Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for January 17-18, 2015

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Welcome to the weekend! We’d like to start you off with a few FREE options for family entertainment around town and remind you that our Family Fun Calendar has a complete listing of events for this weekend and beyond.

Saturday, January 17

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival
@ Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Hours: 12 – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages.
Details: The 13th annual festival will feature a multitude of kites flying over Lake Harriet as well as experts demonstrating their flying skills and Tips Outdoors attempting to get you hooked on ice fishing. Bring your own kite or purchase one there.

Winter Open House: Snowshoes & Tracks
@ Maplewood Nature Center
2659 E 7th St, Maplewood, MN 55119

Hours: 10am – 3pm
Ages: All ages are welcome; snowshoes are rented to participants ages 4+.
Details:  Naturalists will be on  hand to answer questions, orient you to the nature center trails and, for a $5 rental fee, teach you how to strap on a pair of snowshoes. Sleds will be providing for pulling little ones and hot chocolate is free for all. Stay to explore the nature center’s indoor exhibits.

Childish Films Presents Adventures in Music
@ Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hours: Doors open at 10am for snacks and activities, pre-show performances begin about 10:30 and films begin closer to 11am.
Ages: All ages are welcome; films are best enjoyed by kids ages 3+.
Details: Explore music before the show with Katie Condon of MacPhail Center for Music. Three short animated films will follow.

beARTrageous 6th Studio Birthday Bash
@ beARTrageous
2121 West 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Hours: 3 – 5pm
Details: Join in the celebration as beARTrageous marks 6 years with a Black & White Masquerade Ball. Cake, art projects and face painting provided FREE!

Sunday, January 18

Target Free 3rd Sunday
@ Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Hours: 9am – 5pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Details: The Museum is completely free of charge each third Sunday of the month; check out Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog™, now in its final weeks. As the free Sundays are very popular, a set number of people will be admitted to the museum each hour on a first-come, first-served basis. Discounted ramp parking is available for $5/3 hours.

Let’s Get StARTed: Snowy, Snowy Snowman
@ Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E, St. Anthony, MN 55421

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages, art projects may be geared towards children of preschool age and up.
Details: Drop in for the art project, stay to explore the grounds and art sculptures. No registration is necessary.

Urban Expedition: Austria
@ Landmark Center
75 5th St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Hours: 1 – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages.
Details: The 11th year of Urban Expeditions at Landmark kicks off with a tour of Austria! Explore music, crafts, dance, food and more without leaving St. Paul.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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