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Family Fun Twin Cities 2018-19 Winter Break Survival Guide
Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks
Dinosaurs Around Town – Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

Family Fun Twin Cities 2018-19 Winter Break Survival Guide

Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter with our kids? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide has something for everyone, from those who want to get out and play in the snow to those who’d rather take a break from it, to those who need a place to plop their kids for a few hours for everybody’s sanity:



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Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks

This weekend will be opening weekend for many of the Twin Cities-area outdoor ice rinks and we’re sure, as hardy Minnesotans ourselves, that you’re dying to strap on your skates and hustle the kids out to the rinks! That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of local places to skate –and, as nearly all are located in city parks, there’s no charge for the skating. Find your city below and click through to get the latest rink hours, directions, warming house information, and numbers to call for rink conditions.
Twin Cities Outdoor Ice Rinks

If you don’t see your city below, my apologies in advance. Please contact us to have yours added to the list or leave the information in the comments. Thanks, and enjoy your outdoor rec time! Read More

Dinosaurs Around Town – Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

Do Dinosaurs live in your house? Is your floor littered with dinosaur toys? Do you find dinosaurs in your children’s beds? If so, you may want to consider taking your children for a dinosaur hunt around the Twin Cities! We have two places that can always be counted on to entertain your young paleontologists and traveling shows nearly every year.

Dinosaurs Around Town - Where to Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

images courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota

Upcoming Events Featuring Dinosaurs

12/27/18 Science Explorers: Discovering Dinosaurs @ Minnetonka Comunity Center. Kids in grades K-3 can learn about dinosaurs by creating a “fast fossil” and participating in hands-on experiments during this winter break class. 9:30am-11:30am. This event requires pre-registration.

01/19/19 Bookosaurs! with Ellen Ferrari @ Minnesota Center for Book Arts – In this family class, participants will enjoy a group reading of Dinosaur Versus the Library by Bob Shea, then make a dinosaur book filled library! A TALL M-folded argentinosaurus. A BROAS pop-out triceratops. A FLYING flag pterodactyl. A pop-up tyrannosaurus WITH TEETH! And a DEEP tunnel habitat for all other prehistoric favorites.  Ages 2+ $40 per Adult/child pair.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live was a traveling show that came through the Twin Cities in 2017:

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

L: Hallie Goodman, R: Kelley Selzick, DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE. Photo by C. Waits

Permanent Dinosaurs Exhibits

Science Museum of Minnesota
The obvious place to visit to learn about dinosaurs is the Science Museum of Minnesota. Where else can you find full-size dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur books, dinosaur toys? I’ve spent entire visits in this section of the museum alone. While many museum dinosaurs are reproductions, the Science Museum’s Triceratops is one of only four real skeletons, as well as the largest specimen, on display in the world.

Budget Idea: If you have a pint-sized dinosaur lover and you don’t want to pay SMM admission for what could be a very short visit, you can still visit the T-Rex in the lobby and touch its tooth for FREE. Then walk over to George Latimer Library to read about Dinosaurs together in the cozy children’s section.

Cool Fact: Did you know that many of the Dinosaur reproductions seen in museums all around the country are made right here in the Twin Cities by, Blue Rhino Studios in Eagan? See their work at the Bell Museum’s Ice Age exhibit.

The Bell
While the Bell doesn’t have any actual dinosaurs, they do have an Ice Age Exhibit in their Tree of Life Gallery. Mammoths are pretty cool, too. In the Bell’s updated Touch and See lab, kids can pretend to be real paleontologists with identification guides, magnifying glasses, and other scientific tools.

Dinosaurs Alive! at ValleyFair features over 30 life-sized and scientifically accurate animatronic dinosaur figures. The exhibit presents scenes and stories based on real fossil evidence and the latest paleontological knowledge. You can even download an educational guide to add to your visit.

Dinosaur Fossil Hunting Road-Trip

Did you know that there have been only three dinosaur bones found in Minnesota? One of them was found in a Hill Annex mine. Here is Joy’s story of the Peters family dinosaur-inspired fossil hunt: Fossil Hunting at Hill Annex State Park.

For some fun home study to go with your hunt, you can learn more about what prehistoric creatures lived in Minnesota here.

The Mesabi Bike Trail at Hill Annex Park

The Mesabi Bike Trail along Hill Annex Park – Where You Can Go on a Fossil Dig

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