10 Free or Cheap Ideas for Family Fun In June

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All of a sudden it’s June! Are any of you out there in my boat — both excited and leery at the thought of another school year ending and a wide expanse of days ahead to fill with…well…whatever floats that boat you’re in? As much as I love watching my kids enjoy their free time by figuring out how to entertain themselves, it’s an absolute must for me to have some fun days out planned to anticipate. Here are some ideas to whip out for your own family in the month of June:

caponi art park

Family Fun Tuesdays @ Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan

When: Ongoing Tuesdays starting June 2 through August, 2015 • 10am
Cost: Free; donations appreciated
Details: Live performances — from storytelling to puppetry — in the park are hosted every Tuesday in the summer. Bring a picnic and stay to explore the sculpture park.

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lake hiawatha park wading pool

New wading pool & splash deck @ Waite Park Recreation Center, 1810 34th Ave NE, 1810 34th Ave. NE, Minneapolis

When: Grand re-opening of the renovated Waite Park wading pool is scheduled for June 6 • 10:30-11:30am, open daily for swimming 10am-9pm through August 23, 2015.
Cost: Free
Details: Join the community in celebrating the park system’s newest place to splash around! Refreshments will be served. To find more splash pads around the Metro, click here.

Minneapolis Movies in the Park @ Minneapolis neighborhood parks

When: Mon-Sat, June 6-August 23, 2015 • 8:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: The popular series kicks off June 6 – get the full summer calendar here.

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jim lupient waterpark

Free preview days @ Jim Lupient Waterpark, 1520 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis

When: Thursday, June 11 & Friday, June 12, 2015 • 1-6pm
Cost: Free
Details: The quarry-themed waterpark includes tube slides, a zero-depth entry with interactives for the younger set and a separate splash pad. Here’s your chance to check it out for free!

Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour @ Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave. Burnsville

When: Ongoing Thursdays starting June 11 through August 13, 2015 • Noon
Cost: Free
Details: The live performances are geared towards a preschool-aged audience. Get the full lineup here.

National Get Outdoors Day @ Minnesota State Parks, various sites
When: Saturday, June 13
Cost: Free admission to all Minnesota State Parks and State Recreation Areas
Details: Regularly $5 per vehicle, admission is free to encourage families to get to the parks on National Get Outdoors Day. Special events have been planned across the state in honor of the day; get a complete listing of them here.

Free Family Art Day @ Rumriver Art Center, 2665 4th Ave. Suite 102, Anoka

When: Saturday, June 13 • 11am-noon & 1-2pm
Cost: Free
Details: Take a free, hour-long art class designed for the whole family (ages 5 & up). Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 763.323.8830 or online here.

cafesjian’s carousel

Free rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

When: Monday, June 15 • 11am-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: Get all the free ride dates for the carousel through September 2015 here.

Family Fun & Fitness Fridays @ St. Paul’s Aquatic Centers 

When: Friday, June 19 • find open swim hours here.
Cost: $2/pp to swim
Details: Reduced admission on select Fridays at Como Pool, Highland Aquatic Center and Great River Water Park in St. Paul. Read our take on Great River here and all Como Pool has to offer here.

Kids Bowl Free @ 34 sites across Minnesota

When: Now through Labor Day, 2015
Cost: 2 free games daily per registered child, shoe rental fees apply.
Details: Find the lanes closest to you here plus information on how to register and present your vouchers to redeem your free games.

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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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