Tag - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events
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Free Family Weekend Events List for August 7 – 10, 2015
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Archived: Free Family Weekend Events List for July 11-12, 2015
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Free Family Weekend Events List for June 13 – 14, 2015
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Free Family Weekend Events for May 9 – 10, 2015
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Archived: Meet the Habsburgs Giveaway–Austrian Emperors from the 13th Century to the 20th Century– at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts until May 10
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Free Family Events List: March 7 – 8, 2015
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Twin Cities Weekend Free Events List for February 7 – 8, 2015
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Weekend Free Events List January 10 – 11, 2015

Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities

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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events

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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:

MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY

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.


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM

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!


MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID

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.


MOM EATS FREE

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.

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Free Family Weekend Events List for August 7 – 10, 2015

It’s all about art this weekend in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul are hosting four of their big annual festivals, plus join Minneapolis Institute of Arts as they celebrate their 100th birthday with a block party bash. For more ideas on how to get out and about this weekend and beyond, check our Family Fun Calendar. Happy exploring!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 9

Hours: Fri • 3-11pm, Sat • 10am-11pm, Sun • 9am-7pm
Family-friendly details: Of special interest to kids are the art and activity tents. Take an Irish dance lesson, play cultural games, make a craft, make a tin whistle and listen to child musicians. You can find a complete listing of events, plus entertainment, speakers and exhibitors here.
Getting there: Metro Transit is sponsoring free rides to Union Depot (download your pass here) where a connecting shuttle will take you out to Harriet Island. You can get more information about parking near the Fair here. Read More

Archived: Free Family Weekend Events List for July 11-12, 2015

From festivals on Saturday to fine arts on Sunday, there’s tons of free family fun to choose from in the Twin Cities this weekend! For more ideas, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Happy exploring! Read More

Free Family Weekend Events List for June 13 – 14, 2015

A few ideas as you set out to plan what’s projected to be a pretty nice weekend. Need a few more? Our Family Fun Calendar is chock full for this weekend and beyond. Read More

Free Family Weekend Events for May 9 – 10, 2015

How are you celebrating Mom this weekend?

SATURDAY, MAY 9

The Bakken MuseumFINAL Free Second Saturday
@ The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55416

Time: 10am – 5pm
Ages: All ages welcome, exhibits appeal mainly to kids preschool-aged and up.
Details: This is your last chance to gain free admission to The Bakken before they discontinue their Free Second Saturdays promotion! The museum is a fun space dedicated to exhibits about electricity.

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@ Union Depot
214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul, 55101

Time: 11am – 4pm
Ages: Train lovers of all ages!
Details: Union Depot will host exhibits and displays, live entertainment (including Choo Choo Bob), games and activities all celebrating, you guessed it, TRAINS.

Mother’s Day Storytime & Activities
@ Barnes & Noble Galleria
3225 W 69th St, Edina, MN 55435

Time: 11am
Details: A special Mom School storytime and activity will take place.

SUNDAY, MAY 10 – FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONS

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@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55404

Time: 11am – 5pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: Take part in family-friendly art-making activities, workshops, cultural entertainment, gallery activities and more the second Sunday of each month at the MIA.

Minnesota Museums Month Free Day
@ Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 55102

Time: Noon – 5pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Bring Mom to the History Center to enjoy free admission to interactive history exhibits like the kid-friendly “Then Now Wow” and “Open House”.

PLUS: Moms and grandmothers receive free admission to the Minnesota Children’s Museum and the American Swedish Institute on Sunday, May 10!


Archived: Meet the Habsburgs Giveaway–Austrian Emperors from the 13th Century to the 20th Century– at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts until May 10

Congratulations Shawn E.–winner for the Family Five Pack to the Habsburgs Exhibit!

She’s turning 10, and we promised her a birthday party.  A sleepover to be exact.

Can I just say it?

10!?!  When did this happen?

Anyway, she was so excited for her sleepover that for the week leading up to her party, she woke up and would state the number of days until the big party.

