The Free List – Five Groovy Outings and a Birdhouse


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Kidstock, Woofstock, Butterflies and Concrete & Grass and a celebration of 40 years of the Wedge.  I think this weekend we all need to pull out our inner hippie and get GROOVY.  (Or you can go to the home depot and make a birdhouse.  Your call.)  If you’re not feeling the groove with any of these activities, but still want to get out and have some fun with the family, we have more suggestions on our Family Fun Calendars.

Study for your date with this interactive Hansel & Gretel Game.

Study for your date with this interactive Hansel & Gretel Game.

Concrete and Grass Music Festival

Mears Park, 221 E 5th St, St Paul, MN 55101
Thursday, September 4, 2014 through Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Lowertown Concrete & Grass Music Festival has traditionally been one of my favorite outdoor festivals.  They don’t try to pack a ton into it.  It’s just music and other stage performances.  This year seems even more laid-back than usual. I am most excited about going on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.  That is when the Minnesota Opera will be doing a season preview.  This year they are doing Hansel and Gretel — my all time favorite opera and a great starter opera for kids.  Visit the Concrete & Grass website for full details.  IF you want to learn more about Hansel and Gretel, check out this interactive Hansel & Gretel Opera Game.


MacPhailKidstock

MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis
Saturday, September 6, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Kidstock is an Open House held by MacPhail Center for Music for Kids eight and under.  It’s designed to allow children to play, explore and create while parents can get an idea of what MacPhail has to offer. This is also a CD Release concert for the lastest CD by the MacPhail Early Childhood Music teachers.  We have one of these in our regular music rotation.  The music is appealing to adults and children and my husband, who is a musician who has taught music to children, says they sneak in music and singing lessons without making it too instructional.   Other activities include sampling instruments and classes, outdoor activities, and music-themed art projects.  As a final incentive — FREE TREATS!


This is my dog.  He's still too naughty for outings.

This is my dog. He’s still too naughty for outings.

Linden Hills Woofstock

Build a Wizard of Oz TM Birdhouse

Build a Wizard of Oz TM Birdhouse

Home Depot Stores
Saturday, September 6, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This will be our first Home Depot Kids Workshop (although Gianna’s family has gone and she shared their experience here).  The first Saturday of the month always seems really busy.  Every time I’ve found a Home Depot project my kids might like, Walker Art Center had an awesome Free First Saturday planned, so we chose that outing instead.  This week we have to go to Home Depot because my kids have both been asking for birdhouses to hang outside their bedroom windows and have been kind of into the Wizard of Oz (Thanks to Stages Theatre and their production of the Wiz).


Image Courtesy of Minneapolis Parks -- September 2009 Photo by Scott A. Schneider for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. sallenschneider@comcast.net

Image Courtesy of Minneapolis Parks — September 2009
Photo by Scott A. Schneider for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
sallenschneider@comcast.net

Minneapolis Monarch Festival

49th Street and Woodlawn Boulevard, east of the Nokomis Community Center.
Saturday, September 6, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you been to the Minneapolis Monarch Festival before, note that its in a different location due to flooding.  Celebrate the flight of the Monarch from Minnesota to Mexico with activities, live music and dance, a kids fun run and food.  More information can be found at www.monarchfestival.org.  Want to study for this date?  Nova has The Incredible Journey of the Butterfly available on its site or below.


Wedge 40th-site-header40th Anniversary Block Party

22nd Street between Lyndale and Garfield Avenues
Sunday, September 7, 2014; Noon to 6:00 p.m.

The Wedge Food Co-op is celebrating 40 years with food, live music and a chance to meet the farmers who grow our local produce. This event will be a zero waste event, thanks to support from Eureka Recycling.  For more information and transportation and/or parking options, go to the Wedge’s website.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

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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