Free Family Activities – Nov. 7-9, 2014


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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.

For more options check our Calendars and, if you haven’t done so already, you may want to sign up for our monthly newsletter. It’s coming out again next week.


Free Family Activities to Give Back

Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job.

Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job.

Hennepin Fix-It Clinic

Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park
Saturday, November 8, 2014; noon to 4 p.m.

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?


Bring a donation for Joseph's Coat.

Bring a donation for Joseph’s Coat.

St. Martin’s Day Celebration

Landmark Center, 75 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Sunday, November 9, 2014; 4:00 p.m.

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.


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McNally Smith College of Music and MSCM Theater Ensemble proudly present the musical Rent! FREE!

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?)

Santa will greet guests and offer photo opportunities at Ridgedale Center decked out in true North Woods style, wearing red pants and a flannel shirt (with his signature red fuzzy jacket available if guests prefer it!).

Santa will greet guests and offer photo opportunities at Ridgedale Center decked out in true North Woods style, wearing red pants and a flannel shirt (with his signature red fuzzy jacket available if guests prefer it!).

Minnesota Style Santa

Ridgedale Center, 12401 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Saturday, November 8, 2014 through December 24, 2014
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m (with some exceptions.  See our 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.


Play from Scratch will be one of the featured toy makers.

Play from Scratch will be one of the featured toy makers.

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.


Touch screens are fun.

Touch screens are fun.

Free Family Activities at the MIA

Family 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.

 

 

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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