Category - Educational Enrichment

Opportunities in the Twin Cities for extra-curricular, co-curricular, educational experiences.

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Family Fun Ideas: MLK Monday Break
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Family Fun Idea: Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis
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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide
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Family Fun Idea: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
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10 Things for Kids: Pinwheel Play in Chanhassen
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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs
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Top Ten Twin Cities’ 2016 Christmas Experiences
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Giving Back: 10 Places in the Twin Cities to Volunteer with Kids
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Soccer, Anyone? Lil’ Kickers in the Twin Cities – Archived
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10 Things To Do in New Ulm for Oktoberfest

Family Fun Ideas: MLK Monday Break

MLK Monday – So, what’s closed today? Or, perhaps more importantly, what’s open and where can I get the kids out of the house? We’ve got ideas both indoor and out plus a couple of fun family events to observe the day:

MLK Monday - Family Fun

OBSERVE

OUTDOOR FUN

INDOOR FUN

  • Tail Time | Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis, 10:30am • Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store!
  • PolarPalooza | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul, 10am-4pm • Educational games and activities.
  • Behind the Scenes: Research Labs | Science Museum of MN, 12-4pm • Included with museum admission, $12.95-$18.95.
  • Mill City Museum | Minneapolis, 10am-5pm • Special holiday hours – see our tips at 10 Things For Kids: Mill City Museum.
  • Bakken Museum | Minneapolis, 10am-4pm (special holiday hours), $5-$10/pp
  • Preschool Open Play | The Blast Indoor Playground, Eagan Community Center, 9:30-11am • A variety of equipment is available to play in the gym as well as play time in the Blast Indoor playground. $4/child ages 1-5.
  • Find MORE preschool open gym and open play times.
  • Trolls | Riverview Theater, Minneapolis, 1 & 5pm • $2/pp plus awesome popcorn!
  • Half-price Open Swim | Great River Water Park, St Paul, 10:30am-8:30pm (activity pool and waterslides open 10:30-noon)
  • Find drop-in crafting opportunities for kids of all ages in our Winter Survival Guide.

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Family Fun Idea: Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis

Julian McFaul has been at it for a decade and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

And even if he did, the Art Sled Rally has taken on a life of its own and could continue without him.

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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide

Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide has something for everyone.

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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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10 Things for Kids: Pinwheel Play in Chanhassen

Pinwheel PlayThere’s a new play space in town! Located off of Highway 5 in Chanhassen, Pinwheel Play is an incredibly fun modern destination.

Pinwheel Play let us check out their space for free.  All opinions are mine.

Lisa Perkins Smith, with her husband Bryon, opened Pinwheel Play because they couldn’t find a play space that fit their needs.  They wanted a place that was clean, welcoming and catered to many types of open-ended play for the younger set.

It was hard to whittle this list down to 10 things; I was very impressed with this well-planned space.

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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs

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We have a unique opportunity in the Twin Cities to enjoy the holidays on trains and planes and sleighs, and we’ve rounded up all we can find just for you and your family!

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Top Ten Twin Cities’ 2016 Christmas Experiences

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We wanted to give you a heads up to some of the most exciting Christmas experiences happening this year.  We’ll soon have an all-encompassing list for your family, but here are our Top Ten that you won’t want to miss – get them on your calendar! Read More

Giving Back: 10 Places in the Twin Cities to Volunteer with Kids

While Family Fun Twin Cities is not a website focused on family volunteering, we like to feature family volunteer opportunities in November because we believe giving back with your family can be a lot of fun and teach important lessons. We have collected ten different opportunities to volunteer with kids.

Other ideas can be found here.


Volunteer with KidsOctober 31-November 4, 2016

• Candy for Troops/Books for Kids @ Fairview Clinics throughout the metro • Even the littlest goblins can bring Halloween candy into a clinic this week to donate to the military troops overseas.  For your donation, you will receive a new book and bless our service men and women who would love a little taste of home. Read More

Soccer, Anyone? Lil’ Kickers in the Twin Cities – Archived


Lil Kickers

Friday, November 11, 2016 • 8:30 am-11 am • For Ages 4 and under
Saturday, November 12, 2016 • Noon-2 pm • For Ages 18 months- 12 years
 
 

Registration is now open for the winter session.

 

Lil’ Kickers has offered FFTC subscribers an exclusive discount that is good until November 7, 2016.  If you are interested in learning more, sign up here

10 Things To Do in New Ulm for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

photo courtesy of New Ulm CVB

We in Minnesota have a rich German heritage.  While it may not be the same depth of heritage as in Wisconsin, many Minnesotans have a proud ancestry. If you want to have a fun German experience in the fall with your family, you don’t need to go any further than New Ulm, Minnesota.

New Ulm’s Oktoberfest

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