Archive - July 2019

FFTC’s Guide to School Clothes Shopping on a Budget
August Weekend Family Fun: August Adventures
Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide

FFTC’s Guide to School Clothes Shopping on a Budget

School clothes shopping sends shivers up my spine. I just spent over $100 buying school supplies for my kids. And we didn’t even get everything on the list. Who knew that notebooks and crayons could add up so quickly.  Our cart was full, but it wasn’t overflowing.

With the school supplies purchased and ready to go, it’s time to consider school clothes shopping. After spending so much on folders and pencils, we really gotta be careful and stick to our budget. There are some great alternatives to the mall, department stores or even Target that can help you keep the prices down.

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August Weekend Family Fun: August Adventures

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend! – August Adventures

August 3-4, 2019

Need some more inspiration? As always, you can check our August Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.

Kicking off with some neighborhood fetes and culminating with summer’s fair-well bash, August is ripe with family festivities. For further planning into August, check our August Family Festival Calendar.

Aug 2-3: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada
Ice cream social; kids activities & kiddie parade; fireworks & the Grand Parade.

Aug 2-4: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis
Stop by the Family Imagination Station hosted by Northern Clay Center.

Aug 3: Owamni Falling Water Festival | Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minneapolis
A free and family-friendly event celebrating indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art & food.

Aug 3: Victoria Volksfest | Victoria
Music, arts & crafts booths, and fireworks.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners. Enjoy FREE movies and live theater performances in Twin Cities parks all summer long.

August Adventures at Lake Harriet Park Movie Night

  • Goosebumps 2 | Sibley Manor, St Paul | 6:30pm
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation | Central Park, Brooklyn Park | 7pm
  • Shrek: The Musical by Bunce Backyard Productions | Osseo | 7-8:30pm
  • Trolls | Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie | 7:3opm
  • Ocean’s 8 | Normandale Park, Bloomington | Movie begins at 9pm 
  • The Goonies | Town Green, Maple Grove | Sunset
SATURDAY – August 3
  • Shrek: The Musical by Bunce Backyard Productions | Osseo | 7-8:30pm
  • The Sound of Music | Pershing Park, Minneapolis | 8:30pm

Pass the popcorn! Find our complete listing of free Summer Movies in the Park.


Sat, Aug 3: Eloise Butler Birthday Celebration | Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
Add this event to your August Adventures. Stop in to walk the trails, birdwatch, and learn about the founder of the sanctuary. Garden Storytime held at 10:30am, a family garden hike at 11. Light refreshments will be served in the visitor shelter. 10am – 6pm, FREE.


Sat, Aug 3: First Free Saturday: Stomping Ground | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family. 10am-3pm.

Sat, Aug 3: Design & Engineering Showcase Event | Minnesota Children’s Museum
Included with museum admission ($13/pp): Fun engineering challenges for kids hosted by local businesses. Plan ahead in August: Minnesota Children’s Museum is FREE on August 18.

Sun, Aug 4: Open House: Working with Horn | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington
Drop in for hands-on living history activities every Sunday from 1-4pm. Programs are free with a suggested donation of $2/pp.


August Adventures at the Beach

Always free to visit weekends:

Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide

It is our hope that you can use our Twin Cities 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!

Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide

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Minnesota Lynx STEM Fest
Target Center
Sunday 8/25/19, 10am-1pm (STEM Fest)

Click on the link about and enter Promo Code Snapology  for $10 tickets that includes admission to STEM Fest and the Lynx Game.

Join The Minnesota Lynx from 10am-2pm at The Target Center as we explore the connection of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and basketball at the annual Minnesota Lynx STEM Fest on August 25th. Stay after to enjoy STEM Night with the Lynx as we take on the Las Vegas Aces at 6:00PM. Your ticket to STEM is your entry into the game.

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Twin Cities Ultimate Summer Guide – beat boredom and fill your long school break days exploring the best the Twin Cities has to offer in the way of parks, swim spots and festivals. We also put together a summer bucket list with 101 ideas to keep families busy together.

ultimate summer guide

Twin Cities Water Fun
There’s still plenty of warm weather in August to cool down from. Look no further for a round up of Twin Cities outdoor swimming pools, beaches, water parks and splash pads. We also list special tot swim times for the youngest ones and pools with twilight discounts. Most pools and beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend.

August Family Festivals

Kicking off with some neighborhood fetes and culminating with summer’s fair-well bash, August is ripe with family festivities. Get our complete August Family Events Festival Calendar HERE – and don’t miss all our tips for bringing the whole family to the Minnesota State Fair – on a budget! (Yes, it can be done.)

FREE Entertainment in the Parks

Free concerts, kids entertainment, pop-up performances, puppet shows, outdoor movies and more are presented all across the metro area. We’ve organized our list by region so you can easily find fun close by.

Summer Dining with Kids

August in Minnesota begs for tasty treats that tickle our taste buds. Rounded up in our summer dining guide are food trucks, ice cream, fro-yo, pizza farms and more.

August – last chance for summer!

Ideas to help you make the most of what’s left of summer! One each day through Labor Day.

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