Free List for October 4-6, 2013

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It was fun putting together the Weekend Wishlist.  But this Free List is more my style.  I’m a big believer that there is always something free in the Twin Cities for your family.  No matter how broke we are, we should be able to have art, education, culture and community available to us.  Luckily, I created the  Free Calendar several years back, and I never run out of choices (sometimes I run out of time or gasoline, but never free options).

Friday, October 4, 2013

logo-onlyFriday Night Public Viewing – UM Astrophysics Department
Tate Laboratory of Physics, Roof – Room 450 to access the roof. 
FYI: Most nearby parking around campus is paid (garages, ramps, and meters).

I have not had a chance to do this yet, but my friend Deb took a boyscout troupe and loved it.   Last week, they talked about the first stars and galaxies.  Every week has something interesting for the astronomy buff.  I think this would be a great thing to do with a birthday sleepover group (probably call ahead for that though).  It could also make a kind of romantic date night if you want to ditch the kids hire a babysitter.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

hdfirerescHome Depot: Free Building Projects for Kids – Home Depot to the (Fire) Rescue!

It’s that time of year when I like to start looking for ways for my kids to make each other Christmas gifts.  A fire rescue airplane would be a great gift for a four-year-old Fireman Sam buff.  This workshop is designed for kids between 5 and 12, so it would be the perfect match for his older sister.  Drop in to any Home Depot store between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Besides taking home a cool gift, your kids will receive an apron, a fire safety activity sheet and a buildable mini LEGO City Toy & Fire Safety Tips!  All of this is first come first serve and while supplies last, so don’t be like my family and wait until 11:30 to show up.



Walker Free First Saturday –  Bright Ideas

The  October theme for Free First Saturday celebrates innovation — both in science and art.  This month, be part of an interactive audio playground with Beatrix*JAR; try your hand a potato (or other produce) powered light bulb; make your own invention out of everday objections; and watch a couple films about creativity and innovation.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

stfrancis1Blessing of the Animals (St. Francis Day)
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, MN
October 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis, MN‎
October 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals and nature with a Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s Episcopal or the Basilica of St. Mary.  If you don’t come from a background that celebrates saint days, this is a fun way to learn about about a different culture.  St. Francis was kind of the Dr. Doolittle of the middle ages.  He talked to animals.  Or, if you prefer, you can celebrate World Animal Day, instead.  Both holidays are celebrated on Friday.



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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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