Family Art Day at Intermedia Arts

Tomorrow is family art day at Intermedia Arts.  The free event takes place from 10-12:30.  Some of the family friendly activities include: printmaking, moving and singing, music, beatboxing, theater and more.  You can find the schedule and additional information on their website.

Family Art Day is an engaging celebration of all things art, featuring hands-on artmaking activities and engaging performances for families and youth of all ages! Join visual artists, performers, musicians, storytellers and more at this bi-annual, family-focused event! All ages and abilities welcome. Free and open to all children and families!

“Fake News:” What is It? How Do I Identify It? – Minneapolis Central Library Event

With the media coming to us in all directions, it’s becoming more and more difficult to decipher real and fake news. “Fake News:” What is It? How Do I Identify It is an event that’s coming up next week, April 25th at the Minneapolis Central Library.  It’s a free event but they do ask that you register in advance, and the link is here.

So-called “fake news” is big news these days, and it is a problem as old as journalism itself. University of Minnesota Journalism Ethics Professor Chris Ison will help you understand what it is, provide some historical context for this most current proliferation, and share practical strategies you can use to help identify quality journalism.

The Long Prairie Drive-In Open for 2017 Season

Yes it’s April and yes the Long Prairie Drive-In is open for the 2017 season.  The Long Drive-In, is located on the edge of Long Prairie in central MN.  It’s been around since 1956 and is one of the few Drive-In theaters left in MN.  It’s only open on weekends and you can find information, directions as well as the the schedule here on their website.  We mentioned this last year, but the drive-in also has camping, so if you need to road trip, that’s a great option as well.

Welcome to The Long Drive-In Theatre! The Long Drive-In has been a favorite summer destination for central Minnesota since opening in 1956. Generations of theater-goers have had the opportunity to enjoy movies under the stars from the comfort of their car, lawn chair, or blanket.

GATES OPEN 6:30 on the nights we have movies (Weekends only) 

Enter the Drive-In before nightfall to ensure you catch the entire movie. The second movie follows the first after a brief intermission for snacks. Please see the “movies & menu” tab for concession prices. We do NOT close due to rain. We only close if it is life threatening weather. To ensure if we are open or closed, call (320)732-3142 for the answering machine.

PRICE (includes both movies)

Adults: $6.00 **6-11: $3.00 **5 & under: Free

 

Talk of the Stacks with Andrew McCarthy

Actor, director and now an author.  Perhaps you recognize him from “Pretty in Pink”, “St, Elmo’s Fire” or one of his other movies. Andrew McCarthy is a talented guy, recently adding author to his resume’.  He’s been a travel writer for a while and most recently wrote a young adult book titled “Just Fly Away”.  Friends of the Hennepin County Library is hosting a series called “Talk of the Stacks” and Andrew McCarthy is part of the series.  The event is open to the public and takes place this Wednesday from 7-8pm. Seating is first come first serve.  You can find out more about this event, as well as the series here on the their website.

Actor, director, and award-winning travel writer on his newest gig—novelist

Andrew McCarthy has appeared in dozens of films, including such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin.

He has starred on Broadway and on television, most recently appearing in The Family, on ABC. McCarthy is also a highly regarded television director; having helmed Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Grace and Frankie, and many others.

Simultaneously, McCarthy is an award winning travel writer. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Travel+Leisure, AFAR, Men’s Journal, Bon Appetit, and many others. He has received six Lowell Thomas awards, and been named Travel Journalist of the Year by The Society of American Travel Writers.

His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times Best Seller, and the Financial Times of London named it one of the Best Books of the year.

His debut YA novel, Just Fly Away, tells the story of one girl’s discovery of family secrets, first love, and finding one’s way in the world.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:15pm and programs begin at 7pm.

Talk of the Stacks is presented by The Minneapolis Foundation and sponsored by Star Tribune.

Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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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!

Puppet Lab 2017

If you’ve ever been to a Heart of the Beast show, you will know it’s not an ordinary puppet show.  If you’ve never seen one of their shows, it’s really something to add to your must do this year.  They put on a lot of great events and you can read more about them here on their website.   One of their upcoming events is the Puppet Lab.  It takes place over the next two weekends with several shows to choose from. * important to note that these shows are for ages 13 and up.  Tickets can be purchased here on their website.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is excited to announce the 2017 Puppet Lab performances, featuring brand new experimental work by four local emerging artists: Chamindika Wanduragala, Allison Osberg, Patty Gille, and Madeline Helling. After an intensive fellowship program that paired each artist with a mentor, these works are now ready for the main stage!

