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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities
Free Twin Cities December Family Events & Activities
Free Twin Cities Events & Activities in May
Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events
Family Fun: A Scottish Ramble
Crafts in the Cold: Two Activities to do at Home When You Don’t Want to Leave Your House
Summer Arts Discovery at the Landmark Center
Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 24-25
Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 17-18, 2015

Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities April

April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities!

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Free Twin Cities December Family Events & Activities



12/2: Forever Wild Family Friday: Scavenger Hunt @ Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, Eagan • 7-8:30pm • Details: Drop in for smores and a nighttime hunt.

12/3: First Free Saturday: Walker Open House @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family. Read More

Free Twin Cities Events & Activities in May

Free May

5/1: Lyra Family Concert Series: Meet the Irish Harp @ Baroque Room, 275 4th St E, St. Paul • 3-4pm • Details: Introduce the kids to classical music with an hour-long family-friendly concert with hands-on activities and snacks, presented in a casual environment.

5/3: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereDetails: Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/6: Friday Family Movie Night: The Good Dinosaur @ Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm
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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events


How will you be celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make her day extra special:


5/7: Mother’s and Father’s Day Cardmaking @ Articulture, 2613 E Franklin Ave, Mpls • 1-3pm

5/7: Saturday Crafts for Kids: Mother’s Day Cards @ Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

5/7: Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating Event @ Jerry’s Foods, Woodbury, Edina and Eden Prairie locations • 11am-1pm • Details: Decorate a treat for mom and, if you’re one of the first 150 kids to show, snag her a free carnation as well.

5/7: Mother’s Day Storytime @ Barnes & Noble MOA • 11am • Details: Plus, make a card for Mom.

5/7: All About Family – Mother’s Day Card/Gift Making @ Community Covenant Church, 901 Humboldt Avenue N., Minneapolis, MN 55411 • 3pm – 6pm • Details: Mothers Day Gift and Card Making.

5/8: Family Day: Mother’s Day Musical @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm • Details: Combine words and art through games, storytelling, crafts, and a gallery hunt.

5/8: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert @ Landmark Center • 1pm

5/8: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk @ Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis • 11am-noon & 3-4pm.


5/7-8: Mother’s Day Weekend @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: Moms free when accompanied by a child; help with spring planting and visit the farm babies.

5/7-8: Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am • Moms are in FREE!

5/8: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • noon-5pm • Moms and grandmas admitted FREE!

5/8: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis • 12:30-8:30pm • Moms ride FREE!


5/7: Mother’s Day Tea @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 1-3pm • $5/kids, $10/adults • Details: Kids ages 5 & up and their families can enjoy tea and treats, make a Victorian trinket box and snap a picture in the photo booth.

5/8: Mother’s Day Clay @ Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am-noon • $25/adult-child pair, $15 per additional child. Reservations required by phone only.

5/8: Mother’s Day Flower Walk & Tea Party @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 1-2:30pm • $5/pp • Details: Take a spring hike, craft a scented firestarter and enjoy tea or juice with Mom.

5/8: Mother’s Day Open House @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 1-4pm • $7-$9/pp

5/8: Mother’s Day Brunch @ Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul • seating times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm • $12.95-$27.99, kids 3-5 eat for $4.75, prices include general admission to the Science Museum.


She hasn’t posted it yet, but Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars typically has got the best roundup of Moms-Eat-Free deals offered in the Twin Cities for Mother’s Day. When the post goes up, we’ll link to it here.

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


Family Fun: A Scottish Ramble

A family tradition that dates back years before the word “blog” entered our collective lexicon. Not quite as far as the original Highland Games of Scotland, of course, but encompassing many aspects of them: the skirl of bagpipes, swishing of kilts and family members distantly connected to those ancient Scottish clans.

The highlight of A Scottish Ramble is the Highland Dance competition. A collection of flings, reels, hornpipes and jigs is set to the pipes and echoes in the beautiful Cortile of Landmark Center.

We also make sure to catch a performance by musician Ross Sutter. A longtime favorite performer of ours, we’ve followed him to libraries, parks and other festivals over the years. Our best-loved encounters have been at the Scottish Ramble where he leads our growing family in traditional songs and dances.

A Scottish Ramble is one of many wonderful cultural events hosted by Landmark Center throughout the year. Rounding out the music and dance are food (we like the shortbread cookies and meat pies), vendors and cultural presentations.

A Scottish Ramble is an annual event held at Landmark Center in St Paul. 2017 admission is $4-$6/pp.

Crafts in the Cold: Two Activities to do at Home When You Don’t Want to Leave Your House

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.

