Archive for April, 2011

Target Free Third Sunday at the Children’s’ Museum — Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Don’t forget — Families can wander the Minnesota Children’s Museum for free every third Sunday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  These are usually crowded events, so leave strollers at home and be prepared for zombified children and harried adults.  This is one of the few places where I also make a point to bring hand [...]

Free Family Fun Days: Long-necked Birds Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Saturday between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, join the North Mississippi Regional Park staff and learn about Skeows, swamp pumpers, and long-legged garoos! Discover the wonders of herons and cranes, how to tell the difference between them, and where they live in our parks.

Bird Banding at Lowry Nature Center – Saturday, April 16, 2011

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On Saturday, Lowry Nature Center is the place to to take your family to see wild songbirds being safely trapped, studied and tagged with numbered rings. You may even get a chance to hear a bird’s heartbeat and help release it.  This activity is restricted to participants age 5 and older.

Wood Lake Nature Center’s Earth Day Celebration — Operation Buckthorn — Sunday April 17, 2011

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Roll up your sleeves and use your muscles to help in a park-wide buckthorn pull at Woodlake Nature Center.  Refreshments will be served following the event.  Please bring work gloves if you have them.  All ages are encouraged to help.

Open House at Leonardo’s Basement Minneapolis Campus – Sunday April 17, 2011

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Leonardo’s Basement is hosting an open house of their Minneapolis Campus on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.  There will be building fun for all ages. Leonardo’s Basement is an innovative educational organization for children and their families that creates an imaginative learning environment where girls and boys ages 6 to 16 design and build their creative ideas, [...]

MacPhail’s Free Music Family Series: Clicks, Claps and Clunks – Music from the Heart featuring The Minnesota Percussion Trio – Saturday, April 16, 2011

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On Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, MacPhail Center for Music will present another of its Free Music Family Series.  This time experience unusual and surprising instruments like 5 gallon buckets, tin cans and spoons with the Minnesota Percussion Trio.  Plus enjoy treats, an art project, and hands-on time with the instruments. MacPhail Center for [...]

Make-and-Take Art Activity Based on Perfect Square with Artist Ellen Ferrari at the Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, April 16, 2011

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On Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., The Red Balloon Bookshop will feature Artist Ellen Ferrari with a Make-and-Take Art Activity based on the book, Perfect Square by Michael Hall. With Ellen’s guidance, participants will have the opportunity to transform their own perfect square of colorful paper by cutting, ripping, pasting, and punching holes [...]

Open Book Family Day: Saturday, April 16, 2011

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Open Book Family Day is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts studios and throughout Open Book.  Open Book Open House is an event when MCBA opens its doors and shares a variety of cultural experiences with local writers, publishers and artists. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and [...]

Childish Films Shorts Fest! — Saturday, April 16, 2011

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This Saturday, Childish Films will feature artistic, imaginative, award-winning short films for kids picked fresh from the film festival circuit. Showtime is at 10:30 AM at Minneapolis Central Library.  Local filmmaker and dance choreographer Tammara Melloy and cast  will be on hand to demonstrate dances from her film Oh, Wow!. Oh, Wow! Tammara Melloy, Minneapolis, [...]

Celebrate Earth Day with Midtown Global Market on April 16, 2011

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Celebrate Earth Day with Midtown Global Market on Saturday from 12 – 5 p.m.!  This year’s theme is “Water” and guests will have the opportunity to learn about different organizations throughout the state that deal with water pollution and water conservation.  Activities will include the 2nd Annual MGM Recycled Art Fair, sustainable cooking demonstrations, Art [...]

Fun Time Saturday at Creative Kidstuff: Make a Kite – Saturday April 16, 2011

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This week is Fun-Time Saturday at Creative Kidstuff.  Make your own kite at any of their neighborhood locations between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p. m.

Make a Save the Earth Tote Bag at Lakeshore Learning- Saturday April 16, 2011

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Lakeshore Learning offers crafts for kids every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This week create an Earth-friendly tote that children can decorate themselves—and use again and again.

Encore Screening of Instrumental Movies — Childish Films at Brookdale Library on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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  On Tuesday at 10:30, Brookdale Library will play an encore viewing of Instrumental Movies.  Before the movie, make a music-inspired book with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Staff.  Then, ignite your imagination by watching a program of beautiful, old-style animated films featuring instruments as characters. Tubby the Tuba, Paramount, 1947. A stop-motion animated [...]

Earth Day Events Minneapolis Parks — Saturday, April 16, 2011

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Minneapolis Parks offer plenty of opportunities to participate in Earth Day clean up events.  It’s easy to get involved. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30 a.m.-noon and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will give you gloves and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to [...]

Publication Party for Perfect Square with Author-Illustrator Michael Hall at the Red Balloon Bookshop — Saturday, April 9, 2011

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On Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., Michael Hall, will be at The Red Balloon Bookshop with a fascinating new book called Perfect Square.  Perfect Square is a book about shapes, color, and creativity, but it is also a book about change, expanding one’s boundaries, and exploring everything that one can be.  To celebrate the publication of [...]

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