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.
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
What better to liven up the dead of winter than tons of free family events? Saturday is packed full of stuff to do from the final weekend of the St. Paul Winter Carnival to Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday program. Plus, you can always check our Family Fun Calendar for more Twin Cities free events and festivals this weekend and beyond.
Winter is finally here! Get out and embrace it with these four family fun ideas, or use our Family Fun Calendar for more ideas on getting out and about this weekend.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
Free First Saturday: Wintertime Escape
@ Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Details: Admission is free for all every first Saturday of the month and the galleries abound with arty activities for kids of any age. This month’s theme, Wintertime Escape, will warm you up with an all-day dance party.
@ Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 7th St, St Paul
Details: Design beautiful snowflakes for your windows. Learn how snowflakes are formed, and peer at preserved snowflake crystals up close on the microcam. Nature Center exhibits and trails will be open for self-guided activities.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
Free Admission to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska
Time: Daily 8am-4pm through January 31, 2016
Details: Explore the winter season at the Arboretum free of charge! Play outside, or warm up indoors by taking a stroll through the “please touch” greenhouse and playing with the kid-friendly exhibits in the Marion Andrus Learning Center. Drop into the Plant-Maker Studio weekends between noon and 4pm — this weekend’s theme is “Evergreen Wonders” and will keep kids busy crafting with branches and pine cones.
Time: Rink opens 11am daily through
Details: Bring your skates to the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink in downtown St. Paul. Skating is free and the backdrop of Rice Park is beautiful. Skate rental is available for $4/pair. For more free skating opportunities, use our Skate the Twin Cities list to find your nearest free outdoor ice rink.
Both the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are hosting their free family days this weekend! If you’ve yet to bring the kids out to one of these events, I highly recommend it. For more ideas of how to get out with your family this weekend, check our extensive Family Fun Calendar. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
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 every first Saturday of the month.
Time: Performances at 10 & 11am
Details: Open houses at MacPhail are a lot of fun and include concerts geared towards kids, a chance to play with instruments, snacks and more.
Details: Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, interactions with live animals, craft projects and more. The event is held the first Saturday of each month.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Family Day: Incredible India
@ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis
Details: Art-making, dance theater, storytelling, gallery hunts and more themed to regions of India. Family Day at the MIA is a free monthly event.
Details: This German celebration gives everyone the opportunity to participate in the spirit of generosity. Make lanterns and join St. Martin in a parade around Rice Park.
Details: Drop in for art projects, explore the grounds, the sculptures, and the current gallery exhibit.
Kids are preschoolers for such a short-time. Before you know it, they are heading off to school and then middle school and then conquering the world.
The fall has come where I find myself finally down to one kid at home during the day. My preschooler and I are now able to see her three older sibs off at the bus stop each morning and then stroll home to spend all that quality one-on-one time she’s been waiting her whole short life for. We’re also planning to tackle the list (below) of kid-centric activities around town that I’ve kept in my back pocket since my oldest could toddle. Let me share some of my favorite places to take preschoolers — and I’ll mention where it’s absolutely appropriate to bring older siblings as well. Please note that all of the following activities take place on weekdays. For more inspiration on where to take the entire family on the weekend, visit our Family Fun Calendar.
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This last-minute free events list is brought to you by my kids’ last week of school events and a Dad who’s been out of town. But maybe some of you can relate — so busy wrapping up that you haven’t given a thought to the weekend? We don’t blame you if you just want to catch your breath. Or, if you’re looking for a few ideas, we’ve got five of them here: Read More
Here at FFTC we are planing on having a great weekend with our families. Even if it does rain.
Since we have been so busy being with our families, we took a few minutes and looked around the internet and found some fabulous Memorial Day Weekend choices.