest of Festivals
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Top 10 Family Picks: October in the Twin Cities
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Harvest Time: Twin Cities Fall Farmers Markets
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‘Sam’s Son’ — A New Play in Town
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40+ Ideas for School Halloween Treats
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“Pre-K Mondays” at The Works Museum in Bloomington
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Trick-or-Treat and More at Twin Cities Groceries & Markets
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Pumpkin Express Train by Minnesota Transportation Museum
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October Weekend Family Fun: Fall at its Finest
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10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls

October Weekend Family Fun: A Harvest of Festivals

October Weekend Family Fun

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.

FALL FESTIVAL PICKS: 

10/14/17: 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.

10/13-15: Pumpkin Nights | Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights | Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight | $16-20/pp, $64/family packs include 2 adults & 2 kids | Family highlights: A mile-long walking path lined with 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in 12 themed worlds to create a multi-sensory Halloween experience. Our family has loved this experience!

October Weekend Family Fun

10/14-15: Apfelfest | The Landing, Shakopee | 10am-5pm | $5-$8/pp | Meet with costumed characters living in the village and explore the history of Minnesota apfels (Germanspeak for apples). Trolleys provide transportation through the site.

For more fall festivals, jump over to our Twin Cities Fall Family Festival Calendar.


PUMPKIN PATCH PICKS: 

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 $3-$9/pp | Activities vary at each patch and include mini golf, inflatables, a hayride and more plus PYO pumpkins.

October Weekend Family Fun


HALLOWEEN EVENT PICK:

10/15/17: Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for Arts, Fridley | 1-3pm | 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 PICK:

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 13-14 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 PICK:

Spookley the Square Pumpkin | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins | Oct 14-15 | $16/pp | Follow the adventures of a misfit pumpkin. Grab your tickets while you can!


Top 10 Family Picks: October in the Twin Cities

Top 10 Family Picks: October in the Twin Cities

October in the Twin Cities bursts with family activities from fall festivals to Halloween happenings. Here are 10 notable fresh picks: Read More

Harvest Time: Twin Cities Fall Farmers Markets

We think a trip to the fall farmers market trumps a traditional grocery run any day of the week. There is nothing more inspiring than the stacks of brightly-colored autumn produce just waiting to be turned into cozy family dinners. Here are 8 markets in the Twin Cities we think go above and beyond by offering not only a fresh selection of food, but an atmosphere that will appeal to the youngest shoppers:

Bloomington Farmers Market | 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru 10/21/17 | Family fun: Take in live music. Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the Power of Produce (POP) Club. You can encourage them to choose a new vegetable to try and then look up a simple recipe they can help prepare. Read More

‘Sam’s Son’ — A New Play in Town

Loosely based on the Biblical story of Samson, the book, music, and lyrics of Sam’s Son were written by our very own Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble the founders of Bucket Brigade. The music was arranged by  Michael Pearce Donley (Triple Espresso, anyone?), and the whole she-bang was directed by Sean Byrd.

photo courtesy of Bonnie Allen photography

 

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40+ Ideas for School Halloween Treats

A few years ago, the members of a parenting group I belong to were discussing a letter sent home regarding school Halloween treats. This particular school was concerned with fat count and all treats had to be within certain fat guidelines. Other schools have allergy restrictions or limits on sugar. Some schools require only pre-packaged food for insurance reasons. This feels like another parenting hoop to jump through; but with so many treat-filled holidays, it is understandable.

That year, I and most of the parents in my group were leaning toward Clementine Jack-o’lanterns. However, I wondered,

“What if everyone brought Clementines as their treat?”

That’s a LOT of sticky clementines. So, I searched the web and found some alternate ideas for school Halloween treats. Not every one of these ideas is going to fit every dietary demand and some will be less expensive than others. Hopefully this round up will give us some ideas.

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“Pre-K Mondays” at The Works Museum in Bloomington

Attention parents who love to save a few bucks and find a cool new place to take the kids that will keep them occupied (educationally!) for hours: it’s time to pay a visit to Pre-K Mondays at The Works, a hands-on engineering museum for kids in Bloomington.

Pre-K Monday at the Works Museum

engineer girl!

First, the savings bit: The Works hosts select “Pre-K Mondays” during the school year where your kids (any age over 2) are admitted for just $4.25. Regular price admission – $8.50 – still applies for adults. Kids under 3 are free. Read More

Trick-or-Treat and More at Twin Cities Groceries & Markets

*These trick-or-treat sites have been updated for 2017. Leave us a comment if you know of other events.

In the event that you’re looking for one more place your child can stretch the use of their Halloween costume (and, yes, collect some goodies), several local grocery stores are offering trick-or-treating and other activities in the upcoming weeks:

  • Trick-or-Treat and More at Twin Cities Groceries & MarketsThree trick-or-treat events at Jerry's Foods
  • Trick-or-Treat and More at Twin Cities Groceries & Markets
  • Trick-or-Treat and More at Twin Cities Groceries & Markets

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Event: Edina location. Come meet the cast of Stages Theater’s production of Spookley! Create Pumpkin Crafts. Trick or Treat in the Store. Face Painting. When: Sun, Oct 22 • 10am-12pm.

Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl: Woodbury & Eden Prairie locations. Trick-or-treat around the store with a re-usable bag to tote your loot! Plus Halloween crafts, scavenger hunts and face painting. When: Sat, Oct 28 • 11am-1pm.

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Pumpkin Express Train by Minnesota Transportation Museum

I have some train lovers in my family (I think I’ve mentioned this) and for them, Minnesota Transportation Museum‘s Pumpkin Express Train would be the perfect Halloween Event. Just choose a day from Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 (MEA Weekend). Starting in Osceola, Wisconsin, the train ends up in Dresser, Wisconsin. You can make it an all day event or go for a couple of hours. If I know my family, and I do, if we make it on the Pumpkin Express Train, we will be there all day. But hurry and buy your tickets soon. This is a sell out event!

Pumpkin Express Train by Minnesota Transportation Museum

FREE pumpkins for childrens 15 yrs and younger

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October Weekend Family Fun: Fall at its Finest

Head outside this weekend for some classic fall family events! For our list of FREE weekend events, check over here and for our complete Family Fun Calendar for this weekend and beyond, head over here.

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

Twin Cities malls and shopping districts are offering kids the chance to trick-or-treat at participating merchants. Some locations will also offer other not-so-spooky entertainment for little ghouls and goblins to enjoy! Read More

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