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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
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10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park
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Indoor & Outdoor Fun: Twin Cities Nature Centers SW Metro
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Twin Cities Free Weekend Events List – February 21-22
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Free Weekend Events List for January 31 – Feb 1
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Farewell to Summer: Readers’ Suggestions for Family Fun
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Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds: A To-Do List
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THE FREE LIST FOR MARCH 21-23, 2014
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Free List for Feb 21-23, 2014
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Free List: Top 5 Free Family Activities – Saturday, January 25 to Sunday January 26, 2014

Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.

TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY

Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

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5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

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10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park

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My preschooler’s request for a simple picnic in April turned into a full afternoon of nature play, wildlife spotting and cargo-net clambering. And, thanks to the 80-degree temps, we were able to be outdoors for hours. Bonus: if you can make it out this month, you’ll beat both the crowds and the mosquitoes! Here are 10 things we’re confident kids of all ages can enjoy at the Richardson Nature Center and Hyland Lake Park Reserve: Read More

Indoor & Outdoor Fun: Twin Cities Nature Centers SW Metro

It’s another March (or April) day in Minnesota where we just can’t quite get spring weather to commit — and I’m back with my second round in a series of the indoor and outdoor entertainment to be had at Twin Cities nature centers. In my previous post, I highlighted the activities at three NE Metro locations.

Today, I moved in a south-westerly direction (for no reason other than the fact I could find three in a roughly 10-mile radius that worked with my schedule) and hit up another trio of nature centers I believe you and your young ones would enjoy. I found Westwood Hills Nature Center, Richardson Nature Center and Wood Lake Nature Center to be exceptionally family-friendly and great for a day destined to be spent either indoors or out. Read on for more details.

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park

Visitor Center hours: Monday-Friday • 8:30am-4:30pm

Twin Cities Nature CentersIndoor fun: The indoor portion of the nature center is on the small side, very appealing to kids. One colorful corner is stocked with books, puzzles, games and stuffed animals; other areas have drawers to pull out containing natural objects to touch (beware the compost drawer if you’re squeamish about vermiculture!). An on-hand naturalist engaged my kids in a game of I-Spy with wildlife around the room and gave me the scoop on preschool and family programs available throughout the year at Westwood Hills. Get a sampling of those, including the Nature For the Very Young drop-in preschool programs open to the public here.

Outdoor fun: Weather permitting, bring a picnic and spend some time in the outdoor play area. There are both a traditional playground climbing structure and a small nature play yard containing stumps, logs, shelters and one really cool work of art (see collage above). Within a stone’s throw of a suburban neighborhood is a lake, winding trails, a beautiful observation deck, and a landscaped habitat for Westwood Hill’s resident Barred owl.

Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington

Visitor Center hours: Monday-Saturday • 9am-5pm

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Indoor fun: Colorful, eye-popping relief murals decorate many of the walls of Richardson Nature Center. Grab a scavenger hunt card and see if you can pick out the wildlife in the detailed scenes. My oldest child did this while his preschool-aged sister explored the book nook, stacks of puzzles, a crawl-through coyote den, and other hands-on exhibits. Then, the two collaborated on a predator-prey puppet show for my viewing pleasure.

Outdoor fun: Sheltered within the Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Richardson Nature Center is the starting point for many trails and a Nature Exploration Area where kids can putter around with natural building materials. Check out a bird, bug or frog kit from the front desk to explore the prairie and wetlands. Close to the indoor exhibits is an outdoor raptor viewing area.

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield

Visitor Center hours: Monday-Saturday • 8:30am-5pm

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Indoor fun: Again, I was pleasantly surprised and appreciative of how many interactive exhibits there were for kids at my third stop of the day – Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, a little preserve of land sandwiched between city and first-ring suburbia. The preschooler is always content with a set of miniature animals no matter where she goes; my 9-year-old prefers activities that involve a touch screen. Wood Lake has both — simple toys and books for younger visitors and some creative exhibits that older kids will enjoy operating. We especially enjoyed matching sounds in nature with the creatures who make them.

