Tag - North Mississippi Regional Park

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Weekend Free Events List for January 3-4, 2014
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Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for November 21-23
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Wishlist for November 2 – 3, 2013

Weekend Free Events List for January 3-4, 2014

Ready to put the holidays behind you? Read on for some ideas on how to spend the first weekend of the new year on the cheap! And as always, check our Family Fun Calendar for a complete list of what’s going on for families in the Twin Cities this weekend and beyond.

Saturday, January 3, 2014

Walker First Free Saturday: Birthday Bash
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Time: 10am – 3pm
Details: Come help celebrate the Walker’s 75 years as a public art center with time-traveling performances, artful cupcakes, photo portraits, and special activities designed for kids ages 6-12 (though don’t let that scare you away from bringing your littler ones – all ages will have fun!).

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House
@ Staring Lake Outdoor Center
13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347

Time: 9am – noon
Details: Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, interactions with live animals, craft projects and more. The event is held the first Saturday of each month.

Saturday Drop-in Discoveries: Cockatoo Corner
@ Tamarack Nature Center
5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110

Time: 10am – noon
Details: The ongoing program (held the first Saturday of the month now through February 2015) features up-close visits with live animals, including Tamarack’s resident owls, snakes and salamanders. Kids can get hands-on with touchable artifacts, and sample edible treats from the Discovery Hollow garden.

Sunday, January 4, 2014

Free on-going Sunday activities:

Bell Museum Free Sundays
@ The Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Time: Noon – 5pm
Details: Admission is free every Sunday at The Bell – take the kids into the Touch & See Discovery Room to get hands-on with natural artifacts or take a scavenger hunt through the dioramas.

Free Family Fun Days: Feed Me!
@ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center in North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 North Mississippi Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55430

Time:  1 – 3pm
Details: Drop in throughout the afternoon for hands-on family activities. Stay to explore the kid-friendly exhibits and the live animal room.

Sundays at Landmark: Minnesota Boychoir Winter Concert
@Landmark Center
75 West 5th St., Saint Paul, MN 55102

Time: 1 & 3:30pm
Details: Featuring Allegro, Cantabile, Cantando, and Cantar. A freewill donation will be collected. Note: The Sundays at Landmark program will be held January 4 & January 18.


Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for November 21-23

To get you started this weekend, here are 4 FREE Twin Cities events going on that we (and many of our kids!) have given the stamp of approval. For a complete listing of weekend events both free and paid, be sure to check out our Family Fun Calendar!

Doing Good Together’s Family Service Fair
at Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407

Date: Friday, November 21 • 5 – 8pm
Cost: FREE event, free parking (1.5 hrs w/ vendor validation)
Appropriate for: All ages can participate in the service projects.
Details: A fun, low-commitment way to get out and volunteer with the whole family! Twin Cities-based nonprofits set up tables with service projects kids will enjoy doing right on the spot. (Photo at left is my son decorating lunch bags for recipients of Meals on Wheels.) This is a great opportunity to have conversations with your kids about the importance of giving back.

Math & Science Family Fun Fair
at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis campus
Coffman Memorial Union Building
300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Date: Saturday, November. 22 • 10am – 4pm
Cost: FREE; find parking ramp rates here.
Appropriate for: All ages, but preschoolers on up will get the most out of it.
Details: It’s a day jam-packed with hands-on STEM fun. (And this is coming from a mom who didn’t appreciate math and science until she had her own kids!) Highlights include free ExploraDome shows, playing with robots, and really cool exhibits that truly get kids excited about chemistry, engineering, physics and much more. Get the complete schedule here and note that the special “Physics Force” and “Energy and U” shows require (free) tickets that are picked up at the event check-in. My own kids had a blast at this event; plan to spend several hours.

Bachman’s Holiday Open House
at Bachman’s on Lyndale
6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 22 & Sunday, Nov. 23
Cost: FREE
Appropriate for: All ages
Details: Don’t miss Santa and his right-hand elf, Albert, arriving by sleigh (Saturday only) at 10:30am! Crafts for kids, treats, and demonstrations follow inside the festive store. Bachman’s traditional holiday play (this year’s title is “Santa’s Top Secret Toys”) is a real kid-pleaser and will be performed at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm weekends through December 21. Grab a seat early for the play; they fill up fast.

Free Family Fun Day: River of Thanks
at Karl Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Court
Minneapolis, MN 55430

Date: Sunday, November 23 • 1 – 3pm
Cost: FREE
Appropriate for: All ages
Details: Drop in and explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities. Most are science and nature-based. Got a preschooler? They’ll probably enjoy the interpretive center’s exhibits geared towards the youngest visitors: set up a pretend farmer’s market, build in a make-believe brickyard, put together puzzles, and curl up with a good book.

 

Enjoy your weekend wherever it may take you!


Wishlist for November 2 – 3, 2013

Are you sensing a theme this Saturday?

Live it up because we’ve got an extra hour to sleep in Sunday morning! (Parents can dream, right?) Daylight savings kicks in Sunday, November 3. Plan accordingly in the event you’re looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dia de los Muertos: Sugar and Skulls
Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park
10am – 4pm, $5 per participant
Reservations required: 763-559-6700

Celebrate the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead” while learning about animal skulls and skeletons, then decorating your own candy skulls. Traditional crafts, mask-making and more.

Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul
Noon-4pm; $11/adults, $9/students, $6/children 6-17
Free ages 5 & under

Mexican cultures observe this “Day of Dead” to better connect with ancestors. The History Center will offer dancing, music, crafts, food and a traditional Ofrenda (offerings) display.

Saturday Matinees for Kids: Skeletons in the Closet
Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Showtimes: 10am & noon; Make-and-take: 11am
Cost: $2-$4 suggested donation for show, $5 per craft & $3 per accompanying adult

This bilingual puppet show is a tale of children discovering their ancestors while learning about El Dia de lost Muertos. Stay after the show for a themed family craft workshop. Get the complete Saturday Matinee schedule here.


Saturday & Sunday, November 3, 2013

ExploraDome Show at the Bell Museum of Natural History
University Ave. & 17th Ave. SE, Minneapolis (U of M campus)

Schedule
2 p.m.  Andromeda’s Treasure

3 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
4 p.m.  Andromeda’s Treasure

Admission: ExploraDome tickets are sold separately from Bell Museum admission.
Show admission: $6/adults & seniors, $4 UMN students & children 3-17, free under 3.
Museum + Show package: $11/adults, $9/seniors, $7 students and children ages 3-17

Remember: The Bell Museum is free every Sunday!


 

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