Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

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Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar – Because Festivals aren’t just for summer in Minnesota.
Winter Family Festival

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.

1/26-2/5: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul • Family highlights: See our Top 7 Free Family Activities from snow sculptures to the Moonglow Parade.

1/26-2/12: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days | Coon Rapids • Family highlights: Kids medallion hunt (1/28, ages 5-10).

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. CANCELLED.

1/28: Winter Open House | White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, 1-3pm • Family highlights: Ice sculpting and art-making activities.

FEBRUARY FAMILY WINTER FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS

2/1-12: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days | Coon Rapids • Family highlights: Kids carnival (2/4) w/ inexpensive games, Family Day at the CR Ice Center (2/12).

2/3-4: Red Bull Crashed Ice | St Paul • Family highlights: Come to the capital to witness all the crazy, high speed stunts!

2/426: 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.

Winter Family Festival

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.

2/4: 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: Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen, 12-3pm • Family highlights: Ice skating, a smores roast, sleighrides and a medallion hunt.

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.

2/25: Winter Fun Fest | Harmon Park, West St Paul, 1-6pm • Family highlights: Sledding, skating, a magic show and fireworks.


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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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