Things To Do for Kids and Family

Ami Voeltz
Do It Green! Minnesota

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)
Saving Money & Reducing Trash at School


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.

Nobody Particular: One Woman’s Fight to Save the Bays, Molly Bang, 2000 (Children’s picture book ages 8-adult)

United Way First Call For Help – Kidstuff Publication

Mighty Mississippi Passport book – Outdoor activities for the family

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