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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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10 Free & Air-Conditioned Indoor Family Outings
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Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities August Family Festival Calendar
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Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe
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Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities
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Twin Cities Independence Day Events and Activities
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10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer
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Twin Cities Community Entertainment for Kids, Summer 2016
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FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities

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The August Free Events & Activities Guide is sponsored by:

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8/3: Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival, Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis • 5-8pm • Family highlights: Free canoe rides, family fitness challenge, and prizes. Bonus: the wading pool will have an inflatable slide!

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8/5-7: Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Stop by the Family Imagination Station to create with Northern Clay Center.

8/6: First Free Saturday Stage & Screen: Afrobeats @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.

8/6: Home Depot Kids Workshop: Skateboard Pencil Box @ TC Home Depot locations • 9am-noon • Details: The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.

8/9: Storytime with Engineer Paul @ Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul • 10am • Details: Wonderful stories, songs and preschool activities with a (no surprise) train slant. Stick around to play at one of the 7 train tables set up at the back of the store. Also held 8/23 & 8/30. For more storytelling, try our Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities.

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8/12-14: Irish Fair of Minnesota, Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul • Family highlights: The Children’s Area of the Fair allows kids to explore Irish instruments, take an Irish dance lesson, and craft  in the Art Tent.

8/13: Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Black Widow @ Twin Cities Lowe’s locations, 10am.

8/20: IndiaFest, State Capitol grounds, St. Paul • 11am-9pm • Family highlights: Face painting, henna tattoos, magic show & reptile show.

8/21: Target Free 3rd Sunday @ Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul • 9am-5pm • Details: Explore the museum free, including the newest exhibit digiPlayspace. Keep in mind that the museum is currently under renovation and many exhibits are currently closed.

ONGOING AUGUST EVENTS – MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL

St. Paul Movies in the Park @ Various park locations & dates in August, 8:30pm.

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids  @ Twin Cities Lakeshore Learning locations • Ongoing Saturdays in August, 11am-3pm

Saturday Live! @ George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul • Ongoing Saturdays in August, 11:15am • Details: Fresh entertainment each week including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

Grimm Farmhouse is located in Carver ParkGrimm Farmhouse Open House @ Grimm Farm Historic Site • Ongoing Saturdays, 1-4pm

Pierre Bottineau House Open House @ Elm Creek Park Reserve • Ongoing Saturdays, 1-4pm

Free Family Fun Days @ Three Rivers Parks • Ongoing Sundays in August.

Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis • Ongoing Sundays, Noon-5pm • Details: Explore the very kid-friendly Touch and Feel room and the wildlife dioramas free.

Let’s Sing music class @ Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul • Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am • Details: Aimed at kids ages 0-6 with singing, movement and rhythm.

Groovin’ in the Garden @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory • Ongoing Wednesdays, 6-8pm • Details: FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase.

Wee Wednesdays @ Midtown Global Market, MinneapolisOngoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm • Details: In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.

Games Galore @ Union Depot, St Paul • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10am-8pm • Details: Play giant-sized versions of classic games including chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga, etc.

Project Passport @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • Ongoing Thursdays, 10-am-noon • suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate.

Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows, 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis • Ongoing Thursdays, 6:30pm – please check the website first!

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10 Free & Air-Conditioned Indoor Family Outings

My kid broke the fan yesterday.Three summers ago, Joy — sweating it out in an un-airconditioned house — wrote our original article about seeking relief from the heat in a series of much cooler public buildings, most of which offered free family activities to boot. Following a quick check of this week’s weather forecast, I thought it might be time to revive the suggestions for others out there needing to cool off the kids on a budget. Here you have it, freshly updated for 2016: Read More

Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities

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The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards! Browse the favorites below for ideas on where your own little ones can get up close to animals, play at farm chores, pick their own produce, and learn through living history activities: Read More

Twin Cities August Family Festival Calendar

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Kicking off with some neighborhood fetes and culminating with summer’s fair-well bash, August is ripe with family festivities: Read More

Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe

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If you were at FFTC’s Monster Bash in April, you probably met Amy Brace, the owner and chief baker at Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe. Not only did you get to enjoy her as a person, but hopefully you were able to enjoy her delicious treats: yummy cupcakes and beautiful macaroons. Read More

Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities

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7/2: First Free Saturday Stage & Screen: Groovy Adventures @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.

7/2: Home Depot Kids Workshop: Ice Age Bowling Game @ TC Home Depot locations • 9am-noon • Details: The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.


We are proud to have the St. Paul Saints as our July monthly sponsor.

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7/4:  Minneapolis Red White & Boom @ Downtown riverfront • 6-10pm • Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk. For more Twin Cities Independence Day events and activities, click the graphic below:

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7/4: 4th of July at Langford Park @ 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul • 11am-4pm. • Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more! New this year are a bouncy house, face painting, Instagram contest, photo booth, and an obstacle course.

7/4: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Ride Day @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • 11am-4pm (free rides also take place on 7/23, National Carousel Day).

7/5: Storytime with Engineer Paul @ Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul • 10am • Details: Wonderful stories, songs and preschool activities with a (no surprise) train slant. Stick around to play at one of the 7 train tables set up at the back of the store. Also held 7/19. For more of the best storytimes in the Twin Cities, click the graphic below.

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Twin Cities Independence Day Events and Activities

Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.

Independence Day 2016We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. 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!

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10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer

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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

Twin Cities Community Entertainment for Kids, Summer 2016

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There is so much fun to be had out in our local communities. There is something to do every day of the week during the summer. The libraries have programming all summer for Bockawocky.  You can find out more information about all the different summer reading programs we found for Twin Cities families. Don’t forget to explore your own community for fun in your local parks where you can find music or maybe even the puppet wagon.

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FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

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Summer Music at Normandale Lake Bandshell courtesy City of Bloomington


This summer music post is sponsored by Open Window Theatre. Enjoy two one-act plays together as a family.
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The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer.  Every corner of the metro is full of music and a lot of it is FREE! What could be better?  Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music.  Read More

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