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FFTC’s 2017 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps
STOMP! at The Ordway
FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities
BookHounds Episode #2: “Punk Skunks”
Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Music is Awesome! Family Four Pack Ticket Giveaway
The Cedar Cultural Center Hosts Gustafer Yellowgold’s The Tooth Will Set You Free on Saturday, October 25
Laurie Berkner Live in Concert
Laurie Berkner Sneak Peek
Target Free Family Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Christmas Music: Rockin’ Around the Twin Cities

FFTC’s 2017 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps

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 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.

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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!

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FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

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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. 

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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.

Starts 5/29/17: Minneapolis Music in the Parks, 6 venues presenting music nightly.

Starts 6/7/17: Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | Ongoing Wednesdays with FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase.

6/22/-24: Twin Cities Jazz Fest | Mears Park, Lowerton & other St Paul venues

Starts 7/4/17: 9 Nights of Music | Minnesota History Center | Ongoing Tuesdays thru 8/29/17 | Dance lessons, 6:30pm, music begins at 7.

8/11-13: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island, St Paul | Free admission & live Irish music

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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

NORTH ST. PAUL: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park | starts 6/22/17

PLYMOUTH: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center | Starts June 2017

ROSEVILLE: Live @ The Rog! Performance Series | Frank Rog Amphitheater| Ongoing Sundays starting 6/11/17

SHOREVIEW: Concerts in the Commons | Shoreview Commons at Shoreview Community Center | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/14/17

ST ANTHONY: Sounds of Silverwood | Silverwood Park | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/17


APPLE VALLEY: Music in Kelley Park | Ongoing Fridays starting 6/16/17 with FREE music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.

BURNSVILLE: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17, plus enjoy the landscaped splash.

CHASKA: Kids Entertainment Series, 6/13 & 6/27 & Wednesday Night Concerts, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/14/17.

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.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS: Market Square Concert Series | The Village at Mendota Heights | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/17, 6:30pm

SHAKOPEE: Performance & Event Series | Huber Park | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/1/17, 7pm



BLOOMINGTON: Arts in the Parks includes the Monday Morning Kids Series at Moir Park starting 6/12/17 & Tuesday Evening Performance Series at Normandale Bandshell starting 6/13/17.

EDEN PRAIRIE: Eden Prairie Park Players Presents: Honk!, 6/16-18/17 & 6/22-25 at the Staring Lake Amphitheater • Kidstock kicks off 6/20 with entertainment ongoing Tuesdays.

EDINA: Centennial Lakes Park is a haven for FREE summer entertainment! Events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater.

EXCELSIOR: Excelsior Concerts in the Park | The Commons | Dates: 5/24, 6/21, 7/19 & 8/16

GOLDEN VALLEY: Golden Valley Concerts in the Parks | Brookview Park | Ongoing Mondays starting 6/5/17, 7pm

HOPKINS: Hopkins Summerfest | Downtown Park | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17, 7pm

MINNETONKA: Arts in the Park | Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater include  Music in the Park ongoing Tuesdays starting 6/13/17.

RICHFIELD: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Ongoing Tuesdays at noon starting 6/13/17.

ST LOUIS PARK: St. Louis Park Creative Kidstuff Concerts | The Shops at West End | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/14/17, 10am

WAYZATA: Wayzata Summer Concert Series | Depot Park | Ongoing Wed in July, 7pm


STILLWATER: Stillwater Summer Tuesdays | Lowell Park | Ongoing Tuesdays starting 7/11, 6pm

TAYLORS FALLS: Music at Franconia | Franconia Sculpture Park | Saturdays: 6/24, 7/22 & 8/26

WHITE BEAR LAKE: White Bear Lake Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17, 6pm


WOODBURY: Summer Concert Series at Woodbury Lake | Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center | Wednesday Kids Concerts 10am-11am; and Thursday All Ages 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm |  7/5-8/3





BookHounds Episode #2: “Punk Skunks”

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!)

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Music is Awesome! Family Four Pack Ticket Giveaway

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

The Cedar Cultural Center Hosts Gustafer Yellowgold’s The Tooth Will Set You Free on Saturday, October 25

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.

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Laurie Berkner Live in Concert

I learned about Laurie Berkner through my public library and one of my favorite local librarians.  At first, I wasn’t too sure if I would like her.

A lady.

Playing a guitar.

And singing.

That sounds, um, boring.  Yeah, that’s the word.

Except for the fact that that she’s a lady who plays the guitar and sings!

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Laurie Berkner Sneak Peek

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

Target Free Family Music with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra


DSCF8570Starting 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!




Event-Page-Thumb_xplor_width_140Xplorchestra! 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


Family-concert-event-page_width_140Ordway Family Concert Orchestravaganza! (for ages 6-12)
The Ordway Performing Arts Center
Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:30 am and 11:00 am


Event-Page-Thumb_stm_width_140Start the Music! Pounding Percussion:  Meet the Percussion (ages 3-6)
The Music Room in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Center (in the Hamm Building)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:15 am and 11:15 am
Saturday, May 24, 2014 
10:15 am and 11:15 am


DSCF8504This 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.



DSCF8550A 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


Christmas Music: Rockin’ Around the Twin Cities

The season is full of music!  Everywhere we go, you are surrounded by it.  It’s a perfect time to try out some different cultural experiences or go rockin’ around the Christmas tree.

Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas
O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine’s University
Friday, December 13, 2013 7:30 pm

God with Us

First Evangelical Free Church, Maplewood 
Friday, December 13, 2013 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013  6:00 pm

It’s A Wonderful Life
North Heights Lutheran Church
Friday, December 13, 2013 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 14, 2013  12:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013 7:30 pm

Valley Chamber Chorale
Washington County Historic Courthouse
Friday, December 13, 2013  8:00 pm
Saturday, December 14, 2013  4:00 pm or 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013  3:00 pm

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Choir with Bebo Norman
Grace Church Eden Prairie
Friday, December 13-Saturday, December 14, 2013  7:00 pm

Home Free Vocal Band
Prairie Home Companion Fitzgerald Theatre
Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:30 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Target Center
Saturday, December 14, 2013  3:00 and 8:00 pm

Bloomington Chorale
Bloomington Center for the Arts
Friday, December 13, 2013  7:30 pm
Saturday, December 14, 2013  4:00 pm

Magnum Chorum
Wayzata Community Church
Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:30 pm
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas
Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:30 pm

Lorie Line
State Theatre
Saturday, December 14, 2013  3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013  3:00 pm

The Blenders
Pantages Theatre
Friday, December 13, 2013 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 14, 2013  8:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013  2:00 pm

Handel’s MESSIAH Singalong
St. Olaf Church, Minneapolis
Sunday, December 15, 2013  6:30 pm (FREE)

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony
Ted Mann Concert Hall 
Monday, December 16, 2013 7:30 pm


Holiday Greetings: A Minnesota Chorale Christmas Card
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Friday, December 20, 2013 7:30 pm

Victorian Christmas Carols
James J. Hill House
Friday, December 20, 2013 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 21, 2013 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 22, 2013  6:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Minnesota Boychoir
Historic Wesley Center
Saturday, December 21, 2013  7:00 pm



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