2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

It’s time for the 17th annual Flint Hills International Children’t Festival.  It takes place inside and outside the Ordway in St. Paul. The Festival is packed full of free and inexpensive entertainment.  The festival takes place SCHOOL WEEK MAY 30 – JUNE 2 and FAMILY WEEKEND JUNE 3 & 4.

For the indoor performances you can purchased tickets in advance here on the website.

WHAT ELSE WILL I SEE AT THE FESTIVAL?

• More than 100 free outdoor performances by almost 600 local artists and groups representing cultural traditions from around the world
• Folktales from across the globe as told by Twin Cities storytellers in the Story Time Corner
• A musical instrument petting zoo with Congolese musician Siama
• Located inside the Ordway: “The Touch of Sound,” an interactive audio installation featuring the sounds of the Galapagos Islands
• An art exhibition titled “Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists,” curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa), in the Ordway lobbies
• The Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk, a walking tour through downtown St. Paul highlighting hundreds of pieces of art created by young people

WHAT CAN I DO AT THE FESTIVAL?

• New this year: kid’s yoga by 1000 Petals Yoga
• Art-making activities from 21 different arts, cultural and educational organizations from around the Twin Cities
• Join in a lunch time dance party with local DJs spinning tunes in the Ordway lobby
• Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, juggling, dance lessons, and more!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo concert at MN Zoo

In case you haven’t heard the Minnesota Zoo is going down under, well sort of down under. The MN Zoo will be hosting some Australian animals for a few months.  To celebrate, the Koo Koo Kanga Roo band will be in concert at the MN Zoo for a grand opening celebration of the Kangaroo exhibit.

May 27th & 28th.
Playing at 11:30am & 1:30pm both days
Show is free with general zoo admission.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo are a party band who are on this planet to make you dance while laughing so hard that milk comes out of your nose. Whether you’re getting sweaty at their live show, listening to their concept albums or dancing along in your classroom via GoNoodle, Bryan and Neil just want to make sure you’re having a blast.

Since 2008, Koo Koo Kanga Roo have been touring and putting on shows at elementary school gyms, bars, church basements and even nursing homes. The duo has toured stateside and internationally with the likes of Frank Turner, The Aquabats, MC Lars, Yo Gabba Gabba Live and have been featured on the Vans Warped Tour. In 2015 and 2016 the band played over 250 live shows.

Cinco de Mayo on Lake Street

The Cinco de Mayo on Lake Street takes place tomorrow, May 14th from noon-7pm.  This is an event you don’t want to miss if you love music and food.  This is the largest Latino event in Minnesota.  There’ll be food, music, kids activities, and much more. With great weather on the way, it sounds like the perfect event to attend.  Live music, food and fun!  

FESTIVAL 5 DE MAYO Y DIA DE LAS MADRES

East Lake Street, Between Second Avenue and Portland Avenue, on May 14 2017 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. food, drink, activities for children, traditional dancers and music to can be enjoyed through out the day .
Community event, Cinco de Mayo celebrations since 1997.

Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Mothers Day?  Perhaps a concert?  The Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert takes place at 1 pm at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.  The music schedule is: 

  • George Butterworth – Two English Idylls
  • Enrique Granados – Two Spanish Dances
  • Ruid Stephan – Music for Orchestra (1910)
  • Ernest Farrar – Heroic Elegy
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – “The Lark Ascending”
  • Brian Krinke, violin solo
  • Maurice Ravel – La Valse

The Saint Paul Civic Symphony always sells out their Mother’s Day concert as the music chosen for this event is always popular.  Bring your family for a beautiful and heartfelt concert.  For more information call 651-292-3063.

Free Angelica Choir Concert at the Ordway

What better to celebrate spring than by listening to beautiful voices at the Ordway.  The Free Angelica Spring Choir Concerts at the Ordway takes place tomorrow, May 7th at 1:30 and also at 4pm. It’s a free event with donations accepted.  The Angelica Cantanti consists of 5 different youth choirs with children ranging from grade 2-12.  You can find more information here on their website.

Annual Spring Concert
Featuring All Choirs
Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm & 4:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
Free
Doors open 30 minutes before each concert
No tickets are necessary, General seating

Rock the Cradle 2017

Music is something that connections generations.  Sure, we might not all prefer the same kind of music.  Music is still something we can all enjoy in some form or another.  Rock the Cradle 2017 is all about music and kids, it takes place this coming Sunday, April 9th.  It’s a free event that’s recommended for kids ages two to eight (and their grown-ups).  Rock the Cradle takes place at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. We attended Rock the Cradle when our girls were younger and I’m not sure who enjoys the event more, the kids or the adults.  This is not one of those events where parents stand around bored, it’s where both generations enjoy all things music together.  Take a look at the fun filled schedule and plan your day.

