Category - Fun with Dad

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Cooking With Kids in the Twin Cities
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‘The Lorax’ at Children’s Theatre Co 5 Things to Know
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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

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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‘The Lorax’ at Children’s Theatre Co 5 Things to Know

The Lorax, a classic Dr. Seuss story, introduces our responsibility to the environment. In its usual exciting Children’s Theatre Co. fashion, we are transported into the colorful world of Truffula Trees, Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee Swans, and Humming Fish.  Giant puppets, a dazzling set, eye-popping costumes and props, lively music, and Seusstastical rhyme all convey the message of The Lorax.

FFTC was gifted a pair of tickets by CTC
to review the show. All opinions are my own

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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 Saturday, 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


Twin Cities St. Patrick’s Day Parades

St. Patrick's Day - March 17Saint Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Saturday, March 17 | Rice Park | Noon | FREE)

World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Saturday, March 17 | Mainstreet | 2-4  pm | FREE). This parade is open to anyone and is only 4 blocks long.

Minneapolis’ Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (Saturday, March 17 | Marquette Ave | 6:30 pm | FREE)


St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations around the Twin Cities

Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration (Saturday, March 17 | Landmark Center | 10 am-5pm | $4-$6 | Irish Day of Dance held 3/18/18, 11am-5pm)

Irish Heritage Weekend (Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18 | James J Hill House, St Paul | 10am-4pm | $6-$10)

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (Saturday, March 17 also 3/10 & 3/11 | Eden Prairie Center | 1:30pm | FREE)

All Things GREEN Weekend (Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18 | Como Zoo, St. Paul | 10am-4pm | FREE)

St. Patrick’s Day Activities around the Twin Cities

The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School Storytime | (Saturday, March 17 | Participating Barnes & Noble Stores | 11am | FREE)

Leprechaun Secrets | (Saturday, March 17 | North Mississippi Regional Park | 1:30-3pm | FREE) Follow the leprechaun’s path to uncover the secret.


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FREE Rides on St. Patrick’s Day

FREE Rides from MetroTransit – MetroTransit offers free rides between 6pm and 3am every St. Patrick’s Day. Joy’s family has taken advantage of this to go to the Minneapolis parade. (Note: Even just after the parade, the bus was full of intoxicated, but mostly harmless people.) This year, the weather is shaping up to be pleasant, so it can be a nice excuse for a family excursion – especially if you pick a less traveled route.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Home

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

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!


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