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Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids
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‘The Lorax’ at Children’s Theatre Co 5 Things to Know
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10 Family-Friendly Twin Cities Spring Farmers Markets
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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

Exploring the Twin Cities with Kids


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‘The Lorax’ at Children’s Theatre Co 5 Things to Know

The Lorax, a classic Dr. Seuss story, introduces our responsibility to the environment. In its usual exciting Children’s Theatre Co. fashion, we are transported into the colorful world of Truffula Trees, Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee Swans, and Humming Fish.  Giant puppets, a dazzling set, eye-popping costumes and props, lively music, and Seusstastical rhyme all convey the message of The Lorax.

FFTC was gifted a pair of tickets by CTC
to review the show. All opinions are my own

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10 Family-Friendly Twin Cities Spring Farmers Markets

2018 has turned out to be a long winter. That last snowstorm was a killer, but it didn’t break us. It’s time to start thinking Spring Farmers Markets! How much more fun does it sound to bring your kids along to one of these Twin Cities family-friendly spring Farmers Markets as opposed to dragging them to the local supermarket?

Here are 10+ fresh picks we chose based on their appeal to the whole family. Each is listed by their opening date:

10 Twin Cities Farmers Markets for Kids

4/28/18: St Paul Farmers Market, see link for locations & hours across the Metro | Downtown location hours are Sat from 6am-1pm and Sun, 8am-1pm | Family fun: Be spontaneous! Pick any day of the week, except Monday, and find a market location to visit. 


5/5/18: Mill City Farmers Market, 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru Oct 2018  Family fun: Kids can join the Power of Produce (P.O.P.) Club. Weekly music, along with rotating family entertainment, such as mini farm and Guthrie storytelling. While you are there, take a walk along the river and enjoy the Stone Arch Bridge.

Mill City Farmers Market will be at The Commons on Tuesday evenings from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. between June 5-September 25, 2018. Family fun: Buy farm fresh produce to take home and cook or stay and buy prepared food from vendors while you listen to live music, play lawn games and have a picnic supper in The Commons. The P.O.P club is also available on Tuesdays.

5/5/18: Midtown Farmers Market, Lake St E & 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Tuesdays, 3-7pm (beginning in June). Family fun: Live music, children’s educational activities and storytime, advice and demonstrations for cooking, gardening and composting. Opening day is Food Truck Fest!

5/19/2018: Northeast Farmers Market, 629 NE 2nd St NE, Minneapolis | Saturdays, 9am-1pm  Family fun: A children’s tent is stocked weekly 9am-1pm with educational market activities such as seed planting, food-themed art projects, storytime and more. Live music also accompanies the bountiful local food and handcrafted items.

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5/19/2018: Richfield Farmers Market, Veterans Park, Richfield | Saturdays, 7am-noon
Family fun: Plenty for families to enjoy at the market in addition to perusing the produce: art programs every 2nd Saturday, puppet story program every 3rd Saturday, live music and more. Plus there’s the proximity to Malt-T-Melt’s grilled cheese sandwiches and 18 holes of mini golf.

TBA: Fulton Farmers Market, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis (plus 2 other locations and times) | Saturdays 8:30am-1pm. Family fun: Local businesses take turns sponsoring children’s crafts each week — in past years kids painted, made sand art, and designed and pressed their own buttons. Past entertainment has included storytime and magic shows. Plus, what kid can resist samples?

6/6/2018: Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds | Wednesdays, 4-8pm thru 8/29/2018. Family fun: Join the Kids P.O.P Club for weekly activities. Enjoy weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families (June 20th with Jack & Kitty). Get the full lineup of entertainment here.

6/7/2018: Maple Grove Farmers Market, Maple Grove Community Center | Thursdays, 3-7pm through September (reduced hours in October). Family fun: Weekly live music, Kids P.O.P. Club and seasonal activities round out the fresh local offerings.

6/9/2018: Bloomington Farmers Market, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd | Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru mid-October 2018. Family fun: Kids ages 5-12 can participate in the P.O.P. Club. Need an indoor break? visit the Bloomington Center for the Arts galleries for a short art break.

6/14/2018: Centennial Lakes Farmers Market, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina | Thursdays, 3-7pm thru Sept 2018. Family fun: There are 10 acres of kid-friendly space to explore within Centennial Lakes Park. Kids ages 8+ might enjoy the obstacles on the 18-hole putting course, younger kids may get a kick out of renting a paddleboat or seeking out the labyrinth. Thursday evenings also play host to a radio-controlled miniature boat club and Movies in the Park begin at sunset.

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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

   
   

 

TWIN CITIES MAY SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

5/1/18: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks | Listing of parks here | Explore Washington Cty Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No permit required.

5/1/18: Ballet Tuesday | Landmark Center, St Paul | Noon | Join the Saint Paul Ballet as they perform excerpts from the company repertoire. Perfect for budding ballerinas.

5/1/18 & 5/3/18: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis | 7-9pm | Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.

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