Winter Games at Westwood Hills Nature Center

Bring the whole family for some Winter Games at Westwood Hills Nature Center, located in St. Louis Park.  It’s a chance to enjoy and embrace winter.

The event takes place Sunday, February 17th from 3-4:30.  There’s a small fee but with so many great activities and events planned the admission is a great deal.  They do ask that you pre-register and you can do that here.

  • Snowbowling
  • Kicksledding
  • Winter Games
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Plus more….

* All ages. $5 per person (resident) / $8 (non-resident)

 

FREE Valentine Box Decorating at Creative Kidstuff – February 9th and 10th

Get ready for Valentine’s Day by heading to any Creative Kidstuff location to decorate a Valentine Box on Saturday, February 9th from 10 am to 1 pm or Sunday, February 10th from 11 am – 1 pm. Bring in a box from home and the store will provide all of the supplies you need to make a “sweet” box to hold your valentines. This event is free to attend.

Creative Kidstuff has six locations: Mall of America, Galleria (Edina), Minneapolis, Ridgedale Center (Minnetonka), Shops at the West End (St. Louis Park), and St. Paul.

Free Family Day at Minneapolis Institute of Art: I Heart Art – Sunday, February 10th

Free Family Day at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Swing by the Minneapolis Institute of Art the second Sunday of every month for Family Day at Mia, a FREE day of fun at the museum designed for the young and the young-at-heart. This Sunday’s theme is I Heart Art with activities taking place from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday, February 10th.

Show your love for art, and one another, through activities for the young and young-at-heart at this month’s Family Day at Mia!

Art-making: Heartstrings
11 am – 4:30 pm
Create a lovely heart-shaped garland.

Art-making: Heart-Shaped Art
11 am – 4:30 pm
Sculpt and paint hearts of all kinds.

Musical Performance: Siama’s Congo Music
12 pm and 2 pm
Join husband and wife musicians, Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas Johnson, for an hour of joyful songs from the heart of Africa.

Photo Booth: I Heart Art
11 am – 5 pm
Gather your loved ones and strike a pose in the Mia Photo Booth.

Gallery Hunt: Institute of Hearts
11 am – 5 pm
Share the love this Valentine’s season by leaving your heart with the art at Mia.

Northeast Flannel Fest

 

Winter, Flannel and Fun.  Head to Northeast Minneapolis this Saturday (February 9th) for the Northeast Flannel Fest.   A chance to enjoy winter for a family friendly event.  The proceeds from the event benefit Camp Bovey   Tickets can be purchased in advance here on the event site.

This winter family festival features a snowshoeing scavenger hunt, a chili feed (with adult beverages for parents), Quinzhee (snow shelter) making, sledding, cookie decorating, bird house kits, and a communal art piece!

$25 per family (Individual adults $12; individual children $5)
Proceeds benefit Camp Bovey

Nickelodeon Universe $15 Wristbands

We just love spending time at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. There is so much to do for the whole family with rides for everyone from the toddlers to the grown-ups. It’s an especially good place to go on those cold winter days when you want to do something active or on super hot summer days when you want to enjoy the cool air conditioning.

We also love how the ceiling made of windows and the big trees scattered throughout Nickelodeon Universe make you feel like you’re outside even though you’re indoors. As an added bonus, once you get hungry from riding all those rides, there are lots of snacks available within Nickelodeon Universe and dozens of restaurants within just a few steps.

Planning a trip to the Mall of America? Here’s a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Wristbands – pay just $15 when you show this coupon through Thursday, February 14th! This is a $21.99 savings off the full price. Note that the coupon is only valid Monday – Thursday.

During the week they’re open from 10 am – 9:30 pm, so this can make for a fun after school or evening event for the whole family.

Family Ice Fishing Event in Eagan

Next Saturday, February 9th is a great opportunity for kids to learn about Ice Fishing.  The family fishing event in Eagan is a chance for kids to learn about a favorite Minnesota sport.  Although it’s a free event, registration is required so they can plan for everyone.  You can register here (use code 11118001-S1) Some of the items they suggest you bring:

  • Bucket or Lawn Chair to sit on
  • Layered Winter Clothes (protection for face and good  warm waterproof boots
  • Sunscreen and face protection for the strong winter sunshine

Come try ice fishing in Eagan! Minnesota residents fish for free when accompanied by a child age 15 or under. No experience necessary. We provide equipment and bait while supplies last, or bring your own if you prefer. Bonfire, hot cooca, sheltered area, and portable toilet will be available at the Blackhawk Park pavilion. There will be Free Hands-on Demonstration & Tips and a chance to win an ice fishing pole!

