Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Free Activities for a Tuesday in the Twin Cities


Tuesdays can be fun, it is not a Monday, and it is nowhere close to the weekend yet. So why not take advantage of these free activities for your Tuesday in the Twin Cities.


As activities come and go I will try to update accordingly. But please check with each activity to make sure it is still current and happening.


If you have any free activities you would like to add, just e-mail me at momisbroke @ Comcast.net and let me know about the activity and any web site that relates to it, I will gladly add it to the list!



TERRIFIC TUESDAYS



Toddler Tuesday:
Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55425
The mall hosts themed weekly events for toddlers and their parents and caregivers that include live entertainment and discounts at some mall stores and restaurants. Check with the web site to see what this Tuesday is offering!
952.883.8800
Time: 10am-12n
ost: 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 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
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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


Lunch with the Librarian
Riverview Library
1 East George Street
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Preschoolers through third graders are invited to the library for lemonade and stories, as part of the library's summer reading and entertainment program. Participants should bring a bag lunch.
651.292.6626
Ongoing Each Tue 6/17/08 - 7/29/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 8Time: 12n
Cost: Free


Blooming Butterflies
Como Zoo
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


Gardener and Zookeeper Talks
Como Zoo
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Visitors can ask a gardener or zookeeper about plants, animals, and day-to-day zoo and conservatory operations during daily presentations exploring different topics.
651.487.8272
Ongoing Daily except Mon 2/24/08 - 8/31/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 4 to 18
Time: 11am & 1:30pm
Cost: Free


Sparky's Coastal Journey
Como Zoo
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Even after 50 years, Sparky (or rather, her latest incarnation) still packs the amphitheater! This summer, she embarks on an all-new adventure on an all-new stage, "looking" for her polar bear friends Neil and Buzz, who are away while the zoo builds them a new habitat. Also takes place on Memorial Day and Labor Day Mondays. In addition, there's a sea lion feeding and behavior demo at Sea Island at 3pm.
651.487.8272
Ongoing Daily except Mon 5/24/08 - 8/31/08; check with location for exceptions.
Time: 11:30am & 2pm
Cost: Free


Nickelodeon Character Meet-n-Greets
Nickelodeon Universe
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
Como Zoo
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


Bilingual Storytime
Northeast Branch Library
2200 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Families can stop by the library for stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English.
612.630.6900
Ongoing Each Tue 1/8/08 - 1/8/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 2 to 8
Time: 6:30pm-7pm
Cost: Free


Play & Learn Time
Sun Ray Library
2105 Wilson Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55119
Parents and kids can enjoy age-appropriate books and toys during a drop-in educational playtime.
651.501.6300
Ongoing Each Tue 1/2/07 - 1/5/10; check with location for exceptions.
Time: 10:30am-12n
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
Arlington Hills Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Parent and kids can attend a library storytime featuring songs, books, and rhymes to build literacy skills.
651.793.3930
Ongoing Each Tue 1/8/08 - 1/8/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 5
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free


Musical Storytime
Highland Park Library
1974 Ford Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Guitar Lady Kathleen leads kids and parents through fingerplays, stories, rhymes, and songs.
651.695.3700
Ongoing Each Tue, Thu 1/2/06 - 1/2/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 1 to 6
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free


Bedtime Stories
Hamline Midway Library
1558 West Minnehaha Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Parents and preschoolers can drop in for stories, rhymes, games, and songs before bedtime.
651.642.0293
Ongoing Each Tue 1/2/07 - 1/6/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 2 to 8
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
Rice Street Library
1011 Rice Street
Saint Paul, MN 55117
Parents and kids can stop by the library for stories, songs, and games.
651.558.2223
Ongoing Each Tue 1/2/07 - 1/2/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 2 to 5
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 North Dale Street
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Parents and preschoolers can enjoy stories, songs, and other activities geared toward building reading skills.
651.266.7000
Ongoing Each Tue 9/22/06 - 9/22/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 6
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
Riverview Library
1 East George Street
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Build reading-readiness skills with stories, songs, rhymes, and movement during a parent-child storytime.
651.292.6626
Ongoing Each Tue 4/2/06 - 4/30/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 5
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free


Family Storytime
Riverview Library
1 East George Street
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Families are invited to the library for stories, songs, and movement during an evening storytime.
651.292.6626
Ongoing Each Tue 4/2/06 - 4/30/10; check with location for exceptions.
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free


Lap-sit Storytime
Highland Park Library
1974 Ford Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Parents and little ones (ages birth to 18 months) can snuggle up for stories and songs, nurturing a love of books.
651.695.3700
Ongoing Each Tue 1/2/06 - 1/2/10; check with location for exceptions.
Time: 4pm
Cost: Free


PBK Book Club
Pottery Barn Kids
236 West Market Street
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Stop in for stories and more. Receive a Book Club card the first time you go; get a special gift after attending five times. You can also attend at the store in Edina or Maple Grove.
952.854.6352
Ongoing Each Tue 1/3/06 - 1/26/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 1 to 6
Time: 10am-10:30am
Cost: Free


PBK Book Club
Pottery Barn Kids
12161 Elm Creek Boulevard
Osseo, MN 55369
Stop in for stories and more. Receive a Book Club card the first time you go; get a special gift after attending five times. You can also attend at the Mall of America location.
763.420.7338
Ongoing Each Tue 1/3/06 - 1/26/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 1 to 6
Time: 10am-10:30am
Cost: Free


Baby Storytime
The Red Balloon Bookshop
895 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Children's librarian Sara Waters leads a storytime filled with rhymes, puppets, and songs, to spark smiles - and brain development - during children's first years.
651.224.8320
Ongoing Each Tue 1/22/06 - 1/22/10; check with location for exceptions.
Time: 10:15am
Cost: Free


Toddler Storytime
The Red Balloon Bookshop
895 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Kim Faurot hosts an action-packed storytime filled with stories, songs, and movement.
651.224.8320
Ongoing Each Tue 1/22/06 - 1/22/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 2 to 4
Time: 11am
Cost: Free


Storytime
Barnes & Noble
8040 Wedgewood Lane
Osseo, MN 55369
Stop by for stories, rhymes, and company.
763.420.4517
Ongoing Each Tue, Fri 1/3/06 - 1/11/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 1 to 6
Time: 10am
Cost: Free


Preschool Storytime
Barnes & Noble
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55109
Stop by for stories, rhymes, and company.
651.779.9999
Ongoing Each Tue, Thu 1/6/06 - 1/11/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 6
Time: 11am
Cost: Free


Morning Storytime
Barnes & Noble
13131 Ridgedale Drive
Hopkins, MN 55305
Stop by for stories, rhymes, and songs. A craft activity is often all included.
952.546.2006
Ongoing Each Tue, Fri 9/26/06 - 9/26/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 1 to 5
Time: 10am
Cost: Free


Guided Capitol Tours
Minnesota State Capitol
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
Folwell Park & Recreation Center
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 12
Time: Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm; Sat 10am-3pm
Cost: Free


Lounge Lizards
Brackett Park and Recreation Center
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


Teen Basketball & Gym Time
Bottineau Park & Recreation Center
2000 Second Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Teens can drop in to the rec center to play hoops, table tennis, foosball, and more. Valid picture ID required.
612.370.4958
Ongoing Each Tue, Thu 6/16/08 - 8/22/08; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 13 to 18
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
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
Scheffer Park & Recreation Center
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



HAPPY TUESDAY!

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