It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5 or less per person to attend.
5/4: Schubert Club KidsJam: Lau Hawaiian Collective @ Schubert Club Museum, St. Paul • 10:30-11:45am • $5/child advanced registration, $7/door • Details: During this hands-on workshop kids will listen to Hawaiian music, explore instruments, and craft a lei.
5/14: Brickmania Toyworks Open House, Brickmania Toyworks, Minneapolis • 10am-4pm • $5/pp or $10/group of 4, under age 4 FREE • Details: Intricate LEGO train layouts, hands-on LEGO activities and displays. This popular event is held the 2nd Saturday of each month. Read about a trip to the open house here.
5/14: Family Dance @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis • 6:30-8pm • $5/pp or $10/family • Details: The focus is on teaching simple dances that everyone in the family can enjoy. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities.
5/14-15: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival @ Washington County Fairgrounds, Stillwater • 9am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun • $5/pp ages 9+, under 9 FREE • Details: Events include Minnesota’s largest fleece competition, sheep shearing demos, animals in the barn, and more.
5/20: Kids at the Castle: Muddy May @ American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • 11am-noon (feel free to stay after and explore the castle) • $5/family • Details: Before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, and movement inspired by ASI’s exhibits that will encourage creative young minds. Suggested for ages 2-5.
TWIN CITIES PARENT-CHLD NATURE PROGRAMS $5/PP OR LESS
5/3: My Preschooler & Me: Natural Wonders – Fantastic Flyers @ Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake • 10-11:30am • $5/pp
5/9: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones Spring – Kites & Flights @ Lowry Nature Center, 10-11:30am • $5/pp
5/9: Puppet Storytime: Birds In My Yard @ Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W Franklin Ave, St. Louis Park • 10-11am • $4/resident, $5/non-res • Details: The Westwood puppets tell a muddy story in their animated and comical style, then naturalist led activities will follow to highlight the story. Also presented 5/13/16, 10-11am.
5/11: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Animal Babies @ Eastman Nature Center, 10-11am • $4/pp
5/12: Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids – Boats & the River @ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis • 9am-12pm (drop-in) • $5/pp
5/12: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – The 5 Senses @ Richardson Nature Center • 10-11am • $4/pp
5/21: My Preschooler & Me: Nature Discoveries – The Pond @ Eastman Nature Center • 10-11:30am • $5/pp
5/22: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Let’s Go Fishing @ Lowry Nature Center, 10-11am • $4/pp
ONGOING MAY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES $5/PP OR LESS
Michaels Kids Club Crafts @ Twin Cities Michaels locations • Ongoing Saturdays in May, 10am-noon • $2 per project, ages 3+. Check the link for details.
Saturday Mornings on the Farm @ Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays in May, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Details: Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required.
FANtastic Saturdays @ The Blast Indoor Playground, Eagan Community Center, 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).
“Big Bird & Elmo in One World, One Sky” @ Como Planetarium, 780 W Wheelock Pkwy, • Ongoing Tuesdays in May, starting 5/3, 5:30-6:30pm • $5/pp, 2 & under on laps are free.
Raptor Center Tours @ Gabbert Raptor Center, St. Paul campus of the U of M • 30-minute tours every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, ongoing Tues-Fri • $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults • Details: Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit. Meet some resident raptors, get hands-on with natural materials, and visit the kids’ play corner.
Bowl for a Buck @ University of MN’s Coffman Union (Thurs, 5pm-close) & St. Paul Student Center (all day Wed) • $1 per game plus $2 shoe rental.
Want more great ideas? Check out Family Planning, FFTC’s Monthly Newsletter.