Category - Teens

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Twin Cities Special Needs ShortList
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Family Fun Idea: Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis
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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs
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Top Ten Twin Cities’ 2016 Christmas Experiences
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Family Fun Twin Cities FroYo Round-up of 2016
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Family Fun Idea: ‘Paint Your Wagon’ at The Ordway
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Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe
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7 Things to Know About ‘The BFG’
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Family Day Trip: 10 Things To Do in Zimmerman, MN
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10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’

Twin Cities Special Needs ShortList

Special Needs

Families with Special Needs are our HEROES! We have always thought that. After attending AUSM’s Steps of Hope event in 2016, we knew that we needed to up our game to serve our heroes even better.

We decided to make this Special Needs ShortList as a launching point.  This guide is for families in the midst of crisis–or friends of those families– who need a place to start.  This is our first step, our first attempt.  Feedback and suggestions are very welcomed.
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Family Fun Idea: Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis

Julian McFaul has been at it for a decade and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

And even if he did, the Art Sled Rally has taken on a life of its own and could continue without him.

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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

Family Fun Twin Cities FroYo Round-up of 2016

Froyo frozen yogurtAre you melting like I am?  Oh, my goodness!  This summer has actually been a summer, and while I’m super uncomfortable, I am trying not to complain.

Instead I want to take advantage of a great reason to have some Frozen Yogurt. Who doesn’t want an excuse for a tasty treat?  For my benefit and yours we have rounded up the frozen yogurt shoppes around the Twin Cities!


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Family Fun Idea: ‘Paint Your Wagon’ at The Ordway

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photo by Rich Ryan

This past week, I had the privilege of chatting with our beloved local Ann Michels.  Not sure who I’m talking about?  That’s okay.  We are busy parents and are lucky to be able to watch a show without falling asleep halfway through it.

Ann Michels is a talented local actress who has performed in many different roles around the Twin Cities including The Guthrie Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Theater Latte Da and many others. Read More

Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe

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If you were at FFTC’s Monster Bash in April, you probably met Amy Brace, the owner and chief baker at Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe. Not only did you get to enjoy her as a person, but hopefully you were able to enjoy her delicious treats: yummy cupcakes and beautiful macaroons. Read More

7 Things to Know About ‘The BFG’

Disney The BFG“Dreams are so short,” Sophie commented
“On the outside but not on the inside,” BFG replied.

Our family was invited to check out The BFG a couple of days before the movie released and we were all pleasantly surprised.

Scratch that.

For most of my kids, who had been counting down the days to seeing the movie, the film met all expectations.  There was only one who said he didn’t like it. He gets anxious pretty easily, and there were some intense parts.  However, after the lights came up, he continually listed the scenes he loved.

The BFG is not a movie for young kids.  It starts out a bit spooky and is a little slow moving at times.  We brought all our kids, ages 6-11, and by far, the 9 and 11 year olds were the ones who loved it the most. Read More

Family Day Trip: 10 Things To Do in Zimmerman, MN

 

zimmermanZimmerman is a lovely small town, just north of Elk River on Highway 169.  Most people drive straight through on the way to their cabins without realizing what they are missing.

Stacey of Ramshackled Treasures and Samara of Simplicity in the Suburbs invited FFTC  to check out this cute little village with a gang of bloggers (it was an extremely busy week for us). My favorite comment of the night was from Ashley Sears.  She kept repeating to herself, “Oh, boy.  I’m in trouble. I’m in so much trouble.”  She is moving to Zimmerman and fell more in love with the town with each stop–as did we all.

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10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’

Finding DoryFinding Dory premiered on Friday, June 17, and it is a delight. I took my boys to the media preview (thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing Minneapolis) as a surprise and we were not disappointed. 

It was full of emotions, and I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions. While it had some sad parts, the sadness was nowhere near the level of Up or Inside Out.

Here are 10 things your kids will love in Finding Dory.

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