Thursday, June 12, 2008

What to Do This Weekend

I personally will be at dance recitals all weekend, so I hope you guys can go out and enjoy some of the free activities this weekend. Two of the biggies are the Stone Arch Festival and Free Sunday at the Children's Museum.

Here is your red box code for your free movie this weekend: FLAGIT


FRIDAY JUNE 13th

Bob the Beachcomber Family Concert
Ojibway Park
2695 Ojibway Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55125
Woodbury hosts free entertainment at the Ojibway Park Bandshell; inclement weather moves the performance to the Central Park Amphitheater.
http://www.ci.woodbury.mn.us
Time: 11am
Cost: Free

Bill & Kate Isles
Lake Harriet
43rd Street & East Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55410
The park board presents a free concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on the northwestern edge of the lake, as part of its annual summer entertainment series. Bench and lawn seating, and concessions, are available.
612.230.6400
http://www.minneapolisparks.org
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free

Project Girl: A Guide to UnMediafying Your Life
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Wisconsin-based Project Girl organization offers a nationally-touring exhibition of multimedia works created by girls during workshops covering a media literacy curriculum designed to counteract the harmful messages with which they are bombarded by mass media
.http://www.intermediaarts.org
Occurs every day except Sundays from 6/5/08 - 8/16/08
Ages: 8 to 18
Time: During gallery hours
Cost: Free

BioBlitz 2008
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Boulevard East
Minneapolis, MN 55425
BioBlitz - a combination community festival and scientific endeavor - allows scientists from the U of M, the Bell Museum, and around the state (with the help of volunteers) to count as many species of plants and animals as they can find in a 24-hour survey period in a given area. This year, the event takes place at the refuge. Guided walks, demonstrations, and other activities take place throughout the period, and visitors can speak with scientists about their work. See the website for a complete listing of events.
http://www.bellmuseum.org/bioblitz/
6/13/08 - 6/14/08
Time: Fri 5pm-Sat 5pm (a 24-hour event)
Cost: Free

Play Time
Brackett Park and Recreation Center
2728 39th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Weather-permitting, the park offers a weekly outdoor playtime for families with kids from birth through age five. Call to register.
612.370.4924
http://www.minneapolisparks.org
6/6/08 - 8/29/08
Time: 9:30am-10:30am
Cost: Free


SATURDAY JUNE 14th

The Bad Animals
Lake Harriet
43rd Street & East Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55410
The park board presents a free Heart tribute concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on the northwestern edge of the lake, as part of its annual summer entertainment series. Bench and lawn seating, and concessions, are available.
612.230.6400
http://www.minneapolisparks.org
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free

Parktacular
Wolfe Park & The Rec Center
3700 Monterey Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Parktacular - a community fair now in its 12th year - just keeps getting bigger and better. This year's festivities include water games and carnival rides, a climbing wall and petting zoo, family fishing clinics, kids' fairs (Sat 2pm-6pm), concerts, a street dance (Fri 5pm), a 12-mile family bike ride, a Belgian waffle brunch (Sun 9am-1pm) and more. The Grand Day Parade runs along West 40th Street into the park (Sat 12n). Visit the website for a complete listing of events and offerings.
Occurs every day from 6/12/08 - 6/15/08
Time: See website for schedule
Cost: Free; Fee for rides, food, and some activities

Stone Arch Festival
Nicollet Island Park
Nicollet Island Minneapolis, MN 55401
This Father's Day weekend tradition features more than 250 artist booths; free dance, theater and music performances; children's art activities; and a large classic car display. The festival runs along Main Street and down on to Nicollet Island at the historic St. Anthony Main riverfront. Park in the lot at 2nd Street Northeast, or better yet, save yourself a few headaches and take public transit.
612..378.1226
http://www.stonearchfestival.com
6/14/08 - 6/15/08
Time: 10am-6pm
Cost: Free

Father's Day Fun
Lakeshore Learning Store
Lakeshore celebrates Father's Day by offering a day of games, product demos, and make-n-take crafts, including an opportunity to create a card for dear old dad. Visit the Father's Day Fun page on Lakeshore's website for a 20% off coupon, good on any single non-sale purchase
.http://www.lakeshorelearning.com
Ages: 2 to 10
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost: Free

Midsommar!
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate the coming of summer with fiddling, dancing, and frivolity! Enjoy live music, crafts, storytimes, food, games, and colorful Swedish folk costumes and dancing. The highlight of the day is the festive raising of the Midsummer Pole at about 1pm, followed by folk and ring dancing around it. Visitors can make flowered head wreaths, learn Swedish songs and dances, and play Kubb, a Swedish lawn game. This year, two 1908 vehicles are also on display (weather-permitting), to honor the year the mansion was completed. Presentations at 11:30am and 1:30pm address institute founder Swan Turnblad's Waverly electric car, one of the first automobiles in Minneapolis.
612.871.4907
http://www.americanswedishinst.org/ASI/Home.html
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free, including museum admission

