It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find July’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities July Family Events & Activities page. Read More
It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.
TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY
NOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.
4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.
5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+
5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.
5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.
5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.
I jotted down a few notes after I visited Caponi Art Park with two of my girls for the first time last summer: “It was not the kind of park my 4-year-old daughter imagined we’d be going to when we set out that morning, but she was singing its praises by the time we were on our way out. The importance of creativity and nature in play is not lost on her.”
We had gone with the purpose of checking out Caponi’s Family Fun Tuesdays, a program that will rev up again next week (June 3, to be exact) for it’s 16th season. The series makes a variety of cultural – and educational – performers accessible to families in an environment that inspires imagination. At right, my girls are taking in a West African folk tale by storyteller Jerry Blue.
You can find the full Family Fun Tuesdays lineup here. Plan to spend time afterwards exploring some of the 60 acres that make up this woodland sculpture garden. Art pops up in unexpected places, down meandering paths, and begs for interpretation!
Saturday, May 31, Caponi Art Park will host its annual Spring Open House from 1 – 4pm. Live music and a children’s art activity will promote Caponi’s September Bluegrass Festival.
Get a jump-start on Halloween with all kinds of fun family activities this weekend (plus one really cool option for the Big Night itself)! I combed through the interwebs and came up with ten events that I wish I had enough time, energy and cash to bring the whole family to:
Halloween Extravaganza, Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul. Both a friendly and a spooky trick-or-treat trail are offered at this Friday-night party. Plus nature programs, wagon rides, storytelling and more. 5:30-10pm; $9/person or $6/member; 1701 Charlton St., W. St. Paul.
Halloween at the Caponi Art Park. Trick-or-treat along a guided tour of some of the park’s spookier sculptures (ages 5+ with adult). All ages can enjoy a giant pile of leaves to jump in, crafts, cider and an obstacle course. 1-4pm; Free (suggested donation $5/person); 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan.
Dia de los Muertos, Minnesota History Center. Mexican cultures observe this “Day of Dead” to better connect with ancestors. The History Center will offer dancing, music, crafts, food and a traditional Ofrenda (offerings) display. Noon-4pm; $11/adults, $9/students, $6/children 6-17, free ages 5 & under; 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul.
Como Zoo Boo, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Como’s 26th annual Halloween fundraiser runs Oct. 25-27 with costumed characters and a themed trick-or-treat path. Nothing scary about this one! 4:30-7:30pm; $6/online or $7/door; 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul.
Bare Bones Halloween Extravaganza, Hidden Falls Regional Park. I have long wanted to get to this outdoor spectacle of puppetry, stilting, fire and music. Over 250 souls contribute to this local arts event and it grows every year. Oct. 26-27, 31, Nov. 1-2; free with suggested donation; 1305 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul.
Anoka’s Grand Day Parade. Curious as to why Anoka, Minnesota, calls itself the Halloween Capital of the World? Maybe you’ll find out at the Grand Day Parade, or one of the dozens of other events scheduled during Anoka’s Halloween celebration. Ongoing events through Oct. 31. Parade starts at 1pm, Main Street, Anoka.
Family Halloween Camp-in at the Science Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota. You might not find time to sleep with all the activities going on at this camp-in: Omnitheater shows, museum galleries, science workshops, trick-or-treating, meals and more. 3pm Sat. Oct. 26-8am Sun. Oct. 27; ages 4-16 w/ adult, $45; 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.
Minnehaha Falls of Fun, Minnehaha Falls Park. Fun fall outdoor activities offered including hayrides, trick-or-treating, a “haunted” cave and music courtesy of Kids Dance. 1-4pm; $3/resident, $4.50/non-resident at door; Minnehaha Regional Park, Minneapolis.
Great Pumpkin Festival, Landmark Center. Get ready for a costume fashion show, face painting, a craft project, and, of course, the candy. Part of the Sundays at Landmark series. 1-3pm; free; 75 West 5th St., St. Paul.
Trick-Art-Treat, Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Sounds like a cool (and warm, at the same time) alternative to ringing doorbells up and down the block! Treats, a Halloween art activity and gallery hunt, plus a photobooth sponsored by Children’s Theatre Company to show off your Halloween costume! 5-8pm; free; 2400 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis.