Archived: The Top Five Family Activities That I Would Love To Attend This Weekend

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Things are slowing down a bit this post-Winter Carnival weekend, but there are still some really great things to get out and do this weekend.  Thursday, February 13th: So, I kind of screwed up with the Scottish Ramble last week.  It is actually this weekend.  So, let’s give it a second chance this weekend!


Black Snowman at SteppingStone Theatre SquareThe Black Snowman: STILL GOING THIS WEEK

Steppingstone Theatre, 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Friday, February 7, 2014; 7:00 p.m. (and other dates/times through February 23, 2014)
Tickets: $12-$15/pp

You can read my review of the Steppingstone Theatre production Black Snowman HERE.  And later this week, I will add a link to my review of the book, The Black Snowman by Phil Mendez HERE.  Yesterday we read the book together.  My kids (even my four-year-old) surprised me with how much of the play they had really gotten.

Logo courtesy of Steppingstone Theatre.


cfans_asset_469370Saturday with a Scientist – Amazingly Adaptable Amphibians.  This is done, but you can still go to the Bell for free on Sundays.

Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Free with museum admission


I know I’ve been writing a lot about the Bell lately, but its because they have cool stuff going on.  For instance, on Saturday, in celebration of Charles Darwin’s 205th birthday they will have an amphibian centered Saturday with a Scientist event.  The scientist will be Ben Lowe, a UM PhD student researching the evolutionary biology of reptiles and amphibians. There will be hands on activities and close encounters with different species of frogs and salamanders. You and your family can earn different frog calls and find out fun ways to attract and protect amphibians in your own backyard.

Image Credit: Bell Museum of Natural History.

UntitledFamily Valentine Making Party – Done.  Happy Valentines Day.

Logan Recreational Center, Craft Room 105, 690 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN, US 55413
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$5/Residents; $9/Non-Residents
This is a Pre-Register Event

I guess if I had a problem with messes, I would be living in the wrong home.  But there is something to be said about leaving the mess somewhere else when you can.  On Saturday, the Minneapolis Parks invite you to create your own homemade valentines without making a mess at home! They will focus on both bulk Valentines you can make for classes and on one-of-a-kind valentines for the special people in your lives.  If you are like me and haven’t thought about Valentines yet, this could be a fun way to make them quick and relatively inexpensively.

Scottish RambleScottish Ramble — Oops this is the 16th.  You Still have time to go!!

Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, St. Paul, MN
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 11:00 am. – 6:00 p.m..
$5/Adults & Teens; $3/Seniors & Kids under 12

This is not something I’ve done yet, but its something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. The Scottish Ramble offers family activities and, if you want, kids and families can have their tartan’s blessed during the Kirken’ of the Tartans.  For more details check out their Schedule here and look for the smiley face next to the activity to indicate it is family friendly.  (FYI as of press time, they did not have the schedule up yet, but it is still promised).

Image Credit: ScottishRamble.Org.

 Baker Near-Wilderness LodgeFamily Snowshoeing – Done.

Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, 4001 County Road 24, Maple Plain, MN 55359
Sunday, February 9, 2014; 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$6-$7/person; Phone Registration Required: 765-559-6700

I don’t want to disappoint anyone by leaving out the winter activities.  This weekend you and your family can explore the snowy banks of Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement while searching for animal tracks.  Afterwards, the kids (and you?) will love warming up with a cup of cocoa. Equipment is part of the registration fee.

  Image Credit: Three Rivers Park District.

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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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