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From the Heart: 10 Spots to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events
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What You Will Experience at the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

From the Heart: 10 Spots to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities

Handcraft Holiday Gifts can be extra special when the creative process is half the fun! We’ve rounded up seven local spots where your kids can mess up someone else’s space, let their imaginations run wild, and craft some serious masterpieces this holiday season:
Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Articulture, Minneapolis

Offers: Saturday, Dec 3, Articulture opens its doors for a free studio art day in conjunction with the annual Seward Winter Frolic. Make ornaments, cards & garlands, all ages plus cookies and cider.
Cost: Free

Handcraft Holiday GiftsColor Me Mine, Eagan & Maple Grove

Offers: Young artists have a whole palette of choices here – they can drop in to paint ceramics, spend a Kids Night Out (3rd Fri/each month, $32/child ages 5+ includes painting, pizza, games, and a movie – EAGAN location only) or Paint With Santa (both Eagan & Maple Grove locations).
Cost: Drop in studio fees are $5/ages 1-9, $6/ages 10-15, $10/ages 16+ and include use of paints, studio space, and the firing.

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park

Offers: Elves Workshop gives kids the chance to craft gifts by hand with supplies and instructions provided. Event takes place 12/17, reservations required by 12/13.
Cost: $8/pp

Created to Grow, St. Anthony

Offers: Every Saturday is Family Fun Day here – from 10:30am-1:30pm all ages can drop by to work on a variety of projects. Gifts for the grandparents perhaps?
Cost: $15 per session, discounts if you purchase a pack of 10 family visits

HeartfeltHandcraft Holiday Gifts, Minneapolis

Offers: Monthly preschool festivals, drop-in crafts and a comfortable, child-friendly environment to spend some time. Browse their Holiday Gift Digest, filled with 30 holiday projects from tabletop reindeer to wood-burned picture frames, that can be given as handmade gifts.
Cost: Most drop-in crafts are priced between $10-$20 apiece.

Kiddywampus, Hopkins

Offers: In addition to the menu of kids classes and the wide range of quality playthings the store offers, come check out the Maker’s Studio, a space dedicated to letting little ones get creative.
Cost: $8/child per hour ages 18 mon-10 years, open daily 10am-5:30pm.

Leonardo’s Basement, Minneapolis

Offers: Elf Apprenticeship Program: Holiday Gift Making lets tinkerers ages 6-12 choose from a wide range of projects – sewing, woodworking, stained glass, jewelry making and more – to craft homemade holiday presents. Dates: Nov 26-27 & Dec 3-4. Pre-registration required.
Cost: $25/pp

Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Michaels, various Twin Cities locations

Offers: Kids Club crafts are simple and inexpensive yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Drop in Saturdays 10am-noon during Nov and Dec to make felt ornaments, clay pot elves and other holiday themed items.
Cost: $2 per project, supplies included

Rumriver Art Center, Anoka

Offers: Free Family Art Day will take place Saturday, Dec 3. Two sessions are available (11am-noon or 1-2pm) and reservations are required either by calling 763.323.8830 or using this form. The hour-long class is appropriate for kids ages 5+ with a caregiver and the holiday-themed project will be something suitable to give as a gift.
Cost: Free

Simply Jane, Minneapolis

Offers: Toddler Time Thursdays from 10am-noon are suitable for your littles to create a homemade holiday gift. Experiment with paint, play with toys, books, dress-up and more. The studio also offers drop-in painting for all ages; hours can be found here.
Cost: Toddler Time is $10 per child.


Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events

Mothers-Day

How will you be celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make her day extra special:

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY

5/7: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking @ Articulture, 2613 E Franklin Ave, Mpls • 1-3pm

5/7: Saturday Crafts for Kids: Mother’s Day Cards @ Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

5/7: Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating Event @ Jerry’s Foods, Woodbury, Edina and Eden Prairie locations • 11am-1pm • Details: Decorate a treat for mom and, if you’re one of the first 150 kids to show, snag her a free carnation as well.

5/7: Mother’s Day Storytime @ Barnes & Noble MOA • 11am • Details: Plus, make a card for Mom.

5/7: All About Family – Mother’s Day Card/Gift Making @ Community Covenant Church, 901 Humboldt Avenue N., Minneapolis, MN 55411 • 3pm – 6pm • Details: Mothers Day Gift and Card Making.

5/8: Family Day: Mother’s Day Musical @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm • Details: Combine words and art through games, storytelling, crafts, and a gallery hunt.

5/8: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert @ Landmark Center • 1pm

5/8: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis • 11am-noon & 3-4pm.


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM

5/7-8: Mother’s Day Weekend @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: Moms free when accompanied by a child; help with spring planting and visit the farm babies.

5/7-8: Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am • Moms are in FREE!

5/8: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • noon-5pm • Moms and grandmas admitted FREE!

