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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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Free & Budget Family Events for February 27-28, 2016
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7 Ideas for Fun on Presidents Day in the Twin Cities
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Ski and Snowboard–Fun with Dad
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9 Twin Cities Early December Holiday Events – Archived
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Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015
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Family Fun Idea: 7 Spots for Hands-on Science with Kids
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Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015
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Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Sept. 26-27, 2015
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10 Ideas for Free or Cheap Family Fun in August

Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities

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Free & Budget Family Events for February 27-28, 2016

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

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Minnesota Parent Camp Fair @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul • 10am-2pm
Details: Yes, it’s time to start planning the summer already. This event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids. Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Zoo animal.

Free Tour Saturday @ Gabbert Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Ave (St. Paul campus of the U of M) • 12:30-3:30pm
Details: Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Check out their remodeled raptor habitats, and get up close to bald eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons. The Raptor Center treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Read more about taking kids to the Raptor Center here.

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Art Shanty Projects: Final Weekend @ White Bear Lake County Park, 5050 Lake Ave, White Bear Lake • 10am-4pm
Details: Not only are these 19 unique ice houses designed by local artists, they are strongly encouraged to be interactive. Herein lies the fun of bringing the whole family out to see them – my kids had a great time exploring the shanties when they last appeared in 2014.

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Winter Fun Kids Kraft @ Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller Street S, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • free, but registration required at 952-445-0378.
Details: Celebrate the chilly season with cozy stories and a special snow craft. Take advantage of free admission to the museum.

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Final Kenwood Poster PRINTRock Kenwood! @ Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis • 3-6pm • $20 per family at the door
Details: ARTrageous Adventures and Kenwood Park are co-hosting a family fun dance party! Jam to music with the Big Epic Show, make your own reARTcycled microphone and a rock star photo frame. Your family can get their own rock star make overs done and a photo shoot with a professional photographer! When it’s time for a break in the action, a chill room will be stocked with books and crafts.

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Free Family Flicks: Hop  @ Theatres at Mall of America • 10am

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids  @ Twin Cities Lakeshore Learning locations • 11am-3pm

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm

Saturday Live! @ George Latimer Central Library, 90 W 4th St, St. Paul • 11:15am
Details: Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul • winter hours 10am-4pm • suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate.
Details: Seasonal events include Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders (creepy crawlies on display through April 17), the Winter Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Open year-round.

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The Blast Indoor PlaygroundFANtastic Saturdays @ Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan • 5-8pm • $4/pp ages 18 mon-12 years, all others free.
Details: Better bang for your buck every Saturday evening: $4 will get you into the Blast Indoor Playground, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids).

Saturday Shows for Kids @ In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis • shows at 10am & noon • suggested donation of $5/pp or pay-what-you can
Details: Two showings of The Stuffed Animal Spring Show. Stay for a make-and-take workshop based on that day’s puppet show theme (additional $5 per child, $3 per adult, advance registration recommended at 612-721-2535).

Michaels Kids Club Crafts @ Twin Cities Michaels locations • 10am-noon • $2 per project

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21

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Winter Games @ Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria • 12:30-2pm
Details: Unplug by spending time outside playing snow and ice games.

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Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis • Noon-5pm
Details: Explore the very kid-friendly Touch and Feel room and the wildlife dioramas free each Sunday.

Bell Museum of Natural HistoryMinneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm

Free Family Fun Days @ Three Rivers Parks
Carl Kroening Interpretive Center: Tracks, Trails & Tales • 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center: Feeding Time • 3-4pm

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ONGOING SUNDAYS – BUDGET

Anne's Family Attended A Family Fun & Fitness Friday at Great River Waterpark.$4 Sundays @ Great River Water Park, 270 N Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul • 11am-5pm • $4/pp
Details: Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here.

And as always, please check our Family Fun Calendar for more ways to get out and about with your family this weekend and beyond!


 

 

7 Ideas for Fun on Presidents Day in the Twin Cities

If you’ve got Presidents Day to while away with the kids, you might be looking for a way to get out and make the most of it. We’ve rounded up 7 free or inexpensive ways:

CTCBe Inspired! ALL ACCESS CELEBRATION @ Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis • 11am-4pm • FREE
Details: Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event. Take backstage tours and a Theatre Arts Training Class, play with puppets used in the current main stage show The Snowy Day, hear stories, learn dance moves, and more!

