Free Family Weekend Events List for March 21 – 22, 2015

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The sap is flowing at Twin Cities-area nature centers and parks this weekend! The Sap to Syrup program at Eastman Nature Center is free; several other parks are offering low-cost maple syrup activities as well. Visit the link below to get the scoop plus a list of syruping events through the end of March. And, as always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more ideas on where to get out and about this weekend with your family!


“Once Upon a Reader” event: Moo! Traveling Trunk Show
@ R.H. Stafford Branch Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN 55125
and Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Time: Woodbury • 10:30-11:30am & Cottage Grove • 3-4pm
Ages: Aimed at kids ages birth to 6
Details: Join local author/illustrator team David LaRochelle and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka as they host a traveling trunk show starring “Cow” from their book Moo! The book has been chosen to pilot the first year of the “Once Upon a Reader” program, aimed to get kids and their parents reading together. To find more fun Moo! events in the month of March, click here.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Day
@ Peace Coffee – Wonderland Park • 3262 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406
and Trylon Microcinema3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis

Time: Screenings of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” at the Trylon, 8-10am followed by activities and stories at Peace Coffee, 10am-1pm.
Ages: Appropriate for all ages – especially those who grew up with Mr. Rogers!
Details: The legacy of Mr. Rogers lives on during the fourth annual “Won’t You Be My Neighborhor?” Day, aimed at encouraging kids to be kind. If you like, bring non-perishables to donate to Minnesota FoodShare.

Childish Films: Comedy Carnival
@ Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Time: Doors open at 10am for snacks and activities, pre-show performances begin about 10:30 and films begin closer to 11am.
Ages: All ages are welcome; films are best enjoyed by kids ages 3+
Details: Xelias Aerial Arts will perform before two black-and-white carnival-themed comedies are screened, one 24 minutes, the other 27.


Sap to Syrup
@ Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Rd, Osseo, MN 55369

Time: 1-4pm
Ages: All ages welcome, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Details: Watch how trees are tapped and the sap boiled into maple syrup. Get a taste of the finished product.

*** March is Maple Syrup Month in Minnesota! For a complete list of syruping events in the Twin Cities, visit our maple syrup page. Some events are free, some you gotta fork over a nominal fee for. All are great ways to spend time outside with the family!

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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