CoVid-19 UPDATE: Most of the spring break activities on this list have been impacted by cancellations and closings. For more information on closures and to find activities to do at home, see The Coronavirus (CoVid-19) — What You Need to Know in the Twin Cities. Stay safe and healthy with your family this break!
Sticking close to home with your crew this Spring Break? (Same here. Hence all this research.) Craft a fun staycation for your own family in the Twin Cities with the following ideas.
Top Three Ideas for Any Spring Break
Spend Spring Break at the library
Your local library is a perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon during your spring break! The branch locations are packed full of FREE events to take advantage of during spring break, and occasionally your local library includes some special programming for your local school district.
- Storytimes for all ages
- Sing, Play, Learn! with MacPhail
- Children’s Museum of Minnesota Smart Play Spots
- The Brain Box: Space to Make – for teens (Ramsey County locations)
- LEGO Build Clubs
- smARTpass – free or discounted tickets to area attractions
- Arts, STEAM, and cultural entertainment
Hit up an indoor pool or waterpark
Tropics Waterpark & Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground | Shoreview
Pretend you’re on vacation in the tropics! A day pass includes both admission to the waterpark and indoor playground. For more places to splash inside until summer, try our list of Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks & Pools. Special Spring Break waterpark hours can be found here. Day pass: $8.50-$11/pp, $35-$42/family.
Meet the Farm Babies
The Farm Babies have arrived at the Minnesota Zoo so go love up some newborns on the Wells Fargo Family Farm. If the weather cooperates, the Zoo boasts a couple really cool nature-themed playgrounds that are also included in the price of admission. $12-$18/pp plus parking.
March 6: Junior Jump Time | Rockin Jump Trampoline Park, Eagan
Have you checked out one of the newest, shiniest places to fly in the metro? Wall-to-wall trampolines, a ninja challenge course, soft play area, climbing wall and lots more to keep all ages entertained and active over break. 9am-12pm. $12/child, $4/additional sibling.
March 7: Second Saturdays at TPT: Be My Neighbor Day | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul
Activities are all free but reserving a time slot is required – get yours quick as they tend to disappear. 8-11am.
March 9: Tail Time | Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis
Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot at this popular story time. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store! For more of these events try our Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities. 10:30am.
March 10: Ballet Tuesday | Landmark Center, St Paul
Excerpts from the classics; perfect for budding ballerinas. 12pm, FREE.
March 13: March Star Party | Bell Museum, St Paul
Very informal and family-friendly outdoor event. Start with a presentation in the Planetarium and will continue on the rooftop observation desk. Galleries are not open during the Star Party. Advanced registration is required. 8:30 pm-10 pm, FREE.
March 14: Saturdays at the Studio | Courageous heARTS, Minneapolis
Explore your creative spirit and experiment with tools, colors, and techniques that express your courageous heart. Space is drop-in ready and self-directed. Coffee and free snacks available for kids! 9am-noon, FREE.
March 15: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul
Explore the newly renovated and expanded museum free, including the new exhibit Hot Wheels: Race to Win! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted. 9am-5pm.
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March 16: Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Explore the more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. 12-6pm.
March 17: St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Whether or not you identify as Irish, there’s fun for all throughout the weekend, including a parade in each of the Twin Cities and an Irish Celebration at Landmark Center.
March 18: BookHounds Family BookClub Party | GoodKids, White Bear Lake
Join us for our monthly BookHounds Meeting where we will doing Rock Painting, Wikki Stix art, read Nature’s Friend, and chit chat over snacks with its author, our very own Lindsey McDivitt. 10:30 am-11:30 am.
March 20: All Ages Karaoke with Silly Miss Tilly | Can Can Wonderland, St Paul
Offers mini golfing at the coolest course in town. Each artist-designed hole is an attraction in itself, entertaining all ages while you’re waiting in line to putt. Plus, there are vintage arcade games and a malt shop. You’ve got to see it to believe it. 6-8pm. Karaoke: $2/pp, mini golf pricing: $10-$14/pp.
March 21: Aquarium Expo 2020 | Hagsfor Center, Augsburg University, Minneapolis
View fish and aquarium landscapes, participate in MAS Aquascaping Contest, win aquarium accessories, shop for your favorite aquarium supplies. 9am-5pm, FREE.
March 23: “Colors in Motion” Rehearsal with SPARK Theater | Off Leash Art Box
This is an informal showing, not a formal performance. 6 movers and 2 musicians create sounds and physical pictures on the theme of colors. An oversized easel will allow the movers to create a picture with their bodies and then let it “spill” onto the stage in movement. This showing may be approximately 15 – 20 minutes, followed by a discussion and refreshments. All ages are welcome. 7-8:30pm, FREE.
March 24: Union Depot Public Tours | Union Depot Station, St. Paul
This tour will explore the history of Union Depot, allow you to experience the beauty and majesty of the historic renovation. 11am-noon, FREE.
March 25: Free Play Pick up Soccer | Joy of the People, St. Paul
This safe, monitored unstructured time allows kids to participate organically in a healthy environment. Register online. 3:30-6 pm, FREE.
March 26: Preschool Spring Festival | Heartfelt, Minneapolis
Bunny crafts galore, plus a visit with a real rabbit! Advance registration required. 10:30-11:45am. $22 adult/child pair, $12 for each additional child.
March 27: Drop-in Play Time | Snapology Discover Center, Minneapolis
Drop-In for open-ended building time during open hours on Fridays and weekends. Drop-in play times can be a good compromise if you are sick of stepping on tiny plastic toys, but still want to encourage designing and building toys. 9am-3 pm, $8/child.
March 28: MapleFest Weekend | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Hike the maple trail to learn about the syruping process, then get a taste of the sweet stuff in the Sugarhouse. Special brunches full of fresh maple goodies will take place on the weekend for an additional charge. For more maple syrup family events, try our Maple Syruping with Kids in the Twin Cities list. 9am-3pm, $11-$21.
March 29: Come out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals of Minnesota Zoo’s Farm Babies — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest. In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. If the weather cooperates, the outdoor nature playground will absorb the rest of your kids’ spring fever. Included in Zoo admission.
Find more Minnesota Farm Babies events HERE.
March 31: Cheap movie day
Tuesday is the day of the deal in the Twin Cities: Plaza Maplewood hosts $2 Tuesdays, daily $2 matinee movies at Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, daily $2.50 matinees at Hopkins Cinema 6 and many more theaters screen for $5, including the Mall of America location.
April 1: Coffee Concert—Mill City Quartet | Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, St. Paul
All concerts are at noon and are FREE to the public and include coffee and bagels. After the performances there is an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians. 12-1pm, FREE.
April 2: Kids Entertainment | Edinborough Park Ampitheater, Edina
Family entertainment with everything from puppet shows to nature center programming. Make a day of it at the massive Adventure Peak Indoor Playground (admission fee charged). 12-1pm, FREE.
April 3: Spamtown, USA | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis
This show is definitely for your older kids. You won’t leave Spamtown, USA giggling, but you will be glad you went. It’s not the typical happy-go-lucky show you expect from a children’s show.This show is a powerful piece of art. It’s a hard and complicated topic. My 13 year old and I enjoyed it. We learned a lot and were entertained. And it made us think. 7-9pm, prices vary.
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