Archive - June 2017

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Sweet and Savory: Twin Cities Summer Dining with Kids
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Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
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FFTC’s Guide to the Best Frozen Yogurt in the Twin Cities

Sweet and Savory: Twin Cities Summer Dining with Kids

 

Summer in Minnesota begs for tasty treats that tickle our taste buds, so FFTC has rounded up summertime delightful dining in this guide.  It includes food trucks, summer dining experiences, ice cream, fro-yo and more.

We hope you enjoy a flavorful family summer.

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Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Free Ink Day is a program hosted three times annually at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. It’s the perfect way for an interested person of any age to dabble in printmaking without committing to a full class. Having brought young children to Free Ink Day, I have a few tips that may be helpful for those also contemplating introducing their kids to the art:

1) Have the kids arrive chock full of inspiration! Or, at least with an idea or two. A sketch couldn’t hurt, either. The central activity at Free Ink Day was creating relief prints on rubber templates a bit smaller than a postcard. The prints are made by carving a design into the rubber, coating the plate with ink, then pressing the plate onto a paper card. The biggest challenge in this process was coming up with a design, which leads me to suggest…

2) Plan to spend at least an hour designing, carving, inking and printing the kids’ creations. Free Ink Day spans three hours, but we came near the end in order to catch a special puppet show put on by Open Eye Figure Theatre. As a result, the kids were rushed in their printmaking, one squeaked in a print by the skin of her teeth, and it was semi-stressful scrubbing everyone’s hands clean in time for the show.

3) Budget time for cleanup! This one should definitely not be overlooked. Printmaking can be messy business. Aprons are provided, but you might want to dress in clothes you don’t care much for, just to be on the safe side.


Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. No advance registration is required.


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