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Maple Syruping with Kids in the Twin Cities
Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities
Budget Twin Cities July Events & Activities
Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies
Farewell to Summer: Readers’ Suggestions for Family Fun
Finding Fun on the Farm: Gale Woods, Gibbs Museum, and the Dodge Nature Center (June 21)
Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds: A To-Do List
The Weekend Wish List for April 11 – 13, 2014
Archived: The Weekend Wish List for March 29th and 30th
Wish List – Four Fun Activities For the Family

Maple Syruping with Kids in the Twin Cities

March is maple syrup month in Minnesota, and with an abundance of nature centers around the Twin Cities, we have ample opportunities to learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. Maple syrup events usually contain one or more of the following activities: tapping the maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it into syrup, and the best part — according to my kids, anyway — a sample of the finished product.

Click through for a list of upcoming maple syrup events across the Twin Cities Metro. Read More

Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities

Gale Woods Farm Collage

The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards! Browse the favorites below for ideas on where your own little ones can get up close to animals, play at farm chores, pick their own produce, and learn through living history activities: Read More

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 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

Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies

The Minnesota Zoo is not the only place to find Minnesota Farm Babies. We have a list of several affordable alternatives for getting your baby farm animal fix.

I had no idea there were this many places to find Minnesota Farm Babies!


Saturday Mornings on the Farm @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays in April & May, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Details: Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals.

tm gale woods farm 3Spring Into Farming @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • 4/7, 4/20, 5/3, 5/10, 9:30am-2:30pm • $6/pp • Details: Celebrate new life on the farm through crafts, cooking and games. Meet farm animals and participate in educator-led programs. Activities are geared toward preschoolers and kindergartners.

Spring on the Farm @ Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd NW, Elk River • 4/30, 5/1, 10am-5pm • $9/adults, $7/seniors, $6/ages 5-17, free age 4 & under and MNHS members • Details: Pay a visit to baby animals, help with the early spring planting and more while exploring this historic working farm.

Farm Babies @ the Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley • now through April 30, 2016, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • Details: In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Get the full lineup here.

Spring on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park • May 15, 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Details: Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec. 2016.

Dodge Nature Center & Farm, 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul • Details: Feel free to wander the farm grounds daily during nature center hours. Visitors aren’t allowed in the farm buildings unless registered for a program, but there are plenty of animals to see from the fences. Annual event Rock the Barn gets you up even closer 5/21, 3-7pm • $7/adults, $4/kids, $25/families, 2 & under FREE.



Sibley Farm @ Sibley Park,

Farmamerica – Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center, 7367 360th Ave, Waseca • Self-guided tours Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10am-sundown Tues-Sat & noon-sundown Sun • Suggested donation of $5/adults and $3/child • Details: Take a self-guided stroll through historic buildings and learn about evolving agriculture in Minnesota. Baby farm animals are due in May!

Govin’s Meats & Berries, N6134 670th St, Menomonie WI • Find lambing barn hours here • $7.25/pp, under 2 admitted free • Details: Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth! Nate of the blog MinneMama Adventures gives you more details here.

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


Farewell to Summer: Readers’ Suggestions for Family Fun

We hosted a giveaway the other week and asked readers to leave a comment sharing one family activity they hoped to squeeze in before summer’s end. There were so many good suggestions it seemed fitting to incorporate them into a post. Need a little inspiration for that last summer hurrah? Here’s what our readers had to say:

Walker on the Green – artist designed mini-golf

Mini-golfing – which was appropriate, as the readers were vying for tickets to play the Walker on the Green course at Walker Art Center. The cost of 9 holes ($12/adults, $9/kids ages 7-12) or 18 holes ($18/adults, $13.50/kids) is probably the priciest you’ll find around town, but consider this — children under 6 are free with a paid adult, and each ticket includes admission to the Walker galleries. The Walker’s course is also artist-designed and very entertaining for kids. Read more about our family golf night at the Walker here. Keep in mind the course is open through Labor Day, September 1.

For more places to putt before the weather turns, check out this Star Tribune article published back in June.

photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Elm Creek Swimming Pond – at Elm Creek Park Reserve, the largest parcel in the Three Rivers Park District. The pond has chlorinated water, a sandy beach, concessions, changing facilities and a giant playground nearby. The pond is open 9am – 8pm daily through Labor Day and levies a fee of $4/pp (kids under 1 yr. free) or $12 season pass/pp. There is no charge to enter the park or play on the equipment. 12420 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

Como Town Splash Zone!

