The August Free Events & Activities Guide is sponsored by:
8/3: Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival, Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis • 5-8pm • Family highlights: Free canoe rides, family fitness challenge, and prizes. Bonus: the wading pool will have an inflatable slide!
8/5-7: Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Stop by the Family Imagination Station to create with Northern Clay Center.
8/6: First Free Saturday Stage & Screen: Afrobeats @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.
8/6: Home Depot Kids Workshop: Skateboard Pencil Box @ TC Home Depot locations • 9am-noon • Details: The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.
8/9: Storytime with Engineer Paul @ Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul • 10am • Details: Wonderful stories, songs and preschool activities with a (no surprise) train slant. Stick around to play at one of the 7 train tables set up at the back of the store. Also held 8/23 & 8/30. For more storytelling, try our Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities.
8/12-14: Irish Fair of Minnesota, Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul • Family highlights: The Children’s Area of the Fair allows kids to explore Irish instruments, take an Irish dance lesson, and craft in the Art Tent.
8/13: Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Black Widow @ Twin Cities Lowe’s locations, 10am.
8/20: IndiaFest, State Capitol grounds, St. Paul • 11am-9pm • Family highlights: Face painting, henna tattoos, magic show & reptile show.
8/21: Target Free 3rd Sunday @ Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul • 9am-5pm • Details: Explore the museum free, including the newest exhibit digiPlayspace. Keep in mind that the museum is currently under renovation and many exhibits are currently closed.
ONGOING AUGUST EVENTS – MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL
St. Paul Movies in the Park @ Various park locations & dates in August, 8:30pm.
Saturday Live! @ George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul • Ongoing Saturdays in August, 11:15am • Details: Fresh entertainment each week including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.
Free Family Fun Days @ Three Rivers Parks • Ongoing Sundays in August.
Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis • Ongoing Sundays, Noon-5pm • Details: Explore the very kid-friendly Touch and Feel room and the wildlife dioramas free.
Let’s Sing music class @ Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul • Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am • Details: Aimed at kids ages 0-6 with singing, movement and rhythm.
Wee Wednesdays @ Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm • Details: In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.
Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows, 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis • Ongoing Thursdays, 6:30pm – please check the website first!