The Thanksgiving Weekend Free List

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Are you looking for a way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend as a family?  Maybe something that doesn’t involve battling crowds to get a new TV?  Here’s my suggestions.



I’m going to stay home on Thanksgiving, make a turkey and watch football.  However, if you do want to get out a bit on Thanksgiving day, Como Zoo is open 365 days a year.  Winter hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


turkey_couple Free Family Fun Day – Turkey Times Two. Free Family Fun Days at Carl Kroening Interpretive Center are usually on Sundays, but this week they will be offering a bonus program on Friday.  Drop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to learn about wild turkeys.


FranconiaPie & Wine Potluck Soiree at Franconia Sculpture Park.  I shared the invite for this potluck yesterday.  You can find it here.  This does require a little pre-planning as an RSVP is required. But what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – eating warm Turkey soup and sharing a slice of pie and a glass of wine or cider.  Then play on the playground sculptures and take a walk through the field.


musical-notesSt. Paul Public Library invites you to explore the richness of Eastern European music with a vibrant performance and a demonstration of their unique musical instruments.  Sunday’s performance will be held at St. Paul Central Library, 90 W 4th Street from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more ideas for free activities this weekend, visit our Free Calendar.

Joy Peters is co-creator and writer for


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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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