Category - Free

Great FREE activities in the Twin Cities

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Medieval Fair at Caponi Art Park this Saturday
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Applewood Orchard: Simply Pleasant
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The Free List – A Little Something for Everyone
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Finding Fun in St. Paul: Apples, Airplanes & Curious George (Saturday, September 20)
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Candy or Playtime?
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In My Inbox–Birthday Sale at Peapods, Landmark Center Tours
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The Free List – Outdoor Activities for An Autumn Weekend
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11 Tours of Fall Color. And A Couple of Bonus Ideas
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards — Southeastern Fun
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Entertaining My Youngest while the others are off to school.

Medieval Fair at Caponi Art Park this Saturday

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If you missed out on the Renaissance Festival this year, you may want to consider heading out to Caponi Art Park in Eagan for the Medieval Fair–a day of mirth and jubilation.   Read More

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

Applewood Orchard: Simply Pleasant

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Every year, we are on the quest to find a new apple orchard.  This year we traveled south into Lakeville to Applewood Orchards.  It was a trek, but it was worth it!  We had a great time picking and eating apples and running through the corn maze.  Read More

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

The Free List – A Little Something for Everyone

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The free list has a little something for everyone this week.  Whether you feel like dancing, taking in a short film or eight, experiencing another culture or hanging with your family dog.  If you still want more, check out our calendars or maybe you would prefer a laid-back library visit for your weekend outing — Ruhama, our resident children’s library, has some suggestions for good pairings of new and classic books.

  • Don't You Feel It Too
  • ChildishFilms
  • taste of romania
  • WalkingDogs2

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Finding Fun in St. Paul: Apples, Airplanes & Curious George (Saturday, September 20)

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Three events going down this weekend in (or near) St. Paul have been brought to my attention and I think they’re worth a quick post. All events will take place this Saturday, September 20.

Apple Festival at
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer & Dakota Life
2097 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Falcon Heights, MN, 55113
Date: Saturday, September 20
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $8/adults, $7/seniors, $5/kids 4+, free for Ramsey County Historical Society members.

Details: Our family has attended this events two years running and love all the classic fall offered — apple crafts and games, pressing apple cider, hayrides through the farm property, and much more. Admission includes all activities and a hot dog lunch.

Airport Open House at
St. Paul Downtown Airport
644 Bayfield St., St. Paul, MN 55107
Date: Saturday, September 20
Hours: 11am – 3pm
Cost: FREE!

Details: The St. Paul Downtown Airport is throwing open its doors to little aviators (and their families) this Saturday. Come check out the aircraft, meet some pilots and enjoy a hot dog lunch.

Curiosity Day with Curious George at
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 10:30am
Cost: FREE!

Details: Bring your own little monkeys for stories, crafts and games with Curious George!


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

Candy or Playtime?

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Play from Scratch will be among the artists with projects at Play Day. I am convinced that when my kids state they need candy or ice cream, they are really saying that they are bored. Because they are. So what do we do for our kids when they think they need candy when they are bored? Break out the toys.  Or go build with your kids in the woods. Or be superheroes in your playroom or backyard. Read More

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

In My Inbox–Birthday Sale at Peapods, Landmark Center Tours

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This fall is overwhelmingly fantastic!  Get out there to enjoy the weather and what the Twin Cities has to offer your family.

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

The Free List – Outdoor Activities for An Autumn Weekend

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It looks like the rain that we are getting will be done after Friday — which is good, because I picked all outdoor activities this weekend.  It’s time to drag out the cozy fall sweaters and boots and maybe even hats (for the littlest ones at least). This is my favorite time of the year!  And here are five great ways to take advantage of the cooler weather.  Another option would be a fall color tour.  There isn’t a lot of chance happening in the Twin Cities — but further north things are starting to change.  Gianna has some ideas for Fall Color Tours this season.

  • Oktoberfest
  • Gardening Matters - 310 E. 38th Street, #204b, Minneapolis, MN 55409
  • Waite Park Push Cart
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  • MNorch

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11 Tours of Fall Color. And A Couple of Bonus Ideas

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There is something you should know about me: I am a Clutz–with a capital C. When I go for a walk or a run, I don’t look up and enjoy the scenery. I look down at my feet because I have a tendency to trip over things, and if I am not concentrating on my footing, I will catch my toe and hit the pavement face first.

Another thing that is important to know about me.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the fun days of summer and the hopeful days of spring and the quietness of winter (until it starts to go on eight months and more, then it’s just being passive aggressive), but my absolute without a doubt favorite time of the year is the fall.  When the air turns crisp in the evenings and I can smell the earthy scent of the maturing plants, I shiver in delight.  When I can pull out my favorite sweater or jeans and lace up my cute leather boots while packing mychildren’s school supplies into their backpacks, I grin.  When I can make a cup of coffee and wrap myself in my favorite afghan to sit on my front step, I sigh.

Fall is so perfect.

However, putting these two facts about me together can cause disaster.  While I enjoy walking outside in the fall and breathing in the fresh air, I do not have the ability to look around and enjoy the color of the trees and the sky.  I think this year it’s time to be intentional about getting off my street to see some of the gorgeous color of the season.

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

Twin Cities Apple Orchards — Southeastern Fun

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Searching for an orchard in the SE Metro? Read on for details about McDougall’s Apple Junction and Whistling Well Farm out of Hastings, Minnesota.

McDougall’s Apple Junction is the perfect Mom-and-Pop apple orchard. It’s a fairly sizable orchard with more than fifteen varieties of apples, and admission into the orchard is free on weekdays!

As you drive into the property, a fun atmosphere welcomes you. The Apple House and Outdoor Market supply you with many different opportunities for purchasing their own honey roasted peanut butter, apple paraphernalia, already picked apples, pumpkins, chrysanthemums,  and the ultimate favorite for everyone in our family: Pick Your Own Apples. While we were visiting, the Haralson apples and Honeygold were available for PYO. Read More

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

Entertaining My Youngest while the others are off to school.

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I don’t know about your family, but my family gets stuck in a rut very easily.  We hear a lot of whining for more ScreenTime.  Well, maybe not whining so much as debating.  By the end of the summer, Dash had learned that if he whined for more screentime, he lost it.  Instead, he would build up a case for how we should actually run screen time:  what days, how often, and why it was necessary.
We were looking forward to kindergarten starting so we didn’t need to hear his testimonies again and again.   Read More

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

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