Saturday is packed full of of FREE Halloween events, most designed for the ones who want only the mildest of spooks and thrills. Read on for more details, and be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for additional Halloween fun and beyond.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
Details: All ages are welcome to take part in this free Highpoint tradition. Learn how to carve relief blocks by hand and make prints to take home, this month’s theme celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Young children will enjoy the activity, but will need close participation from adults.
Time: 10 & 11:30am
Details: Heart of the Beast will take center stage in the first floor atrium with their first show at 10:00am. Afterwards, children will have the opportunity to “create and take” a puppet. The second show will begin at 11:30 am. Come in costume and go trick-or-treating at Calhoun Square after the show!
BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza
@ Hidden Falls Regional Park
1313 Hidden Falls Drive, Saint Paul, 55116
Details: Since 1993, BareBones Productions has presented The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a community-created spectacle pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song, and music that honors the circle of life by celebrating its seasonal arc of death in the Fall.
Halloween Events at Minneapolis Parks: Joy has rounded up a great list of 9 Halloween events (all of which are free save one) going on around Minneapolis Parks. Click the above link for the list.
Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Malls: Tons of not-so-spooky FREE events going on at Twin Cities-area shopping centers on Halloween! A handful include Rosedale Mall’s Spooktacular, Mall of America’s Howl-o-Ween, and Halloween on the Mall at Eden Prairie Center. For a complete list, click the above link.
Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Grocery Stores & Markets: Activities going on the day of Halloween include Boo Blast at Lunds/Byerly’s Wayzata and the Fall Festival at the Plymouth location (both 11am-3pm), and Halloween activities at the St. Paul Farmers Market.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
It’s You & Me, Kid
@ Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park
7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, 55386
Details: Unplug with your child in nature. Enjoy crafts, games, puzzles, coloring, nature artifacts, bird watching, and live animals. Go on a hike before or after the program.
1) Have the kids arrive chock full of inspiration! Or, at least with an idea or two. A sketch couldn’t hurt, either. The central activity at Free Ink Day was creating relief prints on rubber templates a bit smaller than a postcard. The prints are made by carving a design into the rubber, coating the plate with ink, then pressing the plate onto a paper card. The biggest challenge in this process was coming up with a design, which leads me to suggest…
2) Plan to spend at least an hour designing, carving, inking and printing the kids’ creations. Free Ink Day spans three hours, but we came near the end in order to catch a special puppet show put on by Open Eye Figure Theatre. As a result, the kids were rushed in their printmaking, one squeaked in a print by the skin of her teeth, and it was semi-stressful scrubbing everyone’s hands clean in time for the show. Budget time for cleanup!
Special guests Open Eye Figure Theatre then presented, as part of its 2014 Driveway Tour, “The Amazing Cow Boat”. My kids loved the story of a little boy’s imagination gone wild at bathtime. After the show, the puppeteers allowed the kids to touch all the beautiful handmade puppets and sets. To find out where Open Eye Figure Theatre will be stopping next, click the link here.
Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. No advance registration is required.
While Dad’s away, Mom and the kids will play! We devoted Saturday to checking out a couple spots in Minneapolis we’d been meaning to get to for years (really, for years):
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.
3. 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!
I tell you, the week absolutely flies by when it’s my turn to come up with the weekend activity lists. That part of the job is not actually so pleasant (really, I don’t need things to move any faster around here), but what I do enjoy is getting inspired to spend family time at some really cool places around town. And since I’ve got a little time on my hands this weekend, here’s what I came up with to choose from — and share with you all as well:
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Cinderella Storytime with Children’s Theatre Company
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul
Perhaps you’ve got some princess attire left over from Halloween? Pull it back out and hit this special Cinderella storytime at Red Balloon courtesy the Children’s Theatre Company. And watch for a special Cinderella ticket giveaway coming soon from Family Fun Twin Cities.
First Free Saturday: What’s Happening!
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
10am – 3pm
Nokomis Urban Craft Fair
Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis
9am – 3pm
Joy’s also got a great suggestion for a place to start shopping for those Christmas presents if you’re interested in buying from local vendors. The Lake Nokomis Community Center will host 30 craft vendors this Saturday to get you inspired for the holidays.
Free Ink Day: Dia de los Muertos
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
1 – 5pm
4 times per year, Highpoint Center invites the public to drop in, hand-carve and print with relief blocks, and take the creations home. This season’s Free Ink Day will honor the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Free Family Fun Day: Nature Play
Richardson Nature Center
8737 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington
Explore the natural world with your family every Sunday in November from 3-4pm at Richardson Nature Center. Free Family Fun Day is also offered every Sunday from 1-3pm in November at the Karl Kroening Interpretive Center in North Mississippi Regional Park.
As always, please consider consulting our Free Calendar for more ideas for this weekend and beyond!