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Budget Twin Cities July Events & Activities
Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015
The Free List – The Top Five Free Family Activities of the Weekend
Family Fun Twin Cities Free List November 8-November 10, 2013
Free List for October 12 – 13, 2013

Budget Twin Cities July Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find July’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities page. Read More

Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015

Have you heard that the popular open houses at Brickmania Toyworks have re-opened the second Saturday of each month? They are no longer free, but a family of four can attend for $10 and enjoy the LEGO train layouts, play tables and much more. Also this weekend are free tours at the Raptor Center on the U of M St. Paul campus and a host of free family programs hosted by Three Rivers Parks. As always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more inspiration this weekend and beyond!

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The Free List – The Top Five Free Family Activities of the Weekend



Earl Bakken’s Birthday Bash / Free Second Saturday

The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Saturday, January 11, 2014; Noon – 4:00 p.m.

You can find my earlier article on the Earl Bakken Birthday Bash here.  Free Second Saturdays will be continuing through 2014.  Here is a list of all the 2014 themes.


Spanish Storytime

Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105
Saturday, January 11, 2014; 10:30 a.m.

Every Monday the Red Balloon offers a Spanish Language Storytime presented by Little Sprout Learning Center.  This Saturday you can get a sneak peak.  This is aimed at toddlers, but anyone can come and sing songs, learn rhymes, and hear stories in Spanish.


Brickmania Toyworks Open House

Saturday, January 11, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Brickmania LLC, 1620 Central Avenue NE, Suite 170, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Note:  The address is  “Central Avenue,” but it is actually a little off Central.  Use the map they offer.  Even having driven past it every day for a year and sometimes saying, “Hey there’s that Brickmania”; it took us a little time to find it following the address.

Brickmania Toyworks hosts an open house its NE Minneapolis Warehouse every second Saturday.   This is a popular event, but we did not find it crowded. Its a nice option for the younger kids for this reason.  There is room for them to play and you can see them from anywhere in the space. The open house features inspiring displays of Brickmania’s models plus LEGO train layouts of the TCLTC (Twin Cities Lego Train Club) and GMLTC (Greater Midwest Lego Train Club).  There is a stay and play area and small selection of snacks and refreshments available for purchase.  Of course there is a store, too.  



From the Field: Bird Paintings by Jim Rataczak

January 11 – February 23, 2014
The Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Free on Sundays; noon to 5:00 p.m.

This is opening weekend for From the Field: Bird Paintings by Jim Rataczak.  If you are in the mood for a quiet outing, I recommend The Bell.  Even on free Sundays, it seems quiet and contemplative.  Yet it is an awesome place to take kids.  There is a hands-on family room and the dioramas are amazing.  Below is a video by the Bell showing how kids are inspired to learn at the Bell.

DSCF5528Family Day: Art That Moves

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Sunday, January 12 at 11:00 am

To get all the details on this month’s Family Day at the MIA, check out Gianna’s article HERE.

Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com


Family Fun Twin Cities Free List November 8-November 10, 2013

This weekend is packed with all kinds of opportunities to enjoy the arts and the literature and the natural world.  If you need something to do but don’t know where to look, this is a great place to start.  It’s a great weekend to check out the bookstores around town. There is something about November (gearing up for the holidays, maybe?) when a goes by without a book event!  If this long list doesn’t have anything to grab your attention, you can also check out our Calendar.

CatchingFireHunger Games Catching Fire Movie Release Party
Red Balloon Bookshop
Friday, November 8, 2013
6:30 pm
For ages 12 and up
Can I confess something?  I have never read this trilogy.  I meant to, but then we got the movie from Netflix and suddenly I was watching it before I read it.  Generally, this does not sit well with me, but the movie was so well-done and my husband confirmed that it followed the book as well as a movie could that I let it go.  And now I’m excited to see the sequel.



Mary Casanova One Dog Sleigh!  Launch Party
Red Balloon Bookshop
Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:30 am
The author of One Dog Canoe! is back with a holiday version of her melodic book.  It’s a perfect edition to your holiday book collection.  Whether you decide to purchase the book or not, you are sure to have a fun time at the Launch party.  So see you there!


Brickmania Open House
Brickmania Toyworks
Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Check out the Greater Midwest LEGO Train Club’s permanent display as well as Twin Cities LEGO Train Club’s.  Build anything you want out of the buckets of LEGOs.  Especially enjoy the military displays on this Veteran’s Weekend.  You will have a blast at Brickmania’s Open House this weekend.


