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'F' is for Free & Frugal Family Fun: Week of April 30

Round up of low and no cost family fun in and around Richfield this week.

Festival of Nations: May 3-6, St. Paul River Centre, fill out this short survey to get your FREE! bus tickets to the Festival of Nations.

May Day Parade: Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre on Sunday, May 6 at 1 PM, parade starts at corner of 25th Street and Bloomington Avenue in South Minneapolis.

Bloomington Curbside Clean Up Days: Great day to get rid of stuff or find some treasures! See schedule on above link.

KID'S CONSIGNMENT SALE EVENTS
Treasure Hunt Sales: (May 4-6) Ames Arena in Lakeville.
Eden Prairire Just Bewteen Friends: May 3-6 at the former Frank's Nursery.

Hennepin County Garage Sales

MALL of AMERICA EVENTS 
Toddler Tuesdays: Under the Sea Party:
Tuesdau, May 1 from 10 AM - noon, West Market Square. Click here for upcoming Toddler Tuesdays events.

Hugo: Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM during Free Family Flicks at the Mall of America, first-come, first-served, as seating is limited to the theater capacity. FREE! Click here for future showings

Young Inventors Fair: Saturday, May 5 from 1-4 PM in the Rotunda.

American Girl Doll Store Events: all events FREE and open to the public!
McKenna "Take the Challenge" Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, May 2 from 4-8 PM.

EXHIBITS, MOVIE, & THEATRE EVENTS
Target Free Family Concerts at Orchestra Hall schedule

Enchanted: Friday Night Family Movies on May 4 at 6 PM, West Side Perk, FREE!
Click here for upcoming movie events.

Real Pirates Exhibition: Science Museum of Minnesota, now through Sept. 3.

NATURE EVENTS
Wood Lake Nature Center
, Minneapolis 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.

Wood Lake Nature Center
Marsh Exploreres: Sunday, May 6, 1:00 and 3:30 PM, $3 or free for members.
Nature Adventurers: Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2 at 10 AM; $8 per child.

Richardson Nature Center Events
Baby Birds: Preschool Drop-Off on Tuesday, May 1, 1-3 PM; $10.
Walk When the Moon is Full: Frog Moon, Friday, May 4, 8-9:30 PM; $5.
Raptor Release: Hyland Park Reserve on Saturday, May 5, 11 AM, FREE!
Click here for upcoming Richardson Nature Center events

Minnesota Zoo Events
Dr. Zoolittle: May 6, Family Zoo Adventures (4-8 years), 1-3 PM, $37 for child/adult members, $50 non-members.
Inch By Inch: Saturday, May 5; Mon, May 7, Toddler Time (2-3 years), 9:30 - 10:30 AM or 11 AM - 12 noon, members $18, non-members $22.
Penguin Plunge: Friday, May 4, Preschool Classes (3 1/2 years - Kindgergarten), 9:30-11:30 AM or 1:00-3:00 PM, Members: $23 per class, Non-members: $28 per class.

Bear Encounters: May 5, $125.

Dolphin Ecounters: May 6, $150.

If the event/date you want is full, there is a waiting list option available during
registration.
Call 952.431.9320 if you have any questions.
Click here for upcoming Minnesota Zoo events.

PLAYTIME
Creative Kidstuff's Toddler Play Time:
West End St. Louis Park and Wayzata stores, Wednesday at 10 AM, FREE!

Pump It Up Pop-In Playtime: Schedule is subject to change on school out days. No registration required.
Eden Pairie: Pop-In Playtime - Mondays: 1:30-3 PM; Tuesdays, Thursdays,
& Fridays: 10-11:30 AM and 1-3:30 PM; Family Jump Time: 6:30-8 PM
Parents Night Out, 2nd Friday of the month, $25, Call for reservations, spots fill quickly
Burnsville: Tuesdays, Pop-In Playtime: 10 AM - 11:30 AM , Family Jump Time: 6:30-8pm, Wednesdays, Pop-In Playtime: 1:30 - 3 PM, $6 per person1:30PM - 3:00PM Pop In Playtime 6:30PM - 8:00PM Family Jump Time Parents Night Out, 5:30-8:30, 2nd Friday of the month, $25, Call for reservations, spots fill
quickly.

MISCELLANEOUS
Marie Mayhew Knitter's Trunk Show: Heartfelt, (all ages), Saturday, May 5, drop in between 11 AM and 2 PM, FREE! Marie will offer tutorials in double point knitting

Build a Planter Box: Home Depot Kid's Workshop, Bloomington, FREE!, 9 AM - 12 noon Call 952-881-7020 for more information

Hennepin County Library Events
Music with a Latin Beat at Penn Lake on Saturday, May 5 at 11 AM, FREE!
Click here for this week's storytime schedule

Click here for BIRTHDAY PARTIES A to Z
Click here for STORYTIME around town
Click here for SUMMER CAMPS A to Z information
Click here for your own ALPHABET FUN

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David Haines May 02, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Even though I don't look every week, as a parent, I appreciate the list of all the things to do around town when we are looking for something to do with the family!
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I wish there was a "like" button on here!

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