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Oh Wow! So many fun free family outings this weekend.  Where do we start?  A little Shakespeare?  Maybe make a Mother’s Day gift for grandma? Or how about some outside time with the family – fishing?  You can also download free tickets to see a sequel to the Wizard of Oz.   Or, Hey it’s May already — attend the May Day Parade with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre!


“The choice of this production was born out of conversations about the tornado that hit North Minneapolis two years ago and how it affected us individually and our community as a whole. These conversations included how we respond ‘when our lives are blown around.’” – Artistic Director Kevin D. West


The Tempest
Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Friday, May 2, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

The Capri After School Theatre is winding up their short run of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” with its last performance on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  The really great thing about this production is that it is performed by students in modern English.  It’s a great way to introduce your kids to Shakespeare without having to whisper translations to them through the whole thing.  The story is also abridged – making it a little easier for little ones to sit through.


Create a flower planter with the Home Depot

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Home Depot Stores Everywhere
Saturday, May 3, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This month you and your kids can build a flower planter at the Home Depot Kids Workshop.  Wouldn’t this make a great mother’s day gift?  This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 12, but, Gianna has written about her family’s experience, and some of her kids were younger.  They’ll need more help.  Pre-Registration is recommended for this outing.

Did we mention free hot dogs?

Did we mention free hot dogs?

Kids Fishing Clinic
Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center 9750 Egret Boulevard Coon Rapids, MN
Saturday, May 3, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

We have had such up and down weather this spring.  Saturday looks like it will be near 60 and sunny.  If you just have to get out, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park’s Kids Fishing Clinic is for kids 5 and up. They canl learn about lure selection, casting, boat and water safety, fishing ethics and more. Plus — this is the good part – you and your kids will be served lunch – a hot dog, chips, and pop.  Just show up and register before 11:00 a.m.

Dorothy (Lea Michele) enlists the aid of friends old and new to help her save Oz from the Jester, the evil brother of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Screening of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Edina, Minnesota
Saturday, May 3, 2014; 10:00 a.m.

I posted this offer on Facebook earlier this week, and I can’t guarantee their are tickets still available, but it can’t hurt to try to download some if you are interested in seeing a sequel to The Wizard of Oz.    The movie will be shown in digital 3D and the rest of the world will not get to see this film until Friday May 9th.  Go here to get tickets.


May Day Festival and Parade
Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Sunday, Mary 4, 2014; Noon

To learn more about the May Day Parade and festival, Read Gianna’s Rrticle Here.

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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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