This month we are celebrating “We Can Give Back” month. We are partnering with one of our favorite local websites, Big Hearted Families/Doing Good Together to help brainstorm ways to help our children grow into the little citizens we want them to be. I’ll offer easy suggestions on the free list each week and Gianna has several round ups in the works. We will also have guest posts from and links to some of our other favorite local websites with their ideas for giving back. Stay Tuned.
Free Family Activities to Give Back
As Sarah Aadland says in her guest post, “Gratitude is a sure path to happiness, much more so than anything on [our wish] list.” What better way to instill a gratitude for the things we already have than to learn to care for them and keep them working. Being a good steward of the things we own has personal side benefits, too. What kid doesn’t like to take things apart and see how they work? And what parent doesn’t like to save money?
Saint Martin’s Day is a German Holiday celebrating the modesty and altruism of this Roman legionary turned bishop. Since legend says he once gave his cloak to a freezing man, part of this celebration is bringing donations for Joseph’s Coat, an organization that provides essential goods and services to individuals and families in need. There will also be a traditional lantern-light parade.
Free Family Activity on Stage (or A Date Night!)McNally Smith College of Music Presents “RENT: The Musical”
History Theatre, 30 10th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Friday, November 7, 2014; 7:30pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014; 7:30pm
Sunday, November 9, 2014; 2:30pm
Since this show is 13+, it’s really only a family outing for a small percentage of our readers. However, it would make a
cheap nice date night. For more information see the Facebook Event Page.
Free Family Activities to Prepare for Christmas (I know, Already?)Calendar)
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus at Ridgedale Center starting November 8th. This might be a little early if you have a kid who is big enough to be excited about Christmas buy not big enough to understand how long 6 weeks can be. If you have an older child with an extensive list, you could go, video tape the exchange and send it off to Grandma, so she’ll have time to start searching for Snow Glow Elsa or whatever It Toy your kid wants.
Lisa from Twin Cities Frugal Mom suggests attending the Minnesota Toy Fair at Peapods and we have to agree, since it features some of our favorite local, natural, open-ended toy makers. Gianna will be there. If you see her say, “Hi!”. We love meeting our readers.
You’ll have to figure out how you’ll sneak any purchases home and where you’ll hide them for over a month, though.
Free Family Activities at the MIAFamily Day – West African Rhythms Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis Sunday, November 9, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at the MIA lately, and this is one of our favorite exhibits right now. If you need an excuse to get over there, this weekend you can visit the exhibits, participate in music and dance, hear folktales from master storyteller Beverly Cottman, learn new games and make some art. Plus the new Italian Style exhibit will be free (usually $20). In case it matters, the Vikings are on bye and the Packers and Bears are playing Sunday night, so you won’t miss much at home.