This weekend isn’t as crazy as last weekend. I think we all needed to shake the winter blues out. However, there is still a lot of good choices for family activities this weekend. Last week I mentioned the Dr. Doolittle Musical in the Free List. I think I’m going to do that this weekend. Anne has also done a round-up of the family-friendly open farms around the Twin Cities. These aren’t free, but their prices aren’t bad. I also plan to round up all my overdue library books, return them and pick up a copy of Alice All By Herself. This sounds like a great book for summer and we’ve been watching way too much TV since I found myself pregnant. Maybe we could replace some of it with family reading time.
If you don’t like any of these ideas, we have more on our Calendars. Here are my picks for the best free family activities of the week.
FRIDAY:Minnesota Sinfonia Family Concert Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419 Friday, June 20, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
Outdoor orchestra concerts just add a little romance to summer for me. I imagine taking a romantic picnic and enjoying the park while three little barefoot monsters run wild on the playground. Afterwards (in my fantasy) the kids will be so worn out that they will fall asleep like little cherubs on the picnic blanket and we’ll snuggle up and enjoy the music. It could happen.
Four Legg Fish Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Ave W, West St Paul, MN 55118 Friday, June 20, 2014; 7:00 p.m. (Pre-Registration Preferred)
Another option for a Friday night picnic and concert is Four Legg Fish at Dodge Nature Center. FLF plays Americana music, blending originals and old time classics. Get there early and walk the trails or visit the farm (it’s a little bit of a hike from the amphitheatre.)
SATURDAY:2014 Citizenship Day of Welcome Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul, MN 55102 Saturday, June 21, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We are in the midst of patriot season. From Flag Day to Memorial Day to Independence Day to Labor Day, we have great opportunities to teach our children about their home country. This is another opportunity. Celebrate with new American citizens as they take their citizenship oath. Then join them for a picnic, music, games and activities. For more information visit the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota website. I believe there is still an admission charge to visit the History Center (unless you are a member).
Cromulent Shakespeare presents Comedy of Errors Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 200 E 24th St., Minneapolis, MN Saturday, June 21, 2014; 7:00 p.m. (See our Calendar for Other Dates and Other Parks throughout June)
Back to my ambitious dream of a romantic date with the kids. There are several opportunities to catch the Cromulent Shakespeare Group this month, but Saturday is at Washburn Park — right across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This is such a perfect family date. Start with the MIA and you can mix a little art with play time in the Family Center (or as we like to call it, “The Block Room”). Did I mention free Wi-Fi and a coffee shop? The MIA closes at 5 p.m. on Saturdays. This leaves a nice two-hour gap before the performance. You will have plenty of time to stroll over to Washburn, where there is abundant green space to let the kids run while you enjoy a nice picnic. Then end the night with the Comedy of Errors. (We were going to do something else on Saturday, but I think I just talked myself into this.)
SUNDAY:Blue Grass and Lemonade in the Shade Gammelgården Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia, Minnesota Sunday, June 22, 2014; 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday is always a good road trip day for our family. Get in the car after church and just keep driving. This Sunday afternoon, the Galmmaelgarden Museum in Scandia is is having its Blue Grass and Lemonade in the Shade concert. Listen to some music, sip some lemonade, maybe bring a picnic (that seems to be a theme with today’s free list). You can also choose to purchase tickets to Museum tours between 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the Butik or explore Scandia to find all eleven of the DALA HORSES. In case of rain, we will be inside the Välkommen Hus (Welcome House)