Our list of FREE Twin Cities family activities and events for March 2016 includes a list of a dozen free Easter egg hunts and other seasonal fun. For a complete list of egg hunts including paid events, click here. We’ve also listed ongoing FREE activities and events throughout the month of March both on the weekends and on weekdays. Don’t see an event you would like added to the list? Please drop us a line via our contact form.
3/4: Forever Wild Family Friday: Celebration of Spring @ Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan • 7-8:30pm
Details: The first Friday of each month are Forever Wild for families at Lebanon Hills. Musical ensemble Traki will play Bulgarian folk music that celebrates the coming of spring.
3/5: Free Ink Day @ Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W Lake St, Minneapolis • Noon-4pm
Details: Drop in for Spring Free Ink Day! This event will focus on relief printmaking. Visitors of all ages are invited to carve blocks and create prints.
3/5: First Free Saturday: Kids Film Festival @ Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: 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 every first Saturday of the month.
3/5: Free Kids Workshop: Build a Toy Wagon @ TC Home Depot locations
Details: The first Saturday of each month is workshop day at Home Depot. Kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany their kids.
3/6: Rock the Cradle @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm
Details: Presented by The Current and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, the day is packed with musical performances, hands-on activities, engaging experiences with station hosts and plenty of surprises along the way. Recommended for kids ages 2-8 with caregivers.
3/6: Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist @ Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E
St. Anthony • 1-3pm
Details: Join Ned the Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Try art making with a take-home activity.
3/12: Museum Day Live! @ Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St S, Shakopee • 10am-3pm
Details: Courtesy of the Smithsonian, download your free tickets (limit 2) here and visit the museum free of charge. Drop-in activities for kids will be going on all day, plus tours of the historic site.
3/12: Music & Melody Makers w/ MN Youth Symphonies @ Highland Park Middle School, 975 Snelling Ave S, St. Paul • 9:30am
Details: Kids ages 3-14 can try out instruments of the orchestra, ask the musicians questions, and hear a mini-concert. Registration required here.
3/12: Mini-Hops Gymnastics Grand Opening, 2600 Campus Dr, Plymouth • 3:30-5:30pm
Details: Stop by to experience live demos, giveaways, new programming, sample classes, trampolines, foam pits, tours and more.
3/13: Family Art Sunday @ Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E River Rd, Fridley • 1-3pm
Details: Drop in for art projects, a scavenger hunt, snack, and occasional special entertainment.
3/13: Family Day: Art in Motion @ Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm
Details: Get moving in the museum with a kid-friendly dance party, craft art projects, and check out some animated films.
3/13: Sweet Science Ice Cream Tasting Event @ Tin Whiskers Brewing Company, 125 E 9th St, St Paul • 3-6pm • Details: Just what it sounds like – DELICIOUS!
3/18: Annual “Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day” with St. Paul Community Education @ Rondo Education Center, 560 Concordia Ave, St. Paul • 4-8pm
Details: Celebrate the legacy of Fred Rogers with a community dinner, model trolley raffle, face painting, make-and-take crafts for all ages, dancing, and more.
3/19-20: Hop Into Spring Weekend @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul • 10am-4pm • Details: Xcel Energy hosts a weekend of environmental education family activities.
3/20: Target Free Third Sundays @ Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 7th St W, St. Paul • 9am-5pm • Details: Explore the museum free, including the newest exhibit Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit thanks to the generosity of Target. Keep in mind that the museum is currently under renovation and many exhibits are currently closed.
3/20: Macy’s Flower Show @ Downtown Minneapolis Macy’s, 8th Floor Auditorium, 700 On The Mall, Minneapolis • Open daily during store hours through April 3, 2016 • Details: A colorful trip across our country’s landscapes.
3/25: Summer Camp Drop-In Sampler @ Textile Center, 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis • 1-3pm • Details: Come visit with summer camp staff and get hands-on with a sampler of activities.
