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This weekend is a quiet weekend for free activities, but I found a few gems.  You can find more on our Free Calendar. Other free ideas: head over to your local library to check out a book by our featured local author, Dara Dokas or sample a Music Together class.  Oh! Or you could just go to a park and play outside!!  I’m so happy to see signs of spring!


Image Credit: Red Balloon Bookshop

Image Credit: Red Balloon Bookshop

Minnesota Book Award-Young People’s Literature Readings
Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Friday, March 21, 2014; 7:00 pm

The Red Balloon is hosting four local authors — all Minnesota Book Awards Finalists in the category of Young People’s Literature.  The authors will be reading from their book and talking to the audience.  Light refreshments will be served.  This would be the perfect outing for book groupies.  The Four authors are:

WAM@20: Paper Now - July 6, 2014

WAM@20: Paper
Now – July 6, 2014


WAM@20: Paper
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Now through July 6, 2014; Saturday and Sunday Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is always free at the Weisman Art Museum, so its easy to overlook.  This quiet weekend would be a great weekend to pull this one out of our back pockets. On Saturdays and Sundays, the “Weisguides” lead free public tours at 1:00 p.m.  The Weisman is celebrating its 20th birthday in its current location.  Now through July 6th, they are featuring the exhibit WAM@20: PAPER, which highlights the various artistic mediums that use paper.

Photo Credit: Cultural Society of Cultural Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA)

Photo Credit: Cultural Society of Cultural Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA)


Phillipine Day
Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth  Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
Sunday, March 23, 2014; Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Technically, Phillipine Day is NOT part of the Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition Program, but if you are enjoying that series, this is another chance to learn about another culture.  Join the Cultural Society of Filipino Americans for this celebration of their heritage.  As with the Urban Expedition program, your family can get a little taste of the Phillipine culture through dance, activities and food.

Let's Get stARTedLet’s Get Started: Spring Bloom: Watercolor Leaf Prints
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E,  St. Anthony, MN 55421
Sunday, March 23, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is another activity that I really enjoy, but tend to set on the backburner.  Show up at Silverwood Park and try your hand at the art activity of the month.  This month make Watercolor Leaf Prints.  This is a fun activity for the whole family, because you’re given the tools and any encouragement that you would like, but the final product is up to you.  A two-year-old may end up fingerpainting his chest while a grade school age child could make something you want to frame.  Mom and dad can create alongside the kids, too.  During the same time, there is an artist led tour of the Silverwood grounds or you can strike out on your own or just sit in the coffee shop and sip lattes while the kids play with the open-ended toys provided.  I love this for a lazy Sunday afternoon with no rules or structure or expectations.  Just family.

Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for

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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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