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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
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Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities
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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities
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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies
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2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events
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4 Simple Easter Decorations for the Whole Family
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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities
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Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities
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2017 Twin Cities Spring Break Guide
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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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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 2017.

TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY

Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 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.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

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5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

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Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities

Mothers-Day

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.

We also have some simple DIY gifts and cards the kids can make.

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY

5/13: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking | Articulture, Minneapolis • 1-3pm

5/13: Saturday Crafts for Kids: Mom’s Favorite Recipes Box @ Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

5/13: Mother’s Day Storytime @ Barnes & Noble MOA • 11am • Details: Plus, make a card for Mom.

5/14: Family Day: Tea Time @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm • Details: Create tea vessels (cups and such), taste different tea at a tea-tasting, and celebrate tea around the world.

5/14: Family Fun: Nature’s Mothers @ Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park • 1-3pm • Details:  Drop in anytime for hands-on activities.

5/14: Mother’s Day Nature Collage @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 1-3pm • Details: Take a walk in the park and commemorate your time create a collage.

5/14: Mother’s Day Photo Booth @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 1-3pm • Details: Make a memory by taking a fun picture with Mother Nature and unique props.  Bring your camera!

5/14: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert @ Landmark Center • 1pm

5/14: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis • 11am-noon & 3-4pm.


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM

5/13-14: 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.

5/14: Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am • Moms are in FREE on Sunday only.  This is a change from the past.

5/14: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • noon-5pm • Moms and grandmas admitted FREE!

5/14: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis • 12:30-8:30pm • Moms ride FREE!


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID

5/13-14: Mother’s Day St. Croix Valley Train Ride @Osceola, WI • 11 am both days (brunch), 3 pm Sunday (dinner) • Details: Train departs from 114 Depot Rd, Osceola.  Ticket Range from $30-$55. Register ASAP.  Will fill quickly.

5/13: Mother’s Day Tea @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 1:30-3pm • $10/kids, $15/adults • Details: Register by May 11. 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.

5/14: Mother’s Day Clay @ Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am-noon • $25/adult-child pair, $15 per additional child. Reservations required by phone only.

5/14: Spring Wildflowers on Mother’s Day @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 12:30-2pm • $7-$9/pp • Details: Register to participate.

 

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.


DIY Gifts

Crafting at Lakeshore Learning

Simple 5 Minute Soap Scrub

Love Print Sign

Garden Markers

Tissue Paper Flowers

Cool Painted Flowerpot


Handmade Cards

Ha-Pea Mother’s Day

You are my Sunshine Noodle

Dandelion Q-Tip

Love You Bunches Thumbprints


Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

Free May

5/2: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.

5/5: Friday Family Movie Night: Storks | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm
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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies

As soon as I can smell the wet earth and the sun is still shining at 6pm, I’m ready for a spring farm fix. Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest — plus farmhands of all ages can partake in waking up the barns for spring.

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

TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES

Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 3/24-4/30, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • 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.

Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays 4/1-5/27, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • 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. Read More

2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

Earth Day Network’s first Earth Day was in 1970. It’s continuing mission — “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.”
Earth Day Family EventsFor us, it’s a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, while getting out and enjoying the long-awaited spring. I think the spring thing may be why the Twin Cities Metro does not skimp on Earth Day activities and events. We have a sampling of Earth Day family events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month.


Thanks to this month’s sponsor Rockin’ Jump!  Check them out at FFTC’s Rockin’ Party on April 15.

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4 Simple Easter Decorations for the Whole Family

easter decorationsEaster is my absolute favorite holiday!  Part of the reason is because we don’t have high expectations for it, so whatever we do is usually a big hit.

Currently, I don’t have any  decorations. We have baskets that we use every year and a plethora of plastic eggs, but as for decorations? I don’t really have any.

However, since it is my favorite holiday, I wanted to make it a point to be festive this year.  So I scoured the interwebs for simple, fun, and easy ideas that I can do together with my family.

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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities April


Thanks to this month’s sponsor Rockin’ Jump!  Check them out at FFTC’s Rockin’ Party on April 15.

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

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Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities

Easter Egg Hunts in the Twin CitiesGrab your baskets and get ready for the hunt! And check back often, as we will we be adding to this list until Easter is upon us. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!


Thanks to our March Sponsor, Wishing Tree Play Cafe.

Located in White Bear Lake on Hwy 96 near 35 E, Wishing Tree Play Cafe is respite of delicious food and fun play!

Wishing Tree Play Cafe


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2017 Twin Cities Spring Break Guide

Sticking close to home with your crew this Spring Break? (Same here. Hence all this research.) Craft a fun staycation for your own family in the Twin Cities with the following ideas:


Thanks to our AMAZING March Sponsor Wishing Tree Play Cafe.

We can’t wait for our Pajama Party on March 16!

Pajama Party


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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

It’s the luck of the Irish that makes St. Patrick’s Day fall on a Friday, so we can party all weekend.  There is a lot of fun happening around town including two parades and some celebrations.

Also, if you would rather stay in, we have included some ideas for you to use at home.
St. Patrick's Day

 


March 17St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations around theTwin Cities

St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Friday, March 17.  Noon. Rice Park. FREE)

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration (Friday, March 17. 10 am-5 pm. Landmark Center. $5-$7)

St. Patrick's Day at The Landmark Center

Image courtesy of the Landmark Center


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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I love this “holiday.” It’s a fun one for me because there are no expectations. If we forget it, it’s okay–nobody is worse for the wear. If we celebrate it, EVERYONE in the family has fun.


St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Home

 

Lucky Rainbow Chain for St. Patrick’s Day from Crafty Morning

Clover Sun Catcher from Pink Stripey Socks
St. Patricks DayShamrock Shake Copycat Recipe from Babble

One suggestion I would make for the shake is start with 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract and then add to taste!


 

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