Free St. Paul Winter Carnival activities, including a bunch aimed specially at kids, ramp up this weekend along with a couple grand opening celebrations, an art sled rally, and your last chance to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum free on the weekend. For more ideas on getting out and about with your littles this weekend and beyond, visit our Family Fun Calendar.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
St. Paul Winter Carnival Kids Day
@ Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul
Details: Need a break from the cold? Warm up inside the beautiful Landmark Center Cortile with kid-centric activities like inflatables, crafts and live performances, including a “Frozen” appearance from Queen Elsa.
George Latimer Central Library Grand Reopening
@ George Latimer Central Library, 90 W 4th St., St. Paul
Time: Activities from 11:15am-4:30pm
Details: Catch a performance of the Loki Puppet Players during a special Saturday Live! performance at 11:15, take a tour of the renovated downtown library, watch a slide show of Winter Carnivals past and warm up with cider and hot chocolate before the King Boreas Grande Day Parade (2-4pm beginning at the Smith Ave. bridge and culminating at Rice Park).
Palace Community Center Grand Opening
@ Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave., St. Paul
Details: Take on Mayor Coleman in a hockey scrimmage, partake in refreshments, crafts, a bounce house, face painting and more to celebrate the opening of the new neighborhood community center.
When: Saturday, January 30 • 2-4pm
Details: Come watch outrageously creative “art sleds” take to the sledding hill in Powderhorn Park at the 9th Annual Art Sled Rally.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
PlantMaker Studio & free admission
@ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska
Details: This is the final weekend to take advantage of FREE January admission to the Arboretum. PlantMaker Studio offers drop in activities for families from noon-4pm featuring Great Grains – grind, plant, bake and explore grains cultivated worldwide.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
St. Paul Winter Carnival Vulcan Fun Day @ Snow Park at the Fair
@ Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., Falcon Heights
Details: Hail the Vulcs on Vulcan Fun Day with free fire truck rides, a mini-medallion hunt for kids and make sure to vote for your favorite entry in the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Contest! A turn down the thrilling Vulcan Snow Slide costs $2 per ride or $5 for three rides, sleds provided.
Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks
Lunch with the Animals @ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 1-3pm