Tag - Minnesota Children’s Museum

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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities
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New MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users
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Free Twin Cities December Family Events & Activities
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Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time
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Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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7 Ideas for Fun on Presidents Day in the Twin Cities
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Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Children’s Museum at Mall of America
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Free Family Weekend Events List for August 15-16, 2015
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Free Family Weekend Events for May 16 – 17, 2015

Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

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5/2: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

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.

5/5: Friday Family Movie Night: Storks | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm




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New MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users

Last year the MELSA Libraries (Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County,Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Scott County, Washington County), rolled out the smARTpass Program. Library patrons now have another option for free or reduced-price tickets to arts activities and museums with this program.

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Free Twin Cities December Family Events & Activities

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TWIN CITIES DECEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

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

Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time

christmas-guide-banner-shoppingI think, like a lot of parents, I dream of having a home that is more of a cozy little landing pad for our adventures than a storage facility for our stuff. So I have been collecting up ideas for clutter-free gifts of adventure through membership to museums and other fun places.

Hello Grandparents:

If you are an out-of-town grandparent, membership gifts are ideal. Your grandchildren will look forward to your visits so you can enjoy your gift together; plus they will enjoy it with their parents the rest of the year. Furthermore, your children will tell all their friends that you are so much cooler than the grandparents who bought loud, battery-powered, plastic toys that end up in the garbage heap we call a toy box. Trust me on this. Read More

Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities

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With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure appreciate a good deal. And October is filled with them – from FREE Halloween events and fall festivals without admission fees to ongoing family art programs, special grand openings and open houses. For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events & entertainment in October, visit our Family Fun Calendar.

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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities

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7 Ideas for Fun on Presidents Day in the Twin Cities

If you’ve got Presidents Day to while away with the kids, you might be looking for a way to get out and make the most of it. We’ve rounded up 7 free or inexpensive ways:

CTCBe Inspired! ALL ACCESS CELEBRATION @ Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis • 11am-4pm • FREE
Details: Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event. Take backstage tours and a Theatre Arts Training Class, play with puppets used in the current main stage show The Snowy Day, hear stories, learn dance moves, and more!

Rice & Arlington Batting Cages @ 1500 Rice St, St. Paul • noon-8pm
Details: Batter up and train for baseball season with special prices for Presidents Day – $1/token for 22 pitches.

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Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Children’s Museum at Mall of America

Hurry, The Minnesota Children’s Museum Pop Up Shop at the Mall of America Closes at the End of April, 2017!

Family Fun Idea: The Minnesota Children's Museum at Mall of America

Wondering if the new branch of the Minnesota Children’s Museum at Mall of America is worth a stop? My short answer is yes, particularly if you are a museum member (which I have been for many years) and especially if you come planning to make a morning or afternoon of it at the Mall (which I did). As for the value in non-members making the trek out solely for the two exhibits at the mini-museum; that’s debatable. Personally, if I hadn’t been admitted free I would have thought paying $7.95 per person to play in the diminutive space at the Mall a bit steep when compared to paying only $2 more for all the flagship Minnesota Children’s Museum has to offer.

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Free Family Weekend Events List for August 15-16, 2015

Feel like taking a little drive this weekend? About 45 minutes from the Twin Cities, the town of Scandia has a wonderful Swedish heritage museum and this Saturday is their 25th Annual Fiddle Festival with free activities, music and dancing for all ages. A similar distance from the Metro, in the Taylors Falls area, is the quirky Franconia Sculpture Park with climb-on art and free guided tours every Sunday at 2pm. Or, if you feel like sticking closer to home, we have ideas galore on our Family Fun Calendar. Happy exploring!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

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Spelmanstamma – Gammelgarden Museum’s 25th Annual Fiddle Festival
@ Gammelgarden Museum
20880 Olinda Trail North, Scandia, MN 55073