Dragonfly Collecting
Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Road
Osseo, MN 55369
Help the Minnesota Dragonfly Survey Project by searching out and collecting dragonflies with a naturalist.
763.559.6700
http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/
Ages: 5 to 18
Time: 10am-12n
Cost: Free

Peer into the Pond
Maplewood Nature Center
2659 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55119
Catch, identify, and release snails, waterbugs, and minnows, and view them up close under a video zoom lens. Children must be accompanied; advance registration is required by June 12.
651.249.2170
http://www.maplewood.mn.us
Ages: 4 to 18
Time: 10am-11:15am
Cost: Free

MCBA Family Day
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Families can explore the art of black and white silhouettes during a special hands-on open house at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. All needed materials are provided; dress for a wet mess.
612.215.2520
http://www.mnbookarts.org
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: Free

9th Annual It's Kids' Time Extreme Mall Tour
Mall of America
Highway 494 & Highway 77
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Guitar Hero, DDR, NBA Ballers, American Idol, and other popular titles are featured in a GameZone, along with demos and giveaways of the latest gaming products during this mall tour for tweens and teens. A Kidz Active Zone offers cardio kickboxing demo classes, jump roping contests, hula hoop challenges, and other performances and activities.http://www.sppkids.com http://www.mallofamerica.com
Ages: 10 to 18
Time: 11am-5pm
Cost: Free

Fish Print T-Shirts
Creative Kidstuff
4313 Upton Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Bring in a t-shirt (white suggested; limit one per person), and turn it into a unique gift for Dad or Grandpa for Father's Day. The store provides everything but the shirt, including a real fish. Available at all Creative Kidstuff locations.
http://www.creativekidstuff.com
Ages: 2 to 18
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Free

Lowe's Build and Grow Workshops
Lowes locations
Bring the kids to build their own measuring tape. You can preregister at the above link.
Ages: 3-12
Time: 10-11am
Cost: Free


SUNDAY JUNE 15th

Robbinsdale City Band
Centennial Lakes Park
7499 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55435
Edina presents a free concert at the amphitheater at the southern end of the lake.
952.927.8861
http://www.centenniallakespark.com/
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free

Acoustic Sunrise Concert: Mary Bue
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
This free concert at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is part of a series presented every other Sunday.
612.870.3131
http://www.artsmia.org
Time: 11am-1pm
Cost: Free

Pops Ensemble
Como Park
1360 Lexington Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Families are invited to enjoy a live performance in the Pavilion, as part of St. Paul's Music in the Parks program.
651.266.6400
http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free

Calhoun Isles Community Band
Como Park
1360 Lexington Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Families are invited to enjoy a live performance of band music in the Pavilion, as part of St. Paul's Music in the Parks program.
651.266.6400
http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free

Free Family Fundays: Frogs
North Mississippi Regional Park & Kroening Center
4900 Mississippi Court
Minneapolis, MN 55430
Join a frog hunt to collect frogs in the pond and park, and help decide which should live at the nature center for the summer.
763.559.6700
http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org
Ages: 3 to 18
Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: Free

Owl in the Yard
Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Road
Osseo, MN 55369
Visit with Eastman's resident great horned owl and learn how owls fly silently and more. Bring a camera!
http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org
Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: Free

20th Annual Amateur Nature Photography Contest
Eastman Nature Center
13351 Elm Creek Road
Osseo, MN 55369
Entries are accepted June 14-22 from all ages, with prizes awarded for the top three entries in wildlife, plants, and scenery categories. One special prize is awarded for the best photo taken in the park district. Limit of three entries per person; visit the website for guidelines and details.
763.559.6700
http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org
6/14/08 - 6/22/08
Cost: $4/entry

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park
Lake Harriet
43rd Street & East Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Bring a picnic, blanket, and lawn chairs...or head over to the Rose Garden on the east side of the lake with nothing more than your sense of humor. Either way, you can catch a family-friendly improv performance. Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe has been offering the free shows for 17 years - and no two have ever been alike! Rain or wet grass cancels the performance.
612.825.1832
Ages: 4 to 18
Time: 5pm & 7pm
Cost: Free

Free Third Sunday
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Visitors enjoy free museum admission all day, and a chance to create art during an Art Attack! workshop from 10am-3pm. Note: Free Days attract quite a crowd, so try to leave strollers at home.
651.225.6001
http://www.mcm.org
Ages: 1 to 10
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free

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