Free Family Fun Ideas for the Weekend of August 28th – 30th


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The new baby female, born Monday August 24th, is the 6th calf born to Clover and the 19th giraffe birth at Como Zoo in the last 22 years. The yet-to-be named female weighs 135 pounds and stands 5’ 8” tall. Como’s current herd currently consists of Clover, Daisy, Skeeter (father), Sky, and the new female.

The new baby female, born Monday August 24th, is the 6th calf born to Clover and the 19th giraffe birth at Como Zoo in the last 22 years. The yet-to-be named female weighs 135 pounds and stands 5’ 8” tall. Como’s current herd currently consists of Clover, Daisy, Skeeter (father), Sky, and the new female.

Visit the New Baby Giraffe at Como Zoo

Baby’s are always a good excuse to get to Como Zoo and a new baby giraffe is being debuted today (assuming Clover, her mother, cooperates). Arlene, the baby gorilla that was born several months ago, is also on display in the Gorilla Forest. My three-year-old couldn’t get enough of her when he visited this week. While you are there, check out the Edible Garden or maybe time it with the music and movie below.


Friday Night – Date Night (With Kids)

We have several options for music and/or movies on Friday night — three bands I really love and three classic movies to match anyone’s taste. Plus a dance night!

Como Regional Park is hosting Fort Wilson Riot, followed by a Showing of Willow (PG). This is my pick, but I’m bringing the kids in their footies and hoping they’ll sleep during the movie and not be too disruptive during the grown-up music.

Big Epic Dance Night

Dance, exercise, laugh, and bond with your family in a state of the art dance studio. Miss Cherice will lead easy comical dance workouts for the whole family ages 6 yrs and up.
RSVP on facebook and show up for FREE. See you there. -Miss Cherice

On the Minneapolis side, everyone’s favorite rock-n-roll drum quartet – 4ontheFloor is opening for Smokey and the Bandit (PG) at Lake Harriet.  I’m not going to pretend I like Smokey and the Bandit or parking at Lake Harriet enough to even consider trying to make the 4ontheFloor show, but I’m a little sad about that.

If you want particularly family-friendly music, The Roe Family Singers are playing at the St. Croix Falls Overlook Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. I would recommend leaving before rush hour for this. We spent way too much time stuck in Friday night traffic when we camped in the St. Croix valley earlier this summer. There is also a Monarch Butterfly Festival happening at the same time.

For just a family-friendly movie, you can see the Wizard of Oz at Pedro Park.

If what you really want is to dance, then RSVP to go to the Big Epic Family Dance Night.


2015 FDay Handbill

Live, Learn Breathe Family Day

SATURDAY

Saturday is the annual Urban League Family Day to promote healthy lifestyle choices, local entrepreneurialism, and community empowerment.

The Kidzone will have pony rides, art projects and games. This is a good weekend for an end-of-summer outdoor festival.


Sunday

Richardson Nature Center at Hyland

Visitors can also meet Richardson’s resident raptors, reptiles, and amphibians up close

Speaking of getting out of doors while we still can, on Sunday, Richardson Nature Center is having a Fort Building day for their weekly Free Family Fun Day!

Besides building forts, you can explore the park and nature center.


Still looking for just the right thing? Check our Family Fun Calendar for more ideas.  

We’ll be at the State Fair on Monday with our Little Farm Hands volunteers.  If you are there too, stop us and say, “Hi”. We’ll be the families with the loud kids that you recognize from photos.

 

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

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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