Like so many others, I’ve been counting down to the release of The Last Jedi. While last year’s detour to Rogue One was amazing, I was looking forward to getting back to old friends, even though it was bittersweet walking in knowing I’d be seeing the ghost of Carrie Fischer and moving on without Han Solo.
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.
As the snow piles up and the temps crash, we’re encouraging you to stay indoors this weekend and hunker down with crafts, games and other activities.
KEEP WARM WITH CRAFTS: Artscraps, Heartfelt & Michaels
ArtScraps | St Paul Offers: The ArtScraps Reuse store is a little treasure trove of crafting materials you can browse and purchase for a fraction of what you’d spend at a chain craft store. Take your haul home and get creative!
Heartfelt | Minneapolis Offers: Drop-in crafts and a comfortable, child-friendly environment to spend some time. Browse their Holiday Gift Digest, filled with 30 holiday projects from tabletop reindeer to wood-burned picture frames, that can be given as handmade gifts. Most drop-in crafts are priced between $10-$20 apiece.
Michaels | Twin Cities locations Offers:Kids Club crafts are simple and inexpensive yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Drop in Saturdays 10am-noon during Nov and Dec to make felt ornaments, clay pot elves and other holiday themed items. $2 per project, supplies included.
WITH CHRISTMAS INDOORS:Jerry’s Foods Very Merry Santa Day | Eden Prairie | Sun Dec 17, 11am-1pm | Before getting groceries out of the way, meet up with Santa, get your face painted, catch some caroling, sample treats and more. FREE
WITH CULTURE:Kids at the Castle: Tiny Tomtes | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis | Dec 15-16, 9-10am | Littles can roam free in a real-life castle after an hour or so of structured activity time with stories, songs and games aimed at ages 2-5. $8/family.
WITH CRAZY CONTESTS:Winter Beach Party | Great River Water Park, St Paul | Dec 16, 1-5pm | Hit the tropics for only $2/pp open swim complete with contests and tube races plus FREE live music, food and photos with Santa.
WITH COOKING:Christmas Cookie Craze Kids Class | Cooks of Crocus Hill, St Paul & Stillwater | Dec 16, 9-10am | Junior chefs get to bake and decorate their own holiday cookies! | $25
WITH CHARADES: Among other simple indoor games for kids – all categorized by age!