There’s not a speck of snow in sight in any of these 28+ ideas for cozied-up family time in February. We’re kind of over the winter already, too.
2/1/18: World Read Aloud Day deserves a list of our 20 homegrown picks to share with your kids. Plus, find local storytimes and tips on how to carve out family reading time at home.
2/2/18: Friday Family Fundays | Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove | Ongoing Fridays | $6/pp or $22/family | Splash away the windchill with a special price at the pool and splash zone. Combine your swim with a slide through Maple Maze Indoor Playground, also located within the Maple Grove Community Center.
2/3/18: Winter Carnival Family Fun Day | Landmark Center, St Paul, 12-5pm • Warm up from all those ice sculptures by ducking into Landmark for multicultural entertainment and a Tour of Nations passport game. FREE.
2/4/18: Make a balmy day of it at the indoor Central Park in Woodbury. A park with landscaped rocks and water bring the outdoors IN, you can cozy up with books at a branch of the Washington County Library, and kids can work off the wiggles at Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground.
2/5/18: Work out the wiggles at one of the many FREE or low-cost indoor open gym and open play times for kids in the Twin Cities. Most are drop-in and unstructured, all are guaranteed to save your sanity during the winter months.
2/6/18: Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul, 5-8pm • 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.
2/7/18: Cozy up, sip something warm and let the young ones play at one of these 10 Twin Cities Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop/Cafes. Guaranteed to lift your midweek winter blues.
2/8/18: 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.
2/9/18: Family Friday at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis is a perfect date night for all – select a meal from one of dozens of vendors and enjoy live music and activities for kids. 5-8pm. FREE.
2/10/18: Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids | Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis, shows at 10am & 12pm ($7/pp) and puppet-making workshop ($5) at 11. This weekend’s performance is based on the storybook
2/11/18: February is Black History Month. Pay as You’re Able today only to see Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry at Steppingstone Theater in St Paul. Doors open 30 minutes prior to 3pm showtime.
2/12/18: Pre-K Days: Love Bugs| Base Camp, Bloomington | 9am-12pm | $10/child | Designed for ages 2-5, the program includes stories, free play, themed activities and outdoor time.
2/13/18: Explore remodeled Shoreview Library | 10am-9pm | The branch’s brand 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, open weekdays starting at 4pm. Daily passes to the community center run $7.75-$10.25/pp or $37 for a family.
2/14/18: Feel the love with our list of Twin Cities Family Valentine’s Day Events.
2/15/18: Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, ongoing Thursdays thru April, 10am-12pm • Hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Keep as warm as the tropics as you wander the indoor gardens and exhibits. One of our favorite ways to make a mini-escape in the winter months! FREE.
2/16/18: Can Can Wonderland 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. Open Thurs-Fri starting 11am and weekends at 10. $10-$14/pp.
2/17/18: Kids at the Castle: Love Monsters | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis | 9-10am | $8/family | Before exploring the very kid-friendly nooks and crannies of the castle, take an hour for themed activities aimed at kids ages 2-5 with caregivers. Read about a trip to the castle here.
2/18/18: Family Funday: Winter Arts and Animals | Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis, Ongoing Sundays, 1-3pm • Make winter-inspired artwork from the comfort of the interpretive center, then stick around to play with hands-on exhibits such as a play farmer’s market, animal dress-up corner, and book nook.
2/19/18: Wild Rumpus Books in Linden Hills hosts “Tail Time” 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.
2/20/18: Discount movie day | Twin Cities-area movie theaters favor Tuesdays as the day for the deal! Check out our list of budget-priced flicks at the link.
2/21/18: Introduce the very youngest thespians to the Theatre Explorers program courtesy SteppingStone Theatre. Kids under 5 and their caregivers can drop in each Wednesday for storytime and other sensory play. 10-11am, $5/family.
2/22/18: 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, $8/pp ages 1-17.
2/23/18: Work up a serious sweat at SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park with locations in Plymouth & Oakdale. Teens and tweens can jump until 10pm on a Friday night; littles 5 & under get their own Toddler Time Fridays, 9:30am. Cost is $6 per child plus $2 fee for SkySocks. Bounce off somebody else’s walls!
2/24/18: Tech Fest at the Works Museum is an engineering and technology fair designed for families. STEM experts are on hand to give demonstrations, lead activities and answer the questions of curious kids. Snag your passes for $9 apiece through 2/23/18; tickets are $12 at the door. Spend as long as you like tinkering throughout the museum.
2/25/18: 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. Check the link for 10 spots in the Twin Cities where giving back can include the kids.
2/26/18: 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. $7/pp plus tax will get the young ones into the giant Adventure Peak play structure where they’ll be busy climbing for hours.
2/27/18: You really can’t go wrong with a family trip to Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. It’s the kind of place where both adults and kids will be entertained (most exhibits are hands-on) and you don’t have to spend the bulk of your time shushing children or worrying that they’ll destroy something. If you haven’t brought them out yet, here are 10 Things for Kids that will leave an indelible impression.
2/28/18: Heat up the house with the oven and stove! We love all the simple, kid-tested recipes on the local blog Dining With Alice. Best of all, she features meals that she creates right alongside her children and tips on getting them safely involved in the kitchen.