Category - Free Stuff

Great FREE activities in the Twin Cities

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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 Idea: Annual Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis
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Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks
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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide
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Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays
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Family Fun Idea: Lil’ Explorer Thursdays at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
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Minnesota State Fair 2016: 20 Ideas for Free Family Fun!

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 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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Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks

Today marks opening weekend for many of the Twin Cities-area outdoor ice rinks and we’re sure, as hardy Minnesotans ourselves, that you’re dying to strap on your skates and hustle the kids out to the rinks! That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of local places to skate –and, as nearly all are located in city parks, there’s no charge for the skating. Find your city below and click through to get the latest rink hours, directions, warming house information, and numbers to call for rink conditions.
Twin Cities Outdoor Ice Rinks

If you don’t see your city below, my apologies in advance. Please contact us to have yours added to the list or leave the information in the comments. Thanks, and enjoy your outdoor rec time!

Twin Cities Outdoor Ice RinksAndover
Anoka
Apple Valley

Blaine
Bloomington
Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Park
Burnsville
Coon Rapids
Cottage Grove
Crystal
Eagan
Eden Prairie
Edina
Fridley
Golden Valley
Inver Grove Heights
Maple Grove
Maplewood
Mendota Heights
Minneapolis (2016/2017 Brochure PDF)
Minnetonka
New Brighton
New Hope
Oakdale
Plymouth
Richfield
Rosemount

Roseville
Shoreview
St. Louis Park
St. Paul
Vadnais Heights
White Bear Lake

Woodbury
West St. Paul


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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide

Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide has something for everyone.

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Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays

Holiday Light Displays

Thanks to the awesome Prairie Lights website for help with this list of Christmas light displays & music shows! Our family discovered the student-designed Winter Lights Show put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Science & Engineering. Who knew there were this many holiday light displays out there? Please, we beg you, personally confirm the details of these light shows before heading out! Read More

Family Fun Idea: Lil’ Explorer Thursdays at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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With the passing of summer and the start of a new school year I look forward to spending more quality time with my youngest while her older siblings are away for the day. Because let’s face it: when I’m down to one kid there’s less mess, fewer fights to break up, and not as many opinions to consider when we’re deciding how to spend our day.  For instance, I can take my preschooler to Lil’ Explorer Thursdays at Como Zoo & Conservatory without a single complaint from her big sibs.

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Minnesota State Fair 2016: 20 Ideas for Free Family Fun!

The time is drawing near for families to finalize their State Fair plans!

What’s that? You haven’t yet decided if you’ll be attending this year? (I do tend to forget that not everyone is quite as obsessed with this Minnesota ritual as I am.) I can empathize: I find it uncomfortably hot, crowded and expensive much of the time, too. But after years of dragging my brood to the Fair for days on end I’ve honed my plans for making the most of it. I can’t do much to control the crowds or the weather; however I’d love to share 20 of our favorite free fair activities that help keep the costs down.

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