Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Weekend: February 19-20, 2022, President’s Day Weekend

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend!

This February Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers President’s Day Weekend, February 19-20, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here.

If you’re hardy and brave, we have suggestions for outdoor activities, but also a mix of things to do this looong weekend indoors. There’s lots to choose from! For more ideas, hop over to our FEBRUARY FAMILY GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. We try to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs – whether you’re keeping close to home — or want a break from it.

Twin Cities February Family Events

Winter Festivals and lights displays this weekend in the twin cities

Rounded up for you here are the best of the Twin Cities’ weekend winter festivals – ways to get out and play in the elements with your family! For more frosty festival fun jump over to our Twin Cities Winter Festival Family Calendar.

Twin Cities Minnesota Festivals banner showing Rice Park in St. Paul Minnesota in the Winter - Family Fun Twin Cities

Stillwater Winterfest

Chestnut Street in historic downtown Stillwater has a pedestrian winter wonderland area where our family had the free LED light show set to music all to ourselves one magical Friday night a couple weeks ago. Also in LOWELL PARK is the work of the work of the World Snow Sculpting Championships and a free outdoor ice skating rink. Festival runs all weekend, see link for individual event times.


Dodge Nature Center Winter Fun Festival

1701 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Live DJ, bonfires and outdoor heaters, horse-drawn sleigh rides, icy games, snow sports, nature activities and crafts. Food & beverages available. Feb 19, 2-5pm, FREE.

Embrace the North Festival 

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklym Park
Try activities like snowshoeing, winter birding and frozen art, marshmallows over the fire, games, fat biking and more. Drop in anytime from 12-4pm. February 19, 2022.

Fun OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES in the Parks This Weekend

Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in the parks.


The lingering snow and the temps mean there’s plenty of winter left to enjoy. This weekend, try hitting up one of these sledding hills (free!) or snow tubing hills (not free). Or use our special ice skating rink-finder to find a spot to take a spin. Please make sure to double check operating hours before heading out!

Featured Twin Cities  Park Events this weekend

Eden Prairie Snowtime Saturday

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, 13765 Staring Lake Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
On Snowtime Saturdays families can try out activities like ice fishing, snowshoeing, kick-sledding and cross-country skiing. Must pre-register for Feb 19. $11/family.

February Free Family Fun Day with Three Rivers Parks

Drop in for free nature programs at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK and RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. Feb 20, 2022, drop in between 1-4pm (see link for schedule). FREE admission.

Many families feel more comfortable with a little extra armor during the Minnesota winters. We’ve beefed up our annual Winter Fun & Survival Guide to help you make the most of the season whether you want to get out and play or stay in and be cozy this weekend.

more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids

If you’ve got the long Presidents Day weekend to while away with the kids, you might be looking for a way to get out and make the most of it. Personally, by mid-February I’m sick to death of outdoor activities and would prefer to pretend I’ve flown south. Here are some suggestions if you’re feeling likewise and are hoping for some cozy indoor ideas this weekend:

STEM Family Day at Mill City Museum

Activities throughout the museum tie in the history of flour mills on the riverfront to STEM. This place is a “blast” for kids – and this year, the event is FREE! Feb 19, 12-3pm.

Top 10 Family Picks: February in the Twin Cities

Lattes & Legos at Snapology

Drop-in playtime 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. Feb 20, 2022, 9-11:30am.

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

Urban Expedition: China

Now in its 18th season, this program is easily the next best thing to visiting China – and certainly more budget-friendly. Learn about the 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. Feb 20, 1-3pm.

More free or low cost things to do this weekend in the twin cities

Kids Dream Family Film Series

Join us Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays thru March 6, 2022, to view favorite family flicks! Grab the family and head to your nearest participating Marcus Theatres® location. FREE tickets to the show are available this weekend –  just click here to redeem vouchers.

  • Paw Patrol: The Movie – February 18 thru 20, 2022 – Tickets. Popcorn & drink specials: $3/each.

Participating theatres include Marcus Oakdale, Rosemount and Southbridge Crossing (Shakopee) Cinemas.


Find hundreds more things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul with kids!

During this cold weather, find tons of fun indoor games for kids you can play right at home.

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