Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Sept. 26-27, 2015

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This weekend is packed full of ways to spend time with the family on a budget. We’ll get you started with six ideas below — all admission-free — and, if you’re in need of some more inspiration, check out our Family Fun Calendar here. Happy exploring!


2008-Raptor-Release-by-Jeff-Fischer-031-300x240[1]Fall Raptor Release @ Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center
12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, 55033

Time: 10am-3pm
Details: Raptors nursed back to health by the U of M’s Raptor Center will be released back into the wild at 11am & 2pm. Also enjoy hayrides through the apple orchard, kids activities and more.

MCMMOA[1]Grand Opening of Minnesota Children’s “Pop-Up” Museum @ Mall of America
60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 55425

Time: 10am-6pm
Details: Come celebrate the grand opening of the new “pop-up” satellite of Minnesota Children’s Museum at the Mall of America with activities in the Sears Court from 10-noon and previews of the new museum space from noon-6pm on the 3rd floor, north side of the mall. Plus, giveaways and prizes.

“Jungle Book” Workshop with Children’s Theatre Company @ Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave, St Paul, 55105

Time: 10:30am
Details: Teaching artists from CTC will help kids create a drama adventure based on characters from their upcoming production of The Jungle Book. No pre-registration necessary.


tm parade of stablesParade of Stables – find a list of participating stables here.

Time: 11am-3pm
Details: This event is designed to introduce families to the American Saddlebred horse. 7 participating stables will host open houses offering demos, kids activities, refreshments, pony rides, giveaways and more.


RussBorud2[1]Medieval Fair @ Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, 55123

Time: 11am-4pm
Cost: Admission is free; donations are greatly appreciated.
Details: Explore medieval dress, cooking, combat, crafts and storytelling. Kids can even get in on the action! Food truck will be onsite.

Free Family Fun Days @ Three Rivers Parks

Carl Kroening Interpretive Center • 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center: Raptors in the Yard • 3-4pm

Details: These ongoing Sunday programs are free of charge and change themes weekly. Drop in any time for hands-on family activities.

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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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