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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities Events & Activities in May
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Twin Cities Mother’s Day Events
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Twin Cities Free Family Events for November 7 – 8, 2015
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12 Free & Cheap Things To Do in November
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A Very Valentine’s Weekend Family Free Events List, February 14-15
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Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 17-18, 2015
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Field Trip at Silverwood Park
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Staying Busy on a Budget: Five of our Summer Outings Done on the Cheap
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Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds: A To-Do List

Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities April

April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities!

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Free Twin Cities Events & Activities in May

Free May

5/1: Lyra Family Concert Series: Meet the Irish Harp @ Baroque Room, 275 4th St E, St. Paul • 3-4pm • Details: Introduce the kids to classical music with an hour-long family-friendly concert with hands-on activities and snacks, presented in a casual environment.

5/3: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereDetails: Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/6: Friday Family Movie Night: The Good Dinosaur @ Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm
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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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Twin Cities Free Family Events for November 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.  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:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Photo courtesy: Walker Art Center

Photo courtesy: Walker Art Center

First Free Saturday: Flower Power
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Time: 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 every first Saturday of the month.

Free Family Music Series: The Beat Goes On
@ MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd St, Minneapolis

Time: Performances at 10 & 11am
Details: Open houses at MacPhail are a lot of fun and include concerts geared towards kids, a chance to play with instruments, snacks and more.

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House
@ Eden Prairie Outdoor Center
13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie

Time: 9am-noon
Details: Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, interactions with live animals, craft projects and more. The event is held the first Saturday of each month.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

incredible indiaFamily Day: Incredible India
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis

Time: 11am-5pm
Details: Art-making, dance theater, storytelling, gallery hunts and more themed to regions of India. Family Day at the MIA is a free monthly event.

Sundays at Landmark: St. Martin’s Day
@ Landmark Center
75 West 5th St, Saint Paul

Time: 4pm
Details: This German celebration gives everyone the opportunity to participate in the spirit of generosity. Make lanterns and join St. Martin in a parade around Rice Park.

Let’s Get StARTED: Gobble, Gobble
@ Silverwood Park
2500 County Rd E St. Anthony

Time: 1-3pm
Details: Drop in for art projects, explore the grounds, the sculptures, and the current gallery exhibit.


12 Free & Cheap Things To Do in November

The novelty of back-to-school has worn off, the excitement of Halloween parties have wrapped up, and it’s still weeks until Thanksgiving break. And so we’re left with…November. But take heart, there’s plenty of free and budget family entertainment going on this month; you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Here are 12 ideas to get you started:

tm straightlineWednesday Wiggles @ Straightline Dance Fitness
34 13th Ave NE, Suite 104, Minneapolis

When: Ongoing Wednesdays starting Nov. 4 • 10-11am
Cost: Free
Details: Join Straightline Dance Fitness every Wednesday for a playdate in their open studio. Balls, ribbons, mats, scarves, dress up clothes, and music provided.

Get Out For Nature Play!

Nature Play Fall Frolic @ Wargo Nature Center
7701 Main St., Lino Lakes

When: Thursday, Nov. 5 • 10-11:15am
Cost: $3/pp plus tax
Details: Head outside and look for the ways nature is changing and preparing for winter. This program is designed for 2-5 year olds who are accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Nature Playdate @ Cleary Lake Regional Park
18106 Texas Ave, Prior Lake

When: Wednesday, Nov. 25 • 1-2pm
Cost: Free
Details: Explore, discover, and play in your local park. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.

ExploraTots @ Phalen Lakeside Activities Center
1530 Phalen Dr, St Paul

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Join other families for outdoor adventures with a different theme each month! Search for clues that animals have left behind, enjoy hands-on activities and story times, and get up-close looks at treasures from our naturalist’s backpack. It’s a great way to get outside with your child and learn about the natural world and get inspired with ideas to take home.

tm exploratotsNature Play: Green Time @ Phalen Lakeside Activities Center
1530 Phalen Dr, St Paul

When: Thursday, Nov. 19 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Swap screen time for green time! Meet up with other families for unstructured nature play. Drop-ins are welcome.

Lil’ Explorer Thursdays @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul

When: Nov. 5 and ongoing Thursdays through April 28, 2016 • 10am-noon
Cost: Free
Details: The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week through April 2016. Donations appreciated.