Richardson Nature Center Exhibit Reception
Hyland Lake Park Reserve
Saturday, November 9, 2013
2:00-4:00 pm
Chris Tully created  three-dimensional usable art including a pond table with chairs, a boulder bookcase, and a crawl-through coyote den.  It’s a great combination of art and play.  Perfect for any child and parent to enjoy together.  Also, the Richardson Nature Center has a new interpretative exhibit upstairs to greet guests as they make their way out to the Raptor Yard.  Liz Stanley is an amateur photographer whose work is on display in this exhibit, and she will be around to offer tips and talk about capturing images.


Target Family Day: Arts of Africa
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Sunday, November 10, 2013
11:00 am-5:00 pm
Have you always wanted to go to Africa, but never had the chance? MIA is offering you a chance to experience and appreciate the African cultures without spending a penny.  Listen to African drumming, stories by Jerry Blue.  Watch African dances and make African masks, Moroccan jewelry, and Akan gold weights.  Also, search the galleries for African Art.  Joy gives us all the details in her article.  Also, Target is sponsoring the special  exhibit “The Audacious Eye: Japanese Art from the Clark Collections.”  Usually for these exhibits, there is an admission fee, but Target is picking up the bill for us on Sunday.


Let’s Get StARTed!  Batty for Batik
Silverwood Park
Sunday, November 10, 2013
1:00-3:00 pm
Join one of my favorite preschool art teachers at Silverwood Park as you  try your hand at batik.  Batik is a wax-resistant dyinng technique (traditional in Japan).  I don’t know what it’s going to look like, but whatever the project is, it’s sure to be fun.


St. Martin’s Day
Landmark Center
Sunday, November 10, 2013
4:00-6:00 pm

This German celebration being celebrated at the Landmark Center gives everyone the opportunity to participate in the spirit of generosity.  Make Laterns and join St. Martin in a parade around Rice Park following his lead alongside his horse.  Bring items to donate to Jospeh’s Coat.




Free List for October 12 – 13, 2013

Fall has been settling in in earnest the past week with its welcome refreshing temps and gorgeous color displays. I’ve highlighted a couple Twin Cities-area spots for enjoying autumn outdoors on Sunday. As usual, you’ll also find additional suggestions on our family-oriented Free Calendar. Or, if the chill in the air drives you inside, I listed some good bets for indoor fun on Saturday. All events are guaranteed free admission.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

twin cities book festivalTwin Cities Book Festival
Progress Center, State Fairgrounds

10am – 5pm

We attended this book-and-author fest last fall as a family. I don’t know if I’d use the word “astonishing” to describe the children’s pavilion (quote the website) but it does come packed with live music, storytelling, crafts and a couple fun surprises. I’d recommend bringing two adults if possible — one to keep an eye on the kids while the other browses the reads.

brickmania toyworksBrickmania Toyworks Open House
1620 Central Avenue NE, Suite 170
Minneapolis, MN
10am – 4pm

Adults will probably get nearly as much joy picking out the details in these incredible LEGO sculptures as the kids will. Plus, there are plenty of LEGOs available to build with and a couple other hands-on activities.

bakken museum

Free Second Saturday at The Bakken
3537 Zenith Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 
11am – 4pm

You can’t go wrong with free admission. Plus, this Saturday the Bakken is celebrating science Halloween-style with a Monster Mash! Costumes encouraged. Try a meet-and-greet with Frankenstein’s Monster, conduct spooky science experiments and get up close to some real brains.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

highland park water tower

Fall Colors from the Highland Park Water Tower
Snelling Ave at Ford Pkwy, St. Paul
9 am – 5pm

The view is beautiful from this landmark St. Paul water tower. The perfect urban spot to appreciate the colors of the season. Last year, treats and activity books were handed out to kids.

Colorful Fall Leaves at Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Rd
Osseo, MN 

1 – 3pm

What, exactly, makes those leaves turn such brilliant colors in the fall? Find out at this free drop-in event at Eastman Nature Center.

credit minneapolis institute of artsTarget Family Day at MIA: Journey to Japan
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 

11am – 5pm

Family Day is traditionally packed with activities to suit a wide span of ages. This month, travel to Japan with the MIA through taiko drumming, judo workshops, art activities, gallery scavenger hunts, costuming and more. Both the museum and this free program are terrific cultural resources!


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