If you’re looking for family friendly things to do in the Twin Cities this November, then you’ve found the mother lode of stuff to do. The weather looks to remain warmer than usual so be sure to get out and enjoy all that this great town has to offer. From the Autumn Craft Festival in Shakopee to the a make your own bird feeder event in Maplewood, there’s something for everyone. Of course, you could always spend your free time raking the leaves.
Family Friendly Things to do in the Twin Cities this November
Build a Bird Feeder
When: November 5th, 2016
Where: 2659 7th Street E
Build a birdfeeder with reclaimed cedar fencing and learn which Minnesota native winter birds will visit your feeder. Explore stations to learn about different beak types and more. Your backyard birdfeeder will be a joy to you and birds throughout the chilly season! Fee: Prepay $5/birdfeeder by Tuesday, November 1. To register, go to maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button. Call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.
Jitney at the Penumbra
When: Now through November 13th, 2016
Where: 270 N. Kent Street
St. Paul, MN
It is 1977, and in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, city officials threaten to level a makeshift taxi dispatch office where neighbors have gathered for years. At a time when safe and comfortable transit was not guaranteed for black customers, Becker’s car service provided mobility and a modicum of respect for the community. Now his building has been identified as prime real estate for redevelopment, and he might be forced out of business. Meanwhile, his estranged son has been released from prison and wants to come home. As pressure mounts, Becker is forced to reckon with powers beyond his control. Jitney is an “explosive” and “gripping” portrait of African American life from the pen of one of America’s greatest writers. Join us for a riveting production brought to you by the nationally-known and critically-acclaimed creative team at Penumbra Theatre.
Eagan’s Indoor Winter Market
When: November 5th and 19th, 2016
Where: Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Stock up on market favorites for the Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thanksgiving recipes provided featuring local MN produce and products.
Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair
When: November 10th – 13th, 2016
Where: Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Road
Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Our Arts & Crafts tour of shows are consistently ranked in the Top 100 Shows in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Stage entertainment, hourly gift certificate winners, plenty of food & drink, lots of family fun, and free parking!
When: Now through January 1st, 2017
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellogg Blvd W.
St. Paul, MN
The Science Museum is devoting 3,500 square feet of space to cardboard-inspired ingenuity. We’ve provided hundreds of cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes and an assortment of tools and connectors, and visitors of all ages can turn their ideas into cardboard reality in a giant ongoing free build. Assemble forts, create creatures, design mazes, construct rocket ships—or build whatever you can imagine!
Hometown for the Holidays
When: November 18th – December 31st, 2016
Where: Historic Main Street in Stillwater, MN
Experience the holidays like you remember. Historic Main Street Stillwater is alive with Christmas decorations, lights, and traditional events for a month-long celebration from November to New Year’s Eve. Get in the old-fashioned holiday spirit! Downtown Stillwater’s independently owned unique boutiques and restaurants welcome you. Shop small and local throughout the season to support local businesses and Minnesota-made gifts. Find joy in shopping and dining during the holiday season with many free family friendly events in November and December.
Hip Hop Nutcracker
When: November 22nd and 23rd, 2016
345 Washington Street
St. Paul, MN
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, and violinist.Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community, and the magic of New Year’s Eve.
When: November 25th – December 22nd, 2016
Where: Loring Park
Holidazzle creates a community gathering place and holiday destination for people of all ages to come together and celebrate winter in Downtown Minneapolis. This year’s Holidazzle features stories highlighting local people, products and places that showcase the food scene, art district, park system, active lifestyle, local entertainers and community groups that make our city and our region unique and special.