Category - Free Stuff

Great FREE activities in the Twin Cities

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Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays
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Try Hockey For Free Day – Saturday November 4, 2017
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Family Fun: Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market

Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays

Holiday Light Displays

Thanks to the awesome Prairie Lights website for help with this list of Christmas light displays & music shows! Our family discovered the student-designed Winter Lights Show put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Science & Engineering. Who knew there were this many holiday light displays out there?

Please, we beg you, personally confirm the details of these light shows before heading out! We always appreciate the feedback if you find any holiday light displays that are no longer happening or know of one we don’t have listed! Read More

Try Hockey For Free Day – Saturday November 4, 2017

Try Hockey for Free Day is an initiative that allows kids ages 4-12 to try hockey at no cost at participating rinks

Try Hockey for Free Day is an initiative that allows kids ages 4-12 to try hockey at no cost at participating rinks

Try Hockey For Free Day
Various arenas around the country
Saturday, November 4, 2017; FREE!

On the fence about making the investment to put your kid in hockey? I understand. I’ve been there myself. And I highly recommend you give the sport a try for free on Saturday, November 4th as part of Come Play Hockey Month. The event gives kids (ages 4-9)  a shot at experiencing the basics of hockey without financial commitment. It’s strictly for fun! Plus, coaches will be on hand to offer tips and provide equipment. 

Participating locations change from year to year, but you can type in your zip code and find the closest arena here. All locations will have limited equipment available for use.

Who knows? This might be the beginning of a lifelong love of hockey. It certainly helps us get through our long Minnesota winters!


If your kids aren’t quite ready for hockey, but want to skate this winter, we have compiled a list for you at Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks.

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Family Fun: Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market

midtown global market cowles center for dance Wee Wednesdays

Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market has the potential to be a great morning outing this fall – especially if the cooler temps are moving you indoors. The program’s got all the elements of a power playdate: a (free!) structured group activity (dance class, puppet show, cooking lesson), more than 20 ethnic vendors offering lunch, and an enclosed play area where the little ones can mingle and parents can chat. The event, designed for ages 5 and under, begins at 10:30 at the market stage and runs about 45 minutes, making it very convenient to then grab lunch and play a bit before the youngins start to yawn.

Now that I’ve gone and promoted the program, a word of caution: it might be wise to read up a little on the food vendors before you go. I’ve had some good meals at the market (Manny’s Tortas and Holy Land Deli come to mind), but at least one dreadful lunch as well. It’s possible to read reviews of most of the vendors by clicking on their links in the merchant directory. Several offer special deals on Wednesday until 1 p.m. Also, if you eat or shop at the market make sure to get your parking ticket validated! Three hours of parking in the adjacent lot is allegedly free with purchase (though, aggravatingly, and for no apparent reason, the validation didn’t work on my last visit.) I should also mention that when we visited, the kids’ play area was quite careworn, you might say.

wee wednesdays midtown global marketOn the bright side, my girls loved the programming from Cowles Center for Dance. There was a themed story, music and some fresh creative movement. Check the Events Calendar when planning your visit to see what the cultural entertainment of the week will be.

If you’ve had a memorable time eating, shopping or playing at Midtown Global Market recently, we’d love to hear about it in the comments!


 

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