FFTC Summer Bucket List: 101 Things For Your Family This Summer

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It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the beaches are beckoning, the kids are home and it’s time to get outside together. Want to fill up your summer bucket list but don’t know where to start?

Not a problem – we’ve got you covered. 101 Things for Kids this Summer:

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 Twin Cities Summer Fun in June

  1. 6/3: Ice Cream Social, Witch’s Hat water tower, Minneapolis, 5:30 pm-8 pm – FREE
  2. 6/4-5: Edina Art Fair – FREE (unless you want to purchase food or goods)
  3. 6/4-5: Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, St. Paul – FREE (except for indoor performances)
  4. 6/4-5: Grand Old Days, St. Paul – FREE for the family
  5. 6/4: Art in the Hollow, Swede Hollow Park – FREE
  6. Listen to Pianos on Parade in Mayo Clinic Square (1st Ave N and 6th St N, Minneapolis).  Pianos will be available daily June 1-June 30 during on-site designated playing hours.
  7. Dance in the park with a parachute – find a new favorite with our Parks Directory!
  8. Furry Tales Storytime, Furry Tales takes place once a month at the following locations: Golden Valley, 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10:00 – 10:45am; Woodbury, 1st Thursday of each month, 10:00 – 10:45am. There is no fee for this program but please reserve your spot on an individual basis; walk-ins may be turned away due to space and supply limitations.
  9. Explore Como Zoo – FREE
  10. Safe Summer Nights, St. Paul, 5-7 pm – FREE
  11. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Shows at Calhoun Square, Saturdays, Minneapolis – FREE
  12. Take the family to Art on Lake, Excelsior – FREE
  13. Take a Nature Tots class at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, $7/child
  14. Games Galore at Union Depot – FREE
    Find parks at Family Fun Twin Cities

    Normandale Lake Bandshell (image courtesy City of Bloomington)

  15. Make a morning of it at one of these 10 Twin Cities Farmer’s Markets – FREE
  16. 6/11: Summer Reading Program Kick-off FREE Ramsey County Library, Roseville
  17. 6/11-12: Deutsche Tag Weekend, Germanic American Institute – FREE
  18. 6/12: Minnesota Amazing Pet Expo, Minneapolis – FREE
  19. 6/15: Union Depot Kids Day, St. Paul – FREE
  20. 6/18-19: Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, Minneapolis – FREE
  21.  6/18-19: Themed Living History–Ma and Pa Weekend, The Landing, $5-$8/pp
  22. 6/21: Make Music Day–Sousapalooza, Rice Park, St. Paul, 6:30 -7:30pm – FREE 
  23. 6/21: NE Minneapolis Parade plus find more parades at these June Festivals – FREE
  24. 6/25: Rosefest in Roseville is a full week of activities for the whole family – FREE
  25. 6/26: Free Family Fun Days, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 1 pm-3 pm – FREE
  26. 6/28: Youth Art Workshop, Western Sculpture Park, St. Paul, 1pm-4pm – FREE
  27. 6/28: Our Town Sings, St. Louis Park’s Wolfe Park, 6pm-9pm – FREE
  28. Fly through the air at Minnesota Zip Lines and Adventures, Henderson MNtm mill city museum 6 (2)
  29. Minneapolis Institute of Arts – always FREE, plus Family Day every 2nd Sunday
  30. St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Tours, Saturdays 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, Minneapolis – FREE

More Family Fun from FFTC: FREE in June Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photo FAM 0615 2cx2 - resized

