*UPDATED* Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2018

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival Updated Dates and Times

Hugging babies just feels good – especially when they’re baby animals! For the second year in a row, Twin Cities Festival is hosting a spring baby animals event in which visitors can hold and/or pet baby goats, sheep, bunnies, ducklings, chicks, and ponies!

Additional activities include a kids’ corn pit, a straw bale maze, a hayride, and a kids’ play area. For a little extra you can enjoy pony rides, inflatables, a gunny sack slide, food vendors, and more. Most of the fun is fully enclosed, so the event is open rain or shine.

Plus, on the very first day they’re open (Saturday, April 14), the first 400 children through the gate will receive a free stuffed toy bunny!

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm / April 14 & 15 (closed due to snow), April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29 and May 5 & 6 (added due to snow)

Where: Twin Cities Festival – 8001 109th Ave N in Brooklyn Park, MN

Tickets are $9 if purchased online or $10 at the gate for ages 2+. If purchasing online, use the coupon code T350 to save an extra $1, dropping the price to just $8! Kids under 24 months are free. Concessions and some activities are not included in the ticket price (see above). Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm! Dogs/pets are not allowed.

Free Family Fun Fest in Lakeville

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to Friday, May 4 due to the weather

Spring isn’t acting quite like it’s supposed to and I think we are all going stir crazy waiting for it to finally arrive.

We found a fun, family friendly indoor event this Saturday (April 14th).  Free Family Fun Fest is an event taking place in Lakeville at the Ames Arena starting at 5pm.  At 7pm you can end the evening by watching a movie on the turf, the fun favorite Despicable Me 3.  

  • Open ice skating (rental skates available)
  • Inflatables
  • Movie on the turf – Despicable Me 3
  • Parks & Recreation booths
  • Local summer activity booths

 

Robo Weekend

This weekend looks to be a great one for Robotic fun.  We discovered not just one event, but two and both are all about Robots.  The best part is that each event is on a different day so you can make a fun filled weekend.

Saturday’s (April 14) event is Robotics For Kids & Families – Robot Day at The Works.  The event at the Works Museum takes place from 9-4, with a full day of hands on fun for all ages.  **Our thrifty tip is to register in advance by April 13 and you can save $3 a person.

  • Fly real drones used in agriculture, use virtual reality to see what drones see, and learn how to program a drone’s flight path with University of Minnesota Ag Robotics
  • Interact with Block Bots (Robot driving game for the kids) and drive the remote-controlled Drive K-9; see FIRST Tech Challenge demonstration teams in action, and a FIRST LEGO League demonstration with High Tech Kids
  • Experience Arduino projects and play with robots in the Robot Corral (featuring this year’s new robots that include ping sensors!) with Coder Dojo
  • Learn about sensors and model cars, see a prototype of a prosthetic hand, and understand how drones and users communicate with Shattuck St. Mary’s School
  • Discover what’s cool about claw-bots, Vex robots, and Scorebot Robotic Arms with Hennepin Tech

Sunday’s (April 15) event is ROBO-Fest at the Eden Prairie Mall.  ROBO-Fest takes place from 11-4 in the center court of the mall.  A chance to check out Robots of all shapes and sizes, drive a robot, and learn about different robotic teams.

Join us and more than 15 of the finest area robotics teams in Center Court Sunday, April 15 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, for ROBO-fest 2018. Play Krazy Kubes, check out robots of all shapes and sizes, view demos, and learn how you can join a robotics team!

 

 

 

 

Free or Low-Cost I Can! Outdoor Skill-Building Programs through Minnesota State Parks and Trails

I know it’s only March, but it’s never too early to be thinking about your summer plans, right? One option for Minnesotans (or those willing to travel to Minnesota) is the Minnesota State Parks and Trails popular I Can! series of outdoor skill-building programs.

Registration is now open for these beginner-level programs, all of which are either free or very reasonably priced. Instruction and essential equipment will be provided. Please note that a vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($7/day or $35/year), but this permit is included in the cost of some of these programs.

Options include:

I Can Camp! These one- or two-night overnight programs are your chance to introduce your kids to the fun of camping—no experience necessary. ($60 for 1 night or $85 for 2 nights)

I Can Paddle! Your kids will discover the kind of amazing views only seen from the water during one of these programs designed especially for first-time paddlers. (cost varies by trip)

I Can Mountain Bike! Remember your kids’ joy and triumph when they first learned to bike? Take that joy off-road with this exhilarating program. ($15/child, $25/adult)

I Can Fish! Share the fun of casting into the water and the excitement when there’s a tug on the line. This program is all about the anticipation and thrill of your kids learning to catch fish. (free for children 12 and under, $7/adult)

Archery in the Parks Be your own action heroes and go beyond video games! This program lets you share the exact moment when your child first aims for a goal and hits it. (free, but you do need a vehicle permit to enter)

These classes typically fill up quickly, so sign up ASAP if you’re interested. Head to the MN DNR website to get started!

Petting Zoo and Easter Event at Southtown Center

Bring the kids to Southtown Center in Bloomington starting today through Saturday.  All sorts of fun for kids of all ages.  Located near the former Toys “R” US store.  You’ll find both indoor and outdoor fun.

  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Pony Rides (fee charged)
  • Bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny
  • Plus more fun

** Easter Bunny coming to Southtown March 31st: NEW LOCATION
Southtown Shopping Center in Bloomington will host the Easter Bunny at a special party from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Kids can dance to music by “Kids Dance” Entertainment and DJ sounds! They also will enjoy facepainting, balloon animals, and crafts with Bloomingtons “Artistry”. There are prizes and free giveaways while supplies last.

