Wish List For The Weekend of January 24-26, 2014


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cartooonimage1Cartoon! — (Date Night?)

In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Sunday January 26, 213; 7:00 pm
Tickets: $12
This production intrigues me.  I would really like to see how they pull off the cartoon in a live action puppet show.  I’m trying to decide if this would be better for a family night out or a date night.  Although the show is based on the golden age of cartoons, I lean toward recommending this as a date night.  Starting at 7:00 p.m., this would be a late night for kids.  Breakdowns tend to happen between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. in my house, and I’d rather not be out when they happen.   If your kids are used to later nights and old-school cartoons — complete with a chainsaw chase scene and an anvil drop – this could be a fun family night too, but I’m recommending it as a date night.  Image Credit: In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre.

ASIArtist-Led Tour of Papercut! The Incredible Psaligraphy of Karen Bit Vejle

American Swedish Institute, Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Saturday, January 25, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Admission: $9 adults, $7 ages 62 +, $5  ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID. Free for ASI members and kids ages 5 and under

 This is the opening weekend of ASI’s exhibit “Papercut! The Incredible Psaligraphy of Karen Bit Vejle”; and on Saturday, the artist herself will be leading tours at 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. These are 30 minute tours which is kind
of a nice length for kids.  Tours are included with museum admission and don’t require reservations – which means, if you are reading this on Saturday morning, you can still go check this out.   It might be fun to come home and cut up the junk mail when you are done viewing this exhibit.  Image Credit: American Swedish Institute.


frostyfunfestivalFrosty Fun Fest

Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Saturday, January 25, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                         
Admission: Adults $5.00; Children $5.00; Families $20.00; Members; FREE for children ages 2 and under
Pre-Register Here

Winter isn’t over yet and here’s another chance to enjoy it as a family.  Frosty Fun Festival activities include ice skating (but bring your own skates), sledding and kick-sledding, ice bowling, ice mini-golf, and snowshoeing, sledding hill and boot hockey, a bonfire and concessions for sale with hot beverages, hot dogs, and snacks, a medallion hunt with prizes, winter art activities, puppet theater, the Dodge Olympics and Reindeer led sleigh ride ($5/family).

Image Credit: Dodge Nature Center


rollerskateCarnivalWinter Carnival: Royal Family Day Roller Skating

Saints North Inline & Roller Skating Center, 1818 Gervais Court, Maplewood, MN 55109
Saturday, January 25, 2014; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $6.00 or $5.00 with a Winter Carnival Button (Skate Rental is extra)

Sick of all the outdoor activities I’ve been posting about?  How about a summer-themed Family Roller Skating Night?  To go with the theme, there will be special summer themed games and prizes.  But, since it is part of Winter Carnival, there will be a visit from the Junior Royalty.


WinterOnTheHillWinter Carnival: Winter on the Hill

James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Avenue,St. Paul, MN 55102
Saturday, January 25, 2014 and  Sunday, Januar 26, 2014; 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday
Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17, free for MNHS members. $1 discount with a Winter Carnival button.
Reservations: recommended, call 651-297-2555

Celebrate Winter Carnival historically  by visiting the James J. Hill House.  You can participate and learn about both the indoor and outdoor winter indoor activities of the Hill family as well as view displays of Winter Carnival memorabilia. Some of the indoor activities include jigsaw puzzles and games; knitting, crocheting, small quilting projects in the Art Gallery and Drawing Room.


VHCPThe Very Hungry Caterpillar

Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Now through February 23, 2014
Tickets: $37-$47/pp

We have been anxiously awaiting The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Children’s Theatre.  I’ll be going on Friday and can’t wait to tell you all about it.  In addition to the story of our favorite gluttonous larvae, we will also see Eric Carle’s Little Cloud and The Mixed-up Chameleon.

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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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