FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend

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MEA Weekend isn’t that far away, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend.  If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access.

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 1) Be a farmer for the day
The Oliver H. Kelley Farm.

Image Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

‘Harvest Days’ at Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Oct. 20-22, 10am-5pm; Oct. 23, noon-5pm • $6-$9/pp
I took my kids to Harvest Days on a blustery MEA day.  It was wonderful. We had a great time working with the bulls and visiting the house.  We made cornhusk dolls, explored the property and played with kittens.  Then, on the way out, we went Christmas shopping through their visitor’s center.  It was a blast!

‘Fall on the Farm’ at Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Oct. 20, 9:30am-2:30pm • $7/pp, designed for kindergarten-age and up, adult must accompany.
Meet farm animals, make a farm-fresh snack, and create a wool keepsake to take home. Stay for an hour or the whole day! Bring a lunch if desired.

‘Fall Excursions: Chicken to Egg” at Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Oct. 21, 9am-3pm • $25/pp, ages 9-14.
Drop off the kids to explore the farm and help with chicken chores. Learn how to care for them, from chicken to egg. Reservations required by October 14.

2) Pick your pumpkin – plus more fun fall festivities, many with special MEA hours!


3) Visit an apple orchard – for fresh produce and more fall fun!

FFTC’s Round-up of Twin Cities’ Metro Area Orchards

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4) Find your way through a corn maze

corn maze

5) Get a jump start on Halloween!

Need a complete list of the different options?  We have it for you in our  Twin Cities Halloween Fun Guide. Notable special events during MEA Weekend include a Halloween Bash at TranscenDance Xperience Dance Studio (10/21), Pumpkin Express Train Rides with Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway (10/22), Pumpkin Fest at 50th & France, Edina (10/22), and many events at local nature centers.


6) Craft a masterpiece with Heartfelt

Drop-in fall crafts at Heartfelt, Minneapolis
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-4pm • price determined by craft
Special event: Preschool Harvest Festival Oct. 19 & 20, 10:30-11:45am

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                  More October Family Fun 

 October Festivals • Read a Book suggested by BookHounds • Lil Explorers Thursday at Como Zoo •

7) Go to the theater

Some of our recent fall favorites include the following:
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play @ Children’s Theatre Company
The Last Firefly @ Children’s Theatre Company
Spookley, the Square Pumpkin @ Stages Theatre

8) Explore a local toy store

Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul – Storytimes, train tables and merchandise.

Kiddywampus, Hopkins – Maker’s Studio, kids classes.

Mischief Toy Shop, St. Paul – Games, art supplies and kinetic toys.

9) Discover a new local museum

Bakken Museum

Mill City Museum

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minnesota History Center

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Works Museum

Check our directory for other museum ideas.

10) Explore a castle

Kids at the Castle: Comfy Cozy Quilts, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Oct. 21, 11am • $8/family

Every third Friday of the month, the American Swedish Institute invites you into the castle one hour before opens to explore and create and discover.  The program is designed for kiddos of the preschool variety, but kids up to 10 or 12 will enjoy it to as long as they can be aware of little ones.  My family loves this program.

I love MEA Weekend for a couple extra days to spend with my family. Hope you have a great one!


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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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