Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide has something for everyone.
MEA Weekend isn’t that far away, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend. If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access. Read More
A rainy day conjures up an image of a warm drink and a conversation with a friend, a good book in front of the fire. A lazy day inside catching up on all your shows.
Unless you are a parent.
Rainy days are not necessarily romantic, peaceful or perfect.
They can be dreadful, fear-inducing and to put it simply–hated. I don’t think I even need to explain why. (But I will)
Uncivilized crazies bounce off the walls, tedious groans of boredom echo through the house. Whiny pleas for “more screen tiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmme!”
It’s unbearable. It’s insufferable.
We can’t take another minute.
Mom. Dad. We gotcha covered.
The Family Fun Twin Cities Rainy Day Guide is the playbook you need to get through a chunk of your day when you are stuck inside. These ideas will spark imagination: whether the imagination is yours or belongs to your kiddos. And sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort and intention to make the day a success for everyone. Read More
Family Fun Twin Cities was invited into the WCCO studio to suggest some fun crafts to do with the kids during this absolutely horrific cold weather. (I’m not complaining about the cold in Minnesota. I’m just saying there is cold, very cold, and absolutely horrific cold. We are currently experiencing the latter!)
Watch the segments and find the show notes for each idea.
Arts and crafts for kids — My kids love crafts.
I hate crafts.
Not because they aren’t cool, but because I don’t like the mess. Which is so funny because I have a very messy house. That aside–and the contradiction it is–I love to take my kids places to be creative. Where I don’t get upset because they made a crazy mess to create something cool. Read More
For months I have been promising my children a trip to Heartfelt. You know it’s been a long time since we’ve been there when even the boys say, “Mom, we need to go to Heartfelt.”
There are still 10 days of January to take advantage of these January crafts in the warm and inviting atmosphere of this cozy little shop.
Make a pair of mythical mermaids using wool felt and yarn or wool hair. Two body styles are offered: a traditional clothes peg (suggested for younger children) or a curvy wooden peg (for older kids). Ages 5 and up; younger with grown-up help. $15.
Learn to wet felt with a resist while making a useful wool bag. Add a drawstring closure and your bag is ready to hold marbles or other small treasures. Ages 5 to adult; younger with grown-up help. $22.
Create your own little fairy cabin using watercolor, bark, moss, twigs, pinecones, and more. Allow one to two hours. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown-up help. $28.
Choose from the large selection of yarns, then wind and wind around a cardboard donut. This can take a while so feel free to use two sessions to complete a pompom. Ages 5 to adult; younger with grown-up help.$10.
Pick a pinecone from thestash and spread with sunflower butter, then sprinkle with bird seed and hang from a tree or bush with twine. Ages 2 ½ and up. $5.
Paint and assemble a trio of tops—watch them spin! Older children may use the wood burning tool for decoration. Ages 5 and up. $10.
Color your gnomes with watercolor crayons, then stitch a hat from a piece of recycled sweater. A scarf around his neck will keep him warm all season long. Ages 4 to adult; younger with grown-up help. One large gnome $10. Add a second smaller friend for an additional $5.
from Heartfelt’s newsletter, images courtesy of Heartfelt, used with permission
It has been too long since we have visited Heartfelt. And it looks to me that November is the time to go. Actually, when is it NOT the time to go? That aside, Heartfelt is offering its usual awesome monthly crafts, and Lisa is teaching preschool classes each week and supplying us with gift-making crafts for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts.
Heartfelt is the place to be this month!
November Crafts, Drop In Crafts & Christmas Crafts.
Create your own family heirloom! A premade
wooden house comes with 25 little drawers, one
for each day of Advent. Use paint, glitter and
wood burning to craft a holiday tradition that will
last for years. Although this is a drop in craft,
plan for two or three sessions. Recommended
for adults or older children/
teens with adult help. $54.
Old sweaters, washed and felted make
useful and cozy fabric for crafting. We will
fold, stitch and stuff this cute gnomie, add a
bead head and cap—he is perfect to tuck
into a pocket or stocking. Ages 8 to adult.
WINTER VILLAGE HOUSE
Our love affair with miniature houses continues. This
wintery version has color washed walls, a dusting of glitter
and a little light inside. Allow one to two hours. Ages 7 to
adult; younger children with grown up help. $28.
Give Thanks Crafts (Perfect for Thanksgiving)
Corn Husk Dolls: These traditional harvest dolls are fun and easy to make. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown up help. Pair of dolls $20.
