We Have Three Broken Boomboxes. What Do We Do With Them?

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My kid broke the fan yesterday.

My kid broke the fan yesterday.

Home Depot and Lowe’s offer opportunities to build things together.  The Works presents kids with the chance to take things apart to see how they work.  Leonardo’s Basement gives you a chance to create something new out of broken things.  So now enter, Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics.  Fix-It Clinics are based on the Dutch Repair Cafe‘s and would be a great way to show our kids how to put the skills and curiosity that these other venues instill into practical use.

My kids break things all the time. 

At Fix-It Clinics, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from a volunteer with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their item. Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the amount of stuff that gets thrown in the trash. 

toilet

Toilets are not on the list of things you can bring in. We had to figure this one out on our own.

The next fix it clinic is this Saturday, but if you can’t make that one, why not add one of the others to your schedule.  I’m going to encourage someone close to me to take a sweet little girl and her princess boombox.  If that doesn’t work, we are not that far from a Franconia Installation.

Upcoming Fix-It Clinics

Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair to a Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic. First come, first served. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job.

Saturday, July 20, noon – 4 p.m.
North Commons Community Rec Center, 1801 James Ave N., Minneapolis
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and learn more on Facebook

Saturday, August 10, noon – 4 p.m.
Eden Prairie Senior Center, 8950 Eden Prairie Road, Eden 
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and learn more on Facebook

Saturday, September 14, noon – 4 p.m.
University of Minnesota ReUse Warehouse, 883 29th Avenue SE, Minneapolis

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Thank goodness nothing was broken during this escapade.

Thank goodness nothing was broken during this escapade.

Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
McRae Park Rec Center, 906 E. 47th St., Minneapolis
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and learn more on Facebook

Sunday, November 10, noon – 4 p.m.
Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lakeshore Dr., Richfield
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and learn more on Facebook

Saturday, December 14, noon – 4 p.m.
St. Louis Park Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Dr., St. Louis Park

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Saturday, January 11, 2014, noon – 4 p.m.
The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave S., Minneapolis

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Saturday, February 8, 2014, noon – 4 p.m.
Arc’s Value Village, 2751 Winnetka Ave. N, New Hope

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For more details, including what you can and can’t bring, visit Hennepin County.


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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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