Wish List For The Weekend of December 6-8, 2013

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I usually gravitate toward the Free Lists for my weekend family outings, but this is a particularly awesome Wish List weekend.  If you want to do something really special any one of these outings would be a winner.

Image Credit: The Basilica of St. Mary

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a bilingual (Spanish/English) puppet show collaboration between the Basilica of St. Mary and In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre.  Performers include:  Basilica musicians, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre; Basilica  & Loring Park neighborhood children and youth, and Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dancers.  I can only imagine that this will be a beautiful pairing.

All Tickets are General Admission $15.00 Ages 6+.  Free Under 5.

Photo Credit: Twin Cities Model Railrod Museum
Photo Credit: Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum

Night Trains

I once read an article about how people in the extreme north get through winter with so little daylight and so much coldness.  One of the tricks was to put up holiday lights early and leave them up well into the new year. Night Trains Season reminds me a little of this tradition. The Twin City Model Railroad Museum begins this special Holiday display the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and it runs every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February.  Throughout the museums, the model railroad displays are decked out with lights and snow.

$8.00 for Individuals; $25.00 Family; $30.00 Extended Family rate; Children under 5 Free


Image Credit: Minnesota Historical Society

Image Credit: Minnesota Historical Society

 A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House

Alexander Ramsey House 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
December 4-8, 11-15, 18-22 and 26- 29, 2013; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wed-Sat, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sun
Reservations: required; call 651-296-8760 or online.

My favorite American Girl Doll was Samantha.  Are there still Samantha fans out there?  This would be a great outing for a girl and her doll (I think dolls are free) to experience a Victorian Christmas. The tour includes a free cookies made in a wood burning stove and Christmas music played on a Steinway piano. Afterwards, you can hit Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items.

$11 adults, $9.00 seniors and college students, $7.00 ages 6-17; $3.00 discount for MHS members.

Jungle Theatre
Image Credit: Jungle Theater
Saturdays For Jungle Kids!
The Jungle Theater,    2951 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408
Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21  at 11am

 Saturday is the first of three opportunities to catch Wendy Lehr as Mrs. Peterson as she performs a theatrical of five books that explore the connection betwen humans and animals.  During the readings, pictures from the book are projected onto the stage.

Tickets $6.00

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


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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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