If you are a train lover or have train lovers in your family, then the Twin Cities is a fantastic place for you.
James J. Hill–a native of Ontario, Canada–was a pioneer in Minnesota developing the Great Northern Railway and pioneering the Pacific Northwest Railway. Because of his legacy, the Twin Cities has a rich railroad history making it a great location for any train lovers.
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Get the children moving with this list of physical activities for kids! They are categorized into age appropriate groups, but as always, these physical activities for kids can be enjoyed by those who are ready and willing to have fun and get some exercise. How did you like to stay active as a kid? What physical activities do you do with your your kids? Let us know!
If you were at FFTC’s Monster Bash in April, you probably met Amy Brace, the owner and chief baker at Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe. Not only did you get to enjoy her as a person, but hopefully you were able to enjoy her delicious treats: yummy cupcakes and beautiful macaroons.Read More
Hey, everyone, this is Andy, and I’m 10, and I’ve had a bit of roller rink experience, and I’m here to tell you about 6 awesome roller skating rinks (a couple of which I’ve been to) that I’ve unearthed some information about. This is my first blog and with some help from my dear mom, we’ve been able to put this together. Hope you find it useful!
When: Ongoing Sundays • 6-8:30pm Ages: All ages Cost: $4 admission plus skate rental (regular $1; inline $3) Details: I went there for a b-day party, and I LOVED IT! Sunday is a great day to bring the whole family, Fridays are more teen/tween.
When: Ongoing Saturdays • 10am-12pm Ages: Ages 6 and under Cost: $5, skates included, in-lines $4, light-up razor scooters $7 Details: Cheap Skate also holds other events, such as Friday GLOW party, and Throwback Thursdays.
When: Sat, 10-10pm, Sun, 11-4pm, Mon, 12-8pm, Wed, 5:30-8:30pm, Fri, 4:30-9:30pm Ages: All ages Cost: $5.50-$10 per youth depending on the day, skate rental $3 extra Details: Also has an arcade and events every day. While your older kids are off skating, the youngsters can play on this multilevel bonanza! You can also purchase both skating and playing on the playground for a discount.
When: Tues, Wed, Fri, 5-8pm, Sat, 11-4pm, 7-10pm, Sun, 12:30-4:30pm Ages: All ages Cost: $5-$7, skate rental $3 extra Details: Christian contemporary music on Sat 7-10pm, and during Family Fun Skating there is clean music.
When: Ongoing Fridays • 6-9:30pm Ages: All ages, children under 12 need to be supervised by responsible person Cost: $16 Details: Includes unlimited roller skating, pizza, pop, and laser tag (pizza and pop only served until 9). Upgrade to in-lines for $2. BlackOut skate is also at 9, with glow stick, flashing glasses or pacifier available for purchase. You can also bring your own.
When: Ongoing Saturdays • 10am-12pm Ages: Best for younger kids 6 and under Cost: $5 plus $2 extra quad rental, $3 extra for in-lines Details: This skating rink also holds other events, which are Family Fun Skating, and Adult Night.
Again, I hope you’ve found this useful. Enjoy the roller rinks!
Rainy day and indoor games for kids of all ages! This list is categorized into age appropriate groups, but as always, these indoor games for kids can truly be enjoyed by anyone who is ready and willing to have fun. What indoor games did your family love to play growing up, and what indoor games do you play now with your kids? Let us know!
Note: Most of these games are classics that can be played without any fancy equipment, but if you would like to purchase a game, we have included links to our Amazon store. While your price does not change, we receive a small commission on any purchases made through our site.
A great game for your child to get to know the world around her. For a child who has never played, you can start by picking out an object within plain view, not mentioning the object, and saying “I Spy something blue.” If there is only one child, then she can keep guessing until she gets it right. If there are multiple children then they can take turns looking around and guessing. The first child correct gets to spy something next. Simple and fun!
Variations – Limit the number of guesses each child gets. Or, say things like “I Spy something that is a circle.” The difficulty is easily changed by what you are actually spying (smaller or less obvious things) and how you describe what is spied (bumpy or soft things, for example).
