MEA Weekend isn’t that far away, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend. If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access.
1) Be a farmer for the day
‘Harvest Days’ at Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Oct. 20-22, 10am-5pm; Oct. 23, noon-5pm • $6-$9/pp
I took my kids to Harvest Days on a blustery MEA day. It was wonderful. We had a great time working with the bulls and visiting the house. We made cornhusk dolls, explored the property and played with kittens. Then, on the way out, we went Christmas shopping through their visitor’s center. It was a blast!
‘Fall on the Farm’ at Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Oct. 20, 9:30am-2:30pm • $7/pp, designed for kindergarten-age and up, adult must accompany.
Meet farm animals, make a farm-fresh snack, and create a wool keepsake to take home. Stay for an hour or the whole day! Bring a lunch if desired.
‘Fall Excursions: Chicken to Egg” at Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Oct. 21, 9am-3pm • $25/pp, ages 9-14.
Drop off the kids to explore the farm and help with chicken chores. Learn how to care for them, from chicken to egg. Reservations required by October 14.
2) Pick your pumpkin – plus more fun fall festivities, many with special MEA hours!
3) Visit an apple orchard – for fresh produce and more fall fun!
4) Find your way through a corn maze
5) Get a jump start on Halloween!
Need a complete list of the different options? We have it for you in our Twin Cities Halloween Fun Guide. Notable special events during MEA Weekend include a Halloween Bash at TranscenDance Xperience Dance Studio (10/21), Pumpkin Express Train Rides with Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway (10/22), Pumpkin Fest at 50th & France, Edina (10/22), and many events at local nature centers.
6) Craft a masterpiece with Heartfelt
Drop-in fall crafts at Heartfelt, Minneapolis
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-4pm • price determined by craft
Special event: Preschool Harvest Festival Oct. 19 & 20, 10:30-11:45am
More October Family Fun
7) Go to the theater
Some of our recent fall favorites include the following:
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play @ Children’s Theatre Company
The Last Firefly @ Children’s Theatre Company
Spookley, the Square Pumpkin @ Stages Theatre
8) Explore a local toy store
Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul – Storytimes, train tables and merchandise.
Kiddywampus, Hopkins – Maker’s Studio, kids classes.
Mischief Toy Shop, St. Paul – Games, art supplies and kinetic toys.
9) Discover a new local museum
Kids at the Castle: Comfy Cozy Quilts, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Oct. 21, 11am • $8/family
Every third Friday of the month, the American Swedish Institute invites you into the castle one hour before opens to explore and create and discover. The program is designed for kiddos of the preschool variety, but kids up to 10 or 12 will enjoy it to as long as they can be aware of little ones. My family loves this program.
I love MEA Weekend for a couple extra days to spend with my family. Hope you have a great one!