Community Activities 

Upcoming Kinship Events and Activities

October 2017


Hello Kinship families and mentors! It’s Back to School Time!


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The events below are just a sampling of what is going on in the metro either for FREE or LOW COST during October. Check out the links at the bottom for more comprehensive lists of activities. Most recreational centers are hosting their own Halloween parties—check your county’s parks and rec site (listed at the bottom) to find the one closest to you!

Activities around Town

Friday Fright Movie Nights | Free

Fridays October 6, October 20, October 27

 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Raspberry Island / 2 Wabasha St. /  Saint Paul, MN 55102 (map)

Come enjoy free scary movies at Raspberry Island! Bring a chair and a blanket. Movies begin at dusk, and children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. See link below for schedule.

Union Depot Games Galore | Free

Every Wednesday, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Union Depot /  214 4th Street East/  Saint Paul, MN 55101

Guests of all ages will be invited to play giant-size versions of many of their favorite games including Chess, Checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga, etc. Games Galore is free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to bring their own games.

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.

Fall Job Fair|  Free

Friday, October 6, 2017/  9:00 a.m.-Noon

Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps/  1480 Snelling Ave. N.  /  Saint Paul, MN 55108

Find jobs and connect with local Job Corps staff to find out how you can get career training and HSD/GED. This program targets low-income youth. Connect now to get set for your future!

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Target Free Family Concert | Free

Saturday, October 7, 2017/  10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Ordway Concert Hall/  345 Washington St.  /  Saint Paul, MN 55102

Join Leopold the leopard and his friend Tree as they return to Saint Paul for another Musical Adventure with Leopold! Created by Los Angeles-based master puppeteer Victor Yerrid, this new underwater adventure races and weaves through Schubert’s Third Symphony. Bring the whole family for this exciting 50-minute concert geared for children ages 6–12. Tickets are moving fast–reserve today to guarantee a spot!

Frogtown Farm Harvest Fest | Free

Saturday, October 7, 2017/  11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Frogtown Park and Farm/  946 Minnehaha Ave. West/  Saint Paul, MN 55104

Ride our horse-drawn wagon. Sample fresh bread and old-fashioned harvest stew. Take home a recipe book of Frogtown’s flavors, paint a pumpkin, make your own tea and more! Say hello to fall!

Zoo Boo  | $6-$7

October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2017

4:30-7:30 p.m.

Como Park Conservatory and Zoo/  1225 Estabrook Drive/  Saint Paul, MN 55103

Now in its 30th year, Como Friends ZooBoo is a non-scary, family-friendly Halloween event that benefits Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. This magical 4 night event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises such as animal visitors, live entertainment and craft projects. Perfect for kids 3-8 year old. All proceeds from this fundraiser help the plants and animals at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Thrive! This is the last Zoo Boo in its current format—look for something new in 2019!

Bare Bones Halloween Extravaganza| Free, donations encouraged

October 21-22, 27-28, & 31, 2017/  7:00 p.m.

Hidden Falls Park/  1305 S Mississippi River Blvd/  Saint Paul, MN 55116

An outdoor nighttime spectacle of puppetry, stilting, fire, and music. This will become your new Halloween tradition!

Safe Summer Night 3rd Annual Fall Celebration| Free

Saturday, October 28, 2017/  Noon-2:00 p.m.

Arlington Hills Community Center/  1200 Payne Ave.  /  St Paul, MN 55106

Come out and have some Halloween fun at Arlington Hills Community Center with the Saint Paul Police Department. We will have Halloween activities and a costume parade for all participants in costume. Registration is not required.


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 (map)

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!

First Thursdays in the Arts District | Free

October 5, 2017/   5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Northrup King Building/  1500 Jackson St. NE/  Minneapolis, MN 55413 (map)

Join us for First Thursday in the Arts District as a multitude of painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramists, textile and fiber artists, jewelers, furniture showrooms and more open their studios at the Northrup King Building located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.


Vikings Activations @ The Commons  | Free

 October 1, 15, 22, 2017/  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.

Free First Saturdays at the Sculpture Garden| Free

Saturday, October 7, 2017 /  10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

 Minneapolis Sculpture Garden/  726 Vineland Place/  Minneapolis, MN 55403

Enjoy free admission to the newly-renovated sculpture garden on the first Saturday of every month. Children’s activities run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop| Free

Saturday, October 7, 2017/  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Most Home Depot locations

Home Depot hosts a free building workshop for kids on the first Saturday of each month. October’s activity is a firehouse bank! Find the Home Depot location closest to you and register online.

Early Birders  |  Free

Saturday, October 14, 2017/  9:30-11:00 a.m.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary /  1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy

Minneapolis, MN 55422
Both new birders and those with a little more experience alike can join Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden naturalists to practice identifying birds by sight, sound, and behavior. Bring binoculars and a field guide or borrow the Garden's gear.