Como Town – Filled with rides and attractions to suit the 2 to 12-year-old, Como Town Amusement Park is the ideal size to make a day of it. Don’t miss Hodge Podge Park’s Splash Zone if the weather is steamy, or the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride! Convenient ticket options include purchasing an unlimited ride wristband ($21.95 or $14.95 after 4pm and only $7.95 for adults) or buying a point package (see all options here). Admission to the park itself is free, as is the adjacent and immensely popular Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Como Town is open weekends through September 28. 1301 Midway Parkway
St Paul, MN 55103

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – I loved this suggestion and wished I’d made it out to Walnut Grove myself this summer. The annual Wilder Pageant days are over for the season, but the museum dedicated to the beloved author of the Little House books is open through October. You can find the museum hours here, as well as information about seeking out other landmarks from Laura’s days in the Plum Creek area. 330 8th St., Walnut Grove, MN, 56180.

Surrey bikes at Minnehaha Falls – Pedal through scenic Minnehaha Park, past the Falls made famous by Longfellow, on surrey bikes operated by Wheel Fun Rentals. For a complete list of the contraptions available and their hourly charge, click here. The bikes rent daily through Labor Day and fall weekends through October 19, 11am – 6pm. A second location to rent in Minneapolis is at Lake Nokomis. 4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417.

Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling – Explore life on the fort in the early 1800s– before the Twin Cities existed! Peek inside barracks, talk to costumed interpreters, and listen for the roar of the cannon. Labor Day Weekend at Fort Snelling hosts “Minnesota and the First World War”, a new special event that delves into the Fort’s role in training soldiers for World War 1. Hours: Saturday, August 30 – Monday, September 1 from 10am – 5pm. Admission: $11/adults, $9/seniors & active military with ID, $6/kids 6-17, free/children under 5 and MHS members. Fort Snelling is open Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sept. – Oct. 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111.

photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Gale Woods Farm – There are plenty of opportunities left to experience Saturday Mornings on the Farm at Gale Woods. The barn will be open, the animals ready for their close-ups, and your help will be appreciated for seasonal chores. Cost is $5/pp with a 20% discount on groups of 4 or more. Hours: Saturdays through September 27, 9:30am – 12pm. 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista, MN 55364.

Paddleboarding – Great idea! Try Wheel Fun Rentals at Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, and Lake Nokomis (through Labor Day!) in Minneapolis or keep Lake Phalen in St. Paul in mind for next summer (as rentals are now closed).

Drive-in movies – I’d keep Vali-Hi Drive-In in mind for a date night, though you can’t beat the price of a kid’s ticket – only a buck for children 6 – 12 and free for kids under 5. $8.50 per adult is good for three movies, cash only. Box office opens at 7pm Fri-Sat and 7:30pm Sun-Thurs. Movies start at dusk at the last remaining drive-in theater in the Twin Cities. 11260 Hudson Blvd. N., Lake Elmo, MN, 55042.


The Minnesota State Fair – We’d be remiss not to mention the final bash of the summer, but since we’ve been yammering on about it nearly nonstop lately, I thought I’d hide it here at the bottom. Last, but definitely NOT least! Head out to the Minnesota State Fair August 21 – September 1 and be sure to check out some of our tips before you go.

Thanks to all the readers who sent in their suggestions; we’re happy to pass them along! Enjoy the final days of the season.

Finding Fun on the Farm: Gale Woods, Gibbs Museum, and the Dodge Nature Center (June 21)

Farm life is foreign and exotic to my kids. They, like probably most other children of parents reading this post, have spent their entire (albeit young) lives within the confines of city blocks. And they never tire of opportunities to take a break from the traffic and get a little more rural. Luckily, you don’t have to travel too far to get a taste of the farm in our cities. In some cases, the farm might even be in your own neighborhood. Try visiting one of these spots to play farmer (or pioneer) for the day: Read More

Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds: A To-Do List

When you blog for FFTC, you never have an excuse not to know what’s going on for the family-minded in the Twin Cities. Our Family Fun Calendar is such a handy little tool – I can plan weekend activities days in advance (thanks to my cohorts the admins) or whip it out for a spur-of-the-moment outing. The calendar is also my constant reminder of some wonderful opportunities in the metro for family fun that I haven’t gotten to yet. A year after merging activity arsenals with Gianna and Joy, my to-do list is as long as ever. Here are some of the places I can’t wait to get to in our second year as a team:

1. Highpoint Center for Printmaking – Part gallery, part hands-on creative space, Highpoint strives to make the art of printmaking accessible to all. My artsy daughters would love the Free Ink Days (drop-in events held four times yearly) or one of the family classes. (Registration for the upcoming Playdate at the Press has been extended to Friday, April 25, for the class on May 3!)

