Category - Fun at Home

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4 Simple Easter Decorations for the Whole Family
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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town
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Twin Cities Family Valentine’s Day Events
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10 Things To Do in New Ulm for Oktoberfest
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FFTC BookHounds Invites Illustrator Nina Crittenden
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BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka, Illustrator of ‘This is NOT a Cat’
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BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies
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Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities
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BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson
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BookHounds “FamilyLit Celebrating Nature and Families”

4 Simple Easter Decorations for the Whole Family

easter decorationsEaster is my absolute favorite holiday!  Part of the reason is because we don’t have high expectations for it, so whatever we do is usually a big hit.

Currently, I don’t have any  decorations. We have baskets that we use every year and a plethora of plastic eggs, but as for decorations? I don’t really have any.

However, since it is my favorite holiday, I wanted to make it a point to be festive this year.  So I scoured the interwebs for simple, fun, and easy ideas that I can do together with my family.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

It’s the luck of the Irish that makes St. Patrick’s Day fall on a Friday, so we can party all weekend.  There is a lot of fun happening around town including two parades and some celebrations.

Also, if you would rather stay in, we have included some ideas for you to use at home.
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March 17St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations around theTwin Cities

St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Friday, March 17.  Noon. Rice Park. FREE)

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration (Friday, March 17. 10 am-5 pm. Landmark Center. $5-$7)

St. Patrick's Day at The Landmark Center

Image courtesy of the Landmark Center


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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I love this “holiday.” It’s a fun one for me because there are no expectations. If we forget it, it’s okay–nobody is worse for the wear. If we celebrate it, EVERYONE in the family has fun.


St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Home

 

Lucky Rainbow Chain for St. Patrick’s Day from Crafty Morning

Clover Sun Catcher from Pink Stripey Socks
St. Patricks DayShamrock Shake Copycat Recipe from Babble

One suggestion I would make for the shake is start with 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract and then add to taste!


 

Twin Cities Family Valentine’s Day Events

Spend a lovely weekend with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of all the Valentine's Day activities in the Twin Cities - many of them FREE. Here are 10 ideas to get you started

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:

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10 Things To Do in New Ulm for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

photo courtesy of New Ulm CVB

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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FFTC BookHounds Invites Illustrator Nina Crittenden

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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More information is included in the links below.

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BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka, Illustrator of ‘This is NOT a Cat’

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BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies

 

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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.

We have affiliate links to the books mentioned in the show notes below.

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Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities

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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:

Fishing for bassFATHER’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

Cub Father’s Day @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am-6pm • Details: Dads are in FREE!

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: Father’s Day Discount @ SandVenture Aquatic Park, 1101 Adams St, Shakopee • 11 am-7 pm • Details: Free admission for parents.

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!

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.

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photo courtesy grkids.com

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)

father's day gifts

 

  • “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.

    Gifts for Father's Day

  • 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.

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  • 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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BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson

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.

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BookHounds “FamilyLit Celebrating Nature and Families”

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.

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