Tag - Minnesota History Center

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FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities
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Minnesota History Center: Free Tuesday Nights plus 9 Nights of Music
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Free Family Weekend Events for May 9 – 10, 2015
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Free Family Events List: March 7 – 8, 2015
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Flint Hills International Children’s Festival — Excitement Rain or Shine!
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Wishlist for November 2 – 3, 2013
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Family Halloween Wishlist: 10 Events Around Town

FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

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Summer Music at Normandale Lake Bandshell courtesy City of Bloomington


This summer music post is sponsored by Open Window Theatre. Enjoy two one-act plays together as a family.
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Open Window Youth Theatre
Open Window Theatre
(Metropolis Minneapolis Building)
1313 Chestnut Ave., Ste.#102
Minneapolis, MN 55403


The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer.  Every corner of the metro is full of music and a lot of it is FREE! What could be better?  Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music.  Read More

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Bring on July, a month fit for beaches and ice cream, outdoor games and perhaps even evenings that can stretch a little later than usual. We’re back with 10 more ideas for low-budget family fun – plus our Top 10 Fireworks Displays and FFTC’s Guide to the Aquatennial could help round out the rest of your family’s free time in July.

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Daily Life on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, 55443

When: July 8 & July 22 (Wednesdays)
Cost: $5/pp, ages 4 & under admitted free
Details: Travel back to the turn of the 20th century at this historic farmstead. Kids can get as hands-on as they’d like — participating in farm chores such as feeding animals, picking crops, and hauling wood. Inside the farmhouse, work in the kitchen or assist in spinning wool. Want to visit the farm for free? Attend one of their Storytimes (Tuesdays in July, 10am-noon w/ the exception of 7/28 when stories are read 7-8pm). Read More

Minnesota History Center: Free Tuesday Nights plus 9 Nights of Music

Here’s something for your summer to-do list: pick a Tuesday night between June 30 and August 25 and pencil in a visit to the Minnesota History Center. What’s so special about Tuesdays? They’re very easy on the pocketbook, that’s what. Between the free gallery admission from 5 – 8 p.m. and the summer “9 Nights of Music” program it’s possible for the family to enjoy a complete evening’s worth of entertainment for only a $5 parking fee. 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!


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.


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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25

Location: Tamarack Nature Center,
Time: 3-5pm, register for start time of 3pm, 3:20, 3:40, or 4pm. Visit the link above to register for this event. Expect activities to take about 75 minutes to complete.
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and younger school-aged children with accompanying adult
Cost: $7.50/child, $3.25/adult, pre-registration required
Details: This non-spooky event includes games, trick-or-treating on the prairie loop trail, and special Halloween activities in the Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area.

Location: Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd., Dayton, MN 55369
Time: 10am – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: $7/child ages 2-17 preregistered or $8 day-of, $5/ages 18+ preregistered or $6 day-of. Follow the link above to register.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a woodland trail, go on pumpkin scavenger hunt, and meet costumed animals – plus a puppet show, craft, and refreshments for all ages.

Location: Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and up
Cost: $6/pp all ages, reservations required – follow the link above.
Details: Turn a mini pumpkin into a boat and float it down the Mississippi with a message for someone downstream.

Location: Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria, MN 55386
Time: 5 – 9pm
Ages: Non-spooky and appropriate for all ages, note this is a nighttime event.
Cost: $9/pp all ages, children under 2 admitted free. Register by following the link above.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a character trail, warm up with stories around the bonfire, and enjoy games, crafts, and cookie-decorating. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Location: Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan, MN 55123
Time: 1 – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5/pp to support the Art Park
Details: Trick-or-treat along a guided tour of Caponi’s sculpture garden. Make a craft, jump in the giant leaf pile, and enjoy refreshments during Caponi Art Park’s last open weekend of the season. Read More

Flint Hills International Children’s Festival — Excitement Rain or Shine!

The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival 2014 is full of entertainment for children of every size! Read More

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Wishlist for November 2 – 3, 2013

Are you sensing a theme this Saturday?

Live it up because we’ve got an extra hour to sleep in Sunday morning! (Parents can dream, right?) Daylight savings kicks in Sunday, November 3. Plan accordingly in the event you’re looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dia de los Muertos: Sugar and Skulls
Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park
10am – 4pm, $5 per participant
Reservations required: 763-559-6700

Celebrate the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead” while learning about animal skulls and skeletons, then decorating your own candy skulls. Traditional crafts, mask-making and more.

Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul
Noon-4pm; $11/adults, $9/students, $6/children 6-17
Free ages 5 & under

Mexican cultures observe this “Day of Dead” to better connect with ancestors. The History Center will offer dancing, music, crafts, food and a traditional Ofrenda (offerings) display.

Saturday Matinees for Kids: Skeletons in the Closet
Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Showtimes: 10am & noon; Make-and-take: 11am
Cost: $2-$4 suggested donation for show, $5 per craft & $3 per accompanying adult

This bilingual puppet show is a tale of children discovering their ancestors while learning about El Dia de lost Muertos. Stay after the show for a themed family craft workshop. Get the complete Saturday Matinee schedule here.


Saturday & Sunday, November 3, 2013

ExploraDome Show at the Bell Museum of Natural History
University Ave. & 17th Ave. SE, Minneapolis (U of M campus)

Schedule
2 p.m.  Andromeda’s Treasure

3 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
4 p.m.  Andromeda’s Treasure

Admission: ExploraDome tickets are sold separately from Bell Museum admission.
Show admission: $6/adults & seniors, $4 UMN students & children 3-17, free under 3.
Museum + Show package: $11/adults, $9/seniors, $7 students and children ages 3-17

Remember: The Bell Museum is free every Sunday!


 

Family Halloween Wishlist: 10 Events Around Town

Get a jump-start on Halloween with all kinds of fun family activities this weekend (plus one really cool option for the Big Night itself)! I combed through the interwebs and came up with ten events that I wish I had enough time, energy and cash to bring the whole family to:

October 25

Halloween Extravaganza, Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul. Both a friendly and a spooky trick-or-treat trail are offered at this Friday-night party. Plus nature programs, wagon rides, storytelling and more. 5:30-10pm; $9/person or $6/member; 1701 Charlton St., W. St. Paul.

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October 26

Halloween at the Caponi Art Park. Trick-or-treat along a guided tour of some of the park’s spookier sculptures (ages 5+ with adult). All ages can enjoy a giant pile of leaves to jump in, crafts, cider and an obstacle course. 1-4pm; Free (suggested donation $5/person); 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan.

Dia de los Muertos, Minnesota History Center. Mexican cultures observe this “Day of Dead” to better connect with ancestors. The History Center will offer dancing, music, crafts, food and a traditional Ofrenda (offerings) display. Noon-4pm; $11/adults, $9/students, $6/children 6-17, free ages 5 & under; 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul.

Como Zoo Boo, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Como’s 26th annual Halloween fundraiser runs Oct. 25-27 with costumed characters and a themed trick-or-treat path. Nothing scary about this one! 4:30-7:30pm; $6/online or $7/door; 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul.

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Bare Bones Halloween ExtravaganzaHidden Falls Regional Park. I have long wanted to get to this outdoor spectacle of puppetry, stilting, fire and music. Over 250 souls contribute to this local arts event and it grows every year. Oct. 26-27, 31, Nov. 1-2; free with suggested donation; 1305 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul.

Anoka’s Grand Day Parade. Curious as to why Anoka, Minnesota, calls itself the Halloween Capital of the World? Maybe you’ll find out at the Grand Day Parade, or one of the dozens of other events scheduled during Anoka’s Halloween celebration. Ongoing events through Oct. 31. Parade starts at 1pm, Main Street, Anoka.

Family Halloween Camp-in at the Science Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota. You might not find time to sleep with all the activities going on at this camp-in: Omnitheater shows, museum galleries, science workshops, trick-or-treating, meals and more. 3pm Sat. Oct. 26-8am Sun. Oct. 27; ages 4-16 w/ adult, $45; 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Minnehaha Falls of Fun, Minnehaha Falls Park. Fun fall outdoor activities offered including hayrides, trick-or-treating, a “haunted” cave and music courtesy of Kids Dance. 1-4pm; $3/resident, $4.50/non-resident at door; Minnehaha Regional Park, Minneapolis.

October 27

Great Pumpkin Festival, Landmark Center. Get ready for a costume fashion show, face painting, a craft project, and, of course, the candy. Part of the Sundays at Landmark series. 1-3pm; free; 75 West 5th St., St. Paul.

October 31

Trick-Art-Treat, Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Sounds like a cool (and warm, at the same time) alternative to ringing doorbells up and down the block! Treats, a Halloween art activity and gallery hunt, plus a photobooth sponsored by Children’s Theatre Company to show off your Halloween costume! 5-8pm; free; 2400 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis.


 

 

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