28 Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February 2022

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.

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February

February 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. Absolutely heart-warming.

heart on a string


February 2

World Read-Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day is February 2, 2022. 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).


February 3

Coolest mini golf course in town

CAN CAN WONDERLAND offers mini golfing at the coolest indoor 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 dozens of vintage arcade games to play and a malt shop for treats. My kids request this outing frequently (and since I find it a splurge, I often wait until the grandparents are in town wanting to treat!) Open Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sun starting at 11am. $13/kids, $15/adults. $10/arcade pass.


February 4

Family Friday at Midtown Global Market

Family Friday is a perfect family date night for all involved – select a meal from one (or more, depending on your palates) of dozens of food vendors and enjoy live music and activities for kids while you dine. The music will be family-friendly. Plus, it’s always a treat to browse the stalls and hunt for a good sale. 5-8pm, FREE.


February 5

Winter Carnival Family Fun Day

The second Saturday of the St Paul Winter Carnival will offer indoor family fun at Landmark Center: cultural entertainment, education, arts and crafts, stories and more. 11am-5pm, FREE.

For more St Paul Winter Carnival coverage, jump over to our Free Family Fun at the Winter Carnival page.

snowy st paul


February 6

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.

Twin Cities Super Bowl Fun


February 7

Learning is anything but dull at Minnesota History Center

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 when we bring our own families here. $8-$12/pp.


February 8

It’s always balmy at Como Zoo & Conservatory

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. Open 10am-4pm during the winter. FREE, donations appreciated.

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February


February 9

Splish splash away at Great River Indoor Waterpark

Oxford Community Center, 270 N. Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55104
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. Savings tip: Swim between 9-11am on Mon/Wed/Fri and pay just $4/pp! Regular admission $7/pp.


February 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.
  • ArtScraps Creativity kit – Order your DIY Valentine kit from the Re-use shop (or any of 15 other themed creativity kits!) to send joy to family and friends. $10-$40 per kit.

February 11

Movie Night at Edinborough Park Amphitheater

EDINBOROUGH PARK in Edina stays balmy and green, even through the winter! The indoor park is free to stroll through and a free movie night is offered once a month at 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.

Edinborough Park - Adventure Peak Indoor Playground


February 12

Cozy up by the “fire” at Shoreview Library (plus more area fun)

The branch’s new building, opened January of 2017, features an expanded kids space and playthings and a super cool fireplace.

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in FebruaryTo 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. Daily passes to the community center run $8.75-$11.25/pp or $36-$45/family. 


February 13

Warm someone’s heart: volunteer as a family

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!

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February


February 14

Snuggle up with your valentines big & little

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.

Steps 1-3 for Making a Valentine Love Journal: Step 1: Rip out the pages of an old book. We just ripped them out to my husband's horror. He recommends using an X-ACTO Knife. (Ripping worked just fine). Step 2:  Use the old pages to measure your new pages. You'll want most of your sheets to be the size of one page. But your first and last page will be one folded sheet of paper the size of two pages. We just used the first and last page of the original book for this. They were already one continuous sheet. We made the mistake of designing our pages before we cut them out. It's better to cut them out first and then design. That way nothing will get cut off. Step 3: Glue the new cover picture onto the book cover. I think Mod Podge would be the best way to go here. Mine had mysteriously disappeared, so I used the bookbinding glue.  It did the trick. School Glue could have worked, too.


February 15

Outdoors brought in at Good Times Park

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.


February 16

Preschool & up Open Gymnastics

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.


February 17

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 truly entertained (most exhibits are hands-on) and you don’t have to spend the bulk of your precious time shushing children or worrying they’ll destroy something. If you haven’t brought them out yet, here are 10 Things for Kids at Mill City Museum that will leave an indelible impression. Open Thurs-Sun, $8-$12/pp – consider snagging a family membership to the Minnesota Historical Society for free admission!

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February

February 18

Kids at the Castle

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Your little ones will love exploring a museum within a castle! This months’s theme is “Hearts & Hugs”. Plus, you’ll get the chance to check out the brand new Family Gallery exhibit and all the attention put into making “Our Dragon Story” super family-friendly. Read more about top family favorites at American Swedish Institute. $8/family for the program. CANCELLED.

Dala Horse at American Swedish Institute


February 19

President’s Day Weekend in the Twin Cities

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.

Weekend Family Guide - Family Fun Twin Cities Banner.


February 20

Drop-in LEGO heaven at Snapology

Drop-in playtime (officially called Lattes & Legos) at SNAPOLOGY MINNEAPOLIS‘s Discovery Center is guaranteed to entertain with opportunities to build with LEGO bricks, K’nex and other materials. And – get this – you can drop the kids off (ages 5+) for only $8 while you sip some coffee (included in the price!) at Bob’s Java Hut next door. Must register in advance as space is limited. 9-11:30am.