Twin Cities Summer Fun in July

  1.  Family Fridays 5 pm-8pm, Midtown Global Market – FREE
  2. 7/2: Walker’s First Free Saturday, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 10 am-3 pm – FREE
  3. 7/3: Themed Living History–Independence Day  1889, The Landing, Shakopee, $5-$8/pp
  4. 7/4: Farmer’s Fourth of July, Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River, $6-$9/pp
  5. Visit one of these imaginative Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.
  6. 7/6: Beach Olympics, Elm Creek Park Reserve, 11 am-1:30 pm, $3-$5
  7. 7/7: Sparkle Unicorn Storytime!, Red Balloon Bookshop, 10:30 am – FREE
  8.  7/8: St. Paul Movies in the Park: Pan, 7 pm-11 pm, North Dale Rec Center – FREE
  9. 7/9: Family Art Day, Sibley Historic Site, 11 am-4 pm – FREE
  10. 7/10: Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist, Silverwood Park, 1 pm-3 pm – FREE
  11. Groovin’ in the Garden w/ lawn games for kids – Como Park Zoo & Conservatory – FREE
  12. Free Tuesday Nights, Minnesota History Center, 5 pm-8 pm – FREE
  13. Storytime with Snow White, Pacifier–North Loop, 11-11:30am – FREE
  14. 7/14: Thursday Rockin’ Readers & Rockin’ Lunch Hour, Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville
  15. 7/15: Visit the brand-new Madison’s Place Universal Access Playground, Woodbury – FREEPicMonkey Collage hyland lake park
  16. 7/16: Canterbury Park Extreme Race Day -$7-$9, kids under 17 FREE
  17. 7/17: Catch a St. Paul Saints Game and enjoy the Reading Tree pre-game show
  18. Explore Downtown St. Paul, Rice Park & Central Library, St. Paul – FREE
  19. Climb around Hyland Lake Park Reserve Play Area (Aka Chutes and Ladders)
  20. Grab a basket and pick-your-own berries at one of these Twin Cities PYO Produce Farms
  21. 7/21: Green Time, Phalen Regional Park, 10 am-11:30 am – FREE
  22. Music at Lake Harriet Bandshell, 7:30-8:30 pm – FREE
  23. Grimm Farmhouse Open House, Lowry Nature Center, Ongoing Saturdays –  FREE
  24. 7/24: Bluegrass and Lemonade plus explore the Gammelgarden Museum, 2 pm- 4pm – FREE
  25. Mondays Tail Time, Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, 10:30 am – FREE
  26. 7/26: Workshop: Beatboxing with Carnage, Caponi Art Park, 10:00 am $5-$8/pp
  27. Explore Mill Ruins Park and the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis – FREE
  28. 7/28: Pollinator Party, Lyndale Park, Minneapolis, 5 pm-8 pm –  FREE
  29.  Hike or Bike the Robert Piram Regional Trail, Harriet Island St. Paul – FREE
  30. 7/30: Drop-in Discovery Stations, Prairie Blooms, Tamarack Nature Center – FREE
  31. Lake Elmo’s super swim pond re-opens! $5/vehicle permit

More Family Fun from FFTC: Twin Cities Guide to Beaches, Pools and Waterparks

Twin Cities Summer Fun in August

  1. Rent a surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals and take a spin around the lake
  2. Visit Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Tuesday-Sundays, $6-$12/pp
  3. Discover a new beach with this list of 10 Beaches and Playgrounds to Try This Summer
  4. Explore Minnehaha Falls
  5. Seek out one of these 12 Twin Cities Picnic Spots
  6.  8/6: Starlight Cinema: Inside Out, Ojibway Park, Woodbury – FREE
  7. Browse Art Fairs like Uptown & Powderhorn, Minneapolis
  8. Visit Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minneapolis
  9. Play a round at Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Garden in Minnetrista
  10. Stroll Down Summit Avenue in St. Paul past the James J. Hill House
  11. Walk on the boardwalk at Harriet Alexander Nature Center
  12. Take a road trip to nearby Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, plus more fun at the link
  13. 8/13: Resident Artist’s Hot Metal Pour, Franconia Sculpture Park – FREE
  14. Running Aces Family Fun Day–Sundays, Family pack $25
  15. Discover indoor-outdoor fun at one of these beautiful Twin Cities Nature Centers
  16. Eat lunch at food truck! (Find them here.)
  17. Read Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet by David LaRochelle and go on a scavenger hunt in your backyard or local park
  18. 8/18: Roleo Log Rolling Series, Bryant Lake Regional Park, 6 pm-8 pm – FREE to watch
  19. Swim at your local beach – here are 10 MORE ideas to try!
  20. 8/20: 26th Spelmansstämma – The Immigrant Fiddle Fest, Gammelgarden Museum – FREE
  21. Need AC? Try one of these 10 Free Air-Conditioned Family Outings
  22. 8/22: Explore the amazing Discovery Hollow at Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake – FREE
  23. Tuesday Storytime with Engineer Paul, Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul – FREE
  24. Enjoy free entertainment at St. Paul Farmer’s Market
    Fish Lake Regional Park (image courtesy Three Rivers Park District)

    Fish Lake Regional Park (image courtesy Three Rivers Park District)

  25. 8/25: Opening Day of the Minnesota State Fair – 50 Things to Do!
  26. Eat an ice cream cone from a local scoop shop.
  27. Visit Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
  28. 8/28: Family Canoeing, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park 1 pm-5 pm, $15/pp
  29. Seek out a Puppet Wagon – Roseville, Woodbury, Shoreview & Eagan parks
  30. Be a pioneer for a day at Gibbs Farm
  31. Visit Addendum Books and read a book together or try one of these Twin Cities Preschool Storytimes

More Family Fun from FFTC: Summer Reading Programs


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Water Fun – Twin Cities Guide to Beaches, Pools & Water Parks

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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