3/25-26: Free Tour Fridays & Saturdays @ Gabbert Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Ave, Falcon Heights • 10:30am-3:30pm Fri & 12:30-3:30pm Sat • Details: Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Check out their remodeled raptor habitats, and get up close to bald eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons.
TWIN CITIES FREE EASTER EGG HUNTS & ACTIVITIES
3/19: Spring Egg Hunt @ Airport Park, 2130 105th Ave NE, Blaine • 6:30pm • ages 10 & under
3/19: Excellent Egg Frenzy @ Bielenberg Sports Center baseball fields, 4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury • 0-3yrs at 5pm, 4-5 yrs at 5:20pm, 6+ at 5:45pm
Details: Toy-filled eggs will be scattered around the outdoor softball fields. Collect up to 10 eggs in your age group. Special eggs with golden tickets will be hidden for each age group. Early arrival is encouraged.
3/19: Vadnais Heights Easter Egg Hunt @ Community Park, 651 East Cty Rd F, Vadnais Heights • Staggered start times are as follows: 2 yrs & under – 10:30 am, 3-4 yrs at 10:40 am, 5-6 yrs at 10:50am, 7-9 yrs at 11am, 10-12 yrs at 11:10am
Details: The Easter Bunny will visit while you hunt for eggs redeemable for prizes. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Vadnais Heights Community Food Program.
3/19: Rosemount Lions Club Spring Egg Hunt @ DCTC Ames Soccer Complex, 1300 145th S E, Rosemount • 10am sharp • Details: Kids 1-10 will be divided into 3 age groups to hunt for treats. Please bring your own bag. Donations appreciated.
3/19: Easter Kids Kraft @ Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St S, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am
Details: Join the SCHS for Easter stories and songs, a make-and-take bunny craft and an Easter egg hunt in the Stans Garden (egg-themed scavenger hunt in the museum in case of bad weather). Free, registration required for supplies (call 952-445-0378).
3/19: Annual Egg Hunt & Bunny Party @ George Green Park, 1498 6th Ave S, Anoka • 10-11:30am • Details: Hosted by the Anoka Women of Today, the hunt kicks off at 10 sharp followed by a carnival with games, snacks, prizes and a visit from the Bunny at the Anoka Senior Center.
3/19: Spring Lake Park Lions Easter Egg Hunt @ Lakeside Lions Park, 79th Ave & Pleasant View Dr, Spring Lake Park • Noon-1:30pm • Details: Sign your child in between noon & 12:30pm. Ages 2-4 begins at 12:40, ages 5-7 at 1pm, ages 8 & up at 1:20pm. Bags provided.
3/19-20: It’s Tapping Time @ Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 North Dale St, Roseville • 10am-4pm
Details: Join volunteers as they tap maple trees, collect sap and boil it to make delicious maple syrup. Learn about traditional syruping methods, listen to Native American stories, and taste maple treats. It’ll make a sweet family outing.
3/25: Flashlight Egg Hunt @ Creekview Park, 5001 Humboldt Ave N, Minneapolis • 8:30-9:30pm
Details: Bring your flashlight and we’ll start the egg hunt once it is dark. Registration is not required for the event, but you must be in the Creekview Park building by 9pm to be included in the hunt.
3/26: Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Egg Coloring Event @ Lions Park, 3525 Laverne Ave, Lake Elmo • hunt begins at noon
Details: Hosted by Lake Elmo Jaycees, everyone is welcome to hunt for eggs with candy and prizes. Dye and color hard boiled eggs to take home.
3/26: Bunny Brunch & Big Egg Hunt @ Sibley Rec Center, 1900 E 40th St, Minneapolis • 9:30am-12:30pm • FREE activities, charge for brunch.
Details: Start off with the bunny brunch (pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice served 9:30-11:00am, $6/adults, $4/kids) Free activities include: egg coloring, games, egg hunt, face painting and a magic show.
