For the Kids

Magician Matt Dunn

See magician Matt Dunn as he performs a new family-friendly show weeknights at Big Thrill Factory in Minnetonka. Billed as his “biggest magic show to date,” Dunn says guests can expect sawing in half, levitation, new live animals and more at the dinner and magic shows. 

FARE Walk for Food Allergy, Minneapolis

The Fare Walk for Food Allergy brings together thousands of people seeking a safer world for the 15 million Americans with food allergies. The walk is a family-friendly event that will raise funds for food allergy research, education, advocasy and awareness. This special day in Minneapolis will include fun activities for the entire family. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The walk begins immediately following the walk ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Check out Foodallergywalk.org\minneapolis2014 for more information.

HERO Dog Product Launch

HERO, a new Minnetonka-based pet product company is launching a line of “HERO” products to raise awareness, money and hope for rescue dogs.  The company, which will donate a percentage of profits to rescue dog causes, is launching the brand through a crowdfunding IndieGoGo campaign that kicks off February 22 at Bubbly Paws at Excelsior and Grand.

Kids Fest

February is “We Love Our Kids” month, and to celebrate, Minnetonka hosts an annual event geared just for the little ones. Planners create a wintry wonderland chock-full of kid-friendly activities and events. Last year’s event lineup included dog sled rides, s’mores, crafts, ice skating, bingo, magic shows and ice sculpture demonstrations. 952.939.8390.

The Mitten

The Mitten, a classic children’s tale by Jan Brett, highlights curiosity, a chilly winter and a game of finders keepers. When Nicki drops his mitten in the snow, several animals soon take up residence and quickly expand the mitten’s capabilities. Stages Theatre Company created a ballet–inspired stage version of the book years ago and is bringing it back for the theater’s 30th season. Check the website for show times. 952.979.1111.

Food Science

Sheep and pigs, soaps and wool—Gale Woods Farm specializes in not only caring for animals, but also in education. Kids can discover the science behind Gale Woods Farm-produced foods and specialties. Learn how to care for animals and explore the farm’s acreage. The weekend features two age-group sessions, ages 6–9 and 10–14. 763.694.2001.

Countdown to Noon Event

Count down to the new year with the kids  a few hours early. Celebrate with crafts, snacks and other events hours before the ball drops. The library invites children of all ages and their families to attend. 612.543.6150.

Hunter Marionettes

Kurt and Kathy Hunter launched their puppetry collaboration 20 years ago. The Hunters sing, juggle and pull the strings on their entertaining  puppets. Laugh along with Sam the juggler, Raven the ballerina, the sock puppet marionette, Charlie the caterpillar and more. 612.543.6150.

Santa Comes to the Store

He’s making a list and checking it twice. Each December, jolly old St. Nicholas visits the Cottagewood General Store to wrap up the year. Visit the store for last-minute holiday shopping, hot chocolate, holiday treats and photographs with the man in the red suit. 952.470.8400.

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