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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities
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Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017
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Family Fun Idea: Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park

Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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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

Caponi Art ParkNOW 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.

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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: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

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.

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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.

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Free Twin Cities August Events & Activities

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Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017

Family Festival Calendar - Get Your Fill of Twin Cities Festivals in June

TWIN CITIES JUNE FAMILY FESTIVALS – FREE ADMISSION

Get your fill of festivals throughout the month of June with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:

6/3-9/2017: I Love Burnsville WeekFamily highlights: Grand opening of Minnesota Riverfront Park and Black Dog Trail (6/3, 10am-noon), Friday Fest & Flicks on the Bricks (6/9), demonstrations, ice cream social and family activities.

6/2-4/2017: Edina Art Fair @ 50th & France • Family highlights: Live music and a Kids Zone filled with art activities, inflatables and a shady place to rest.

6/3/2017: Waterfest @ Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul • 11am-4pm • Family highlights: Celebrate clean lakes and outdoor rec with family canoeing, fishing lessons, crafts, games, interactive exhibits and more.

Not Yet Verified for 2017: 6/4: Springtime & Rhubarb Festival @ Le Duc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St, Hastings • Family highlights: Tour the historic house, grub on some rhubarb, visit the chicken coop and more.

6/3-4/2017: Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, Downtown St. Paul • Family highlights: The whole shebang, from outdoor artist performances to the exhibit and activities tent, is great for kids. Get tips for bringing the whole family at the link.

6/4/2017: Grand Old Day, Grand Ave, St. Paul • Family highlights: Back to a single day again in 2017, there are still plenty of kids activities in the Family Fun District, live music and parade.

Not Yet Verified for 2017: 6/5: Rhubarb Fest @ New Brighton History Center Museum, 700 Park Dr, New Brighton • 1-4pm

6/8-11, 2017: Spring Lake Park Tower Days, Spring Lake Park • Family highlights: Festival at Lakeside Lions Park (6/11, 10am-dusk) features interactive lumberjack shows, a visit from the Ghostbusters of MN, and other kids activities; Stars Wars: The Force Awakens (6/10 Lions Park)

6/8-11, 2017: Hugo Good Neighbor Days, Hugo • Family highlights: Parade and fireworks (6/10).

6/9-11, 2017: Wannigan Days, Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls • Family highlights: Kids parade through Taylors Falls

Not Yet Verified for 2017: 6/11: Lakefest 2016 @ Trapp Farm Park, 841 Wilderness Run Rd, Eagan • 10am-2pm • Family highlights: nature art projects, kids science experiments, no fishing license required to fish; equipment provided.


Twin Cities Summer Festivals, 2016


6/10-11/2017: Art on the Lake, Excelsior • Family highlights: Get creative in the Kids Art Tent. Listen to local music and try out regional food vendors.

6/10-11/2017: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove • Family highlights: A Chalkfest Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music and food.

6/13-17/2017: Farmington Dew Days, Farmington • Family highlights: Kids Fishing Contest (6/17, 9am-11am). Pare (6/17 5pm)

6/17/2017: Fridley Fest (formerly ’49er Days) @ Commons Park • Family highlights: This shortened version will still have a parade, kids fun run, food and music. Fireworks are still possible. Stay tuned.

6/15-17, 2017: Tater Daze Festival, Brooklyn Park • Family highlights: Parade, live music and fireworks.

6/15-18, 2017: St. Louis Park Parktacular, St. Louis Park • Family highlights: Both the Grand Day Parade (noon-2pm)  and Kidtacular Family & Kids Activities (2-6pm) are 6/17. Activities are free or low cost.

6/15-18, 2017: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest, @ Kingston Park, 9195 75th Street S • Family highlights: Free kids tractor pedal pull (6/15), free petting farm (6/17, 1-5pm), self-guided StoryWalk through the festival, and Water Wars water balloon station (small fee).

6/15-7/4/2017: Manitou Days, White Bear Lake • Family highlights: “50 Years of Fun in the Sun”; Parade (6/16).

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/17-19: GermanFest Minnesota, @ Historic Schmidt Brewery, 900 7th St W, St. Paul • Family highlights: Kids can make FREE Father’s Day cards in the Art Tent on Fri (4-7pm) & Sat (10am-6pm) plus daily music and maypole dances.

6/16-18/2017: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Family Activities Area, live music and a car show.

6/21-25/2017: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree, @ Huset Park, 3965 Jefferson St NE, Columbia HeightsFamily highlights: Jamboree and Carnival.

6/22-24/2017: Earle Brown Days Festival, Brooklyn Center • Family highlights: Parade (6/22); A full Saturday (6/24) of fun in Centennial Park with a Inflatables ($5 wristband), Art Activities, Games, plus teen activities and fireworks.

6/22-25/2017: Oakdale Summerfest, @ Walton Park, 15th St & Hadley Ave, Oakdale • Family highlights: Parade, live music, fireworks, carnival rides, kids events and more.

6/22-26/2017: Rosefest, Roseville • Family highlights: Superhero Carnival and Free Skate at Roseville Skate Center (6/23); Community Theatre: “Lion King”, Great American Campout and campfire (6/24); Touch a Truck and children’s concert (6/25); Parade (6/26)

6/23-25/2017: Kaposia Days, South St. Paul • Family highlights: Parade (6/23).

6/23-25/2017: Blaine Festival @ Aquatore Park • Family highlights:  Family beach party (6/23), carnival, petting zoo, dance party.

6/24/2017: Summer Fest @ Minnetonka Civic Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd • 4-10:30pm • Family highlights: All activities are FREE (excluding food).

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/25: Burnsville Fairy Festival, Burnsville • 11am-8pm • Family highlights: Celebrate summer solstice with fairy walks, storytime, music and workshops.

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/25: Midsommar Dag @ Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia • Family highlights: Tour the historic buildings FREE, complemented by kids “Immigrant for a Day” activities plus Swedish music and dance.

6/24-25/2017: Eagan Art Festival, Eagan Festival Grounds, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan • Family highlights: Art activity tent features artist demonstration and hands-on activities.

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/26: Scandinavian Summer Fest @ Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Potluck lunch, children’s parade at 11:45am, music and maypole dancing.

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/27-7/4: Apple Valley Freedom Days, Apple Valley


Twin Cities Summer Festivals, 2016

Family Fun Idea: Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park

Quite possibly the best “splash pad” in the Twin Cities award goes to Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville, a water feature so pretty I’m reluctant to give it the splash pad label. It was, however, built with the hope that the community would do just that — jump right in and splash away the hot summer months.

Family Fun Idea: Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Thursday Rockin' Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park

Splash Pad at Nicollet Commons

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