Category - Parks

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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide
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Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks
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Top Ten Twin Cities’ 2016 Christmas Experiences
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10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis
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Twin Cities Budget Events & Activities in May
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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area
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10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park
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22 Ways to a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day
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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide
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Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide

We all know the realities of raising kids in the Minnesota extremities: there’s got to be a place to go were we can escape the elements while still allowing those kids a place to burn off that extra energy. Enter our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas list. We hope you can use it to find a new space to wear those littles out — and perhaps catch yourself a break.


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For more options on keeping the little ones moving throughout the chilly months, check out our Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities!

 

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Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks

Today marks opening weekend for many of the Twin Cities-area outdoor ice rinks and we’re sure, as hardy Minnesotans ourselves, that you’re dying to strap on your skates and hustle the kids out to the rinks! That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of local places to skate –and, as nearly all are located in city parks, there’s no charge for the skating. Find your city below and click through to get the latest rink hours, directions, warming house information, and numbers to call for rink conditions.
Twin Cities Outdoor Ice Rinks

If you don’t see your city below, my apologies in advance. Please contact us to have yours added to the list or leave the information in the comments. Thanks, and enjoy your outdoor rec time!

Twin Cities Outdoor Ice RinksAndover
Anoka
Apple Valley

Blaine
Bloomington
Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Park
Burnsville
Coon Rapids
Cottage Grove
Crystal
Eagan
Eden Prairie
Edina
Fridley
Golden Valley
Inver Grove Heights
Maple Grove
Maplewood
Mendota Heights
Minneapolis (2016/2017 Brochure PDF)
Minnetonka
New Brighton
New Hope
Oakdale
Plymouth
Richfield
Rosemount

Roseville
Shoreview
St. Louis Park
St. Paul
Vadnais Heights
White Bear Lake

Woodbury
West St. Paul


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Top Ten Twin Cities’ 2016 Christmas Experiences

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We wanted to give you a heads up to some of the most exciting Christmas experiences happening this year.  We’ll soon have an all-encompassing list for your family, but here are our Top Ten that you won’t want to miss – get them on your calendar! Read More

10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

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Stone Arch Bridge is a historical destination for many locals.  Besides walking across the bridge, I wondered, what is there to do? It took an out-of-stater–my friend Melody from GRKids to help me to appreciate all the different things to do. We found all kinds of things!  A plethora of parks that meet together, for one. And history.  Lots of history.

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Twin Cities Budget Events & Activities in May

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It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5 or less per person to attend.

5/4: Schubert Club KidsJam: Lau Hawaiian Collective @ Schubert Club Museum, St. Paul • 10:30-11:45am • $5/child advanced registration, $7/door • Details: During this hands-on workshop kids will listen to Hawaiian music, explore instruments, and craft a lei.

5/14: Brickmania Toyworks Open House, Brickmania Toyworks, Minneapolis • 10am-4pm • $5/pp or $10/group of 4, under age 4 FREE • Details: Intricate LEGO train layouts, hands-on LEGO activities and displays. This popular event is held the 2nd Saturday of each month. Read about a trip to the open house here.

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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2016.

TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY

4/30-5/1: Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • Details: 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment. Special event: 5/29/16 – Immigrant For a Day features family activities and is FREE for all to attend.

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5/1: Spring On the Farm @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$9/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Details: Visit opening weekend (4/30-5/1) to see the farm babies, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and explore the nature trails. Read More

10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park

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My preschooler’s request for a simple picnic in April turned into a full afternoon of nature play, wildlife spotting and cargo-net clambering. And, thanks to the 80-degree temps, we were able to be outdoors for hours. Bonus: if you can make it out this month, you’ll beat both the crowds and the mosquitoes! Here are 10 things we’re confident kids of all ages can enjoy at the Richardson Nature Center and Hyland Lake Park Reserve: Read More

22 Ways to a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day

Easy Earth Day ActivitiesEarth Day is almost here. April 22 for those of us who need a reminder.  We’ve combed through the internet to find 22 of the easiest but meaningful activities to do with your kids.

I solemnly swear: None of them include milk cartons.

Activities include books to read, printables to color, projects that don’t take too much preparation, outdoor activities, and songs to sing. 

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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Does the spring weather have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Twin Cities-area nature centers and outdoor education centers are wonderful places to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world. Most of them offer programming specially designed for preschoolers, free family events, and indoor exhibits to stimulate little explorers.

TWIN CITIES NATURE & OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTERS

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Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 N Mississippi Dr, Minneapolis
For kids: Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids, 2nd Thurs/month, 9am-noon • ages 0-6 w/ caregiver • $5/pp • Details: Drop in for an hour or stay for all three. Participate together in sensory activities, hikes along the Mississippi and science activities. The interpretive center is full of hands-on exhibits for kids including a farmer’s market, brick factory, a dress-up trunk and lots more.

Dodge Nature Center & Farm, 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul
For kids: Nature Playdates meets select spring Fridays & Saturdays, 10-11:15am • recommended for ages 3-5 w/ caregiver • $6/child • Details: Through outdoor adventures, stories, artifacts, live animals and creative play, naturalists will provide new experiences each month.
For families: Wander the trails through the working farm and observe the animals. Dodge’s annual family festival, Rock the Barn, takes place 5/21/16, 3-7pm.

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Twin Cities Free & Budget Family Events for November 14-15, 2015

Have you heard that the popular open houses at Brickmania Toyworks have re-opened the second Saturday of each month? They are no longer free, but a family of four can attend for $10 and enjoy the LEGO train layouts, play tables and much more. Also this weekend are free tours at the Raptor Center on the U of M St. Paul campus and a host of free family programs hosted by Three Rivers Parks. As always, check our Family Fun Calendar for more inspiration this weekend and beyond!

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