Free Things To Do in June
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 we’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 FREE outing ideas to whip out for your own family in the month of June:
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Minneapolis, St Paul and many of the surrounding ‘burbs offer movies under the stars starting in June. Bring a blanket or your camp chairs, a picnic dinner and a dose of bug spray to best enjoy family-friendly flicks al fresco. As a bonus, if you click through to our list of parks, you’ll also find the scoop on free summer movies in the theaters.
2) Free swimming holes
You don’t have to look far to find a free spot to take a dip in the Twin Cities. Starting early June, the following beaches beckon to little swimmers and charge no vehicle fee or admission:
- Dakota County beaches – 2 locations, no vehicle permit required
- Three Rivers Park District Beaches – 7 unguarded locations
- Minneapolis swimming beaches – 8 locations, 2 with lifeguards
- Ramsey County swimming beach – lifeguards on duty at 5 locations
- Webber Natural Swimming Pool – Minneapolis | Water treated with plants instead of chemicals.
Minneapolis Wading Pools are perfect for the splash set and those just learning to swim. Pools attached to a city public school building will open June 9, all others open Memorial Day Weekend.
3) Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville
Bring your picnic lunch and stake out a spot on the grassy amphitheater to take in kid-centric entertainment, then cool off in the most beautifully landscaped splash pad in the Twin Cities. Rockin’ Lunch Hours at Nicollet Commons Park begin 6/6/19 and kick off around noon after a pre-show storytime.
Jump over here for more FREE summer entertainment in Twin Cities parks.
Regularly $7 per vehicle, admission is free to encourage families to get out in Minnesota State Parks & Recreation Areas on National Get Outdoors Day. We’re lucky here in the Twin Cities to have 6 Minnesota State Parks within 60 miles of the heart of the Metro. Other special events have been planned across the state in honor of the day; get a complete listing of them here. 6/8/19.
5) Free rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel | Como Park, St Paul
Take a spin on the lovely historic carousel for free – one of 10 ideas for fun on our Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Summer Checklist. 6/13/19, 11am-4pm.
Kind of. It’s more like 2 free games daily per registered child with applicable shoe rental fees. Find the lanes closest to you here plus information on how to register and present your vouchers to redeem your free games. Two Twin Cities roller skating rinks are getting in on the free pass program, too.
There is no “summer break” at your local library. Dozens of branches across the seven-county library system are rolling out even more activities, entertainment and reading incentives during the summer months. Hit the link to find out how to register at your local branch. Most programs start June 1.
8) Twin Cities River Rats water ski shows
Catch the spectacles on skis Thursday nights starting 6/6/19, 6:30pm. The team recommends you bring blankets or chairs for the best viewing experience!
9) Farm open houses
The FFTC Team’s city kids love the opportunity to visit farms not much further than their urban backyards. There are a few opportunities in June where your own little ones can get up close to animals, play at farm chores, and learn through living history activities:
- The historic Eidem Homestead, a turn-of-the-century farm out in Brooklyn Center, hosts their annual Open House June 14 & 15 in conjunction with the city’s Tater Daze festival. Stop in for free tours, hayrides and other farm demos.
- Grimm Farm historic site within Carver Park Reserve in Victoria offers free open houses each Saturday in the summer beginning June 1, 1-4pm.
For more down-on-the-farm fun this summer, try our schedule of Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities.
10) Flint Hills Family Festival | St Paul
The whole shebang, from outdoor artist performances to the exhibit and activities tent, is great and geared for kids. Most of what you can do there is FREE! Get tips for bringing the whole family at the link. Not in your corner of the Metro? We’ve got plenty of other suggestions on our June Family Festival Calendar including but not definitely not limited to:
6/1/19: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul
6/1/19: Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul
6/1/19-6/8/19: I Love Burnsville Week
6/2/19: Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul – Officially UN-cancelled for 2019!
6/6/19-6/9/19: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park
6/6/19-6/9/19: Hugo Good Neighbor Days
6/11/19-6/15/19: Farmington Dew Days | Farmington
6/12/19-6/16/19: St. Louis Park Parktacular | St Louis Park
6/13/19-7/4/19: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake
6/13/19-6/15/19: Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park
6/13/19-6/14/19: Fridley ’49er Days | Commons Park, Fridley
6/13/19-6/14/19: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park, Cottage Grove
6/14/19-6/16/19: Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis
6/20/19-6/22/19: Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center
6/20/19-6/23/19: Oakdale Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale
6/22/19: Minnetonka Summer Festival | Civic Center Campus
6/22/19-6/23/19: Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton
6/24/19-7/4/19: Rosefest | Roseville
6/27/19-6/30/19: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights
6/27/19-7/4/19: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley
6/28/19-6/30/19: Kaposia Days | South St. Paul
6/28/19-6/30/19: Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park, Blaine