The series is broken up into two weekends with two artists featured each weekend. Chamindika Wanduragla and Madeline Helling will showcase their work March 17 – 19. Patty Gille and Allison Osberg will perform the following weekend, March 24 – 26. Tickets are $15 for each performance.

The Bakken Museum Celebrates The Talented Women In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on Saturday March 11th

The Saturday March 11th the Bakken Museum is hosting one of their Discovery Days.  A day where they have extra activities and learning going on.  This Saturday they will celebrate the Talented Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The day will include a panel discussion with Neuroscientist Dr. Jennifer Marlo-Triemstra, Rebiotix Program Program Manager Courtney Jones, Analytical chemist Dr. Rachel Loeber, and Conservationist Tara Harris of the Minnesota Zoo.  There will be some great interactive and hands on activities throughout the day as well.  Everything is included in the regular price of admission. *Kids who wear their Scout uniforms get 1/2-off regular price admission for the day.

Visit the museum for an in-depth exploration of science, technology, engineering, art and math topics with hands-on activities and partner demonstrations.

The Bakken Museum celebrates the talented Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math this month at Discovery Days on Saturday, March 11! Check out some of the cool featured activities:
  • Tiger Conservation the Minnesota Zoo, 
  • Human Biome with female scientists from Rebiotix 
  • Marble computing machines in The Bakken workshop
  • Sticky Science activities from H.B. Fuller
  • All-girl robotics team FTC Rubies
The day also includes a panel discussion with Neuroscientist Dr. Jennifer Marlo-Triemstra, Rebiotix Program Manager Courtney Jones, Analytical chemist Dr. Rachel Loeber, and Conservationist Tara Harris of the Minnesota Zoo.
Kids who wear their Scout uniforms get 1/2-off regular price admission!

This family-focused event features interactive learning stations, make-and-take activities, and experts from the STEM field in Minnesota who will share their experiences and insight as women in science. Discovery Day activities run from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and are included in the cost of admission. Members get in FREE!

 

Indeed Brewing Company Brewery Tour

Did you know that Indeed Brewing offers tours?  I love to do factory tours.  It’s fascinating to get a glimpse of how things are made and discover what happens behind the scenes.  Although the tours at Indeed are free, you do need to register in advance.  The tours are for 21+ and last about an hour.  You will tour the production hall, the packaging hall, warehouse and the taproom and yes there will be sampling.  Tours are offered on Saturday mornings from 11:30-12:30.  You can register here on the event page.

Wells Fargo History Museum

Just when I think I’ve learned about all the museums in our area, I discover another one.  The Wells Fargo History Museum is located in Minneapolis.  The best part about it, it’s free.  It’s open M-F from 9-5, so it might take some planning to get to it if those are your work hours.  It’s family friendly and includes some aspects geared towards kids.  It’s self-guided but if you want to schedule a large group they do offer guided tours.  You can find more specific information here on their website, about the location, special events and more.  History is a great thing and fascinating to see how things have changed.

The museum is on the skyway level of the Wells Fargo Center at 6th Street South and Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The Wells Fargo History Museum offers visitors hands-on family fun.

Step off the skyway and into a storied past. Examine an authentic stagecoach from 1863, see the glimmer of real gold nuggets and coins, send coded messages by telegraph, ride in a rocking stagecoach, sing along to the Weatherball jingle—and much more!

Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Festival at the Walker Art Center

Not only is it the Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center, it’s the Kid’s Film Festival, taking place March 4th.   The Kid’s Film Festival is a series of short films all for kids.  There are different time slots, depending on the age of your kids.  Some of the films are for all ages while others are geared towards 12 and up.  You can find more specific information as well as the movie summaries here on their website.

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Short Films for All Ages: New Adventures and New Friends, 11 am and 1 pm

Walker Cinema
Enjoy films about hopes, dreams and coming together. The characters of this series of films discover new friendships and explore the world around them. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each screening; seating is limited. Total run time: 77 minutes.

Short Films for ages 12 +: Lean on Me, 3 pm

Walker Cinema
Watch films about families, acceptance, fitting in and standing out. The characters in this collection of films look deep inside themselves to find out what they are really made of. Doors open at 2:30 pm; seating is limited. Total run time: 73 minutes.