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), www.bluer.org
- 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 email@example.com)
- MCBA (Minnesota Center for Book Arts) – field trips, workshops, camp (612-215-2533)
- New Moon Magazine – For girls (www.newmoon.org or 800-381-4743)
- Old Arizona – For girls: workshops, dance, magazine ‘Chicas In the Mix’ (612-871-9099 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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 (email@example.com)
- 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.