The Free List – Top Five Free Family Events This Weekend

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Oh, it is summer, finally!  I took Gianna’s advice on her 5-Step Summer Planning this year, and my family’s dance card is full from now until school starts.  It’s amazing how much the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota have to offer.  I would like to do everything on the Free List this weekend, but we have to be reasonable.  We’re going to the Cat In The Hat on Friday night (see my review next week) and a school party on Saturday.  If we get to Flint Hills on Sunday, we won’t leave time for errand running or (God forbid) housework.  Not that I’m complaining.  If you don’t have a plan for the weekend, below are five great options and there is plenty more on The Calendar.

Friday Night

Click on this image to read the full review at Common Sense Media.

Outdoor Movie: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Johnstock, Between 28th and 29th on Johnson Street Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418
Friday, May 30, 2014; Dusk

I really wish we could make it to this movie.  I haven’t seen it in ages, but I’ve been thinking about introducing it to my kids since Art-A-Whirl when Well Trained Monkey played Tequila. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages 6 and up because of some potentially scary parts, but admits there are plenty of parts that younger kids would find hilarious.

This is really just the kick off to a great neighborhood celebration. On Saturday, they will have a free bounce house (at least they did last year) and a magic show and some inspiring local artists selling their craft. Last year there was a wonderful upcycled puppet maker and several other kid-friendly booths.

Saturday & Sunday

Flint Hills International Children’s Festival
The Ordway and Surrounding Parks,  345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN
Saturday, May 31, 2014 and Sunday, June 1, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Not everything at the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival is free, but there are enough free activities to keep a family busy for the entire day if you choose to go that long.  Gianna has more details here.  Parking can be either expensive or difficult — depending on your tolerance levels. You can download a free bus pass from Metro Transit here.  In our family, bus rides always increase the fun and decrease the hassle.

Discover Aviation Days at Anoka County Airport

Discover Aviation Days at Anoka County Airport

Discover Aviation Days
Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport Rd NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Saturday, May 31, 2014 and Sunday June 1, 2014

Do you have little airplane lovers in your family? They may LOVE Discovery Aviation Days.  Plus, I hear there are pancakes involved! That’s almost a good enough reason to go by itself.



Be Among The First To Check Out Bedlam Lowertown

Be Among The First To Check Out Bedlam Lowertown

Bedlam Lowertown Grand Opening Party
Bedlam Lowertown, 213 East Fourth St., St. Paul, MN 55101
Saturday, May 31st, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00.a.m.
Bedlam Theatre is celebrating the grand opening of their Lowertown venue on Saturday.  I did an overview of the kid-friendly portions of this celebration HERE.



Grand Old Day
Grand Avenue, St. Paul
Sunday, June 1, 2014

It seems like there are a lot of reasons to go to St. Paul this weekend, including Grand Old Day.  Anne has the details on this and several other events in her St. Paul Round Up.

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Joy Peters

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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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