The Free List – Five Family Outings for August 8th-10th

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Everyone wants to get as much fun as possible piled in before school starts.  There is no shortage of fun activities to do with our families this weekend.  I have five suggestions, but if you are looking for more, check our calendars.  Or read about the Irish Fair in Gianna’s Inbox Article.  T

Friday Night


Eric Poses, owner of All Things Equal, is hitting the road in a custom RV for 8 weeks and traveling all over North America.

Meet the Inventor / Game Days — All Things Equal Board Games
Games by James, Level 3 Mall of America, 358 E Broadway, Bloomington
Friday, August 8, 2014; 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

I find it hard to think about board games in August; I just want to be outside. However, if you are getting a little bored of your usual family game night options, you can head out to the Mall of America on Friday night to meet the creator and owner of the board game company, All Things EqualEric Poses is recreating his original 1997 sales tour when he sold games out of the trunk of his car to independent game stores.  Since 1997 the company has expanded and these games  can be found at more than 5000 retailers.  True to its independent roots, the games are still made in America and claim to promote active minds.

Common Sense Media gives this film an Age Recommendation of 13+. Click here to read more of their review.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — anyone?
Staring Lake Amphitheatre, 14800 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie
Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville
Normandale Lake Bandshell, West 84th Street, Bloomington
Friday, August 8, 2014; Dusk

The stars must have aligned for this movie on this night, because three Twin Cities parks are showing it.  Obviously you know your kids best, but Common Sense Media recommends Catching Fire for ages 13+, so this may be an outing for a more mature family.  However, if you have kids who will sleep anywhere and you want to see the movie, you could take a blanket (and some bug spray) and just let them sleep through it while you get a date night.  Your other friday night movie in a park option is Mars Attacks at Lake Harriet.  This one has a 12+ rating — again a little mature, but Fort Wilson Riot is opening the night, so that might sweeten the deal a little for you.  It does for me.  I’m debating the great band and movie versus the Lake Harriet parking nightmare and my kids’ inability to sit still for movies this year. It’s a tough choice.



Golf shoes, indoor soccer shoes, or tennis shoes only. No cleats allowed. Bring your own soccer ball or rent one for $5.

Footgolf Clinic and Open House

Columbia Golf Club, 300 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Saturday, August 9, 2014; 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Footgolf is the latest attempt to make golf cool.  Don’t want to hit a little ball into a little hole with a club?  How about kicking a soccer ball into a bigger hole?  Obviously, this doesn’t sound appealing to me, but I think rest of my family would LOVE it.  Columbia Golf Course also happens to be in my neighborhood, so all that combined with free food, means we’ll probably do this.  The course will be open for just FootGolfers and introductory clinics will be offered all evening. Bring your own soccer ball or rent one for $5. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be provided! For more information check go to  FootGolf Minnesota and the American FootGolf League.

Castle Day

I can’t add much to this, except that it looks like a great deal of fun.


This could be part of your scavenger hunt this month!

Family Day – Inside Out

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
Sunday, August 10, 2014; 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday is supposed to be hot and muggy and probably rainy.  So how about a family day at the MIA.  When the weather permits, explore the green spaces and when it gets uncomfortable go inside.  Did you know that Finland is the birth place of Angry Birds?  That is just one of the things we learned when we visited the Finland exhibit.  Get all the details on this month’s Family Day at the MIA Website.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

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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