The Free List — Stretching Our Summer Weekends to Three Days

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This week, I’m starting the weekend on Friday afternoon.  Summer is short enough.  We need that extra weekend day.  They’ll be time enough for work and chores in the cold months.  This was such a jam-packed weekend, that I couldn’t possibly cover everything.  If you don’t like my picks, check our calendars.

Other ideas that were tossed out there this weekend:  Anne offered several good reasons to go to Como Park and Zoo.  True, the carousel isn’t free this weekend, but it is always reasonably priced. Another good option, pick up the Creator’s Game at your local library and learn a little about the game of Lacrosse and its Minnesota connection.  Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day and we’ve compiled a list of activities here.  Didn’t I say this is a busy weekend?  We’re not done.  You can ride the Metro Green Line for free all weekend and Saturday has great activities planned.  And without further delay, here are my picks for the weekend:

During the preview days, the water park, located at Northeast Park, 1520 Johnson Street Northeast, will be open 1–6 p.m. (weather permitting).

During the preview days, the water park, located at Northeast Park, 1520 Johnson Street Northeast, will be open 1–6 p.m. (weather permitting).


Preview Day at Jim Lupient Water Park
Northeast Park, 150 Johnson Street Northeast
Friday, June 13, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

Experience the aquatic fun of Jim Lupient Water Park in Northeast Minneapolis for free on Friday afternoon.  It looks like the weather should be great for swimming.  If you like it enough that you want to return all summer, you can purchase a season pass while you visit.  The water park opens for its summer season on Saturday, June 14th and continues through August 24th.   It’s usual hours are weekdays 1:oo p.m. to 8:00  p.m. and weekends 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  For more information, visit or call 612-370-4937.

Click here to read the review by Common Sense Media

Minneapolis Movies in the Park – The Princess Bride
Lake Harriet Bandshell, West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Friday, June 13, 2014; Dusk

I know, I feature the Princess Bride every time I see it playing somewhere.  I just think its a great movie and the Lake Harriet Bandshell would be a great place to watch it.  Bring mosquito repellent though.  I remember being eaten alive there before.  Commonsense Media suggests that this movie is best for ages 8 and up.  It has some violent and possibly scary parts — but mostly they keep it light.  Probably the scariest part for small children would be the rodents of unusual size.


The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world.

 Doctor Doolittle The Musical
Staring Lake Amphitheatre, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
Friday, June 13, 2014 – Sunday, June 15, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 19, 2014 – Sunday, June 22, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

For the next two weekends, The Eden Prairie Players will be performing the musical adaptation of Doctor Doolittle.  Follow the antics of Doctor Doolittle and his animal friends as he fights a wrongful murder charge and searches for the Great Pink Sea Snail–the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.



AIno Kajaniemi

“My textiles are my way of thinking. I want to produce the objects of my wonderings into something concrete, so that I could understand them….The subjects of my works usually originate from the inmost of a human being: sorry, joy, uncertainty, guilt, tenderness and memories.”-Aino Kajaniemi

Dreams & Memories: Contemporary Tapestries by Aino Kajaniemi
Joan Mondale GalleryTextile Center; 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Saturday, August 16, 2014
Especially if you plan to do the Green Line Light Rail Tour, Saturday would be a great day to see the latest exhibition at the Textile Center. Finnish artist Aino Kajaniemi’s tapestries will be on display most of the summer.  I believe these beautiful works have enough fancy and mythology in them to make great story starters as you view them.


Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Minneapolis Riverfront — Downtown Minneapolis
Saturday, June 14, 2014 – Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a Father’s Day tradition for many families.  This is probably because there is so much for the whole family.  Besides music and art vendors, there is a classic car show with a motorcycle gallery.  There is also a Family Activities Area where your kids can unwind and take part in a variety of activities.  such as:

  • A birdhouse building station
  • Face painting
  • Caricature artist; and
  • A funny family photo opportunity with Venture Photography.



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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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