1/6-2/11: Ice Castles | Lowell Park, Stillwater • Once inside, explore the ice palaces for as long as you’d like! $6.95-$15/pp
1/8: 27th Annual Winter Ice Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina, 1-5pm • Family highlights: Horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, ice sculpting demos and skating for families – rent skates or bring your own. FREE.
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1/13-15: Arctic Fever | Excelsior, Shorewood & Tonka Bay • Family highlights: Free pizza and fire dance demos (1/13), sledding, sleighrides, skating and other classic winter fun (1/14).
1/14: Winter Open House | Maplewood Nature Center, 10am-3pm • Family highlights: Try your hand at snowshoeing, trek trails (sleds available to pull little ones) and warm up with hot chocolate. FREE admission, snowshoe rental $5/pair.
1/16: Snowman Making Contest | Silverwood Park, St Anthony, 1-4pm • Family highlights: Spend the day off from school building snow creatures, then warm up with cocoa and an indoor concert.
1/20: The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska, 6-7:30pm • Family highlights: Skating on the Clayhole (BYO skates), glow in the dark bowling, a candy scavenger hunt, free cocoa and smores. FREE.
1/21: WinterFest | Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 9am-3pm • Family highlights: Great for families with older kids! XC ski lessons w/ equipment provided, biking demos and food trucks. FREE admission with vehicle permit ($7), ski pass required for lessons ages 16+ ($6/day).
1/21: Winter Trails Day | Fort Snelling State Park, 11-4pm • Family highlights: Explore winter activities such as ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, skijoring, quinzee building, and more. FREE admission with $5 park vehicle permit.
1/21-29: 14th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington • Family highlights: Visit the link for the complete schedule. Most activities are FREE.
1/22: Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center, 12-3:30pm • Family highlights: Live music, recreation activities, magic shows, face painting and more. FREE.
1/27: Rock on Ice | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie, 5-8pm • Family highlights: Skate to the oldies (BYO skates), warm up at the bonfire and toast smores. FREE.
1/28: Anoka Winterfest Family Fun Day | Greenhaven Golf Course & Event Center, 10am-1pm • Family highlights: Mini golf, art activities, movies, yard games, smores and more. FREE
1/28: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | Lake Harriet Park, Minneapolis, 12-4pm • Family highlights: Kites fly over the frozen lake. Families can ice fish, snowshoe and take a wagon ride. FREE.
1/28: 10th Annual Art Sled Rally | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, 2pm • Family highlights: Bring a sled of your own creation and race it or have fun as a spectator! FREE
1/28: Snow Day | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
1/28: Frosty Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul, 10am-2pm • $4/$5/pp or $16-20/family • Family highlights: Classic winter activities, boot hockey, ice mini golf, winter art activities and nature discovery stations.
FEBRUARY FAMILY WINTER FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS
2/1: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth, 2-7pm • Family highlights: A petting zoo, pony and sled-dog rides, mini golf on the ice, snow bowling, a bonfire with s’mores, live music and fireworks. FREE.
2/4–26: Art Shanty Projects | White Bear Lake, Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm • Family highlights: Not only are these 19 unique ice houses designed by local artists, they are strongly encouraged to be interactive.
2/4: Winter Carnival Family Day | Landmark Center, St Paul, 12-5pm • Family highlights: Activities for all, a DJ, and a visit from Winter Carnival royalty. FREE.
2/11: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park, 10am-3pm • $3/pp • Family highlights: Snow sculptures, ice fishing, a snow hill and games for kids.
2/11: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul, 2-6pm • Family highlights: Try your hand at ice fishing, then warm up and cook over an open fire, play boot hockey, snowshoe, and take a winter StoryWalk. FREE.