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!

Holz Farm Spring Festival

We might have to dress warmer this weekend but it’s still technically spring.  So find a warmer coat and maybe some rain boots and head to the Holz Spring Festival tomorrow in Eagan.  The Spring Festival is a free family friendly event that takes place from 11-4. Some of the activities taking place will be: barnyard animals, pie eating contest, corn grinding, honeybee lesson, live music, and more.  You can find more information as well as the schedule of events here on their website.

Holz Farm bridges Eagan’s past and present, old and young, and rural and urban communities. Visitors can experience family life from the Great Depression through World War II. Holz Farm provides the community with an educational, cultural and historical resource. The farm offers a unique opportunity to experience rural life as it once existed in Eagan through events and programming benefiting people of all ages. A Walking Tour of Holz Farm booklet has been developed for those that want to learn more about each of the buildings on the property as well as the history of Holz Farm.

Photo Courtesy of Alan Kieker

 

The Play Ball Minnesota Youth Clinics

Play Ball Minnesota Youth Clinics is a program that was started back in 1961, and continues today.  It’s a free program that takes place in many communities throughout MN.  The program is a way to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.  There are two age group options, 6-9 and 10-13.  Check out the complete list of locations to find one near you, here on the program website.

The spring and summer of 2017 is the 57th season the Minnesota Twins, Twins Community Fund and Play Ball! Minnesota, in partnership with Great River Energy, will offer free youth baseball/softball clinics. Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for Play Ball! Minnesota to promote the baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.

The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics have always been, and will continue to be, available to participants and communities free of charge. Funding for the Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics is provided by the Twins Community Fund and Great River Energy. No advanced registration is required to participate in a clinic, but participants must complete a waiver form before they will be allowed to participate.

The current baseball clinic format was developed by former Twins general manager, and amateur baseball supporter, Terry Ryan and former Twins executive Bob Gebhard. The current softball clinic format was developed by Terry Ryan Award winner and longtime softball instructor Jim Berbee. Clinics are broken up into two sessions (unless otherwise noted); the first session is for 6-9 year olds, and the second for 10-13 year olds.

A Fun Kids Day in Prior Lake

This Saturday, May 20th is Kids Day at the Maintenance Center in Prior Lake.  A day to to check out some of the vehicles and machines that they use around town.  Do you have a kid that loves to watch the snowplow or the tractor mowing the city trails? This is a time to safely get up close to some of the big vehicles and machines.  It takes place from 8-10am and you can find more information here. 

Families are invited to this free event to come and see up close, some of the vehicles that come and go through your neighborhood. A wide variety of vehicles will be on display for you and your child to explore.

Trucksploration

Mark your calendars, a week from today is Trucksploration.  A time to get up close and personal with all sorts of big vehicles. Trucksploration takes place Sunday, May 21st from 11-2pm in St. Louis Park.  It’s a free event and open to the public of all ages.  You can find more information  here.

What is trucksploration?

An innovative and fun event that will blend the excitement of big
machines and imagination along with the opportunity for the
youngest members of our community and their families
and friends to share a day of exploration.

What will be there for us to do?

Trucks and other vehicles of all sizes, fun
for boys & girls, parents & grandparents!
High-energy, interactive vehicles, fun
guests & entertainment! Food vendors!

Touch a Truck Event

Do you have kids that love to watch big firetrucks, semi’s or the garbage truck?  I know my nephew gets super excited when it’s garbage day and the big truck comes down the street.  Save the date because the Touch a Truck event at the Maplewood Mall is a time to get the kids up and close with lot’s of the big engine vehicles.  The free event takes place Saturday May 20th from 10am-2pm.

FREE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Touch-A-Truck is a family focused event that allows children the opportunity to climb in and around some of the coolest vehicles around. By partnering with local business and public servants, we are able to bring the community together and create a unique and fun experience.

Don’t miss our KidX Club Activities supporting the local Boy Scouts of America. Unlimited Bounce House wristbands available for $5! All proceeds go to charity.

 

Children’s Theatre Company – A Year with Frog and Toad – Discount Tickets

Update: While they last, you can get discount tickets for A Year with Frog and Toad HERE.

“A Year with  Frog and Toad” was at the Children’s Theatre about 10 years ago and, if you were lucky enough to see it then, you know why it’s back.  We loved it so much that we hope to go again. I remember the books when I was a kid, and when our girls discovered the books it was a perfect opportunity to take them to the play.  “A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad” is for all ages and a perfect introduction to theatre for the younger kids who may have not been to a performance yet. It’s also a great performance for the older kids who have been to several plays.  It’s a story about two best friends and all of the regular, as well as the not so regular, day to day things that best friends go through.  Everyone is sure to take away some valuable lessons from Frog and Toad.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony® Awards including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring.
A Year with Frog and Toad runs April 18 through June 18, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale nowon sale now starting at $15.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota Reader will win 4 tickets to see A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad. To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/16/17. Good luck!

Children’s Theatre Company A Year with Frog and Toad Ticket Giveaway

Free “Mixed Nuts” Kids Comedy Show in Farmington

Sometimes it’s difficult to find free activities for younger kids in the evening.  The Farmington ECFE is hosting the Mixed Nuts kids comedy show on Tuesday evening. The show is geared towards the 0-5 age group, so a perfect evening activity.  It begins at 6:30 at the Meadowview Elemntary Gym.  You can find more information here on the website.

ECFE presents Mixed Nuts with a Touch of Magic Entertainment. Mixed Nuts is a hilarious kids comedy show with physical comedy, age-appropriate humor and uproarious audience participation.

Grand Opening Celebration at Oliver Kelley Farm

Although the Oliver Kelley farm is not new, the remodel and additions to the farm are new.  The Oliver Kelley Farm is located near Elk River and is part of the MN Historical Society.  Celebrate the official grand opening of the Kelley Farm’s newest facilities, including the beautiful new visitor center, Learning Kitchen, outdoor exhibits, animal barn, modern gardens and cropland and more.  The Grand Opening Celebration takes place this coming weekend May 6-7th. There will be several special activities taking place as well as live music, games and demonstrations both days of the event.  You can find the schedule as well as purchase tickets here on the website.

 

A Goodbye to the Three River Parks French Play Area

The weather might not feel quite like summer, but tomorrow is a celebration and farewell, to the Three Rivers Park French play area. The play area at the French Regional Park in Plymouth, has been around since 1989.  It’s time to make way for a new structure, which will open in 2018.  You can see the plans here.   The park is inviting the public to the park tomorrow from 1-3 to enjoy:  music, activities, a photo booth and more.

The French play area is closing soon to make way for a new and exciting play area opening in spring of 2018. But before the play area closes, everyone is invited to come out for one more opportunity to play on it!

On Saturday, April 29, from 1–3 PM, enjoy park activities, popcorn, music, and visit the photo booth. It’ll be a blast, and it’s all free!

The French play area will be open through April 30. To view the plans for the new play area, click hereclick here.