2. Gale Woods Farm – Part of the Three Rivers Park District, this is a working farm that invites kids and families to get hands-on with animals and agriculture. My kids would love to experience one of the Saturday Mornings on the Farm ($5/pp through August 30). Visitors are also welcome to explore on their own. Gianna details an outing to Gale Woods Farm here.

steppingstone theatre3. SteppingStone Theatre – Theater can be so incredible for kids to experience, yet a larger family might balk at the expense of tickets. SteppingStone strives to offer affordable ticket options for their audience. I’d like to check out one of their “Pay What You Can” performances — held the first Saturday of each production. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; arrive an hour prior to showtime.

4. Silverwood Park – The first and only time I’ve been to Silverwood I was in that rarest of states: alone. Next time I vow to bring my kids along to enjoy one of the park’s awesome events designed just for them! Let’s Get stARTed is a monthly free drop-in art class. When you Walk with an Artist, you’ll explore the park’s intriguing sculptures. Gianna tells us more about her love for Silverwood Park here.

5. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre – Every spring I resolve to attend HOTB’s MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. And every spring I then fail to do so (or, occasionally, the weather won’t cooperate). HOTB invites the public to come help create the parade floats and decorations! You can find out more about these free workshops — including your last opportunity to be involved — here. Heart of the Beast also presents Saturday Shows for Kids nicely priced at $4/pp.

There’s my list! Isn’t there research that suggests you’re way more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down? I’m halfway here! Thanks for joining us during our first year of Family Fun Twin Cities. We hope you’ll stick around!

The Weekend Wish List for April 11 – 13, 2014

I was bowled over when I took a look at our Family Fun Calendar for this upcoming weekend! The list below is just a sampling of some of the family activities offered that caught my eye. There are also numerous springtime events going on at local parks and nature centers as well as more theater and concert options. All activities listed here have a fee attached; look for our Free List of weekend events later this week.

Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (The Adventures of Vixen Sharp Ears)
Ted Mann Concert Hall (University of Minnesota Opera Theatre)
2128 Fourth Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Showtimes: Friday, April 11 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 13 at 1:30pm
Tickets: $20/adults, $5/students & children. Buy tickets online, by box office (612-624-2345) or at the Rarig Ticket Center Office.

Inspired by cartoons the composer had seen in the newspaper, this all-ages opera combines music and dance with themes of “nature, the life cycle, and the spiritual side of life”. A discussion of the opera will begin in the lobby 45 minutes prior to the show.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Showtimes: Friday, April 11 at 7:00pm; Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 & 7:00pm; Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 & 4:30pm
Tickets: $15/all seats

Catch the opening weekend of this new show at Stages! The Big Bad Wolf is set to stand trial for his supposed role in that whole mess with the Three Little Pigs. You, the audience, gets to decide his fate. Based on the book of the same name but set to music, it’s sure to be good for some laughs.

Saturday Mornings on the Farm
Gale Woods Farm
7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista, MN 55364

Hours: Saturday, April 12, 9:30am – 12pm
Admission: $5 per participant, 20% discount for groups of 4 or more.

Spend Saturday mornings through August assisting a farmer with chores and other seasonal activities on this real, working farm. Springtime at Gale Woods means the arrival of the Farm Babies! Gianna has more details on meeting the animals and other events at Gale Woods Farm here.

Robot Day at The Works Museum
9740 Grand Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55420
Hours: Saturday, April 12, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $8/all ages

In honor of National Robotics Week, The Works is hosting their annual Robot Day this Saturday! The usual $8 admission fee will cover all of this hands-on museum’s fun exhibits plus special robotics demos from FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO League among others. A great opportunity for kids interesting in joining one of the FIRST programs.

Squish of Spring – Weekend Family Fun
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays in April, 12:00 – 4pm

Admission: $12/person ages 13+, under 13 are free

Get ready to play in the mud weekends at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. April’s family program Squish of Spring gets hands-on with soil and includes a take-home planting experiment.

Archived: The Weekend Wish List for March 29th and 30th

This past weekend, I ordered my families summer farm share.  Now I’m just counting down the days until June when the vegetables start arriving.  In the meantime, last year, in a fit of overzealous optimism my husband and I marked off about a quarter of our yard for our own vegetable garden.  It was a little more than we could handle.  This year we are thinking smaller scale — maybe popcorn or something that takes up a lot of space, but is easy to grow.  We’ll see how that goes.  My list is a little soil heavy this week.  I’ve just had enough winter and I’m ready for spring.  I’ve also included a roadtrip and a couple stage productions.


The Scarecrow and his Servant and Ballonacy
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Prices Vary: Order Tickets Here or Learn How to Score $10 Tickets Here

 No matter the age of your kids, this is a good weekend for Children’s Theatre Tickets.  My grade schooler really enjoyed our outing to see the The Scarecrow and his Servant. However, after we saw The Very Hungry Caterpillar, my 4-year-old also thinks he should be my guest every time I review a play.  CTC has a new offering for the preschool crowd opening this week and Gianna has the preview of Balloonacy here.  We haven’t seen it yet, but we haven’t been let down by CTC yet.

