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“F” is for Free and Frugal Family Fun: Things to do the Week of Feb. 20

Free and frugal, family fun in and around Richfield.

STORY TIME
Family Storytime at the Hennepin County Libraries
(recurring) FREE!
Augsburg Park Library, Tuesdays, Feb 7-28 at 10:30 AM
Oxboro Library, Mondays, Feb. 6, Feb 13 & Feb. 27, 10:30 AM
Penn Lake Library, Tuesdays, Feb 7-28 at 10:30 AM
Southdale Library,  Tuesdays, Feb 7–28, 7 PM and Wednesdays, Feb 8-29, 10:30 AM

Other Library Events
Teen Anime Club, Penn Lake Library, Wed, Feb 22, 3:30 – 5 PM, Grades 6-12. Can’t get enough anime? Join up to watch and review brand-new anime episodes, share artwork and hang out with other anime fans.

Chess Club, Southdale Library, Wed, Feb 22, 6:30–8 PM, Grades 4-6. Chess it out! Have fun learning the basics of chess, improving your game, and meeting other chess fans. This club also meets on March 7 & 21 and April 4 & 18. Walk-ins welcome.

Wild Rumpus Tail Time – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The Wild Rumpus also has a program for book clubs. Register your book club and receive 20% off. (recurring) FREE!

Barnes and Noble Story Time – all FREE events
Mondays – Feb 20, 11 AM, Burnsville, Preschool (recurring)
Mondays – Feb 20, 10 AM, Eagan (recurring)
Wednesdays – Feb 22, 11 AM, Edina, I Broke My Trunk! (Elephant and Piggie Series) (recurring)
Thursdays – Feb 23, 10 AM, Highland Park, St. Paul, Toddler story time (recurring)
Friday, Feb 24, 11 AM, Pirate Stories, Edina
Fridays – Feb 24, 7 PM, Highland Park, St. Paul, PJRama story time (recurring)

Creative Kidstuff Story Time, Thursdays at 10 AM at all stores  (recurring) FREE!

Creative Kidstuff Toddler Play Time at the West End St. Louis Park and Wayzata stores (Wednesdays at 10 AM) is hosting a weekly Play Time for toddlers and parents in our inviting playroom stocked full of toys and activities that toddlers will love. We’ll prepare the room and plan the activities, set up and clean up! Your only job is to play. FREE!

Toddler Tuesdays: Team Umizoomi: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10 AM – 12 noon, Mall of America Rotunda,Milli and Geo are coming to Mall of America® to meet their UmiFriends at Toddler Tuesdays®! Meet and greet Milli and Geo from 10 – 10:30 and 11 – 11:30 a.m., join us for an umirrific craft project and watch an episode of the show!Please note: If necessary, the meet and greet line may close prior to 11:30 a.m. to accommodate those already in line.

Juvenile Walk for Diabetes: Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 – 10 AM, Mall of America Rotunda, Be part of a cure for diabetes! Join us in our goal of raising $2 million for diabetes research. For more information visit http://www.jdrf.org/ or call 952-851-0770.

How to Train Your Dragon: Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 AM, Free Family Flicks at the Mall of America, first-come, first-served as seating is limited to the theatre capacity. FREE!

Hoopin’ It Up for Hope: Sunday, Feb 26, 11 AM – 7 PM, Mall of America Rotunda,TreeHouse’s Hoopin’ It Up for Hope is a series of timed basketball free-throw tournaments with competing teams of five. Through this exciting event, we hope to shine a light on the issues surrounding at-risk teens, increase awareness of TreeHouse and raise new operating revenues for the communities we serve. To get involved by creating or joining a team and raising money for at-risk teens in your community, visit firstgiving.com.

Real Pirates Exhibition: Science Museum of Minnesota, Saturday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Sept. 3 – Don your pirate hat and climb aboard a recreation of a pirate ship. Learn to tie knots, hoist a pirate flag and explore what life was like on a real pirate ship. See more than 200 artifacts from North America’s only authenticated pirate shipwreck.

MOVIES & THEATRE

Almost to Freedom at the Stepping Stone Theatre in St. Paul, now through Feb. 26, great for grades 2-8. Children and seniors $11, adults $14.  Visit Macaroni Kids Edina  for a chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets

Harold and the Purple Crayon at the Children’s Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, March 4.

