Free Family Weekend Events List for July 11-12, 2015

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From festivals on Saturday to fine arts on Sunday, there’s tons of free family fun to choose from in the Twin Cities this weekend! For more ideas, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Happy exploring!


header2015[1]2015 International Festival of Burnsville
@ Nicollet Commons Park
12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville

Time: 3-9pm
Details: Celebrate a collection of cultures at the International Festival of Burnsville. Join in family activities and cultural art projects; visit cultural exhibits; and take time to see the “Worldly Treasures” display in the Ames Center. Get the full event schedule here.

970927842[1]Dragon Festival 2015
@ Lake Phalen & Phalen Regional Park
1600 Phalen Dr, St. Paul 55106

Time: July 11 & 12, 10am-5pm
Details: Two days’ worth of of colorful, traditional dances and music to showcase the performance arts of Asia. Admission, parking, performances and nearly all the children’s activities are free.

Saturday Drop-In Discoveries
@ Tamarack Nature Center
5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Township 55110

Time: 10am-noon
Details: Drop in for themed discovery stations every Saturday at Tamarack Nature Center and plan to spend some time in the fantastic Discovery Hollow nature playground. This weekend’s discovery topic is Growing Herbs & Spices.


PPG150691_FD_BrandingSlide_Fall_Final[1]Family Day: Mothersbaugh’s “Myopia”
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis

Time: 11am-5pm
Details: The MIA hosts monthly themed Family Days filled with art activities, cultural performances, gallery scavenger hunts for kids and more free fun. Get the details on July’s event here.

dwt[1]Family Art Sunday: Open Eye Figure Theater
@ Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 E River Rd, Fridley 55432

Time: 1-3pm
Details: Open Eye Figure Theater will present the puppet show The Adventures of Juan Bobo on the lawn outside at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts at 1 pm. From personal experience, these shows are entertaining for adults as well! Stay to participate in puppet-making, a scavenger hunt and snacks after the show.

Let’s Get StARTed: Public Theater of Minnesota
@ Silverwood Park
2500 County Rd E, St. Anthony 55421

Time: 1-3pm
Details: Drop in between 1-3pm to meet the Public Theater of Minnesota and make a puppet.

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Anne Kingston

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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