Let’s Get StARTed Fall Series: Gobble, Gobble @ Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E, St Anthony

When: Sunday, Nov. 8 • 1-3pm
Cost: Free
Details: Drop in for art projects, explore the grounds, the sculptures, and the current gallery exhibit.

Ballet Tuesdays @ Landmark Center
75 5th St, St Paul

When: Nov. 10 and every second Tuesday of the month following • Noon-1pm
Cost: Free
Details: Bring a lunch to Landmark Center in St. Paul and enjoy a sampling of the Saint Paul City Ballet training and Company repertoire. Excerpts from Clara’s Dream:from the Nutcracker with audience participation will be performed Nov. 10. Great for budding ballerinas!

Family Volunteer Day Service Fair @ Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

When: Friday, Nov. 20 • 5-7:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Hosted by Doing Good Together, a variety of family-appropriate service projects will be available to participate in. DTG is a proud participant of Family Fun Twin Cities’ Great Give Back Challenge!

thWW64I8J0A Charlie Brown Christmas – Pay-What-You-Can Performance @ Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins

When: Sunday, Nov. 22 • 4pm
Cost: Pay what you can, but note these accessible tickets are only available through the box office by calling 952-979-1111.
Details: Aimed at making theater accessible to all families, take advantage of this special pay-what-you-can offer and enjoy this classic Christmas tale presented by the young actors of Stages Theatre Co.

Volunteer with FFTC @ Feed My Starving Children
401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids

Time: Monday, Nov. 23 • Noon-2pm
Cost: Free
Details: Pack meals with Feed My Starving Children. When the following link becomes live, you can reserve your space to join in!

thO0PBFN04Holidazzle begins @ Loring Park
1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis

When: Begins Friday, Nov. 27 • 5-9m
Cost: Free admission this year!
Details: Holidazzle has moved to Loring Park this year, is offering free admission to all, and there will be vendors, activities, food, and fireworks for all. Holidazzle will run Thurs-Sun from 5-9pm on Thursdays & Fridays and 11am-9pm Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 20, 2015.


A Very Valentine’s Weekend Family Free Events List, February 14-15

As always, be sure to check our extensive Family Fun Calendar for more inspiration on how to get out and spend the weekend with your family.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Second Saturday FREE Rides – plus $2 admission discount
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

Hours: Museum open 9am – 5pm
Details: Download this Metro Transit ride pass for a free list to the Children’s Museum – then, each rider shows the pass to receive $2 off admission. The new exhibit Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! is now open through the end of May 2015.

Animal Baby Shower
@ Como Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103

Hours: Saturday, Feb. 14 – Monday, Feb. 16 • ongoing events 10am – 4pm
Details: Come celebrate the arrival of a crop of zoo newborns! Tons of free family activities and a chance to see the newest members of the Como Zoo family. Get the entire President’s Day Weekend lineup here. Consider bringing in an item to donate to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery (follow the link for a list of suggestions).

Valentine’s Day Storytime with Michael Hall
@ Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Time: 10:30am
Details: Observe Valentine’s Day with a special reading of Michael Hall’s My Heart Is Like a Zoo. Cake, crafts and more.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Target Free Third Sunday
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum

Hours: Museum open 9am – 5pm
Details: Free admission to all each third Sunday of the month. Park in the World Trade Center ramp with validation – $5 for three hours.

Let’s Get StARTed: Life Under Ice
@ Silverwood Park
2500 County Rd E., St. Anthony, MN 55421

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Details: Drop in for an art project, stay to explore the grounds and sculptures.


Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 17-18, 2015

Welcome to the weekend! We’d like to start you off with a few FREE options for family entertainment around town and remind you that our Family Fun Calendar has a complete listing of events for this weekend and beyond.

Saturday, January 17

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival
@ Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Hours: 12 – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages.
Details: The 13th annual festival will feature a multitude of kites flying over Lake Harriet as well as experts demonstrating their flying skills and Tips Outdoors attempting to get you hooked on ice fishing. Bring your own kite or purchase one there.

