What better to liven up the dead of winter than tons of free family events? Saturday is packed full of stuff to do from the final weekend of the St. Paul Winter Carnival to Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday program. Plus, you can always check our Family Fun Calendar for more Twin Cities free events and festivals this weekend and beyond.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Winter Carnival Family Fun Day
@ Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St., St. Paul
Details: Stop by the Landmark Center for entertainment and events for all ages. There will be activities for children and adults alike. Wells Fargo brings the Minnesota Zoomobile from noon-2pm with live animals and the 3M Visiting Wizards will do hands-on science experiments from 1:30-2:30pm.
Free First Saturday: Everyone is a Mn Artist
@ Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
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. February brings a host of local artists to share art-making, storytime and a performance by the Roe Family Singers.
Art Shanty Projects Opening Weekend
@ White Bear Lake County Park
Details: Not only are these 19 unique icehouses designed by local artists, they are strongly encouraged to be interactive. Herein lies the fun of bringing the whole family out to see them – my kids had a great time exploring the shanties when they last appeared in 2014. Get the opening weekend schedule of events here.
Pacifier – North Loop Grand Opening Celebration
@ Pacifier – North Loop, 219 N. 2nd St. #102, Minneapolis
Details: Be there for the official grand opening of Pacifier’s new location in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Join us for a day of fun for all ages, including a Diaper Derby, a Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, and a visit from the Snow Queen and Stormtroopers.
Free Family Concert: Melody, Harmony & Rhythm, Oh My!
@ St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Historic Hamm Bldg., 408 Saint Peter St., St. Paul
When: Tickets available for the 9:30am & 11am shows – get yours here while they last.
Details: Geared for ages 6-12, these kid-sized concerts call on a full-sized chamber orchestra to teach about how melodies, harmonies and rhythms are used as building blocks of music. At this concert, several familiar selections of classical music will be stacked up, knocked down and built up again so you can hear how music is made. The concerts are popular; tickets are free, but they will go quickly.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks