Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Weekend: August 5-6, 2023

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Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

This Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of August 5-6, 2023. To find our most recent guide, click here. Need more inspiration? You can always consult our AUGUST FAMILY GUIDE, our 2023 ULTIMATE TWIN CITIES SUMMER FUN GUIDE or our fully-stocked FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for more fun ideas on what to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with your kids!

Looking for ideas on what to do with your kids in the Twin Cities during the long summer days? Definitely jump over to our TWIN CITIES GUIDE TO FAMILY ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK for lots of suggestions.


Hanover: Harvest Festival

Tons of old-fashioned kids carnival games (for a small fee), a mobile video game truck, cow pie bingo (?), classic car show, petting zoo, garden tractor pull, fireworks and lots more. August 5, 2023.

Little Canada: Canadian Days

Spooner Park, 350 Eli Rd, Little Canada, MN 55117
Fireworks Friday & Saturday, kids play area Friday-Sunday, Kidsdance & Raptor Center show Friday afternoon, pony rides Sunday. August 4-6, 2023.

Minneapolis: Powderhorn Art Fair

3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Art & food at Powderhorn Park. August 5-6, 2023.

Minneapolis: Uptown Art Fair

Intersection of West Lake Street & Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Shop local art and food vendors. Older kids might enjoy a graffiti spray-and-take activity sponsored by Sprayfinger. August 4-6, 2023.

St Anthony: VillageFest

Friday evening: Parade; Saturday: inflatables & games, family entertainment, petting zoo, and Fireworks to end the evening. August 4-6, 2023.

St Louis Park: Slavic Experience

West End Festival Site, 5376 Gamble Drive, Saint Louis Park
Live music, Eastern European food, vendors and artists, and free family activities.

Plan ahead for the last of the Minnesota summer festivals, including the great MINNESOTA STATE FAIR, in our TWIN CITIES AUGUST FESTIVAL GUIDE.

August Festivals and Fairs in the Twin Cities Minnesota


How to narrow down all this summertime family fun?

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


Need more sculpture in your life?

So could we all. It’s a trip to the art museum plus a (hopefully) calming green space rolled into one. Try our list of 12 MINNESOTA SCULPTURE PARKS TO VISIT WITH KIDS to get started or see a couple of our favorites here: MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN is located on the campus of Walker Art Center and is free to visit. You’ll find the iconic giant Spoonbridge & Cherry along with a giant blue rooster and other sculpture art. Print the Walker’s fun self-guided Minneapolis Sculpture Garden tour sheet and bring some colored pencils for immersive stops along the visit.

DAY TRIP IDEA: A stop at FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK is included on our super family-friendly list of the BEST THINGS TO DO NEAR TAYLORS FALLS, MINNESOTA. Plus, first Sunday of the month (August 6) is the Arts & Farmers Market at the funky sculpture park.

Celebrate National Disc Golf (or frisbee golf) day at the park

Try out one of these TWIN CITIES DISC GOLF COURSES. This is a great outing for those active but hard-to-please teens and tweens.

Disc Golf Basket at North Valley Park in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Disc golf at North Valley Park, Inver Grove Heights

Visit a Minnesota State Park with your family

Last weekend, our family visited NERSTRAND BIG WOODS STATE PARK for the first time in 12 (!) years. The park, with its sweet little “hidden” waterfall, is one of 9 MINNESOTA STATE PARKS one hour or less from our home in St Paul. Love waterfalls? We’ve included these falls on our list of 8 METRO-AREA WATERFALLS TO VISIT WITH KIDS.

Hidden Falls at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Would you prefer a park outing closer to home? Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for all the details. Did you know that several of these nature centers have natural playgrounds nestled within them? You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces.  Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.


Live theater, music & movies in the park this weekend? Just add a picnic meal and a blanket or camp chairs and you’re all set for a FREE day or night out with the family. Here’s the lineup:

Music in Motion with Children’s Theatre Company

Peavey Plaza, 1101 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Music in Motion is a mix of storytelling, music and dance designed to move body and mind. Two sessions. Our tip: if you’re able, take the light rail into downtown Minneapolis. It’s a fun event in and of itself! August 5, 2023, 10-11am. FREE.

Open Eye Theater Driveway Performance

1105 Greenbrier Street, St Paul MN
This season’s puppet show is Molly & the Magic Boot. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that puppet shows are just for kids – all ages will enjoy! August 5, 2023, 1pm. FREE! Plus, shows in Lakeville at 4pm & Minneapolis at 7pm. Please check the link for addresses.

Flotsam River Circus

FLOTSAM! describes itself as a floating troupe of “musicians, circus artists, and puppeteers traveling on a handmade raft” and bringing free performances to spectators on the riverbank. As curious as we are? The location hasn’t been officially announced yet but the website betrays a spot very near HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK in St Paul. August 5, 2023, 6-7:30pm. FREE.

Also performs Sunday, August 6, near HARRIET ISLAND REGIONAL PARK, 6pm.


