There’s not a speck of snow in sight in any of these 28 ideas for cozied-up indoor play and family time in February. We’re kind of over the winter already, too.
Feb 1: Twin Cities Valentine’s Day events for the family
Start planning ahead and you’ll feel the love with our list of Twin Cities Family Valentine’s Day Events, most of which are tucked cozily indoors and require absolutely no coats or boots.
Until this zany little independent bookstore reopens, tuck your kids in with Tuesday night virtual storytimes. Keep in mind for later: “Tail Time” is held each Monday at 10:30. Show up early for a decent seat; stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store! For more unique read-alouds, check our list of Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities.
Feb 3: World Read-Aloud Day
World Read Aloud Day is February 3, 2021. In the meantime, every day can be read aloud day in your own home! Why is reading aloud important? A 2015 study found that children are exposed to a larger vocabulary from picture books read aloud than from conversations with adults. See Joy’s article for read-aloud ideas today (or any day).
Feb 4: St Paul Winter Carnival Ice & Snow Sculpture Park | Minnesota State Fairgrounds
We are disappointed that these annual Winter Carnival events are not free this year, but if you count them as traditions for your family, here’s your chance to check that box. Both sculpture shows are displayed along a drive-thru route at the State Fairgrounds so you’ll stay toasty in the car. Jan 28-Feb 7, 2021. $20/vehicle.
Feb 5: Crafty Valentines
Still scrambling to make that perfect homemade Valentine for the grandparents? Joy’s kids created these Valentine Love Journals to give as gifts that can be treasured year-round.
Feb 6: Winter Carnival Family Fun Day | Landmark Center, St Paul
Both Saturdays of Winter Carnival (Jan 30 & Feb 6) will offer virtual family fun: entertainment, education, arts and crafts, stories and more. Find the videos on You Tube, Facebook or on the Website. FREE.
Feb 7: It’s Super Bowl Sunday!
Are you making it a close family party for the big game? We’ve got some easy, kid-friendly snack recipes and halftime game ideas on our Super Bowl: Fun at Home page.
Keep as warm as the tropics as you wander the indoor gardens and exhibits. The animal enclosures are heated, too. One of our favorite ways to make a mini-escape in the winter months. Please note that reservations are a must. FREE, donations appreciated.
BYO instrument to this interactive program and learn about the roots of Taiko drumming. 10:30am.
Feb 10: Order up a craft kit from one of these locals and DIY Valentines
- ARTrageous Adventures Young ARTist Themed Boxes – Kits are mailed to your home with everything included: supplies and instructions. Order a 3 month subscription for $42 and receive February’s Love is Love, March’s Fairy-tale Adventures & April’s Wonderful Weather.
- Michaels free Valentine classes for kids – Follow the link for free Valentine project ideas (option to order the supplies), tutorials, and printable Valentine BINGO cards.
- ArtScraps Creativity kit – Order your DIY Valentine kit from the Re-use shop (or any of 15 other themed creativity kits!) to beat boredom and send joy to family and friends. $10-$40 per kit.
Feb 11: Learning is anything but dull at Minnesota History Center | St Paul
There’s never a dull moment for kids here; the museum takes special care to install exhibits that are highly hands-on and kid-friendly. Read about our all-ages favorites for families here. Thurs-Sun, 3-8pm, $12. Reservations required.
The branch’s new building, opened January of 2017, features an expanded kids space and playthings and a super cool fireplace.
To make a day of it, head over to the adjacent Shoreview Community Center for a run around Tropical Adventure indoor playground and a swim in Tropics Indoor Waterpark – with its brand-new Bamboo Bay addition. Remember to reserve your time slots in advance! Daily passes to the community center run $8.50-$11/pp or $35-$42 for a family.
In time for Valentine’s Day – The Works will guide you through We’ll teach you how to create pop-up cards that you can send to your loved ones. Register for the link via the museum’s website. 10-11:30am, $9/household.
Here’s a super fun craft idea created by Amanda Vallone from ARTrageous Adventures.
