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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
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Mother’s Day Events 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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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities
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Celebrate Women in Science at The Bakken Museum on Saturday, March 11
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Family Fun Ideas: MLK Monday Break
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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide
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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs
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Top Ten Twin Cities’ 2016 Christmas Experiences

Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.

TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY

Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

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5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

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Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities

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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.

We also have some simple DIY gifts and cards the kids can make.

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY

5/13: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking | Articulture, Minneapolis • 1-3pm

5/13: Saturday Crafts for Kids: Mom’s Favorite Recipes Box @ Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

5/13: Mother’s Day Storytime @ Barnes & Noble MOA • 11am • Details: Plus, make a card for Mom.

5/14: Family Day: Tea Time @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm • Details: Create tea vessels (cups and such), taste different tea at a tea-tasting, and celebrate tea around the world.

5/14: Family Fun: Nature’s Mothers @ Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park • 1-3pm • Details:  Drop in anytime for hands-on activities.

5/14: Mother’s Day Nature Collage @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 1-3pm • Details: Take a walk in the park and commemorate your time create a collage.

5/14: Mother’s Day Photo Booth @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 1-3pm • Details: Make a memory by taking a fun picture with Mother Nature and unique props.  Bring your camera!

5/14: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert @ Landmark Center • 1pm

5/14: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis • 11am-noon & 3-4pm.


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM

5/13-14: 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.

5/14: Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am • Moms are in FREE on Sunday only.  This is a change from the past.

5/14: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • noon-5pm • Moms and grandmas admitted FREE!

5/14: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis • 12:30-8:30pm • Moms ride FREE!


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID

5/13-14: Mother’s Day St. Croix Valley Train Ride @Osceola, WI • 11 am both days (brunch), 3 pm Sunday (dinner) • Details: Train departs from 114 Depot Rd, Osceola.  Ticket Range from $30-$55. Register ASAP.  Will fill quickly.

5/13: Mother’s Day Tea @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 1:30-3pm • $10/kids, $15/adults • Details: Register by May 11. 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.

5/14: Mother’s Day Clay @ Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am-noon • $25/adult-child pair, $15 per additional child. Reservations required by phone only.

5/14: Spring Wildflowers on Mother’s Day @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 12:30-2pm • $7-$9/pp • Details: Register to participate.

 

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.


DIY Gifts

Crafting at Lakeshore Learning

Simple 5 Minute Soap Scrub

Love Print Sign

Garden Markers

Tissue Paper Flowers

Cool Painted Flowerpot


Handmade Cards

Ha-Pea Mother’s Day

You are my Sunshine Noodle

Dandelion Q-Tip

Love You Bunches Thumbprints


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

Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities April


Thanks to this month’s sponsor Rockin’ Jump!  Check them out at FFTC’s Rockin’ Party on April 15.

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

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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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Family Fun Ideas: MLK Monday Break

MLK Monday – So, what’s closed today? Or, perhaps more importantly, what’s open and where can I get the kids out of the house? We’ve got ideas both indoor and out plus a couple of fun family events to observe the day:

MLK Monday - Family Fun

OBSERVE

OUTDOOR FUN

INDOOR FUN

  • Tail Time | Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis, 10:30am • Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store!
  • PolarPalooza | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul, 10am-4pm • Educational games and activities.
  • Behind the Scenes: Research Labs | Science Museum of MN, 12-4pm • Included with museum admission, $12.95-$18.95.
  • Mill City Museum | Minneapolis, 10am-5pm • Special holiday hours – see our tips at 10 Things For Kids: Mill City Museum.
  • Bakken Museum | Minneapolis, 10am-4pm (special holiday hours), $5-$10/pp
  • Preschool Open Play | The Blast Indoor Playground, Eagan Community Center, 9:30-11am • A variety of equipment is available to play in the gym as well as play time in the Blast Indoor playground. $4/child ages 1-5.
  • Find MORE preschool open gym and open play times.
  • Trolls | Riverview Theater, Minneapolis, 1 & 5pm • $2/pp plus awesome popcorn!
  • Half-price Open Swim | Great River Water Park, St Paul, 10:30am-8:30pm (activity pool and waterslides open 10:30-noon)
  • Find drop-in crafting opportunities for kids of all ages in our Winter Survival Guide.

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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide

Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide has something for everyone.

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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs

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We have a unique opportunity in the Twin Cities to enjoy the holidays on trains and planes and sleighs, and we’ve rounded up all we can find just for you and your family!

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Top Ten Twin Cities’ 2016 Christmas Experiences

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We wanted to give you a heads up to some of the most exciting Christmas experiences happening this year.  We’ll soon have an all-encompassing list for your family, but here are our Top Ten that you won’t want to miss – get them on your calendar! Read More

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