Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

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February has us swooning with all the FREE family events and activities it has to offer! From Valentine’s Day events to festivals that do their best to embrace the winter in Minnesota, here’s what the month ahead will bring.
Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities


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TWIN CITIES FEBRUARY SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

2/1-2/22: Free Wednesdays | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • 10am-8pm • Take advantage of FREE admission to this highly kid-friendly – but also thoroughly enjoyable for adults – museum! Every Wednesday in February, 2017.

2/3: Forever Wild Family Friday: Sledding Party | Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Eagan • 7-8:30pm

2/4: First Free Saturday: Off the Wall | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • 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.

2/4: Drop-in Discoveries: Reps & Phibs | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake • 10am-12

2/7: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks | SE Metro, find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

2/12: Family Day: China | Minneapolis Institute of Art • 11am-5pm • Build and design your dream urban landscape.

2/12: Urban Expedition: Switzerland | Landmark Center, St Paul • 1-3pm • Travel the globe without hopping a plane through music, food, crafts and more.

2/12: Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 1-3pm • Join Ned the Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Make-and-take art to follow.

2/14: Ballet Tuesdays | Landmark Center, St. Paul • 12-1pm • Excerpts from the classics, perfect for budding ballerinas.

2/10: Friday Family Movie Nights | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm

2/17: February Movie Night in the Park: Shrek | Central Park, Woodbury • 6-8:30pm

2/18: Schubert Club Family Concert: Click, Clap, Klunk | Landmark Center, St Paul • 11am • Explore rhythms with homemade percussion instruments – free, but RSVPs required.

2/19: Shop Jackson Street | Jackson Street Roundhouse Train Museum, St Paul • 10am-4pm • Score FREE admission to explore the museum and shop a host of local vendors.

2/20: Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska • 8am-4pm

2/25: SPCO Start the Music! Free Family Concert: Musical Motivations | Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis • Concerts at 9:30 & 11am, pre-concert activities begin 45 min prior • Designed for kids ages 3-6, the program is a wonderful way to introduce young children to classical music.

2/25: Try Hockey for Free Day | various Minnesota locations • Got a junior Gretzky? Give this a try!

2/26: Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka • 2 sessions: 12 & 2pm • Take a free, hour-long art class designed for kids ages 5+ with caregivers. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 763.323.8830 or online here.

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

FEBRUARY FAMILY WINTER FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS – FREE ADMISSION

2/1: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth
2/4: Winter Carnival Family Day | Landmark Center, St Paul
2/11: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park
2/11: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul
2/4-2/26: Art Shanty Projects | White Bear Lake

TWIN CITIES VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS – FREE

2/4: Kids Workshop: Valentine’s Mailboxes | TC Home Depot locations, 9am-12pm • Build a wooden Valentine photo box, then personalize the project with paint. FREE.

2/11: Crafts For Kids: Circle of Love Wreath | TC Lakeshore Learning locations, 11am-3pm • Craft a homemade valentine; ages 3+. FREE.

2/11: Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour | Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer

2/28: Valentine’s Kids Kraft | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • Get krafting the last Sat of each month Oct-April. Free; registration required.

ONGOING FEBRUARY WEEKENDS – FREE

Minneapolis Institute of Arts | Minneapolis • Daily, 11am-5pm

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul • Daily, 10am-6pm, suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. Seasonal events include the Winter Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day.

Materials Lab | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul • Open during exhibition hours, ongoing Sat/Sun, 10am-4pm. All ages can drop in and get creative with available materials and a little guidance.

Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul • 11:15am • Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | TC locations • Ongoing Saturdays, 11am-3pm

Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center • 9am-noon • Ongoing Saturdays of each month enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more.

Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park side of the river) Sundays: 2/12, 2/26, 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center • Sundays: 2/5, 2/19, 2/26, 3-4pm

Naturalist’s Nature Table (Sat, 11am-3pm) & Family Funday (Sun, 12:30-3:30pm) | Carl Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis • Drop in Saturdays for naturalist-led activities or Sundays for self-guided exploration of the visitor center’s interactive exhibits.

Gideon Pond House Open House | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington • Ongoing Sundays, 1:30-4pm • Drop by for a house tour and living history activities.

Metro-wide free outdoor ice skating rinks are open daily; many have warming facilities and lighting, some have free skates to loan! Find our directory of rinks here or below on the graphic: Twin Cities sledding hills are also in abundance, and we’ve got plenty of free options for you here:

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

Twin Cities sledding hills are also in abundance, and we’ve got plenty of free options for you here:

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

ONGOING FEBRUARY WEEKDAYS – FREE

Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym | Apple Valley Community Center • Ongoing Mon/Wed/ Fri, 9:30-11am • Ages: 5 & under w/ caregiver • Burn off some energy with other kids, develop motor skills and coordination. A special tot time for tykes ages 2 & under is held from 9-9:30am followed by open play for 5 & under until 11.

MOA Toddler Tuesdays | Mall of America RotundaOngoing Tuesdays, 10am – noonLive entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set. Upcoming event schedule here.

Bloom Room Playdates | Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul • Wednesdays, 10:30am-noon • Kids ages 0-3

Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, MinneapolisOngoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm • In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Stay for lunch — there are many tasty ethnic vendors to choose from, and several offer specials on Wednesdays. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.

Games Galore | Union Depot, St Paul • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10am-8pm • Play giant-sized versions of classic games including chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes and more.

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • Ongoing Thursdays through April 27, 2017, 10am-noon • The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week.

Free Children’s Entertainment | Edinborough Park Amphitheater, Edina • Thursdays, noon.

Drop-in Playtime | Amma Parenting Center, Edina • Ongoing Fridays, 11:45am-12:45pm • Drop-in play for newborns through walking age.

Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities – many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer FREE storytimes during the week. Click the link to read our picks.

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

Kid-friendly Twin Cities coffee shops and cafes with dedicated FREE play spaces.

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

Twin Cities Nature Centers offer FREE admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week.

St. Paul Recreation Centers offer free open gym Tot Times at 16 sites across the city.

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

Minneapolis Recreation Centers also offer free options. Click this link and search “parent tot”.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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  • Thank you for putting a site like this together. It can take a great deal of effort to find activities for those looking to save money. I hope a warm hearted thank you from my family to all of yours on your team help inspire many more events posted in the future. If you ever need an addition to your effort I would gladly like to assist in what your doing. Take care!

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