This last-minute free events list is brought to you by my kids’ last week of school events and a Dad who’s been out of town. But maybe some of you can relate — so busy wrapping up that you haven’t given a thought to the weekend? We don’t blame you if you just want to catch your breath. Or, if you’re looking for a few ideas, we’ve got five of them here:
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
Details: Ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 10:30, followed by refreshments and please feel free to stay and enjoy the newly-renovated wading pool with splash features and improved shade!
Walker First Free Saturday: Now and Then
@ Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 55403
Ages: Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones!
Details: Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month at the Walker. This month’s activities will be on the grounds of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and hosted by several local nature centers.
In the Heart of the Beast Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids
@ Calhoun Square Atrium (first floor)
3001 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55408
Time: Shows at 10 & 11:30am
Details: Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is bringing Saturday shows to Calhoun Square every Saturday in June & July. This Saturday’s show is based on the story On the Day You Were Born and the first 45 kids between shows will get to participate in a make-and-take activity.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Details: Pages from the picture book will be posted along park walking paths so you can read as you stroll. The event is part of the Urban Birding Festival, which will also offer family activities such as a bird scavenger hunt and bird feeder-making. To get a complete list of Storywalks in St. Paul this summer, click here.
Ages: All ages are welcome; families with children are most likely to be interested in the Grand Old Day parade (steps off at 9:30am at Dale & Grand) the Family Fun District, and the Kids Adventure Zone.
Details: The Family Fun District includes local kid favorites on the stage, and the Kids Adventure Zone, located on the grounds of Ramsey Jr. High, is where you’ll find the petting zoo, bounce houses and other like activities. Note: there is a fee for most of the activities in the Adventure Zone.