Need some suggestions for the long weekend? Look no further than our Weekend Family Guide – stocked up with ideas indoors and out. We publish a fresh new guide each weekend as a companion to our longtime Family Fun Calendar.
Feb 16: Outdoors brought in at Good Times Park | Eagan
We love Good Times Park in Eagan for its indoors-but-outdoor feel: soccer turf, multi-level basketball hoops, huge jumping pillow, play equipment and ability to entertain a wide range of ages. Open daily, 7am-9:30pm, $9/pp ages 1-17. Admission is bought online in advance, space is limited.
Feb 17: Preschool & up Open Gym | Gleason’s Gymnastics, Eagan
A trip to Gleason’s for open gym (particularly in the middle of winter) is an instant mood-lifter. The kids will love the opportunity to bounce on trampolines, scoot through obstacle courses, and play on the gym equipment to their hearts’ content. MUST register in advance. And hey, teens and tweens! There are open gyms for you, too. Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30am & Fridays only 10am – 12pm. $8/child or $10/family.
New StoryTime at Home videos are posted every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Also find new activities for nature play each week on the Nature Notes blog. Want to learn more about this awesome place and dream about what’s possible during the summertime? Get our list of 10 Things for Kids at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. FREE.
Gaze at the winter sky through the Bell’s telescopes and learn about the recent mission to Mars with the Perseverance Rover. The Bell’s astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as you view along at home. Down your own Minnesota Skies Guide in advance and REGISTER at the link. 8-9pm, FREE.
Feb 20: Family Gallery playdate | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
You will love all attention put into making the “Water, sky & me” Family Gallery exhibit super family-friendly and your little ones will love exploring a castle! Read more about top family favorites at American Swedish Institute. Reservations open for Fri & Sat, 10:30am-2:30pm. $6-$12/pp.
Feb 21: So much more than shopping at SCHEELS! | Eden Prairie
Who knew you could spend the day being entertained at the sporting goods store? This generation’s variety features a 65-foot Ferris wheel, mini-bowling, a candy shop, shooting gallery, archery range and arcade. No trouble getting the teens to join me on this outing!
Feb 22: Splish splash away at Great River Indoor Waterpark | St Paul
Back open for splishing and splashing is the zero-depth entry play structure, diving pool and waterslides. Makes sure to check the website for times to sign up in advance. Check our big list of indoor pools and waterparks for more indoor swimming opportunities. $7/pp.
Work up a serious sweat at locations in Oakdale, Edina and Blaine. Teens and tweens can jump until 10pm on a Friday night; littles 5 & under get their own Toddler Time Fridays, 9:30am. Cost is $10 per child plus $2 fee for SkySocks. Bounce off somebody else’s walls!
CTC presents this family show, streaming right into the comfort of your own home, with their all access pass. The special pass includes all shows streaming from now-June for $50 and also features guided activities that help families create their characters, setting, props, and costumes before stepping into the show. Currently, you can catch Mountain Goat Mountain.
Feb 25: It’s green all winter long at Edinborough Park | Edina
Edinborough Park in Edina stays balmy and green, even through the winter! The indoor park is free to stroll through and kids entertainment is offered every Thursday at noon in the amphitheater. $8/pp plus tax will get the young ones into the giant Adventure Peak play structure where they’ll be busy climbing for hours. Sign up for a 2-hr timeslot, Thurs-Sun.
Our favorite movie house in the Twin Cities, the Riverview Theater, remains closed, but it offers walk-up sales of its delicious freshly-popped popcorn: Thursday 4-6pm, Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 2-7pm, and Sunday 2-6pm. Cash only. Grab a tub and pair it with family movie night.
We have found volunteering together as a family to be a satisfying and cozy way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Agencies like Second Harvest Heartland and Feed My Starving Children allow you to sign up for 2-hour shifts and provide tasks for most ages. FREE!
If you’ve got a kid who’s a fan you might want to jump on the net and reserve your tickets to play right now. If you can’t snag one this month, Doc McStuffins will be playing through May 9, 2021. 2-hr slots available, $15/pp.
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