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.
Welcome to the weekend! Need a few suggestions on finding family fun with your bunch? Here are some of our picks for FREE activities happening in the Twin Cities over the next few days. As always, be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of events for this weekend and beyond.
Family Fridays at Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Friday, April 11, 2014
5 – 8pm; FREE!
Every Friday is Family Night at Midtown Global Market! The live music and activities are geared for all ages and can be enjoyed along with dinner from one of the many ethnic vendors that populate the indoor market. Park free for up to three hours with a validated purchase.
Peadpods Spring Festival
2290 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
Saturday, April 12, 2014
12 – 4pm; FREE!
Peapods — the natural toy and baby care shop in St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park neighborhod — is hosting their first Spring Festival this Saturday. Expect crafts, treats, great prizes and baby chicks! Gianna has more details here.
Free Second Saturday: Nano Science!
The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55416
Saturday, April 12, 2014
11am – 4pm; FREE!
EVERY second Saturday of the month is free at this unique museum dedicated to electricity and magnetism. April’s theme celebrates Nano Science — the science of the small — with loads of activities. Get the entire list here.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Family Day: April Showers
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Sunday, April 13, 2014
11am – 5pm; FREE!
As usual, Family Day at the MIA will be packed with art activities that appeal to all ages plus a special preschool tour that explores emotions in art. Joy tells us about recent family-friendly updates to the museum here.
Urban Expeditions: Senegal
75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102
Sunday, April 13, 2014
1 – 3pm; FREE!
Travel to Senegal for an hour or two through Landmark Center‘s popular Urban Expeditions program, now in its tenth year. I couldn’t find any teasers online about this installment, but you can probably expect some authentic cultural performances, crafts and probably food. Parking is free in downtown St. Paul on Sundays.
It’s a long weekend for the kids. How do we keep them busy? Here are my five favorite free activities this weekend.
FRIDAYFamily Skating Party Langford Recreation Center, 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108 Friday, January 17, 2014; 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Pre-Register: (651) 298-5765
I know I’m posting a lot a ice skating events. Hope springs eternal. There is only about 8 weeks left to winter and less for skating season. I’d like to go once. This week Langford Recreation Center is hosting a Family Skating Party. Ice skates are available in limited sizes. There will also be hot cocoa and cookies served. If you get cold, board games or coloring materials will be available. Call the telephone number above to pre-register and get updates.
SATURDAYLake Harriet Kite Festival Lake Harriet, 4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409 Saturday, January 18, 2014; Noon to 4:00 p.m.
The Lake Harriet Kite Festival is kind of a big festival with a lot of people coming together to make it happen. Anyone who thinks Minnesotans hibernate in the winter isn’t paying attention to all the great family friendly activities our cities have to offer. This is one of them. Besides kite flying, there will be ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing and a marshmallow roast with hot apple cider and cocoa. Bring your own kite or there will be kites available. The weather looks like it will be nice this weekend, but in case of inclement weather, this festival will be held Next Saturday, January 25th.
SUNDAY:Creativity Jam: Mastermind, Mold and Make Free Third Sunday Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55102 Sunday, January 19, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you are not settling in for six straight hours of play off games, January is a good month to hit up Free Third Sunday at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. It is not historically the least busy month, but it has lower attendance than the other cold months (my theory is football). Also in your favor, there is no licensed character or rock group exhibit to draw in the hoards. The only traveling exhibit is Creativity Jam, which has been held over a little longer, so you have one last chance to catch it.
Urban Expedition Landmark Center, 75 5th St, St Paul, MN
Sunday, January 19, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 .m.
This weekend is the first Urban Expedition of the season. Gianna wrote this review and had mostly great things to say about these expeditions. I love finding uncrowded events like this, too. This month the featured country is Spain. Sendero Flamenco and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will be the musical entertainment.
MONDAY – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAYRev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409 January 20, 2014; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food and handmade knitted items to donate. Refreshments will be available following the program. For more information, please visit www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6400.
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN, US 55407 January 20, 2014; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. with food, entertainers, performances, and activities that reflect on the importance of this special holiday at this free family-friendly event.
Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop St. S., Saint Paul, MN 55119
January 20, 2014; 3:00pm to 5:00pm
To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Battle Creek Recreation Center will be creating an art piece with your help! Come together as a community and make an art mural that will be displayed at Battle Creek Recreation Center. The theme for this day is unity. The mural will be led by Mica, a community artist, and created by all who want to participate. There will be food, music and the opportunity to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us and be a part of the Dream. This is a family event! Bring your family and friends ready to paint, have fun and celebrate the movement that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. started. If you have any questions, please call the recreation center at (651)-501-6347
The Landmark Center is a historical building right in the heart of downtown St. Paul. It was once the federal building for the city which included courtrooms and the post office. Today it is a landmark (ha!) and houses not only the historical information of the building but also many different museums.
We learned the baseball move–to go around the diamond, we learned how to run a homerun–to turn in a circle, and half of us learned to shine the floor and the other half perfected the baseball move. All the while with our hands in the air. It was hilarious!
This whole event was co-presented by the Tango Society of Minnesota (TSOM). For the last hour of the event, dancers from the TSOM performed different tango dances. I’m glad their were other things to do. This part wasn’t as exciting as I was hoping.
Ultimately, the girls loved the tango (and that’s the most important thing), but I don’t think I understand dance enough to be impressed. What I saw was a bunch of couples standing too close to each other to move.
However, I did learn that Argentinian men don’t ask women to dance with their mouths. They ask them to dance with their eyes (oooooh), and if the women don’t want to dance, they avoid eye contact at all cost!
- It wasn’t very busy. There was plenty of room to move around and wasn’t overly crowded.
- The staff/volunteers were very welcoming and kind (minus one who was a little grumpy).
- There was a wide variety of activity and something for everyone to enjoy.
- It was interactive. Learning to dance the Chacarera was especially fun with the engaging gaucho (Argentinian cowboy)
- The other museums are open to enjoy.
- There isn’t a lot of parking right next to the Landmark Center. Since parking was free, every spot on the street was full (not that I’m good at parallel parking anyway, but you may be)
- If you come in the wrong door, you may go through everything backwards. So if you do, just know that if you walk straight, you will run into the correct area to enjoy the festivities.
- We missed the free tour at noon–this would not be a disadvantage for you, but it was for us.
- They hold Urban Expedition in cold winter months in Minnesota. It’s hard to get out the door when it’s that cold. But don’t wait until April because it’s totally worth going, even in the cold!
January 19, 2014 Spain
February 9, 2014 Finland
March 2, 2014 Cambodia
April 13, 2014 Senegal
May 18, 2014 Brazil