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Family Fun: Home Depot’s Kids Workshops
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Go West, Young Man (and Women)
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Southern Hospitality
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards — Southeastern Fun
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‘The Science Behind Pixar’ @Science Museum This Summer
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Twin Cities June Family Events & Activities Guide
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FFTC’s Guide to Free and Cheap Summer Movies
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Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park
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FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities
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St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

Family Fun: Home Depot’s Kids Workshops

Home Depot Kids Workshop
First Saturday of the month
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Registration is encouraged. Find the next workshop here.

Home Depot Kids WorkshopOn the bright first Saturday morning in March, Chris–the husband and daddy–packed up the girls and drove to Menards, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.  They were on a mission to buy the supplies needed to redo our bathroom.  What they ran into was the opportunity to build.  They all came home extremely excited and chitty-chatty.  Meanwhile, the boys were beside themselves with envy having to wait until the following month. Read More

Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Go West, Young Man (and Women)

Apple Orchards Go West

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

TWIN CITIES WEST METRO APPLE ORCHARDS

Apple Jack Orchards | Delano

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Apple Jack Orchards in Delano, Minnesota, could be one of those day-long fall destinations. There’s just that much going on there. And perhaps that’s what you’re looking for – an orchard packed with activities to appeal to every age in your family. Or, if slipping away from the hubbub and wandering among the apple trees sounds more up your alley, we’ve had that experience there, too. Read More

Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Southern Hospitality

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

TWIN CITIES SOUTH METRO APPLE ORCHARDS

Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest | Jordan

Driving into Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard is driving into Apple Land. I know there is no such place as Apple Land, but I just created it in my head.

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Twin Cities Apple Orchards — Southeastern Fun

Southeast Metro Apple Orchard

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO APPLE ORCHARDS

Whistling Well Farm | Hastings

Southeast Metro Apple OrchardThis is a quaint orchard that welcomes you to enjoy farm life. Named for the whistling well on their property, Whistling Well Farm is run by Charlie and Carol Johnson — and sons Chad and Neal. With no entrance fee, you are welcome to roam around the farm at your leisure.

Whistling Well Farm has all the basic amenities of a typical orchard: gift barn, food barn, and animals. They have a donkey and a goat. While the animals didn’t do much when we were there, they were still fun for the kids to see.

Whistling Well Farm is maintained with the help of a springer spaniel named Emmy. In fact, she has her own picture book for sale (written by Charlie). They also sell small stuffed replicas of her.

But the best part of Whistling Well Farms? The chickens!

I can guarantee that your children will spend the rest of your visit in the chicken coop coaxing the non-hungry chickens into eating more corn from their hands. I must admit, it was lots of fun to have the chickens actually eat out of your hands!

Or, if your children have no interest in actually feeding the chickens, they may take corn kernel by corn kernel out of the cob and make a pile of feed for the chickens.

For its unique farm experience, I recommend Whistling Well Farm.  It is worth the drive.

Orchard notes
Open: Picking season begins around Labor Day, check their website or call to confirm.
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm
Cost: Free admission and limited children’s activities
Picking & details: Stop by the farm and pick up some apples, visit with the goats and chickens, and make a wish at the whistling well with all donations going to local charities. The orchard’s Apple Festival runs the first three weekends in October.

Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard | Hastings

Open: Mid-Sept-Oct
Hours: Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm
Cost: Free admission, fees for additional activities
Picking & details: Enjoy the fall season at this beautiful orchard on the St. Croix River. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and, for more family fun, take a tractor pulled wagon ride to the corn maze (weekends only) mid-September to October. Straw Mountain and the Apple Express are popular with kids and all ages will enjoy a visit to the barnyard. The Food Wagon is open on weekends, from late September through late October. Catch the Annual Apple Festival with fun family activities running the first two weekends of October.

McDougall’s Apple Junction | Hastings

Please note: This orchard is now permanently closed.

This is the perfect Mom-and-Pop apple orchard. It’s a fairly sizable orchard with more than fifteen varieties of apples, and admission into the orchard is free on weekdays!

As you drive into the property, a fun atmosphere welcomes you. The Apple House and Outdoor Market supply you with many different opportunities for purchasing their own honey roasted peanut butter, apple paraphernalia, already picked apples, pumpkins, chrysanthemums,  and the ultimate favorite for everyone in our family: Pick Your Own Apples. While we were visiting, the Haralson apples and Honeygold were available for PYO.

