Category - Art

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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities
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From the Heart: 10 Spots to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities
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FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend
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Family Fun: Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
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Family Fun Idea — Flint Hills International Children’s Festival
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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events
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Meet Our Hosts of the Great Give Back Challenge
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Twin Cities Free Family Events for November 7 – 8, 2015
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12 Free & Cheap Things To Do in November
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Family Fun Idea: 5 Spots to Stop in Linden Hills, Minneapolis

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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From the Heart: 10 Spots to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities

Handcraft Holiday Gifts can be extra special when the creative process is half the fun! We’ve rounded up seven local spots where your kids can mess up someone else’s space, let their imaginations run wild, and craft some serious masterpieces this holiday season:
Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Articulture, Minneapolis

Offers: Saturday, Dec 3, Articulture opens its doors for a free studio art day in conjunction with the annual Seward Winter Frolic. Make ornaments, cards & garlands, all ages plus cookies and cider.
Cost: Free

Handcraft Holiday GiftsColor Me Mine, Eagan & Maple Grove

Offers: Young artists have a whole palette of choices here – they can drop in to paint ceramics, spend a Kids Night Out (3rd Fri/each month, $32/child ages 5+ includes painting, pizza, games, and a movie – EAGAN location only) or Paint With Santa (both Eagan & Maple Grove locations).
Cost: Drop in studio fees are $5/ages 1-9, $6/ages 10-15, $10/ages 16+ and include use of paints, studio space, and the firing.

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park

Offers: Elves Workshop gives kids the chance to craft gifts by hand with supplies and instructions provided. Event takes place 12/17, reservations required by 12/13.
Cost: $8/pp

Created to Grow, St. Anthony

Offers: Every Saturday is Family Fun Day here – from 10:30am-1:30pm all ages can drop by to work on a variety of projects. Gifts for the grandparents perhaps?
Cost: $15 per session, discounts if you purchase a pack of 10 family visits

HeartfeltHandcraft Holiday Gifts, Minneapolis

Offers: Monthly preschool festivals, drop-in crafts and a comfortable, child-friendly environment to spend some time. Browse their Holiday Gift Digest, filled with 30 holiday projects from tabletop reindeer to wood-burned picture frames, that can be given as handmade gifts.
Cost: Most drop-in crafts are priced between $10-$20 apiece.

Kiddywampus, Hopkins

Offers: In addition to the menu of kids classes and the wide range of quality playthings the store offers, come check out the Maker’s Studio, a space dedicated to letting little ones get creative.
Cost: $8/child per hour ages 18 mon-10 years, open daily 10am-5:30pm.

Leonardo’s Basement, Minneapolis

Offers: Elf Apprenticeship Program: Holiday Gift Making lets tinkerers ages 6-12 choose from a wide range of projects – sewing, woodworking, stained glass, jewelry making and more – to craft homemade holiday presents. Dates: Nov 26-27 & Dec 3-4. Pre-registration required.
Cost: $25/pp

Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Michaels, various Twin Cities locations

Offers: Kids Club crafts are simple and inexpensive yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Drop in Saturdays 10am-noon during Nov and Dec to make felt ornaments, clay pot elves and other holiday themed items.
Cost: $2 per project, supplies included

Rumriver Art Center, Anoka

Offers: Free Family Art Day will take place Saturday, Dec 3. Two sessions are available (11am-noon or 1-2pm) and reservations are required either by calling 763.323.8830 or using this form. The hour-long class is appropriate for kids ages 5+ with a caregiver and the holiday-themed project will be something suitable to give as a gift.
Cost: Free

Simply Jane, Minneapolis

Offers: Toddler Time Thursdays from 10am-noon are suitable for your littles to create a homemade holiday gift. Experiment with paint, play with toys, books, dress-up and more. The studio also offers drop-in painting for all ages; hours can be found here.
Cost: Toddler Time is $10 per child.


FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend

No School MEA Weekend

 

 

 

MEA Weekend isn’t that far away, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend.  If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access. Read More

Family Fun: Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

It’s an exciting day in the life of a family activities blogger when you discover a little gem of a place to visit you’d never thought to go before. Thanks to my FFTC teammate Joy, who slaves away on our Family Fun Calendar, I noticed Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts was hosting a free Family Art Sunday this past weekend.

Even better than discovering a new spot to bring the family is watching all four of my kids find something to like about it, not always an easy feat when they range in ages from 3-10. But they all agreed they liked special guest Open Eye Figure Theatre (a puppet company traveling around town this summer with a “driveway tour” of their show The Adventures of Juan Bobo among others). My kids also dove into the special scavenger hunt, seeking out animals in the beautiful papercutting exhibit currently on display, and made their own paper finger puppets in the craft room. Oh, and snacks. My kids will visit just about any place if snacks are provided.

The gallery, housed in the historic Banfill-Locke House, strives to be a community arts center and offers year-round classes and occasional events for families to attend free of charge. Their next program will be a Pet Expo from 1-4 pm on Saturday, August 8.


Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road
Fridley, MN 55432

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: Always free to visit the galleries and surrounding park.


Family Fun Idea — Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

children's festivalOne of my absolute favorite activities to do with my kids in June is the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival.  This year the city of St. Paul is hopping with kids and culture during the week of May 31 as they celebrate their 16th year!

During the week, school kids come to St. Paul to watch performances from around the world, appreciate in the Art Walk, and participate in global art workshops.

My favorite part of the International Children’s Festival is the free Family Weekend.  This year, mark your calendars for June 4-5, 2016.

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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events

Mothers-Day

How will you be celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make her day extra special:

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY

5/7: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking @ Articulture, 2613 E Franklin Ave, Mpls • 1-3pm

5/7: Saturday Crafts for Kids: Mother’s Day Cards @ Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

5/7: Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating Event @ Jerry’s Foods, Woodbury, Edina and Eden Prairie locations • 11am-1pm • Details: Decorate a treat for mom and, if you’re one of the first 150 kids to show, snag her a free carnation as well.

5/7: Mother’s Day Storytime @ Barnes & Noble MOA • 11am • Details: Plus, make a card for Mom.

5/7: All About Family – Mother’s Day Card/Gift Making @ Community Covenant Church, 901 Humboldt Avenue N., Minneapolis, MN 55411 • 3pm – 6pm • Details: Mothers Day Gift and Card Making.

5/8: Family Day: Mother’s Day Musical @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm • Details: Combine words and art through games, storytelling, crafts, and a gallery hunt.

5/8: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert @ Landmark Center • 1pm

5/8: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis • 11am-noon & 3-4pm.


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM

5/7-8: Mother’s Day Weekend @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: Moms free when accompanied by a child; help with spring planting and visit the farm babies.

5/7-8: Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am • Moms are in FREE!

5/8: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • noon-5pm • Moms and grandmas admitted FREE!

5/8: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis • 12:30-8:30pm • Moms ride FREE!


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID

5/7: Mother’s Day Tea @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 1-3pm • $5/kids, $10/adults • Details: Kids ages 5 & up and their families can enjoy tea and treats, make a Victorian trinket box and snap a picture in the photo booth.

5/8: Mother’s Day Clay @ Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am-noon • $25/adult-child pair, $15 per additional child. Reservations required by phone only.

5/8: Mother’s Day Flower Walk & Tea Party @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 1-2:30pm • $5/pp • Details: Take a spring hike, craft a scented firestarter and enjoy tea or juice with Mom.

5/8: Mother’s Day Open House @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 1-4pm • $7-$9/pp

5/8: Mother’s Day Brunch @ Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul • seating times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm • $12.95-$27.99, kids 3-5 eat for $4.75, prices include general admission to the Science Museum.


MOM EATS FREE

She hasn’t posted it yet, but Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars typically has got the best roundup of Moms-Eat-Free deals offered in the Twin Cities for Mother’s Day. When the post goes up, we’ll link to it here.


Want more great ideas?  Check out Family Planning, FFTC’s Monthly Newsletter.

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Meet Our Hosts of the Great Give Back Challenge

We Can Give Back MonthImagine this scenario.  It’s Thanksgiving morning, and you are busy getting ready. You are in up to your elbows in mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie filling.

What are some ways to get your hearts ready to give thanks?

The Hosts of the Great Give Back Challenge are excited to help you get your hearts ready for the upcoming holidays! If you haven’t been able to participate in the GGBC of 2015, here are some options for the week of Thanksgiving.

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Twin Cities Free Family Events for November 7 – 8, 2015

Both the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are hosting their free family days this weekend! If you’ve yet to bring the kids out to one of these events, I highly recommend it.  For more ideas of how to get out with your family this weekend, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Photo courtesy: Walker Art Center

Photo courtesy: Walker Art Center

First Free Saturday: Flower Power
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Time: 10am-3pm
Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month.

Free Family Music Series: The Beat Goes On
@ MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd St, Minneapolis

Time: Performances at 10 & 11am
Details: Open houses at MacPhail are a lot of fun and include concerts geared towards kids, a chance to play with instruments, snacks and more.

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House
@ Eden Prairie Outdoor Center
13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie

Time: 9am-noon
Details: Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, interactions with live animals, craft projects and more. The event is held the first Saturday of each month.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

incredible indiaFamily Day: Incredible India
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis

Time: 11am-5pm
Details: Art-making, dance theater, storytelling, gallery hunts and more themed to regions of India. Family Day at the MIA is a free monthly event.

Sundays at Landmark: St. Martin’s Day
@ Landmark Center
75 West 5th St, Saint Paul

Time: 4pm
Details: This German celebration gives everyone the opportunity to participate in the spirit of generosity. Make lanterns and join St. Martin in a parade around Rice Park.

