We’re ushering in Spring with 10 free finds in Minneapolis, St Paul and surrounding communities during the month of March!
Finding a fun, family maple syrup program that’s as FREE-flowing as the sap from Minnesota maples in March is not easy. We’ve found, however, a couple sweet options in the Twin Cities. For our complete list of syruping activities – most charge just a nominal fee – follow the link.
Sap to Syrup | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove
Learn about the history of maple syruping and get a taste of it, too. Sundays in March thru 3/29/20, 1-4.
Two parades march through the Twin Cities on March 17 to celebrate Irish heritage: St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Rice Park, 12pm) & Minneapolis’ Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (along Nicollet Mall, 6:30pm). Families are invited to participate in this parade ($25) or spectate for free.
3) March Star Party | Bell Museum
Have you made your way to the brand new Bell Museum yet? Here’s a chance to get a FREE taste of the new planetarium – and explore the night sky with the aid of pros and a telescope on the museum’s outdoor observation deck. The program is recommended for families with kids ages 7 & up. Reservations are required. March 13, 8:30-10pm.
4) Minneapolis WinterSkate | Loring Park
Minneapolis WinterSkate treats you to a view of the downtown skyline. The rink offers free skating, a warming house and also has free skates to loan on a first come-first served basis. This is your last chance for outdoor skating this season; the ice melts away in early March. Open Mon-Fri: 3-9pm, Sat: 9-9 & Sun: 10-6.
A trip to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory can instantly lift the spirits in those first few fickle weeks of spring in Minnesota. Here’s what you can catch blooming in the month of March – the cost is only what you choose to donate:
- The Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s Sunken Garden is a beautiful blast of color and the blooms instantly transport you to gardening season. Opens March 28.
- Como’s Lil Explorer Thursdays program, featuring free weekly themed hands-on activities for preschoolers, runs through April 2020.
- Storytime is offered for kids at noon every day in the Visitor Center.
6) Rock the Cradle | Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Current’s annual music & arts festival for the 8-and-under set, arrives on the scene March 8, 11am. Rock the Cradle can be a touch crazy, in our opinion, so keep that crowd level in mind before heading out. Also noteworthy, strollers are strongly discouraged.
7) Neighborhood Night Puppet Shows | Midtown Global Market
Midtown Global Market hosts free Heart of the Beast performances on Thursday nights during the weekly Neighborhood Nights. Come for the show and stay for the “Make-n-Take” workshop based on that day’s puppet show theme. March 12 & 26, 5:30pm.
8) Free Ink Day | Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis
Free Ink Day is a program hosted three times annually at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. It’s the perfect way for an interested person of any age to dabble in printmaking without committing to a full class. Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. Hit the link for tips on bringing youngsters. March 14, 1-4pm.
9) Xplorchestra: Calling All Horns! | Ordway Center
Introduce kids to the members of the horn instrument family in a 50 minute concert designed for kids ages 5-9 and their families. Read more about taking kids to free, interactive concerts with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. March 21, concerts at 10 & 11:30am. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.
10) Searching for spring at Twin Cities nature centers
Seeking signs of spring as much as we are? Get started on the hunt with FREE events at the following Twin Cities nature centers:
- North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis: Family Funday – Spring Arts & Animals. March 22.
- Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park: Story Walk: The Snowy Day. March 8.
- Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington: Searching for Green. March 15.