Tag - Kids

Family Fun: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Christmas in the Twin Cities: 2016 Christmas Shopping Guide
Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – June 9-11, 2017
National Craft Month
The Best Fishing Holes in the Twin Cities
Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to St. Paul Winter Carnival January 22-February 1
Laurie Berkner Sneak Peek

Family Fun: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at SteppingStone Theatre is one of those Christmas items that is on my checklist every year. Unfortunately, it tends to get pushed aside for other things because I know I can always catch it next year. Not this year!

Best Christmas pageant ever!

SteppingStone has announced that after 2016, this beloved classic is getting sent to the vault. We don’t know when we’ll see it again. If, like me, it’s been on your checklist, this is the year to act. If you don’t know about, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, let me give you a quick history.

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Christmas in the Twin Cities: 2016 Christmas Shopping Guide

Christmas is just around the corner. Maybe this year you are hoping to support local businesses or other family businesses. We want to do the same, so we have collected some of our favorite local businesses and artisans as well as some of our favorite ethical companies in this Christmas Shopping Guide.Christmas Shopping Guide Read More

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – June 9-11, 2017

Minnesotans 15-years-old or younger and their grown up companion can fish without licenses on Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11, during the Minnesota DNR’s “Take a Kid Fishing Weekend”. You don’t even need to own fishing gear, because it is available for loan from Minnesota State Parks. We have borrowed fishing gear at William O’Brien State Park. It was very easy to do and a park ranger stopped by to give the girls pointers. If you can’t make it to Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, Minnesota residents generally can fish in state parks without a fishing license, unless the body of water requires a trout stamp.Take a Kid Fishing Weekend

Print a Fish Poster to Go With Your Kid Fishing Weekend
Take a Kid Fishing? Print a Poster

Get the Full Size Printable version at Explore Minnesota

If you are interested in learning more about the fish that live in Minnesota lakes and rivers, Explore Minnesota has a PDF poster you can print and take with you to compare to any fish you encounter.

Take a Kid Fishing in Minnesota State Parks - I Can Fish Program

Naturalists Kao Thao and Krista Jensen – I Can Fish (Image courtesy Minnesota DNR)

DNR Tips To Take a Kid Fishing and Some Colorful Personal Commentary:
  1. Plan to have fun and remember to bring a camera. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but as a kid, I’ve gone fishing with adults who took it very seriously. This is not your fishing day. This is the day to help you secure fishing buddy when your children are older.
  2. Choose fishing spots with a high likelihood of success. (Learn where, when, and how the fish bite). Several years ago, we had amazingly good luck off the pier at Roseville’s Central Park. Every time my daughter dropped her Pink Princess fishing pole into the water, she brought up a Sunny. I don’t know if that is normal, but that is where I would personally start.
  3. Use live bait to increase the chance of catching a fish. (Live bait is more interesting to kids, too.) I’m not sure if I agree with the part in parenthesis. My kids don’t particularly like handling worms and neither do I. If you are going to deal with live bait (and plan to keep your fish for that matter), bring someone who is not squeamish.
  4. Pick a place that is comfortable, safe, and easy to get to—public fishing piers are a great place to start. (Find a fishing pier This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.).  If its windy, public fishing piers can be a little nerve wracking with preschoolers and toddlers.  You may want to put them in life-jackets.
  5. Bring snacks! That’s just good advice for parenting. Always bring snacks.
  6. Remember the basics: sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit. Again, I’d add life-jackets, diapers & wipes, a change of clothes and towels.
  7. Provide kids with simple tackle in working order. If you already enjoy fishing, you can probably dig through your own stash.  Otherwise, see the part about State Parks offering this stuff for free.
  8. Start with realistic expectations. With short attention spans, kids may want to move onto something else after a very short time. Choose a park with a playground or a beach. Bring a non-fishing adult who doesn’t mind taking them if you want to continue fishing for a bit.
  9. Have patience! I think they are talking about fishing, but this is also just good advice for parenting.


National Craft Month

Crafting at Lakeshore Learning, National Craft Month

National Craft Month Fun

National Craft Month takes place every March and this year, FFTC was invited to Lakeshore Learning to enjoy it.

Every Saturday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft. It’s a versatile craft. Simple enough for a toddler, but can be personalized and blinged by an older child.

My ten year old loved it!  And even I got into the spirit of crafting fun!  Read More

The Best Fishing Holes in the Twin Cities

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Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to St. Paul Winter Carnival January 22-February 1

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.
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Laurie Berkner Sneak Peek

Shake like a Chicken with Laurie Berkner Live!
Family Fun Twin Cities is partnering with Beth El Synagogue for you and your family to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Clear your calendar on October 26, 2014 to dance together with Laurie and her band.
Ticketing: www.besyn.org/laurieberkner

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