The Weekend Free List – Free Twin Cities Events, November 15-16, 2014

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As we continue on with “We Can Give Back” Month, I have a couple of suggestions for fun, free Twin Cities events and activities for giving. There are also some early Christmas events starting to happen. (For more early Christmas Events, see Anne’s article).   And if you are not ready to start thinking about Christmas, I have a Childish Films event, free Sunday museum admissions, and a class to learn more about training your family dog.  (We really need that event in our house).

We Can Give Back:

America Recycles Day!
Saturday, November 15, 2014

For this and other printables. click this image.

For this and other printables. click this image.

This little Give-Back exercise doesn’t even require you to leave your own home.  If your kids aren’t already responsible for the household recycling, this could be a good day to pass another chore off to them.  The official website for America Recycles Day has posters and other printables that you could print ahead of time to help your kids identify the recyclable items in your home get them into the bin and, if they are big enough, get them out to the curb on recycling days.  Yay!!!  One less chore for mom AND you’re helping your children become good stewards of the earth. Win-Win.

Family Photo2Countdown to Christmas:

Kringlefest — A Christmas Bazaar with Crafts and Collectibles for the Christmas Season
Pope John Paul II Catholic School 1630 — 4th Street NE
Saturday, November 15th, 2014; 10:00am – 6:00pm

In the interest of full disclosure, this is my kids’ school.  PJPII is a private, inner city school.  Although they consistently outperform the public schools, they keep their tuition so low that if a child requires before and after school care, PJPII is actually cheaper than the public schools.  Of course, this means the school has to find funding elsewhere, and this bazaar is one of those events.  So this outing kind of counts as a Giving Back outing and a Countdown to Christmas outing.  Obviously, this is free to attend, but any purchases are not free. COME shop for Christmas gifts, enjoy refreshments and get your picture with Santa.

Image Courtesy of Hennepin County LibraryFamily Film Outing:

Childish Films
at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall
Saturday, November 15 • doors open at 10am

Details: November’s theme, African Stories, is celebrated with storyteller Jerry Blue and a collection of animated versions of award-winning picture books from the 1970’s illustrating traditional African folktales. The films are short and appropriate for all ages. Doors open at 10am for snacks and hands-on activities, storytelling will begin at 10:30, and the films will begin close to 11am.

The Family Dog:

Life with Fido: The Family Dog

Hamline Midway Library
1558 W Minnehaha Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
Saturday, November 15 • 1 – 2 pm

Details: Join Kate Anders, behavior consultant and dog trainer, for a crash course in creating a peaceful household that includes kids and dogs. Learn more about the event here.

Free Sunday Museum Admission:

Both the Bell Museum of Natural History and the Minnesota Children’s Museum offer FREE admission this Sunday, November 16. To read about a kid-friendly trip to the Bell Museum click here and for details on the Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog click here.

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Ramp Parking: $5/3 hrs.

Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Ramp Parking: $6/all day

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Joy Peters

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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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