Family Activities

Things To Do for Kids and Family
–Compiled by Ami Voeltz, The Twin Cities Green Guide

Here are some family and kid’s activities that you may not know about. It is a random list of organizations, groups and clubs that have a focus on the environment, community and the arts. There’s a whole lot more out there, so get out and explore this beautiful world with your children.



  • Anne Sullivan Communications Center Family Life Seminars (612-729-7397)
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum – Free events: stories, workshops (651-225-6000)
  • Walker Art Center – Free First Saturday: art-making, films (612-375-7622)

    Also check public libraries, community centers, public schools and parks and recreation for fun family activities. See: RECREATION: Forests & Parks


  • Bluer: The Vineyard Church (612.423.1476),
  • Common Ground – At-risk youth gardening (612-525-1983)
  • Express Bike Shop – Bike repair training program for youth (651-644-9660)
  • Lake Country Land School – farming with kids (715-265-4608 or
  • MCBA (Minnesota Center for Book Arts) – field trips, workshops, camp (612-215-2533)
  • New Moon Magazine – For girls ( or 800-381-4743)
  • Old Arizona – For girls: workshops, dance, magazine ‘Chicas In the Mix’ (612-871-9099 or
  • Read Team – Mpls Public Library, read to younger children, puppet shows (612-630-6491)
  • Roots & Shoots – Jane Goodall Institute: youth summits, discussions, community service (800-592-5263 or (
  • Streetworks – assist young homeless people (612-252-2735)
  • The Workshop – mixing art, science and technology (612-824-4394)
  • Teen Activist Network (612-871-7110)
  • Teen Zine – Mpls Public Library, edit, write, draw (612-630-6491)
  • Young Artists’ Cabaret – Intermedia Arts: Breakers, DJ’s, spoken word, dance (612-871-4444 ext.305)
  • Young Audiences of Minnesota – workshops, exhibitions, performances (651-292-3399)
  • Youth Farm & Market Project – At-risk youth gardening, selling, cooking (612-872-4226)
    Sidebar: Saving Money & Reducing Trash at SchoolFrom

    There are lots of ways to reduce waste at school. By thinking ahead and being creative, you can reduce your impact on the environment.

    * Pack a no-waste lunch: buy foods that can be put in reusable containers to carry to school.

    * Ask your school cafeteria to use items such as reusable trays, napkins and silverware.

    * Take small portions of food in the lunch line, you can always go back for more.

    * When buying school supplies look for durable, long-lasting supplies and reuse them.

    * Use less paper. Even though paper is recyclable, it is still a significant part of what we throw in the trash. Create a bin at home and in your classroom for paper that is only used on one side, to reuse.

    * Buy notebooks and paper that contain recycled paper.

    * Conduct a junk mail campaign. Help your school office collect unsolicited mail and contact the companies to get off their lists.

    * Organize a school-wide rummage sale. This is a great way to pass along items you no longer need and maybe even trade clothes or toys with your friends.

    * Get informed and become more aware. Join an environmental group or talk to your teacher about starting one up.