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Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time
Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events
Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies
Flash Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies
Celebrate Mom with Free Admission this Weekend!
The Minnesota Zoo – Archived

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

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.


Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies

The Minnesota Zoo is not the only place to find Minnesota Farm Babies. We have a list of several affordable alternatives for getting your baby farm animal fix.

I had no idea there were this many places to find Minnesota Farm Babies!


Saturday Mornings on the Farm @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays in April & May, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Details: Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals.

tm gale woods farm 3Spring Into Farming @ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Cty Rd 110 W, Minnetrista • 4/7, 4/20, 5/3, 5/10, 9:30am-2:30pm • $6/pp • Details: Celebrate new life on the farm through crafts, cooking and games. Meet farm animals and participate in educator-led programs. Activities are geared toward preschoolers and kindergartners.

Spring on the Farm @ Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd NW, Elk River • 4/30, 5/1, 10am-5pm • $9/adults, $7/seniors, $6/ages 5-17, free age 4 & under and MNHS members • Details: Pay a visit to baby animals, help with the early spring planting and more while exploring this historic working farm.

Farm Babies @ the Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley • now through April 30, 2016, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • Details: In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Get the full lineup here.

Spring on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park • May 15, 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Details: Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec. 2016.

Dodge Nature Center & Farm, 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul • Details: Feel free to wander the farm grounds daily during nature center hours. Visitors aren’t allowed in the farm buildings unless registered for a program, but there are plenty of animals to see from the fences. Annual event Rock the Barn gets you up even closer 5/21, 3-7pm • $7/adults, $4/kids, $25/families, 2 & under FREE.



Sibley Farm @ Sibley Park,

Farmamerica – Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center, 7367 360th Ave, Waseca • Self-guided tours Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10am-sundown Tues-Sat & noon-sundown Sun • Suggested donation of $5/adults and $3/child • Details: Take a self-guided stroll through historic buildings and learn about evolving agriculture in Minnesota. Baby farm animals are due in May!

Govin’s Meats & Berries, N6134 670th St, Menomonie WI • Find lambing barn hours here • $7.25/pp, under 2 admitted free • Details: Cuddle the farm babies, take pony and wagon rides, and, if you’re lucky, witness a live birth! Nate of the blog MinneMama Adventures gives you more details here.

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


Flash Family Fun Idea: Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies

minnesota zoo farm babies

Springtime means Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies time  whether we’re ready to give them a warm welcome or not! I’m guessing most of the newly-born lambs, calves, piglets and the rest have been spending their time huddled around heat lamps in the barn instead of basking in the sun at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. However, it looks like we’re in for a stretch of sunnier days ahead.

Or, if you’d rather place your bets on better weather later this month, the animals will be greeting guests through April 30th. In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Tram rides from the grain elevator (which, by the way, is a fun attraction in itself!) will run from 11:30am-1:30pm. The other offerings are as follows:

  • Hay maze in the Machine Shed 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Animal Egg Enrichment – Weekends
    • 9:00 Animal Enrichment @ Snow Monkeys
    • 10:00 Animal Enrichment @ Brown Bears
    • 11:00 Animal Enrichment @ Sea Otters
    • 11:00 Meet a Bird Keeper @ Tropics Trail
    • 1:00  Animal Enrichment @ River Otters
    • 2:00 Close Encounters @ End of Tropics Trail
  • University of Minnesota Bee Squad – April 18 & 19 – Learn why we should be more “bee friendly”. Get up close to a live hive and learn more about these important pollinators.
  • MN Pork Growers Oink Booth – April 25 & 26
  • Cow Milkings:  11:00, 1:00 & 3:00

Want to win a year-long family membership to the Minnesota Zoo? Print out the annual Farm Babies coloring contest entry form here and bring it with when you visit. Admission to the Farm Babies exhibit is included with your Minnesota Zoo tickets. You can find current ticket prices and parking rates here.



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

Celebrate Mom with Free Admission this Weekend!

Not that we’re necessarily suggesting you go cheap for Mother’s Day – but we’re pleased to provide you with a list of places that are saluting moms this weekend with free admission and/or activities:

  • Minnesota Zoo: Moms receive free admission Saturday & Sunday sponsored by Macy’s (May 10 & 11).
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum: Moms (and grandmothers!) admitted free on Sunday, May 11. The fun exhibit Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is currently in its final weeks.
  • Science Museum of Minnesota: Celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission to the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit and Omnitheater with any paid admission (available in person at the box office or by calling 651-221-9444) OR free admission to the museum with reservations to the Science Museum’s Mother’s Day Brunch (prices here).
  • Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River: This 1860’s-era working farm grants free admission to mothers with accompanying child on Saturday & Sunday (May 10 & 11).

Venues that are always free:

  • Landmark Center: St. Paul Civic Symphony presents a free Mother’s Day concert, 1pm.

Other ideas for Mother’s Day fun:

  • Creative Kidstuff: Make-and-take thumbprint necklace keepsake craft scheduled for all locations Saturday, May 10, 10am – 1pm.
  • Craftstravaganza, Minnesota State Fairgrounds: 100% handmade goods plus free workshops and activities throughout the day. 10am – 5pm.

And remember, the entire month of May is Minnesota Museum Month so keep in mind all of our state’s engaging museums and the special events that have been scheduled to celebrate it. Check back on Family Fun Twin Cities for updates!

The Minnesota Zoo – Archived


Just some of the different options available around town if you haven’t planned something special to do with that special lady in your life.

Mother’s Day Storytime and Handmade Card Craft
Red Balloon Bookshop
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother’s Day Concert
Landmark Center
Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother’s Day Brunch
Lowry Nature Center
Sunday, May 12, 2013  Reservations REQUIRED  763-559-6700

Mother’s Day in Clay
Silverwood Park
Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:00-3:00 pm  Reservations REQUIRED  763-559-6700

Mother’s Free Admission
Minnesota Children’s Museum on Sunday, May 12, 2013 Moms get in free to play with their kids!
American Swedish Institute on Sunday, May 12, 2013 Explore the Turnblad Mansion, eat a  smörgås (open-face sandwich) at the cafe (FIKA), and create a birch plaque for your mom in the birchwood exhibit.
Minnesota Zoo on Saturday, May 11 and  May 12, 2013 Moms in free–doesn’t mention anything about having a child with.  Meet the Zoo moms and find special offers for mom throughout the zoo.
Mother’s Day Weekend at Oliver H. Kelley Farm, May 11 and May 12, 2013  Moms are free when accompanied by a child.  Help plant seeds in the garden and meet the baby animals.



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