Free List for January 17-20, 2014

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It’s a long weekend for the kids.  How do we keep them busy?  Here are my five favorite free activities this weekend.


LanfordFamily Skating Party
Langford Recreation Center, 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
Friday, January 17, 2014; 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
Pre-Register: (651) 298-5765

I know I’m posting a lot a ice skating events.  Hope springs eternal.  There is only about 8 weeks left to winter and less for skating season.  I’d like to go once.  This week Langford Recreation Center is hosting a Family Skating Party.  Ice skates are available in limited sizes.  There will also be hot cocoa and cookies  served. If you get cold, board games or coloring materials will be available. Call the telephone number above to pre-register and get updates.


kiteLake Harriet Kite Festival
Lake Harriet, 4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Saturday, January 18, 2014; Noon to 4:00 p.m.

The Lake Harriet Kite Festival is kind of a big festival with a lot of people coming together to make it happen.  Anyone who thinks Minnesotans hibernate in the winter isn’t paying attention to all the great family friendly activities our cities have to offer.  This is one of them.  Besides kite flying, there will be ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing and a marshmallow roast with hot apple cider and cocoa. Bring your own kite or there will be kites available.  The weather looks like it will be nice this weekend, but in case of inclement weather, this festival will be held Next Saturday, January 25th.


MCMCreativity Jam: Mastermind, Mold and Make
Free Third Sunday
Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Sunday, January 19, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are not settling in for six straight hours of play off games, January is a good month to hit up Free Third Sunday at the Minnesota Children’s Museum.  It is not historically the least busy month, but it has lower attendance than the other cold months (my theory is football).  Also in your favor, there is no licensed character or rock group exhibit to draw in the hoards. The only traveling exhibit is Creativity Jam, which has been held over a little longer, so you have one last chance to catch it.

urban expeditionUrban Expedition
Landmark Center, 75 5th St, St Paul, MN
Sunday, January 19, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 .m.

This weekend is the first Urban Expedition of the season.  Gianna wrote this review and had mostly great things to say about these expeditions.  I love finding uncrowded events like this, too.  This month the featured country is Spain.   Sendero Flamenco and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will be the musical entertainment.


mlkThe following parks will be hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations

 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409
January 20, 2014; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food and handmade knitted items to donate. Refreshments will be available following the program. For more information, please visit or call 612-230-6400.


Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN, US 55407
January 20, 2014; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. with food, entertainers, performances, and activities that reflect on the importance of this special holiday at this free family-friendly event.


Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop St. S., Saint Paul, MN 55119
January 20, 2014; 3:00pm to 5:00pm

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Battle Creek Recreation Center will be creating an art piece with your help! Come together as a community and make an art mural that will be displayed at Battle Creek Recreation Center. The theme for this day is unity. The mural will be led by Mica, a community artist, and created by all who want to participate. There will be food, music and the opportunity to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Join us and be a part of the Dream. This is a family event! Bring your family and friends ready to paint, have fun and celebrate the movement that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. started. If you have any questions, please call the recreation center at (651)-501-6347

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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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