Outdoor fun: When the weather warms up, it will be great fun to spend time in the Wood Lake Nature Play Area, watching the kids interact not with screens, but with logs, boulders, sticks and other natural materials. The play yard is fenced in and completely conducive to creative play.


Yes, we visited all three of these Twin Cities Nature Centers in one day. Though we had a great time, I don’t advise trying to fit so many in. Pick one, slow down, explore and enjoy. Stay tuned this spring for the next installment of FFTC’s Guide to Twin Cities-area Nature Centers!


Twin Cities Free Weekend Events List – February 21-22

Our picks below for the upcoming weekend are just the beginning – check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of Twin Cities-area events for this weekend and beyond!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Childish Films: Feathers and Fins
@ 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: Join the Walker Art Center for an art project, then enjoy four short, kid-friendly films about fish and birds.
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Free Weekend Events List for January 31 – Feb 1

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

Farewell to Summer: Readers’ Suggestions for Family Fun

We hosted a giveaway the other week and asked readers to leave a comment sharing one family activity they hoped to squeeze in before summer’s end. There were so many good suggestions it seemed fitting to incorporate them into a post. Need a little inspiration for that last summer hurrah? Here’s what our readers had to say:

Walker on the Green – artist designed mini-golf

Mini-golfing – which was appropriate, as the readers were vying for tickets to play the Walker on the Green course at Walker Art Center. The cost of 9 holes ($12/adults, $9/kids ages 7-12) or 18 holes ($18/adults, $13.50/kids) is probably the priciest you’ll find around town, but consider this — children under 6 are free with a paid adult, and each ticket includes admission to the Walker galleries. The Walker’s course is also artist-designed and very entertaining for kids. Read more about our family golf night at the Walker here. Keep in mind the course is open through Labor Day, September 1.

For more places to putt before the weather turns, check out this Star Tribune article published back in June.

photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Elm Creek Swimming Pond – at Elm Creek Park Reserve, the largest parcel in the Three Rivers Park District. The pond has chlorinated water, a sandy beach, concessions, changing facilities and a giant playground nearby. The pond is open 9am – 8pm daily through Labor Day and levies a fee of $4/pp (kids under 1 yr. free) or $12 season pass/pp. There is no charge to enter the park or play on the equipment. 12420 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

Como Town Splash Zone!

Como Town – Filled with rides and attractions to suit the 2 to 12-year-old, Como Town Amusement Park is the ideal size to make a day of it. Don’t miss Hodge Podge Park’s Splash Zone if the weather is steamy, or the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride! Convenient ticket options include purchasing an unlimited ride wristband ($21.95 or $14.95 after 4pm and only $7.95 for adults) or buying a point package (see all options here). Admission to the park itself is free, as is the adjacent and immensely popular Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Como Town is open weekends through September 28. 1301 Midway Parkway
St Paul, MN 55103
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – I loved this suggestion and wished I’d made it out to Walnut Grove myself this summer. The annual Wilder Pageant days are over for the season, but the museum dedicated to the beloved author of the Little House books is open through October. You can find the museum hours here, as well as information about seeking out other landmarks from Laura’s days in the Plum Creek area. 330 8th St., Walnut Grove, MN, 56180.

Surrey bikes at Minnehaha Falls – Pedal through scenic Minnehaha Park, past the Falls made famous by Longfellow, on surrey bikes operated by Wheel Fun Rentals. For a complete list of the contraptions available and their hourly charge, click here. The bikes rent daily through Labor Day and fall weekends through October 19, 11am – 6pm. A second location to rent in Minneapolis is at Lake Nokomis. 4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417.

Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling – Explore life on the fort in the early 1800s– before the Twin Cities existed! Peek inside barracks, talk to costumed interpreters, and listen for the roar of the cannon. Labor Day Weekend at Fort Snelling hosts “Minnesota and the First World War”, a new special event that delves into the Fort’s role in training soldiers for World War 1. Hours: Saturday, August 30 – Monday, September 1 from 10am – 5pm. Admission: $11/adults, $9/seniors & active military with ID, $6/kids 6-17, free/children under 5 and MHS members. Fort Snelling is open Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sept. – Oct. 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111.

photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Gale Woods Farm – There are plenty of opportunities left to experience Saturday Mornings on the Farm at Gale Woods. The barn will be open, the animals ready for their close-ups, and your help will be appreciated for seasonal chores. Cost is $5/pp with a 20% discount on groups of 4 or more. Hours: Saturdays through September 27, 9:30am – 12pm. 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista, MN 55364.

Paddleboarding – Great idea! Try Wheel Fun Rentals at Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, and Lake Nokomis (through Labor Day!) in Minneapolis or keep Lake Phalen in St. Paul in mind for next summer (as rentals are now closed).

Drive-in movies – I’d keep Vali-Hi Drive-In in mind for a date night, though you can’t beat the price of a kid’s ticket – only a buck for children 6 – 12 and free for kids under 5. $8.50 per adult is good for three movies, cash only. Box office opens at 7pm Fri-Sat and 7:30pm Sun-Thurs. Movies start at dusk at the last remaining drive-in theater in the Twin Cities. 11260 Hudson Blvd. N., Lake Elmo, MN, 55042.

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The Minnesota State Fair – We’d be remiss not to mention the final bash of the summer, but since we’ve been yammering on about it nearly nonstop lately, I thought I’d hide it here at the bottom. Last, but definitely NOT least! Head out to the Minnesota State Fair August 21 – September 1 and be sure to check out some of our tips before you go.

Thanks to all the readers who sent in their suggestions; we’re happy to pass them along! Enjoy the final days of the season.


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!


THE FREE LIST FOR MARCH 21-23, 2014

This weekend is a quiet weekend for free activities, but I found a few gems.  You can find more on our Free Calendar. Other free ideas: head over to your local library to check out a book by our featured local author, Dara Dokas or sample a Music Together class.  Oh! Or you could just go to a park and play outside!!  I’m so happy to see signs of spring!


FRIDAY:

Image Credit: Red Balloon Bookshop

Image Credit: Red Balloon Bookshop

Minnesota Book Award-Young People’s Literature Readings
Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Friday, March 21, 2014; 7:00 pm

The Red Balloon is hosting four local authors — all Minnesota Book Awards Finalists in the category of Young People’s Literature.  The authors will be reading from their book and talking to the audience.  Light refreshments will be served.  This would be the perfect outing for book groupies.  The Four authors are:


WAM@20: Paper Now - July 6, 2014

WAM@20: Paper
Now – July 6, 2014

ONGOING – TOURS ON SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

WAM@20: Paper
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Now through July 6, 2014; Saturday and Sunday Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is always free at the Weisman Art Museum, so its easy to overlook.  This quiet weekend would be a great weekend to pull this one out of our back pockets. On Saturdays and Sundays, the “Weisguides” lead free public tours at 1:00 p.m.  The Weisman is celebrating its 20th birthday in its current location.  Now through July 6th, they are featuring the exhibit WAM@20: PAPER, which highlights the various artistic mediums that use paper.


Photo Credit: Cultural Society of Cultural Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA)

Photo Credit: Cultural Society of Cultural Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA)

SUNDAY:

Phillipine Day
Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth  Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
Sunday, March 23, 2014; Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Technically, Phillipine Day is NOT part of the Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition Program, but if you are enjoying that series, this is another chance to learn about another culture.  Join the Cultural Society of Filipino Americans for this celebration of their heritage.  As with the Urban Expedition program, your family can get a little taste of the Phillipine culture through dance, activities and food.


