Author - Anne Kingston

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Budget Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities
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Meet the Parks: Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, Minnesota
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10 Spots for Outdoor Summer Dining with Kids in the Twin Cities
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Family Fun: Daily Life on the Farm at Eidem Homestead
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Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities Guide
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Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities
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Budget Twin Cities July Events & Activities
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Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Budget Twin Cities August Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find August’s seasonal and 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 August Family Events & Activities page.

TWIN CITIES SPECIAL EVENTS – $5/PP OR LESS

8/2/17: Beach Party | Bryant Lake Regional Park | Eden Prairie | 12-3pm | $5/pp ages 0-17, adults FREE | A water slide, water obstacle course, sandcastle building and other splishy-splashy fun.

8/4-6: Eden Prairie Players Children’s Theater Performance: The Trial of Goldilocks | Riley-Jacques Barn, Eden Prairie | $3-$5/pp, tickets at the door only. Read More

Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities

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Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities

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The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards! Browse the favorites below for ideas on where your own little ones can get up close to animals, play at farm chores, pick their own produce, and learn through living history activities: Read More

Meet the Parks: Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, Minnesota

If your plan is to make a day of it in Stillwater with kids, make sure to include a stop at Teddy Bear Park. I did just that not long ago, expecting the park to appeal mainly to my preschooler. And yes, she very much liked the train car play equipment and the climbing structure made to resemble the Stillwater Lift Bridge. She also got as cuddly as one can get with a giant granite teddy bear.

The pleasant surprise was how much my 5 and 7-year-old daughters enjoyed the engineered wall of cliffs that forms the southern boundary of the park. They loved the scooped-out little seats, tiny stairs built into the rocks, and, of course, flinging themselves off the cliffs into the sand more times than I could count. My two ground rules: no jumping off anything higher than Mom’s head, and no sprained ankles before the Minnesota State Fair!

Find this sweet little park at 216 4th St N, Stillwater, Minnesota.

Hours: 8am – 8pm daily, mid-April through mid-October


10 Spots for Outdoor Summer Dining with Kids in the Twin Cities

Can we get a collective sigh of contentment and relief for outdoor summer dining with kids?

Even with kiddos far past the baby and toddler years, we at FFTC are crazy about the Twin Cities eateries who understand that dining out with children can be the opposite of a relaxing meal. Summer brings patios and green spaces, places where it’s generally OK to turn up the volume just a little, even corners where kids can create just a little distance from the adults. And as these locations are outdoors and seasonal, they are without exception within walking or easy driving distance to countless classic Twin Cities attractions. Here are ten of our summer favorites:

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Family Fun: Daily Life on the Farm at Eidem Homestead

The historic Eidem Homestead, a turn-of-the-century farm out in Brooklyn Center, was one of the places that had languished on my master summer to-do list for several years. We finally made it out last month to check out “Daily Life on the Farm”, this season’s program at the historic site. It’s a fun chance for kids to get hands-on in the barn, the farmhouse, and in the field.

Family Fun: Daily Life on the Farm, Eidem Homestead

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Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities Guide

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It is our hope that you can use our July 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. July, for instance, explodes with family summer festivals across the Twin Cities Metro Area. We’ve gathered Fourth of July celebrations, parades and fireworks. And local parks are ringing with the sounds of free family concerts and other artsy entertainment. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities


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Free Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities – updated for 2017

Budget Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities – updated for 2017


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Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities

Twin Cities Free July Events and Activities
Fill your summer with FREE events in the Twin Cities during the month of July!

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Budget Twin Cities July Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find July’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 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 July Family Events & Activities page. Read More

Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Free Ink Day is a program hosted four times annually at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. It’s the perfect way for an interested person of any age to dabble in printmaking without committing to a full class. Having brought young children to Free Ink Day, I have a few tips that may be helpful for those also contemplating introducing their kids to the art:

1) Have the kids arrive chock full of inspiration! Or, at least with an idea or two. A sketch couldn’t hurt, either. The central activity at Free Ink Day was creating relief prints on rubber templates a bit smaller than a postcard. The prints are made by carving a design into the rubber, coating the plate with ink, then pressing the plate onto a paper card. The biggest challenge in this process was coming up with a design, which leads me to suggest…

2) Plan to spend at least an hour designing, carving, inking and printing the kids’ creations. Free Ink Day spans three hours, but we came near the end in order to catch a special puppet show put on by Open Eye Figure Theatre. As a result, the kids were rushed in their printmaking, one squeaked in a print by the skin of her teeth, and it was semi-stressful scrubbing everyone’s hands clean in time for the show.

3) Budget time for cleanup! This one should definitely not be overlooked. Printmaking can be messy business. Aprons are provided, but you might want to dress in clothes you don’t care much for, just to be on the safe side.


Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. No advance registration is required.


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