** Animal farm with pony rides, petting zoo opens March 28-31st:
In addition, from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 28th – Saturday, March 31st Southtown will provide a large tent shelter for pony rides and will feature a petting zoo with many species of animals. The pony rides are $5; all other events are free.

The Petting Zoo & Pony Ride activities will take place in the parking lot in front of the former Toys R’Us store (located North of Herberger’s facing the I-494). The Bunny will be located inside the former Toys R’Us space – look for the balloon arch!

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture images of their families with the Easter Bunny and with the animals.

Family Weekend at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

Have you ever brought the kids to the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show?  Put it on your list of things to do because next weekend is Family Weekend at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show.  March 31st-April 1st will have fun for the whole family.  The new Family Zone, which brings with it lots of entertaining options including:

  • Rainbow Play Systems will be all set up, with multiple swing sets, trampolines and free giveaways.
  • Gamin’ Ride of the Twin Cities will keep your littles dancing with iDance DDR (Dance Dance Revolution).
  • Alternative Landscaping will show you how to test out your golfing finesse on their putting green. Your kids (and likely you) will also marvel at the turf-covered car!
  • Barnco will bring a themed mini escape room experience to the Show. If you haven’t tried one of these wildly popular escape room experiences yet, here’s your chance!
  • Human on a Stick will be offering free Segway demos to teach your family how to ride in style.
  • The Bakken Museum will entertain and inform your family with activities related to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
  • My Mobile Agents Realty has an activity called “Out Growing your Space?” featuring an actual living room that a homeowner has outgrown. The interactive display is not only fun but is also a great way to learn about home buying and selling from on-site real estate agents.
  • Usborne Books & More will be promoting the benefits of books with story time.
  • Mirror Me Perfect will provide a fun photo booth with pictures you can take home. Photos are free on Sunday, April 1 only.
  • Manic Ceramic will be at the Show to teach people how to make glass mosaic tiles.
  • Xfinity will create a kid friendly living room for movie watching and games such as bean bags, Connect 4 and Jenga.

A great stay-cation idea if you stayed in MN for spring break or if you have happen to be visiting us it’s a fun indoor event for the whole family.  * admission to the Show for kids 12 and under will be free during opening weekend (March 30-April 1).

 

On Screen for Families: Movie Matinée events at Southdale Library

Are your kids home on break from school this week? Perhaps you need some stay-cation ideas?  The Southdale Library is hosting On Screen for Families: Movie Matinée events this week.  The movies are free, and a different movie on the big screen each weekday afternoon this week! Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The schedule of movies includes:

  • March 26: Despicable Me 3,
  • March 27: Wonder,
  • March 28: Beauty and the Beast (live action),
  • March 29: Ferdinand,
  • March 30: Coco

The movies take place from 1:30-4pm. The Southdale Library is located in Edina off of York Ave.

 

 

Easter Egg Bunny Trail at St. Michael Cinema 15

Looking for some Easter fun this weekend to celebrate spring INDOORS? A special Bunny Trail event is planned at the St. Michael Cinema on Saturday March 24th.  The trail is intended for kids 10 and under.  It’s an indoor event and they ask that kids bring their own basket or bag to collect things.   A free showing of Charlotte’s Web after the Bunny Trail event is open to both kids and adults alike, so the whole family can enjoy!

About the Bunny Trail:

Grab your Easter baskets and join the Easter Bunny at the St Michael Cinema! Hop down the Bunny Trail, collecting eggs and goodies along the way.
After, enjoy a FREE screening of the original animated version of Charlottes Web in one of several auditoriums.
The Bunny Trail is intended for children 10 and under. The FREE movie is open to everyone.
Doors to the Bunny Trail open at 9:00. Showtimes for the movie are 9:30, 9:40, 9,50 and 10:00. Plenty of room for everyone! Tickets/reservations not required.
This is a great indoor family event. $1 breakfast items will be available at the concession stand.

 

Floating Egg Hunt

An egg hunt and a pool.  Sounds like quite the interesting combination but that’s what makes this event so much fun.  Saturday morning is the Floating Egg Hunt in Eden Prairie.  The event is for ages 10 and under.  Community Center Members $5, Non-members $7. Supervising adults are admitted for free.  It takes place this Saturday, from 9am-12pm.  Register in advance here.  This is a popular event and will fill up so don’t delay in registering.

 

 

Family Friendly Irish Fun at the Landmark Center

I was recently reminded that kids enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, however it’s not always easy to find kid friendly activities.  Lucky for those of with kids, the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul has two days of family friendly fun:

  • Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration – Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • An Irish Day of Dance – Sunday, March 18, 2018

Both days are packed full of fun inside the Landmark.  Check out the schedule here.  Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and seniors 65 and over and may be purchased at the door on either day.  Kids 5 and under are free.

Irish attractions include:

  • Local and regional Irish music throughout the day on four stages.
  • Traditional Irish dancers from area dance schools and adult groups performing high-spirited exhibition style Irish dance.
  • Traditional Irish music along with tea and scones in our Irish Tea Room.
  • The Irish Marketplace with authentic Irish merchants, artisans and informational resources.
  • Traditional Irish food and American style sandwiches, along with local and Irish beer.
  • Children’s crafts with an Irish theme, offered free of charge.
  • Children’s stage with special entertainment just for the ‘wee ones.’
  • Seminars on Irish topics, including Irish music and language.