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Family Friendly Events

01-02-2013 TPM Flooring

Family Friendly Events around the Twin Cities:

 

BIXBY’S INFLATABLE RAIN FOREST

Let your imagination take you from the snow and cold to a tropical playland. Find your way through the Monkey Temple Maze and Lemur Frenzy Obstacle Course. Bounce and slide through a variety of inflatables. Also live animals and stage shows. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. $10. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls. www.bixbyandfriends.com.)

MONDO FESTIVAL

Celebrating 15 years of flying objects, the Mondo Festival highlights jugglers of all ages. The three-day festival has juggling, yo-yo and unicycling demonstrations featuring Julia Belk, Brad Weston and Matt Hall. The Mondo Spectacular is a show of comedy and stunts. (Mondo Spectacular: 5p.m.-midnight Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sun. $7-$10. Concordia University’s Gangelhoff Center, Hamline and Marshall Avs., St. Paul. Mondo Spectacular: 7 p.m. Sat. $10-$12. St. Paul Central High School, 275 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul. www.mondofest.org/festival.)

JUST ADD PANCAKES

Get ready for a sticky situation. Maple syrup season is near, so why not get ready by learning what supplies you’ll need? Learn how to ID a maple sugar bush and collect your own sap to make syrup and candy. (1 p.m. Sun. Free. Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria. 763-559-6700. www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.)

TWIN CITIES WOMEN’S EXPO

In need of a girls’ day out? This event has something for every woman, whatever her likes might be. Shopaholics can visit with local retailers to purchase beauty and other items. Fashionistas can see the latest trends on the runway. Exhibitors will feature the latest in health and wellness, travel and more. Also, cooking demonstrations and seminars. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. $10.
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls. www.twincitieswomensexpo.com.)

DISNEY ON ICE: WORLDS OF FANTASY

Your favorite heroes are back on skates for a romping adventure. Join Buzz, Woody and the rest of the “Toy Story” gang as they escape a mischievous group of toddlers at the Sunnyside Daycare. Enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal a world of magic. Characters from “The Little Mermaid” and “Cars” will also make an appearance. (10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. Thu.; 7 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m. Sat.; 1 & 5 p.m. next Sun. $10-$65. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls. 1-800-982-2787. www.targetcenter.com.)

WALK WHEN THE MOON IS FULL

Grab a warm coat and hat and get out for a little fresh air. Explore trails, trees and tracks for signs of animals active in this chilly season. Search the sky for winter constellations and learn about moon cycles. (6:30 p.m. Mon. $5. Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria. 763-559-6700. www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.)

ROUND AND ROUND

“Secrets of Circles” allows children ages 3-10 to climb into a circular boat, play and pretend as they explore the math, science and engineering of this common shape. Visitors will get firsthand experience with circle-related technologies, including pulleys, gears and measuring devices. (9 a.m.- 5 p.m. today; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $9.50. Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 W. 7th St., St. Paul. www.mcm.org.)

MIDWEST BLACK HISTORY EXPO

For the first time in the Twin Cities, Black History Month is going from the classroom to RiverCentre. This event welcomes all to learn about black inventors and inventions, history and more. A children’s room features storytelling and activities. See films by black filmmakers and enjoy live entertainment and fashion shows. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. $13. St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-265-4800. www.liberationgifts.com/expodetails.html.)

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