Archive - July 27, 2017

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Family Fun: Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis
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Family Fun: Night to Unite & National Night Out 2017
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Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide

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

FIND A BLOCK PARTY, EVENT, OR YOUR CITY’S INFORMATION: Read More

Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide

Twin Cities August Guide

It is our hope that you can use our August Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In August we are highlighting one of our absolute favorite events, the Minnesota State Fair, as well as reminding you of all the festivals and outdoor entertainment left to enjoy before summer’s last gasp.  As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities


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