The Free List – Things I’d Rather Be Doing Than Cleaning This Weekend!


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This is a busy weekend.  My husband and I made a commitment to stay home and work on preparing our small home for another small person, but then I HAD to add the Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood and who wants to pass up Riverfront Fest (and, don’t tell my husband, but I might try to spring Ówamni on them, too).  That doesn’t even touch on the Art Fairs: Uptown, Loring Park and Powderhorn.  I’d really like to go mini-golfing at Walker Art Center during Free First Saturday.  Anne had some great suggestions for Nature Playgrounds.  Oh, and then there is the Fringe Festival — I got a great coupon in the mail for that.  But I’ll work that all out — maybe do some cleaning and reorganizing.  What will you be doing?  Here are my four top pics.

This is the real deal in a backyard! For Free.

This is the real deal in a backyard! For Free.

ALL WEEKEND:

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood by Mary Lynn Dobson
Presented by Front Porch Theatre, a backyard family-friendly theatre show
Nightly Friday, August 1, 2014 – Sunday August 3, 2014; 6:30 p.m.
The residence of Michael and Joy Donley, 1829 Burr Street, Maplewood, MN 55117

This weekend attend a special backyard performance of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.  Gianna — who is very excited about this — has all the details Here. This is a free performance, but free will donations are appreciated.


Riverfront Fest is a perfect chance to kick back and enjoy a mid-summer evening with friends and neighbors, amongst a host of outdoors entertainment:

Riverfront Fest is a perfect chance to kick back and enjoy a mid-summer evening with friends and neighbors, amongst a host of outdoors entertainment:

FRIDAY:

Riverfront Fest
Friday, August 1, 2014; 5:30 p.m. to Sunset
Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water St. NE, Minneapolis

Seeing the Twin Cities River Rats has been on my family’s summer to-do list for a few years now.  Friday night offers a great opportunity at the e Riverfront Festival.  Besides the family viewing of the River Rats, there will be activities for the kids and craft beer for the parents.  There will also be food trucks — but you can always keep to the picnic in the part theme of this summer.  End the evening with music by Tangled Roots and Wain McFarlane and Jahz.  View the flyer to the right in full-size .pdf form here.


SATURDAY:

his new one day event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, a movie under the stars and more.

his new one day event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, a movie under the stars and more.

Ówamni: Falling Water Festival
Saturday, August 2, 2014; 2:00 p.m. until Sunset
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 

It has been my experience that great  festivals snowball in attendance year after year.   After awhile, some of them get too crowded to make them worth my family’s time.  With that in mind, this would be a good year to go to the Ówamni: Falling Water Festival. This is the first year of this event that celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food,  and a test screening of a brand new independent film!


All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last

Home Depot Kids Workshop – Build a Mini-Crate Pencil Holder
Saturday, August 2, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to noon
Your Local Home Depot – Register Online

Build a Mini-Crate Pencil Holder

Get excited about the impending school year with a Mini-Crate Pencil Holder?  To learn more, read about when Gianna’s family attended a Home Depot Workshop.


 

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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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