Audubon Minnesota’s Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities starts tomorrow, and it is packed full of family friendly activities all over the Twin Cities. You can find the complete list in our Family Fun Calendar. The following are highlights of activities Urban Birding Festival activities and some ideas for celebrating at home:
Urban Birding Family Fun Outings
If you want to participate in the Urban Birding Festival in an all-in-one Festival, there are two really good options. There on different weekends, so you could even attend both.
Endangered Species Day • Saturday May 21st, 2016 • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington • Celebrate the centennial of the International Migratory Bird Treaty by participating in bird hikes, bird crafts, bird identification and a whole lot more! Family–friendly activities for the bird-curious or bird nerds.
Urban Birding Film
There will be several showings of the film, The Messenger. I have not been able to find a rating, but it is promoted as a family film. Some of the images in the trailer lead me to believe that more sensitive children may find this film hard to watch. You can watch it below and make up your own mind.
You can find free screenings at the following times and locations:
- Thursday, May 12, 2016; 3:oo p.m. at Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis.
- Tuesday, May 17, 2016; 6:00 p.m. at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave S, Bloomington
- Wednesday, May 18, 2016; 6:30 p.m. at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (WBUUC) 328 Maple St, Mahtomedi
- Saturday, May 21, 2016; 3:00 p.m. at Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington
Urban Birding At Home
Non-Toy Gifts recently compiled a list of 15 DIY Bird Feeders Made From Recyclables. My favorite is made with an old dust pan. This can be a fun start to a backyard (or front yard) bird-watching area. We’re working on setting one up in front of our bay window.
Want more great ideas? Check out Family Planning, FFTC’s Monthly Newsletter.