Monday, July 7, 2008

Free Activities for a Monday in the Twin Cities


Here is a list on ongoing free activities for any given Monday in the Twin Cities.


As activities come and go, please check with each individual activity to make sure it is still going on! I will update as needed.


MANIC MONDAYS


Project Girl: A Guide to UnMediafying Your Life
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Wisconsin-based Project Girl organization offers a nationally-touring exhibition of mulitmedia 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.
Ongoing Daily except Sun 6/5/08 - 8/16/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 8 to 18
Time: During gallery hours
Cost: Free


Sunken Garden Summer Flower Show
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Roses, statice, geraniums, lilies, heliotropes, impatiens, petunias, caladiums, and more - representing a wide range of colors, forms, and scent - are on display in the conservatory's most diverse seasonal show of the year.
651.487.8200
Ongoing Daily 5/3/08 - 10/5/08; check with location for exceptions.
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free; donations appreciated


Blooming Butterflies
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Como's new free-standing seasonal exhibit - a screened structure built to resemble a caterpillar - features a variety of butterfly species and native plants, and illustrates their interdependency and beauty.
651.487.8272
Ongoing Daily 6/6/08 - 9/7/08; check with location for exceptions.
Time: During zoo hours
Cost: Free; $1-$2 donation suggested


Nickelodeon Character Meet-n-Greets
Mall of America
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Kids can meet costumed Nick characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora and Diego, the Backyardigans, and Blue at the new Nickelodeon Universe amusement park in the Mall of America - another excuse to check out all the new rides and features at the redesigned park! Meet-n-Greets take place at both the Green (on the half-hour) and Blue (on the hour) entertainment "Spots" on weekends, with appearances only at one or the other on weekdays. Check the website for times and details.
952.883.8555
Ongoing Daily 3/17/08 - 3/17/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 2 to 18
Cost: Free


Tropical Encounters
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
The zoo's first new exhibit in more than 20 years allows visitors to immerse themselves in an authentic neo-tropical rainforest adventure, exploring the relationship between plants and animals in that fragile eco-system. Located on the south end of the Visitor Center.
651.487.8272
Ongoing Daily 11/17/06 - 12/15/10; check with location for exceptions.
Time: During zoo hours
Cost: $1-$2 suggested donation


Jammies Storytime
90 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Join library staffers for stories, rhymes, songs, and games before bedtime.
651.266.7000
Ongoing Each Mon 1/2/06 - 1/29/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 2 to 9
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: Free


Music Mondays
10150 City Walk Drive, Suite C
Saint Paul, MN 55129
The Red Giraffe invites toddlers and preschoolers (accompanied by their parents or caregivers) in to the store for songs and treats.
651.714.5427
Ongoing Each Mon 3/3/08 - 4/7/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 2 to 5
Time: 10am
Cost: Free


461 North Dale Street
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Stop by the library after school for games, stories, and fun.
651.266.7000
Ongoing Each Mon, Wed 9/22/06 - 9/22/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 5 to 18
Time: 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Tale Time
2720 West 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Join bookstore staffers for wild tales for wee ones and their parents and caregivers.
612.920.5005
Ongoing Each Mon 1/9/06 - 1/9/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 1 to 6
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
1291 Promenade Place
Saint Paul, MN 55121
Stop by for stories, rhymes, and company.
651.683.1955
Ongoing Each Mon 1/3/06 - 1/3/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 6
Time: 10am & 11am
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
828 West County Road 42
Burnsville, MN 55337
Stop by for stories, rhymes, and company.
952.892.9280
Ongoing Each Mon, Fri 1/4/08 - 1/3/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 6
Time: 11am
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
3000 Eden Prairie Center
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Stop in for stories, rhymes, and company.
952.944.5683
Ongoing Each Mon, Thu 1/21/06 - 1/21/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 6
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free


Guided Capitol Tours
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Free guided tours of the beautiful State Capitol building are offered year-round. The last tour starts one hour before closing. No reservations are required; check for exceptions due to special events.
651.296.2881
Ongoing Daily 3/11/06 - 4/29/10; check with location for exceptions.
Time: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-3pm; Sun 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free


Drop-In Gym
1615 Dowling Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Work on basketball skills during an ongoing open gym session. Check with location for exceptions.
612.370.4917
Ongoing Daily except Sun 1/1/08 - 12/31/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 6 to 12Time: Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm; Sat 10am-3pm
Cost: Free


Just Lounging
2728 39th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Kids can hang out and play games with park staffers in a safe environment. Call to register.
612.370.4924
Ongoing Each Mon 6/16/08 - 8/18/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 13 to 15
Time: 6:30pm-8pm
Cost: Free


Lounge Lizards
2728 39th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Kids can hang out and play games with park staffers in a safe environment. Call to register. No program the week of July 4.
612.370.4924
Ongoing Each 6/16/08 - 8/21/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 13 to 15
Time: 3pm-5pm
Cost: Free


Lounge Lizards
3400 - 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
The park offers kids a place to hang out and play ping pong, bumper pool, foosball, and board games. The computer lab is available starting at 4pm. Call to register.
Ongoing Weekdays 6/16/08 - 8/29/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 6 to 18
Time: 1pm-8pm
Cost: Free


Game Rooms
237 Thomas Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Kids can play ping pong, foosball, darts, and video and board games during summer afternoons at Scheffer, Baker, El Rio Vista, Linwood, MLK, and West Minnehaha rec centers.
651.298.5820
Ongoing Weekdays 6/9/08 - 8/22/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 6 to 12
Time: 2pm-6pm
Cost: Free


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