Author - Joy Peters

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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!
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Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time
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November Family Weekend: 12 Thanksgiving Break Ideas
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Family Fun Idea: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
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Here Comes Santa Claus – Christmas in the Twin Cities
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Bring Your Boys to Cinderella

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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Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time

christmas-guide-banner-shoppingI think, like a lot of parents, I dream of having a home that is more of a cozy little landing pad for our adventures than a storage facility for our stuff. So I have been collecting up ideas for clutter-free gifts of adventure through membership to museums and other fun places.

Hello Grandparents:

If you are an out-of-town grandparent, membership gifts are ideal. Your grandchildren will look forward to your visits so you can enjoy your gift together; plus they will enjoy it with their parents the rest of the year. Furthermore, your children will tell all their friends that you are so much cooler than the grandparents who bought loud, battery-powered, plastic toys that end up in the garbage heap we call a toy box. Trust me on this. Read More

November Family Weekend: 12 Thanksgiving Break Ideas

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I love shopping; but I can do without the crowds. Last year, I compiled this list of fun alternatives to shopping on Black Friday. This year, I’m adding some fun ideas for Saturday as well. If I’m going to be honest, a good part of MY Thanksgiving weekend will be spent binge-watching the new Gilmore Girls mini-series, but I can’t ignore my kids all weekend. The following is a list of some of our favorite ideas for this long (and potentially beautiful) weekend:

Biking is even a possibility!

Biking is even a possibili

1. Visit a state park FREE on Black Friday

Like last year, State Parks are free on Black Friday. Free days are rare and it is not something we do often. We tend toward the more urban adventures. Go HERE for an interactive map of State Parks both near and far.

Many other local parks are always free and you can find a growing list of them in our directory by choosing Parks from the Category drop-down menu. We have almost doubled our park listings to 277 since last year, and we are doing our best to include the information families will find most useful. Read More

Family Fun Idea: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at SteppingStone Theatre is one of those Christmas items that is on my checklist every year. Unfortunately, it tends to get pushed aside for other things because I know I can always catch it next year. Not this year!

Best Christmas pageant ever!

SteppingStone has announced that after this year, this beloved classic is getting sent to the vault. We don’t know when we’ll see it again. If, like me, it’s been on your checklist, this is the year to act. If you don’t know about, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, let me give you a quick history.

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Here Comes Santa Claus – Christmas in the Twin Cities

Santa’s busy public appearance time is gearing up into full speed. That jolly old fat guy sure can get around! This is a sampling of some of the best places to run into the guy. We’ll keep adding to it all season, so let us know if you have any additions.

Here Comes Santa Claus - Christmas in the Twin Cities

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Bring Your Boys to Cinderella

Cinderella presented by the
Image courtesy CTC: Dean Holt, Autumn Ness, Reed Sigmund by Dan Norman

Image courtesy CTC: Dean Holt, Autumn Ness, Reed Sigmund by Dan Norman

Children’s Theatre Company
November 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Recommended for all ages

It’s been three years since Anne went to Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre and wrote her review. This year, the same great show is back with mainly the same great cast (This year, the Prince Eric is played by David Murray). The pop culture jokes will be different, but you can expect a fun time for the whole family. Cinderella is a particularly good show to bring the boys to see.

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