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.
We’ve pulled together a fun list of Free Twin Cities March Family Events & Activities.
TWIN CITIES SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE
3/1: Let’s Get Crafty | American Girl Store, Mall of America • Ongoing first Wed/month, 4-6pm
3/3: Forever Wild Family Friday: Nature Bingo | Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Eagan, 7-8:30pm
Thanks to our March Sponsor, Wishing Tree Play Cafe.
Located in White Bear Lake on Hwy 96 near 35 E, Wishing Tree Play Cafe is respite of delicious food and fun play!
Free Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities
Who doesn’t appreciate a whole lotta FREE after the holidays? Free events, free activities, free admission – January is stocked with opportunities for free family fun in the Twin Cities! Read More
TWIN CITIES DECEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE
12/2: Forever Wild Family Friday: Scavenger Hunt @ Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, Eagan • 7-8:30pm • Details: Drop in for smores and a nighttime hunt.
12/3: First Free Saturday: Walker Open House @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family. Read More
It’s an exciting day in the life of a family activities blogger when you discover a little gem of a place to visit you’d never thought to go before. Thanks to my FFTC teammate Joy, who slaves away on our Family Fun Calendar, I noticed Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts was hosting a free Family Art Sunday this past weekend.
Even better than discovering a new spot to bring the family is watching all four of my kids find something to like about it, not always an easy feat when they range in ages from 3-10. But they all agreed they liked special guest Open Eye Figure Theatre (a puppet company traveling around town this summer with a “driveway tour” of their show The Adventures of Juan Bobo among others). My kids also dove into the special scavenger hunt, seeking out animals in the beautiful papercutting exhibit currently on display, and made their own paper finger puppets in the craft room. Oh, and snacks. My kids will visit just about any place if snacks are provided.
The gallery, housed in the historic Banfill-Locke House, strives to be a community arts center and offers year-round classes and occasional events for families to attend free of charge. Their next program will be a Pet Expo from 1-4 pm on Saturday, August 8.
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road
Fridley, MN 55432
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: Always free to visit the galleries and surrounding park.
7/2: First Free Saturday Stage & Screen: Groovy Adventures @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Details: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.
7/2: Home Depot Kids Workshop: Ice Age Bowling Game @ TC Home Depot locations • 9am-noon • Details: The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.
We are proud to have the St. Paul Saints as our July monthly sponsor.
7/4: Minneapolis Red White & Boom @ Downtown riverfront • 6-10pm • Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk. For more Twin Cities Independence Day events and activities, click the graphic below:
7/4: 4th of July at Langford Park @ 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul • 11am-4pm. • Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more! New this year are a bouncy house, face painting, Instagram contest, photo booth, and an obstacle course.
7/5: Storytime with Engineer Paul @ Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, St. Paul • 10am • Details: Wonderful stories, songs and preschool activities with a (no surprise) train slant. Stick around to play at one of the 7 train tables set up at the back of the store. Also held 7/19. For more of the best storytimes in the Twin Cities, click the graphic below.
It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the beaches are beckoning, the kids are home and it’s time to get outside together. Want to fill up your summer fun bucket list but don’t know where to start?
Not a problem – we’ve got you covered. 101 Ideas for Kids this Summer:
To get you started this weekend, here are 4 FREE Twin Cities events going on that we (and many of our kids!) have given the stamp of approval. For a complete listing of weekend events both free and paid, be sure to check out our Family Fun Calendar!
Doing Good Together’s Family Service Fair
at Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407
Date: Friday, November 21 • 5 – 8pm
Cost: FREE event, free parking (1.5 hrs w/ vendor validation)
Appropriate for: All ages can participate in the service projects.
Details: A fun, low-commitment way to get out and volunteer with the whole family! Twin Cities-based nonprofits set up tables with service projects kids will enjoy doing right on the spot. (Photo at left is my son decorating lunch bags for recipients of Meals on Wheels.) This is a great opportunity to have conversations with your kids about the importance of giving back.
Math & Science Family Fun Fair
at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis campus
Coffman Memorial Union Building
300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Date: Saturday, November. 22 • 10am – 4pm
Cost: FREE; find parking ramp rates here.
Appropriate for: All ages, but preschoolers on up will get the most out of it.
Details: It’s a day jam-packed with hands-on STEM fun. (And this is coming from a mom who didn’t appreciate math and science until she had her own kids!) Highlights include free ExploraDome shows, playing with robots, and really cool exhibits that truly get kids excited about chemistry, engineering, physics and much more. Get the complete schedule here and note that the special “Physics Force” and “Energy and U” shows require (free) tickets that are picked up at the event check-in. My own kids had a blast at this event; plan to spend several hours.
Bachman’s Holiday Open House
at Bachman’s on Lyndale
6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 22 & Sunday, Nov. 23
Appropriate for: All ages
Details: Don’t miss Santa and his right-hand elf, Albert, arriving by sleigh (Saturday only) at 10:30am! Crafts for kids, treats, and demonstrations follow inside the festive store. Bachman’s traditional holiday play (this year’s title is “Santa’s Top Secret Toys”) is a real kid-pleaser and will be performed at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm weekends through December 21. Grab a seat early for the play; they fill up fast.
Free Family Fun Day: River of Thanks
at Karl Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Court
Minneapolis, MN 55430
Date: Sunday, November 23 • 1 – 3pm
Appropriate for: All ages
Details: Drop in and explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities. Most are science and nature-based. Got a preschooler? They’ll probably enjoy the interpretive center’s exhibits geared towards the youngest visitors: set up a pretend farmer’s market, build in a make-believe brickyard, put together puzzles, and curl up with a good book.
Enjoy your weekend wherever it may take you!