Archive for August, 2012

We’ll Get A Few More Days of Swimming Thanks To This Heat

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The City of Minneapolis just announced that because of the above average temperatures lingering into September, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is extending the season at 32 of its 65 wading pools. Usually pools close the Tuesday after labor day weekend. This year, some will remain open through next Sunday (the 9th) or [...]

Creative Kidstuff wants to know what kids (and parents) think about some toys they are considering for their stores.

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Creative Kidstuff has just announced their Fifth Kids Council for Sunday, September 23rd at all their stores. They are looking for kids ages 3 – 10, to test toys in exchange for a $5 gift card to Creative Kidstuff.  Each participant will also be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift card.  I’ve pasted their [...]

Sample Night Live! Family Friendly Art in a Trial Size

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Sample Night Live (SNL) is your family’s chance to preview samples of the live entertainment currently available in the Twin Cities.  The next show is coming up a week from today.   Each show will include samples of a variety of performances,  including: Theatre Classical Music Dance Novelty Acts Vocalists Puppetry Wonder Kids Stand-up Comedy Improv [...]

Free Family-Friendly Labor Day Weekend Activities at the Three Rivers Parks

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The Three Rivers Parks District is offering several free, family-friendly activities this weekend.  If you are looking for some end-of-summer fun with your family you might try one of these activities.  All of these programs are free, but  donations for the Wonder Fund to create opportunities for school groups and youth with financial need to experience [...]

Free First Saturday: Get Up and Read with Nancy Carlson – Saturday

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Somehow September has sneaked up on us.  Saturday is the first.  That means, Walker Art Center is hosting another Free First Saturday.  This month’s theme is “Get Up And Read”.  Perfect for back-to-school month.  Local children’s author and illustrator, Nancy Carlson, will be the featured artist. This is part of the Open Field program, so your [...]

The Loop – For The Weekend of August 25th & 26th

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Museum Adventure Pass The Museum Adventure Pass Program is coming to an end and they want to thank the library users who appreciated the Museum Adventure Passes to the tune of checking out 700,000 of them since the program started six years ago! And the participating destinations who donated more than 1.5 million free admissions! [...]

Afraid of the Library? Luxton Park Offers Free Book Exchange Program

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I love the library — or at least I did before babies started popping out of me.  Suddenly I found myself among my friends with kids who feared the library because some book would inevitably get destroyed, lost or worse.  (I actually had a potty training book I had to buy because it got immersed in water.) [...]

Minneapolis Park’s Picture a Park Photo Contest – A Good Excuse to Go Play

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The Minneapolis Parks is putting on their third annual Picture a Park Photo Contest this summer.  Time is running out to make a submission.  If you’ve taken some good photos, you have until September 3, 2012.  You can get the contest details, rules and prizes information in the 2012 Photo Contest Guidelines. “The contest is designed to [...]

Harmon Killebrew Field Dedication and BBQ – Thursday Evening

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On Thursday, the newly renovated Pearl Park Baseball Field will be Dedicated in Honor of  Hall of Famer and Minnesota Twins baseball legend Harmon Killebrew.  Nita Killebrew, Paul Molitor, Tony Oliva and Frank Quilici will be among the guests at the dedication of Harmon Killebrew Field on at 5:30 p.m. at Pearl Park. The Aug. 23 grand [...]

Spend Saturday afternoon with the bees, birds, and trees at the Wildflower Garden!

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This came in my e-mail today via Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden: “Join us tomorrow for an afternoon of activities with the bees, the birds, and the trees at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden! On Saturday, August 18th, three wonderful programs will be taking place at the Wildflower Garden. Join us for one or for all of these [...]

The Loop for the Weekend of August 18 & 19

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Tour Moms State Parks aren’t necessarily free, but a one-year vehicle permit is only $25.00.  I think Tour Moms‘  Minnesota State Parks Series is worth bookmarking for my future use.  We won’t be broke forever, and when we can, I want to travel around and learn as much about Minnesota as I knew about Wisconsin growing up. [...]

HealthPartners Jump Jam Finals – Saturday

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The Jump Jam Double Dutch Challenge Finals are on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center in Saint Paul.  Besides watching the finalists jump, your family can participate in free activities, including: Double Dutch Lessons Community Resource Fair with Games & Prizes Zumba Dance Lessons Jump Jam Photo Wall [...]

8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday via Wise Bread

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Photo: a.pitch Here is an article from Wisebread I think could be helpful for anyone who is home days or has a non-traditional schedule.  Sometimes things we have to pay for on weekends are free during the week. ______________________________________________ by Xin Lu on 14 August 2012 at Wisebread.com A Wise Bread reader recently asked us what are some [...]

Familienfest at Germanic-American Institute – Sunday

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On Sunday, the Germanic-American Institute will celebrate Familienfest (Family Fest) from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This is your last chance of the summer to enjoy this  free program open to the general public.  Themed as a back-to-school celebration with a free bouncy-house, face painting, model trains, lawn games and picnic food at family friendly [...]

Visit The Alphabet Place at Rondo Library

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Now through September 7th, Rondo Library is exhibiting The Alphabet Place by Amy Unger.  This interactive exhibit is a collections of photographs displaying the alphabet taken from letters in the Central Corridor of St Paul.  I’m excited to share this exhibit with my family.  Its a great way to do an activity that is geared [...]

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