The Wish List for January 12-14, 2014: If We Could Do It All…

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When we become parents, sometimes we have to compromise our entertainment choices for things like, um feeding our kids and stuff.  Most of the things we highlight on Family Fun Twin Cities takes into account that we don’t have unlimited entertainment budgets.  It’s nice to dream though.

Speaking of unlimited entertainment budgets, getting out on a date with the love of your life becomes more difficult once kids show up, too.  The going rate for babysitters in the Twin Cities is $10-$12/hour.  Once you pay a babysitter for 4 hours, pay a cover charge and get a drink or two and maybe a sandwich, even going out to see a local band starts to costs the same as a week’s groceries.  We’ve decided to add a date night item to our Wish List when we can.  We love our kids and want to spend as much time as possible with them, but sometimes, you just want to hang out with their dad.

Ramsey House

Friday – Date Night:

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions

Alexander Ramsey House,265 S. Exchange St.,Saint Paul, MN 55102
Friday, January 10, 2010; 7:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

There is no rule that you can’t take your kids to this, but I think it sounds like a great date night.  Learn about superstitions of Victorian society. and hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals .  The you can participate in fortune telling games in the parlor. This is tonight and reservations are required,.  If it interests you, hurry up and register and then call your babysitter.

Como SkiFriday – Family Night:

Friday Family Fun Night

Como Park Ski Center, 1431 North Lexington Pkwy, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Fridays, December 27 – February 7; 5:00pm-10:00pm.
Family (of 5): $60.00; Individual: $15.00
Ski with your family all night.  You can’t do this year round, so now is a good time.


Martina, the Cockroach and Perez the Mouse/La  Cucarachita Martina y El Raton  Perez

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Saturday, January 11, 2014; 11:00 a.m.
$5.00/person ($2.00 for neighborhood children)

This week at HOBT, the Cuban story off Martina the Cockroach will be told.  I think 11:00 a.m. is the perfect time for a family outing.  Not too early but you can still be done and hit the errands by noon.


Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

ExploraDome Show at the Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Saturday, January 11, 2013 1 p.m.  &  3 p.m.  (And Other Weekly Times)
$4.00 – $6.00 /pp (Limited Rush Tickets Available; Pre-Purchase Recommended




??????Open Skating

Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena North, 800 South Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116-2225
Admission: $3.00; Skate Rental/Sharpenging $4/pair

I was going to justify all my ice-skating posts by saying that you can only do it for a few weeks a year, but actually this Ice Arena is a year-round arena.  However, this is the time of year to get out and skate.  It makes winter a little more bearable to enjoy the weather a little.   Sometimes its nice to enjoy the weather indoors.  🙂


Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.Com



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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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