There’s not a speck of snow in sight in any of these 28+ ideas for cozied-up family time in February. We’re kind of over the winter already, too.
2/1: Work out the wiggles at one of the many FREE or low-cost indoor open gym and open play times for kids in the Twin Cities. Most are drop-in and unstructured, all are guaranteed to save your sanity during the winter months.
2/2: Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, ongoing Thursdays thru April, 10am-12pm • Hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Keep as warm as the tropics as you wander the indoor gardens and exhibits. One of our favorite ways to make a mini-escape in the winter months! FREE.
2/3: Friday Family Fundays | Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove, ongoing Fridays, $6/pp or $22/family • Splash away the windchill with a special price at the pool and splash zone. Combine your swim with a slide through Maple Maze Indoor Playground, also located within the Maple Grove Community Center.
2/4: Winter Carnival Family Fun Day | Landmark Center, St Paul, 12-5pm • Warm up from all those ice sculptures by ducking into Landmark for multicultural entertainment and a Tour of Nations passport game. FREE.
2/5: February is Black History Month. Pay as You’re Able today only to see Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges at Steppingstone Theater in St Paul. Doors open 30 minutes prior to 3pm showtime.
2/6: Kiddywampus’ Maker’s Studio in Hopkins is fully stocked with art materials for the kids – all they need bring is their creativity. Plus, in the month of February, the admission fees will be donated to Doing Good Together. $8/child per hour ages 18 mon-10 years, open daily 10am-5:30pm.
2/7: Free Tuesday nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul, 5-8pm • There’s never a dull moment for kids here; the museum takes special care to install exhibits that are highly hands-on and kid-friendly. Read about our all-ages favorites for families here.
2/8: Cozy up, sip something warm and let the young ones play at one of these 10 Twin Cities Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop/Cafes. Guaranteed to lift your midweek winter blues.
2/9: Still scrambling to make that perfect homemade Valentine for the grandparents? Joy’s kids created these Valentine Love Journals to give as gifts that can be treasured year-round.
2/10: Family Friday at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis is a perfect date night for all – select a meal from one of dozens of vendors and enjoy live music and activities for kids. 5-8pm. FREE.
2/11: Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids | Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis, shows at 10am & 12pm ($7/pp) and puppet-making workshop ($5) at 11. This weekend’s performance is based on the storybook On the Day You Were Born.
2/12: Family Day: China | Minneapolis Institute of Art, 11am-5pm • Take in Chinese art, dance, music and culture through workshops and gallery hunts. Remember, the MIA always offers FREE admission and keeps families in mind – here are our tips for visiting with kids.
2/13: Pre-K Days: Bear Hugs & Butterfly Kisses | Base Camp, Bloomington, 9am-12pm, $10/child • Designed for ages 2-5, the program includes stories, free play, themed activities and outdoor time.
2/14: Feel the love at a Valentine’s Day Soiree | Wishing Tree Play Cafe, White Bear Lake, 10am-12pm, $5-$7 per child • A performance by the Teddy Bear Band is included with open play admission. For more swoon-worthy ways to celebrate, try our list of Twin Cities Family Valentine’s Day Events.
2/15: Explore the brand new Shoreview Library | 10am-9pm • The branch’s brand new building, opened January 27, features an expanded kids space and playthings and a super cool fireplace.
2/16: World Read Aloud Day deserves a list of our 20 homegrown picks to share with your kids. Plus, find local storytimes and tips on how to carve out family reading time at home.
2/17: Make a day of it at the indoor Central Park in Woodbury. An park with landscaped rocks and water bring the outdoors IN, you can cozy up with books at a branch of the Washington County Library, and kids can work off the wiggles at Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground. Cap off the fun with a FREE movie (Shrek, 6:30pm) at the park amphitheater.
2/18: Kids at the Castle: Hearts & Hugs | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 9-10am, $8/family • Before exploring the very kid-friendly nooks and crannies of the castle, take an hour for themed activities aimed at kids ages 2-5 with caregivers. Read about a trip to the castle here.
2/19: Family Funday: Winter Arts and Animals | Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis, Ongoing Sundays, 1-3pm • Make winter-inspired artwork from the comfort of the interpretive center, then stick around to play with hands-on exhibits such as a play farmer’s market, animal dress-up corner, and book nook.
2/20: Pre-K Monday: Monument Making | Works Museum, Bloomington, 9am-12pm, $4.25/kids, $8.50/adults • Half-price for kids, special programming and a chance to get some schooling on Prez Day. This museum is great for tinkering tweens, too!
2/21: Discount movie day | Twin Cities-area movie theaters favor Tuesdays as the day for the deal! Check out our list of budget-priced flicks at the link.
2/22: We love Good Times Park in Eagan for its indoors-but-outdoor feel: soccer turf, multi-level basketball hoops, huge jumping pillow, play equipment and ability to entertain a wide range of ages. Open daily, 7am-9:30pm, $8/pp ages 1-17.
2/23: Edinborough Park in Edina stays balmy and green, even through the winter! The indoor park is free to stroll through and kids entertainment is offered every Thursday at noon in the amphitheater. $7/pp plus tax will get the young ones into the giant Adventure Peak play structure where they’ll be busy climbing for hours.
2/24: Work up a serious sweat at SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park with locations in Plymouth & Oakdale. Teens and tweens can jump until 10pm on a Friday night; littles 5 & under get their own Toddler Time Fridays, 9:30am. Cost is $6 per child plus $2 fee for SkySocks. Bounce off somebody else’s walls!
2/25: STEM Family Day | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, 11am-3pm, $6-$12/pp • You really can’t go wrong with a family trip to Mill City, STEM activities or no. If you haven’t brought them out yet, here are 10 Things for Kids that will leave an indelible impression.
2/26: We have found volunteering together as a family to be a satisfying and cozy way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Agencies like Second Harvest Heartland and Feed My Starving Children allow you to sign up for 2-hour shifts and provide tasks for most ages. Check the link for 10 spots in the Twin Cities where giving back can include the kids.
2/27: Heat up the house with the oven and stove! We love all the simple, kid-tested recipes on the local blog Dining With Alice. Best of all, she features meals that she creates right alongside her children and tips on getting them safely involved in the kitchen.
2/28: For little trainiacs, Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store in St Paul has the best storytime in town! Ongoing Tuesdays at 10am, then stay for FREE play at the train tables. For more unique read-alouds, check our list of Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities.