Spend some time with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of all the Valentine’s Day activities in the Twin Cities – many of them FREE or low-cost. Here are 10 ideas to get you started, including (if you stick with us til the end) a super simple cookie recipe and inspiration for crafty gifts:
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.
New Ulm’s Oktoberfest
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From what I have experienced, a picture book illustrator is a fun person. Especially those from Minnesota.
I guess I could be biased, but I don’t think so. At the beginning of August, we met Mike Wohnoutka and today we meet Nina Crittenden.
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“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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How will you be celebrating Dad this Father’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make his day extra special:
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY
6/18: Father’s Day Storytime with David LaRochelle @ Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis • 11am • Details: Celebrate Father’s Day with a special storytime. David will share his new picture book, Monster & Son and make sure to grab a treat.
6/19: Target Free 3rd Sunday @ Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul • 9am-5pm • Details: Take Dad to 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.
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR DAD
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.
Themed Living History Event: Ma and Pa Weekend @ The Landing, Shakopee • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: One parent FREE (Dad!) with purchase of child’s admission. Historic baseball games on Sunday and other living history immersive 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).
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID
6/19: Father’s Day Discount @ Bunker Beach Water Park, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover • 11am-7pm • Details: Make a Dad sized splash this Father’s Day. Enjoy 50% off admission when you bring your dad. Not valid with any other offers or coupon.
MORE IDEAS ON CELEBRATING WITH DAD
6/17-19: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Take a stroll across the bridge to seek out the Family Activities Area with birdhouse-building, games, and a family photo opp. While in the area, arm yourself with 10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.
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.
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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.
For more information, see the Show Notes below.
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.
FamilyLit Show Notes Below