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Family Storytime at the Hennepin County Libraries (recurring) FREE!
Augsburg Park Library, Family Storytime, Tuesdays, through Apr 10, 10:30 AM. Giờ đọc truyện bằng tiếng Việt/World Language Storytime: Vietnamese, Sat, Apr 7, 11 AM. For children age 2 and up. Experience the world in other languages.
Oxboro Library, Family Storytime, Mondays through May 21, 10:30 AM

Penn Lake Library, Family Storytime, Tuesdays, 10:30 AM

Southdale Library, Baby Storytime, Mondays at 10:15 AM and Tuesdays at 10:15 AM; Family Storytime, Tuesdays at 7 PM and Wednesdays at 10:30 AM

Barnes and Noble Story Time – all FREE events
Mondays – 11 AM, Burnsville, Preschool (recurring)
Mondays – 10 AM, Eagan (recurring)
Tuesdays – 10:30 AM, Eden Pairie (recurring), Piggy Bunny
Wednesdays – 11 AM, Edina, Kevin Henkes picture books
Thursdays – 10 AM, Highland Park, St. Paul, Toddler story time (recurring)
Fridays – 11 AM, Edina , Thomas the Tank Engine Fridays – 7 PM, Highland Park, St. Paul, PJRama story time (recurring)

Kiddywampus – Fridays at 10 AM.  FREE!

Creative Kidstuff , Thursdays at 10 AM at all stores  (recurring) FREE!

Wild Rumpus Tail Time – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The Wild Rumpus also has a program for book clubs. Register your book club and receive 20% off. (recurring) FREE!

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P is for Patch

Check out my Patch blog for Free and Frugal Family Fun! If you know of any activities around the South Metro area, please email me at meganmmc@yahoo.com and I’ll include them in my weekly blog that is published every Tuesday.

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F is for Felting

Today, my eight-year-old, two-year-old, and I learned about the ancient craft of wet felting by making beautiful soft felted balls at Heartfelt,  a charming shop in the heart of Linden Hills offering a multitude of crafting classes for children of all ages. 

 First we balled up un-dyed wool then carefully wrapping two different colored pieces of wool in a ball shape. Then with very soapy hands we slowly poured water over the balls then shaped them. We continued pouring water and putting more soap on our hands and shaping the balls until the owner of the store and instructor Lisa told us the ball was finished.  Each of the balls had noticibly shrunk in comparison to before putting water on them. 

For extra fun, you can stick a little jingle bell in the middle of the ball before you begin wrapping it.  Makes for a really fun cat toy or just soft balls for kids to “gently” toss in the house or juggle.

There are a variety of classes for preschoolers and older children including free classes designed to introduce you and your children to the relaxed atmostphere Heartfelt provides.  In addition to classes, Heartfelt offers many creative birthday party themes without the preparation and clean-up of a party at home.

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