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.
Classic outdoor adventures, tech-y enrichment, performing arts opportunities and cultural explorations are just a sampling of what you’ll find in our 2017 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps. From day camps for your preschoolers to sleepaways for the teens, these local camps offer something for everyone.
Summer Music at Normandale Lake Bandshell courtesy City of Bloomington
The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer. Every corner of the metro is full of music and a lot of it is FREE! What could be better? Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music.
For over 25 years, Wheel Fun Rentalshas offered ways for riders of all ages to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. With seven Minnesota locations, choose from a complete lineup of recreational vehicles like Surreys, specialty cycles, two-wheeled bikes, watercraft and more. Selection may vary; please visit our website for current availability.
ONGOING SUMMER MUSIC – MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL
Starts Memorial Day Weekend:Music & Entertainment in the Parks | Daily with FREE concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Check the link for a complete listing of events & locations.
BLAINE: Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park | Select dates starting 6/14/17 including Family Fun Night (7/18/17); Summer of Blaine | Village of Blaine Shopping Center | Two free events for the whole family this summer 6/15/17 Teddy Bear Band and 8/12/17 Echoes of Elvis.
COON RAPIDS:Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park performance pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/8/17 – FREE
MAPLE GROVE:Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17
EAGAN:Eagan Market Fest | Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds | Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting 6/7/17. FREE family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families.
We were thrilled to have Stephen Shaskan and Trisha Speed Shaskan on our second BookHounds Show to share Punk Skunks. If you missed the episode, you can watch it here. If you want to catch our shows live, download the periscope app on your phone and follow us at @FamilyFunTC.
(Disclosure: we have a bit of technical difficulty. Hang in there. I promise meeting the Shaskans is worth it!)
Congratulations to Rosa for winning the Family Four Pack to Yo Gabba Gabba! Look for an email from us in your inbox!
Brobee, Foofa, DJ Lance and the whole Yo Gabba Gabba crew are coming to town, and you can see them live! Tuesday, October 14 at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis 2 performances: 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Read More
Celebrating the release of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom, the newest installment in the award-winning series of Gustafer Yellowgold “Musical Moving Book” DVD/CD sets, Gustafer Yellowgold’s “The Tooth Will Set You Free” Tour comes to Minneapolis for an out-of-this world, multimedia family show with full band at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25 at The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis.
This show is presented by Cedar Family and Minnesota Public Radio — 89.3 The Current.
Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly fellow who came from the Sun and landed in the Minnesota woods. Illustrator/songwriter/performer Morgan Taylor developed the Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and animated picture book.
Shake like a Chicken with Laurie Berkner Live! Family Fun Twin Cities is partnering with Beth El Synagogue for you and your family to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity! Clear your calendar on October 26, 2014 to dance together with Laurie and her band. Ticketing: www.besyn.org/laurieberkner
Starting today, January 6, 2014, tickets are available for Target’s Spring Free Family Music Series on a first-come, first-serve basis. They offer three different musical experiences: Xplorchestra!, Ordway Family Concert, and Start the Music. Each family can have up to 4 tickets per concert. But hurry because these tickets go fast.
If you can only choose one, I recommend the Ordway 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!
Xplorchestra! Musical Experiences! (for ages 6-12) The Music Room in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Center (in the Hamm Building) Saturday, January 25, 2014 9:30 am and 11:00 am
This past fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the SPCO in this creative way. The first event we went to was the Ordway 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.
A 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 thought it was for 3-6 year olds and it is 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.
some images courtesy of the SPCO, used with permission