Rice & Arlington Batting Cages @ 1500 Rice St, St. Paul • noon-8pm
Details: Batter up and train for baseball season with special prices for Presidents Day – $1/token for 22 pitches.

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Ski and Snowboard–Fun with Dad

 

 

Family Fun With Dad

 

Meet Jeff Lenz. He is a local dad who likes to spend time with his family outdoors.  Right now in this winter season, he likes to ski with his girls.

I met Jeff at my 20th high school reunion where I grew up with Kassie his wife.  Reconnecting with Kassie and meeting her husband were some of the best parts of the reunion.  When I learned that they lived in South Minneapolis (and we laughed at how we both were small town girls who wanted to live in an actual city), I asked Jeff if he wouldn’t mind sharing how he and his family spend time together. Read More

9 Twin Cities Early December Holiday Events – Archived

Whether we’re ready or not the Twin Cities is preparing to kick off Christmas events in the upcoming weeks. Here are 9 you might want to mark your holiday calendar for:

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Holiday Crafts from the Mississippi: Sand Candles and Straw Ornaments
@ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis

When: Thursday, Dec. 3 • 10am-noon
Cost: $5/pp, reservations required by Dec. 1
Details: A candle cast from river sand or ornaments made from prairie grasses could make a great holiday gift for someone. Refreshments provided. Reservations required by December 1.

Tree-Lighting-300x105[1]Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting & European Christmas Market
@ Union Depot Lot B, 200 Kellogg Blvd E, St Paul

When: Tree lighting takes place Dec. 4 • 5:30-7:30pm and the market runs Dec. 5-6 & 11-13 • find times here.
Cost: Free admission
Details: Union Depot will be the hub of many special holiday activities this year including the European-style Christmas market, the arrival of the North Pole Express and Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, a Holiday Movie Night and the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Get all the details here.

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U of M College of Science & Engineering Winter Light Show Premiere
@ Civil Engineering Building Plaza, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis

When: Premiere party Friday, Dec. 4, 5:30, 6 & 6:30pm

After Friday, Dec. 4, shows will run at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 5
  • Thursday, Dec. 10
  • Friday, Dec. 11
  • Saturday, Dec. 12

Cost: Free
Details: Our family discovered the student-designed Winter Lights Show put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Science & Engineering last year. Each show is about 20 minutes long and features lights and laser projection set to fun music.

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@ Grand Avenue businesses
between Dale Street & Fairview Avenue, St. Paul

When: Saturday, Dec. 5 • events 8:30am-5pm
Cost: Free
Details: Explore one of St. Paul’s best shopping districts, sample from local restaurants, have breakfast with Santa, take a trolley ride down the avenue, and much more at this annual winter tradition. Get the full event guide with participating businesses here.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
@ Steppingstone Theatre for Youth Development, 55 Victoria St N., St. Paul

When: Shows Dec. 4-6, 9-13, 16-23, find times here.
Cost: $16/adults, $12/students. Pay-what-you-can performance will be held on Saturday, December 5, 4pm show only.
Details: A holiday classic. Visit with Santa after the show!

Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz Farm
4665 Manor Park, Eagan

When: Sunday, Dec. 6 • Noon-3:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Celebrate the holidays 1940’s style at this free event at Holz Farm. Enjoy hayrides, carolers, a bonfire, refreshments, reindeer and a visit from Santa.

Children’s Holiday Storytime
@ Fillebrown House
, 4735 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake
When: Thursday, Dec. 10 • 6:30 pm
Cost: $2/pp
Details:
Children are invited to the Fillebrown House to sit by the magnificently decorated Christmas tree and listen to holiday poems and stories.  Hot or cold cider and cookies will be served.
Reservations required:  office@whitebearhistory.org or 651-407-5327.

bachmans2Bachman’s Annual Holiday Play: “Santa’s Magical Music”
@ Bachman’s on Lyndale, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

When: December weekends through Sunday, Dec. 20 • Saturday shows at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm and Sunday shows at 11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Arrive early for a good seat to see the annual Santa & Albert holiday play and stay after for pictures with Santa. The show lasts about 20 minutes.

