“Girls need to know that there is room for them in this space,” Gaby Ruiz-Colon, biologist.
We’re getting ever-so-closer to the holidays, so it comes as no surprise that several of this weekend’s highlighted events are themed accordingly. However, a closer look reveals that not everything going on is focused on the season…
Friday, December 12
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
at South Plaza, Union Depot, 214 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Cost: Free, or $3 for VIP admission
Details: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling through Union Depot raising food and cash donations for food banks in the U.S. and Canada. The entire train is decked out with brilliant holiday lights and musicians onboard a decorated boxcar will perform starting at 6:30. For the train’s complete schedule click here.
Saturday, December 13
Free Second Saturday: Art & Science
at The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55416
Time: 11am – 4pm
Details: A blend of art and science hands-on activities are on the schedule for Bakken’s monthly free Second Saturday program. For a complete schedule click here.
Gingerbread House Making
at Ramsey County Library – Shoreview, 4570 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages: Appropriate for ages 4-10
Cost: Free, supplies available while they last
Details: Drop in and decorate your own gingerbread (OK – graham cracker) house! Frosting and candy will be provided for decoration.
Sunday, December 14
Target Family Day: Ready-to-Wear
at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Time: 11am – 5pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: Free, parking available free on side streets
Details: Explore art on fabrics and fashion some art to wear yourself. Get the complete family-friendly schedule here.
Sundays at Landmark: Santa’s Workshop
at Landmark Center, 75 5th St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Cost: Free, parking available on side streets
Details: Spend the afternoon with Santa and his reindeer while making crafts for friends and family and enjoying festive performances.
Be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of events for this weekend and beyond!
Welcome to the weekend! Need a few suggestions on finding family fun with your bunch? Here are some of our picks for FREE activities happening in the Twin Cities over the next few days. As always, be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of events for this weekend and beyond.
Family Fridays at Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Friday, April 11, 2014
5 – 8pm; FREE!
Every Friday is Family Night at Midtown Global Market! The live music and activities are geared for all ages and can be enjoyed along with dinner from one of the many ethnic vendors that populate the indoor market. Park free for up to three hours with a validated purchase.
Peadpods Spring Festival
2290 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
Saturday, April 12, 2014
12 – 4pm; FREE!
Peapods — the natural toy and baby care shop in St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park neighborhod — is hosting their first Spring Festival this Saturday. Expect crafts, treats, great prizes and baby chicks! Gianna has more details here.
Free Second Saturday: Nano Science!
The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55416
Saturday, April 12, 2014
11am – 4pm; FREE!
EVERY second Saturday of the month is free at this unique museum dedicated to electricity and magnetism. April’s theme celebrates Nano Science — the science of the small — with loads of activities. Get the entire list here.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Family Day: April Showers
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Sunday, April 13, 2014
11am – 5pm; FREE!
As usual, Family Day at the MIA will be packed with art activities that appeal to all ages plus a special preschool tour that explores emotions in art. Joy tells us about recent family-friendly updates to the museum here.
Urban Expeditions: Senegal
75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102
Sunday, April 13, 2014
1 – 3pm; FREE!
Travel to Senegal for an hour or two through Landmark Center‘s popular Urban Expeditions program, now in its tenth year. I couldn’t find any teasers online about this installment, but you can probably expect some authentic cultural performances, crafts and probably food. Parking is free in downtown St. Paul on Sundays.
Fall has been settling in in earnest the past week with its welcome refreshing temps and gorgeous color displays. I’ve highlighted a couple Twin Cities-area spots for enjoying autumn outdoors on Sunday. As usual, you’ll also find additional suggestions on our family-oriented Free Calendar. Or, if the chill in the air drives you inside, I listed some good bets for indoor fun on Saturday. All events are guaranteed free admission.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Twin Cities Book Festival
Progress Center, State Fairgrounds
10am – 5pm
We attended this book-and-author fest last fall as a family. I don’t know if I’d use the word “astonishing” to describe the children’s pavilion (quote the website) but it does come packed with live music, storytelling, crafts and a couple fun surprises. I’d recommend bringing two adults if possible — one to keep an eye on the kids while the other browses the reads.
Brickmania Toyworks Open House
1620 Central Avenue NE, Suite 170
10am – 4pm
Adults will probably get nearly as much joy picking out the details in these incredible LEGO sculptures as the kids will. Plus, there are plenty of LEGOs available to build with and a couple other hands-on activities.
Free Second Saturday at The Bakken
3537 Zenith Avenue South
11am – 4pm
You can’t go wrong with free admission. Plus, this Saturday the Bakken is celebrating science Halloween-style with a Monster Mash! Costumes encouraged. Try a meet-and-greet with Frankenstein’s Monster, conduct spooky science experiments and get up close to some real brains.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Fall Colors from the Highland Park Water Tower
Snelling Ave at Ford Pkwy, St. Paul
9 am – 5pm
The view is beautiful from this landmark St. Paul water tower. The perfect urban spot to appreciate the colors of the season. Last year, treats and activity books were handed out to kids.
Colorful Fall Leaves at Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Rd
1 – 3pm
What, exactly, makes those leaves turn such brilliant colors in the fall? Find out at this free drop-in event at Eastman Nature Center.
Target Family Day at MIA: Journey to Japan
2400 3rd Ave S
11am – 5pm
Family Day is traditionally packed with activities to suit a wide span of ages. This month, travel to Japan with the MIA through taiko drumming, judo workshops, art activities, gallery scavenger hunts, costuming and more. Both the museum and this free program are terrific cultural resources!