Free List for October 12 – 13, 2013

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Fall has been settling in in earnest the past week with its welcome refreshing temps and gorgeous color displays. I’ve highlighted a couple Twin Cities-area spots for enjoying autumn outdoors on Sunday. As usual, you’ll also find additional suggestions on our family-oriented Free Calendar. Or, if the chill in the air drives you inside, I listed some good bets for indoor fun on Saturday. All events are guaranteed free admission.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

twin cities book festivalTwin Cities Book Festival
Progress Center, State Fairgrounds

10am – 5pm

We attended this book-and-author fest last fall as a family. I don’t know if I’d use the word “astonishing” to describe the children’s pavilion (quote the website) but it does come packed with live music, storytelling, crafts and a couple fun surprises. I’d recommend bringing two adults if possible — one to keep an eye on the kids while the other browses the reads.

brickmania toyworksBrickmania Toyworks Open House
1620 Central Avenue NE, Suite 170
Minneapolis, MN
10am – 4pm

Adults will probably get nearly as much joy picking out the details in these incredible LEGO sculptures as the kids will. Plus, there are plenty of LEGOs available to build with and a couple other hands-on activities.

bakken museum

Free Second Saturday at The Bakken
3537 Zenith Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 
11am – 4pm

You can’t go wrong with free admission. Plus, this Saturday the Bakken is celebrating science Halloween-style with a Monster Mash! Costumes encouraged. Try a meet-and-greet with Frankenstein’s Monster, conduct spooky science experiments and get up close to some real brains.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

highland park water tower

Fall Colors from the Highland Park Water Tower
Snelling Ave at Ford Pkwy, St. Paul
9 am – 5pm

The view is beautiful from this landmark St. Paul water tower. The perfect urban spot to appreciate the colors of the season. Last year, treats and activity books were handed out to kids.

Colorful Fall Leaves at Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Rd
Osseo, MN 

1 – 3pm

What, exactly, makes those leaves turn such brilliant colors in the fall? Find out at this free drop-in event at Eastman Nature Center.

credit minneapolis institute of artsTarget Family Day at MIA: Journey to Japan
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 

11am – 5pm

Family Day is traditionally packed with activities to suit a wide span of ages. This month, travel to Japan with the MIA through taiko drumming, judo workshops, art activities, gallery scavenger hunts, costuming and more. Both the museum and this free program are terrific cultural resources!


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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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