Folkways of the Holidays
@ The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 E, Shakopee

When: December weekends starting Dec. 5-6 • 10am-4pm
Cost: $8/adults, $5/ages 2-17 & seniors, under 2 free
Details: Discover the holiday traditions of 19th century Minnesota through folk art performances, a horse-drawn trolley, tours of homes decorated with heritage crafts for the season.


Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015

Have you heard that the popular open houses at Brickmania Toyworks have re-opened the second Saturday of each month? They are no longer free, but a family of four can attend for $10 and enjoy the LEGO train layouts, play tables and much more. Also this weekend are free tours at the Raptor Center on the U of M St. Paul campus and a host of free family programs hosted by Three Rivers Parks. As always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more inspiration this weekend and beyond!

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Family Fun Idea: 7 Spots for Hands-on Science with Kids

Wondering where to take your small fry where they can get hands-on with science? Here are seven ideas of places that offer education programs for a wide range of ages, many of them ongoing, and one free annual event you won’t want to miss!

Raptor Center Tours @ Gabbert Raptor Center
1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul

When: Every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, Tues-Fri & 12:30 pm-3:30pm, Sat/Sun
Cost: $3-$5/pp
Details: Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Check out their remodeled raptor habitats, and get up close to bald eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons. The Raptor Center treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Read more about taking kids to the Raptor Center here.

girlsscience-thumb[1]Girls, Science & Technology @ Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul

When: Saturday, Nov. 14 • 10am-4pm
Cost: Up to 4 kids FREE w/ paid adult ($13) available only with this coupon available on the Fox 9 Girls, Science & Technology page.
Details: Join Fox 9 and prominent female scientists from around the state for this important community event. It’s a brilliant and fun opportunity for girls to be introduced to the exciting worlds of science and technology.

2012-11-17_15-26-06_744[1]Math & Science Family Fun Fair @ University of Minnesota TC
Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, Nov. 21 • 10am-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: It’s a day jam-packed with hands-on STEM fun. (And this is coming from a mom who didn’t appreciate math and science until she had her own kids!) Highlights include free ExploraDome shows, playing with robots, and really cool exhibits that truly get kids excited about chemistry, engineering, physics and much more. Get the complete schedule here and note that the special “Physics Force” and “Energy and U” shows require (free) tickets that are picked up at the event check-in. My own kids had a blast at this event; plan to spend several hours.

Science Studio: Autumn Foods @ Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, Nov. 21 • 10:30am-4:30pm
Cost: $10/adults, $8/students & seniors, under 4 FREE
Details: Discover the science of favorite autumn foods— corn and candy corn! Learn about how corn grows and the history behind the harvest trio “the Three Sisters.” Cultivate your estimating skills and prepare kernels of corn that you can bring home and grow yourself! Participate in a challenge to build towers out of candy corn and do experiments to see what melts those classic treats.

Tech Take Apart @ The Works
9740 Grand Ave, Bloomington

When: Saturday, Nov. 21 • 11am-4pm
Cost: $8/pp
Details: Dig into the guts of machines and electronics and figure out how those gadgets work! All supplies provided

tm-science-museum-preschool-playdates-3[1]Preschool Playdates @ Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

When: Ongoing Tuesdays • 9:30am-noon
Cost: Kids ages 5 & under admitted FREE with paid adult ($13). Note: Minnesota Children’s Museum members all receive FREE admission to the museum for the preschool playdates program!
Details: Science is fun for even the littlest explorers! Visit on Tuesday mornings and enjoy special activities and live theater performances especially for preschoolers.

Big River, Small Fry: Nature For Curious Kids @ Kroening Interpretive Center
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis

When: Thursday, Nov. 12 • 9am-noon
Cost: $5/pp
Details: Take time to explore nature and science with your little one. Participate in sensory learning, science activities, hikes, ideas for home, and more. Children must attend with an adult. Stay for an hour or the whole morning. Reservations required by the Tuesday prior. *We apologize for not posting this information in time to sign up for the Nov. 12 class, but the winter session of Big River, Small Fry begins Dec. 10 and can be found here.


Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015

Saturday is packed full of of FREE Halloween events, most designed for the ones who want only the mildest of spooks and thrills. Read on for more details, and be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for additional Halloween fun and beyond.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Free Ink Day: Dia de los Muertos
@ Highpoint Center for Printmaking

912 W Lake St., Minneapolis 55408

Time: 12-4pm
Details: All ages are welcome
to take part in this free Highpoint tradition. Learn how to carve relief blocks by hand and make prints to take home, this month’s theme celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Young children will enjoy the activity, but will need close participation from adults.

HOBT-22x28-Halloween-BLEED-1a[1]Monster Mash Sing Along with Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
@ Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis 55408

Time: 10 & 11:30am
Details: Heart of the Beast will take center stage in the first floor atrium with their first show at 10:00am. Afterwards, children will have the opportunity to “create and take” a puppet. The second show will begin at 11:30 am. Come in costume and go trick-or-treating at Calhoun Square after the show!

BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza
@ Hidden Falls Regional Park
1313 Hidden Falls Drive, Saint Paul, 55116

Time: 7-8pm
Details: Since 1993, BareBones Productions has presented The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a community-created spectacle pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song, and music that honors the circle of life by celebrating its seasonal arc of death in the Fall.

Halloween Events at Minneapolis Parks: Joy has rounded up a great list of 9 Halloween events (all of which are free save one) going on around Minneapolis Parks. Click the above link for the list.

Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Malls: Tons of not-so-spooky FREE events going on at Twin Cities-area shopping centers on Halloween! A handful include Rosedale Mall’s Spooktacular, Mall of America’s Howl-o-Ween, and Halloween on the Mall at Eden Prairie Center. For a complete list, click the above link.

Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Grocery Stores & Markets: Activities going on the day of Halloween include Boo Blast at Lunds/Byerly’s Wayzata and the Fall Festival at the Plymouth location (both 11am-3pm), and Halloween activities at the St. Paul Farmers Market.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

It’s You & Me, Kid
@ Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park
7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, 55386

Time: 2:30-4pm
Details: Unplug with your child in nature. Enjoy crafts, games, puzzles, coloring, nature artifacts, bird watching, and live animals. Go on a hike before or after the program.

Free Family Fun Days at Three Rivers Parks
Turkey Talk @ Richardson Nature Center, 3-4pm
Skulls @ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 1-3pm


Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Sept. 26-27, 2015

This weekend is packed full of ways to spend time with the family on a budget. We’ll get you started with six ideas below — all admission-free — and, if you’re in need of some more inspiration, check out our Family Fun Calendar here. Happy exploring!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

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12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, 55033

Time: 10am-3pm
Details: Raptors nursed back to health by the U of M’s Raptor Center will be released back into the wild at 11am & 2pm. Also enjoy hayrides through the apple orchard, kids activities and more.

MCMMOA[1]Grand Opening of Minnesota Children’s “Pop-Up” Museum @ Mall of America
60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 55425

Time: 10am-6pm
Details: Come celebrate the grand opening of the new “pop-up” satellite of Minnesota Children’s Museum at the Mall of America with activities in the Sears Court from 10-noon and previews of the new museum space from noon-6pm on the 3rd floor, north side of the mall. Plus, giveaways and prizes.

“Jungle Book” Workshop with Children’s Theatre Company @ Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave, St Paul, 55105

Time: 10:30am
Details: Teaching artists from CTC will help kids create a drama adventure based on characters from their upcoming production of The Jungle Book. No pre-registration necessary.

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tm parade of stablesParade of Stables – find a list of participating stables here.

Time: 11am-3pm
Details: This event is designed to introduce families to the American Saddlebred horse. 7 participating stables will host open houses offering demos, kids activities, refreshments, pony rides, giveaways and more.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

RussBorud2[1]Medieval Fair @ Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, 55123

Time: 11am-4pm
Cost: Admission is free; donations are greatly appreciated.
Details: Explore medieval dress, cooking, combat, crafts and storytelling. Kids can even get in on the action! Food truck will be onsite.