Presented by The Current and Children’s Minnesota, we’re excited to offer another free event for kids and their grown-ups at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company, featuring musical performances, hands-on activities, engaging experiences with station hosts and plenty of surprises along the way. Rock the Cradle has something for the whole family!

Midwinter Folk Music Concert At ASI

Tomorrow is the Midwinter Folk Music Concert at the American Swedish Institute.  It’s free and open to the public, no registration required.   You can listen to the music, or if you choose you are welcome to dance along with the performance.  Sounds like a perfect event for a cool winter day.  It begins at 2pm.  You can read more information about the concert here.

Midwinter Folk Music Concert

ASI’s Spelmanslag fiddling group is joined by Swedish guest artists Jon Holmén and Jonas Holmén from Dalarnas Spelmansförbund for a special Midwinter Folk Music Concert. The ASI Spelmanslag, led by Mary Hegge with about 30 active members, performs at festivals, concerts, and dances throughout the region.  It was founded in 1985 by Paul Dahlin who was inspired by the traditional music his grandfather Ivares Edwin Johnson brought from Rättvik, Sweden.  The group remains an integral part of ASI, keeping the music faithful to its roots and sharing it with the community. Guests are welcome to dance along with the performance.

Music Under Glass at the Como Conservatory

It might not be spring but it sure feels like it this weekend.  Tomorrow afternoon you can be surrounded by flowers, plants and live music.  Music Under Glass at the Como Conservatory takes place tomorrow from 4:30-6:30.  Music under glass is a free concert series.  The band tomorrow is called The Bad Companions. If you can’t make it tomorrow, check out the schedule here on their website.

February 19 – The Bad Companions
The Bad Companions are a long-standing (and popular!) Minneapolis-based roots-rock quartet. Featuring two guitars, stand-up bass, drums, great vocals, a strong original catalog, and a set-list as long as your arm drawn from the swingin’ heyday of American rock-a-billy, r & b, country and blues.

Project Opera Performs The Nightingale

It’s not often that we hear of kids singing an opera.  Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers.  Each year the group performs an opera that’s for kids, a great way to introduce kids to what an opera is.  This year they’re performing The Nightingale.  Performances are February 10th and 11th, at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.  There’s four show times to choose from and you can purchase tickets on their website.

The Nightingale, based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is the story of a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the mechanical bird breaks, the real nightingale sings to the emperor on his deathbed, saving his life while teaching him the values of truth and humility. A parable of our time, this opera celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death.

Imant Raminsh is a Latvia-born, Canadian composer known for beautiful choral and other vocal works. This opera is unique in that it includes performers ranging from ages 8-18, including a student orchestra.

Project Opera is an important component of Minnesota Opera’s award-winning education department. The program features two ensembles – Ragazzi and Giovani. In addition to their own concert schedule, participants perform in the Ordway lobby prior to Minnesota Opera Sunday matinee performances and other locations around the Twin Cities. Led by Music Director Matthew Abernathy, students learn healthy vocal technique, perform repertoire in the major operatic languages, and study the fundamentals of acting. Over its impressive twelve year history, Project Opera has performed two world premiere commissions, The Giver, by Susan Kander and based on the novel by Lois Lowry, and Memory Boy with music by Reinaldo Moya and libretto by Mark Campbell.

Free Fun at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

There’s a ton of free fun at the 2017 St. Paul Winter Carnival, not only this weekend but into next week as well.   The great thing is, so far the weather is cooperating.  It’s not -30 below, so minimal layers will be needed to enjoy the fun.  My top picks focus on the family friendly events but there’s also things for those 21 and up.  You can find the full schedule here.

Parades: We usually go to at least one if not two of the parades.  It’s been a fun family tradition to bundle up and watch the winter fun pass by.  With three different parades, there’s sure to be one that fits your schedule.  It’s a toss up to say if we like the Grand Day Parade or the Torchlight better, both have their own fun.

Ice Carving Displays:  The Ice Carving Displays take place in Rice Park.  The talent that is shown each year is simply astounding. We try to see them at night when they are all lit up and take on a magic all their own.

Music:  There is a ton of music that takes places during the winter carnival.  Last year we didn’t check the schedule, but enjoyed some great music while we wandered Rice Park looking at the Ice Carvings.  You can find the Rice Park music entertainment schedule here.

Frozen Family Fun Night:  Next Tuesday January 31st is the Frozen Family Night.  From 5-8pm it’s all about the kids, with tons of fun to be had.

This is just a small glimpse of the fun to be had at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  Check out the full calendar for all the fun to be had. Then find the things that work for your schedule.