Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade(Friday, March 17. 7:30 pm. Marquette Ave. Free). Note: The parade route REVERSED this year running North to South along Marquette Ave. starting at South 6th Street and concluding at South 11th Street.
My Preschooler & Me: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (Friday, March 17. 10-11:30 a.m. Eastman Nature Center $5). Reservations are required: 763-559-6700, Activity #212222-00.
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.
If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.
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:
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.
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
Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.
Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.
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.