The apple trees at McDougall’s are well tended. They are small which makes it possible for you to reach almost all the way to the top. And full of apples. They are pruned for maximum fruit bearing.

The Apple Junction Playland at the back of the yard has a $3 admission fee for kids. There is also a suggested 50 cent donation to climb the newly constructed Observation tower just outside the playland.

The playland is intended for children ages 10 and under and contains a children’s maze, all terrain trikes, slides, swings, a climbing wall, sand box, a thirty-two foot wooden train, milking a (pretend) cow, and a small prize.

Apple Junction also has a goat mountain (read: goat pen that has a mountain of straw for the goats to play on!), a straw mountain for humans to play on, new duck races, a calf named Cupcake, and some bunnies. There are also plenty of picture stops.

If you want to, you can take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and come back with pumpkins for the season. Each fall they host a Pumpkin Festival and an Apple Festival. This is a dynamite orchard and is definitely worth the trip!

Orchard Notes
Location:
14325 110th St S., Hastings, MN, 55033
Hours:
Open daily from 10am – 6pm
Picking:
Click here for an update on what varieties are currently being picked in the orchard.

Orchard Notes
Location:
8973 St. Croix Trail South, Hastings, MN 55033
Hours: Open daily 9am – 6pm through November.
Picking: Click here to see what’s currently pickin’ at Whistling Well Farm.


‘The Science Behind Pixar’ @Science Museum This Summer

This summer, the Science Museum of Minnesota hosts The Science Behind Pixar opening June 9, 2017. As all things developed by Pixar and The Walt Disney Company, you will be blown away by this exhibit.
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Developed at the Museum of Science, Boston, The Science of Pixar is an all-encompassing tour through the steps of how a Pixar movie is made.  There is a reason that these movies are magical.

And it’s all based on science.

 

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Twin Cities June Family Events & Activities Guide

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Wheel Fun RentalsThis guide is brought to you by Wheel Fun Rentals.

For over 25 years, Wheel Fun Rentals has 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.

 


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FFTC’s Guide to Free and Cheap Summer Movies

Summer movies are a classic choice to enjoy together — especially outside in the parks where they are free! And for an indoor option to beat the summer heat, movie theaters with free or bargained price summer programs are also scattered around the Twin Cities.


Wheel Fun RentalsThis guide is brought to you by Wheel Fun Rentals.

For over 25 years, Wheel Fun Rentals has 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.


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Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park

Cafesjian’s Carousel

Cafesjian's Carousel in como park11 a.m.-4 p.m.
FREE Ride dates for 2017:
  • May 30, Memorial Day
  • July 4, Independence Day
  • July 25, National Carousel Day
  • August 24, State Fair opens
  • Sept. 4, Labor Day

Last year, Cafestian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park expanded their hours to include all Mondays. It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit the beautiful antique merry-go-round when the temps are cooler and the price is unbeatable. For those of you who love a Minnesota State Fair connection, the hand-carved horses called the Fairgrounds home until the 1980’s. A St. Paul couple saved the carousel from the auction block, carefully restored the horses, and eventually were able to raise enough money for the carousel’s permanent pavilion in Como. Read More

FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

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Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in the Twin Cities? We get it — the annual bash is a big deal, and as parents, we want to make our kids’ birthday parties the best EVER. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities metro area offers a plethora of birthday party venues from which to choose. We’ve rounded up over 100 of these Twin Cites party places to give you some inspiration for your next birthday celebration! Read More

St. Patrick’s Day: Fun at Home or Around Town

It’s the luck of the Irish that makes St. Patrick’s Day fall on a Friday, so we can party all weekend.  There is a lot of fun happening around town including two parades and some celebrations.

Also, if you would rather stay in, we have included some ideas for you to use at home.
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March 17St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations around theTwin Cities

St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Friday, March 17.  Noon. Rice Park. FREE)

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration (Friday, March 17. 10 am-5 pm. Landmark Center. $5-$7)

St. Patrick's Day at The Landmark Center

Image courtesy of the Landmark Center


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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I love this “holiday.” It’s a fun one for me because there are no expectations. If we forget it, it’s okay–nobody is worse for the wear. If we celebrate it, EVERYONE in the family has fun.


St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Home

 

Lucky Rainbow Chain for St. Patrick’s Day from Crafty Morning

Clover Sun Catcher from Pink Stripey Socks
St. Patricks DayShamrock Shake Copycat Recipe from Babble

One suggestion I would make for the shake is start with 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract and then add to taste!


 

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