5/8: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis • 12:30-8:30pm • Moms ride FREE!


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID

5/7: Mother’s Day Tea @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 1-3pm • $5/kids, $10/adults • Details: Kids ages 5 & up and their families can enjoy tea and treats, make a Victorian trinket box and snap a picture in the photo booth.

5/8: Mother’s Day Clay @ Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am-noon • $25/adult-child pair, $15 per additional child. Reservations required by phone only.

5/8: Mother’s Day Flower Walk & Tea Party @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 1-2:30pm • $5/pp • Details: Take a spring hike, craft a scented firestarter and enjoy tea or juice with Mom.

5/8: Mother’s Day Open House @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 1-4pm • $7-$9/pp

5/8: Mother’s Day Brunch @ Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul • seating times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm • $12.95-$27.99, kids 3-5 eat for $4.75, prices include general admission to the Science Museum.


MOM EATS FREE

She hasn’t posted it yet, but Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars typically has got the best roundup of Moms-Eat-Free deals offered in the Twin Cities for Mother’s Day. When the post goes up, we’ll link to it here.


Want more great ideas?  Check out Family Planning, FFTC’s Monthly Newsletter.

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What You Will Experience at the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

International Children's Festival

The first weekend of June, the Ordway in  St. Paul hosts the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in Rice Park, the Landmark Plaza, Hamm Plaza, and, of course, the Ordway.  For 5 years, I have wanted to go and finally, last year (2012), we did it.  We parked for $5 in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s parking ramp (which was an experience all of its own), slathered on the sunscreen, and made our way to Rice Park. 
The first thing we heard–rather than saw–was the Block Party.  The Dance Theatre of Ireland hosted this event.  And it was a blast.

They built things out of the blocks:  a house or furniture or pathways.  It was pretty cool.  But even better was the way they danced around or inside their creations to the beat of their rhythm band that beat out exciting rhythms.  It was fantastic!  After the performance, they invited all the kids to come and climb all over the blocks and play.  And THEN, they utilized the children and had them each participate in cleaning up!

AMAZING!

The Dance Theatre of Ireland is based in Ireland and comprised of dancers and musicians from Ireland, the UK, and a random Italian. And their accents? Totally cool! They come to the US specifically for this event.

Let me say it again.  They are AMAZING!

 

 

Meanwhile, Rice Park was full of activity tents. As was the Landmark Center Plaza! We got there early in the day so that could miss most of the crowd.  It worked out pretty well.

 

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Tents were full of different crafts and activities.  They were sponsored by many different organizations and companies such as:

  • Flint Hills Resources
  • Ordway Center
  • Science Museum of Minnesota & Children’s Theatre Company
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Minnesota History Center
  • ArtiCulture
  • Young Artists Initiative & History Theatre
  • Steppingstone Theatre
  • Child Reach Uganda
  • Bell Museum & Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.

There was face painting, hair coloring, henna art, roaming artists, food trucks and tents, some different outdoor stages for musical performances, and a story garden with storytellers (in Hamm Plaza–we didn’t make it that far).

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Irish dancing that was deemed live Tinkerbell music.

International Children's Festival

This is the eccentric St. Paul Ice Cream Man.  He is known as the Leprechaun Dreamcycle because he has an ice cream tricycle!

 
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The balloon man. There was a line to see him 1/2 block long. We didn’t see the line for 10 minutes. And after waiting and watching (which was fascinating), he finally told us where the line was.  When I looked, I almost choked and had to tell the kids we couldn’t wait that long.  But he was AMAZING!

Watching the block party!  It was so exciting!

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Her paper bag windsock!  She worked hard on this.

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The Children’s Museum had this creative play area.  My boys completely enjoyed being in the shade and playing with the balls and large foam tinker toys.

International Children's Festival

The balloon man gave this to JackJack to keep him occupied while we watched the balloon creations!

Every staff member and every volunteer and every tent knew kids and made this a perfect kid experience.  While the shows and exhibits were awesome for the adults, the kids were the target audience.  This is the perfect kid experience.

  1. Everything was at kid level.
  2. There was stroller parking that was guarded so you could leave your stuff and feel like it was safe (safer than in your car).  I would suggest utilizing the stroller parking and just walking with your kids.  There are a lot of people and the stroller was hard to manuever.
  3. Free!!!!  (minus the food tents and the performance inside the Ordway and Landmark Center).
  4. There was a lot of shade to get out of the sun.
  5. Constant activity with quieter spots to regroup.
  6. Staff everywhere was helpful.  They were all eager to make sure you were involved and having fun.
  7. I would suggest this to anyone. Go early in the morning to avoid the massive crowds, but expect to be there for a while!

The weekend is a blast. I highly recommend going. Just put on your busy hat, know it’s going to be a little crazy, pack a lunch, and plan for an entire day of fun! I can’t wait for Saturday! Hope to see you there!

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