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FREE! & Frugal Family Fun June 6 - 12



All listings are free unless price is noted. Be sure to read the Disclaimer before you go to these events.

Friday, June 6
Kiddywampus Open Studio, Hopkins, 10 AM – 4:30 PM, $8, ages 18 months – 10

Edina Art Fair, 10 AM – 7 PM

Gammalgarden Museum Tours, Scandia, 1 & 2:30 PM, $7 adults, kids free

ExploraDome Show, Bell Natural History Museum, Minneapolis, 2 – 3 PM, $4 - 6
Saturday, June 7
Birding by Ear, Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis, 7 – 9 AM, $5, ages 12+

Home Depot Free Kids Workshops, Build a Riding Lawnmower, 9 AM – 12 PM

Family Flicks, Theatres of Mall of America, 10 AM, Enchanted

Twin City Model Railroad Museum and Toy Train Division, St. Paul, 10 AM – 3 PM, $6

Edina Art Fair, 10 AM – 7 PM

Snakes Alive and Dad’s Day Ties, Eastman Nature Center, Dayton, 10:30 AM – 12 PM, $7

Raptors in the Amphitheater, Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington, 11 AM – 12 PM

Crafts for Kids, Lakeshore Learning, Maplewood and St. Louis Park, 11 AM
Time Capsule for Kids, Alexander Ramsey House, 12 PM, 1 PM, $7 – 10

Family Archery, Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake, 1 – 3 PM, $7

Grimm Farmhouse Open House, Victoria, 1 – 4 PM
Sunday, June 8
Parade of (Model) Boats, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina, 10 AM

Edina Art Fair, 10 AM – 5 PM

Author Phyllis Root, Plant a Pocket of Prairie, Red Balloon Bookshop, 10:30 AM

Summer Author Tour: Meet Megan McDonald,  American Girl, 11 AM - 1 PM, ages 8+

Tuesday, June 10

KiddieKarnival
, Mall of America's Toddler Tuesdays, 10 AM – 12 PM, Rotunda

Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, American Girl, 11 AM – 1 PM, ages 3+

Walking with Dinosaurs, Toddler Flicks, Mall of America, 11:30 AM
Summer Reading Bookmark Craft, American Girl, 2 – 4 PM, ages 8+

Thursday, June 12
Summer Flower Anklet Craft, American Girl, 2 – 4 PM, ages 8+

Authors Geoff & Jeff, Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders, Red Balloon Bookshop, 7 PM
Ongoing Programs
Barnes & Noble Storytime
Brickmania Toyworks Open House, Minneapolis, Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM, Sundays 12 – 4 PM, first Thursdays 5 – 9 PM
Children’s Theatre, Shrek the Musical (until 6/15) and The Cat in the Hat (until 7/20),  Minneapolis, cost varies
Como Zoo (suggested donation) $3 adult/$2 child
Family Fridays, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis, 5 - 8 PM
Family Fun Tuesdays, Caponi Art Park, 10 - 11 AM, $4 suggested donation
Fraconia Guided Tours, Sundays, 2 PM, FREE!
Free Tuesday Nights, Minnesota History Center, 5 - 8 PM
Hennepin County Library Storytime, Book Clubs, and Events

Historic Train Depot Open Day, St. Louis Park, Saturdays (through 9/13) 1 – 4 PM, Wednesdays  July 2, Aug 6, and Sep 3, 7 - 8:30 PM
Kids Bowl Free   Mastermind, Mold, and Make:Creativity Jam, Children's Museum, St. Paul, 9 AM - 8 PM, $9.95/ticket or buy a membership (exhibit closes 9/7)
Midtown Global Market Neighborhood Night, Thursdays, 5 - 8 PM
Minnesota Historical Society, full listing of events
Mommy & Me Music Class, Teeny Bee Boutique, Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:15 PM, birth - 3
Open Eye Driveway Tours – Summer 2014 Schedule
Play Date Wednesday, Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge (through 7/17)

Saturday Morning on the Gale Woods Farm
, Minnetrista, 9:30 AM – 12 PM, all ages, $5 
State Capital LEGO Model Display, State Capitol, St. Paul, 8:30 - 5 PM
Summit Avenue Walking Tours, James J. Hill House, St. Paul, 11 AM & 2 PM, $8 kids, $12 adults, discount for members
Sunday Guided Tour of Fraconia, 2 - 3 PM
Tail Time,
Wild Rumpus, Mondays, 10:30 AM
St. Paul Public Libraries, events and classes
St. Paul Music in the Parks
Toys of the 50s, 60s, & 70s, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, 10 AM-5 PM, $6 kids/$11 adults or buy a membershipHistoric Fort Snelling, Opening Weekend, Veterans receive free entrance on Memorial Day, 10 AM-5 PM, kids $6, adults $11 or buy a membership
Ultimate Dinosaurs, Science Museum of Minnesota, (runs until 8/24)
Walker Art Center, Target Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 PM
Walking Tours, St. Paul, 1st, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday, 10 AM
Wee Wednesdays, Midtown Global Market, 10 AM - 1 PM

ADDITIONAL FAMILY FUN RESOURCES
Family Fun Twin Cities 
highlights several free family-friendly activities going on this weekend and also provides an on-going free calendar of activities each day.
Macaroni Kid
 is a great resource for finding kid-friendly events in your area.
MELSA Library Calendar
 makes it easy to find events at your local library (and they have much more than just reading-based activities)
PhenoMNal Twin Cities
 lists freebies and discounts for adults in the Twin Cities and maintains an events calendar, as well.
Thrifty Minnesota
 has an “events” category highlighting free and discounted activities for Minnesota folks.
Twin Cities Frugal Mom
 cherry-picks a wide variety of family-friendly events with her Deals & Events calendar.


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