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FFTC’s Ultimate Summer Guide in the Twin Cities
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Summer Fun Bucket List 2017: 101 Ideas For Your Family This Summer
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Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green
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May is Water Safety Month! Goldfish Swim School Has Tips for You
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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide
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FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities
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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
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Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities
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Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies
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Read Across America Day: Seuss-tastic Events Around the Twin Cities – That You Can Attend With All of Your Kiddies

FFTC’s Ultimate Summer Guide in the Twin Cities

We have been working hard all spring to bring you the Ultimate Summer Guide to the Twin Cities.

Family Fun Twin Cities' Ultimate Summer Guide

This guide is brought to you by Wheel Fun Rentals.


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Summer Fun Bucket List 2017: 101 Ideas For Your Family This Summer

It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the beaches are beckoning, the kids are home and it’s time to get outside together. Want to fill up your summer fun bucket list but don’t know where to start?

Not a problem – we’ve got you covered. 101 Ideas for Kids this Summer:

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We’ve got your bucket list of 101 Ideas For Your Family Summer Fun

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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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May is Water Safety Month! Goldfish Swim School Has Tips for You

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Water Safety Info Every Family Needs to Know
The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Oakdale share practical tips and skills.

May is National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month. This important topic impacts all families. Every adult who supervises children needs to know basic information on how to keep kids safer in and around water. Read More

Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Does the spring weather have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Twin Cities-area nature centers and outdoor education centers are wonderful places to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world. Most of them offer programming specially designed for preschoolers, free family events, and indoor exhibits to stimulate little explorers. Read More

FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

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Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in the Twin Cities? We get it — the annual bash is a big deal, and as parents, we want to make our kids’ birthday parties the best EVER. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities metro area offers a plethora of birthday party venues from which to choose. We’ve rounded up over 100 of these Twin Cites party places to give you some inspiration for your next birthday celebration! Read More

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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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 cook or  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 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.


Read Across America Day: Seuss-tastic Events Around the Twin Cities – That You Can Attend With All of Your Kiddies

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the NEA (National Education Association) is celebrating the 20th Annual Read Across America Day.

Visit Seussville on Read Across America Day

Play games and learn more about Dr. Seuss at Seussville.com.

 The Twin Cities is joining the fun with celebrations at these locations:

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