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FFTC’s 2018 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps
Family Fun: Target Free Family Music with St Paul Chamber Orchestra
STOMP! at The Ordway

FFTC’s 2018 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps


Classic outdoor adventures, tech-y enrichment, performing arts opportunities and cultural explorations are just a sampling of what you’ll find in our 2018 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps. From day camps for your preschoolers to sleepaways for the teens, these local camps offer something for everyone. Read More

Family Fun: Target Free Family Music with St Paul Chamber Orchestra

Target’s Free Family Music Series featuring the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, is a wonderful way to introduce kids to classical music. Tickets to these events are always free, but required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Three different musical experiences are offered:  Xplorchestra!, Family Concerts, and Start the Music.  Each family is allowed up to 4 tickets per concert – but hurry because these tickets go fast.

If you can only choose one, I recommend the Family Concert because you get the real concert experience and the full orchestra.  But I hope you don’t have to choose because these events are fun!

DSCF8504This past fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the SPCO in this creative way.  The first event we went to was the Family Concert.  It was called Teaching Mozart Music.  They had a young actor play the part of  young Mozart with an animated Narrator speaking to the audience.  We learned that Mozart liked to call himself Punchatini, that he was four years old when he wrote his first piano concerto, and that he wrote 26 piano concertos in all.

The concert began with Concerto No. 23 in A for Piano and Orchestra.  It was beautiful.  Then, the narrator came out and the stories and lessons about Mozart began.  David Mann was the narrator and he was hilarious especially when he displayed how to walk and sit with elegance and dignity.  He spoke right to the audience and engaged them in each story.

DSCF8568A few weeks later, I took three of my children to Start the Music!

We learned all about the brass section by participating in activities before the concert began.  Anyone who wanted to try to play a brass instrument was given the opportunity to blow in a trumpet, french horn, or trombone.  My daughter decided that she wanted to play the trumpet.  There were coloring pages, puppet-making, a race, directing your own orchestra, horn-making stations.  After we played there, we went into the Music Room and listened to a reading of the Tortoise and the Hare with the help of the different instruments.

Then, I took my boys to Xplorchestra!  I wasn’t as excited about this event.  Mainly I think because I mistakenly thought it was for 3-6 year olds and it is actually designed for 6-12 year olds.  They didn’t have any activities before hand, and the story and audience participation were geared for older kids.  But we still enjoyed ourselves.  We were able to  sit up close to the musicians and experience the music in this short concert.

STOMP! at The Ordway

My husband and I are having a date night on Tuesday, October 18 at the Ordway to see STOMP!  But it doesn’t need to be a Date Night.  This is definitely a show you can bring the WHOLE family!

Find out how to save 30% on tickets for your family    Read More

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