Family wellness is more than just another New Year’s Resolution. While the new year spurs thoughts of big changes in our fitness habits or our nutrition, we want to encourage you to think beyond losing that extra 15 pounds. We want you to consider your health in all areas of your life including mental health, physical health, and relation health.
Blooma has partnered with us to bring you this Twin Cities Family Wellness Guide. Together we want to help your family strive for wellness. And Family Wellness can be fun like yoga classes for kids and mama support groups and shopping together at the Farmer’s Market.
Let’s work toward Family Wellness together. Read More
Summer Music at Normandale Lake Bandshell courtesy City of Bloomington
The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer. Every corner of the metro is full of music and a lot of it is FREE! What could be better? Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music.
For over 25 years, Wheel Fun Rentalshas offered ways for riders of all ages to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. With seven Minnesota locations, choose from a complete lineup of recreational vehicles like Surreys, specialty cycles, two-wheeled bikes, watercraft and more. Selection may vary; please visit our website for current availability.
ONGOING SUMMER MUSIC – MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL
Starts Memorial Day Weekend:Music & Entertainment in the Parks | Daily with FREE concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Check the link for a complete listing of events & locations.
BLAINE: Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park | Select dates starting 6/14/17 including Family Fun Night (7/18/17); Summer of Blaine | Village of Blaine Shopping Center | Two free events for the whole family this summer 6/15/17 Teddy Bear Band and 8/12/17 Echoes of Elvis.
COON RAPIDS:Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park performance pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/8/17 – FREE
MAPLE GROVE:Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17
EAGAN:Eagan Market Fest | Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds | Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting 6/7/17. FREE family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families.
Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.
Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.
Minnesotans 15-years-old or younger and their grown up companion can fish without licenses on Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11, during the Minnesota DNR’s “Take a Kid Fishing Weekend”. You don’t even need to own fishing gear, because it is available for loan from Minnesota State Parks. We have borrowed fishing gear at William O’Brien State Park. It was very easy to do and a park ranger stopped by to give the girls pointers. If you can’t make it to Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, Minnesota residents generally can fish in state parks without a fishing license, unless the body of water requires a trout stamp.
Print a Fish Poster to Go With Your Kid Fishing Weekend
Get the Full Size Printable version at Explore Minnesota
If you are interested in learning more about the fish that live in Minnesota lakes and rivers, Explore Minnesota has a PDF poster you can print and take with you to compare to any fish you encounter.
Naturalists Kao Thao and Krista Jensen – I Can Fish (Image courtesy Minnesota DNR)
DNR Tips To Take a Kid Fishing and Some Colorful Personal Commentary:
Plan to have fun and remember to bring a camera. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but as a kid, I’ve gone fishing with adults who took it very seriously. This is not your fishing day. This is the day to help you secure fishing buddy when your children are older.
Choose fishing spots with a high likelihood of success. (Learn where, when, and how the fish bite). Several years ago, we had amazingly good luck off the pier at Roseville’s Central Park. Every time my daughter dropped her Pink Princess fishing pole into the water, she brought up a Sunny. I don’t know if that is normal, but that is where I would personally start.
Use live bait to increase the chance of catching a fish. (Live bait is more interesting to kids, too.) I’m not sure if I agree with the part in parenthesis. My kids don’t particularly like handling worms and neither do I. If you are going to deal with live bait (and plan to keep your fish for that matter), bring someone who is not squeamish.
Pick a place that is comfortable, safe, and easy to get to—public fishing piers are a great place to start. (Find a fishing pier). If its windy, public fishing piers can be a little nerve wracking with preschoolers and toddlers. You may want to put them in life-jackets.
Bring snacks! That’s just good advice for parenting. Always bring snacks.
Remember the basics: sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit. Again, I’d add life-jackets, diapers & wipes, a change of clothes and towels.
Provide kids with simple tackle in working order. If you already enjoy fishing, you can probably dig through your own stash. Otherwise, see the part about State Parks offering this stuff for free.
Start with realistic expectations. With short attention spans, kids may want to move onto something else after a very short time. Choose a park with a playground or a beach. Bring a non-fishing adult who doesn’t mind taking them if you want to continue fishing for a bit.
Have patience! I think they are talking about fishing, but this is also just good advice for parenting.
This week on BookHounds, Gianna talks about some unconventional ideas for great FamilyLit. Each of these books will be enjoyed by the whole family. You can read these books over and over without needing to bang your head against a wall.
When I was a teenager, I had the opportunity to babysit for a little boy who had autism. I can still see his face and his strawberry blonde hair as he tip-toed around his house with incredible agility.
Unfortunately, I was not fully prepared for how I could best care for him. But thankfully, I had a friend who loved that little boy so much.
She knew exactly what he needed–when he needed space and when to be insistent. She was a lifesaver for his family and him and a blessing to the whole community.
Tammy was just 15 years old and already an Autism Hero. Read More
Meet Jeff Lenz. He is a local dad who likes to spend time with his family outdoors. Right now in this winter season, he likes to ski with his girls.
I met Jeff at my 20th high school reunion where I grew up with Kassie his wife. Reconnecting with Kassie and meeting her husband were some of the best parts of the reunion. When I learned that they lived in South Minneapolis (and we laughed at how we both were small town girls who wanted to live in an actual city), I asked Jeff if he wouldn’t mind sharing how he and his family spend time together. Read More