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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

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.

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