Free Family Activities Around the Twin Cities – November 1-2, 2014

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I’m ready to ditch Halloween and move onto other things.  This is partly because Halloween was my last big hurdle before my baby is due.  I’m sick of being pregnant and want to get to the end.  But, if Halloween is YOUR holiday, check out some of Anne’s suggestion’s HERE.  I posted the Minneapolis Park’s Halloween Schedule earlier this week.  These are mainly Free Family Activities.  Gianna has shared a list of grocery stores with Halloween freebies.

As always, our Calendars have an extensive list of outings — both free and not-so-free.  Just a reminder, you can choose which calendars you see by clicking on the little blue down arrow at the top right corner of of the calendars.  You can also click on the arrow next to the date to choose any date you want to view.  We start populating the calendars as soon as we receive information.  You can look as far ahead as you like.  Obviously, the closer the date, the more we have added and the more accurate our information will be.

This is my Halloween-Free List of weekend outings.

Free Family Activities on Saturday:

A Free Family Activity at Walker Art Center

Free First Saturday: Celebrating the Spirits. Click Here to go to Walker Art Center’s website.

Free First Saturday – Celebrating the Spirits
Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minnapolis, MN
Saturday, November 1, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

I love the idea of celebrating Day of the Dead. It just seems important to celebrate the lives of the ones we love that have moved on. Walker Art Center has a variety of free family activities to explore this holiday and Mexican culture in general. The weather looks like it will be pretty pleasant for the first day of November. I’m thinking it will be a perfect day to wear hats and sweaters and explore the sculpture garden. No bees, no bugs, lots of art.

A Free Family Activity at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Three times a year Highpoint invites the community to an afternoon of hands-on printmaking and creative fun. Click here for more information.

Free Ink Day – Día de los Muertos
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
Saturday, November 1, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Honestly, I almost forgot about this; but this is an activity I have been wanting to get to for years. Highpoint Center for Printmaking only offer three Free Ink days a year and this is one of them. Create your own relief blocks by hand and then get a chance to print with them. Highpoint artists will be on hand to teach you everything you need to know. Why not make this outing into a chance to create one-of-kind Christmas cards to print and send to your family and friends. Once you pick up this skill the uses could be endless.

The Jack Brass Band is the featured at this Free Family Activity

Click here to learn more about the Jack Brass Band.

Free Family Music Series with the Jack Brass Band
MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, November 1, 2014; 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Art and instrument explore area at 10, 10:45, 11 and 11:45 a.m.

My weekends seem really short lately. I’m getting a lot less done with the big belly and much of what I have to accomplish naturally spills to the weekend. If you feel the same way, than MacPhail has your family outing covered. It’s not an all day commitment — just an hour. You can pop in, learn a little about jazz music and be on your way to all your other weekend commitments. More details here.


Purchase this book to learn Free Family Activities for anytime

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Author Elizabeth Foy Larsen with Unbored Games
Birchbark Books, 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis
Saturday, November 1, 2014; 2:00 p.m.

I worked really hard this summer to get my children un-addicted to television and excited about playing outside. At the beginning of the summer, I sometimes had to order them to go play outside. By the end of the summer, they would often be out past dusk. Now we’re heading into the cold and dark times and I don’t want to fall back into our old ways.  This is where a book like Unbored Games would be really useful. Each page has an idea for another game to play. Wouldn’t it be great to conquer the winter boredom!  If you head over to Birchbark Books, you can not only purchase this inexpensive little book, you can get it signed by the author.

Free Family Activities on Sunday:

Free Family Fun Day's offer have Free Family Activities Every Sunday

Photo courtesy of Three Rivers Park District. Click here to learn more about Kroening Interpretive Center

Free Family Fun Day: Nature Collage

Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Sunday, November 2, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Winter isn’t here yet. This is a great idea for getting outside this weekend. Explore North Mississippi Regional Park and stop inside the pretty Kroening Interpretive Center to make a nature collage. I think an outing like this requires thermos of hot apple cider! Yum.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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