Free Family Weekend Events List for August 1 – 2, 2015

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We love to promote local family activities and events and we hope it shows in this weekend’s highlights! For more ideas, please visit our Family Fun Calendar here or explore our Family Fun Directory. Both are filled with inspiration on how to make the best of these last few weeks of summer!


tm dye gardenDye Garden Family Art Day
@ Textile Center
3000 University Avenue SE #100, Minneapolis, 55414

Time: 10am-2pm
Ages: The whole family is welcome
Details: Come play in the Textile Center’s natural plant dye garden, create a macrame plant hanger and bring a miniature garden home. Refreshments will be provided.

d5cdd30a5c4081d86b2fd29ff30e2ed7[1]Walker First Free Saturday: Global Games
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 55403

Time: Activities run 10am-3pm, galleries open until 5pm.
Ages: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones!
Details: Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month at the Walker. This month’s activities celebrate a collection of cultures with live arts, crafts, games from around the world, and mini dance workshops. Programs will take place out in the Sculpture Garden.

Owanmi: Falling Water Festival
@ Father Hennepin Bluffs Park
420 SE Main St, Minneapolis, 55414

Time: 4-8pm
Details: This free and family-friendly event celebrates Indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, and more. Try your hand at lacrosse; view artifacts from Minnesota History Center’s collection; and enjoy live music from a variety of Indigenous voices.


51bNGl7vkcL[1]Storywalk: One Dog Canoe
@ Como Regional Park Lakeside Pavilion
1360 N. Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Time: 1-3pm
Details: Pages from the local author Mary Casanova’s picture book will be posted along park paths so you can read as you walk. Join in hands-on nature activities that complement the book themes.

puppy-pirates-1-stowaway[1]“PUPPY PIRATES Party!” with Erin Soderberg
@ Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave, St. Paul, 55105

Time: 2pm
Details: Celebrate the Paws on Grand event and the launch of local author Erin Soderberg’s new Puppy Pirates series with refreshments, pirate activities and a chance to meet the author. Pets are apparently welcome, though I’m guessing not inside the shop.

Free Family Fun Day: Miniature Enchanted Forests
@ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, 55430

Time: 1-3pm
Ages: Kids under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Details: Drop in any time between 1-3pm and take a closer look at the tiny plants of the floodplain forest. Free Family Fun Day is offered Sundays year-round.

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If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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