50 Ways to Explore the Twin Cities With Kids this Summer – A Printable Checklist

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Summer is the best time to explore the Twin Cities with Kids.  Download this free PDF checklist of Family Fun ideas or use the links below to learn more

  1. Visit the Minnesota Transportation Museum (on Father’s Day!)
  2. Visit Caponi Art Park for one of its many family-friendly events.
  3. Join a Free Mama Fit Class in Apple Valley
  4. Visit Arlene the Baby Gorilla & Have a Family Fun Day at Como Zoo
  5. Go to Staring Lake or Universe in the Park to Stargaze
  6. Watch Shakespeare:  RiverTree Shakespeare FestCromulent-Henry IV, Part 1;  Public Theatre-Much Ado About Nothing
  7. Attend one of the Free Family Fun Days at a Three Rivers Park
  8. Attend one of the 9 Nights of Music at the Minnesota History Center
  9. Participate in a Life-Size Board Game: Union Depot Board Game Night
  10. Family Adventure Backpack to explore Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
  11. Try out St. Paul parks’ mobile climbing wall at a summer event
  12. Play a game of disc golf
  13. See an outdoor Movie: Minneapolis PaulRamsey CountyMetro
  14. Participate in a StoryWalk – Combine some reading and nature
  15. Visit Minnehaha Falls
  16. Catch an IHOTB Saturday Puppet Show for Kids at Calhoun Square
  17. See lots of local bands see at summer fairs and festivals
  18. Bluegrass JAM & Lemonade in the Shade at Gammelgården Museum
  19. Camp Out— Even If Its In Our Own Backyard
  20. Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at a Participating Park
  21. Join a Summer Reading Program & Read under a Tree
  22. Go to a Free or Cheap Day at a Local Water Park
  23. Start/Add to A Collection of Books Signed By Local Children’s Authors
  24. Visit Franconia Sculpture Park
  25. Ride Cafesjian’s Carousel at Como Park
  26. Visit the (not so) Wild Things of Wild Rumpus Books
  27. Plant a Butterfly Garden & Build a Backyard Certified Wildlife Habitat
  28. Grow Bean Teepees
  29. Attend GermanFest at the Historic Schmidt Brewery
  30. Celebrate Midsommar Dag at the American Swedish Institute
  31. Visit Walker Art Center and borrow a WAC pack
  32. Enjoy a parade
  33. Visit the Rooftop ArtPark at the Minnesota Children’s Museum
  34. Visit The Science Museum’s Big Back Yard
  35. A Day at the Beach
  36. Catch a Saints or a Twins game
  37. Visit a Farmers Market and Plan a Family Meal Based on Your Finds
  38. Go on a picnic
  39. Fly a Kite
  40. Plan to do the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge
  41. Attend an Ice Cream Social
  42. Watch Fireworks
  43. Participate in at Least One of the Ordway Summer Dance Nights
  44. Aquatennial!!
  45. Nap outside
  46. Enjoy an Art Fair, Buy Something Local, Get Inspired & Make Your Own
  47. Participate in National Night Out – Let Your Kids Help Make the Dish
  48. Spend A Day At a Splash Pad
  49. Attend Irish Faire
  50. Go Berry Picking

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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