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'F' is for Free & Frugal Family Fun: Week of April 2

Megan Cassidy rounds up low and no cost family fun in and around Southwest Minneapolis.

 

 

EASTER EVENTS
Easter Petting Zoo: Southtown, April 4-7, Over 20 species of animals, Easter Bunny and friends, Saturday, April 7, 11 AM - 2 PM, crafts, facepainting, games, and treats, indoors across from Shuler Shoes, FREE!

Totally Kids Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 7, 1-3 PM, refreshments and 20% off toy coupon provided. FREE!

Preschool Egg Hunt: Thursday, April 5, Pearl Park, 414 Diamond Lake Rd, Mpls, Crafts, games, bunny hop, egg hunt. Bring your own basket to collect eggs. $2 per child. Visit ActiveNet to register for an event.

Minne-Hop-Hop Egg Hunt: Minnehaha Park Pavilion, Saturday, April 7, 10:30 AM - noon, $2 per person. Moonwalks, animals, crafts, face painting, pictures with the bunny (bring your camera) egg hunt and snack. $2/person.

Easter at the Minnesota Zoo: Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7, free kids activities, a visit from Peter Rabbit, baby chicks, and other farm animals, tractor rides. Cost: regular zoo admission.

Egg Trail and Rabbit Habits: Friday, April 6 through Tuesday, April 17, Richardson Nature Center, adults must accompany children. 9:30-11:30 AM. Registration required.

Jump and Easter Egg Hunt: Eden Pairie Pump It Up, Friday, April 6, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, open jump time, Easter egg hunt, crafts, take home goodie bag reat and some delicious snacks. All ages welcome.  Must be 34" to jump. $10 per child, $8 for siblings. Reservations required.

MALL of AMERICA EVENTS

Photos with the Easter Bunny: Saturday, March 17 through Sunday, April 8, West Market Square. Hippity Hoppity Hooray – the Easter Bunny is on his way!  Children will also receive a special treat from Peeps & Company! Hours: Sunday – Thursday: Noon – 7 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Please Note: Break times will vary and will be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

Toddler Tuesdays: The Easter Bunny's Spring Fling: Tuesday, April 3, 10 - AM - nooon, The Patio. FREE!

Hop: Saturday, Apr 7, 10 AM, Free Family Flicks at the Mall of America, first-come, first-served, as seating is limited to the theater capacity. FREE! Apr 14 - Andre, Apr 21 - We Bought a Zoo, Apr 28 - Rango, May 5 - Hugo, May 12 - The Road to El Dorado, May 19 - Chicken Run, May 26 - The Wizard of Oz, June 2 - Puss in Boots, June 9 - Mouse Hunt, June 16 - Spirit, June 23 - Space Jam, June 30 - The Goonies

EXHIBITS & THEATRE EVENTS

Real Pirates Exhibition: Science Museum of Minnesota, now through 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

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.

Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo, through April 30. Cost of regular zoo admission.

Home Depot, Build a Window Bird Feeder: Saturday, April 7, 9 AM - noon, St. Louis Park, Eden Pairie, and Bloomington locations, ages 5-12 years. FREE!

PLAYTIME

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!

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.

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

MISCELLANEOUS
Bachman's Spring Ideas House: now through April 15 (open 7 days a week), 5936 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis Cost: $5, with 20% benefiting Art in Bloom. Buy Spring Ideas House tickets now

Demystifying Curry: Williams-Sonoma, Thursday, April 5 at noon. FREE!

Click here for STORYTIME around town
Click here for SUMMER CAMP information
Click here for CRAFT SHOW Calendar

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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Megan Meuli April 05, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Heartfelt - http://www.heartfeltonline.com/ will be having a FREE pom pom chick from yarn and a scrap of felt craft on Saturday, April 7. Drop by between 12 noon and 4 PM. No reservations needed. We will show older kids and grown ups how to do the craft. They will also have Watercolor Eggs again for the younger kids to decorate. FREE!

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