2. Balance Beam
This is more easily set up than you might think. Go get the masking tape, tape down a line of any length, and have a blast! Challenge your child to only walk on the line all the way to end. And definitely tape down further lines at different angles. Spirals and zig-zags are always fun.
Variations – The fastest child without stepping off, walking it heel-to-toe, walking it backwards, with eyes closed (socks off so they can feel the line), and jumping down the line (both feet still on!) are all great variants. If you want to get real about it, you can certainly lay down and secure 2×4 pieces of wood!
This is a great way to focus young kids on the sense of touch in a world so focused on the sense of sight. Get their mind to associate information to something other than just the way it looks. The point here is to put interesting objects into containers that a child must reach into and identify without looking at them. You’ll most likely want to use shoe boxes for the container as they are usually readily available, can be easily cut with scissors, and do not let any light through. Making the boxes can actually be part of the fun – have the kids color, paint, or draw on them, but make sure to cut out a child-sized hand hole on the side of the box beforehand as we don’t want good art to be cut out J! Put an item in each box and have your kids take turns guessing what the items are. Encourage questions and offer clues as needed. After identifying the objects you can have one of the children go get the items to put in next.
Variations – Offer points to those that guess correctly, or put in foods that may be wet, like spaghetti noodles or grapes.
This production of The Little Mermaid Jr. is past; however, you can find current and upcoming productions at Stages Theatre in our directory and family fun calendar.
Stages Theatre Company always makes me happy, but rarely does it take my breath away. The Little Mermaid, Junior did just that. With Dash on my lap, we gaped at the scenery and all the oceanlife included in the show.
It’s a professional show done mostly by young actors and my kids loved it. Some characters were slightly less believable than others, but it didn’t matter. The whole story is a fairytale. It’s all about magic and fun! We enjoyed every minute of it. Me and my kids ranging in age from 5-10.
It’s a great story for both boys and girls! (just ask my reluctant 7 year old son who didn’t want it to end)
Want the scoop on the 2016 St. Paul Winter Carnival? Check out our updated information here.
The Winter Carnival is coming! Starting Thursday, January 22, you can experience the fun of the Winter Carnival legend with King Boreas and Vulcanus Rex. There is so much happening at SPWC that we couldn’t include it all, but we wanted to let you know about our favorites. Head over to SPWC’s website for more info on the Toughest Rodeo, Saintly Cat Show, Medallion Hunt and Autonomous Snow Plow Competitions and SO much more!
Events take place before the Winter Carnival even begins. Read More
Fitness is not the top priority of Family Fun Twin Cities, but we know it is important. And while your personal fitness choices are your own, we do know that half the battle as a parent is how to fit it into our schedules. At least it is for me.
It’s a free event and you can park in the Walker Art Center Ramp for a minimal fee ($4, I think?). They provide a wide variety of activities for the family to enjoy together. These activities are suggested for ages 6-12, but my little 2 year old and 4 year old in the past have enjoyed them as well.
This is what you can experience on your exploration.
North African Music Performance by Amwaaj, 11 am and 1 pm
Relax in the Walker Cinema and listen to the sounds of North Africa. Hear and learn about the oud, nay, violin, and different instruments. Get a chance to try out the instruments with the musicians.
Tales of Magic and Mystery Theatre Workshop, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm
This looks the most exciting to me. Children’s Theatre Company will lead this interesting workshop in the Garden Terrace Room. Compare Moroccan folk tales with familiar fairytales as you work together as a family.
Harbor Tales, film 10 am–5 pm
Away We Go, 10 am–3 pm, Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Freeze Frame, 10 am–3 pm, Cargill Lounge
Gallery Activities, 11 am–2 pm
Explore the galleries, but keep in mind you may want to do a quick once over before you expose your kids to something you aren’t ready to discuss with them.
Don’t feel like you need to know what everything offered is. If these activities look somewhat interesting to you, head over to the Walker Art Center and immerse your family in the fun they provide.
What about making a New Year’s Resolution to make it to each Free First Saturday this year.
images courtesy of Walker Art Center, used with permission