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Green Card Youth Voices – Review
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Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events
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May is Water Safety Month! Goldfish Swim School Has Tips for You
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Twin Cities Spring Family Festival Calendar
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Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities Guide
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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide
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FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities
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Fanny’s Journey – Film Review
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Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review
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Mr. Frog – Film Review

Green Card Youth Voices – Review

I recently stumbled on the book, Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School (affiliate link*). It looked interesting, so I checked it out for myself, but after reading it, I plan to share the stories with my middle schooler. With immigrants and refugees frequently in the news, these stories are a way to introduce the subject from the point of view of someone close to their own age who has experienced these issues first hand.

Green Card Youth Voices

Green Card Youth Voices

Each essay in this book is written by a student of Wellstone International High School and tells their personal immigration story. The stories are told in a very matter-of-fact style that makes the stories that much more compelling. There is so much we take for granted in our own lives. This book will introduce you to 20 young people, many of whom have overcome poverty and language barriers to find their place in Minnesota. Each essay is a couple of pages and an easy read. This is a really good book to pick up, put down and discuss as you have a few minutes to read and talk together.


Green Card Youth Voices

Each essay has a photo of the writer and usually only a couple pages.

Now we can top off our reading of the book with a visit to the exhibit. Over the summer the Green Card Voices Exhibit will travel between three Ramsey County Library branches – Roseville in June, Maplewood in July and Shoreview in August. The exhibit will include the stories and photos, but also a QR code to see the story told by the author on video.

Green Card Voices began in 2013 and is an initiative crated to record and share the stories of American immigrants – regardless of status.

*The book link is an affiliate link to FFTC’s Amazon Store. We receive a small portion of any sales.

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Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

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Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events: Sparky the Sea Lion at Como Park Zoo

Sparky the Sea Lion at Como Park Zoo

Sticking around town this weekend? We’ve saluted a few of the larger celebrations below. In addition to the special events, we’ve got weekend suggestions sure to be memorable.

5/27-29: Sparky the Sea Lion Opening Weekend @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • shows at 11:30am & 3pm.

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May is Water Safety Month! Goldfish Swim School Has Tips for You

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Water Safety Info Every Family Needs to Know
The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Oakdale share practical tips and skills.

May is National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month. This important topic impacts all families. Every adult who supervises children needs to know basic information on how to keep kids safer in and around water. Read More

Twin Cities Spring Family Festival Calendar

After our long winter’s rest, the Twin Cities is awake with a full lineup of spring family festivals and events! You can get started planning those beautiful weekends in May right here: Read More

Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities Guide

It is our hope that you can use our May Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. May is filled with seasonal openings across the Twin Cities Metro Area, Mother’s Day activities and farmer’s markets bursting with fresh produce. And, when it’s time to unwind at home, we’ve added in some suggestions for crafts, recipes and read-alouds. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together! Read More

Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Does the spring weather have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Twin Cities-area nature centers and outdoor education centers are wonderful places to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world. Most of them offer programming specially designed for preschoolers, free family events, and indoor exhibits to stimulate little explorers. Read More

FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

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Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in the Twin Cities? We get it — the annual bash is a big deal, and as parents, we want to make our kids’ birthday parties the best EVER. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities metro area offers a plethora of birthday party venues from which to choose. We’ve rounded up over 100 of these Twin Cites party places to give you some inspiration for your next birthday celebration! Read More

Fanny’s Journey – Film Review

Fanny’s Journey is based on the true story of Fanny Ben Ami, who was 11 years old when she and several other Jewish children had to flee to Switzerland to escape the Nazis. When the adults who are leading their flight do not make a rendezvous, she is forced to take responsibility for the safety of her group.

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Fanny’s Journey – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review

Continuing on our whirlwind review storm through the Childish Film series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival we saw Fortune Favors the Brave on Sunday morning. This is a German film that explores the very different worlds of the average middle class child and children of immigrants.

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Fortune Favors the Brave. Image courtesy Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

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Mr. Frog – Film Review

Mr. Frog is one of the seven films in the Childish Films series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. It is a Dutch film that places a fairy tail element within an otherwise everyday world. What happens when your teacher sometimes turns into a frog? Deborah Girdwood, who is the lead programmer for Childish Films, compares it to a Roald Dahl story. So if you like The BFG, Matilda, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you may find some common elements.

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Mr. Frog – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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