Winter Open House: Snowshoes & Tracks
@ Maplewood Nature Center
2659 E 7th St, Maplewood, MN 55119

Hours: 10am – 3pm
Ages: All ages are welcome; snowshoes are rented to participants ages 4+.
Details:  Naturalists will be on  hand to answer questions, orient you to the nature center trails and, for a $5 rental fee, teach you how to strap on a pair of snowshoes. Sleds will be providing for pulling little ones and hot chocolate is free for all. Stay to explore the nature center’s indoor exhibits.

Childish Films Presents Adventures in Music
@ Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hours: Doors open at 10am for snacks and activities, pre-show performances begin about 10:30 and films begin closer to 11am.
Ages: All ages are welcome; films are best enjoyed by kids ages 3+.
Details: Explore music before the show with Katie Condon of MacPhail Center for Music. Three short animated films will follow.

beARTrageous 6th Studio Birthday Bash
@ beARTrageous
2121 West 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Hours: 3 – 5pm
Details: Join in the celebration as beARTrageous marks 6 years with a Black & White Masquerade Ball. Cake, art projects and face painting provided FREE!

Sunday, January 18

Target Free 3rd Sunday
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Hours: 9am – 5pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: The Museum is completely free of charge each third Sunday of the month; check out Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog™, now in its final weeks. As the free Sundays are very popular, a set number of people will be admitted to the museum each hour on a first-come, first-served basis. Discounted ramp parking is available for $5/3 hours.

Let’s Get StARTed: Snowy, Snowy Snowman
@ Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E, St. Anthony, MN 55421

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages, art projects may be geared towards children of preschool age and up.
Details: Drop in for the art project, stay to explore the grounds and art sculptures. No registration is necessary.

Urban Expedition: Austria
@ Landmark Center
75 5th St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages.
Details: The 11th year of Urban Expeditions at Landmark kicks off with a tour of Austria! Explore music, crafts, dance, food and more without leaving St. Paul.


Field Trip at Silverwood Park

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If you can, try to get No-Coast-Craft-O-Rama’s  Field Trip  presented together with mnartists.org and Three Rivers Park District on your schedule. It will be held at Silverwood Park on Saturday, September 20  from 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

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Staying Busy on a Budget: Five of our Summer Outings Done on the Cheap

To a family of six, the word “free” is magical. I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to you that I diligently search out free and low-cost outings to entertain my kids — during the summer and otherwise.  Sure, it’s also cheap to stay at home — and we do our fair share of that as well — but have you never noticed how quickly a day of play at home turns into an uncontrollable urge to clean and purge? Personally, I need inexpensive ways to take a break from that feeling. Let me share some that have gotten us (happily) through the beginning of the summer:

Free local swimming holes

If the goal is simply to cool down and get some splashing in, the Metro is flush with options. In fact, far too many public beaches, wading pools and splash pads to list here – and I’ve hardly been to a fraction of them. Some of our favorite sandy spots include beaches at Lake Calhoun (32nd St., Minneapolis), Lake Johanna (Arden Hills), and Snail Lake (Vadnais Heights). Minneapolis has an easy website to navigate its 63 public wading pools. Most are decidedly no-frills, but there are a few exceptions: we had a great time discovering Lake Hiawatha Park (2701 E 44th St., Minneapolis) and its hybrid wading pool-splash pad last week! Maxing out at 2 feet deep with zero-depth entry and some fun fountains, the pool was perfect for the non-swimmers in my group. For more splash pad locations, check out our master list here.

Indoor/outdoor art at Silverwood Park

One Sunday each month during the summer the exceptionally artist-friendly Silverwood Park hosts a free program for kids called Let’s Get StARTed. I brought my girls last weekend to make cloud ID charts (and they’ve since become my little meteorologists). They loved exploring the lake, trails and surprise sculptures that popped up along the way. Silverwood Park is located at 2500 County Rd. E, St. Anthony. There is no charge to visit the park. Remaining dates for the summer series of Let’s Get StARTed are July 20 & August 17.

Your local nature center

Numerous communities surrounding the Twin Cities are curators of these gems. Again, too many to list here, but I’d like to highlight one we visited this week in search of its nature play space. The Maplewood Nature Center (2659 East 7th St., Maplewood) has fashioned a decent outdoor playground filled with stumps, logs (some gargantuan!), boulders, sand, and other materials to spark kids’ connection to the natural world. My kiddos also loved exploring the nature center itself and wandering the boardwalk over the wetlands.

