Free Lists for October 25 through 27, 2013

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This is a great weekend for free family activities.  As much as I should be at home cleaning, repairing things that have broken and preparing for the fast approaching winter, I plan on playing all weekend.  I have a list of things I’ll be doing, plus a bunch of other things I would do if I had the time.  I might do some housework, too.  We’ll see.  There’s always next weekend.


Learn more about Dessa at

Learn more about Dessa at

Talk of the Stacks with Dessa
Minneapolis Central Library – Pohlad Hall
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Friday, October 25, 2013; 7:00 pm

I did not put this on the calendar because it is probably not appropriate for smaller kids.  I think my 8-year-old could go and behave, but she wouldn’t have fun.  My preschoolers would create havoc.  So I’ve hired a babysitter for Friday night.  Still I’m putting this on the list, because if you have an older kid who enjoys the Twin Cities’ local music offerings, this could be enjoyable for both them and you.  It sounds like this will be more along the lines of a poetry reading than a concert, but Dessa sounds great whether she’s singing or reciting her poetry.  If you are unfamiliar with Dessa, you can hear her music below.


picture by ESO/S. Gillessen/MPE/Marc Schartmann via

picture by ESO/S. Gillessen/MPE/Marc Schartmann via

Friday Night Public Viewing: The Milky Way’s Black Hole Has a Feast
Tate Laboratory of Physics, University of Minnesota
116 Church Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55455
Friday, October 25, 2013; 8:00 pm

My husband looked at me like I was stupid when I said, “Did you know there is a giant black hole in the middle of the Milky Way?”  Apparently this is common knowledge.  At any rate, it is currently in the process of eating a giant cloud of gas.  I didn’t know any of this until I read up on it at the Society for Science News for Students.  I’d recommend sharing the article with your young astronomer before heading out to see it for yourself at the Friday Night Viewing.




Ballet Minnesota Fall Concert – Rite of Spring & Morning in Beijing
The O’Shaughnessy
St Catherine University, St Paul
Friday, October 25, 2013; 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 26, 2013; 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 2013; 7:30 p.m.

We ordered our free tickets for this several weeks ago and my daugther and I have been waiting impatiently to go to our real live ballet performance.  This is another outing that I can’t imagine taking my preschool boys to, so my babysitter — who constantly tells me that I under-employ her — will get a twofer this weekend.  I just checked the website and it doesn’t look like the concert has sold out yet; it says tickets are available at the door.  I’d probably call to make sure at this point though.  651-690-6700.  If you want to make this outing extra special, you could pair it with When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky by local author Lauren Stringer.  The book gives a short history of the opening night of Rite of Spring.



Spooky Storytime at the Red Balloon Bookshop

Spooky Storytime and Magic Show with Matt Youngbauer at the Red Balloon Bookshop
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105
Saturday, October 26, 2013; 10:30 a.m.

Join local children’s librarian, Matt Youngbauer, for a seasonally spooky storytime.  The fun will include less-than-scary stories, poems and magic tricks.



Free Family Fun Day: Unbeatable Bats
Carl Kroenig Interpretive Center
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Sunday, October 23, 2013; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This week’s Free Family Fun Day at North Mississippi Regional Park is all about bats.  Perfect for a little science to go with the Halloween season.  As always this program is free and open to the public and is a drop in program any time between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  This is the perfect day for this because Green Bay and Minnesota play at 7:30 p.m., so you have the whole day to play.

Joy Peters is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

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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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