The Free List: Five Fabulous Free Things To Do With Your Family This Weekend

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As usual, it was hard to narrow done the options this week.  I think at some point or another, I’ve committed to way more things than I can possibly do this weekend.  Here are my picks for this weekend.  (Sorry St. Paul, this is really Minneapolis-centric this week).

Cookies, Cocoa and Story Time with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Friday, February 7, 2014; 6:30 – 7:30pm
Minneapolis Creative Kidstuff, Creative Kidstuff, Upton Avenue South, Minneapolis
Creative Kidstuff Caterpillar Story time

My middle guy and I are are still really into The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  It’s always been his favorite book, but now that we saw the CTC production, he just can’t get enough.  The Minneapolis Creative Kidstuff location is hosting a special story hour Friday night.  Besides a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, there will be cookies and cocoa. You can also enter a drawing for a family 4 pack of tickets to the Children’s Theater Company production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle favorites. While you are there take advantage of free e Caterpillar hugs and photo opportunities!  Image Credit: Creative Kidstuff.

Tess SnowmanBuild a Snowman Village

Saturday, February 8, 2014; noon – 2:30 p.m.
Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S, Minneapolis

It’s February.  So, as usual, winter is starting to wear thin for me.  And seriously, my kids cry if they touch snow.  My materplan to get outside more this winter has gone well.  However, my husband and I have agreed we need to keep tyring.  Six weeks is a long time to just endure.  So here’s an outdoor option: Build a Snowman Village.  It’s kind of like a collaborative community art project — with snow.  All the natural materials will be provided by Minneapolis parks. They are also providing snowshoes to try out when you are ready for a break from snowman building.  Of course what is snowman building without hot cocoa or cider?  The park board is providing that too.


Do It Green Clothing SwapDo It Green! Clothing Swap

Saturday, February 8th, 2:00-3:30pm
Midtown Global Market Conference Room (lower level), 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis

Exchange your clothes for free!  I really wish I hadn’t just dropped off several boxes of clothes at the thrift store, because my boys are growing at a remarkable speed.  If you have clothes to trade, bring them to Midtown Global Market Saturday afternoon. Trade them in for different things.  Image Credit: Do It Green Facebook Page.

MIAFamily Day: Rainbow Riot

Sunday, February 9, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis
Family Day at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is always one of my favorite monthly kid-friendly events.  The really cool think about the MIA is that it can be really crowded and you can still find a quiet little space of your own.  Plus, they are really just one of the most family-oriented places in town that is not necessarily made for kids or family.  You expect the Children’s museum to be have a space for nursing babies for instance, but the fact that the MIA does is just really impressive to me. This month’s Family Day is all about the color spectrum. Craft a kaleidoscope, create a rainbow collage, and explore works of art in every color under the sun.  You can View the full schedule here.

Open Mic at Coffee Shop NE

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Coffee Shop NE, 2852A Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis

Everyone has their favorite coffee shop.  The Coffee Shop NE happens to be mine.  Partially because it is in my neighborhood, but mostly because it is run by cool people who care about local art and music.  So, I think it is really cool that they have family-friendly open mic nights.  You can come and listen to people perform or you can sign up and perform yourself.

Open Mic

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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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