Free Family Fun Days @ Three Rivers Parks

Carl Kroening Interpretive Center • 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center: Raptors in the Yard • 3-4pm

Details: These ongoing Sunday programs are free of charge and change themes weekly. Drop in any time for hands-on family activities.


10 Ideas for Free or Cheap Family Fun in August

Don’t look at these 10 ideas as an end-of-summer bucket list — because personally, I’m not ready to look fall in the face — but take these suggestions as a reminder that there is plenty of the season left to enjoy! Here’s what August has in store for the Twin Cities:

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Dye Garden Family Art Day @ Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE #100, Minneapolis, 55414

When: Saturday, Aug. 1 • 10am-1pm
Cost: Free
Details: The whole family is welcome to come play in the Textile Center’s natural plant dye garden, create a macrame plant hanger and bring a miniature garden home. Refreshments will be provided.

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When: Tuesday, Aug. 4 • times vary
Details: Community gatherings across the Twin Cities encourage you to get out, spend the evening with your neighbors and promote safe neighborhoods. Minneapolis has an extensive list of registered block parties (complete with proposed activities) here, organized by neighborhoods. St. Paul’s list can be found here. Even if you don’t plan to leave your own ‘hood for the evening, ideas for your own bash abound on these lists.

Beach Party @ Bryant Lake Regional Park, 6800 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie, 55344

When: Wednesday, Aug. 5 • 12-3pm
Cost: $5/pp
Details: Ride a waterslide, try an obstacle course, make a craft, and play games. Meet pond critters, birds of prey, and reptiles. Build a sand castle and win a cool treat.

Groovin Web Promo[1]FINAL Groovin’ in the Garden @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul, 55103

When: Wednesday, Aug. 5 • 6-8pm
Cost: Free
Details: Catch the final Groovin’ in the Garden performance (local band “i like you.”) and, depending on the ages of your kids, they might let you sit and enjoy while being entertained by the free Park & Rec equipment: a jump castle, giant climbing wall, and lawn games. If not, at least you can hear the music while the kids exhaust themselves. Bring a blanket and picnic or purchase food onsite.

Pet Expo @ Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 East River Rd, Fridley, 55432

When: Saturday, Aug. 8 • 1-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: Bring along your pet and spend the afternoon on an animal scavenger hunt in the galleries, mugging in the photo booth, browsing vendors, and creating a pet rock to take home. Currently on exhibition in the historic Banfill-Locke house is Pets On View.

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Dakota County Fair & Heritage Village @ Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St W, Farmington, 55024

When: Aug. 10-16, 2015
Cost: $5/adults, $2/kids 6-12, $2/seniors, 5 & under free; $5/daily parking
Details: Heritage Village comes to life as it was a century ago during the run of the Dakota County Fair. Costumed characters interpret rural life as you visit the village buildings and take in demonstrations. Admission to Heritage Village is included in your ticket to the Fair, which also hosts many free activities, exhibits, and live entertainment.

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ExploraTots @ Crosby Farm Regional Park2595 Crosby Farm Road, St. Paul, 55116

When: Wednesday, Aug. 12 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Connect to the natural world with your preschooler (designed for ages 2-5) through hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Older children are welcome to attend; no pre-registration required. Enter the park at the Gannon Road entrance and meet at the picnic pavilion. The ExploraTots program meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For more free and low-cost environmental education programs in St. Paul, click here.

10 Ideas for Free Family Fun at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

The Minnesota State Fair does not exactly scream “free” or “cheap”, you say? It’s true that costs can quickly add up between admission, treats and carnival rides, but for many families (mine included) a trip or few to the Fair is a summer must-do. We’ve included this list of 10 free attractions included in Fair admission to give you an idea of all the budget-friendly fun that is to be had. (Note: this is 2014’s list, but all attractions are scheduled to return for 2015.)

10 More Ideas for FREE Family Fun at the State Fair

The Fair has so much free fun to offer we felt it warranted a second mention on our August list!

10 MORE Twin Cities Beaches, Playgrounds & Attractions to Try This Summer

Don’t mourn the end of summer just yet, there’s still time and sun enough to hit the local beaches. Following up on our original list of 10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer we present 10 MORE Twin Cities Beaches, Playgrounds & Attractions to Try This Summer.

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