“TranscenDance Xperience is dedicated to providing a FUN, wholesome and family-centered dance Xperience for all students in our programs, both recreational and competition. Why TDX? Class sizes are small, which allows instructors to create lesson plans specific to their students’ needs–maximizing learning potential and growth. We believe families play an important role in the success of our dancers, and encourage open communication within the classroom. TDX places a strong importance on flattering costumes for all shapes and sizes, as well as family-friendly music. Our goal is to create passionate, confident young dancers who develop a lifelong love for the art of dance.”
“The Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers are based in St. Paul. Founded in 2003 by owner and director Katie Stephens Spangler, the group of about 200 students performs around the Twin Cities and the Midwest over 100 times each year. Classes are available for children and adults.”
If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Holidazzle 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.