I had told all the guests to come and dress up for Friday evening because we were going to celebrate Kyla’s birthday in royal fashion. Read More

Free Family Events List: March 7 – 8, 2015

So much to choose from this weekend! Both the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are hosting their free family activities this Saturday. And, our very own Gianna Kordatzky will be repping Family Fun Twin Cities at a special children’s literature event at Calhoun Square. Details below. As always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more ideas on where to get out and about with your family.

Saturday, March 7

Family Fun Twin Cities at Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Ste 301A Minneapolis, MN 55408

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Ages: All ages welcome!
Details: Please join us in a celebration of children’s lit at Calhoun Square’s indoor farmers market. Gianna has selected some of her favorite locally-written stories to bring to life – and she needs your help!

Start the Music! Serenading Strings: Meet the String Family
@ St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Historic Hamm Building, 3rd floor
408 Saint Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Time: Concerts at 10:15 & 11:15am, pre-concert activities begin 45 min. prior
Ages: Designed for kids ages 3-6
Details: This program is a wonderful way to introduce young children to classical music. I brought my three girls (ages 3, 5,& 7) last month and they enjoyed the short classical pieces, “meeting” the stringed instruments, and a classic children’s story set to music. Don’t miss out on the games and crafts available only before the concert. Secure your free tickets here, then pick them up at will call.

First Free Saturday: Kids’ Film Festival
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Time:  10am – 3pm
Ages: Designed for kids ages 6-12, but all ages are welcome
Details: Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month at the Walker! This month features a collection of animated short films and an art project experimenting with animation.

We Are Hmong Minnesota Family Day & Exhibit Opening
@ Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

Time: 11am – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: Immerse your family in Hmong culture through craft projects, a community artwork puzzle, traditional music and dance, and the new We Are Hmong Minnesota exhibit (running through November 2015). Free admission for all ages.

Sunday, March 8

Family Day: Kings, Queens and Castles
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Time: 11am – 5pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: It’s a royal affair at the MIA as families take part in activities based around the new exhibit The Habsburgs. Help construct a giant cardboard castle, do some royal role play with Children’s Theatre Company, meet a knight in shining armor and much more.


Twin Cities Weekend Free Events List for February 7 – 8, 2015

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 as a remedy for the mid-winter blahs.  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: Read More

Weekend Free Events List January 10 – 11, 2015

Our picks this weekend include celebrating the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s centennial birthday and catching the last Brickmania Toyworks Open House featuring the beloved LEGO Train Room. Get the details on these and other events here, plus be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of what’s going on in the Twin Cities this weekend and beyond:

Saturday, January 10

Brickmania Toyworks Open House
@ Brickmania Toyworks
1620 Central Avenue NE, Suite 170, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Hours: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Details: This is your last chance to visit the Brickmania Toywork Open House and see the trains up and running! The Open Houses will cease after January 2015 while Brickmania works on some new projects. Head down to NE Mpls this Saturday to bid farewell to these incredible LEGO structures and take comfort knowing they will be open for special events in the future.

Free Second Saturday
@ The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Hours: 10am – 5pm
Details: Take advantage of free admission every second Saturday of the month at The Bakken Museum, a space dedicated to exhibits about electricity.

Erin Soderberg’s The Quirks Launch Party
@ Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN

Time: 2pm
Details:  Join the delightfully different Quirk family in The Quirks and the Quirkalicious Birthday! Celebrate with Minneapolis author Erin Soderberg with a scavenger hunt, cake, and more!

Sunday, January 11

Target Family Day: 100 Years
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Hours: 11am – 5pm
Details: Kick off the MIA’s 100th birthday year in style! Celebrate a spectacular century with music, dance, and art from every decade!

Leonardo’s Basement Open House
@ Leonardo’s Basement
4301 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55409

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Details: All ages can build, design and create together. Learn to use a variety of tools and build from your imagination.

Free Family Fun Days: Feathered Friends
@ Richardson Nature Center
8737 East Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington, MN 55438

Hours: 3 – 4pm
Details: Drop in for hands-on activities based on this week’s topic – Feathered Friends.


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