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Great FREE activities in the Twin Cities

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The Weekend in Pictures – Family Outing Ideas!
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – The Loring Park Art Festival
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Metro Transit Art Pass
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Uptown Art Fair
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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Powderhorn Art Fair
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Find Waldo Before He’s Gone!
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The (Mostly) Free List
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Family Fun Twin Cities In My Inbox: July 22-July 28, 2014
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Free Peformance of The Mostly True Tale of Robin Hood
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The Free List – My Five Favorite Family Outings for July 18-20, 2014.

The Weekend in Pictures – Family Outing Ideas!

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While Dad’s away, Mom and the kids will play! We devoted Saturday to checking out a couple spots in Minneapolis we’d been meaning to get to for years (really, for years):

The Firefighters Hall & Museum (664 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis) is great for kids who like to get their little hands on things. Take a ride in a real fire truck, work switchboards and alarms, drive a simulator and — my kids’ favorite part — pump water to extinguish a fire on a building facade. The museum is open Saturdays 9am – 4pm or by appointment. Cost is $6/adults, $3/kids ages 3-12. Read more about our trip to the Firefighters Hall & Museum on our family blog here.

Later on, the kids tried their hand at printmaking. Highpoint Center for Printmaking (912 W Lake St, Minneapolis) hosts four themed Free Ink Days a year, suitable for (almost) all ages. Here’s a tip for relief printing: come with some designs in mind or even with sketches. Also, don’t come at the last minute because this is a process you won’t want to rush. We finished cleaning up just in time to catch a special performance of “The Amazing Cowboat” by Open Eye Figure Theater. Entertaining puppetry for kids and adults alike! Find out where Open Eye will be next during their Driveway Tour 2014.

Now, I’ll move over and let Joy and Gianna have some space. Joy’s family made an evening of it watching the Calhoun Isles Community Band. Their final performance of the summer will be at July 31 at 6:30pm in Bryant Square Park, Minneapolis.

And Gianna’s fun addition:


About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Art Weekend – The Loring Park Art Festival

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Last year I explored the various art fairs that Minneapolis offers during the first weekend of August and how best to navigate them with kids.  Here is my article on Loring Park Art Fair — I think my favorite art fair.

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Metro Transit Art Pass

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Last year I wrote a series of articles about doing the Art Fair Circuit with kids.  This year, I am updating them and bringing them back.  If you are an old hand at getting to the various art fairs, you can move on to my individual posts on each fair.  I always consider Free First Saturday at the Walker part of the Art Fair Circuit since it is right across the street from Loring Park and just up Hennepin from Uptown.  I’ve have links to each of my posts on the various art fairs at the bottom of this article.

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Uptown Art Fair

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Last year I wrote a series of articles about navigating the Art Fairs with kids.  The following is an update of my Uptown Art Fair article.  To read the rest of the series, click on the links below:

 

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Click the link above to read about the Uptown Art Fair with kids.

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Free First Saturdays are for Families

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Minneapolis Art Weekend – Powderhorn Art Fair

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Last year I wrote a series of articles on the various art fairs happening the first weekend of August.   I still haven’t gotten to Powderhorn Art Fair.  Have you?  If you have, leave a comment and let us know what you recommend and anything we should watch out for.  How did you get there?  Did you park or bus?  How did that go?

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Find Waldo Before He’s Gone!

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Inadvertantly, my kids and I had the joy of participating  in the Where’s Waldo Search with Wild Rumpus.  While we were there on our playdate, they were alerted to the quest to find Waldo, and suddenly, all of us were walking back and forth all around the 43rd and Upton intersections looking for the elusive Waldo.

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Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities

The (Mostly) Free List

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Cheating!  That’s what I’m all about this week.  I’m starting the weekend on Thursday evening.  I’m also sneaking in a not-quite-free event ($2/pp) on Friday.  It’s totally worth it though. Read More

Family Fun Twin Cities In My Inbox: July 22-July 28, 2014

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Here’s what showed up in my inbox for this week: you won’t want to miss it. Especially the free ice cream–or is that just me?

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Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities

Free Peformance of The Mostly True Tale of Robin Hood

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Directed by Joy Donley, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood is not going to be like anything you’ve ever experienced. Read More

Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities

The Free List – My Five Favorite Family Outings for July 18-20, 2014.

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With Aquatennial in full swing, there is no shortage of fun this weekend.  I’ve picked my favorites below.  If you are still looking for something more, Anne suggests finding a farm where you can Pick-Your-Own-Produce.  You can also check out our calendars for both free and pay activities happening around the Twin Cities.

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