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.
March is maple syrup month in Minnesota, and with an abundance of nature centers around the Twin Cities, we have ample opportunities to learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. Maple syrup events usually contain one or more of the following activities: tapping the maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it into syrup, and the best part — according to my kids, anyway — a sample of the finished product.
Click through for a list of upcoming maple syrup events across the Twin Cities Metro. Read More
There’s not a speck of snow in sight in any of these 28+ ideas for cozied-up family time in February. We’re kind of over the winter already, too. Read More
Try Hockey For Free Day
Various arenas around the country
Saturday, February 25, 2017; FREE!
On the fence about making the investment to put your kid in hockey? I understand. I’ve been there myself. And I highly recommend you give the sport a try for free on Saturday, February 25th.The event gives kids a shot at experiencing the basics of hockey without financial commitment. It’s strictly for fun! Plus, coaches will be on hand to offer tips and provide equipment. Learn more and find a location near you at the Try Hockey for Free website.
Who knows? This might be the beginning of a lifelong love of hockey. It certainly helps us get through our long Minnesota winters!
Arenas Participating in Try Hockey For Free Day
Participating Hockey Arenas include:
- Northeast Ice Arena • Minneapolis • 12:00 PM
- Roseville Skating Center • Roseville • 5:40 PM
- West St Paul Ice Arena • West St. Paul • 2:30 PM
- Eagan Civic Arena • Eagan • 3:45 PM
- Maple Grove Community Center • Maple Grove • 1:15 PM
- Apple Valley High Sports Arena • Apple Valley • 3:30 PM
- Bielenberg Sports Center • Woodbury • 4:30 PM
- Shakopee Ice Arena • Shakopee • 6:00 PM
- Andover Community Center • Andover • 11:40 AM
- Schmitz-Maki Arena • Farmington • 4:30 PM
- Delano Area Sports Arena • Delano • 10:00 AM
- Chisago Lakes Ice Arena • Lindstrom • 2:00 PM
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.
Thank you to our awesome February Sponsor.
As a neighborhood medical center, MedExpress offers a broad scope of urgent care, basic wellness and employer health services. With warm, welcoming centers and a full medical team, centers are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no appointments necessary. Centers offer walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury, including more advanced offerings such as X-rays, IVs, EKGs, labs, minor surgery, stitches and treatment for broken bones, sprains and strains. MedExpress also offers wellness and prevention services such as physicals, wellness exams, tobacco cessation counseling and flu shots.
MedExpress is located conveniently in Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and West St. Paul. Visit medexpress.com for more information.
It is our hope that you can use our February Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In February, seek out ways to celebrate with your little (and big) valentines, stay cozy in the trenches of winter, and browse camps for your kids while dreaming of summer! As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!
– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities
2017 Twin Cities Ultimate Summer Camp Guide – coming soon!
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?
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:
Despite the bone-chilling temps the last couple years, I took the kids out to the Winter Carnival Snow Park at the Fair to change their minds about the St. Paul Vulcans. See, the little ones had always been wary of that wailing fire truck. Not to mention the red-cloaked men who once tried to ambush their mother at a parade in order to paint a huge black V on her cheek. I was willing to forgive and forget because the Krewe are the ones responsible for reviving the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition and organizing a super fun Snow Park at the Fair around it.
Here’s how the St. Paul Vulcans managed to win the hearts of my three girls (and why we’ll be back at the Vulcan Fun Day this Sunday): Read More
It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! Our list of budget Twin Cities February family activities and events all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities February Family Events & Activities page. Read More
February has us swooning with all the FREE family events and activities it has to offer! From Valentine’s Day events to festivals that do their best to embrace the winter in Minnesota, here’s what the month ahead will bring.