The Free List: Five Ways to Celebrate Spring


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Easter and Earth Day are kind of the herald’s of Spring in Minnesota.  We’ve finally moved away from the snow and into the April Showers. Here are five ways to celebrate spring this weekend.

The latest and greatest gadget is no substitute for true friendship!

The latest and greatest gadget is no substitute for true friendship!

The Nightingale – Pay-What-You Can Performance

Steppingstone Theatre, 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Saturday, April 26, 2014; 3:00 p.m.
Steppingstone Theatre’s adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s beautiful fairy tale, The Nightingale opens this weekend and runs through May 10th.  The first Saturday of each production is a pay-what-you-can performance.  Although they recommend a minimum of $5 per ticket, it is truly pay-what-you-can.  The Nightingale is a migratory bird, so it is kind of a sign of spring — just not in North America.

Director Mark Russel Smith and the GTCYS

Director Mark Russel Smith and the GTCYS

GTCYS Family Concert – Made in America

Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St Paul, MN 55102
Saturday, April 26, 2014; 11:00 a.m.

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies is performing a Family Concert of American composers on Saturday.  This interactive and educational concert is geared toward children ages 6 to 12.   To keep with our spring theme, they will feature Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland.


A portion of the proceeds from April 26th will go to Autism Society of Minnesota and Upstream Arts.

A portion of the proceeds from April 26th will go to Autism Society of Minnesota and Upstream Arts.

Sensory Friendly Party for Autism Awareness Month

Wild Rumpus, 2720 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Saturday, April 26, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

I don’t have a spring connection for this except that April is Autism Awareness Month and it’s also spring.  If you have a child who finds most parties too stimulating.  This party is geared for kids who like things a bit more organized and predictable. Join local author Nancy Carlson as she reads from her book, Armond Goes to a Party: A Book About Asperger’s and Friendship.


Bring the family for a fun weekend of activities, crafts and education programs

Bring the family for a fun weekend of activities, crafts and education programs

Party for the Planet

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Friday, April 25, 2014 – Sunday, April 27, 2014; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Back again this year, Party for the Planet with Como Park.  It’s a nice excuse to get to the zoo in spring and maybe you’ll come home with some new ideas for helping the planet as a family.


Kite25th Annual Kiwanis Kite Fly
Louisiana Oaks Park, 3500 Louisiana Ave. S., St. Louis Park, MN
Saturday, April 26, 2014; noon – 4:00 p.m.

We got a kite from the Easter bunny and then there was no wind by us on Sunday.  This weekend (weather permitting) the Minnesota Kite Socieity will be in St. Louis Park.  Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and bring lawn chairs or bring your own kite to fly.  There will also be free kites for kids while supplies last. The forecast has been back and forth for Saturday, but as I publish this, the odds look good.  However, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the make-up date is set for May 24th.

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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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