Tag - Union Depot

Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities
Here Comes Santa Claus – Christmas in the Twin Cities
Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities
How to Enjoy Union Depot Train Days for FREE and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Twin Cities Free Family Holiday Events for December 4-6, 2015
Father’s Day Event — A Success!
St. Paul Saints Home Opener Pre-Game Celebration at Union Depot
Free Family Weekend Events for May 9 – 10, 2015
National Train Day 2016 in St. Paul
Indoor Delights: Union Depot–Lots of Free Family Fun!

Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

Free May

5/2: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

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.

5/5: Friday Family Movie Night: Storks | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm

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Here Comes Santa Claus – Christmas in the Twin Cities

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.

Here Comes Santa Claus - Christmas in the Twin Cities

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Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities

With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure appreciate a good deal. And October is filled with them – from FREE Halloween events and fall festivals without admission fees to ongoing family art programs, special grand openings and open houses. For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events & entertainment in October, visit our Family Fun Calendar.

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How to Enjoy Union Depot Train Days for FREE and Scavenger Hunt Challenge


union depot train days

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.

Union Depot Train Days

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Twin Cities Free Family Holiday Events for December 4-6, 2015

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.

UnionDepotTreeLighting_2014_Art-in-the-Sky-PhotographyFRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

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

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 Meander
@ 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.

shop home for the holidaysShop Home for the Holidays
@ Como Avenue businesses, St. Anthony Park neighborhood, St. Paul

When: Saturday, Dec. 5 • events begin at 9am
Cost: Free
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.

Seward Winter Frolic
@ Seward neighborhood, Minneapolis (map here)

When: Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6
Cost: Free
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. **


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.

Holidazzle Movie Night: Polar Express
@ Loring Park, map here

When: 5pm
Cost: Free
Details: Bundle up for a holiday classic shown outdoors; arrive early or stay late for free skating on the outdoor rink.

Father’s Day Event — A Success!

Thank you all for coming out to see us at the Minnesota Transportation Museum this past Saturday for our Father’s Day Event.

It was great to meet you, hang out and have an all around good time.

Thanks for your patience before we took the bus tour while I was scrambling to get our food on board.  And thanks for your help with carrying things to the picnic tables!  Family Fun Twin Citians are some of my very favorite people in the whole world!

Enjoy these snapshots of the day.  They were taken by a Nokia 41 Mega Pixel PureView powered by AT&T.  While I am an iPhone girl all the way (and was super annoyed with this Windows Phone for most of the day), the pictures are pretty amazing!

  • PIcking up card making supplies at ArtStart
  • RedCurrentGetting Snacks Ready, provided by RedCurrent
  • Family Fun Twin CItiesCelebrating Families at the Minnesota Transportation Museum
  • Hanging Out with some of our favorite RedCurrent People
  • Family Fun Twin CitiesWhimsy Factory was so FUN to have as a sponsor. Thanks for coming
  • Stephanie WatsonStephanie Watson, reading "Behold! A Baby!" during a visit to the Transportation Museum
  • Family Fun Twin CitiesThe three moms behind FFTC
  • Minnesota Transportation MuseumThe VIP Bus Tour
  • Family Fun TWin CItesExploring the Union Depot with Tired Kids
  • MInnesota Transportation MuseumEnjoying the Union Depot
  • Family Fun TWin CItiesUnion Depot Picnic by the East Entrance
  • Family Fun Twin CitiesFor 43 years, Union Depot was home to pigeons and maybe some mice.
  • Family Fun Twin CitiesUnion Depot Highlights include searching for a single butterfly on the ceiling.
  • Minnesota Transportation MuseumVIP Bus Tour at Union Depot
  • A Guide to the Twin Cities Fairs and Festivals
  • Music Sponsors

Thanks so much to our sponsors
The Whimsy Factory
Stephanie Watson
Choo Choo Bob

and of course our host the Minnesota Transportation Museum.

Watch for our music video in the near future!  Also, if you have photos to share, tag them with #fftcdads or #fftctrains on Instagram or Twitter!

St. Paul Saints Home Opener Pre-Game Celebration at Union Depot

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St. Paul Saints Home Opener at CHS Field Image courtesy St. Paul Saints

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.
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Free Family Weekend Events for May 9 – 10, 2015

How are you celebrating Mom this weekend?


The Bakken MuseumFINAL 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.

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@ 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

Time: 11am
Details: A special Mom School storytime and activity will take place.


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@ 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!

National Train Day 2016 in St. Paul


national train day

image courtesy Steve Glischinski

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.

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Indoor Delights: Union Depot–Lots of Free Family Fun!

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

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