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Twin Cities Family Wellness Guide sponsored by Blooma
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FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities
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Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – June 10-12
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BookHounds “FamilyLit Celebrating Nature and Families”
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Family Fun Idea — Flint Hills International Children’s Festival
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How to Enjoy Union Depot Train Days for FREE and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
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What’s At the Science Museum Now?
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BookHounds Invites John Coy, Author of ‘Their Great Gift’
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Earn More Family Fun Income This WEEK!
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Autism Society of MN Presents Steps of Hope

Twin Cities Family Wellness Guide sponsored by Blooma

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.

Family Wellness Guide Blooma

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

FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

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Summer Music at Normandale Lake Bandshell courtesy City of Bloomington


This summer music post is sponsored by Open Window Theatre. Enjoy two one-act plays together as a family.
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Open Window Youth Theatre
Open Window Theatre
(Metropolis Minneapolis Building)
1313 Chestnut Ave., Ste.#102
Minneapolis, MN 55403


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.  Read More

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – June 10-12


Enjoy two one-act plays together as a family.
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Open Window Youth Theatre
Open Window Theatre
(Metropolis Minneapolis Building)
1313 Chestnut Ave., Ste.#102
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Minnesotans 15-years-old or younger and their grown up companion can fish without licenses on Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend. You don’t even need to own fishing gear!, Take a Kid Fishing Weekendbecause it is available for loan from Minnesota State Parks. We borrowed fishing gear last year 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.


Take a Kid Fishing? Print a Poster

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.


Take a Kid Fishing in Minnesota State Parks - I Can Fish Program

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.).  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.
  5. Bring snacks! That’s just good advice for parenting. Always bring snacks.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Have patience! I think they are talking about fishing, but this is also just good advice for parenting.


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BookHounds “FamilyLit Celebrating Nature and Families”

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.

FamilyLit Show Notes Below

Join the conversation at our facebook group FFTC BookHounds.

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Family Fun Idea — Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

children's festivalOne of my absolute favorite activities to do with my kids in June is the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival.  This year the city of St. Paul is hopping with kids and culture during the week of May 31 as they celebrate their 16th year!

During the week, school kids come to St. Paul to watch performances from around the world, appreciate in the Art Walk, and participate in global art workshops.

My favorite part of the International Children’s Festival is the free Family Weekend.  This year, mark your calendars for June 4-5, 2016.

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How to Enjoy Union Depot Train Days for FREE and Scavenger Hunt Challenge

 

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Union Depot and Minnesota Transportation Museum are hosting Train Days this weekend and for the first time, the event is two days long. 

So you can come to FFTC’s Monster Bash on Saturday, and then hang out at the Union Depot and MN Transportation Museum on Sunday.  It’s a win/win. 

And if you come to the Monster Bash, you will receive a family pass to the transportation museum so the whole day will be completely free.

Union Depot Train Days

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What’s At the Science Museum Now?

Science Museum of MinnesotaThe Science Museum is one of my family’s favorite places to play and I can see it continuing until they are in their teens. Read More

BookHounds Invites John Coy, Author of ‘Their Great Gift’

BookHounds welcomes John Coy, the author of the new book, Their Great Gift, just released March 1, 2016.

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Earn More Family Fun Income This WEEK!

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Autism Society of MN Presents Steps of Hope

Be an Autism Hero with the Autism Society of Minnesota 16th annual Steps of Hope Walk.
Autism Society of Minnesota

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

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