Category - Playgrounds

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Summer Family Fun: Beat the Heat with Cool Outings
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Meet the Parks: Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, Minnesota
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FFTC’s Ultimate Summer Events Guide in the Twin Cities
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Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green
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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide
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10 Things for Kids: Pinwheel Play in Chanhassen
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10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park
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Lake Nokomis Main Beach–Sandy Fun for Everyone
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Make Your Summer Great! You Asked, We Listened.
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Round Up of Minneapolis Wading Pools — Opening Saturday, May 27, 2017!

Summer Family Fun: Beat the Heat with Cool Outings

I don’t know about you, but I am really feeling the heat. It’s that time of year when even the most hearty Minnesotans melt.  We try to remember what it’s like when it’s negative degrees in January, but it’s no use. While there are some you thrive in the heat, I know there are many of us who could do without the heat and humidity.

So FFTC is here once again, helping you to stay cool during this hot summer days.

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Meet the Parks: Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater, Minnesota

If your plan is to make a day of it in Stillwater with kids, make sure to include a stop at Teddy Bear Park. I did just that not long ago, expecting the park to appeal mainly to my preschooler. And yes, she very much liked the train car play equipment and the climbing structure made to resemble the Stillwater Lift Bridge. She also got as cuddly as one can get with a giant granite teddy bear.

The pleasant surprise was how much my 5 and 7-year-old daughters enjoyed the engineered wall of cliffs that forms the southern boundary of the park. They loved the scooped-out little seats, tiny stairs built into the rocks, and, of course, flinging themselves off the cliffs into the sand more times than I could count. My two ground rules: no jumping off anything higher than Mom’s head, and no sprained ankles before the Minnesota State Fair!

Find this sweet little park at 216 4th St N, Stillwater, Minnesota.

Hours: 8am – 8pm daily, mid-April through mid-October


FFTC’s Ultimate Summer Events Guide in the Twin Cities

Everything you need to know about family fun this summer is in the Ultimate Summer Guide to the Twin Cities.

Family Fun Twin Cities' Ultimate Summer Guide


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Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green

Nature Playgrounds are a growing trend for good reason; scientists keep finding connections between nature to child development and well-being.

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It used to be, according to my children, that in order for a park to be authentic, it needed at least a slide and a set of swings. I was less enthusiastic about taking them to places like state parks simply because I felt I’d have to go the extra mile to “prove” that playing and exploring in a natural environment could be just as fun as clambering around a commercially manufactured jungle gym. Don’t get me wrong – the local playgrounds can be a lot of fun, too. And some are really inventive! But I have to say that I get a deeper satisfaction from watching them play in a more natural setting: digging, figuring out how to climb that tree, following paths, building forts. They become immersed in tossing rocks into the water, scouting frogs, collecting wildflowers. They also gradually forget that “playing at the park” requires a plastic treehouse.

So here’s what I find really cool: incorporating natural elements into new playground designs seems to be the trend. More places are popping up where kids get the opportunity to interact with the landscape and, perhaps, develop a greater appreciation for it. Here are seven places I’ve discovered that have those goals in mind:

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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide

We all know the realities of raising kids in the Minnesota extremities: there’s got to be a place to go were we can escape the elements while still allowing those kids a place to burn off that extra energy. Enter our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas list. We hope you can use it to find a new space to wear those littles out — and perhaps catch yourself a break.


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For more options on keeping the little ones moving throughout the chilly months, check out our Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities!

 

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10 Things for Kids: Pinwheel Play in Chanhassen

Pinwheel PlayThere’s a new play space in town! Located off of Highway 5 in Chanhassen, Pinwheel Play is an incredibly fun modern destination.

Pinwheel Play let us check out their space for free.  All opinions are mine.

Lisa Perkins Smith, with her husband Bryon, opened Pinwheel Play because they couldn’t find a play space that fit their needs.  They wanted a place that was clean, welcoming and catered to many types of open-ended play for the younger set.

It was hard to whittle this list down to 10 things; I was very impressed with this well-planned space.

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10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park

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My preschooler’s request for a simple picnic in April turned into a full afternoon of nature play, wildlife spotting and cargo-net clambering. And, thanks to the 80-degree temps, we were able to be outdoors for hours. Bonus: if you can make it out this month, you’ll beat both the crowds and the mosquitoes! Here are 10 things we’re confident kids of all ages can enjoy at the Richardson Nature Center and Hyland Lake Park Reserve: Read More

Lake Nokomis Main Beach–Sandy Fun for Everyone

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Finally at the beach!

For the past five summers, I have made it a priority to get to the beach each week with my kids–to really take advantage of the Minnesota weather and Minnesota lakes.

This year, much to my kids’ chagrin, is the first year in the past five that hasn’t been successful in this endeavor.  It wasn’t until July 11 that we made it to the beach.

So we made an excursion of it, heading down to South Minneapolis to explore Lake Nokomis’ Main Beach.

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Make Your Summer Great! You Asked, We Listened.

 

Twin Cities Guidebook

The guidebook you need for this summer

We can’t wait to tell you about all the great stuff we have found for you this summer.

Barbie Atkins (who was once my supervisor at my first job) stated she would like, “A compiled list of festivals and/or city celebrations and parades.”

We were already in the process of making this happen, but it was nice to get a confirmation.  We plowed ahead with the project and are pleased to bring to you our new guidebook.

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Round Up of Minneapolis Wading Pools — Opening Saturday, May 27, 2017!

Minneapolis wading pools that are not connected to schools, are scheduled to open Saturday, May 27, 2007. Below is a list of Minneapolis Wading Pools with addresses and projected opening dates. Water Parks and Webber Natural Pool officially open June 10th but have preseason days also starting Saturday, May 27th.

Minneapolis Wading Pools

Waite Park Wading Pool

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