Tag - The Works Museum

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“Pre-K Mondays” at The Works Museum in Bloomington
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Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time
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Got Preschoolers? 10 Twin Cities Spots to Entertain & Educate
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The Weekend Wish List for April 11 – 13, 2014
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Wish List for February 22, 2014

“Pre-K Mondays” at The Works Museum in Bloomington

Attention parents who love to save a few bucks and find a cool new place to take the kids that will keep them occupied (educationally!) for hours: it’s time to pay a visit to Pre-K Mondays at The Works, a hands-on engineering museum for kids in Bloomington.

Pre-K Monday at the Works Museum

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First, the savings bit: The Works hosts select “Pre-K Mondays” during the school year where your kids (any age over 2) are admitted for just $4.25. Regular price admission – $8.50 – still applies for adults. Kids under 3 are free. Read More

Membership – The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time

I 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.

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Hello Grandparents – Membership is a Great Gift Idea!

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

Got Preschoolers? 10 Twin Cities Spots to Entertain & Educate

Kids are preschoolers for such a short-time. Before you know it, they are heading off to school and then middle school and then conquering the world.

The fall has come where I find myself finally down to one kid at home during the day. My preschooler and I are now able to see her three older sibs off at the bus stop each morning and then stroll home to spend all that quality one-on-one time she’s been waiting her whole short life for. We’re also planning to tackle the list (below) of kid-centric activities around town that I’ve kept in my back pocket since my oldest could toddle. Let me share some of my favorite places to take preschoolers — and I’ll mention where it’s absolutely appropriate to bring older siblings as well. Please note that all of the following activities take place on weekdays. For more inspiration on where to take the entire family on the weekend, visit our Family Fun Calendar.


Thanks to our sponsor Base Camp Pre-K Days.  If you are looking for a program with one of the most wonderful preschool teachers, David Donavan, look no further than Base Camp.  preschool pre-K DaysClick here for Base Camp Pre-K Days


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The Weekend Wish List for April 11 – 13, 2014

I was bowled over when I took a look at our Family Fun Calendar for this upcoming weekend! The list below is just a sampling of some of the family activities offered that caught my eye. There are also numerous springtime events going on at local parks and nature centers as well as more theater and concert options. All activities listed here have a fee attached; look for our Free List of weekend events later this week.

Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (The Adventures of Vixen Sharp Ears)
Ted Mann Concert Hall (University of Minnesota Opera Theatre)
2128 Fourth Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Showtimes: Friday, April 11 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 13 at 1:30pm
Tickets: $20/adults, $5/students & children. Buy tickets online, by box office (612-624-2345) or at the Rarig Ticket Center Office.

Inspired by cartoons the composer had seen in the newspaper, this all-ages opera combines music and dance with themes of “nature, the life cycle, and the spiritual side of life”. A discussion of the opera will begin in the lobby 45 minutes prior to the show.


The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Showtimes: Friday, April 11 at 7:00pm; Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 & 7:00pm; Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 & 4:30pm
Tickets: $15/all seats

Catch the opening weekend of this new show at Stages! The Big Bad Wolf is set to stand trial for his supposed role in that whole mess with the Three Little Pigs. You, the audience, gets to decide his fate. Based on the book of the same name but set to music, it’s sure to be good for some laughs.


Saturday Mornings on the Farm
Gale Woods Farm
7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista, MN 55364

Hours: Saturday, April 12, 9:30am – 12pm
Admission: $5 per participant, 20% discount for groups of 4 or more.

Spend Saturday mornings through August assisting a farmer with chores and other seasonal activities on this real, working farm. Springtime at Gale Woods means the arrival of the Farm Babies! Gianna has more details on meeting the animals and other events at Gale Woods Farm here.


Robot Day at The Works Museum
9740 Grand Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55420
Hours: Saturday, April 12, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $8/all ages

In honor of National Robotics Week, The Works is hosting their annual Robot Day this Saturday! The usual $8 admission fee will cover all of this hands-on museum’s fun exhibits plus special robotics demos from FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO League among others. A great opportunity for kids interesting in joining one of the FIRST programs.


Squish of Spring – Weekend Family Fun
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays in April, 12:00 – 4pm

Admission: $12/person ages 13+, under 13 are free

Get ready to play in the mud weekends at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. April’s family program Squish of Spring gets hands-on with soil and includes a take-home planting experiment.


Wish List for February 22, 2014

My Wish List?  I have three picks this week.  The great thing about these three picks is that they are truly family-oriented activities.  Dad will have as much fun as the two-year-old playing golf in the skyway; I would enjoy taking things apart at the Tech Fest as much as my boys would enjoy messy experiments; and the Family Variety Show has a little bit of something for everyone — not to mention that its at the Minnesota History Center and, as Gianna told us last week in her review, it is a great hands-on museum for families.


Skyway Open Boy GolferSkyway Open – Family Play Day

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Golfer check-in is located on the 1st floor of City Center at 30 S 7th St, Minneapolis
Family Weekend Golf Package
Online Ticket: Round of golf for up to 2 adults and 2 children:  $35
Walk-up: Round of golf for up to 2 adults and 2 children: $40

You can read my preview of the Skyway Open HERE.  Hopefully some of the parking issues that the City of Minneapolis has been facing due to the weather will be relieved by a couple of days of melting.  Maybe?  Otherwise, we’ve had pretty good prices parking at Macy’s lately and there are always buses and trains running into downtown.


TTech Festech Fest at the Works

Saturday, February 22, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(The Museum is open until 5:00 p.m.)
The Works, 9740 Grand Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55420.
Tickets: $6 per person ($4 per member)

This celebration of National Engineers Week is The Works’ BIG event of the year.  It is also the Twin Cities’ biggest family engineering event, which sounds kind of limited, but we live in a very pro-science and engineering community.  We have the Works, the Science Museum and Bakken and lots of little Lego robot clubs and events.

The museum suggests that you “Skip the lines!” and  Preregister today to gain faster access. All preregistered guests will be entered in a drawing to win one of 10 special prizes to celebrate our 10th Annual Tech Fest. Prizes include a family membership, Museum passes, educational items from our Museum store, and more!


bigwow2013The Big Wow Family Variety Show –All About Toys!

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. (1:15 preshow)
MN History Center,345 W. Kellogg Blvd.,St. Paul, MN 55102
Tickets: $5-$15/pp, Reservations recommended
Variety shows are a fun way to present small bites of performance art to people with short attention spans (aka kids).  This show is All About Toys and includes a pre-show with mechanical sculptures and features hula hoop acrobatics, yo yo comedy, Hawaiian ukulele songs and elf stories.  The host will be Tou Ger Xiong with professor Pangea Thunderblust and the band will be Cafe Accordion Orchestra.  You can see a video of the Cafe Accordion Orchestra below:

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