2017 Twin Cities Spring Break Guide

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Sticking close to home with your crew this Spring Break? (Same here. Hence all this research.) Craft a fun staycation for your own family in the Twin Cities with the following ideas:


Thanks to our AMAZING March Sponsor Wishing Tree Play Cafe.

We can’t wait for our Pajama Party on March 16!

Pajama Party


Spring Break in March?

3/12: Family Day: Mythical Creatures | Minneapolis Institute of Art • 11am-5pm • Make-a-monster art activities, hunt creatures in the galleries, and listen to stories of myth and legend. FREE.

3/13: Pre-K Days: Searching for Spring | Base Camp, Bloomington • 9am-12pm • $10/parent-child pair • Go hunting for clues that spring is on its way, play games indoor and out, and join in stories and crafts. Aimed at ages 2-4.

3/14: Ballet Tuesday | Landmark Center, St Paul • 12pm • Excerpts from the classics; perfect for budding ballerinas. FREE.

3/15: Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park | Eagan • Open jump hours Wed-Sun and special Rockin’ Tots times for the youngest jumpers • Have you checked out the newest place to fly in the metro? Wall-to-wall trampolines, a ninja challenge course, soft play area, climbing wall and lots more to keep all ages entertained and active over break.

3/16: Free Thursday Nights | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 5-9pm • Admission is waived – a great opportunity to visit as a family.

3/17: St Patrick’s Day Celebrations | Whether or not you identify with the Irish, there’s fun for all starting Friday and continuing through the weekend.

St. Patrick's Day

3/18-19: MapleFest Weekend | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska • 9am-3pm • $12/pp ages 13+, under 13 admitted free • Hike the maple trail to learn about the syruping process, then get a taste of the sweet stuff in the Sugarhouse. Special brunches will take place on the weekend for an additional charge. For more maple syrup family events, try our Maple Syruping with Kids in the Twin Cities.

3/20: Tropics Waterpark & Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground | Shoreview Community Center • special Spring Break waterpark hours can be found here • day pass: $7.60-$10/pp, $30-$37/family • Pretend you’re on vacation in the tropics! A day pass includes both admission to the waterpark and indoor playground. For more places to splash inside until summer, try our list of Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks & Pools.

I love this site! I didn't know about most of these Waterparks!

3/21: “Earth, Moon & Sun” | Como Planetarium, St Paul • 5:30pm • $5/pp • Take a tour of the solar system with a family-friendly planetarium show. Shows offered most Tuesday evenings.

3/22: Sensory-friendly Playdate | Wishing Tree Play Cafe, White Bear Lake • 2:30-4pm • $5-$7/pp • Ongoing Wednesdays, these special times offer softer lighting, music and fewer in attendance.

3/23: Lil’ Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • Ongoing Thursdays through April 2017, 10am-noon • Hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week. FREE. For more ideas, consult our Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Spring Checklist.

3/24: Movie in the Park: Shrek 2 | Central Park, Woodbury • doors open at 6pm, movie at 6:30  • Make a day of it and explore the Play & Learn space at the Washington County Library branch and Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground. FREE.

3/25: Elf & Fairy Houses | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park • 9am-12pm • $10 per house • Scout elf and fairy homes within the park then create your own house to take home. Reservations required by March 17, by phone only at 763.559.6700.

3/26: Free Family Fun Day | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 3-4pm • Programming runs ongoing Sundays in a trio of parks run by the Three Rivers Parks District. This is just the beginning of all the exploration that can be done within MSP’s park systems. To get started, try our 10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Park, or browse our list of Twin Cities Nature & Outdoor Interpretive Centers.

3/27: Tail Time | Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis • 10:30am • Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot at this popular story time. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store! For more of these events try our Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities.

3/28: FREE & Cheap moviesFREE Spring Break movies at Paragon Odyssey 15 (Burnsville), Plaza Maplewood hosts $2 Tuesdays, daily $2 matinee movies at Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, daily $2.50 matinees at Hopkins Cinema 6.

3/29: Spring Break at Minnesota History Center | St Paul • 10am-2pm • $6-$12/pp • Come learn all about weather in our fair state through exhibits and hands-on activities. Also scheduled 4/5/17.

