5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.
Santa’s busy public appearance time is gearing up into full speed. That jolly old fat guy sure can get around! This is a sampling of some of the best places to run into the guy. We’ll keep adding to it all season, so let us know if you have any additions.
Union Depot and Minnesota Transportation Museum are hosting Train Days this weekend and for the first time, the event is two days long.
So you can come to FFTC’s Monster Bash on Saturday, and then hang out at the Union Depot and MN Transportation Museum on Sunday. It’s a win/win.
And if you come to the Monster Bash, you will receive a family pass to the transportation museum so the whole day will be completely free.
The holiday season seriously descends on the Twin Cities this weekend. SO many free events to choose from — tree lighting, holiday movies, sleighrides, an art crawl, exploring local businesses and shopping small this season, lights shows and more.
Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting, European Christmas Market, and Free Holiday Movie Night: “Elf”
@ 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. The movie will be shown in the Waiting Room of Union Depot at 7:30pm.
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 lighting of the 50-foot holiday tree. Get all the details here.
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
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.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
@ Grand Avenue businesses between Dale Street & Fairview Avenue, St. Paul
When: Saturday, Dec. 5 • events 8:30am-5pm
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.
When: Saturday, Dec. 5 • events begin at 9am
Details: Take a reindeer-drawn sleighride, visit with Santa, decorate cookies and explore the local shops along Como Avenue in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood.
When: Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6
Details: Local businesses will host open houses, kids activities, holiday cardmaking, offer samples, tours and more. Get the complete schedule of participating vendors here.
** Metro Transit is offering free rides to Holidazzle on Saturday, Dec. 5. To get your pass for each rider, click here. **
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz Farm
4665 Manor Park, Eagan
When: Sunday, Dec. 6 • Noon-3:30pm
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.
Details: Bundle up for a holiday classic shown outdoors; arrive early or stay late for free skating on the outdoor rink.
If you are planning to visit the new CHS Field for the St. Paul Saints Home Opener in Lowertown, then you won’t want to miss the FREE party at Union Depot. As a matter of fact, even if you aren’t planning to go to the game at all, you won’t want to miss the FREE party.
Thursday, May 21
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
How are you celebrating Mom this weekend?
SATURDAY, MAY 9
FINAL Free Second Saturday
@ The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55416
Time: 10am – 5pm
Ages: All ages welcome, exhibits appeal mainly to kids preschool-aged and up.
Details: This is your last chance to gain free admission to The Bakken before they discontinue their Free Second Saturdays promotion! The museum is a fun space dedicated to exhibits about electricity.
Train Day 2015
@ Union Depot
214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul, 55101
Time: 11am – 4pm
Ages: Train lovers of all ages!
Details: Union Depot will host exhibits and displays, live entertainment (including Choo Choo Bob), games and activities all celebrating, you guessed it, TRAINS.
Mother’s Day Storytime & Activities
@ Barnes & Noble Galleria
3225 W 69th St, Edina, MN 55435
Details: A special Mom School storytime and activity will take place.
SUNDAY, MAY 10 – FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONS
Family Day: Artscapes
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55404
Time: 11am – 5pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: Take part in family-friendly art-making activities, workshops, cultural entertainment, gallery activities and more the second Sunday of each month at the MIA.
Minnesota Museums Month Free Day
@ Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 55102
Time: Noon – 5pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Bring Mom to the History Center to enjoy free admission to interactive history exhibits like the kid-friendly “Then Now Wow” and “Open House”.
PLUS: Moms and grandmothers receive free admission to the Minnesota Children’s Museum and the American Swedish Institute on Sunday, May 10!
St. Paul is celebrating National Train Day for TWO full days this year: Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.
You don’t want to miss all the train buzz, so here’s a breakdown of what is happening. Lots of music, activities and trains to explore.
15 years ago, I would walk my daycare kids through the streets of St. Paul to Lowertown to play in the playground by tpt. At times, we would bring our gaggle of preschoolers into the Union Depot to get out of the heat. But we didn’t get much farther than the front door.
That was in 2000. Things have changed fantastically at Union Depot since then. Read More