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 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
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Minnesota Parent Camp Fair @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul • 10am-2pm
Details: Yes, it’s time to start planning the summer already. This event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids. Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Zoo animal.
Free Tour Saturday @ Gabbert Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Ave (St. Paul campus of the U of M) • 12:30-3:30pm
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. The Raptor Center treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Read more about taking kids to the Raptor Center here.
Art Shanty Projects: Final Weekend @ White Bear Lake County Park, 5050 Lake Ave, White Bear Lake • 10am-4pm
Details: Not only are these 19 unique ice houses 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.
Winter Fun Kids Kraft @ Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller Street S, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • free, but registration required at 952-445-0378.
Details: Celebrate the chilly season with cozy stories and a special snow craft. Take advantage of free admission to the museum.
Rock Kenwood! @ Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis • 3-6pm • $20 per family at the door
Details: ARTrageous Adventures and Kenwood Park are co-hosting a family fun dance party! Jam to music with the Big Epic Show, make your own reARTcycled microphone and a rock star photo frame. Your family can get their own rock star make overs done and a photo shoot with a professional photographer! When it’s time for a break in the action, a chill room will be stocked with books and crafts.
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.
FANtastic Saturdays @ Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan • 5-8pm • $4/pp ages 18 mon-12 years, all others free.
Details: Better bang for your buck every Saturday evening: $4 will get you into the Blast Indoor Playground, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids).
Saturday Shows for Kids @ In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis • shows at 10am & noon • suggested donation of $5/pp or pay-what-you can
Details: Two showings of The Stuffed Animal Spring Show. Stay for a make-and-take workshop based on that day’s puppet show theme (additional $5 per child, $3 per adult, advance registration recommended at 612-721-2535).
Michaels Kids Club Crafts @ Twin Cities Michaels locations • 10am-noon • $2 per project
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Winter Games @ Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria • 12:30-2pm
Details: Unplug by spending time outside playing snow and ice games.
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
Free Family Fun Days @ Three Rivers Parks
Carl Kroening Interpretive Center: Tracks, Trails & Tales • 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center: Feeding Time • 3-4pm
ONGOING SUNDAYS – BUDGET
And as always, please check our Family Fun Calendar for more ways to get out and about with your family this weekend and beyond!
Tot Time Open Gym was my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through the listings below to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed naptime:
Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: South Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***
Good Times Park
3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 100, Eagan 55121
Open Play hours: Daily from 7am – 9:30pm
Admission: Play Today passes or Memberships available ONLY online! Purchase in advance from home or by self-use kiosk at the door. A one-day pass is $8 per child under 18 (under 1 year play free). See website for group and membership rates.
Details: There’s been quite a bit of buzz about this relatively new indoor play park in Eagan. It’s all been good stuff, too: parents loving the unique outdoor feel of the facility with its jungle gyms, unwalled pillow jumper, basketball court and plenty of open turf for family games. Further setting the park apart from other indoor playgrounds, Good Times bills itself as “self-use” park. Guests purchase day passes online (or at the guest kiosk inside the park entrance) and receive a code to enter the building. The code is good for the entire day. Families are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages to eat in the picnic area and are expected to clean up after themselves (as there is no staff employed by the family-run business). I think this place sounds truly innovative and a whole lot of fun.
The Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway, Eagan
Open Play hours:
Mon – Fri: 9am – 8pm
Sat: 8am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 8pm
Admission: $4/per child ages 18 mons. to 12 years, 13+ & under 18 mons. free. Includes admission to the indoor playground and Preschool Open Play in the gymnasium for children ages 1-5 years only.
Details: The Blast is not as elaborate as some of the other metro-area indoor playgrounds, but you can’t beat the price. And it’s got a pretty cool space theme going on, too. As an added bonus, the Eagan Community Center hosts Preschool Open Play each weekday from 9 – 11:30am. Included in the $4 admission fee is access to The Blast and free use of fun equipment in the gym (infants to age five only, please): plasma cars, hockey sticks, tumble blocks and more! We’ve enjoyed this deal a number of times. Fantastic Saturdays from 5 – 9pm at the ECC kick in even more bang for your buck: $4 will get you into the Blast, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids). Read More