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'F' is for Free & Frugal Family Fun: Week of April 23

Megan Cassidy rounds up low and no cost family fun in and around SW Mpls.

LOCAL LIBRARY EVENTS
Vietnamese Storytime, Augsburg Park, Sat, Apr 21 & 28, 11 AM
Used Book Sale, Edina Library, Sat, Apr 28, 10 AM - 5 PM
LEGO® Mania!, Linden Hills Library, Sat, Apr 28, 1-3 PM, Preshool-grade 5
Teen Anime Club, Penn Lake Library, Wed, Apr 25, 3:30–5 PM
Celebración del Día de los niños/Día de los libros, Oxboro Library, Sat, Apr 28, 2 PM

Home Along Safety Class, Richfield Recreation, registration deadline Apr 30, $16, ages 9-12

MALL of AMERICA EVENTS
Toddler Tuesdays: Giggle, Giggle, Quack presented by Stages Theatre Company,Tues, Apr 24, 10 AM - Noon, The Patio, FREE!

Rango, Sat, Apr 28, 10 AM, 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

Marbles: The Brain Store's 4th Annual Crossword Tournament, Sat, Apr 28, 1 - 4 PM, Sears Court, The 1st place winner will receive a $50 Marbles gift card. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $25 Marbles gift cards.

Demand the Change for Children Celebration,Sat, Apr 28, 10 AM - 5 PM, Rotunda

Magic the Gathering: Avacyn Restored Prerelease, Sun, Apr 29, 11 AM - 8 PM, Rotunda

AMERICAN GIRL DOLL STORE EVENTS - all events FREE and open to the public!
McKenna "Take the Challenge" Scavenger Hunt, Wed, Apr 25, 4 - 8 PM FREE!
McKenna Bracelet Craft, Wed, Apr 25, 4-6 PM
American Girl Historical Character Scavenger Hunt, Fri, Apr 27, 3-7 PM
American Girl Historical Character Scavenger Hunt, Fri, Apr 27, 3-7 PM
Julie's Bracelet Craft, Fri, Apr 27, 3-5 PM, Jul 26, 2-4 PM 
Julie's Disco Dance Steps Demo, Fri, Apr 27, 4-6 PM
Julie's Embroidered Card Craft, Fri, Apr 27, 5-7 PM, Aug 31, 3-5 PM
Click here for upcoming American Girl Doll Store Events

EXHIBITS, MOVIE, & THEATRE EVENTS
Target Free Family Concerts at Orchestra Hall, Peter and the Wolf, Jun 3, Registration deadline 4/27

Peter Pan, Friday Night Family Movies, Apr 27, 6 PM, West Side Perk, FREE!
Click here for upcoming movie 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.

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.

$3 Tour Days, The Landing, Suns, Apr 29, 12 noon - 5 PM  and Sats, Apr 28, 10 AM - 5 PM 

Wild Edible Buffet, Woodlake Nature Center, Sun, Apr 29, 1 - 2:30 PM

RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER EVENTS
Plants and Flowers, Preschool Drop-Off, Tues, Apr 24, 1-3 PM, $10
Richardson's Grand Green Opening, Sat, Apr 28, 9 AM - noon, FREE!
Women's Spring Walk, Sat, Apr 28, 10 - 11:30 AM, FREE!
Snakes Alive!, Sun, Apr 29, 3-4 PM, FREE!
Click here for upcoming Richardson Nature Center events

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

Cluck with the Chickens at the Farm, Fri, Apr 27 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  - Apr 29,  $125
If the date you want is full, there is a waiting list option available during registration. Call 952.431.9320 for more information.  Click here for upcoming Minnesota Zoo events
PLAYTIME
Creative Kidstuff Toddler Play Time
, West End St. Louis Park and Wayzata stores, Weds 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
Fairy Tree House, Heartfelt, (Ages 8 to adult; Ages 6 & 7 with a grown up helper), Apr 28,10:30 am - 12:30 pm. $44.

GALLERIA EVENTS
Bobby Flay's Throwdown, Williams-Sonoma, Wed, Apr 25
Living Outdoors Event, Crate & Barrel, Wed, Apr 25
Juicing Technique Class, Williams-Sonoma, Sun, Apr 29
The Art of Botanical Arranging, Pottery Barn, Sun, Apr 29

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