NATURE EVENTS
Wood Lake Nature CenterMinneapolis Parks and Recreation and Three Rivers Park District offer a wide variety of fun activities and events for all ages including preschoolers.  Three Rivers also has Free Family Fun Days.

COOKING
Williams-Sonoma demonstrations at the Galleria in Edina. Call 952.285.1338 for more information. FREE!
Mon, Feb 20, 11 AM, Must-Have Kitchen Tools
Wed, Feb 22, 11 AM, Gourmet Panini at Home
Thurs, Feb 23, 11 AM, Making Ragu– Hearty & Satisfying
Fri, Feb 24, 11 AM, Science in the Kitchen: Pizza Dough
Sat, Feb 25, 11 AM, Sicillian-Style Pizza
Sat, Feb 25, 11 AM – 4 PM, Coffee Workshop with Nespresso
Sun, Feb 26, 11 AM – 4 PM, Coffee Workshop with Nespresso
Sun, Feb 26, 11 AM – 12 noon, Technique Class: Fresh, Fast & Easy Pasta. Class size is limited, registration is required, call 952. 285. 1338.  Participants enjoy 10% savings on select same-day store purchases.

Bloomington Home Improvement Fair, Sat Feb 25, Bloomington Civic Plaza, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM, FREE!

SPORTS
Family Gym Time, Thurs, Feb 23 (no Monday) at the Edina Community Center, 10 AM – 12 noon. Gym time is an interactive time with your children. This facility will give you and your pre-schoolers a chance to dance, run, wiggle and play. The Edina Family Center provides the environment and age appropriate equipment, and you provide the snacks and supervision. No registration required. Cost is $3 for First Child, $5 Maximum, Annual pass $80

Find Richfield Sports and Recreation events at the Patch.

Support Richfield High School Spartans and our local students!

Boys Varsity Basketball
Tues, Feb 14, 7 PM, Away at South St. Paul
Wed, Feb 15, 7 PM, Away at St. Paul Johnson
Tues, Feb 21, 7 PM, Tartan at RHS
Sat, Feb 25, 2 PM, Blake at RHS

Girls Varsity Basketball
Tues, Feb 21, 7:30 PM, Tartan, away
Fri, Feb 24, 7 PM, Henry Sibley, RHS

Varsity Wrestling
Fri, Feb 24, 5 PM, Sections away at Fridley High School
Sat, Feb 25, 10 AM, Sections away at Fridley High School

RICHFIELD RESOURCES
Richfield Bloomington Community Education catalog
Richfield Recreation catalog
Richfield Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks locations and hours
Richfield Ice Arena website

Richfield Historical Society
Tours of the Bartholomew House (usually Wednesdays 12-8 p.m. and Saturdays 12-4 p.m.)
This 150 year old house has witnessed Richfield’s change from an agricultural community, to a truck-farm town, to one of the earliest and fastest growing suburbs.

Richfield: House & Home: now showing until August, 2012
This main gallery exhibit takes a closer look at the “lookalike” houses of Richfield. We see our local Cape Cods, Ramblers, and other suburban houses every day. This fun and interactive exhibit will let us explore what makes a rambler a rambler, why Cape Cods came back into fashion, and why those “lookalike” house don’t look alike any more.

Minnesota on the Map: showing until March 10th, 2012. Calling all map lovers!
This traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society makes a stop in our library gallery for a short time only. See how our state has been represented in maps from past to present and take a look at some of the gems in Richfield Historical Society’s great map collection.

ADDITIONAL ARTS & HISTORY RESOURCES
Bloomington Art Center Classes
Eden Prairie Art Center Class Schedule
Edina Art Center - Class Schedule
Hennepin History Museum
– $5 adults, $1 seniors and all under 18 years, free for members, closed on Mondays
Hopkins Art Center – Class Schedule
Joann Fabric – Edina store class schedule
Michael’s – Richfield store class schedule, Bloomington store class schedule
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
– FREE daily admission, closed on Mondays

Visit Alphabet Adventures for more family fun at home and around town. Please share FREE and FRUGAL FAMILY FUN ideas in the comment section or email them to meganmmc@yahoo.com.

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