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Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017
Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities
St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town
10 Things for Parents in “Moana” Disney’s New Animated Feature Movie
Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs
BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka, Illustrator of ‘This is NOT a Cat’
Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – June 9-11, 2017
10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis
BookHounds Episode 1 “It’s A Tiger” by David LaRochelle
Bonus BookHounds– Interview with Aimee Bissonette

Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017


Get your fill of June family festival outings with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Most are free. If there is admission, it is listed. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:

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Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities

cooking classesI 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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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

It’s the luck of the Irish that makes St. Patrick’s Day fall on a Friday, so we can party all weekend.  There is a lot of fun happening around town including two parades and some celebrations.

Also, if you would rather stay in, we have included some ideas for you to use at home.
St. Patrick's Day


March 17St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations around theTwin Cities

St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Friday, March 17.  Noon. Rice Park. FREE)

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration (Friday, March 17. 10 am-5 pm. Landmark Center. $5-$7)

St. Patrick's Day at The Landmark Center

Image courtesy of the Landmark Center






St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I love this “holiday.” It’s a fun one for me because there are no expectations. If we forget it, it’s okay–nobody is worse for the wear. If we celebrate it, EVERYONE in the family has fun.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Home


Lucky Rainbow Chain for St. Patrick’s Day from Crafty Morning

Clover Sun Catcher from Pink Stripey Socks
St. Patricks DayShamrock Shake Copycat Recipe from Babble

One suggestion I would make for the shake is start with 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract and then add to taste!


10 Things for Parents in “Moana” Disney’s New Animated Feature Movie

Disney does it again with Moana.  We have been singing “How Far I’ll Go” non-stop for three days now.

Kids are going to love this film, but that’s to be expected.  I know you want to know if you will.  Here are 10 Things for Parents to Enjoy.

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Christmas in the Twin Cities: Planes, Trains, & Sleighs


We have a unique opportunity in the Twin Cities to enjoy the holidays on trains and planes and sleighs, and we’ve rounded up all we can find just for you and your family!

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BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka, Illustrator of ‘This is NOT a Cat’

BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka:

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BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka


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Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – June 9-11, 2017

Minnesotans 15-years-old or younger and their grown up companion can fish without licenses on Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11, during the Minnesota DNR’s “Take a Kid Fishing Weekend”. You don’t even need to own fishing gear, because it is available for loan from Minnesota State Parks. We have borrowed fishing gear at William O’Brien State Park. It was very easy to do and a park ranger stopped by to give the girls pointers. If you can’t make it to Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, Minnesota residents generally can fish in state parks without a fishing license, unless the body of water requires a trout stamp.Take a Kid Fishing Weekend

Print a Fish Poster to Go With Your Kid Fishing Weekend
Take a Kid Fishing? Print a Poster

Get the Full Size Printable version at Explore Minnesota

If you are interested in learning more about the fish that live in Minnesota lakes and rivers, Explore Minnesota has a PDF poster you can print and take with you to compare to any fish you encounter.

Take a Kid Fishing in Minnesota State Parks - I Can Fish Program

Naturalists Kao Thao and Krista Jensen – I Can Fish (Image courtesy Minnesota DNR)

DNR Tips To Take a Kid Fishing and Some Colorful Personal Commentary:
  1. Plan to have fun and remember to bring a camera. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but as a kid, I’ve gone fishing with adults who took it very seriously. This is not your fishing day. This is the day to help you secure fishing buddy when your children are older.
  2. Choose fishing spots with a high likelihood of success. (Learn where, when, and how the fish bite). Several years ago, we had amazingly good luck off the pier at Roseville’s Central Park. Every time my daughter dropped her Pink Princess fishing pole into the water, she brought up a Sunny. I don’t know if that is normal, but that is where I would personally start.
  3. Use live bait to increase the chance of catching a fish. (Live bait is more interesting to kids, too.) I’m not sure if I agree with the part in parenthesis. My kids don’t particularly like handling worms and neither do I. If you are going to deal with live bait (and plan to keep your fish for that matter), bring someone who is not squeamish.
  4. Pick a place that is comfortable, safe, and easy to get to—public fishing piers are a great place to start. (Find a fishing pier This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.).  If its windy, public fishing piers can be a little nerve wracking with preschoolers and toddlers.  You may want to put them in life-jackets.
  5. Bring snacks! That’s just good advice for parenting. Always bring snacks.
  6. Remember the basics: sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit. Again, I’d add life-jackets, diapers & wipes, a change of clothes and towels.
  7. Provide kids with simple tackle in working order. If you already enjoy fishing, you can probably dig through your own stash.  Otherwise, see the part about State Parks offering this stuff for free.
  8. Start with realistic expectations. With short attention spans, kids may want to move onto something else after a very short time. Choose a park with a playground or a beach. Bring a non-fishing adult who doesn’t mind taking them if you want to continue fishing for a bit.
  9. Have patience! I think they are talking about fishing, but this is also just good advice for parenting.


10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge is a historical destination for many locals.  Besides walking across the bridge, I wondered, what is there to do? It took an out-of-stater–my friend Melody from GRKids to help me to appreciate all the different things to do. We found all kinds of things!  A plethora of parks that meet together, for one. And history.  Lots of history.

stone arch bridge

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BookHounds Episode 1 “It’s A Tiger” by David LaRochelle

Welcome to BookHounds!  We love books and know that kids do to!  Each week, we want to help you find great books to read together because we know that families who read together have fun together.

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Show Notes

It’s A Tiger by David LaRochelle

BookHounds–How to Read the Book
  1.  Take your time.  Turn the page and sit for a moment to enjoy the pictures.
  2. Start calmly and speed as the character panics.  Really play in up.
  3. At the very end, let your voice trail off…..and let your child finish the book.
BookHounds–Activities to Make the Book Come Alive
  1. Print off a tiger or cut a tiger out of a magazine and hide it around the house. Whenever anyone finds the tiger, they shout, “It’s a tiger!!!!!”
  2. Play Tiger Hide & Seek
  3. Draw a picture of something you are afraid of and talk about it.
  4. Write a new circle story together.
BookHounds–Why I Like This Book
  1. The discusses fear in a light-hearted way.
  2. The pictures are very fun
  3. You can pick up on pattern.
  4. Make it a puzzle book and look for the tiger in each page.
Book Recommendations
Next Week’s Book

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

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Bonus BookHounds– Interview with Aimee Bissonette

Our final pre-launch BookHounds interview was with Aimee Bissonette.  She is the author of Northwoods Girl and Miss Colfax’s Light.  We had some technical difficulties while recording this interview due to malfunctions of my own.  However, I was able to capture the story in full and most of the interview.  

Thanks for your understanding and enjoy the show (s). 

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