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Wish List for March 21-23, 2014
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Stages Theatre Company
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Archived: A Syrupy Weekend Wish List for March 7-8, 2014

Wish List for March 21-23, 2014

This was a hard weekend for narrowing down the Wish List.  There are three great children’s productions going on at three different theatres and two are ending this weekend.  With the weather starting to warm up, we needed an outdoor activity on the list.  Of course, what would be this weekend’s Wish List without Choo Choo Bob?  I also picked a night out with the family — playing BINGO.  Like I said, it was hard to narrow this week.  If you want more be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar.


Closing Weekend of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Closing Weekend of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Closing Weekend: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Box Office: (952) 979-1111
Dates: Now – March 23, 2014
All seats, all shows $15

Alexander is already in its closing weekend this weekend.  Anne had nothing but good things to say about the play.  I expected my third grader to be jealous that we weren’t reviewing this one, but my four-year-old recognized it as a book he loves, too, and wanted to go.  This is definately on our family wish list for this weekend.


Bully by the Young Playwrights of Steppingstone Theatre

Bully by the Young Playwrights of Steppingstone Theatre

Closing Weekend: Bully

SteppingStone Theatre, 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Dates: Now – March 23, 2014
All seats, all shows $12-15/pp

Bully is unique among the theatre productions currently running in that it is written by a group of teenaged playwrights from SteppingStone and Action Transport Theatre in Ellesmere Port, England.  Both groups tackled the issue of how to fight bullying.  The play was created to inspire conversation.


Cccb_trainstore_logohoo Choo Bob’s Great Minnesota Train Expo

Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 
Saturday, March 22, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: $5/pp; Children Under 8 free.

I’m not sure why little boys are so fascinated with trains, but they are.  If you have one of these boys, Gianna whole-heartedly recommends braving the crowds for the Great Minnesota Train Expo.  With parking and children under 8 free, this can be a pretty cheap outing — even if you buy the hot dogs at the expo.


family bingoFamily Bingo Night
 St. Cyril & Methodius Church, 1315 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Saturday, March 22, 2014; 6:00 p.m. to midnight
$1.00/card

One of my best memories of childhood is one my Grandma probably doesn’t remember.  She took me to play bingo the night before my birthday.  I loved playing bingo with her and watching the clock to reach midnight.  I was in grade school at the time.  I’ve tried taking my preschoolers to church bingo games, but its too hard for them to sit still.  Adding in the fact that it goes to midnight, I think this is best for a grade school and up family.


 
Family GPSFamily GPS
Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, 4001 County Road 24, Maple Plain, MN 55359
Sunday, March 23, 2014; 3:00 p.m.
Reservations Required
$5 – $6/pp; Children Under 2 free (20% discount for groups of 4 or more)

If you have wanted to try family Geocaching, but didn’t know how to start, this could be a great place to begin.  You and your family can hike into the woods to find hidden geocaches. The GPS equipment is provided.


About the Author:  Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Stages Theatre Company

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Stages TheatreAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Box Office: (952) 979-1111
Dates: Now – March 23, 2014
All seats, all shows $15

You can’t help but root for this on-stage Alexander the moment he wakes up one morning with gum stuck in his hair. From a rocky start to the day to being taunted at school and finally an after-school trip to the dentist, this poor kid is possibly having the worst day of his life. But instead of taking on the rather glum tone I always thought the book character chose, this on-stage Alexander comes off as earnest, effervescent and eager to please until the end of his unlucky day.

The play closely hugs the popular children’s book with one notable exception. To supplement Alexander’s mishaps are several funny musical numbers sang by the talented young cast. My own 8-year-old son (my “play date” for the afternoon) especially snickered over the “If I Were in Charge of the World” tune about kids wiping out life’s “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days”. Speaking of talented, most of the actors played more than one role in the show. Alexander’s antagonistic brothers, for instance, also play his buddies at school. The youth moved seamlessly into their different roles, keeping a constant stream of chuckles coming from the crowd.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Stages TheatreThe quick, bright pace of the show coupled with the length (one hour) made it perfect for junior-sized attention spans. I attended with my 8-year-old, but my younger daughters (ages 6 &4) would have both enjoyed and had no trouble sitting through the show without squirming.

Alexander’s misfortunes are greatly entertaining. They might even have your own kids admitting that their own lives are pretty great in comparison.


Celebrate 30 years of shows at Stages Theatre Company with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! All ages will enjoy the show, and all seats are only $15 online or by calling the box office at (952) 979-1111.

Archived: A Syrupy Weekend Wish List for March 7-8, 2014

When it comes to my wish list for family fun, I find more and more I’m wishing for a date night.  I never used to need one of those — family dates were just fine.  But almost 9 years into the whole parenting experience, sometimes I just want to be with the love of my life without our offspring.  Where ever you stand in the parenting continuum, I say embrace it. If you don’t need special date nights, there are some great activities for the whole family.  If you want to hire a babysitter or send the little ones to grandmas house for the night, how about a Date Night at Silverwood Park?  No matter what, here are some wishful options for the upcoming weekend.

Friday:

Date Night at SilverwoodDate Night  –  How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You: Maple Syrup Making and Pitchers
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E,St. Anthony, MN 55421
Friday, March 7, 2014; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$25.00 per couple (Reservations required by Thursday)

Since March is Maple Syrup month, what better way to have a date night than by making some sticky sweet maple syrup and a pitcher to pour it from.  You’ll have something special to take home to the kids at the end, too.  Date Nights at Silverwood are always part indoor clay project and part outdoor — so this is a dress down date.  Dress to get dirty and stay warm.  But wear layers, because you are going to want to peel them off by the fire after all the fun.  “Wine and beer are allowed” — That sounds like a bring-your-own kind of deal.  Reserve your spot by Thursday by calling 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number #237811-16. This program is for ages 21+.


Alexander graphicOpening Night: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Friday, March 7, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
$15 per person; Pre-Buy Tickets Here.

I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens at Stages Theatre this weekend.  We visited Stages to see Aladdin earlier this year, as I said in my review of that production, the actors at Stages are gifted young people.  It is so worth it to get to these shows if you can.  Maybe if you take your kids to see Alexander, they won’t want to move to Australia.


Saturday:

Mu Daiko
Cowles Center For Dance and The Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Saturday, March 8, 2014; 2:00 p.m.
Special Family Performance Pricing: $22 for Adults and $14 for students.

This weekend the Cowles Center will host Mu Daiko – a performance based on Japanese drumming.  Saturday’s show is cut a little shorter (45 minutes) and is specially priced for families.  It’s recommended for ages 3 and up.  If you go to one of the other performances, they suggest 7 and up.  After the show, your kids will be invited up on stage to try the drums themselves.  If you want to prep them for this show, you can watch several videos on YouTube, including the one below:


Little House in the Big WoodsIn Laura’s House: Sugar on Snow
Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386
Saturday, March 8, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$5 per person (20% discount for groups of four or more)

Like I said above, we’re all about the maple syrup experience this month.  There is no shortage of events throughout the Twin Cities during March.  However, when I think of maple syrup, I immediately think of that Chapter of Little House in the Big Woods, where they eat nothing but maple syrup for like 24 hours straight.  If that’s what you think of too, you may want to haul out to Victoria with your family to experience maple syrup Laura Ingall’s style.  Here some stories from the book – probably the syrup-gorging chapter, make a sugar on snow treat just like Laura, sample real maple syrup and sugar. You can even start a quilt sampler like Laura’s.


 

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