A Night to Know the Truth |  Free

October 25, 2017/  6:00-8:30 p.m.

Eastview High School/  6200 140th St. W.  /  Apple Valley, MN

Please join us at one of these free events for community leaders, parents, and other concerned adults. Find out what to do if addiction affects your community, and find out how to work for change.

Halloween at the Horn |  Free

Friday, October 27, 2017/  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Powderhorn Park/  3400 15th Ave. S.,  /   Minneapolis, MN 55407 (map)

Powderhorn Park is the place to be the Friday before Halloween! We'll have creepy creatures, some awesome activities (indoor and out) and sweet treats for you to enjoy with family and friends. Wear your favorite costume and come ready to party at the park!

Fall Festival | $2 or 4 cans of food to donate

Saturday, October 28, 2017/  5:00-8:00 p.m.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church/  715 Minnetonka Mills Road/  Hopkins, MN 55343

Kinship is once again partnering with Gethsemane Lutheran to participate in its Fall Festival! Kinship volunteers will be helping with crafts. Wear your costume and come prepared for fun and games!

Community Craze| Free

Saturday, October 21, 2017/  4:00-6:00 p.m.

Fuller Park/  4800 Grand Ave. S/  Minneapolis, MN 55419

Enjoy a night of fun for everyone! On the third Saturday of every month we invite all community members to visit Fuller Recreation Center and spend some time with your neighbors. Fun for all ages, light snacks are provided. October’s theme is Music Mash-up and Karaoke!

Domestic Violence: Myths and Realities | Free

Thursday, October 5, 2017/  9:30-11:30 a.m.

Fridley City Hall Council Chambers/  6431 University Ave. NE/  Fridley, MN 55432

Sponsored by Compassion Action Network of Anoka County. Presenters will dispel common myths about Domestic Violence and help you gain an understanding of the impact domestic violence has on families & relationships. You will also learn about community resources & supports which are available to survivors & perpetrators.

Great Minnesota Blaster Battles | Donation-based

Saturday, October 14, 2017/  1:00-4:00 p.m.

National Sports Center/  1750 105th Ave. NE/  Blaine, MN 55449

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. We are hosting our first annual Great Minnesota Nerf Battle, and we’re attempting to break the world record for largest Nerf battle – our goal is to exceed 2,200 participants. Funds raised at the event will go to for bullying prevention, to Project My Neighborhood for our scholarship and student ambassador program, and toward renting a space for consistent events all year round.  Our public events are free to attend, but we do ask for a voluntary donation of $10 per participant to cover costs and raise funds for our cause. If you don’t have a Nerf blaster that is okay - we will bring some extra blasters. Our events incorporate our core values, and we highlight key points about bullying prevention throughout our Blaster Battles games, including overcoming adversity, the choices we make and the resulting impact.

Halloween Theme Kids Art Fun Night | $5

Friday, October 20, 2017/  6:00-8:00 p.m.

Rumriver Art Center/  2665 4th/  Anoka, MN 55303

Enjoy a night out knowing your child is in a fun and safe environment! We teach the project with a step by step approach allowing the more experience artist to move ahead and making the novice artist feel confident. This is a Halloween themed Kids Art Fun Night and we encourage everyone to come in costume! Ages 5-15, registration is required.

Autumnal Equinox Exploration  | $5

Friday, October 20, 2017/  5:00-6:30 p.m.

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

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with an evening stroll around Heritage Lab. We’ll see the effects of the changing season in forest, marsh, and prairie, and keep an eye out for wildlife as we go. We’ll wind down our walk just as the sun is setting. Pre-registration is required.

Rumriver Art Center Halloween Events| Free

Saturday, October 21, 2017/  10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Rumriver Art Center/  2665 4th/  Anoka, MN 55303

Free family activities! Art, games, and treats. Come in costume!

Nature Art: Plant Creations | Free

Sunday, October 29, 2017/  1:00-3:00 p.m.

North Mississippi Regional Park/Kroening Interpretive Center/  4900 Mississippi Court

Minneapolis, MN 55430

Come learn about our neighborhood native species. Meet some MN animals up-close and personal. Then, let nature inspire your creation of autumn themed art work to take home. FREE for All Ages. Call 612-370-4844 with any questions. Registration is required

Midtown Global Market - Neighborhood Night - FREE

Thursdays, 5pm – 8pm

Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN (map)

Description Bring down the whole family to meet your friends and neighbors for free live music, shopping and plenty of dinner options. Every Thursday night is Neighborhood Night, let's make a date! They'll validate your parking (with purchase) if you park in the 10th Avenue Parking Ramp, FREE for up to three hours! 

Home Depot: Free Building Projects for Kids

Saturdays during the summer. Call your local Home Depot.

Home Depot Stores Throughout the Country 

Learn More About Home Depot Kids Workshops and find link to register 

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