If you’ve got Presidents Day to while away with the kids, you might be looking for a way to get out and make the most of it. We’ve rounded up 7 free or inexpensive ways:
Be Inspired! ALL ACCESS CELEBRATION @ Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis • 11am-4pm • FREE
Details: Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event. Take backstage tours and a Theatre Arts Training Class, play with puppets used in the current main stage show The Snowy Day, hear stories, learn dance moves, and more!
Rice & Arlington Batting Cages @ 1500 Rice St, St. Paul • noon-8pm
Details: Batter up and train for baseball season with special prices for Presidents Day – $1/token for 22 pitches.
Tail Time @ Wild Rumpus Books, 2720 W 43rd St, Minneapolis • 10:30am • FREE
Details: Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot at this popular story time. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store!
Free Family Fun Days: Kicksledding @ Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington • 3-4pm • FREE
Details: What exactly is kicksledding you ask? Find out at this free family program at Richardson Nature Center. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. For more indoor/outdoor fun at Richardson, click here.
Minnesota Children’s Museum: Rigamajigs, Ramps and Eric Carle, 10 W Seventh St, St. Paul • 9am-4pm • $9.95/pp
Details: Normally closed Mondays during the school year, the MCM opens its doors for play on Presidents Day. Discover what a “rigamajig” is and use it, along with your imagination, to engineer an amazing creation. Plus, visit the storybook world of Eric Carle in the new exhibit Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.
Open Play @ Plymouth Fieldhouse, 14800 34th Ave., Plymouth • 10:30am-1:30pm • $4/resident youth, $5/non-resident youth, caregivers free
Details: During the chilly months, heat in the field house is turned on to 55 degrees for fun with inflatables, slides, nets and lots of space to run the kids ragged.
Pavilion Play Place @ Hopkins Pavilion, 11000 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins • 9-10:30am & 10:30am-noon • $3/child, caregivers free
Details: Through Feb. 24, Play Place is a drop-in program where kids ages 9 mon-5 years can play with equipment including balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, blocks, and more. In the spring, the playtimes moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run! For more indoor drop-in playtimes, check our post on 13 Open Play & Open Gym Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities.
Kid flicks at the Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave, Minneapolis • 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm • $2/pp
Details: You can’t beat the price for the big-screen experience. Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Alvin and the Chipmunks are playing Monday. Don’t miss the excellent and reasonably-priced popcorn! Read more about the Riverview here.