This is a busy weekend for free family activities — the first weekend of the month always seems to be. Here are my picks for a the weekend. I also tossed in a couple of bonus ideas that would have made my list on another week.
Try Hockey For Free
Charles M. Schulz – Highland Arena, 800 South Snelling Avenue, St. Paul And Other Rinks Around The State (and Country)
Saturday, March 1, 2014; FREE!
Hockey anyone? Saturday is your chance to try it for free. There are 56 opportunities in our state alone to try out Hockey for free. Anne wrote an article about why her family enjoys Hockey the details of the event.
Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 Saturday, March 2, 2015; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a Free First Saturday. This will always be my favorite monthly family event. I’d really like to get to every one. This month is featuring children’s films — which is also one of my favorite themes that they do. In an effort to keep my kids off of Disney and Nickelodeon, I keep an eye on the films that the Walker and Childish Films feature. I also look at who is producing the films. Whenever they end up on Netflix, I add them to my kids queue. They still watch a lot of Disney.
Dr. Seuss Events
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and National Read Across America Day, you can find events all over town this weekend and Monday. I have started a Seuss-tastic list that I am updating as I find more information. Feel free to send us your suggestions.
Phalen Regional Park Picnic Shelter, 1600 Phalen Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55106 Sunday, March 2, 2014; 2:00 p.m. to 3:30p.m.
It has been a cold winter (stating the obvious), and Sunday isn’t going to be much better. As I type this on Thursday, we are looking at a high of 5 degrees. However, if you are sick of letting winter win, than Phalen Park in St. Paul has a Storywalk on Sunday. Anne and her family love Storywalks. There will be a warm fire provided and you don’t have to pre-register. However, if you have to drive far, it wouldn’t hurt to call ahead. Contact: Faith Krogstad, 651-632-2455.
Urban Expedition – CambodiaMusser Cortile in The Landmark Center, 75 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102 Sunday, March 2, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:oo p.m.
Most of us, if we get to travel at all, have to put it off while we have small children. Which is too bad because exploring with a child opens up so much wonder that is hard to hold onto as an adult. So The Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition series is a great opportunity to see the world with our kids. You can read a review of Urban Expeditions here. This weekend, visit Cambodia and explore its music, performance arts, stories and songs. You can also participate in a mini language lesson, make a craft and pet some animals in the Fantasy Corral.
OTHER EVENTS WORTH MENTIONINGHome Depot Kids Workshop All Home Depot Stores Saturday, March 1, 2014; 9:oo a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March is finally on us and, since Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, Home Depot is offering a kids workshop. This month you and your children can build a Trojan Horse bank. This is in connection with the Dreamworks film, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” that will be released in March. This workshop is geared to kids between 5 and 12, but you can read Gianna’s Review of the workshop her husband took their kids to and see that all of her kids participated and came home with a finished project. Dad probably just helped more with the little ones. Home Depot has recently started suggesting that you register for these events.
Rock The Cradle Minneapolis Institute of Arts & Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Sunday, March 2, 2014; 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I’m putting this one in because obviously a lot of people like it. In all honesty, you could not drag me to this event, again. It’s a fine event. But there is nothing offered that I can’t find somewhere else during the year in a less-crowded atmosphere. Parking is $8 if you choose to park at the event or free if you shuttle — but strollers are discouraged, which makes the whole parking further away from the event thing kind of a pain. On the other hand, the shuttle probably drops you off at the door. Also, the MIA has a nice family room for breastfeeding moms, but you’ll likely have to wait in line for it. That said, if you choose to go, know that the actual exhibits in the museum are usually much less crowded than the main areas of Rock the Cradle. You can escape when you need to. This is another event in which registration is highly recommended and The Current will give you free stuff for doing it.
Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com