Community Activities 

Upcoming Kinship Events and Activities

November 2017


Hello Kinship families and mentors!

*New Kinship Recruitment/Community Partnerships Coordinator*


Hello All,

It has been a pleasure getting to know some of you via email and phone. I look forward to seeing faces at the Kinshoppe Event and many more fun occasions to come. I like to describe myself as a passionate and empathetic advocate for community service. I enjoy fresh air, deep breathing, and keeping a peaceful mindset. Working with Kinship has brought a fulfilled sense of inner satisfaction for me, because every day I get the opportunity to witness the strong and meaningful relationships created between mentors and mentees. 

Kind Regards,

Taneal Palmer

Taneal Palmer staff photo.JPG



Hello Kinship Mentors & Families,

Happy holidays!   Kinshoppe is coming again in 2017.  If you are new to the program, Kinshoppe is a great opportunity for kids to select and wrap a Christmas gift for up to three (3) of their siblings. (Children without siblings may select a gift for a friend or cousin instead.)

In order to make it a fun and easy experience for everyone we have included participation requirements and appointment scheduling information.


Saturday, December 9

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Fridley MN


There are a few requirements for kids to participate:

·        Must be either waiting or currently matched in the Kinship program, or be a sibling that lives permanently in the Kinship family home.

·        Must be between the ages of 4 and 18 and live in the Kinship family home to participate.

·        Must schedule your shopping appointment in advance. We won’t be able to accommodate walk-ins.

·        Kids must be present to shop for Christmas gifts.

To schedule appointments please leave a message at 612-722-1621 (NOTE:  NEW NUMBER FROM PAST YEARS) or Please include the following information:

·        Your full name and phone number as well as the first and last name, age and gender of each child. Please spell the names if you leave a voicemail.  If you have more than four children shopping, please list who each of your children will be shopping for. 

·        Your first, second and third choices of sign up times. Shopping times are in 10-minute slots, and each child will then follow their sibling in a 10-minute slot.  Shopping times run from 10 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. You can be assured the toys are evenly distributed throughout the day so all shopping times are great. 

We will contact you after Dec 5th to confirm and remind you of your appointment time. If you don’t get close to your original requested time we will call right away to discuss options with you.

Once your appointments are scheduled you are set to enjoy a great gift shopping experience with your kid(s).  See you there!


 Jerod Petersen

Taneal Palmer

Activities around Town


Fall Night Hike | Low Cost

Saturday, November 18, 2017
6:30-7:30 p.m.

YMCA Camp Heritage
7732 Main St.
Lino Lakes, MN 55038

Ages 8+ Explore the nighttime world and some of the Minnesota animals that frequent it. We’ll take a nighttime trek around Wargo Nature Center’s Heritage Lab property to listen for owls and look at the stars. Bring a flashlight and bundle up. Pre-registration is required.  Cost is $5/person
For more information:  763-324-3350 

Read to a dog | Free | Registration Required

Saturday, November 11, 2017
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Northtown Library – Meeting Room
711 County Rd. 10 NE
Blaine, MN 55434

Children are invited to practice their reading skills in 15 minute sessions with licensed, trained therapy dogs. Program geared towards grades K-3.  Registration is required. Call the Library at 763-324-1510 to register.

Coffee with a Cop | Free

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Caribou Coffee
101 West Main St.
Anoka, MN 55303

Join us for a cup of coffee or your favorite Caribou beverage.  Stop in and chat with Anoka police officers, a great event to help the community and the local cops come together in community. Everyone is welcome.   Hosted by the Anoka Police department.

To learn more:  763.576.2800

Hometown Holiday Celebration  | $5

Saturday, December 2, 2017
3:00-7:00 p.m.

Anoka City Hall Plaza
1st Ave. N.

An authentic Hometown Holiday with hayrides, carolers, Santa, special events and the kind of friendly customer service that you won’t find anywhere else.  Anoka Tree Lighting Event! Join in as we all c-o-u-n-t-d-o-w-n to light-up the City Christmas Tree and enjoy horse-drawn trolly rides, music, bonfires and even Santa! Food and merriment will abound to bring back memories of an old-fashioned Christmas.


Midtown Global Market - Family Night | Free

Every Friday night
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Bring down the whole family to meet your friends and neighbors for free live music, shopping and plenty of dinner options. They'll validate your parking (with purchase) if you park in the 10th Avenue Parking Ramp, FREE for up to three hours!

