Childish Films: Gruffalo’s Child

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gruffalo's childChildish Films – The Gruffalo’s Child
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Doors open at 10 am for seating, snacks, and hands-on activities. Live pre-show performances begin at 10:30 am.

Childish Films is one of my favorite ongoing family activities in the Twin Cities.  It can get a little crowded and the overflow room is NOT as much fun as Pohlad Hall.  Family activities tend to be scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  I have to assume this is a great time for most families — not mine.  The addition of aiming to get their early so we can get good seats makes this a much less frequent activity for my family than I would like, but when we do get there it is a fun, relaxed outing.  Afterwards, we can hang out in the children’s section, explore downtown or just hop a bus home.

Another reason to get there early — besides the good seats — is cookies!!  You and your child can decorate cookies with Whole Foods before the show.  Whole Foods also provides snacks.

This month’s show is The Gruffalo’s Child — a sequel to the Gruffalo — both based on books by Julia DonaldsonCommonsense Media gives this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommends it for age 2 and up (with slight reservations on scariness for the very young and consumerism).  You can read the full review HERE.

Since we haven’t seen either of these films, I was hoping to catch the first one on Netflix before Saturday.  It’s not available.  However, you can find portions of it on YouTube along with a reading of the book.  Plus you can see the trailer for The Gruffalo’s child.  See below.

If you would like to make a full Gruffalo day, Toddler Approved has 20 Gruffalo Themed Activities HERE.  These activities range from costumes to games to recipes,

Childish Films @ the Library is a free program of children’s cinema and arts for all ages. Each screening features a pre-show activity, an educational introduction, and complimentary healthy snacks. Admission is free with open seating to the public. Most films are best enjoyed by ages 3 and older, but children and people of all ages are welcome to attend. If you have specific questions about the content of a particular film, please e-mail our curators. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 612.543.8107 for more information.

Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters – co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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