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Charles M. SchulzIn celebration of the November 6, 2015 release of The Peanuts Movie & St. Paul’s beloved “son” Charles M. Schulz, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will proclaim October 20, 2015 “Charles M. Schulz Day” and present Charles’ son Craig Schulz (writer/producer of THE PEANUTS MOVIE) with the proclamation.

Craig Schulz will be joined by Director Steve Martino, Snoopy and THE PEANUTS MOVIE cast including Francesca Capaldi (voice of Little Red Haired Girl), Noah Schapp (voice of Charlie Brown), Mar Mar (voice of Franklin) & Hadley Belle Miller (voice of Lucy) for the special ceremony!

Charles Schulz died in 2000 and for five years following his death, local artists honored him with peanuts statues all over the cities.  It could be fun to have an MEA weekend scavenger hunt for Peanuts statues to prepare your kids for this event.  The City of St. Paul offers a map of all public art – including Peanuts statutes.

If your kids are a little young to know who all the Peanuts characters are, Peanuts.Com can help you introduce them to the characters. Maybe it will become a family favorite.


-First 300 kids will receive a Halloween bag
-Face Painting
-Pumpkins from Tom’s Pumpkins
-Balloon Twists
-Photos with Snoopy
-Food Trucks: TOT BOSSNatedogsValleyfairFree Indeed Food
-Bergmann’s Kettle Corn


Tuesday, October 20, 2015
4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Landmark Plaza, St. Paul



Summer Arts Discovery at the Landmark Center

This summer visit the Landmark Center for Summer Arts Discovery — a visual arts exhibition showcasing 12 local artists. Watch our calendar for events and workshops from the selected artists during the summer months.
Summer Arts Discovery at the Landmark Center.  Watch the Family Fun Twin Cities Calendar for special dates this summer.

Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 24-25

Get out and enjoy the events of the St. Paul Winter Carnival this weekend! Many of the events are free and open to the public and several are aimed especially at families with young children. For a detailed listing of activities, visit our FFTC Guide to the St. Paul Winter Carnival. For more ideas of how to get out with your family this weekend, check out our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Here’s some inspiration to get you started: Read More

Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 17-18, 2015

Welcome to the weekend! We’d like to start you off with a few FREE options for family entertainment around town and remind you that our Family Fun Calendar has a complete listing of events for this weekend and beyond.

Saturday, January 17

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival
@ Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Hours: 12 – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages.
Details: The 13th annual festival will feature a multitude of kites flying over Lake Harriet as well as experts demonstrating their flying skills and Tips Outdoors attempting to get you hooked on ice fishing. Bring your own kite or purchase one there.

Winter Open House: Snowshoes & Tracks
@ Maplewood Nature Center
2659 E 7th St, Maplewood, MN 55119

Hours: 10am – 3pm
Ages: All ages are welcome; snowshoes are rented to participants ages 4+.
Details:  Naturalists will be on  hand to answer questions, orient you to the nature center trails and, for a $5 rental fee, teach you how to strap on a pair of snowshoes. Sleds will be providing for pulling little ones and hot chocolate is free for all. Stay to explore the nature center’s indoor exhibits.

Childish Films Presents Adventures in Music
@ Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hours: Doors open at 10am for snacks and activities, pre-show performances begin about 10:30 and films begin closer to 11am.
Ages: All ages are welcome; films are best enjoyed by kids ages 3+.
Details: Explore music before the show with Katie Condon of MacPhail Center for Music. Three short animated films will follow.

beARTrageous 6th Studio Birthday Bash
@ beARTrageous
2121 West 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Hours: 3 – 5pm
Details: Join in the celebration as beARTrageous marks 6 years with a Black & White Masquerade Ball. Cake, art projects and face painting provided FREE!

Sunday, January 18

Target Free 3rd Sunday
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Hours: 9am – 5pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: The Museum is completely free of charge each third Sunday of the month; check out Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog™, now in its final weeks. As the free Sundays are very popular, a set number of people will be admitted to the museum each hour on a first-come, first-served basis. Discounted ramp parking is available for $5/3 hours.

Let’s Get StARTed: Snowy, Snowy Snowman
@ Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E, St. Anthony, MN 55421

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages, art projects may be geared towards children of preschool age and up.
Details: Drop in for the art project, stay to explore the grounds and art sculptures. No registration is necessary.

Urban Expedition: Austria
@ Landmark Center
75 5th St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages.
Details: The 11th year of Urban Expeditions at Landmark kicks off with a tour of Austria! Explore music, crafts, dance, food and more without leaving St. Paul.

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