Archive - July 2017

FFTC’s Guide to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair
Family Fun: Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis
Family Fun: Night to Unite & National Night Out 2017

FFTC’s Guide to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair

It’s time to start preparing for our favorite annual end-of-summer bash — the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

2017 Minnesota State Fair

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Family Fun: Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis

So it’s late July and you’re looking for a place to take the kids and cool off. Bet you’d never think of the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis, huh? I never guessed my kids would leave soaked to the skin either, but they did and they had a marvelous time getting there. I should have realized what was going to happen when two of the volunteers who run the museum started filling up these cool, old-fashioned hand pumpers with hoses attached. And brought out the bucket of squirters. (And then totally left us to our own devices out back behind the building.) I think one-third of the kids’ aim went towards fighting fires on the “fire wall” display and the other two-thirds went squarely at each other.

Luckily, we’d seen a good chunk of the museum before the waterworks. I appreciated all the hands-on touches, such as the chance to:

  • climb into a fire truck cab and tinker with the switches, operate the lights
  • steer a ladder truck in a simulator
  • pull an old fire alarm box and find out how the signal was received in re-created “Station 8”
  • work an old fire station switchboard
  • slide down the pole!
  • try on firefighter duds
  • And take a ride through the neighborhood on a real fire truck! (Be sure to eat your lunch at least an hour in advance.)

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The friendly volunteers are a wonderful resource if your kids have questions or would like to see how some of the equipment works. And keep in mind, it’s a museum dedicated to fire,  but it’s a surprisingly refreshing way to spend a summer day.

Firefighters Hall & Museum
664 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Hours: Open Saturdays 9am – 4pm or by appointment.
Admission: $7/adults, $5/seniors, $4/children ages 3-12

Family Fun: Night to Unite & National Night Out 2017

Night to Unite, National Night Out, good excuse for a block party – call it what you will. Tuesday, August 1, communities across the Twin Cities Metro participate in this nation-wide program to strengthen neighborhood spirit, partnerships with local police, and crime awareness prevention. Find your city from the list below to explore how your community is observing:

Night-to-Unite or National Night Out - Neighborhood Celebrations


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