5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.
Both the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are hosting their free family days this weekend! If you’ve yet to bring the kids out to one of these events, I highly recommend it. For more ideas of how to get out with your family this weekend, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
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 every first Saturday of the month.
Time: Performances at 10 & 11am
Details: Open houses at MacPhail are a lot of fun and include concerts geared towards kids, a chance to play with instruments, snacks and more.
Details: Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, interactions with live animals, craft projects and more. The event is held the first Saturday of each month.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Family Day: Incredible India
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis
Details: Art-making, dance theater, storytelling, gallery hunts and more themed to regions of India. Family Day at the MIA is a free monthly event.
Details: This German celebration gives everyone the opportunity to participate in the spirit of generosity. Make lanterns and join St. Martin in a parade around Rice Park.
Details: Drop in for art projects, explore the grounds, the sculptures, and the current gallery exhibit.
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
SaturdayHyland Park’s 5K Ski Trail Inaugural Celebration Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 Saturday, January 25, 2014; 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hyland Park is opening its 5 Kilometer Ski Trail this weekend with a free celebration. The new ski trail offers snowmaking and lights – so you can ski all winter no matter the weather or darkness. This weekend, get mini-lessons, ski tours, and a party. If you don’t have skis, free rentals are available and the daily ski pass is also free during the event. There will be refreshments. Schedule of activities: 3-6 PM Free ski rentals 3-4 PM Free mini-lessons 4 PM 1K ski tour 4:30 PM Celebration Program – Skiing for a Lifetime! 5 PM 5K ski tour.
The Free Family Music -The Carnival of Animals MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, Mn 55401 Saturday, January 25, 2014; 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
On Saturday MacPhail will host another one of their Family Music events. This time they will feature one of my favorites, The Carnival of the Animals. If you would like to be more familiar with The Carnival of the Animals before you go in. I like to learn my classical music from Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Here’s a good 20 minute video for family screen time. To learn more about what to expect from MacPhail’s Family Music Series, read Anne’s review HERE.
Art Sled Rally Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Saturday, January 25, 2014; 2:00 p.m.
The weather is looking pretty good for Saturday — it’ll be a drop from 37 degrees. But seriously, that one is hard to believe. Saturday is shaping up to be a reasonable 16 degrees with maybe a fresh layer of snow for those art sleds. The Art Sled Rally is hosted by South Sixteenth High Jinks a group of artists and neighbors who want to promote year-round outdoor activities. Go watch the Rally this year and maybe next year you can get involved with the pre-rally workshops and make your own art sled! Image courtesy of the Art Sled Rally. Learn more at www.artsledrally.com.
Winter Carnival Kids Day Landmark Center, 75 5th Street West Saturday, January 25, 2014; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Word Girl is going to be busy this weekend! She is at the Winter Carnival Kids Day on Saturday and She’ll be at the PBS Kids Writers Contest on Sunday. Read more about Winter Carnival Kids Day HERE. Image Credit: The Saint Paul Winter Carnival.
Sunday 26thPBS KIDS Writers Contest Kickoff Party Rotunda at the Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425 Sunday, January 26, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. More Details Here.
I love the idea of encouraging children to write. This contest is promoted as the largest annual national contest of its kind for kids in K-3rd grade! The problem with a National contest is that their chances of winning are pretty low. Your the best judge of how your child will handle disappointment if they don’t win. My third grader would be devastated (for about a day and then she’d be on to a new get famous scheme). All kids will get a participation certificate; additional prizes will be awarded for first place and honorable mention winners! First place winners’ stories will go to the national contest! Either way, the party sounds fun — the Bazillions will be performing!!!. Image Credit: The Bazillions.
What is Sing, Play, Learn
Chances are, if you’ve taken your kids to storytimes at libraries and bookstores around town, you’ve noticed that many spend nearly as much time engaging the children in singing and music as they do reading aloud. Music is a wonderful tool that can be used in early childhood to enhance literacy. I took advantage of MacPhail Center for Music’s free outreach program at my local Ramsey County Library branch today, bringing along my youngest daughters (ages 3 and 17 months). Titled “Sing, Play, Learn”, the class is a full 45 minutes of connecting the rhythms of music and language.
MacPhail brings their lineup of six themes to libraries throughout the seven-county Twin Cities Metro. During our class, we explored ways in which musical play promotes body awareness. Naming parts, moving them to the beat and playing simple start-and-stop games with them highlighted both literacy skills and impulse control. It was also just plain fun watching my toddler daughter try to imitate the instructor!
How to Sign Up for Sing, Play, Learn
The program is free and, consequently, very popular. Advance registration is required at some locations, strongly suggested at others. Make sure to call ahead. Classes across the Metro are also winding down as the school year draws to a close. Check with your local library for upcoming dates.
About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.