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Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities Guide
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Free Twin Cities Events & Activities in May
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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events
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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area
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10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park
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BookHounds Episode 2, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’
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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies
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2016 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events
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Free Twin Cities Family Events & Activities in April
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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities Guide

May Guide

It is our hope that you can use our May 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. May is filled with seasonal openings across the Twin Cities Metro Area. And, when it’s time to unwind at home, we’ve added in some suggestions for crafts, recipes and read-alouds. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities

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Free Twin Cities Events & Activities in May

Budget Twin Cities Events & Activities in May

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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area

Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events

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Mother’s Day Recipe: 7 Easy Desserts For Kids to Make on Mother’s Day (via Non-Toy Gifts)

Free Twin Cities Events & Activities in May

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5/1: Lyra Family Concert Series: Meet the Irish Harp @ Baroque Room, 275 4th St E, St. Paul • 3-4pm • Details: Introduce the kids to classical music with an hour-long family-friendly concert with hands-on activities and snacks, presented in a casual environment.

5/3: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereDetails: Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/6: Friday Family Movie Night: The Good Dinosaur @ Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm
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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events

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How will you be celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make her day extra special:

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY

5/7: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking @ Articulture, 2613 E Franklin Ave, Mpls • 1-3pm

5/7: Saturday Crafts for Kids: Mother’s Day Cards @ Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

5/7: Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating Event @ Jerry’s Foods, Woodbury, Edina and Eden Prairie locations • 11am-1pm • Details: Decorate a treat for mom and, if you’re one of the first 150 kids to show, snag her a free carnation as well.

5/7: Mother’s Day Storytime @ Barnes & Noble MOA • 11am • Details: Plus, make a card for Mom.

5/7: All About Family – Mother’s Day Card/Gift Making @ Community Covenant Church, 901 Humboldt Avenue N., Minneapolis, MN 55411 • 3pm – 6pm • Details: Mothers Day Gift and Card Making.

5/8: Family Day: Mother’s Day Musical @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm • Details: Combine words and art through games, storytelling, crafts, and a gallery hunt.

5/8: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert @ Landmark Center • 1pm

5/8: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis • 11am-noon & 3-4pm.


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM

5/7-8: Mother’s Day Weekend @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: Moms free when accompanied by a child; help with spring planting and visit the farm babies.

5/7-8: Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am • Moms are in FREE!

5/8: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • noon-5pm • Moms and grandmas admitted FREE!

5/8: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis • 12:30-8:30pm • Moms ride FREE!


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID

5/7: Mother’s Day Tea @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 1-3pm • $5/kids, $10/adults • Details: Kids ages 5 & up and their families can enjoy tea and treats, make a Victorian trinket box and snap a picture in the photo booth.

5/8: Mother’s Day Clay @ Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am-noon • $25/adult-child pair, $15 per additional child. Reservations required by phone only.

5/8: Mother’s Day Flower Walk & Tea Party @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 1-2:30pm • $5/pp • Details: Take a spring hike, craft a scented firestarter and enjoy tea or juice with Mom.

5/8: Mother’s Day Open House @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 1-4pm • $7-$9/pp

5/8: Mother’s Day Brunch @ Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul • seating times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm • $12.95-$27.99, kids 3-5 eat for $4.75, prices include general admission to the Science Museum.


MOM EATS FREE

She hasn’t posted it yet, but Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars typically has got the best roundup of Moms-Eat-Free deals offered in the Twin Cities for Mother’s Day. When the post goes up, we’ll link to it here.


Opening in May – Twin Cities Area

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2016.

TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY

4/30-5/1: Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • Details: 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment. Special event: 5/29/16 – Immigrant For a Day features family activities and is FREE for all to attend.

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5/1: Spring On the Farm @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$9/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Details: Visit opening weekend (4/30-5/1) to see the farm babies, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and explore the nature trails. Read More

10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park

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My preschooler’s request for a simple picnic in April turned into a full afternoon of nature play, wildlife spotting and cargo-net clambering. And, thanks to the 80-degree temps, we were able to be outdoors for hours. Bonus: if you can make it out this month, you’ll beat both the crowds and the mosquitoes! Here are 10 things we’re confident kids of all ages can enjoy at the Richardson Nature Center and Hyland Lake Park Reserve: Read More

BookHounds Episode 2, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’

Learn how to make Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs an interactive and fun family experience.