Fun for kids at the U

At least once a year we find a wide-open Wednesday and spend the afternoon at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Why Wednesday? Because that’s the day you can Bowl for a Buck (plus $2 shoe rental) at the U’s St. Paul Student Center. Then, to celebrate a great game, we treat ourselves to a $3.50 pint of ice cream from the U of M’s Dairy Salesroom (1354 Eckles Ave., Falcon Heights – inside the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science). We also like to stop in at The Raptor Center (1920 Fitch Ave., Falcon Heights) for one of their free guided tours (suggested donation of $3 per person). In fall of 2014, the Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured birds of prey, will celebrate 40 years with the grand opening of their renovated bird habitat. Public tours are run Tues – Fri, 10:30am – 3:30pm every 30 minutes and Sat – Sun, 12:30 – 3:30pm every 30 minutes. Parking on neighborhood side streets is available for free, or there’s metered parking on campus.

The library, obviously

But not solely to check out new reads for the summer Bookawocky program! The St. Paul Public Library, Hennepin County Library, and the dozens of county libraries throughout the Metro have jam-packed entertainment lineups. Click on the Events & Classes tab on your local library’s website to access them. I’m seeing great stuff all over the calendar; many favorite acts returning this summer include magician Matt Dunn, Brodini Comedy Magic Show, Bill the Juggler, Snapdragon Seeds, The Bazillions, and Bruce the Bug Guy. Plus, countless crafts, movies and other special events – completely free. We’ve been biking to our local branch at least once a week.


That’s my summer update as we coast into the final week of June. As always, we’d love to hear from you! If you’ve got any tips on where to entertain the kids without breaking the budget, please let us know.


Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds: A To-Do List

When you blog for FFTC, you never have an excuse not to know what’s going on for the family-minded in the Twin Cities. Our Family Fun Calendar is such a handy little tool – I can plan weekend activities days in advance (thanks to my cohorts the admins) or whip it out for a spur-of-the-moment outing. The calendar is also my constant reminder of some wonderful opportunities in the metro for family fun that I haven’t gotten to yet. A year after merging activity arsenals with Gianna and Joy, my to-do list is as long as ever. Here are some of the places I can’t wait to get to in our second year as a team:

1. Highpoint Center for Printmaking – Part gallery, part hands-on creative space, Highpoint strives to make the art of printmaking accessible to all. My artsy daughters would love the Free Ink Days (drop-in events held four times yearly) or one of the family classes. (Registration for the upcoming Playdate at the Press has been extended to Friday, April 25, for the class on May 3!)

2. Gale Woods Farm – Part of the Three Rivers Park District, this is a working farm that invites kids and families to get hands-on with animals and agriculture. My kids would love to experience one of the Saturday Mornings on the Farm ($5/pp through August 30). Visitors are also welcome to explore on their own. Gianna details an outing to Gale Woods Farm here.

steppingstone theatre3. SteppingStone Theatre – Theater can be so incredible for kids to experience, yet a larger family might balk at the expense of tickets. SteppingStone strives to offer affordable ticket options for their audience. I’d like to check out one of their “Pay What You Can” performances — held the first Saturday of each production. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; arrive an hour prior to showtime.

4. Silverwood Park – The first and only time I’ve been to Silverwood I was in that rarest of states: alone. Next time I vow to bring my kids along to enjoy one of the park’s awesome events designed just for them! Let’s Get stARTed is a monthly free drop-in art class. When you Walk with an Artist, you’ll explore the park’s intriguing sculptures. Gianna tells us more about her love for Silverwood Park here.

5. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre – Every spring I resolve to attend HOTB’s MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. And every spring I then fail to do so (or, occasionally, the weather won’t cooperate). HOTB invites the public to come help create the parade floats and decorations! You can find out more about these free workshops — including your last opportunity to be involved — here. Heart of the Beast also presents Saturday Shows for Kids nicely priced at $4/pp.

There’s my list! Isn’t there research that suggests you’re way more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down? I’m halfway here! Thanks for joining us during our first year of Family Fun Twin Cities. We hope you’ll stick around!


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