3/26: Annual Spring Egg Hunt @ Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis • 10am-noon Details: Hop on over for an egg hunt in the park for various age levels. Enjoy snacks, egg decorating and baskets, tissue paper flowers and spin art.
3/26: Bunny Party & Egg Hunt @ Windom Park NE Rec Center, 2251 NE Hayes St, Minneapolis • Noon-2pm
Details: Games, a bounce house, children’s egg hunt and more. Treat bags will be given to the first 200 registered children ages 7-12. Audubon Park hosts the Bunny Party for kids ages 6 and under from 9am-11am. Windom Park hosts ages 7-12 from 12pm-2pm. Pre-registration by March 23rd is required to receive a treat bag.
3/26: Egg Hunt @ Kenwood Park, 2101 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis • 10-11:30am
Details: Hunt is divided into three age groups (2-3yrs, 4-5yrs, 6-8 yrs). Enjoy face painting, art with ARTrageous Adventures, and a visit from Peter Rabbit. Coffee, juice and light breakfast food provided.
3/26: EggStravaganza Helicopter Egg Drop @ North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave N, Minneapolis • 1-4pm
Details: Don’t miss thousands eggs being dropped from a helicopter! Bring a basket to collect them and enjoy music, face painting, bounce houses, cookies, and more.
3/26: First Annual Egg Hunt @ Janie’s Playground at Casey Lake Park, North St. Paul • 10am • Details: Kids up to 12 years are welcome to hunt for eggs, enjoy refreshments, activities and more.
3/27: Best Egg Hunt Ever @ Maple Grove Senior High School, 9800 Fernbrook Ln N, Maple Grove • hunts at 9am, 10:30am, & 12:15pm
Details: Organized by Passion Church of Maple Grove, the mammoth hunt involves scouting out 75,000 candy-filled eggs (3 time slots to choose from), Easter worship services, live animals, character meet-and-greets and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Pre-register here to skip lines the day of.
ONGOING SATURDAYS – FREE
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm
Saturday Live! @ George Latimer Central Library, 90 W 4th St, St. Paul • 11:15am
Details: Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul • winter hours 10am-4pm • suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate.
Details: Seasonal events include Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders (creepy crawlies on display through April 17), the Winter Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Open year-round.
ONGOING SUNDAYS – FREE
Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis • Noon-5pm
Details: Explore the very kid-friendly Touch and Feel room and the wildlife dioramas free each Sunday.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis • 11am-5pm
ONGOING FREE WEEKDAY MARCH EVENTS
MOA Toddler Tuesdays, Mall of America Rotunda • Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon • Details: Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set. You can view upcoming event details here. Make a day of it with a special Nickelodeon Universe 5-hour ride wristband ($11.95 plus tax) and a stop at the free play tables at the LEGO Store.
Let’s Sing music class @ Teeny Bee Boutique, 1560 Selby Ave, St. Paul • Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am • Details: Aimed at kids ages 0-6 with singing, movement and rhythm.
Wee Wednesdays @ Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407 • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm • Details: 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, 214 4th St E, St Paul • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10am-8pm • Details: Play giant-sized versions of classic games including chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga, etc.
Lil Explorer Thursdays @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul • Ongoing Thursdays through April 28, 2016, 10am-noon • Details: 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 Thursdays @ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska • 8am-4pm • Details: Free admission to the Arboretum ongoing Thursdays through March 31, 2016.
Free Children’s Entertainment @ Edinborough Park Amphitheater, 7700 York Ave S, Edina • Ongoing Thursdays, noon.
Drop-in Playtime @ Amma Parenting Center, 3511 Hazelton Rd, Edina • Ongoing Fridays, 11:45am-12:45pm • Details: 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 Citis 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. We’ve reviewed several: Dodge Nature Center & Farm, Indoor & Outdoor Play at SW Metro Nature Centers, and Indoor & Outdoor Play at NE Metro Nature Centers.
• 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”.