 

See show notes for more information.

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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies

I had no idea there were this many places to find Minnesota Farm Babies!

TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES

Saturday Mornings on the Farm @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays in April & May, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Details: Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals.

tm gale woods farm 3Spring Into Farming @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • 4/7, 4/20, 5/3, 5/10, 9:30am-2:30pm • $6/pp • Details: Celebrate new life on the farm through crafts, cooking and games. Meet farm animals and participate in educator-led programs. Activities are geared toward preschoolers and kindergartners.

Spring on the Farm @ Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd NW, Elk River • 4/30, 5/1, 10am-5pm • $9/adults, $7/seniors, $6/ages 5-17, free age 4 & under and MNHS members • Details: Pay a visit to baby animals, help with the early spring planting and more while exploring this historic working farm.

Farm Babies @ the Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley • now through April 30, 2016, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • Details: In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Get the full lineup here.

Spring on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park • May 15, 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Details: Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec. 2016.

Dodge Nature Center & Farm, 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul • Details: Feel free to wander the farm grounds daily during nature center hours. Visitors aren’t allowed in the farm buildings unless registered for a program, but there are plenty of animals to see from the fences. Annual event Rock the Barn gets you up even closer 5/21, 3-7pm • $7/adults, $4/kids, $25/families, 2 & under FREE.

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ROAD TRIP! GREATER MINNESOTA FARM ACTIVITIES

Sibley Farm @ Sibley Park,

Farmamerica – Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center, 7367 360th Ave, Waseca • Self-guided tours Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10am-sundown Tues-Sat & noon-sundown Sun • Suggested donation of $5/adults and $3/child • Details: Take a self-guided stroll through historic buildings and learn about evolving agriculture in Minnesota. Baby farm animals are due in May!

Govin’s Meats & Berries, N6134 670th St, Menomonie WI • Find lambing barn hours here • $7.25/pp, under 2 admitted free • Details: Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth! Nate of the blog MinneMama Adventures gives you more details here.


Want more great ideas?  Check out ‘Family Planning’ FFTC’s Monthly Newsletter.

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2016 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

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TWIN CITIES EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS

4/21: Earth Day Volunteer Event @ Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul • 5:30-8pm • FREE! • Details: Lend Mother Nature a hand by help with a variety of projects including litter pick-up, invasive species removal, and garden clean-up. Volunteers will grab a bite from the grill beforehand; please register in advance at the above link. For more family-friendly fun at Dodge, try our ideas at Indoor & Outdoor Fun at Dodge Nature Center & Farm. Read More

Free Twin Cities Family Events & Activities in April

April Calendar

April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities!

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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Does the spring weather have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Twin Cities-area nature centers and outdoor education centers are wonderful places to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world. Most of them offer programming specially designed for preschoolers, free family events, and indoor exhibits to stimulate little explorers.

TWIN CITIES NATURE & OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTERS

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Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 N Mississippi Dr, Minneapolis
For kids: Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids, 2nd Thurs/month, 9am-noon • ages 0-6 w/ caregiver • $5/pp • Details: Drop in for an hour or stay for all three. Participate together in sensory activities, hikes along the Mississippi and science activities. The interpretive center is full of hands-on exhibits for kids including a farmer’s market, brick factory, a dress-up trunk and lots more.

Dodge Nature Center & Farm, 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul
For kids: Nature Playdates meets select spring Fridays & Saturdays, 10-11:15am • recommended for ages 3-5 w/ caregiver • $6/child • Details: Through outdoor adventures, stories, artifacts, live animals and creative play, naturalists will provide new experiences each month.
For families: Wander the trails through the working farm and observe the animals. Dodge’s annual family festival, Rock the Barn, takes place 5/21/16, 3-7pm.

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