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Top 10 Fireworks Displays in the Twin Cities and More 4th of July Fun
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Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to the Aquatennial 2015
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Free Family Weekend Events List for June 27 – 28, 2015
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10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer
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Family Free Weekend Events for June 20 – 21, 2015 – Festivals & More!
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Reader Suggestion: Friends & Family Day at Gilda’s Club
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Reader Suggestion: Multiple Ways to Meet Storybook Characters
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Free Family Weekend Events List for June 13 – 14, 2015
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Family Fun Day Trip Idea: 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, Minnesota
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5 Free Family Weekend Events for June 6-7, 2015

Top 10 Fireworks Displays in the Twin Cities and More 4th of July Fun

Over the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Celebrating Independence Day with Minneapolis’s Red, White and Boom over the Stone Arch Bridge.

Fireworks on the 4th of July are a tradition for our country.  You can stay at home and watch them on your TV (which we have done when our kids were super tiny) or you can find live fireworks near you.  Most of them start just after dusk–approximately 10:00 p.m.  More than likely, you will want to arrive before then to find a good spot to sit.

Here are our top 10 Fireworks Displays to enjoy this Saturday, plus some other fun to enjoy. Read More

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to the Aquatennial 2015

Summer Fun

courtesy Aquatennial website

Starting on July 22, Minneapolis will be hosting its annual summer party. While this year the Aquatennial has been shortened to four days, you won’t miss the most popular and fun and FREE events including the Torchlight Parade and Target Fireworks.

These four days are packed with several free options to enjoy (minus parking fees when and where they apply).

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Free Family Weekend Events List for June 27 – 28, 2015

No matter how long we’ve been residents of the Twin Cities it seems there’s always some hidden fun out there we haven’t discovered yet. Our family, for instance, hadn’t made the trip out to Carver Park Reserve in Victoria until last year when we decided to make an afternoon of it at the historic Grimm Farm Open House and the Lowry Nature Center. That’s just one of the ideas we’ve got on this weekend’s free family events list – as always, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for more. Happy exploring!

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

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historic grimm farm

Grimm Farmhouse Open House
@ Grimm Farm Historic Site, Carver Park Reserve
7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, 55386

Time: 1-4pm
Details: Step back in time for a few hours at the historic home of Wendelin Grimm and his family. My kids have done this event and enjoyed the old-fashioned porch and lawn games, and the peek into daily life inside the farmhouse. Leave time to explore the Lowry Nature Center (also located within Carver Park Reserve) and its nature playground.

Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids w/ In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
@ Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 55408

Time: Shows at 10am & 11:30am
Details: Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is bringing Saturday shows to Calhoun Square every Saturday in June & July. This Saturday’s show is based on There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the first 45 kids between shows will get to participate in a make-and-take activity.

Minneapolis Movies in the Parks: We Bought a Zoo
@ Kenwood Park
2101 Franklin Ave W, Minneapolis, 55405

Time: Starts at 8:30pm
Details: Not limited to Saturday nights (we chose this one because it’s rated PG), Minneapolis Movies in the Parks run every night except Sundays through August 29th. You can find the complete list of parks and the featured movies for 2015 here.

Friends-and-Family-day-thumbnail[1]Friends and Family Day at Gilda’s Club
@ Gilda’s Club Twin Cities
10560 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, 55305

Time: 10am-2pm
Details: Celebrate what would have been Gilda Radner’s 69th birthday at her namesake club, an organization dedicated to supporting those impacted by cancer. Activities include family yoga, comedy theater, cupcake decorating, kids crafts, games and more.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Fun with the Science of Bubbles
@ Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lakeshore Dr, Richfield, 55423

Time: 1-4pm
Ages: Ideal for kids ages 4-10 but all ages are welcome
Details: Join kiddywampus for an afternoon of exploring the science of bubbles. Discover how animals use bubbles and explore Wood Lake Nature Center in search of them.


10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer

splash-clipart-splash_light_blue[1]Tired of heading out to the same old swimming spot? We’ve combed the Metro in search of new places to try with our own families and came up with ten we think are worth checking out for their beaches, playground, and other recreational opps nearby:

Lake Johanna Beach in Tony Schmidt Regional Park
3500 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills, 55112

Open: Daily during regular park hours – half-hour before sunrise to half-hour before sunset
Cost: Free
Highlights: We love this beach for its clean, soft sand and playground so close to the shoreline that I have no problem letting my older children play while I keep an eye on the younger ones in the water. That is, if you can grab a spot of sand near the equipment; this is a pretty popular beach with families. There is space to picnic nearby in the large pavilion. Read More

Family Free Weekend Events for June 20 – 21, 2015 – Festivals & More!

