Free List – MEA WEEK!!

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This is a something for everyone MEA Weekend.  I didn’t mention Third Free Sunday at the Children’s Museum, but that is a great option, too; and Anne has reviewed the new Clifford exhibit for us.

  • Festival ShortsImage Courtesy of Hennepin County Library


cardboard boxCardboard Box Party
Friday, October 17, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
George Latimer Central Library, 90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

Need something creative to do with your bored grade schooler?  St. Paul Central Library is throwing a Cardboard Box Party.  They provide everything you need to create something amazing out of a box.  For inspiration, check out this Pinterest Board, 101 things to do with a cardboard box, including the post to the right by Ikat Bag.  If you have little participating, they might like the inspiration of Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis.

Friday & Sunday:

Polonksy-Plays-Mozart-300x97Polonsky Plays Mozart — Minnesota Sinfonia
Friday, October 17, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN
Sunday, October 19, 2014; 2:00 p.m.
Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th Street North, Minneapolis, MN

The Title of Polonsky Plays Mozart is a little misleading.  There is actually only one Mozart piece in the concert and Anna Polonsky is the featured musician, but this is a Minnesota Sinfonia concert.  I’ve included the Program to the right if you want to listen ahead to the music.  All Minnesota Sinfonia concerts are provided free of charge and children are always welcome.  This could be a great way to inspire your wishy washy budding, young musician.

Rainbow CrowSaturday

Rainbow Crow – Pay What You Can Performance
Saturday, October 18, 2014; 3:00 p.m.
SteppingStone Theatre, 55 Victoria St N, St Paul, MN 55104

I love SteppingStone Theatre.  The building is beautiful and the youth actors are talented.  Saturday is the Pay What You Can Performance of Rainbow Crow by Rhianna Yazzie. Music by Gary Rue. If you want to prepare, you can find Curriculum & Enrichment for this play based on a Lenape Native American story at SteppingStone’s website.  Pay What You Can Days are first-come-first serve and sometimes sell out fast, so the theater suggests arriving early.  My experience has been that 15 minutes is sufficient, but its good to have a back-up outing if you plan to cut it close. There is a suggested minimum of $5.00 per ticket, but the actual price you pay is your choice. If you would like to familiarize yourself with the story before going, below is a video of the story.

ChildishFilmsChildish Films: Fall Frolics
Saturday, October 18, 2014; Doors 10:00 a.m.; Pre-show 10:30 a.m.; Show: 11:00 a.m.
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Families are invited to come in costume for this month’s program.  Childish Films has traditionally played Halloween-themed Walt Disney shorts, in October.  This month, they are adding Day of the Dead, a 15-minute documentary by Charles and Ray Eames. If you have smaller children, you may want to sit in the overflow room if its an option.  My kids wandered off halfway through this documentary and my grade schooler found the skulls a little scary.  If you would like to preview it, I’ve included it below. To learn more about Childish Films, you can read Anne’s Article.

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Joy Peters

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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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