5 Ideas For Free or Low Cost Family Weekend Events – May 30-31, 2015

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Need some ideas to jump-start the weekend? The forecast calls for lots of free and low-cost family activities around the Metro! As always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more.

tm flint hillsFlint Hills International Children’s FestivalFREE!
@ The Ordway/surrounding parks (map it)
345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN

Time: Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31 • 10am-5pm
Ages: All ages
Details: More than I can list here! The festival is jam-packed with live performances (indoor shows at The Ordway are $5/pp, outdoor acts are all free), an outdoor ARTwalk, a Story Garden, and a bordering-on-overwhelming amount of children’s art activities. Download a family festival guide here or check out Gianna’s tips for visiting Flint Hills with kids.

finalistPlant-Maker Studio: Sunflowers (Weekend Family Fun) FREE for kids
@ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318

Time: Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31 • Noon-3pm
Cost: $12/adults, children under 13 are free
Ages: All ages
Details: Formerly “Weekend Family Fun”, the Plant-Maker Studio connects kids with gardening and teaches about various plants. Also special this weekend is a LEGO Community Brick Build on Saturday, May 30, from 10am-2pm at the visitor center.

Waterfest 2015 – “A Water Wonderland”FREE!
@ Phalen Regional Park (Lake Phalen)
1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106

Time: Saturday, May 30 • 11am-4pm
Ages: Activities for all ages
Details: The hands-on fun to be had learning about the local watershed will keep your kids busy for hours – watercraft rides, fishing lessons, a climbing wall and many interactive exhibits.  

Fantastic Saturdays at The Blast
@ Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121

Time: Ongoing Saturdays • 5 – 8pm
Cost: $4/child
Ages: Activities for all ages; The Blast Indoor Playground is appropriate for kids up to 12 years.
Details: Included in the $4 per child admission is access to The Blast, gym games, a movie and crafts.

Free Family Fun Days: Storywalking – “The Raft”FREE!
@ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center
4900 N Mississippi Dr, Minneapolis, 55430

Time: Sunday, May 31 • 1-3pm
Ages: All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Details: Free Family Fun Days are hosted every Sunday; drop in any time from 1-3pm for activities. Joy has the entire summer calendar for the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center here plus other family events at Three Rivers Parks.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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