November in the Twin Cities: Bonus Picks

November is full of Thanksgiving and giving back.  It’s also the time the holidays ramp up.  So we have a little bit of everything for you in our November Bonus Picks. And even a couple of birthday celebrations.

*brought to you by FFTC’s partners

Opportunity to Give Back

Snapology Minnesota

11/3/18: CEAP Community Fundraiser Snapology 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Mpls 55408  |  Noon-5pm | $10 per child (Adults free will donation) | Join Snapology for a unique fundraiser to benefit the families at CEAP! Community Emergency Assistance Programs empowers our neighbors in need by providing basic needs and personalized support to help them establish their path to stability and independence with dignity. Come and enjoy all the legos and robotics you can handle! Proceeds go to your community through CEAP programs and services. We’ll have food, activities and silent auction items

November Fun for the Whole Family

11/3/18: Mélina Mangal, THE VAST WONDER OF THE WORLD – Launch Party! | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 3 pm | FREE | Celebrate the launch of The Vast Wonder of the World with debut local author Mélina Mangal! Learn about the life of groundbreaking, African American scientist Ernest Everett Just, who expanded our understanding of egg cells and the origin of life. Join us for a reading, author presentation, and book signing!

11/5/18: (Not So) Young Adult Book Club | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave. St. Paul | 6:30 pm | FREE | For adults  ̶ not teens!  ̶ who love to read Young Adult books. November’s book is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

11/7/18:  LITTLE ELLIOT Storytime with Mike Curato | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | FREE | Author/illustrator Mike Curato is taking over Wednesday storytime to share the latest in the Little Elliot series: Merry Christmas, Little Elliot. Come for storytime and stay to get your books signed!

The Twin Cities with Kids

11/10/18: Elizabeth Verdick, SMALL WALT AND MO THE TOW | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 10:30 am | FREE | Join local author Elizabeth Verdick for a Saturday storytime in honor of her latest book Small Walt and Mo the Tow. Small Walt finally got a chance to show off his snow plow skills in the first book, but now he might be facing a snowy problem he can’t solve alone! Join us for a reading, author presentation, and book signing!

11/10/18: SPARK Creativity Workshop with Andrea Debbink | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 3 pm | FREE | Young creators and their grown-ups are invited to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul for an afternoon creativity workshop with author Andrea Debbink and her new book Spark: A Guide to Ignite the Creativity Inside of You.  More details coming soon!

11/12/18: Parent/Child Robotics Workshop | Snapology 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Mpls MN 55408  | 10am-12pm | $25 per child (will adult partner builder) | Join your kiddo(s) for a robotics workshop where we build an awesome robotic catapult and a dolphin! We’ll build, program, and interact with the robotic builds, add sounds and sensors, make them move and have a ton of fun!

11/14/18: Shannon Messenger, FLASHBACK – at SteppingStone Theatre |Steppingstone Theatre| 6:30 pm | $19.99/person | Red Balloon Bookshop welcomes bestselling author Shannon Messenger back to St. Paul with Flashback, the seventh thrilling installment in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series! Join Shannon and your friendly neighborhood booksellers for a talk, game, and book signing at SteppingStone Theatre. This is a ticketed event. Space is limited; reserve your tickets now!

11/15/18: Graphic Novel Book Club | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 6:30 pm | FREE | Our Kids Read Book Club is becoming the Graphic Novel Book Club! Join us to discuss a few exciting graphic novels, perfect for kids 8+. November’s book is Amulet: Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi.

Birthday parties

Birthday parties11/17/18: Snapology Discovery Center 1 Year Birthday Party |Snapology 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Mpls, MN 55408 | Drop in between 1-8pm | Join in the free event to celebrate Snapology’s 1 year birthday!  Fun activities and games, food and drinks and more!

11/17/18:  THE MUKLUK BALL Storytime with Katharine Johnson & Alicia Schwab | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 10:30 am | FREE | Bundle up and head to Red Balloon in St. Paul to celebrate the release of The Mukluk Ball at a special, Saturday storytime with author Katharine Johnson and illustrator Alicia Schwab. Join us for a reading, author presentation, and book signing!

11/18/18: Spanish Storytime | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 3 pm | FREE | Come to Red Balloon for a special Spanish Storytime, brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers! Sing songs, say rhymes, and hear stories, all performed en Español!  Ven, te esperamos! (Recommended for ages birth-3)

11/21/18: Intro to Stop Motion Animation | Snapology 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Mpls MN 55408  | 1-4pm | $30 | Students will get a crash course in stop-motion animation in this fun 3 hour workshop. They’ll walk a minifigure around, add sound and other elements to their short movie, and be able to view their finished product on Youtube!

Performing Arts Calendar

Image courtesy Theatre Elision – Jazzy Christmas

11/23/18: Deck the Halls Workshop | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 2-4 pm | FREE | Having trouble finding time to buy your kids’ presents without them seeing? Drop them off at Red Balloon with Storyteller Angela to do crafts and listen to stories while you shop on Grand Avenue! More details coming soon!

11/24/18: Indies First! | Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul | 10 am-4 pm | The holidays are here and it’s time to shop small in St. Paul! Put your Indies First by choosing local businesses for your holiday shopping! Ask local authors for book recommendations, celebrate with other book fans, and get your holiday shopping done early!


11/24/18: Jingle Jam| Moore Than Dance 1220 E. Moore Lake Drive, Fridley, MN 55432 | 10:00am-12:00pm| $15 | Come dressed in your favorite holiday colors and join us for our annual Jingle Jam Event. Crafts, games, music, dancing and more!

Birthday partiesBirthday parties11/24/18: Blue Sun’s 3rd Birthday Party | Blue Sun Soda Shop | 10AM-8PM | Free |  Whistler Bottling tours for free at 11:00,12:00,1:00,and 2:00. Limited space, Whistler Soda a bottle for a buck and cases for $20, Free Soda Festival T-shirt with any Non-Whistler Case Purchase, The Long awaited launch of Billy’s Bubble Pop, Free Soda Tastings, Billy The Soda Jerk will be here, Santa will be here from 12:00-4:00 and available for pictures, Free Popcorn, Play in the retro Pinball Arcade for 25 cents a game.

Blue Sun Soda

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