Category - Thrifty

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Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities
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Feel Like a Kid Again in June
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Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park
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Twin Cities May Budget Family Events & Activities
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Family Fun: Visit The Raptor Center
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Read Across America Day: Seuss-tastic Events Around the Twin Cities – That You Can Attend With All of Your Kiddies
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New MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users
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Try Hockey For Free Day – February 25, 2017
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Hang Out With the Vulcans at Snow Park at the Fair
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Family Fun: Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis

Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities

Twin Cities Free July Events and Activities
Fill your summer with FREE events in the Twin Cities during the month of July!

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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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Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park

Cafesjian’s Carousel

Cafesjian's Carousel in como park11 a.m.-4 p.m.
FREE Ride dates for 2017:
  • May 30, Memorial Day
  • July 4, Independence Day
  • July 25, National Carousel Day
  • August 24, State Fair opens
  • Sept. 4, Labor Day

Last year, Cafestian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park expanded their hours to include all Mondays. It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit the beautiful antique merry-go-round when the temps are cooler and the price is unbeatable. For those of you who love a Minnesota State Fair connection, the hand-carved horses called the Fairgrounds home until the 1980’s. A St. Paul couple saved the carousel from the auction block, carefully restored the horses, and eventually were able to raise enough money for the carousel’s permanent pavilion in Como. Read More

Twin Cities May Budget Family Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend.


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Family Fun: Visit The Raptor Center

Today’s Flash Family Fun Idea suggests you bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Here are five reasons why:

 

  • Tours are low-cost and often. Tuesday – Friday from 10:30am to 3:30pm, tours step off every half hour. With so many times available, it’s very likely you’ll get a guide all to yourself! Kids ages 3-17 and seniors pay just $3 for a tour; adults are $5. The fees help with the care and rehabilitation of the birds.
  • In my experience, when I’ve gotten a personal tour, the guide has tailored it to the ages of my children. Don’t worry if your toddler doesn’t have much of an attention span. Or, if you’ve got an inquisitive older child, they can ask as many questions as they like. This could make a wonderful outing for a homeschooling family.
  • The birds are beautiful! Get up close to bald eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons. The Raptor Center treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. If you’re interested in witnessing a release, an annual event is held in the fall at Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings.
  • Your kids can’t get their hands on the raptors, but there are drawers of objects such as feathers and talons that little ones can touch.
  • A children’s corner contains play vet sets, stuffed animals, x-rays, coloring sheets and books if you end up waiting a short time for a tour.

And here’s another tip: free parking is scarce around the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. If you’ve got some extra time (and a stroller), consider parking on a residential street in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood and walking a few blocks. The Raptor Center is located at 1920 Fitch Ave, Falcon Heights, MN 55108.


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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New MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users

Last year the MELSA Libraries (Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County,Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Scott County, Washington County), rolled out the smARTpass Program. Library patrons now have another option for free or reduced-price tickets to arts activities and museums with this program.

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Try Hockey For Free Day – February 25, 2017

Try Hockey for Free Day is an initiative that allows kids ages 4-12 to try hockey at no cost at participating rinks

Try Hockey for Free Day is an initiative that allows kids ages 4-12 to try hockey at no cost at participating rinks

Try Hockey For Free Day
Various arenas around the country
Saturday, February 25, 2017; FREE!

On the fence about making the investment to put your kid in hockey? I understand. I’ve been there myself. And I highly recommend you give the sport a try for free on Saturday, February 25th.The event gives kids a shot at experiencing the basics of hockey without financial commitment. It’s strictly for fun! Plus, coaches will be on hand to offer tips and provide equipment. Learn more and find a location near you at the Try Hockey for Free website.

Who knows? This might be the beginning of a lifelong love of hockey. It certainly helps us get through our long Minnesota winters!


Arenas Participating in Try Hockey For Free Day

Participating Hockey Arenas include:

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Hang Out With the Vulcans at Snow Park at the Fair

Despite the bone-chilling temps the last couple years, I took the kids out to the Winter Carnival Snow Park at the Fair to change their minds about the St. Paul Vulcans. See, the little ones had always been wary of that wailing fire truck. Not to mention the red-cloaked men who once tried to ambush their mother at a parade in order to paint a huge black V on her cheek. I was willing to forgive and forget because the Krewe are the ones responsible for reviving the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition and organizing a super fun Snow Park at the Fair around it.
Here's how the St. Paul Vulcans managed to win the hearts of my three girls

Here’s how the St. Paul Vulcans managed to win the hearts of my three girls (and why we’ll be back at the Vulcan Fun Day this Sunday): Read More

Family Fun: 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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