Let's Get stARTedLet’s Get Started: Spring Bloom: Watercolor Leaf Prints
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E,  St. Anthony, MN 55421
Sunday, March 23, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is another activity that I really enjoy, but tend to set on the backburner.  Show up at Silverwood Park and try your hand at the art activity of the month.  This month make Watercolor Leaf Prints.  This is a fun activity for the whole family, because you’re given the tools and any encouragement that you would like, but the final product is up to you.  A two-year-old may end up fingerpainting his chest while a grade school age child could make something you want to frame.  Mom and dad can create alongside the kids, too.  During the same time, there is an artist led tour of the Silverwood grounds or you can strike out on your own or just sit in the coffee shop and sip lattes while the kids play with the open-ended toys provided.  I love this for a lazy Sunday afternoon with no rules or structure or expectations.  Just family.


Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com

Free List for Feb 21-23, 2014

It’s a quiet weekend here in the Twin Cities, but there are still some great opportunities for some free family outings:  A St. Paul exhibit about everyone’s favorite Wizard; a family-friendly concert in Minneapolis and several great options to enjoy Three Rivers Parks — both indoors and outdoors.  Looking for something different?  Check out our FREE CALENDAR for more options.


ONGOING:

HarryPotterExhibitHarry Potter Exhibit
Metropolitan State University Library, First Floor, 645 E 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106
(Same Building as the Dayton’s Bluff Library)
January 13, 2014 – February 23, 2014
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

This exhibit is kind of a grown-up look at the Harry Potter series.  It explores the Harry Potter books through the eyes of a scholar and looks at how it is rooted in Renaissance science (including alchemy, philosophy and astrology), and the ethical questions that affected both Harry Potter’s world and the world of  the historical thinkers of the 15th and 16th centuries. This exhibit probably isn’t for your kids if they are only mild fans.  But, if you have a child who has read all the books, you may both enjoy the exhibit on your own levels.  If you want more information about the exhibit, visit the Harry Potters World website.  Image Credit: Metropolitan State University Library.


FRIDAY:

Roe AlbumFamily Friday
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake Street, Suite G10, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Every Friday Night; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Midtown Global Market starts out every weekend with Family Fridays.  Each week features music and free family-friendly activities.  This week, The Roe Family Singers — one of my favorite local bands — will be the featured musical group.  You can check out a sample of their music below.  The Roe Family Singers is one of those bands that is in regular rotation on our grown up online radio station (SiaNet Radio if you are interested in independent music), but also makes great family car music, too.  It’s appealing to adults and kids alike.  Image Credit:  Roe Family Singers – The Owl and the Bat and the Bumblebee Album Cover.


SUNDAY

Walk With An ArtistAs I’m finishing this article, the snow is piling up and the temperature is dropping enough that we are pretty much guaranteed to still have most of it on Sunday.  Whether that thought fills you with joy or dread, Three Rivers Park District has something to entertain your family on a Sunday afternoon.  These programs are free and open to all ages.

Free Family Fun Day: Predators and Prey

Sunday, February 23, from 1-3 p.m., at Kroening Interpretive Center, in North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis. Learn about the predators and prey of Minnesota. Who is going to eat lunch and who will be lunch?!

Walk with an Artist: Winter Series

Sunday, February 23, from 2-3 p.m., at Silverwood Park, St. Anthony. Tour the current gallery show and discover more about the artists who contribute work to the park. Then take an artist-led walk to explore the park’s sculptures.   Image Credit: Three Rivers Park District – Walk With An Artist.

Winter Forts and Hideouts

Sunday, February 23, from 12:30-2 p.m., at Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Explore the forest while building shelters with sticks, logs, and snow! Experiment to see what protects you and the animals best.

Free Family Fun Days: Skull and Fur Match

Sunday, February 23, from 3-4 p.m., at Richardson Nature Center, in Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington. This weekly drop-in program explores a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This week try to match animal pelts to the corresponding skull.

Free List: Top 5 Free Family Activities – Saturday, January 25 to Sunday January 26, 2014

Saturday

HylandHyland 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.


McFailThe 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.


artsledArt 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.


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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 26th

BazillionsPBS 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.


Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.  FacebookLike

 

 

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