Wells Fargo Minneapolis Winter Skate | Free

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Loring Park

Bring your own skates or enjoy a complimentary pair.  Keep cozy in the warming house provided by CenterPoint Energy.  Wear your school colors or favorite jersey. 

 PHONE:  612.656.3824

Nature Rocks!  Outdoor Center Open House  | Free

Saturday, November 11, 2017
10am – 12pm

Outdoor Center
13765 Staring Lake Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more!

Walk with a Naturalist at Silverwood  | Free

Sunday, November 12, 2017
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Silverwood Park
2500 County Rd E St. Anthony
Minnesota 55421


Stroll through the park watching and listening for seasonal birds and other happenings. Bring binoculars if you have them. Arrive early to watch a puppet show. This program is free and open to all ages. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop  | Free

Days & Times Vary…check your nearest Home Depot
Most Home Depot locations

Home Depot hosts a free building workshop for kids on the first Saturday of each month. November’s activities vary, but include an array of Holiday themed age appropriate projects! Find the Home Depot location closest to you and register online.

Family Friday:  Doing Good Together – Family National Volunteer Day & Service Fair   Free

Fri, November 17, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Doing Good Together is hosting a free, community-wide Family Service Fair in celebration of National Family Volunteer Day. Families are invited to come together to do simple, hands-on service projects; reflect on the importance of giving back; and learn about opportunities to get more involved as a family in the community. A diverse group of nonprofit organizations will be participating - each hosting a station with a fun, kid-friendly service activity for families to complete, such as:

  • Creating centerpieces for Thanksgiving meals served by Open Arms to families struggling with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Making Boomerang Bags, fabric bags to donate and replace single use plastic bags at local co-ops, encouraging people to think about the impact plastic bags have on nature.
  • Decorating bookmarks to accompany donated books distributed by Books for Africa (bring new or gently used books of any kind to donate!)
  • Creating baby essentials for young families in crisis through Bundles of Love.

Doing Good Together's National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair will be held in conjunction with the Midtown Global Market's Family Night, and will feature live, family entertainment from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Market's Central Plaza, which features a wide variety of ethnic dinner options.

Ages: All ages are welcome

Moon Rocks @ Roseville Library  Free

November 18th, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Ramsey County Library
2180 Hamline Ave. N.
Roseville, MN

Appropriate for ages 6 & up. View actual samples of moon rocks and soil collected by astronauts from the Apollo missions. Learn to make craters, map lunar landscapes and take a journey through the universe with the Bell Museum's planetarium presentation.

Vikings Activations @ The Commons  | Free

 Sunday November 19th  /  Three hours before kick-off

The Commons/  425 Portland Ave South/   Minneapolis, MN 55415 (map)

Enjoy free family fun activities provided by the Minnesota Vikings on home game days. Inflatables, music, food trucks, and more. Youth and family-oriented activities will take place at The Commons on Vikings game days. Festivities typically begin three hours before kickoff and end when the game starts.

Target Free Thursday Nights @ the Walker | Free

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
5:00-9:00 p.m.

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Get inspired. Get in free. Gallery admission is free from 5 to 9 pm every Thursday night.


Chemists in the Library | Free

Saturday November 11th
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Arlington Hills Community Center
Community Learning Center
1200 Payne Ave.
St Paul, MN 55130

Learn about the wonders and excitement of science! Volunteer chemists will lead fun, easy-to-do activities. Sponsored by the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society. For kids ages six and up. Great for school age youth!

Science Saturday:  Music Makers with String and Box Instruments | Free

November 18th – 1:30 – 3pm

Hamline Midway Library
1558 W Minnehaha Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Join us in making fun sounds with rubber bands, string, boxes, bells, combs, and tongue depressors. 

Minnesota History Center Free Tuesday Nights  | Free

Every Tuesday evening
5:00-8:00 p.m.

Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Enjoy free admission to the museum exhibits.

Snack in the Zone  Free

November 21st & 29th
4 – 4:30pm

Dayton’s Bluff Library
645 E 7th St.
St Paul, MN 55106

FREE snack served in the Zone to children 18 years old and younger.

Family Movie | Free | No RSVP needed

Friday, November 24, 2017
1:30 – 2:30PM

Hayden Heights Library
1456 White Bear Ave
St Paul, MN 55106

Need something to keep the kids busy during holiday breaks? Come to the library to watch a family-friendly, new release movie. No registration required 

Minecraft | Free

November 18th & 25th
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Rice Street Library
1011 Rice St.
St Paul, MN 55117

Computer Lab

Hang out and play Minecraft. All skill levels welcome.  All Teens welcome!
For more information:   (651) 558-2223

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