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Wishing Tree Play Cafe Giveaway
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Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide
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10 Things for Parents in “Moana” Disney’s New Animated Feature Movie
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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs
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Twin Cities Independence Day Events and Activities
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Family Fun Idea: Big Back Yard at the Science Museum of Minnesota
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Twin Cities Community Entertainment for Kids, Summer 2016
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FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities
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FFTC Summer Bucket List: 101 Things For Your Family This Summer
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Twin Cities June Family Events & Activities Guide

Wishing Tree Play Cafe Giveaway

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Congratulations to Cheryl for being our winner!  (Not Sara as I kept saying).  Here’s the link to the video with the official announcement!The Wishing Tree Play Cafe

The Wishing Tree Play Cafe has offered one of our readers the opportunity to win a 20 Visit Punch Pass. Read More

Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide

Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide has something for everyone.

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10 Things for Parents in “Moana” Disney’s New Animated Feature Movie

Disney does it again with Moana.  We have been singing “How Far I’ll Go” non-stop for three days now.

Kids are going to love this film, but that’s to be expected.  I know you want to know if you will.  Here are 10 Things for Parents to Enjoy.

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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs

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We have a unique opportunity in the Twin Cities to enjoy the holidays on trains and planes and sleighs, and we’ve rounded up all we can find just for you and your family!

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Twin Cities Independence Day Events and Activities

Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.

Independence Day 2016We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!

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Family Fun Idea: Big Back Yard at the Science Museum of Minnesota

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Big Back Yard at the
Science Museum of
Minnesota
Open June 18-September 5, 2016
10:30am-5pm
Included with museum admission

Tucked between the towering buildings on Kellogg Boulevard above and the Mississippi riverfront development below is one of the city’s best splash pads and sandboxes. This endorsement comes courtesy of my four children, who never fail to have a blast when we make our annual summer trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Back Yard. Now, the museum doesn’t tout itself as featuring a splash pad and sandbox on property, so you’ll have to keep in mind that the Big Back Yard might not be your destination if you don’t want the kids coming out sandy and soaked.

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The first culprit is the nine-hole mini golf course. Designed to teach about the flow of water and how it shapes the land, it consists of tempting waterways, a hydraulic jump, and a braided stream. My son takes his golf pretty seriously, but his younger sisters quickly abandon their clubs and start splashing away. (Note: this is not necessarily allowed and probably not courteous if there are other golfers on the course. We try to visit when we’ll have the place to ourselves.)

science museum of mn big back yardIf the kids aren’t damp enough after the putting, the Ground Water Plaza might guarantee there isn’t a dry patch left on them. The kids can pump buckets full of water from the Museum’s deep artisan well and pour it over a variety of surfaces to learn how groundwater can move through rock. Plenty of the water did end up on the rock, but much of it was aimed at each other.

science museum mn big back yardAn adjacent native prairie maze is helpful for drying off after the waterworks. My kids usually play tag through the native grasses and gardens and perhaps learn a thing or two about prairies and their role in cleaning the environment. A second (somewhat) drier activity available is panning for gemstones and fossils in a giant sluice.

So pick a nice, hot summer day to enjoy all the Science Museum’s Big Back Yard has to offer. If I can add one tip: let the kids wear swimsuits under their clothes! Exploring the gardens and ground water plaza is included in museum admission; a charge of $3.50 is levied for kids to play a round of golf, $4.00 for adults. The Back Yard is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day and September weekends, weather permitting.


Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Back Yard
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102

Museum Admission:
Adults: $13 ($20 w/ Omnitheater ticket)
Child (4 – 12): $10 ($17 w/ Omnitheater ticket)

Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free admission each Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to noon as part of the Preschool Playdates program!

Big Back Yard mini golf: $4/member, $5/non-member, ages 3 & under golf free
$5.00 per person after 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday without museum admission!


Twin Cities Community Entertainment for Kids, Summer 2016

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There is so much fun to be had out in our local communities. There is something to do every day of the week during the summer. The libraries have programming all summer for Bockawocky.  You can find out more information about all the different summer reading programs we found for Twin Cities families. Don’t forget to explore your own community for fun in your local parks where you can find music or maybe even the puppet wagon.

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FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

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Summer Music at Normandale Lake Bandshell courtesy City of Bloomington


This summer music post is sponsored by Open Window Theatre. Enjoy two one-act plays together as a family.
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Open Window Youth Theatre
Open Window Theatre
(Metropolis Minneapolis Building)
1313 Chestnut Ave., Ste.#102
Minneapolis, MN 55403


The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer.  Every corner of the metro is full of music and a lot of it is FREE! What could be better?  Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music.  Read More

FFTC Summer Bucket List: 101 Things For Your Family This Summer

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It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the beaches are beckoning, the kids are home and it’s time to get outside together. Want to fill up your summer bucket list but don’t know where to start?

Not a problem – we’ve got you covered. 101 Things for Kids this Summer: Read More

Twin Cities June Family Events & Activities Guide

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It is our hope that you can use our June Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. June, for instance, is chock full of family summer festivals across the Twin Cities Metro Area, and the local collection of beaches, outdoor pools, waterparks and splash pads are coming alive for the season. Local parks are ringing with the sounds of free family concerts and other artsy entertainment. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities

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