The Holidays are over and I, for one, am ready to slow down a little. We will probably cut back to ONE family outing a week again. More than that is just too much for the kids and we pay for it in crabby breakdowns. But in place of more outings, we’ll start to fancy up our family meals again and maybe sit down and play some of those games we got for Christmas. Luckily, there is really no shortage of fun and free family outings to choose from for our ONE outing this weekend.
Note: As the weather starts to dip down to the double-digit negatives, things are getting cancelled. This is a good weekend to call ahead before heading out.
Family Skate NightBryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, US 55408 Friday, January 3, 2013; 5:30 p.m- 7:00 p.m
I’m still trying to get us all out to enjoy our Minneapolis winter this year. Family Skate Night at Bryant Lake Park looks like a great outing to accomplish this goal. Besides free skating, there will also be hot chocolate and cookies! Bryant Square Park is one of the rinks that offers free loaner skates on a first come, first serve basis. Sizes and quantities vary by location. If you don’t have skates of your own, it might be worth it to show up early and see what you can get. Even if you can’t get skates, there is still hot chocolate, so it’s won’t be a total loss. Ice Rink Hotline: For ice conditions and rink closings, call the MPRB ice rink hotline at 612-313-7708
Free First Saturday – From Morocco to the Moon Walker Art Center,1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 Saturday, January 4, 2013; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If, like our family, you can’t wait for the Children’s Theatre Company‘s performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this weekend we can get a sneak peak at The Red Balloon Bookshop. I’d arrive early. I’m sure it will fill up fast.
Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN 55369
Saturday, January 4, 2013 Know Your Tracks: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Deer Watch: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This week Eastman Nature Center is offering two back-to-back opportunities for family fun. First learn about animal tracks and even make your ink-stamp tracks. Then stick around at dusk to watch the deer. Eastman Nature Center asks that we be prompt and quiet during the deer watch so everyone can enjoy the deer without scaring them away.
SUNDAY75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102 Sunday, January 5, 2014; 1:00 p.m and 3:30 p.m
You can view my longer article on the Minnesota Boychoir HERE. If this is your only outing of the weekend, you might want to come early for a tour of the Landmark Center or stay a little late to Ice Skate at Rice Park.
Burnsville Ice Center 251 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337 Sunday, January 5, 2014;12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
In Celebration of National Skating Month Burnsville Ice Center is hosting a free public skating event — including free skate rental and mini private lessons.
If you didn’t see Gianna’s article on the Snow Shark built by some amazing local teens, you really need to check this out. You can read the article HERE.
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Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com