Archive for December, 2010

Caroling at Minnesota Institute of Arts, Sunday December 26th.

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Sunday, December 26th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Minnesota Institute of Arts will have their last performance of “Winterlights”. Costumed carolers will perform merry melodies in the museum’s halls.  Music will be performed by DeCantus, an ensemble of fifteen Victorian carolers performing traditional and modern holiday music.  What a great way to cap [...]

Kid-Friendly Christmas Services

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Obviously, I can’t begin to cover all of the Children’s Services in the Twin Cities and most people who want to go already have a connection to a church community, but if you are looking for a place to go to church this Christmas, here are a few churches that have kid-friendly services.  All of [...]

Best Free Sledding Hills in the Twin Cities

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to break out the sleds.  So where are the best places to sled for free in the twin cities? Minneapolis Parks suggests: Sunset Hill near Theodore Wirth Park or Columbia Golf Course.  The City of St. Paul offers a list of Sledding Hills here.  This list offers a description [...]

Lowry and Richardson Nature Centers Offers Raptors in the Yard – Sunday December 19, 2010

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Two parks in the Three Rivers Parks District are introducing live birds of prey this Sunday.  Learn their survival strategies, and find out why they live in captivity.  Bring your kids and your camera to either Lowry Nature Center or Richardson Nature Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is no fee [...]

Childish Films at Minneapolis Central: Toy Stories – Saturday, December 18, 2010 –

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The Hennepin County Library/Minneapolis Central and Children’s film curators for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival will present a pre-show art activity and educational intro for children’s film fans before the screening and Whole Foods always provides treats.  This month features Toys’ Stories: Films celebrate life with toys preceded by Choo Choo Bob’s Engineer Paul [...]

Celebrate Snow at the Red Balloon with Professor Sepoc Saturday, December 18th.

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The Red Balloon Bookshop and Professor Sepoc –  a Twin Cities area teacher, scientist, and writer — will celebrate all things snow this Saturday.  Make paper snowflakes and paper chains of mittens, boots, snow people, stars, hearts, fir trees, and other wintry shapes. Then listen to several snow-related books, including The Snowy Day and Snowflake [...]

Some Fun Family Links for the Weekend of December 11, 2010

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Pocket Your Dollars has some great Twin Cities deals.  My favorite is the Civil War Christmas.  My 5-year-old loves to watch Little Women on the Smile of Child Network every Monday, Wednesday & Friday Night.  I’m sure she would love to celebrate Christmas like Amy March.  Northern Cheapskate has two posts to check out.  She [...]

Critters Close Up at the Richardson Nature Center – Sunday December 12, 2010

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Meet some of the animals that live at the Richardson Nature Center this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. See a snake, salamander and turtle up close and see if they eat. Figure out what makes each of these animals unique.  There is no fee for this program, but the Three Rivers Park District [...]

Family Adoration at Holy Cross Catholic Church Sunday, December 12th

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Grandparents Bring your Grandkids…  Parents Bring your Kids…  Aunts and Uncles Bring your Nieces and Nephews…  Kids Bring your Parents… and Come Let Us Adore Jesus at a special Family Holy Hour celebrated by Father Menker Sunday, December 12th, At the Church of the Holy Cross,  (1621 University Ave, NE Minneapolis), Confessions at 2:15 – 2:45 [...]

Santa Claus Road Trip – Cambridge, MN – Saturday, December 11th

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Santa Claus will be visiting Cambridge, Minnesota on December 11th.  He will be at the GTI Cambridge Theatre and available for pictures from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  Then he will make his way to the Westside Commons Mall, 170 Birch St North, for more photo opportunities from noon to 2 p.m.  Westside Commons will also [...]

Meet Local Illustrators of Children’s Books Saturday 12/11/10

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The Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) and the Red Balloon Bookshop are collaborating on a really cool exhibit.  The BTAC is presenting an exhibit of prominent local children’s book illustrators running from January 7, 2010 to February 18, 2010.  This Saturday, December 11th, you can get a sneak preview of the illustrators being featured [...]

Skating at Rice Park open through February 6th

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The 2010/2011 Wells Fargo WinterSkate season in Rice Park is now open.  There are daily open skate hours through February 6th.  Check the WellsFargo WinterSkate calendar before you go, though.  Sometimes the rink is closed for special events.  Skating is Free, but skate rental is $2.00.

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies’ Philharmonic & Concertino Holiday Concert – Monday 12/6/10

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The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies is performing a Philharmonic & Concertina Holiday Concert at First Lutheran Church, 1555 – 40th Avenue Northeast in Columbia Heights on Monday, December 6th at 7 p.m.   Mary Sorlie and Barbara Flooding will be the conductors.

Wall-to-Wall Walker: A Free 10-Hour Open House — Saturday, December 4, 2010

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Saturday is Free First Saturday at the Walker.  Enjoy live music and art-making activities inspired by artists Alec Soth and Yves Klein. Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm.  Activities are recommended for ages [...]

Grand Meander – Saturday, December 4th

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Saturday, December 4th is a great day to do some Christmas shopping and have a bunch of free family fun at the Grand Meander on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.  Among other things, there will be Free Fire Truck Rides, soup tasting and other refreshments at several businesses, a visit from a hedgehog from Como [...]

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