Twin Cities Family: Free Week/Weekend Highlights September 3-September 9, 2012

Thank you all for going with the flow as I adjust my format for my lists on A Traveling Thought.  I am trying to figure out how to best give you all the information I have at my finger tips.

Because it’s great information, but it is a lot of information!  And now with school starting, the week day events are not as frequent.

Without further adieu–the first week of September.

Sunday, September 2 
see here
Monday, September 3 
see here
Tuesday, September 4 
First day of school for most of Minnesota


MN History Center
Free Tuesday evenings
5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Why not celebrate the first day of school at the Minnesota History Center?  Take an hour or so and let the kids explore the museum and the  grain elevator.  It’s an exciting opportunity you can do each week, but in my mind the best Tuesday to do it would be the first day of school when most likely, they don’t have any homework yet.  And you are building into them early a love for learning.
Wednesday, September 5

Como Zoo
Groovin’ In The Garden
The Rockin’ Pinecones
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
A true experience for the whole family.  Como Zoo does a great job in entertaining everyone.  With the Rockin’ Pinecones, you will enjoy a New Orlean’s R&B sound.  I think it sounds fun!



Thursday, September 6 

City of Burnsville 
Fire Muster
Live Music, Car Show, Helicopter, Pony Rides, Big Wheel Races



Tamarack Nature Center 
Discovery Hollow and Garden
Make use of this nature center’s garden and play area while it is still free.  A grant was issued to create this area and to make it fun for the whole family.  I’ve heard that this is an experience you don’t want to miss!  It’s time to go while the whether is still nice.

Mears Park in Lowertown St. Paul
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra 
7:00 pm
Performing Beethoven’s  Eroica Symphony, join the SPCO at the Concrete and Grass Music Festival.  Considered to be one of the best music festivals in the Twin Cities, take the opportunity for some free historical and musical culture.  And Lowertown is an exquisite part of St. Paul.
Friday, September 7 


Textile Center
Better Than Recess Exhibit
10:00 am-7:00 pm
Inspire your young or young at heart students to create this school year by seeing what other children and teens have created.

St. Paul Raspberry Island/East of Harriet Island
Javier Trejo 
Back to the Future II
7:00

City of Burnsville 
Fire Muster
Live Music, Car Show, Helicopter, Pony Rides, Big Wheel Races



Saturday, September 8


City of Wayzata
James J. Hill Days 
Arts and Crafts, Parade, Dachshund Races


City of Excelsior 
Apple Day 
9:00 am-4:00 pm

City of Ramsey 
Happy Days 
Polka Fest, Car show, Craft fair, Bike tours, Live Music
9:00 Fireworks

Waite Park Neighborhood 
Waite Park Fall Festival 
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Pushcart Derby, Music, Kids games

City of Burnsville 
Fire Muster
Live Music, Car Show, Helicopter, Pony Rides, Big Wheel Races


St. Croix Vineyards 
Grape Stomp Celebration 
12:00-6:00 pm

The Bookcase
Kathi Kreatz
Critters 
2:00 pm
Meet local author Kathi Kreatz and have her sign a copy of her picture book Critters.

Paw Print

Heartfelt
Woofstock
10 am – 3 pm FREE Craft: Pinecone Puppies

10 am – 11 am Meet and Greet with Zorro
1 pm – 2 pm Meet and Greet with Zorro
2 pm – 3 pm Dog Trick Contest on the Main Stage

The Red Balloon Bookshop
Publication Party Tell Me About Your Day
10:30 am
Meet local illustrator, Lauren Stringer, at this publication party of Tell Me About Your Day by Mem Fox.  There will be a reading, book signing, and CAKE!

Target’s Children’s Book Festival 
Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Musical performances and live readings!  An appearance by 1996 gold medalist gymnast Dominque Moceanu.  Books!  Books!  Books!
If you miss this event, you can travel to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.!

Linden Hills Library–Starting point 
Library Bike Tour 
2:00 pm

Sunday, September 9


Minneapolis Institute of Arts Family Day
Play On Words
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Art-making: Illuminated Letters11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Art-Making: Bound Books11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Gallery Hunt: A-B C-Ya! 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Special Exhibition: “Rembrandt in America”
Presented by U.S. Bank
11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Artful Stories: A Preschool Tour Experience11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.
Performance: Nala and the Pink TigerNoon, 1 & 3 p.m.
Workshop: Family Stories12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m.
Book Signing: Nala and the Pink Tiger1:45–2:30 p.m.



Three Rivers Park District
North Mississippi Regional Park
Free Family Fun Day: River’s Edge
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Discover the great Mississippi River!  Search of river rocks, agate, and shells; meet a river creature; and play in the water!

St. Croix Vineyards 
Grape Stomp Celebration 
12:00-6:00 pm

MOA Paradise Pen Presents 
The Art of Handwriting
12:00 pm -6:00 pm
For ages 6 and up
Learn history of handwriting and pens and try your hand at calligraphy!  Giveaways and drawings.


City of Wayzata
James J. Hill Days 
Arts and Crafts, Parade, Dachshund Races

City of Burnsville 
Fire Muster
Live Music, Car Show, Helicopter, Pony Rides, Big Wheel Races


City of Ramsey 
Happy Days 
Polka Fest, Car show, Craft fair, Bike tours, Live Music

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I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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