Category - Crafts

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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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Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities
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Rainy Day Guide for Family Fun
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BookHounds Episode 2, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’
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22 Ways to a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day
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Kitchen Scrap Garden – A Crafty Wednesday Project
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National Craft Month
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Crafts in the Cold: Two Activities to do at Home When You Don’t Want to Leave Your House

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.
St. Patrick's Day

 


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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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.

More ideas from around the internet

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Rainy Day Guide for Family Fun

Rainy DayA 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!” 

RAiny DayIt’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

BookHounds Episode 2, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’

Learn how to make Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs an interactive and fun family experience.

 

See show notes for more information.

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22 Ways to a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day

Easy Earth Day ActivitiesEarth Day is almost here. April 22 for those of us who need a reminder.  We’ve combed through the internet to find 22 of the easiest but meaningful activities to do with your kids.

I solemnly swear: None of them include milk cartons.

Activities include books to read, printables to color, projects that don’t take too much preparation, outdoor activities, and songs to sing. 

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Kitchen Scrap Garden – A Crafty Wednesday Project

Fun at Home

My Kitchen Scrap Garden started as an answer to my current inability to keep houseplants alive and morphed into a fun family project that we can eat!

My modest, but exciting Kitchen Scrap Garden

My modest, but exciting Kitchen Scrap Garden

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National Craft Month

Crafting at Lakeshore Learning, National Craft Month

National Craft Month Fun

National Craft Month takes place every March and this year, FFTC was invited to Lakeshore Learning to enjoy it.

Every Saturday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft. It’s a versatile craft. Simple enough for a toddler, but can be personalized and blinged by an older child.

My ten year old loved it!  And even I got into the spirit of crafting fun!  Read More

Crafts in the Cold: Two Activities to do at Home When You Don’t Want to Leave Your House

Family Fun Twin Cities was invited into the WCCO studio to suggest some fun crafts to do with the kids during this absolutely horrific cold weather. (I’m not complaining about the cold in Minnesota.  I’m just saying there is cold, very cold, and absolutely horrific cold.  We are currently experiencing the latter!)

Watch the segments and find the show notes for each idea.

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