3/30: Kids Entertainment at Edinborough Park | Edina • 12pm • Ongoing Thursdays, free family entertainment is scheduled in the indoor park’s amphitheater. Make a day of it with an afternoon at Adventure Peak, the metro’s largest indoor playground and, for further ways to work the wiggles out, check our list of Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds.

3/31: Preschool Open Gym | Gleason’s Gymnastics School, Eagan • Wed & Fri, 9:30-11:30; Fri, noon-2pm • $8/child or $10/family • If the weather isn’t cooperating for spring break, work their wiggles out at Open Gym where they can run, bounce, tumble and climb to their heart’s content. For more indoor opportunities see our 13 Open Play & Open Gym Spots for Tots.

Spring Break in April?

4/1: Saturday Morning on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • 9:30am-12pm • $5/pp • Explore the barn, meet animals and help with chores. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or with the animals.

Chickens at Gale Woods Farms

4/2: Gideon & Agnes Pond Open House | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington • 1:30-4pm • Drop by this quiet park, a stone’s throw from the bustle of the city, for historical activities and re-creations ongoing Sundays. Suggested donation of $2/pp.

4/3: Dodge Nature Center Spring Break Camps | West St Paul • Starting Monday, April 3, Dodge hosts camps for kids grades K-8. Meet the animals on their working farm, navigate with maps and compasses, and learn about life on the fur trade. Full day programming runs 8:15am-3:30pm, $50/day.

Dodge Nature Center

4/4: Minneapolis Parks School Release Days | Recreation centers host special hours 3/31-4/7 from 12-9pm during spring break. Rec opportunities include open gym times, Night Owlz teen time, field trips and classes in art, baking, sports and nature. Check the link to register for programming.

4/5: Tots and Trains | Jackson Street Roundhouse, St Paul • 10am-noon • adults/$10, kids ages 5-15 & seniors/$8, ages 2-4/$5 • Play with train tables and new display additions, create a craft to take home, and listen to train-themed story time. Caregivers can enjoy coffee and treats.

4/6: Preschool Bunny Festival | Heartfelt, Minneapolis • 10:30-11:45am • $18 for the first child/adult pair, each additional child $10 or $3 for snacks only • Meet a live bunny, craft, and other activities. Also held 4/5. Advance registration required at 612-877-8090.

4/7: Kids Club: Spring Make Camp | Michaels Minneapolis • 30-minute sessions, 10am-noon, runs 4/3-4/7 • $2 per project • Select Michaels locations are hosting weekday Kids Club crafts for kids ages 3+ in addition to their regularly-scheduled Saturday morning crafts. To find a store schedule near you click here.

4/8: Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities | No exaggeration here, folks. According to our roundup, we’ve got 17 different egg hunts going on this Saturday throughout the Twin Cities. Check our link, grab your basket and get hunting!

4/9: Rock the Cradle | Minneapolis Institute of Art, 11am-5pm • Presented by The Current and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, the day is packed with musical performances and hands-on activities. Recommended for kids ages 2-8 with caregivers.

4/10: Pre-K Monday: Robot Hide and Seek | The Works Museum, Bloomington • 9am-12pm • $4.25/kids (half price), $8.50/adults • Don’t let the special “Pre-K” programming scare off your older kids. They’ll have a blast tinkering around at this engineering museum, too!

4/11: Spring Break at the library | Don’t forget about your local library! The branches (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties) are packed full of FREE events to take advantage of during school break:

4/12: Twin Cities Nature & Interpretive Centers | April doesn’t always want to commit to spring in Minnesota. However, nature centers across the metro offer the best of both worlds — nature play areas and trails to hike outdoors AND engaging indoor exhibits. We have two dozen of these wonderful centers dotting the Twin Cities; find a new place to explore at the link.

4/13: Throwback Thursdays | Cheap Skate Roller Center, Coon Rapids • 6-9pm • $3/pp admission plus $3-$4/pp skate rental • Throwback prices and tunes! For more rink locations, try our 6 Twin Cities Roller Rink Family Deals.

4/14: Friday Family Funday | Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove • Ongoing Fridays in February, 9am-8pm • $6/pp or $22/family for all members. For more splish-splashing inside, try our list of Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools.

I love this site! I didn't know about most of these Waterparks!



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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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