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.
Thank you to our awesome February sponsor.
As a neighborhood medical center, MedExpress offers a broad scope of urgent care, basic wellness and employer health services. With warm, welcoming centers and a full medical team, centers are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no appointments necessary. Centers offer walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury, including more advanced offerings such as X-rays, IVs, EKGs, labs, minor surgery, stitches and treatment for broken bones, sprains and strains. MedExpress also offers wellness and prevention services such as physicals, wellness exams, tobacco cessation counseling and flu shots.
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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.
2/17: February Movie Night in the Park: Shrek | Central Park, Woodbury • 6-8:30pm
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.
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.
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.
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:
Twin Cities sledding hills are also in abundance, and we’ve got plenty of free options for you here:
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.
Bloom Room Playdates | Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul • Wednesdays, 10:30am-noon • Kids ages 0-3
Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis • Ongoing 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.
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.
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.
Kid-friendly Twin Cities coffee shops and cafes with dedicated FREE play spaces.
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.
Minneapolis Recreation Centers also offer free options. Click this link and search “parent tot”.