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20 Minutes Reading Homework? 20 Easy Strategies
20 Christmas Movies to Enjoy at Home in 2019
Top 10 Family Picks: July in the Twin Cities

20 Minutes Reading Homework? 20 Easy Strategies

We’ve all heard the studies that share the impact of reading 20 minutes a day. This has become so ingrained in parenting advice that some lovely soul has even written a “read 20 minutes a day poem.” However, at the end of the school day, we are often exhausted and faced with that mandatory 20 minutes reading homework left to do. Joy has come up with some great ways to be a rockstar parent in the reading homework department.

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Top 10 Family Picks: July in the Twin Cities

The post is brought to various FFTC  partners.
In July, we have hit the reality of summer.  If your family is like ours, we have a lot of bored looks facing us.  And while it’s really good to have some boredom in the summer and learning how to discover things themselves, it’s never a bad idea to have an idea in your back pocket.
We have 10 for you.


  1. Scavenger HuntsIn our Summer Boredom Busters Series, this was our first installment.  You can find how to make your simple and yet fun scavenger hunt here.
    DIY Scavenger HuntOr if you need to get out of your house, try these: Click here for more Scavenger Hunt Ideas
  2. Be a BookHound.
    Come to our BookHounds Family BookClub Meetings on Wednesday at GoodKids in White Bear Lake.

  3.  Be a River Rat
    Catch the Twin Cities River Rats on Thursday Evenings.waterski, water fun

  4.  Be a Baker
    Head over to Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supply to stockpile supplies for creating a masterpiece at home.

5) Celebrate Summer

July Festivals

Click Here to find July Festivals


6)  Play at the beach


7)  Go camping

Here’s a crash course for camping at Minnesota State Parks.  Personally, my family loves camping (well, we don’t like when it’s 100 degrees in May) and every year we go camping once or twice at a state park.  We’ve been to William O’Brien, Wild River, Interstate (on the WI side), Itasca, Temperance, and this year we are going to be at Bear Head Lake (I’ve been told it’s like the Boundary Waters without being in the Boundary Waters). While we haven’t been to more than a handful, we love them and enjoy what they offer.
You could also check out another fun location, not far from the Twin Cities.  We just checked them out this year, Kamp Dels.
Click here to learn more about Kamp Dels

8.  Eat Ice Cream

7/28/19: Ice Cream Social | Open Eye Theatre, 506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis  | 11:30 am-3 pm | Free |  Enjoy ice cream, puppet shows on the hour, face-painting, carnival games, and crafts.  Fun for the whole family. Will be held rain or shine!

Can’t make it to Open Eye, check out some of our favorite ice cream and froyo shops around the Twin Cities.

Ice Cream Frozen Yogurt

9. Eat Outside

food guide

10. Stay Up Late
07/27/19 – Greenway Glow Arts Festival | Midtown Greenway – 2834 10th Avenue South, 55407 | 6pm – Midnight | FREE |
Featuring illuminated art, live performances, local food, family activities, craft beer and more! 6:00 p.m. – Midnight along the Midtown Greenway. The arts festival is FREE, but we invite you to join us for a VIP Bike Ride to raise funds for the Greenway!


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