Author - Gianna Kordatzky

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Twin Cities Special Needs ShortList
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Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities
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2018 Flint Hills Family Festival – Family Weekend

Twin Cities Special Needs ShortList

Special Needs

Families with Special Needs are our HEROES! We have always thought that. After attending AUSM’s Steps of Hope event in 2016, we knew that we needed to up our game to serve our heroes even better.

We decided to make this Special Needs ShortList as a launching point.  This guide is for families in the midst of crisis–or friends of those families– who need a place to start.  This is our first step, our first attempt.  Feedback and suggestions are very welcomed.


The Special Needs ShortList is sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota.


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Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities

A list of family-friendly places to learn cooking with kids in the Twin Cities. 

cooking classes - cooking with kidsI have a 10 year old daughter who–more than anything–loves cooking. I, personally, am not a fantastic cook or teacher. My girls in particular love to cook with their Aunt Ruhama and their Grandpa Kordatzky. Unfortunately, both these willing chefs live in Deep Wisconsin (extreme south and extreme east). So the fact that there are schools for chefs-in-the-making here in the Twin Cities makes me so incredibly happy!

Thanks to our sponsor The Kids Cooking School. Tiffany Cavegn has opened the perfect shop for kids to learn to cook.  With a spunky and knowledgeable teacher, any kid will learn how to cook a 3-course meal.

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2018 Flint Hills Family Festival – Family Weekend

The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival had a name change in 2018. It is now the Flint Hills Family Festival. It is still a celebration for kids (and their families) about different cultures/countries. On one hand, you have the traditional face painting and balloon artists. Then, you turn around and your eyes see a Tibetan dancer or a Ugandan flute. Flint Hills tells us we can expect “outdoor dance parties; giant, inflatable light-up sculptures; and interactive art-making for the whole family!”

Flint Hills International Children's Festival

Taking a Moment to Create Some Street Art

Flint Hills Family Festival Family Weekend is full of FREE Outdoor Fun And Low Cost Indoor Performances. 

It’s the perfect outing for a large family. This year, Family Weekend is June 1-2, 2018, and the Free Outdoor Art Spectacle runs through the whole festival (May 29 through June 2).

Each year at the Flint Hills Family Festival, families are offered the free outdoor festival and indoor performances for a small fee. In 2018, The Ordway indoor shows will again be $8 each, but some afternoon performances will offer rush tickets on the day of the program at a “pay what you can” rate. These tickets are first come, first served and expected to sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased online through the Ordway website, by phone at 651-224-4222, or at the Ordway ticket office. This year’s indoor artists will be:  Read More

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