We in Minnesota have a rich German heritage. While it may not be the same depth of heritage as in Wisconsin, many Minnesotans have a proud ancestry. If you want to have a fun German experience in the fall with your family, you don’t need to go any further than New Ulm, Minnesota.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of series. It turns somebody into having a reading habit, going back to the same characters.”
-Erin Soderberg Downing
Erin Soderberg Downing is a fun mom! You will hear about how she is a mother to three. Sometimes four and sometimes five. And how that alone was the inspiration for her popular book series, The Quirks and Puppy Pirates.
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6/19: Target Free 3rd Sunday@ Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul • 9am-5pm • Details: Take Dad to explore the museumfree, including the newest exhibit digiPlayspace. Keep in mind that the museum is currently under renovation and many exhibits are currently closed.
Father’s Day Weekend @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: Dads free when accompanied by a child; help with building and repairs around the farm, care for the livestock and more activities.
6/19: Fathers Free Admission @ American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis • noon-5 pm • Details: On Father’s Day, June 19, dads and grandpas get free ASI admission! Current exhibitions Quilting Art Today and Magnus Nilsson’s Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People. (I can’t find this deal on their website, but it was in 6/14/16 newsletter).
6/19: Fathers Free Admission @ The Works, 9740 Grand Ave S, Bloomington • noon-5 pm • Details: Dads and Grandads get in FREE on Father’s Day. Thanks for everything you do!
6/17-19: GermanFest Minnesota, @ Historic Schmidt Brewery, 900 7th St W, St. Paul • Family highlights: Kids can make FREE Father’s Day cards in the Art Tent on Fri (4-7pm) & Sat (10am-6pm) plus daily music and maypole dances.
6/19: Ski Otter’s Water Ski Show@ White Bear Lake’s Little Goose Lake • 6 pm • Details: Little Goose Lake is located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and County Road F in White Bear Lake.
GIFTS FOR DAD (Made from supplies around your house)
“Love You To Pieces” Picture Frame• Build a square with popsicle sticks and glue. Around the square glue puzzle pieces to cover the popsicle sticks. Cut out a nice label and write “Love You to Pieces”. Glue it on the bottom of the frame.
Dad Poster • Cut out large letters for D-A-D. Approximately 4 inches wide by 6 inches high. Ask each child why he/she loves dad and write on strips of paper. Glue all pieces to a large piece of poster board. Add a string on the back to hang it on the wall.
Nuts About Dad• Fill a clean jar with Dad’s favorite nuts. Use this label that reads, “We’re Nuts about you Dad” and paste it on the front with washi tape or glue.
Stephanie Watson is a native Minnesotan who grew up immersing herself in stories: reading, watching TV, acting in Children’s Theatre Company shows and spending lots of time at the library. She is a local author who teaches writing classes and does picture book critique work as well.
Most importantly, she is happy to be a soul parent. (Trust me, it’s most definitely soul and not sole–her heart and humor is two sizes too big)
She and her 5 year old daughter (who shares my birthday!) live in Minneapolis.
We are pumped to have Stephanie on BookHounds this month as she is a dynamic mama with a really cool job. She talks about what it’s like to be an author and how they foster reading in their home.
This week on BookHounds, Gianna talks about some unconventional ideas for great FamilyLit. Each of these books will be enjoyed by the whole family. You can read these books over and over without needing to bang your head against a wall.
A rainy day conjures up an image of a warm drink and a conversation with a friend, a good book in front of the fire. A lazy day inside catching up on all your shows.
Unless you are a parent.
Rainy days are not necessarily romantic, peaceful or perfect. They can be dreadful, fear-inducing and to put it simply–hated. I don’t think I even need to explain why. (But I will)
Uncivilized crazies bounce off the walls, tedious groans of boredom echo through the house. Whiny pleas for “more screen tiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmme!”
It’s unbearable. It’s insufferable.
We can’t take another minute.
Mom. Dad. We gotcha covered.
The Family Fun Twin Cities Rainy Day Guide is the playbook you need to get through a chunk of your day when you are stuck inside. These ideas will spark imagination: whether the imagination is yours or belongs to your kiddos. And sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort and intention to make the day a success for everyone. Read More