HARVEST HOUSE: Make a sweet miniature house in harvest colors to grace your Thanksgiving table. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown up help.$28
PINECONE TURKEY Now an annual Heartfelt tradition!
Learn to make a cute pinecone turkey with feather tail to decorate your Thanksgiving table. All ages. FREE Saturday, November 16, 10:00-2:00
THANKSGIVING FRIDAY : Annual Birch slab Centerpiece decorated with fragrant greens, pretty berries, and pinecones. $10. Ages 4 and up
They will offer a free gift while supplies last.
Gift Making Christmas Craft
buttons; sew a
pin back and
your gift is
two brooches. Ages 6 to adult. $10.
FELTED PIN CUSHION
perfect gift for
for younger children. Ages 6 to adult.
FELTED CANDY CANE – Christmas crafts
Wet felt a wooly candy cane to hang
on your tree. Ages 4 to adult. $15
PINECONE TOPIARY – Christmas crafts
Decorate a little ceramic pot with paint
and seasonal stamps. Add a
pinecone “tree”, decorated with glitter
and ribbon. Makes a pretty gift for
grandparents. Ages 3 and up. $10.
HOLIDAY HEARTS – Christmas crafts
Stitch a cozy heart
from our selection
of felt and felted
wool. Add your own
or beads, then stuff
with wool, a pinch of
lavender and add a cord for hanging.
Ages 5 to adult. $10.
Heartfelt Preschool Classes
Call 612-877-8090 to register for a preschool class. These are for those ages 2 1/2 and older with a grown-up participant. $15 for first child and $10 for each child after that.
Making yarn dolls has been an American
folk tradition since colonial times. Your
child will cherish this dolly. Boys will love
this craft too! Wednesday November 13th or
Friday November 14th
Celebrate the festival of lights! Welcome back storyteller Sara
Logan as she leads us in Hanukkah
song, story and play. We will craft a
pretty Star of David ornament, play
dreidel and share a yummy snack of
latkes. Whether you celebrate
Hanukkah at home or are interested
in experiencing new traditions, this
gathering is for you.
Wednesday November 20th or
Friday November 22nd
As the days shorten and the harvest ends, it’s
time to give thanks. Children will make a little
Thanksgiving centerpiece, gluing pinecones,
acorn caps and bark to a little wood slab. We
will then make a little pinecone turkey to finish
our decoration and share a snack of spicy
bread. Please note, one session only
Wednesday November 27th
(taken from Heartfelt’s Newsletter, used with permission)
Heartfelt’s October Crafts are good for 4 more days! You really don’t want to miss out if you can help it. These crafts are so cute that they would be fun gifts…who am I kidding. You aren’t going to want to give these adorable crafts away!
Upcycle a cashmere sweater into a cute little kitty. This sewing project is suitable for ages 8 to adult. Allow 1 ½ hours. $28.
Decorate a miniature house and yard, adding beeswax pumpkins, witches, and cat. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown up help. $32.
Wet felt an acorn necklace using colorful fleece. Top with a real acorn cap and hang on a coppery ball chain. Ages 3 and up. $10.
Sew a pirate hate from wool felt. Perfect answer for your Halloween costume. Ages 6 to adult. $22.
Lisa is always offering these crafts. Both these options are super fun!
Peg Doll Crafting: All ages Prices vary.
Card Making: All ages.
$2 or 3 for $5.
I have never once been disappointed visiting Heartfelt. I don’t believe you will be either. Enjoy the tree house, the handmade toys, and try out a new craft project! You will LOVE Heartfelt as much as we do.
Starting this Friday, October 25 and running through the next few Fridays, Heartfelt is offering a crafting series for the Tween/Teen Girl in your life–ages 10-14–called SweetheART. The sessions are being taught by Cindy Smedberg (of Minneapolis Community Education) and will introduce your girls to an array of mixed media. This is where I jump for joy that Heartfelt exists. How would I ever have been able to provide this for my girls if it were not for people in the area who are gifted with these talents?
Let me hear an AMEN!
You can attend one session or all three sessions. They do not build on each other. If you miss out on a Friday for any particular reason, you won’t miss a step. Let me point out that you will, however, miss out on that session (brilliant, aren’t I?). And you really don’t want to miss out on these!
Sessions will be held from 4:30-6:00 pm and are $20 per session. If you register for all three sessions, the total is $50. Call Heartfelt to register at 612-877-8090.
Book Making Friday October 25th
Mixed Media Collage Friday November 8th
Photo Memory Board Friday November 15th
SweetheART is a bit advanced for my girls, so if anyone tries it out, please let us know what you thought.