Time: 10am-4pm
Details: About a 45-minute drive from the middle of the Metro is the charming Gammelgarden Museum, a collection of historic buildings that tells the story of Swedish immigrants to the Scandia area. Take a drive up for their annual Fiddle Festival where you can enjoy touring the exhibits for free, immigrant-inspired children’s activities and a whole lot of fiddling and folk dancing. Plus, one of our f

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Richfield Farmers Market: Family Activities
@ Veterans Memorial Park
6335 Portland Ave S, Richfield, 55423

Time: Market open 7am-noon
Details: Read-a-Story live performances for families will take place in the community arts building next to the market from 10-11am this Saturday, and the Richfield Historical Society will demonstrate how to make homemade butter from 9am-noon, an easy recipe to make with kids.

40th Annual Vadnais Heights Heritage Days
Most events @ Community Park (641 County Road F) and
Vadnais Heights Commons (655 County Rd F), Vadnais Heights, 55127

Time: Saturday, Aug. 15 • all day & Sunday, Aug. 16 • events until 5pm
Details: Of special interest to kids and their families are the children’s games, held 10:30am-2pm on the Community Park soccer field. Enjoy carnival games, a cake walk, watermelon-eating contest, races and more. Get the full schedule here. All activities are free.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

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Target Free Third Sunday
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 7th St W, St Paul, 55102

Time: 9am – 5pm
Ages: All ages attend free!
Details: Explore the museum, including the new exhibit Arthur’s World thanks to the generosity of Target.

Free Sundays at the Bell Museum
@ Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis

Time: Noon-5pm
Details: Admission is free every Sunday at The Bell – take the kids into the Touch & See Discovery Room to get hands-on with natural artifacts or take a scavenger hunt through the dioramas. Read about our take on the Bell Museum here.

Free Guided Tour at Franconia
@ Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 Saint Croix Trail, Shafer, MN 55074

Time: 2pm ongoing Sundays through October 25, 2015
Details: An hour-long guided tour throughout the 43-acre sculpture park gives you the inside story on the 100+ sculpture collection – and if the kids aren’t up to an organized tour, much of the art is climbable and interactive so you can let them have at it!

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Free Family Weekend Events for May 16 – 17, 2015

Another sign that spring is finally here – a big crop of art festivals this weekend! Here’s a sampling of what’s going on (for FREE!) this weekend and, as always, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of what else is cropping up around the Twin Cities.

SATURDAY, MAY 16

ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest
@ Harriet Island Regional Park Grounds & Pavilion
200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd, St. Paul, 55107

Time: 10am – 3pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: This event, now in its eighth year, promotes environmental stewardship through visual and performing arts. Click on the link above to get all the highlights of the 2015 EcoArts Fest.

Art-A-Whirl 2015
@ various sites throughout NE Minneapolis (download the Art-A-Whirl map here)

Time: Saturday, Noon-8pm & Sunday, Noon-5pm
Ages: All ages welcome; consider reading Joy’s tips for visiting Art-A-Whirl with Kids before bringing the little ones.
Details: Spanning the entire weekend, Art-A-Whirl is NE Minneapolis’ ultimate open house for artist studios. Many offer hands-on activities or demonstrations that interest kids as well as their adults. A complete listing of Art-A-Whirl weekend offerings can be found here.

Eden Prairie Arts in the Park
@ Purgatory Creek Park
13001 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, 55344

Time: 9am – 4pm
Ages: Appeals to all ages; there will be activities especially for children
Details: Shop the vendors, enjoy live music and special kids activities including yoga, crafts, storytelling and face painting.

Kindness Safari 
@ Como Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 55103

Time: 10am – 2pm
Ages: All ages
Details: KIND Snacks is hosting an event at Como to promote every-day acts of kindness. Activities include a scavenger hunt and fun freebies.

SUNDAY, MAY 17

Target Free Third Sunday
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 7th St W, St Paul, 55102

Time: 9am – 5pm
Ages: All ages attend free!
Details: Explore the museum, including the new exhibit Sid the Science Kid thanks to the generosity of Target.


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