We’ve spent plenty of time this summer exploring new splash spots – go ahead and browse the finds in our complete TWIN CITIES ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST BEACHES, POOLS, WATERPARKS & SPLASH PADS or continue for more ideas:

Featured Minneapolis wading pool: Lake Hiawatha Park

MINNEAPOLIS WADING POOLS are fun, free and some are splashy and elaborate. We try to highlight a new location each week. Try the pool & playground at LAKE HIAWATHA PARK, the perfect hybrid of splash pad and wading pool. Or, find our complete list at the link. 2701 E 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

Lake Hiawatha Park Wading Pool

Featured Twin Cities beach: Centerville Lake, Lino Lakes

We include our family favorites in our list of 20+ BEACHES, PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS TO TRY THIS SUMMER. Each week we’re excited to share a new beach one of our FFTC families has discovered – this weekend we’re highlighting CENTERVILLE LAKE BEACH, located in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Lino Lakes and part of the RICE CREEK CHAIN OF LAKES PARK RESERVE. If you can, bring bikes. An easy trail roughly follows the southern half of the lake and winds through the namesake chain of lakes. 7401 Main St Lino Lakes MN 55038.

Centerville Lake Beach, one of the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes

Featured outdoor swimming pool: Highland Park Aquatic Center, St Paul

Swimming pools are always a hit for their slides and fun features. Have you tried HIGHLAND PARK AQUATIC CENTER in St Paul yet? Bigger kids will enjoy its two-story water slide and climbing wall, while small kids can play in the splash pad. There is also a lap pool and diving boards. 1840 Edgcumbe Rd, St Paul, MN 55116.

Father playing with toddler son at Highland Park Aquatic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Featured Twin Cities splash pad: Maple Grove Central Park

Don’t forget that splash pads are a perfect place to cool off without the full commitment and cost of a day at the pool. This week we highlight the interactive splash fountains at MAPLE GROVE CENTRAL PARK. There’s an awesome, challenging playground next door for extra fun! 12000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

Get our huge list of the best 40 Splash Pads & Wading Pools in the Twin Cities!

Many outdoor pools in the Twin Cities offer special tot swim hours so littler ones can get some splash time in before the big kids arrive. You can find these tot swims at the following pools this weekend:

Saturday Tot Swims

  • CASCADE BAY: Little Mates Tot Swim – select areas of the waterpark open from 9:30-10:30am. $6/child, one adult free. 1360 Civic Center Drive, Eagan, MN 55122.
  • CRYSTAL COVE: Little Splashers Pool Time is for kids ages 7 & under to enjoy the zero-depth entry pool. 10-11:30am, $3/child, adults free. 4848 Douglas Dr N, Crystal, MN 55429.
  • RICHFIELD OUTDOOR POOL: Kids ages 7 & under get the zero-depth-entry wading pool and water play equipment to themselves. 10-11am, $11/pp. 630 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423.
  • SANDVENTURE AQUATIC CENTER: Kids ages 0-6 can swim in the zero-depth entry pool and play in the sand beach. 9:15-10:45am. $5/child, adults free. 1101 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379.

Sunday Tot Swims

  • CASCADE BAY – Little Mates Tot Swim (see above)
  • COMO REGIONAL PARK POOL: Tot Time swim is for kids ages 6 & under. 9:30-11am. $4/children and adults. 1151 Wynne Ave Saint Paul, MN 55108.
  • HIGHLAND PARK AQUATIC CENTER: Tot time for kids 6 & under. 9:30-11am. $4/pp children and adults. 1840 Edgcumbe Rd, St Paul, MN 55116. 

Find our complete list of Tot Swims, including many that offer cheaper rates for this limited swim time.


Family-friendly museum visits

First Free Saturday at Walker Art Center: Plant Teachers

725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
This month, programming is held outdoors in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Your family is also free to explore the indoor galleries. Free tickets are available onsite in limited quantities. August 5, 2023, 10am-3pm.

Free Bees, Bugs & Birds workshop at Bakken Museum

3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Kids entering grades 3-5 are invited to attend this free pollinator event – games and hands-on activities make the learning extra fun. Plus, you’ll want to check out all the electrical exhibits. Reserve your tickets online as space is limited. August 5, 2023, 10am-12pm. FREE.

First Free Sunday at Minnesota Children’s Museum

Explore four floors of play-based exhibits, including the rotating exhibit Emotions at Play based on Pixar’s Inside Out. Admission-free the first Sunday of each month thanks to Securian Financial. Reserve your tickets now! August 6, 2023.

Summer Night Trains at Twin City Model Railroad Museum

668 Transfer Rd Ste. 8, St Paul, MN 55114
The lights are turned low and the model train sets glow. Young and old alike can get into the charming model trains. August 5, 2023, 3-7pm. $10/pp.

Text: Family-Friendly Museums & Historic Places in the Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota. Family Fun Twin Cities. Background of kids exploring the Minnesota History Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Take a family bike ride

Here are some suggestions for a trip that’s not too taxing to do with kids:

Carver Lake Bike Park
Carver Lake Bike Park. Image courtesy of the City of Woodbury.

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