Need some ideas for a brisk October weekend? How about heading down to the State Capitol to either join in or cheer on the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon family races? Also this Saturday is Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday with plenty of hands-on arty projects for kids and for Sunday, we recommend checking out a performance of “Monkey Mind Pirates” at SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul. For more inspiration, try our Family Fun Calendar this weekend and beyond!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
Twin Cities Marathon Family Events
@ Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St Paul
When: Family Activity Tent open 8am-noon, races begin at 10am.
Cost: There is a fee to participate in the family races; the Family Activity Tent is free.
Details: You can sign up the day of the event to participate in any of the family and kid races.
Walker Free First Saturday: Painting Stories
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
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 every first Saturday of the month.
Family Harvest Hayride
@ Dodge Nature Center
1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul
Cost: $7/pp or $20/family
Details: In addition to the titular hayrides is apple cider pressing and sampling, a look into the bee hives, a bonfire and popcorn. Must pre-register for the event here.
Details: This community event, located in the Prospect Park Community Garden space, will feature entertainment by a Japanese drummer group, an Ethiopian musical group and an Aztec dance troupe. In addition there will be an artist helping everyone create community sculptures using found objects.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
Monkey Mind Pirates Puppet Performance
@ SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street North, St. Paul
When: Doors open at 1pm for a free “happy hour” with family activities, show begins at 2pm.
Cost: Suggested donation of $3/pp at the door
Details: The performance is the culmination of an effort between Moreland Magnet School and Z Puppets Rosenschnaz. Students from the school will guest star in “Monkey Mind Pirates”, a puppet show that teaches tools to overcome stress and anxiety.