How are you planning to celebrate Dad this weekend? Maybe he’d be up for one of the many FREE festivals going on this weekend throughout the Twin Cities: St. Louis Park’s Parktacular, Minneapolis’s Stone Arch Bridge Festival or GermanFest at the Historic Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul? Or, as always, you can search our Family Fun Calendar for more free and low-cost options!

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 ONLY

873ca5a4712ced6470cb193bc30bd031[1]St. Louis Park Parktacular!

Time: 10am-10pm
Details: “Splash Into Summer” with St. Louis Park’s annual start-of-the-season festival. Of special interest to families with young children, Kidtacular takes place Saturday only, from 2-6pm in Wolfe Park (3700 Monterey Dr., SLP) with a ton of free children’s events including pony rides, character greetings, canoe rides, a magician and more. Get the full listing of activities here. Parktacular’s Grand Day Parade will take place from noon-2pm starting at the intersection of 40th & Joppa.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 & SUNDAY, JUNE 21

stone-arch-bridge-festival[1]Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Mississippi Riverfront, Minneapolis (festival map)

Time: 10am-7pm Saturday • 10am-5pm Sunday
Details: A full weekend of art, live music and family activities along the Mississippi Riverfront. Of special interest to families with little ones is the Family Activities Area, a space of hands-on entertainment that is also close the live music stage and the Father’s Day car show. Learn more about those here.

Centenial-single-final-transparent-cropped1[1]Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Centennial Celebration Weekend
@ Como Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, 55103

Time: 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday
Details: The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is celebrating a century of gorgeous gardens with a weekend of special presentations and activities. The events start Friday, June 19 at 7pm, with an outdoor concert, movie and dome-lighting ceremony and continue throughout the weekend. For a full listing of events, click here.

germanfest-news-760x300[1]GermanFest
@ Historic Schmidt Brewery
882 7th St W, St Paul, 55102

Time: 10am-10pm Saturday • 10am-5pm Sunday
Details: Don’t let vision of beer steins prevent you from bringing everyone out to this family-friendly event. The Kids Area will feature art, games and German cultural activities for all ages. Get a taste for them here.

Eden Prairie Players Present: “Once Upon a Mattress”
@ Staring Lake Amphitheater
14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, 55347

Time: 7pm Saturday& Sunday
Details: The classic story of the Princess and the Pea as presented by the Eden Prairie Players – and it’s FREE (donations appreciated).


Reader Suggestion: Friends & Family Day at Gilda’s Club

Here’s a suggestion that comes from Gilda’s Club – a cancer support community built in honor of Gilda Radner.  Celebrate Gilda Radner’s 69th birthday with a free, family-friendly celebration.

Friends and Family collage

Spend a Saturday in the sun at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities!

READ MORE AT GILDA’S CLUB TWIN CITIES.

Reader Suggestion: Multiple Ways to Meet Storybook Characters

Reader Suggestion: Two Ways To Meet Storybook Characters This Summer

Reader Suggestion: Two Ways To Meet Storybook Characters This Summer

Our reader, Angela, has two really good ideas for family fun this summer – Tater Days in Brooklyn Park and Camp Arbor, a Tuesday program at the Shoppes at Arbor Lake. (They call this a camp, but it is a family event — not a drop off).  Both events will have appearances by storybook characters.

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Free Family Weekend Events List for June 13 – 14, 2015

A few ideas as you set out to plan what’s projected to be a pretty nice weekend. Need a few more? Our Family Fun Calendar is chock full for this weekend and beyond. Read More

Family Fun Day Trip Idea: 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, Minnesota

When polling readers on their favorite day-trip destinations from the Twin Cities, one of them suggested the lovely St. Croix River Valley town of Taylors Falls, an easy hour-long drive from the Metro. And how fortuitous that I had just returned from a jaunt there with two of my four children, fresh and already inspired to highlight some of the fun family activities we’ve enjoyed in the area over the past several years. Here are six of our favorite spots around Taylors Falls — and most won’t cost much more than the gas it takes to get there:

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interstate state park, taylors falls

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5 Free Family Weekend Events for June 6-7, 2015

This last-minute free events list is brought to you by my kids’ last week of school events and a Dad who’s been out of town. But maybe some of you can relate — so busy wrapping up that you haven’t given a thought to the weekend? We don’t blame you if you just want to catch your breath. Or, if you’re looking for a few ideas, we’ve got five of them here: Read More

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