If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.
No matter how long we’ve been residents of the Twin Cities it seems there’s always some hidden fun out there we haven’t discovered yet. Our family, for instance, hadn’t made the trip out to Carver Park Reserve in Victoria until last year when we decided to make an afternoon of it at the historic Grimm Farm Open House and the Lowry Nature Center. That’s just one of the ideas we’ve got on this weekend’s free family events list – as always, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for more. Happy exploring!
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
historic grimm farm
Grimm Farmhouse Open House @ Grimm Farm Historic Site, Carver Park Reserve 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, 55386
Time: 1-4pm Details: Step back in time for a few hours at the historic home of Wendelin Grimm and his family. My kids have done this event and enjoyed the old-fashioned porch and lawn games, and the peek into daily life inside the farmhouse. Leave time to explore the Lowry Nature Center (also located within Carver Park Reserve) and its nature playground.
Time: Shows at 10am & 11:30am Details: Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is bringing Saturday shows to Calhoun Square every Saturday in June & July. This Saturday’s show is based on There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the first 45 kids between shows will get to participate in a make-and-take activity.
Time: Starts at 8:30pm Details: Not limited to Saturday nights (we chose this one because it’s rated PG), Minneapolis Movies in the Parks run every night except Sundays through August 29th. You can find the complete list of parks and the featured movies for 2015 here.
Friends and Family Dayat Gilda’s Club @ Gilda’s Club Twin Cities 10560 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, 55305
Time: 10am-2pm Details: Celebrate what would have been Gilda Radner’s 69th birthday at her namesake club, an organization dedicated to supporting those impacted by cancer. Activities include family yoga, comedy theater, cupcake decorating, kids crafts, games and more.
Time: 1-4pm Ages: Ideal for kids ages 4-10 but all ages are welcome Details: Join kiddywampus for an afternoon of exploring the science of bubbles. Discover how animals use bubbles and explore Wood Lake Nature Center in search of them.
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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.
You are not going to be disappointed with Three Rivers Parks’ Halloween Fun. Some things are a little spooky, but otherwise, these activities are perfect for your family! We are having a hard time picking which events we should try. Good luck choosing just one. When you have made your choice, call 766-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference the activity number listed for each program.
Hyland’s Spooks and Ladders Trick-or-Treat Trail!
Saturday, October 12, from 5-8 p.m., at Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington. Walk on a short trail with animal puppets and games leading into the play area. Enjoy a junior “fear factor” maze, meet our friendly dinosaur, and warm up by a campfire. Bring and use flashlights during the second time slot. Come in costume and bring a bag for goodies. Cost is $5 for those who pre-register (bring confirmation), $6 for registration the day of the event (based on availability). Children under 2 are admitted free. Reference activity number #463007H1.
Friday, October 18, from 6-9 p.m., at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, Shakopee. Walk along candlelit streets in the Village of Eagle Creek. Visit historic buildings and hear costumed interpreters share folktales, legends, superstition, and local history. Enjoy refreshments and the warmth of a campfire. Enter the park through the West Entrance. Cost is $5 and reservations are required. This program is for ages 12+. Reference activity number #438407-20.
Old-Fashioned Trick Or Treat
Saturday, October 19, from 4-8 p.m., at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, Shakopee. Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths to 20 treat stops. Begin your journey on the trolley pulled by Percheron horses. Collect a variety of traditional treats and toys. Finish your celebration with cider, a cookie and entertainment in the Town Hall. Costumes are encouraged and bring a bag for goodies. Cost is $9 for pre-registration with treats (children) and $5 without treats (adults). Day-of registration is $10 with treats (children) and $6 without treats (adults). Children under 2 are admitted free (without treats). Reference activity number #438407-32.
Saturday, October 19, from 1-9 p.m., at Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain. Hours and hours of Halloween fun! Participate in a round of Ghoulish Golf, throw spears, solve a skull mystery and play other games of chance. Carve a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, or try the fish pond. Challenge yourself on the climbing wall, then head out on a GPS course or a techie scavenger hunt. Take time to decorate your campsite and march in the costume parade, followed by trick-or-treating through Baker Campground. The evening will be filled with campsite awards and prizes sponsored by Hoigaard’s. Interactive entertainment by Kidpower with the dynamic duo of Rachel and Jan. Cost includes campsite for Saturday night and unlimited activities from 1-9 p.m. Reservations are required by October 11. Cost is $77.20 for a non-electric site, $82.54 for a 30-amp site, $85.75 for a 50-amp site and $120.75 for a camper cabin. Reference activity number #410007-X2.
Little Folks Halloween
Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Halloween fun for the little ones! Meet costumed animal characters on the woodland trail and go on a scavenger hunt in search of special pumpkins. Dig for the golden acorn in the corn pool, jump in a straw pile, play games to win prizes, and meet live animals. Join a DJ for a dance party. Enjoy a puppet show, refreshments, and a fall craft. Dress to be outside. Start anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. Cost is $5 and reservations are highly recommended. This program is for ages 2+. Reference activity number #412207-01.
Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Kroening Interpretive Center, in North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis. They aren’t just for eating and carving anymore! Participate in some pumpkin science, then turn a mini pumpkin into a boat. Send a pumpkin boat down the Mississippi River and take one home to amaze your friends! Cost is $5 and reservations are required. Reference activity number #416901-02.
Lowry’s Enchanted Forest Halloween
Saturday, October 26, from 5-9 p.m., at Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Join Lowry Nature Center and Gale Woods Farm staff to celebrate Halloween! Bring your family in costume to trick-or-treat along a character trail through the enchanted forest. Enjoy popping corn and storytelling by a bonfire, meet a live owl, and decorate a cookie to eat. Watch the mad scientist skit, and laugh as Lowry’s puppets put on a show. There will be games, music, a craft, and fun for all ages! The mad scientist skit and puppet shows will run intermittently throughout the night. Concessions will be available for purchase. Cost is $9 for children, $5 for adults and children under 2 are free.
Saturday, October 26, from 5:30-10 p.m., at French Regional Park, Plymouth. Halloween fun run for all ages through the wooded, lighted trails of French Regional Park with many spooky surprises along the way! Walkers are welcome, too. Costumes are encouraged! Festivities also will include a bonfire with marshmallow roasting and hot apple cider. Strollers are welcome; no pets please. Cost is $10 for the 5K for ages 10 and up; $2 for the 1K for ages 2 and up. Pre-registration is encouraged; registration the day of the event will be available. Reference activity number #425135-00.
Big Woods Halloween
Saturday, October 26, from 6-9 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve Dayton. Meet costumed animal superhero characters and collect treats along the woodland trail. Visit the Gross-Out Grotto to attempt the Eat-A-Bug Challenge, Cockroach Races and the Gross-Out Station. Meet live animals and dig in the Animal Graveyard. Play Bone Bingo and other Halloween games, and follow the Pumpkin Trail to refreshments at a bonfire. Be entertained by the dancing of the Illumination Fire Troupe. Arrive between 6pm and 7:30 p.m. Trail closes at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for children and $5 for adults who pre-register and $10 for children and $6 for adults who register the day of the event. This program is for ages 6+. Reference activity number #412207-04.
Pumpkin Carving for Families
Sunday, October 27, from 1-3 p.m., at Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Family pumpkin carving fun! We provide the pumpkin, patterns, carving tools, and the space to create. You get to take home a jack-o’-lantern masterpiece! A skilled pumpkin carver will help you create a fun design together and provide tips and tricks to good pumpkin carving. Children under age 12 should work alongside an adult. Cost is $8 and reservations are required. This program is for ages 4+. Reference activity number #411301-04.