Snapology
LEGO: Sunday Morning Coffee by Amanda Payton

February 21

So much more than shopping at SCHEELS!

8301 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Who knew you could spend the day being so entertained at the sporting goods store? This generation’s variety features plenty of indoor fun: a 65-foot Ferris wheel, mini-bowling, a candy shop, shooting gallery, archery range and arcade. No trouble getting my teens and tweens to join me on this outing!


February 22

Explore a new nature center

I know, I know, we swore there wouldn’t be snow involved in this list. And we promise, there doesn’t have to be when exploring many of the nature and interpretive centers around the Twin Cities. Take RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER in Bloomington, for instance. You can spend an afternoon’s worth of free, cozy fun putting on a puppet show, taking a scavenger hunt through the huge wall murals and visiting the resident critters in their indoor tanks. Get the details for visiting in our list of 10 Things For Kids at Richardson Nature Center.

Jump over for more Twin Cities-area nature centers – ideas for indoor play and learning.

Children playing with puppets at Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington, Minnesota
Richardson Nature Center

February  23

Fly high at SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park

Work up a serious sweat indoors at locations in Oakdale, Edina and Blaine. Teens and tweens can jump until 10pm on a Friday night (prices start at $16/1 hr jump); littles 5 & under get their own Little Leapers jump time Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm. Cost is $11 per child plus $2 fee for SkySocks. Bounce off somebody else’s walls!


February 24

Keep it balmy at indoor Central Park

Thoughts of winter and snow will melt away in Woodbury’s CENTRAL PARK as you stroll around the landscaped rocks and tricking water fountains. Under one roof, kids can cozy up with books at a branch of the WASHINGTON COUNTY LIBRARY and work off the wiggles at LOOKOUT RIDGE INDOOR PLAYGROUND.

Girl walking along paths in Woodbury Minnesota's Indoor Central Park


February 25

Make it a Friday Family Movie Night

Our favorite movie house in the Twin Cities, the Riverview Theater, is back open and often screens family-friendly flicks at very reasonable prices (now showing first-run films, $4/pp, cash only). Check the Riverview website to see what’s scheduled this month. Walk-up sales of its delicious freshly-popped popcorn are also available if you want to bring a taste of the theater home and cozy up there. For more Twin Cities movie deals, check our Cheap Flicks: Twin Cities Movie Discount Days page.

Two girls sharing popcorn during a movie at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota


February 26

Last chance to see the Night Trains

All aboard! This is your last chance to see the special Holiday Night Trains at TWIN CITY MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM before they chug out of the station for another season. Saturday only, 3-7pm, $15/pp, advance tickets required. 

Minneapolis-St Paul has historically been an important hub for the railroads. If you’ve got little (or big!) train lovers in your family, there are plenty of places to get up close to them around town including the JACKSON STREET ROUNDHOUSE (take real coach train rides and tinker with exhibits) and UNION DEPOT (picnic next to the trains in nicer weather). Oh, and the MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM has brought their Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit out this winter. You can read more about train-spotting opportunities in Minneapolis-St Paul, a Train Lovers Destination.

Girl by train car at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Transportation Museum – Jackson Street Roundhouse

February 27

Travel the globe without leaving the state

We know it’s not exactly like Spring Break in Corfu, but the URBAN EXPEDITION program (now in its 18th season) is easily the next best thing to visiting Greece – and certainly more budget-friendly. Learn about Greek culture through music, dance, and crafts; free and very family-friendly. While you’re at the beautiful LANDMARK CENTER, pop in to the free SCHUBERT CLUB MUSEUM, a hidden gem that allows kids to experiment with a cacophony of musical instruments.


February 28

Leap year or not, let’s jump headlong into March (and spring!) with this huge list of fun indoor games for kids of all ages! The perfect antidote for a super cold day, rainy day, no-school snow day, bored out of your gourd day…you get our drift.


Indoor activities & events we hope to return in 2022

Minnesota Zoo’s Tropical Beach Party

Pretend you’re seaside in the huge indoor sandbox! Keep in mind that Monday is a school release day – if you have the luxury to wait until the crowds have ceased, the party continues through March 8. Included with Zoo admission.

Como Lil Explorer Thursdays

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! Ongoing Thursdays thru April, 10am-12pm. FREE.

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February

Wild Rumpus Tail Time

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.

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February

Cozy, kid-friendly coffee shops

Cozy up, sip something warm and let the young ones play at one of these Twin Cities Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop/Cafes. Guaranteed to lift your midweek winter blues.

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February

 

Work out wiggles with Tot Time Open Gyms

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.

28+ Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February

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