Get a jump start on June! It’s packed with parks hosting FREE summer entertainment for families, tons of places to splash about and cool off, and FREE library summer reading events that will keep them busy until school calls again.
ST. PAUL: Music & Entertainment in the Parks, Daily starting 6/1 with FREE concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Check the link for a complete listing of events & locations • Groovin’ in the Garden @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/15 with FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase. • Movies in the Parks, 6/24 & 6/28.
COON RAPIDS: Summer Concert Series, Coon Rapids Regional Park performance pavilion, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/9 – FREE.
MAPLE GROVE: Sounds of Summer, Town Green Maple Grove, 7991 Main St N, includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/16 and Movies by Moonlight to come in July & August.
NEW BRIGHTON: Night at the Movies, Townsend Park, 6/17 – FREE.
PLYMOUTH: Entertainment in the Park, Hilde Performance Center, 6/16 with a FREE open-air concert, 50’s car show, food trucks and a movie at dusk. More to come in July & August.
NORTH ST. PAUL: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series, Hause Park, 6/23 – FREE.
ROSEVILLE: Roseville Puppet Wagon, Roseville parks, ongoing Tues-Thurs starting 6/21 – FREE, plus kickoff party 6/16 @ Roseville Kinderberry Hill, 6:30pm • Live @ The Rog! Performance Series, Frank Rog Amphitheather, ongoing Sundays starting 6/12 – FREE.
APPLE VALLEY: Music in Kelley Park, ongoing Fridays starting 6/3 with FREE music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.
BURNSVILLE: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/16 • Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks, ongoing Fridays starting 6/10 – both in Nicollet Commons Park, plus enjoy the landscaped splash pad – FREE.
EAGAN: Eagan Puppet Wagon, Eagan parks, ongoing Mon-Fri starting 6/11. Bring a blanket for the shows, then stay after for art projects and interactive activities – FREE • Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds, ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting 6/1. FREE family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families (Kidsdance DJs, free inflatables, lawn games and craft projects galore). Get the full lineup of entertainment here.
WOODBURY: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series: Alexander and the…Very Bad Day @ Ojibway Park, 6/18, pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk. Also in Ojibway Park, the U of M Raptor Center entertains 6/17 • Woodbury Puppet Wagon, Woodbury parks, ongoing Mon-Thurs starting 6/13. Plus, Puppet Wagon Preview Party at Kinderberry Hill, 6/8, with shows, crafts and popsicles. All activities are FREE.
BLOOMINGTON: Arts in the Parks includes the Monday Morning Kids Series at Moir Park starting 6/13, Tuesday Evening Performance Series at Normandale Bandshell starting 6/14, and Moonlight Movies at Red Haddox Field starting 6/11. All are FREE to attend.
CHASKA: Kids Entertainment Series, 6/14 & 6/28 • Wednesday Night Concerts, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/15 • Ice Cream Social & KidsDance, 6/30 – all activities in Fireman’s Park.
EDEN PRAIRIE: Itty Bitty Beach Parties, Round Lake Park, ongoing Fridays starting 6/17 with music and fun for kids • Eden Prairie Park Players Presents: Seussical, 6/17-19 & 6/23-26 at the Staring Lake Amphitheater, 14800 Pioneer Trail. Both events are FREE.
EDINA: Centennial Lakes Park is a haven for FREE summer entertainment! Events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater starting 6/1, Movies in the Park ongoing Thursday evenings starting 6/2, the Farmers Market ongoing Thursdays starting 6/16 and the Edina Model Yacht Club races on select Thursdays starting 6/4.
MINNETOKNA: Arts in the Park events at the Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater include Theater in the Park performances of The Wizard of Oz, 6/17-18 and Music in the Park ongoing Tuesdays starting 6/21. Movies in the Park to follow in August. All activities are FREE.
RICHFIELD: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park, 70th & Nicollet, ongoing Tuesdays at noon starting 6/7. FREE outdoor music and entertainment plus FREE breakfast & lunch served for kids.
