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.
Julian McFaul has been at it for a decade and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
And even if he did, the Art Sled Rally has taken on a life of its own and could continue without him.
If we’re choosing to live in Minnesota, we may as well make the most of its winters, right? This weekend is FULL of FREE ways to get outside with your family and enjoy the cold season. And if you’re just not having any of it, our Family Fun Calendar has plenty of ways to stay cozily entertained indoors. 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.
It’s a long weekend for the kids. How do we keep them busy? Here are my five favorite free activities this weekend.
FRIDAYFamily Skating Party Langford Recreation Center, 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108 Friday, January 17, 2014; 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Pre-Register: (651) 298-5765
I know I’m posting a lot a ice skating events. Hope springs eternal. There is only about 8 weeks left to winter and less for skating season. I’d like to go once. This week Langford Recreation Center is hosting a Family Skating Party. Ice skates are available in limited sizes. There will also be hot cocoa and cookies served. If you get cold, board games or coloring materials will be available. Call the telephone number above to pre-register and get updates.
SATURDAYLake Harriet Kite Festival Lake Harriet, 4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409 Saturday, January 18, 2014; Noon to 4:00 p.m.
The Lake Harriet Kite Festival is kind of a big festival with a lot of people coming together to make it happen. Anyone who thinks Minnesotans hibernate in the winter isn’t paying attention to all the great family friendly activities our cities have to offer. This is one of them. Besides kite flying, there will be ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing and a marshmallow roast with hot apple cider and cocoa. Bring your own kite or there will be kites available. The weather looks like it will be nice this weekend, but in case of inclement weather, this festival will be held Next Saturday, January 25th.
SUNDAY:Creativity Jam: Mastermind, Mold and Make Free Third Sunday Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55102 Sunday, January 19, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you are not settling in for six straight hours of play off games, January is a good month to hit up Free Third Sunday at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. It is not historically the least busy month, but it has lower attendance than the other cold months (my theory is football). Also in your favor, there is no licensed character or rock group exhibit to draw in the hoards. The only traveling exhibit is Creativity Jam, which has been held over a little longer, so you have one last chance to catch it.
Urban Expedition Landmark Center, 75 5th St, St Paul, MN
Sunday, January 19, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 .m.
This weekend is the first Urban Expedition of the season. Gianna wrote this review and had mostly great things to say about these expeditions. I love finding uncrowded events like this, too. This month the featured country is Spain. Sendero Flamenco and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will be the musical entertainment.
MONDAY – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAYRev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409 January 20, 2014; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food and handmade knitted items to donate. Refreshments will be available following the program. For more information, please visit www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6400.
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN, US 55407 January 20, 2014; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. with food, entertainers, performances, and activities that reflect on the importance of this special holiday at this free family-friendly event.
Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop St. S., Saint Paul, MN 55119
January 20, 2014; 3:00pm to 5:00pm
To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Battle Creek Recreation Center will be creating an art piece with your help! Come together as a community and make an art mural that will be displayed at Battle Creek Recreation Center. The theme for this day is unity. The mural will be led by Mica, a community artist, and created by all who want to participate. There will be food, music and the opportunity to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us and be a part of the Dream. This is a family event! Bring your family and friends ready to paint, have fun and celebrate the movement that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. started. If you have any questions, please call the recreation center at (651)-501-6347
NOTE: This Activity has been cancelled for September due to construction. The Parks department hopes construction will be finished on time for the October Camp Fire Night.Family Camp Fire Nights Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Friday from 8pm to 11pm on the 3rd week of each month (That’s this weekend!!) Free; All Ages
Friday is Family Camp Fire Night at Powderhorn Park. This free event includes smores and fun activities using the great outdoors. This is great opportunity for the whole family to be outdoors and under the stars? Can you see the stars at Powderhorn Park? That alone would make it worth it.
I assume there will be plenty of activities to participate in, but if you want more or if you want to do this on your own, here are some links to help you get started with the basics:
Camp Fire Songs.
The thought of a family camp fire night renews my interest in nagging my guitarist husband to learn some campfire songs. Songdrops.Com offers the lyrics and guitar chords for over 80 kids songs. I also love the idea of learning folk songs. Singalongwith.us has 200 folk songs with chords and lyrics. If you prefer to learn from video, here is a campfire playlist on YouTube.
What is a camp fire without some spooky stories? I loved scary stories when I was a kid, but I suspect I never had the details quite right and I certainly don’t remember them now. Bone up on your camp fire stories with the American Folklore website. They also have other categories such as children’s stories and funny ghost stories, plus jokes and riddles and more campfire songs. This is a great place to start.
These are all short versions of longer stories gathered and retold by author S. E. Schlosser. If you find that this is a family activity you would like to spend more time with, you can buy her books with full-length tales on this site, too. I can imagine lighting the a fire in the hearth (or in our case flipping the switch to the faux fireplace) and sitting by the fire reading stories all winter long.
Camp Fire Games.
Sitting still is not one of my kids top skills. For the more active children, games might be the way to go. Escape Adulthood offers 10 Campfire Games plus a list of books you can get for more if you like them.