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Summer Family Fun: Beat the Heat with Cool Outings
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Twin Cities Best Ice Cream Shoppes
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FFTC’s Guide to the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities Independence Day & 4th of July Events
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Feel Like a Kid Again in June
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FFTC’s Ultimate Summer Events 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

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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Twin Cities Best Ice Cream Shoppes

Ice Cream Shoppes

Nothing is more perfect for summer than an ice cream cone or shake or sundae or banana split or waffle cone or dish or…. you name it.  Ice cream is perfect for the summer. Well, all year round actually, but especially in the summer.  If you want to enjoy frosty, creamy goodness, here’s a round up of most of the independent ice cream shoppes around town. What’s your favorite?

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FFTC’s Guide to the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Twin Cities

We’ve tried to round up as many as we could find, but please let us know if we missed your favorite.

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I love a good frozen yogurt sundae.  And it’s always a treat for me to take my kids to a froyo bar.  Where is your favorite one?   Take a look at what we’ve found.

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Twin Cities Independence Day & 4th of July Events

Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.

We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!

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Feel Like a Kid Again in June

June is ridiculously crazy busy!  There is so much  happening that I hope we were able to catch it all! Here are our favorite ways to Feel Like a Kid Again in June.

Feel Like a Kid Again in June

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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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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

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