Let’s Get StARTED: Gobble, Gobble
@ Silverwood Park
2500 County Rd E St. Anthony

Time: 1-3pm
Details: Drop in for art projects, explore the grounds, the sculptures, and the current gallery exhibit.


12 Free & Cheap Things To Do in November

The novelty of back-to-school has worn off, the excitement of Halloween parties have wrapped up, and it’s still weeks until Thanksgiving break. And so we’re left with…November. But take heart, there’s plenty of free and budget family entertainment going on this month; you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Here are 12 ideas to get you started:

tm straightlineWednesday Wiggles @ Straightline Dance Fitness
34 13th Ave NE, Suite 104, Minneapolis

When: Ongoing Wednesdays starting Nov. 4 • 10-11am
Cost: Free
Details: Join Straightline Dance Fitness every Wednesday for a playdate in their open studio. Balls, ribbons, mats, scarves, dress up clothes, and music provided.

Get Out For Nature Play!

Nature Play Fall Frolic @ Wargo Nature Center
7701 Main St., Lino Lakes

When: Thursday, Nov. 5 • 10-11:15am
Cost: $3/pp plus tax
Details: Head outside and look for the ways nature is changing and preparing for winter. This program is designed for 2-5 year olds who are accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Nature Playdate @ Cleary Lake Regional Park
18106 Texas Ave, Prior Lake

When: Wednesday, Nov. 25 • 1-2pm
Cost: Free
Details: Explore, discover, and play in your local park. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.

ExploraTots @ Phalen Lakeside Activities Center
1530 Phalen Dr, St Paul

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Join other families for outdoor adventures with a different theme each month! Search for clues that animals have left behind, enjoy hands-on activities and story times, and get up-close looks at treasures from our naturalist’s backpack. It’s a great way to get outside with your child and learn about the natural world and get inspired with ideas to take home.

tm exploratotsNature Play: Green Time @ Phalen Lakeside Activities Center
1530 Phalen Dr, St Paul

When: Thursday, Nov. 19 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Swap screen time for green time! Meet up with other families for unstructured nature play. Drop-ins are welcome.

Lil’ Explorer Thursdays @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul

When: Nov. 5 and ongoing Thursdays through April 28, 2016 • 10am-noon
Cost: Free
Details: The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week through April 2016. Donations appreciated.

Let’s Get StARTed Fall Series: Gobble, Gobble @ Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E, St Anthony

When: Sunday, Nov. 8 • 1-3pm
Cost: Free
Details: Drop in for art projects, explore the grounds, the sculptures, and the current gallery exhibit.

Ballet Tuesdays @ Landmark Center
75 5th St, St Paul

When: Nov. 10 and every second Tuesday of the month following • Noon-1pm
Cost: Free
Details: Bring a lunch to Landmark Center in St. Paul and enjoy a sampling of the Saint Paul City Ballet training and Company repertoire. Excerpts from Clara’s Dream:from the Nutcracker with audience participation will be performed Nov. 10. Great for budding ballerinas!

Family Volunteer Day Service Fair @ Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

When: Friday, Nov. 20 • 5-7:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Hosted by Doing Good Together, a variety of family-appropriate service projects will be available to participate in. DTG is a proud participant of Family Fun Twin Cities’ Great Give Back Challenge!

thWW64I8J0A Charlie Brown Christmas – Pay-What-You-Can Performance @ Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins

When: Sunday, Nov. 22 • 4pm
Cost: Pay what you can, but note these accessible tickets are only available through the box office by calling 952-979-1111.
Details: Aimed at making theater accessible to all families, take advantage of this special pay-what-you-can offer and enjoy this classic Christmas tale presented by the young actors of Stages Theatre Co.

Volunteer with FFTC @ Feed My Starving Children
401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids

Time: Monday, Nov. 23 • Noon-2pm
Cost: Free
Details: Pack meals with Feed My Starving Children. When the following link becomes live, you can reserve your space to join in!

thO0PBFN04Holidazzle begins @ Loring Park
1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis

When: Begins Friday, Nov. 27 • 5-9m
Cost: Free admission this year!
Details: Holidazzle has moved to Loring Park this year, is offering free admission to all, and there will be vendors, activities, food, and fireworks for all. Holidazzle will run Thurs-Sun from 5-9pm on Thursdays & Fridays and 11am-9pm Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 20, 2015.


Family Fun Idea: 5 Spots to Stop in Linden Hills, Minneapolis

tm great harvest lindenI’ve finally reached that mildly thrilling point in parenting where much more often than not I don’t have to schlep a stroller around town when I’m out and about with the kids. But even those for whom a stroller is still a daily staple might find they don’t need it in the Linden Hills shopping district of Minneapolis. These five storefronts are, in most cases, just a stroll across the street from one another. If it’s possible for you to visit on a weekday, there is convenient street parking a block or less from crafts, critters, toys and treats. Here’s how my preschooler and I spent a couple of hours this fall afternoon: Read More

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