 

Tech Fest – Family Engineering and Tech Fair at The Works Museum

If you’ve never been to the Works Museum, next Saturday would be a great time to go. If you HAVE been to the Works Museum then you know how fun it is.  It’s one our favorite places to go for indoor fun.  They have so many great hands-on learning stations and activities and it’s the type of place where adults can have just as much fun as the kids.

Saturday February 9th, is Tech Fest  – A Family Engineering & Technology Fair.  It’s officially their biggest Tech Fest ever with 24 presenters, including a full-sized solar car from the U of M’s racing team!  Hours are from 9-4. If you pre-register in advance, there’s a discount on admission.  ** The family membership is an awesome deal if you live close enough. With just a couple of visits it pays for itself.

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Chemistry, cars, and catapults at the 15th annual Tech Fest

Hours of fun await families at The Works Museum’s 15th annual Tech Fest. With kid-friendly
demos and activities exploring medical technology, virtual reality, drones, solar cars, catapults,
chemistry, and more.

Tech Fest lets families experience engineering and technology together.

“Kids and adults alike love the hands-on experiences at Tech Fest and enjoy exploring the
many ways engineering impacts our world,” says Jill Measells, CEO of The Works Museum.
Engineering is everywhere – from our morning toothpaste to the lights we turn off at night, and
everywhere in between. At Tech Fest, families learn about engineering in a fun, tangible way.”
“With more than twenty presenting organizations hosting dozens of activities, and prize
drawings all day long, this year’s Tech Fest will be amazing,” says Sam Keyes, the event’s
planner. “Kids won’t even notice they’re learning. They’ll just know they’re having fun!”

What: Tech Fest, The Works Museum’s annual family event celebrating engineering.
When: Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Works Museum, 9740 Grand Ave S., Bloomington, MN, 55420
Cost: $9 pre-registered (through 2/7/19); $12 at the door. Free for members.

ABOUT THE WORKS MUSEUM. The Works Museum is all about hands-on engineering for kids.
We serve over 80,000 children, families, and educators annually. Our mission is to inspire the
next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem-solvers. For regular hours and
admission, membership, and camp information, visit www.theworks.org.

Minnesota Children’s Museum (Rochester): Free First Sundays

Thanks to a partnership with Bremer Bank, kids can play freely at Minnesota Children’s Museum in Rochester once a month. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month between noon and 4 pm.

While attendance varies, as many as two hundred visitors take part in each monthly event. Pop on in and join the fun! This month Rochester Public Library will have a special activity as well as MedCity Doulas.

First Free Sunday events for 2019 are as follows:

  • January 6th
  • February 3rd
  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd
  • July 7th
  • August 4th
  • September 1st
  • October 6th
  • November 3rd
  • December 1st

Frosty Fun Festival at Dodge Nature Center

Today might not be the day for an outdoor event but a warm up is coming.  Even better news is that the warm up arrives just in time, for the Frosty Fun Festival at Dodge Nature Center.  The festival takes place Saturday, Feb 2nd and includes fun for all ages! Some of the activities:

  • Ice Bowling
  • Ice Mini Golf
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Hot Drinks by the bonfire
  • Plus more

Register online: https://bit.ly/2AfXOxmDodgeNatureCenter.org
Free for children ages two and under.
Early Bird Deal: $4 per person if you pre-register online before noon on February 1, 2019.
Cost at the gate the day of the event: $5 per person.

Location: Dodge Nature Center, Farm Education Entrance 3
1701 Charlton St. in West St. Paul

 

 

 

Cheap Skate (Coon Rapids): $1.99 “School’s Out” Special

Are you looking for something to do with the kids while school is out? If you’re brave enough to venture out, one option is to head to Cheap Skate in Coon Rapids where you can skate or bounce for $1.99 (or do both for $4.99).

They’ll be open from 1 – 5 pm today (Tuesday, 2/12). Tax and rentals are extra and there is no charge for adult spectators.

Rental costs:

  • Roller skate (quad) – $3 each + tax (you may bring your own)
  • In-line (rollerblade) – $4 each + tax (you may bring your own)
  • Light-up Razor scooter – $5 each + tax for 3 hours
  • Skate trainers (walkers on wheels) – $3 each + tax and $2 deposit