TWIN CITIES BEACHES, POOLS AND WATER PARKS
Early June: Anoka County beaches – 3 locations • $5/vehicle permit
6/3: Shady Oak Beach, Minnetonka • $3-$6/pp, discount after 6pm
6/4: Carver County swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 2 locations, $5/vehicle permit
6/3: Lakeside Commons Beach, Blaine • $5/non-res, residents FREE
6/4: Cascade Bay Water Park, Eagan • $6-$10/pp, discount after 4pm
6/4: Edina Aquatic Center, Edina • $9-$11.25/pp, discount after 5pm
6/4: St. Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park • $5-$9.50/pp, discount after 4:30pm
6/4: SandVenture Aquatic Park, Shakopee • $3-$7/pp, discount after 5pm
6/8: Bloomington Family Aquatic Center • $7.25-$10/pp, discount after 4pm
6/8: Bush Lake Beach, Bloomington • lifeguards 11am-7pm • $7.25/vehicle permit
6/9: Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center • $6-$9/pp, discount after 5pm
6/10: Bunker Beach Water Park, Coon Rapids • $9-$15/pp, discount after 4pm
6/10: Battle Creek Waterworks, Maplewood • $5-$7/pp, discount after 6pm
6/10: Richfield Outdoor Pool, Richfield • $7-$9/pp, discount after 4pm
6/11: Ramsey County swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 5 locations, FREE
6/11: Como Regional Park Pool & Highland Park Aquatic Center, St. Paul • $6-$7/pp
6/11: Minneapolis swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 8 locations, FREE
6/11: Jim Lupient Water Park, & North Commons Water Park, Minneapolis • $3-$5/pp
6/11: Crystal Cove Aquatic Center, Crystal • $6-$8/pp, discount after 5pm
6/11: Elm Creek & Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond lifeguards on duty, Maple Grove • $5/pp
6/13: Washington County Parks swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 5 locations • $5/vehicle
For our master list of Twin Cities splash pads, click here.
2016 SUMMER LIBRARY READING PROGRAMS & SUMMER LIBRARY EVENTS
6/1: Bookawocky online begins at Carver County Libraries – click here for details and a complete listing of summer events at Carver County’s libraries. For programming at South St. Paul Library, click here.
6/2: Summer Spark begins at St. Paul Public Library branches – kickoff events at Rondo Library, 6/15, 2-3pm & Merriam Park Library, 6/24, 12-2pm. Plus, get the lineup of St. Paul summer library entertainment here.
6/4: Bookawocky begins at Washington County Libraries – kickoff events at Stillwater Library with Bruce the Bug Guy, 10:30am • R.H. Stafford Branch (Woodbury) with Splatter Sisters, 10:30am • Hardwood Creek Branch (Forest Lake) with Choo Choo Bob’s Engineer Paul, 2pm • Wildwood Library (Mahtomedi) with Snapdragon Seeds, 2pm.
6/6: Bookawocky begins at Dakota County Libraries – kickoff events include summer reading kickoff parties with ice cream and games at DCL Rosemount (Robert Trail), 6/6, 3-5pm • DCL Apple Valley (Galaxie), 6/9, 1:30pm • DCL Inver Grove Heights (Inver Glen), 6/13, 1-2pm • DCL Hastings (Pleasant Hill), 6/14, 10:30-noon & 6:30-7:30pm. Plus, more summer events with Dakota County Libraries here.
6/11: Bookawocky begins with Scott County Libraries – kickoff events at Prior Lake Library, 6/11, 11am-noon • New Prague Library, 6/13, 10:30-11am • Jordan Library, 6/13, 3-5pm with entertainment from RAD Zoo • Elko New Market Library, 6/15, 2-2:30pm with Como Zoo’s Bird-a-Wocky, Belle Plaine Library, 6/15, 6:30-7:30pm & Savage Library, 6/16, 6:30-7pm with The Bazillions. Plus, get the rest of Scott County Library’s summer events here.
MORE TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN JUNE
6/4: Grimm Farmhouse Open House, Victoria • Saturdays through 8/27/16, 1-4pm • FREE
6/4: Pierre Bottineau House Open House, Maple Grove • Saturdays thru 8/27/16, 1-4pm • FREE
6/9: Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows, 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis • Ongoing Thursdays, 6:30pm • FREE
6/18: Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Backyard, St. Paul • Open daily during museum hours • Included with museum admission of $10-$13/pp, mini golf for an extra fee. Read about a splashy trip to the Big Backyard here.