Free List – January 31, 2014 through January 2, 2014.

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This week winter is starting to wear on me a little, but I’ve still included two options for getting outside for some winter fun with your family.  Both are outdoor celebrations at parks on Saturday evening.   You can choose between Minneapolis and St. Paul.   If you would rather be indoors, we have some options for that, too.  This is also the second and final weekend of Winter Carnival.  There are even more activities on our Free Calendar.


Holy Smokestacks!Storytime with Choo Choo Bobs!

Red Balloon Bookshop, Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105
Saturday, February 1, 2014; 10:30 a.m.

Let’s take two of our favorite local shops and make one of the best story times ever!  The Red Balloon will be hosting Choo Choo Bob, who will be reading Holy Smokestacks! Here Comes A Steam Engine! — written by one of his very own writers, Brandon Terrell.  If you have children who love trains, want to hear a story read by Choo Choo Bob and sing songs, then the Red Balloon is the place to be Saturday morning.

AudubonAudubon and the Art of Birds

Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Sunday, February 2, 2014; noon–5 p.m. (Sundays are Free)

Back in October, I shared this article about  Audubon and the Art of Birds.  You may recall that only half of the collection was on display.  This weekend, the exhibit re-opens with new portions of the collection available to view.  As always, the Bell is free on Sundays.

Music Under Glass – Urban Hillbilly Quartet

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Sunday February 2, 2014; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

This week’s Music Under Glass concert is the Urban Hillbilly Quartet.  Their blend of bluegrass and country creates a nice backdrop to stroll the gardens with your family.  This is just such a great way to get out of the cold and enjoy a little bit of summer for a couple hours.   If you want to come a little early, the zoo closes at 4:00.  That will give you just enough time to find a space in the conservatory.


FirFire-and-Icee and Ice Festival

Luxton Park, 112 Williams Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Saturday, February 1, 2014; 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pre-Registration Available.

The Fire & Ice Festivaat Luxton Park celebrates Winter Solstice.  I’m not sure why they waited until February for this — maybe because December 21st is too close to Christmas?  Or maybe we just need a celebration that incorporates  “reflection, renewal, peace, and a time for the glistening snow to purify our air and leave a clean slate” right about now.  Whatever the reason for the scheduling, it sounds like a lot of fun with activities that include a recreational fire, horse drawn hayrides, music, crafts, and concessions.

Winter Lock Out

Battle Creek Recreational Center, 75 Winthrop Street, St. Paul, MN
Saturday, February 1, 2014 6:00 8:00 p.m.

I think the flyer below says it all.  Accept you can call 651-501-6347 or for more information.



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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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