Get Started Gardening with Gale Woods Farm on Saturday

Get Started Gardening with Gale Woods Farm on Saturday


Get Started Vegetable Gardening
Gale Woods Farm, 210 County Road 110 W. ,  Minnetrista, MN 55364
Cost: $8.00 per person (Reservations Required)

This is a gardening class for the fmaily with older children.  The program is designed for ages 12+.  If you have younger kids, scroll down a bit to see another suggestion.  In this program, you and your family can learn to grow your own vegetables in your backyard (a class we probably should have taken last year).  Gale Woods Farm will inspire you to get started and offer you some go-to resources for later use. Registration for this event ends Wednesday, March 26th. Call 763-559-6700 or click the reservation link above.  This is activity #237409-00.



RTrain_Cartoon_2andolph Railroad Days
Randolph High School, Railyards, and Museum, 29110 Davisson Avenue, Randolph, MN 55065
Saturday, March 29, 2014 & Sunday, March 30, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission $5/adults; Children Under 12 free

I’m sure you didn’t get enough trains last weekend at the Great Minnesota Train Expo.  So this weekend, how about a roadtrip to Randolph, Minnesota (about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and half an hour from St. Paul).  Engineer Paul from Choo Choo Bob’s will be there.  Plus they offer tours, sales of collectibles and toys and an opportunity for the public to view operating layouts and displays and more. This sounds like an ideal outing for a family that loves trains.  There will be plenty of locomotive fun for the adult as well as the child.

Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil ca. 2000 via Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil ca. 2000 via Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Weekend Family Fun
Minnesota Landscape Arboreteum, Learning Center, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, MN 55318
Saturday, March 29, 2014 & Sunday, March 30, 2014; Noon. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission $13/adults; Children 12 and under free

As promised, here is something to inspire gardening in the younger family.  This program is less instruction and more fun.  However, your kids can learn something, too.  Drop in activities include:

  • A look into a microscope to see shoots with baby leaves and roots;
  • A chance to make a snack out of sprouts;
  • An art project made with seeds; and
  • The opportunity to start seeds to watch grow at home.



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Wish List – Four Fun Activities For the Family


IHOB Puppet LabPuppet Lab: Emerging Artists

In The Heart of hte Beast Puppet Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Part 1: February 28, 2014 – March 2, 2014; 8:00 p.m.
Part 2: March 7, 2014 – March 9, 2014; 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $12.00 single night/$20.oo both weekends.
Purchase tickets here, or by calling 612-721-2535

In the Heart of the Beast’s Puppet Lab is showcasing emerging artists for the next two weekends.  I have my reservations about calling this a family outing, but definately a fun date night.  You can read more of my thoughts HERE.  Image Credit: In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre.


Michelle's EggsChickens in the Backyard

Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W.,  Minnetrista, MN 55364
Saturday, March 1, 2014; 9:30 a.m. to noon
Cost $8/per person; Ages 3+
Reservations Required Call 763-559-6700

 I’m pretty sure my neighbors hate me, and it is probably because something like this appeals to me.  If you are like minded, there is still time to sign up for Chickens in the Backyard at Galewoods Farm and learn how to keep chickens in your backyard.  Get some practical advice and I bet your kids will get to see some chickens.  The picture to the right is of the first egg laid by one of my sister’s backyard chickens next to a store-bought egg.

Image Credit: Michelle Rohl

shrekfundraiserShrek’s Fairytale Fundraiser

Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404,Cargill Stage
Saturday, March 1, 2014;  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$50/adult, $25/child (16 and under). Two years-old and under attend for free.

Children’s Theatre has their big fundraiser on Saturday – Shrek’s Fairytale Fundraiser.  Gianna has written about it in more detail here.  We are also offering a giveaway for one free ticket to the event.

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony Young Soloist Spotlight at Ted Mann 

Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th Street S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Sunday, March 2, 2014; 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$6 – $10 in advance: 651-291-1144, online at www.thespco.org, $10 – $14 at the door.


See  the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony play Antonín Dvořák’s Concerto in B Minor of Cello and Orchestra, 1st Mvt. Allegro.    Nora Doyle will be featured on cello.
They will also play Dmitri Shostakovich’s  Symphony No. 5 in D Minor.  For more information, visit www.gtcys.org.

Note: Parking is available at the 21st Avenue and 19th Avenue parking ramps on the West Bank at the University of Minnesota. There is a fee to park in these ramps. For more information go to: www.pts.umn.edu.


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