The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards! Browse the favorites below for ideas on where your own little ones can get up close to animals, play at farm chores, pick their own produce, and learn through living history activities: 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.
How will you be celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make her day extra special.
We also have some simple DIY gifts and cards the kids can make.
MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY
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.
As soon as I can smell the wet earth and the sun is still shining at 6pm, I’m ready for a spring farm fix. Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest — plus farmhands of all ages can partake in waking up the barns for spring.
TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES
Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 3/24-4/30, 9am-4pm • included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking • In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. Get the full lineup here.
Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays 4/1-5/27, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals. Read More
Not that we’re necessarily suggesting you go cheap for Mother’s Day – but we’re pleased to provide you with a list of places that are saluting moms this weekend with free admission and/or activities:
- Minnesota Zoo: Moms receive free admission Saturday & Sunday sponsored by Macy’s (May 10 & 11).
- Minnesota Children’s Museum: Moms (and grandmothers!) admitted free on Sunday, May 11. The fun exhibit Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is currently in its final weeks.
- Science Museum of Minnesota: Celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission to the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit and Omnitheater with any paid admission (available in person at the box office or by calling 651-221-9444) OR free admission to the museum with reservations to the Science Museum’s Mother’s Day Brunch (prices here).
- American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis: Moms (and grandmothers!) are admitted free on Sunday, May 11. Check out the Papercut! exhibit or enjoy a special Mother’s Day smorgasboard ($20-$50).
- Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River: This 1860’s-era working farm grants free admission to mothers with accompanying child on Saturday & Sunday (May 10 & 11).
Venues that are always free:
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Family Day, Sunday, May 11. Make a paper flower bouquet for someone special, start a mini-garden and hunt for garden scenes in the MIA’s galleries.
- Landmark Center: St. Paul Civic Symphony presents a free Mother’s Day concert, 1pm.
- Como Park Zoo & Conservatory: The annual Mother’s Day Bonsai Show takes place Saturday & Sunday (May 10 & 11). Read Joy’s review of it here.
Other ideas for Mother’s Day fun:
- The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis: This month’s Free Second Saturday is all about Wind & Weather. 11am – 4pm.
- Creative Kidstuff: Make-and-take thumbprint necklace keepsake craft scheduled for all locations Saturday, May 10, 10am – 1pm.
- Wild Rumpus Books: Project Kid Craft Day – paper carnations for someone special! Saturday, May 11, 11am.
- Craftstravaganza, Minnesota State Fairgrounds: 100% handmade goods plus free workshops and activities throughout the day. 10am – 5pm.
And remember, the entire month of May is Minnesota Museum Month so keep in mind all of our state’s engaging museums and the special events that have been scheduled to celebrate it. Check back on Family Fun Twin Cities for updates!