Category - Outings

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2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events
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Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities
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Family Day Trip: National Eagle Center, Wabasha
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Family Fun: Public Shows at Como Planetarium
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Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies
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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities
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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies
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Celebrate Women in Science at The Bakken Museum on Saturday, March 11
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2017 Twin Cities Spring Break Guide
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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

Earth Day Network’s first Earth Day was in 1970. It’s continuing mission — “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” For us, it’s a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, while getting out and enjoying the long-awaited spring. I think the spring thing may be why the Twin Cities Metro does not skimp on Earth Day activities and events. We have a sampling of Earth Day family events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month.
Earth Day Family Events

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Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities

cooking classesI have a 10 year old daughter who–more than anything–loves cooking.  I, personally, am not a fantastic  teacher or even a so-so  teacher.

My girls in particular love to cook with their Aunt Ruhama and their Grandpa Kordatzky.  Unfortunately, both these willing chefs live in Deep Wisconsin (extreme south and extreme east).

So the fact that there are schools for chefs-in-the-making here in the Twin Cities makes me so incredibly happy.

 


Thanks to our sponsor The Kids Cooking School. Tiffany Cavegn has opened the perfect shop for kids to learn to cook.  With a spunky and knowledgeable teacher, any kid will learn how to cook a  3-course meal.

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Family Day Trip: National Eagle Center, Wabasha

We were blessed with gorgeous weather for a long weekend camping trip along scenic Highway 61. The first thing we did upon tumbling out of the camper in Wabasha, Minnesota, was spend a good fifteen minutes soaking up the sun along the Mississippi. It’s along these banks that majestic bald eagles winter and build nests to raise their young. You can learn all about these raptors – and get just about nose-to-beak with them – at the adjacent National Eagle Center. Read More

Family Fun: Public Shows at Como Planetarium

To celebrate birthdays in my daughter’s kindergarten class, the birthday child simulated a walk around the sun. One orbit is tread for each year of the child’s life, while the teacher reads aloud personal milestones supplied by parents. It was a fun coincidence that the night before Emily’s birthday walk we attended one of Como Planetarium’s public programs. Right there on the domed ceiling was a visual of the planet Earth marking time by making its tireless orbit around the sun. Read More

Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies

Springtime means Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies time whether Minnesota is ready to give them a warm welcome or not! minnesota zoo farm babies

I’m guessing most of the newly-born lambs, calves, piglets and the rest have been spending their time huddled around heat lamps in the barn instead of basking in the sun at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. However, as we move into April we’ll see sunnier days ahead.

The animals will be greeting guests from March 24 to April 30, 2017. In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Tram rides from the grain elevator (which, by the way, is a fun attraction in itself!) will run from 11:30am-1:30pm. The other offerings are as follows:

  • Hay maze in the Machine Shed 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Animal Enrichment – Weekends April 8-23

Saturdays:

9:00 a.m. – Snow monkey
10:00 a.m. – African penguin
10:00 a.m. – Brown bear
11:00 a.m. – Sea otter
1:00 p.m. – Amur tiger

Sundays:

10:00 a.m. – Brown bear
10:00 a.m. – African penguin
11:00 a.m. – Sea otters
1:00 p.m. – Amur tiger
  • Special Activities – April 14 & 15 – Including crafts and face-painting
  • A visit from Peter Rabbit on Easter, April 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Daily Cow Milkings:  11:00, 1:00 & 3:00

Admission to the Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies exhibit is included with your zoo tickets. You can find current ticket prices and parking rates here. Find ways to get discounts here.


Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities April

April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities!

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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies

As soon as I can smell the wet earth and the sun is still shining at 6pm, I’m ready for a spring farm fix. Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest — plus farmhands of all ages can partake in waking up the barns for spring.

I had no idea there were this many places to find Minnesota Farm Babies!

TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES

Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 3/24-4/30, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Get the full lineup here.

Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays 4/1-5/27, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals. Read More

Celebrate Women in Science at The Bakken Museum on Saturday, March 11

“Girls need to know that there is room for them in this space,” Gaby Ruiz-Colon, biologist.

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2017 Twin Cities Spring Break Guide

Sticking close to home with your crew this Spring Break? (Same here. Hence all this research.) Craft a fun staycation for your own family in the Twin Cities with the following ideas:


Thanks to our AMAZING March Sponsor Wishing Tree Play Cafe.

We can’t wait for our Pajama Party on March 16!

Pajama Party


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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!


 

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