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Summer Fun Bucket List 2017: 101 Ideas For Your Family This Summer
FFTC’s Guide to Local Parades in the Twin Cities
FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities
Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide
10 Things for Parents in “Moana” Disney’s New Animated Feature Movie
Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs
Twin Cities Independence Day & 4th of July Events
Family Fun Idea: Big Back Yard at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Twin Cities Community Entertainment for Kids, Summer 2017
FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

Summer Fun Bucket List 2017: 101 Ideas For Your Family This Summer

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 fun bucket list but don’t know where to start?

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

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We’ve got your bucket list of 101 Ideas For Your Family Summer Fun

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FFTC’s Guide to Local Parades in the Twin Cities

Parades are some of the best family fun in the summer.  They are free, you get candy, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort.  Just bring a blanket or a chair.  Oh, and some pillowcases for all the tootsie rolls you will be collecting.

This guide is brought to you by Wheel Fun Rentals.

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FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities


Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in the Twin Cities? We get it — the annual bash is a big deal, and as parents, we want to make our kids’ birthday parties the best EVER. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities metro area offers a plethora of birthday party venues from which to choose. We’ve rounded up over 100 of these Twin Cites party places to give you some inspiration for your next birthday celebration! 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


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 & 4th of July Events

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
Open June 18-September 5, 2016
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.

science museum of mn big back yard

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 2017


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.  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

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. 


Starts Memorial Day Weekend: Music & Entertainment in the Parks | Daily with FREE concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Check the link for a complete listing of events & locations.

Starts 5/29/17: Minneapolis Music in the Parks, 6 venues presenting music nightly.

Starts 6/7/17: Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | Ongoing Wednesdays with FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase.

6/22/-24: Twin Cities Jazz Fest | Mears Park, Lowerton & other St Paul venues

Starts 7/4/17: 9 Nights of Music | Minnesota History Center | Ongoing Tuesdays thru 8/29/17 | Dance lessons, 6:30pm, music begins at 7.

8/11-13: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island, St Paul | Free admission & live Irish music

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BLAINE: Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park | Select dates starting 6/14/17 including Family Fun Night (7/18/17).

COON RAPIDS: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park performance pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/8/17 – FREE

MAPLE GROVE: Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17

NORTH ST. PAUL: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park | starts 6/22/17

PLYMOUTH: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center | Starts June 2017

ROSEVILLE: Live @ The Rog! Performance Series | Frank Rog Amphitheater| Ongoing Sundays starting 6/11/17

SHOREVIEW: Concerts in the Commons | Shoreview Commons at Shoreview Community Center | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/14/17

ST ANTHONY: Sounds of Silverwood | Silverwood Park | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/17


APPLE VALLEY: Music in Kelley Park | Ongoing Fridays starting 6/16/17 with FREE music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.

BURNSVILLE: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17, plus enjoy the landscaped splash.

CHASKA: Kids Entertainment Series, 6/13 & 6/27 & Wednesday Night Concerts, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/14/17.

EAGAN: Eagan Market Fest | Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds | Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting 6/7/17. FREE family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS: Market Square Concert Series | The Village at Mendota Heights | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/17, 6:30pm

SHAKOPEE: Performance & Event Series | Huber Park | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/1/17, 7pm



BLOOMINGTON: Arts in the Parks includes the Monday Morning Kids Series at Moir Park starting 6/12/17 & Tuesday Evening Performance Series at Normandale Bandshell starting 6/13/17.

EDEN PRAIRIE: Eden Prairie Park Players Presents: Honk!, 6/16-18/17 & 6/22-25 at the Staring Lake Amphitheater • Kidstock kicks off 6/20 with entertainment ongoing Tuesdays.

EDINA: Centennial Lakes Park is a haven for FREE summer entertainment! Events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater.

EXCELSIOR: Excelsior Concerts in the Park | The Commons | Dates: 5/24, 6/21, 7/19 & 8/16

GOLDEN VALLEY: Golden Valley Concerts in the Parks | Brookview Park | Ongoing Mondays starting 6/5/17, 7pm

HOPKINS: Hopkins Summerfest | Downtown Park | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17, 7pm

MINNETONKA: Arts in the Park | Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater include  Music in the Park ongoing Tuesdays starting 6/13/17.

RICHFIELD: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Ongoing Tuesdays at noon starting 6/13/17.

ST LOUIS PARK: St. Louis Park Creative Kidstuff Concerts | The Shops at West End | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/14/17, 10am

WAYZATA: Wayzata Summer Concert Series | Depot Park | Ongoing Wed in July, 7pm


STILLWATER: Stillwater Summer Tuesdays | Lowell Park | Ongoing Tuesdays starting 7/11, 6pm

TAYLORS FALLS: Music at Franconia | Franconia Sculpture Park | Saturdays: 6/24, 7/22 & 8/26

WHITE BEAR LAKE: White Bear Lake Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17, 6pm


WOODBURY: Summer Concert Series at Woodbury Lake | Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center | Wednesday Kids Concerts 10am-11am; and Thursday All Ages 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm |  7/5-8/3





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