Author - Joy Peters

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New MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users
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The Sneetches Musical at Children’s Theatre Company
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World Read Aloud Day – February 16, 2017
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Souper Bowl of Caring – A Family Meal That Gives Back
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Cows Can Dream at the American Swedish Institute
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12 Weekends Until Spring! My Winter Checklist
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Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide
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Now or Never! Three Things to Do This Holiday Season For the Last Time
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Family Fun Twin Cities Christmas Activities & Holiday Guide
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The Nutcracker and Beyond: The Best Christmas Shows Ever!

New MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users

Last year the MELSA Libraries (Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County,Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Scott County, Washington County), rolled out the smARTpass Program. Library patrons now have another option for free or reduced-price tickets to arts activities and museums with this program.

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The Sneetches Musical at Children’s Theatre Company

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss is now a musical at Children’s Theatre Company. It was a bit more mature than I was expecting. Based on the “All Ages” recommendation and the target age of the book, I took my five-year-old son.

Five may have been young for The Sneetches musical, but we had a fun day and made good memories.

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World Read Aloud Day – February 16, 2017

Did you know that February 16, 2017 is World Read Aloud Day? A 2015 study found that children are exposed to a larger vocabulary from picture books read aloud than from conversations with adults. We tend to speak with the same 5000 most popular words; while books — even picture books — are more likely to use words outside that popular 5000. Sometimes reading aloud can be easier said than done, but we have some resources to make it easier – even on the difficult days.

World Read Aloud Day 2017

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Souper Bowl of Caring – A Family Meal That Gives Back

Why do I love Ronald McDonald House’s Souper Bowl of Caring? Because it combines the best part of my day with an act of giving back to our community. How can you beat that?

Souper Bowl of Caring

We’ve all heard the benefits of regular family mealtimes. According to the Family Dinner Project, some of the specific benefits of family dinners are:

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Cows Can Dream at the American Swedish Institute

Cows Can Dream (Kor Kan Drömma) opened at the American Swedish Institute on Saturday, January 21st and runs through October 31, 2017. I’ve been noticing that when ASI introduces something that I’ve never heard of, before long it is a trend that I start seeing everywhere. For instance, Moomin is everywhere now, but I had to research him when ASI introduced him. I think this may be the case with Cows Can Dream, a book and exhibit that were originally commissioned by an art institute in Sweden, Wanås Konst. Currently, you won’t find the book at the library or on Amazon. You’ll have to pick it up in the gift shop at ASI.

Cows Can Dream Family Gallery at ASI

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12 Weekends Until Spring! My Winter Checklist

There are twelve weekends left until spring! It is time to start thinking about my winter checklist. When you pack all your fun into the weekends like I do, seasons go by fast. Even during years that I despise winter, twelve weeks doesn’t seem like much time when I make a checklist.

Here is a baker’s dozen of activities to try to pack into the next twelve weekends: Read More

Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide

Sledding is my favorite winter outdoor activity and Twin Cities-area sledding hills can’t really be beat. They are free and abundant, and they come in all shapes and sizes. These are some of our favorite sledding hills around the metro:

win Cities Sledding Hills Guide by FamilyFunTwinCities.com

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Now or Never! Three Things to Do This Holiday Season For the Last Time

Do you look at our calendar of events and our December round ups and just wonder, “How do I choose?” I do. There are so many choices. Three things stand out because they will not be returning in 2017. Like the (still missed) Holidazzle Parade, these Twin Cities staples will cease to exist (at least for the indefinite future) after the 2016 season. Okay, it’s not actually “now or never” for two of them, but definitely, “now or not for awhile”. If you are having trouble choosing your holiday outings, consider these three “Now or Never” events:

Now or Never! Three Things to Do This Holiday Season For the Last Time

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Family Fun Twin Cities Christmas Activities & Holiday Guide

Tis the season for never-ending holiday and Christmas activities around the Twin Cities. christmas activities

Whether you are looking for traditional events or you want to start a new tradition with your family, we have something for just about everyone: Santa, shopping, stage shows, singalongs, sleighrides, sparkling light displays and special historical events at sites across the Minneapolis & St. Paul metro area:

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The Nutcracker and Beyond: The Best Christmas Shows Ever!

The Twin Cities offers more than the Nutcracker ballet and The Christmas Carol at the Guthrie for holiday shows. Though these are classics, we have plenty of options for families with every age of child.

The Nutcracker and Beyond - Christmas in the Twin Cities

While we couldn’t possibly cover every Holiday show in the Twin Cities, we’ve rounded up what we believe to be the best family friendly Christmas shows this season.

Insider Tip: Many of these shows have discounted tickets available through our affiliate partner, Goldstar.*

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