Author - Anne Kingston

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Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities
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Top 10 Family Picks: September in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities Fall Family Festival Calendar
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A-maze-ing: Twin Cities Corn Mazes for Families
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Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches
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Budget Twin Cities September Events & Activities
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Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities Guide
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Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: 4 Picks in the West Metro
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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Pickings in the North Metro

Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities

Tot Times and Open Gym was my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through the listings below to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed naptime:Tot Times

Disclaimer: While we do our best to keep up with changes, Tot Times, Open Play and Open Gym times are subject to change without notice. We recommend calling or clicking on the accompanying links to double check our information before heading out.

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Top 10 Family Picks: September in the Twin Cities

Make the most of Fall’s grand entrance with 10 highlights your whole family can get into during the month of September in the Twin Cities.

1. Visit an apple orchard

According to family tradition, Fall is upon us once 1) the State Fair has wrapped and 2) we’ve made tracks to one our our favorite apple orchards! We love seeking out one of the quieter, less-traveled orchards on the outskirts of the metro to pick a peck, get up close to some farm animals and take a hayride. Options in the Twin Cities run the gamut from large operations filled with elaborate playgrounds and numerous kiddie attractions to more simple spots to spend the day. Some of our favorites include Minnetonka Orchards (amazing apple cider donuts!), Fall Harvest Orchard, and Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, sponsor of FFTC’s annual Orchard Crawl on Sept 24. For a dozen or so more ideas, check out our Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

2. Lone Oak Days Fall Festival

Dozens of family-friendly fall festivals dot the Twin Cities this time of year. Last autumn we discovered this gem down in Eagan. Lone Oak Days Fall Festival takes place at the historic Holz Farm (9/23-24, 11am-4pm) and is packed full of such down-home fun as pony rides, virtual cow milking, old-fashioned farm chores and a pumpkin pie-eating contest. Admission, along with many activities, is FREE; select attractions require a small fee. For a list of festivals across the Twin Cities metro, try our Fall Festival Calendar. Read More

Twin Cities Fall Family Festival Calendar

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A-maze-ing: Twin Cities Corn Mazes for Families

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Some of us here at FFTC have recently learned the hard way not to let our minis out of our sight in the local corn maze. Others have kids that are ready to tackle those rippling rows of corn on their own. Whatever the ages and abilities of your family members, there is something for everyone at these 10 Twin Cities-area corn mazes plus a harvest of other classic fall fun: Read More

Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches

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Forecast: Gorgeous fall weekends ahead to hit one of these Twin Cities-area pumpkin patches before Halloween! And even if you’re not in the market for a jack-o-lantern, these patches are crammed full of fall fun from corn mazes and farm animals to hayrides and train rides. Check out the list below. Did we miss any? Read More

Budget Twin Cities September Events & Activities

Budget Twin Cities September Events

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find September’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities page.


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Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities Guide

September Family Events

It is our hope that you can use our September Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In September we are highlighting our favorite apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes across the Twin Cities Metro as well as keeping up with the harvest of fall festivals cropping up. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities

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Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities September

 

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Twin Cities Apple Orchards: 4 Picks in the West Metro

West Metro Apple Orchards

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

TWIN CITIES WEST METRO APPLE ORCHARDS

Apple Jack Orchards | Delano

Apple Jack Orchards in Delano, Minnesota, could be one of those day-long fall destinations. There’s just that much going on there. And perhaps that’s what you’re looking for – an orchard packed with activities to appeal to every age in your family. Or, if slipping away from the hubbub and wandering among the apple trees sounds more up your alley, we’ve had that experience there, too. Read More

Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Pickings in the North Metro

North Metro Apple Orchards

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

TWIN CITIES NORTH METRO APPLE ORCHARDS

The pickings are decidedly slimmer in the North Metro: a handful of orchards offer apples for sale, but you might invite disappointment if the kids have their hearts set on harvesting their own. I’ll list the orchards below that do not offer U-pick (because we feel some are worth a stop for some fresh produce or a chance to get outside) along with the lovely Sunrise River Farm that welcomes you to pick.

Sunrise River Farm | Wyoming

We were completely charmed by the atmosphere at Sunrise River Farm on the outskirts of Wyoming, Minnesota. We loved that even on a weekend, the orchard never felt crowded, that we could wander through the apple trees and pick without bumping into fellow harvesters, and the kids adored visiting with all the farm critters. Prepare to spend lots of time wandering the barn stalls and meeting the resident donkeys, chickens, pigs and more. Read More

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