Author - Anne Kingston

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March Weekend Family Fun: Spring Is Here!
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Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids: Active Play & Sports
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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies in 2019

March Weekend Family Fun: Spring Is Here!

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend!

March 23-24, 2019

Could we be any more thrilled to find ourselves collecting events for the first weekend of SPRING? For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, check our March Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.

SWEET FARM BABIES

I had no idea there were this many places to find Minnesota Farm Babies!

Starts Friday, March 22: Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals of  Minnesota Zoo’s Farm Babies — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest. In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. If the weather cooperates, the outdoor nature playground will absorb the rest of your kids’ spring fever. March 22-April 30, included in Zoo admission.

Find more Minnesota Farm Babies events HERE.


MAPLE SYRUP PICKS

Sat, Mar 23 & Sun, Mar 24: It’s Tapping Time! | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
A FREE event, volunteers welcome. 10am-4pm.

Sat, Mar 23: Maple Syrup Festival | French Regional Park, Plymouth
Tap a tree, collect sap, and watch it boil down. Sample the park’s natural sweetness with pancakes. Drop in anytime. 1pm-4pm, $6/pp.

Find more maple syrup family programs HERE.


SPRING FLINGS

Sun, March 24: Rock the Cradle | Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Current’s annual music & arts festival for the 8-and-under set, arrives on the scene March 24, 11am. Rock the Cradle can be a touch crazy, in our opinion, so keep that crowd level in mind before heading out. Also noteworthy, strollers are strongly discouraged. FREE admission.

Sun, March 24: Free Ink Day | Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis
Free Ink Day is a program hosted three times annually at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. It’s the perfect way for an interested person of any age to dabble in printmaking without committing to a full class. Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. Hit the link for tips on bringing youngsters. 3/23/19, 1-4pm.

Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids: Active Play & Sports

Pack some action into your kid’s birthday party! Swim, climb, tumble, skate – in other words, wear them out with tons of fun.

AMUSEMENT PARKS & ARCADES

Family Fun Twin Cities at Como Town

Big Thrill Factory | Minnetonka & Oakdale
Arcade points and Choice of Attraction for 6-14 guest depending on package with meal options | Ages School-age + | $280 & up

Como Town Amusement Park | St Paul
Packages include unlimited ride wristbands | All ages | $19.95-$24.95 per child

Nickelodeon Universe | Bloomington, Mall of America
3 or 5-hour unlimited ride wristbands | All ages | $20.95-$22.95 per person

BOWLING

Bowlero | Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Lakeville
Bowling parties with meal included | All ages | $19.99 per child & up

Flaherty’s Arden Bowl | Arden Hills
Bowling party packages with meal option | All ages | $11.99-$14.99/pp or $69.99 package

INDOOR PLAY & SPORTS

Base Camp | Hwy 55 and 62
Rock climbing, high ropes course, and archery | Ages 10 + | Prices based on time and room rented.

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground | New Brighton
Indoor play and party space packages | Ages 0-12 | $100 & up

Edinborough Park’s Adventure Peak | Edina
Indoor play and party space packages | Ages 0-12 | $100 & up

Gleason’s Gymnastics | Eagan & Maple Grove
Open gymnastics, trampolines and games | All ages | $180 & up

Little Gym | Edina
Instructor-led gym games | Ages 1-12 | $230 & up

Maple Grove Community Center | Maple Grove
Pick 2: Maple Maze Indoor Playground, Grove Cove Aquatic Center & ice skating | Ages 1-12 plus alternate options for teens | $110 & up

Minneapolis Bouldering Project | Minneapolis
Weekend birthday and climbing parties for kids that include an event crew who will provide everything from climbing instruction to challenge games. | Ages 5-10 | Parties start at $220 for up to 10 climbers.

Minnesota Children’s Museum | St Paul
Come play at the museum and celebrate with a cake in the party room. Parties take place Fri-Sun. | All ages | $300+ tax for up to 15 guests, each additional child $8.95 | Request 2 weeks in advance.

Monkey House | White Bear Lake
Private use of the indoor playground | Best for ages 2-10 | $179/private play, $289 & up for parties

Pinwheel Play | Chanhassen
First birthday and toddler/preschool birthdays | Modern indoor playground, creative space and craft room | Ages 0-6 | $129 plus $8/child

Playworks | Prior Lake
Indoor play in the Atrium and table reservations | $5 (admission for 5 children) & up

Pump It Up | Eden Prairie, Ham Lake, & Plymouth
Bounce to your heart’s content during a private party | All ages | $169 & up

Straightline Dance Fitness | Minneapolis
Host a awesome dance party! | Ages 18 months-Adult | Price range is $50-$300 (50% deposit required) | Books 1-2 months in advance.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park | Blaine, Maple Grove, Minneapolis & Oakdale
Customizable party packages | All ages | $189 & up

The Blast Indoor Playground | Eagan
Admission for 15 guests to play plus extras | Ages 18 mon – 12 yrs | $100 & up

Twin Cities Trapeze Center | St Paul
Ages 6+ | Price starts at $220; 50% deposit required | Recommended to book 2 weeks out

Vertical Endeavors | Bloomington, Minneapolis & St Paul
2-hour party with climbing and activities led by an instructor. Rates include harness rental, instructor, balloons, invitations and birthday gift.
| All ages | $20-$47/climber | Book minimum 3 weeks in advance.

MINIATURE GOLF

Glow in One Mini Golf | Blaine
Golfing under black light with different packages and party room | Ages 5+| Starting at $5/person to $21/person

PARTIES IN THE PARK

Should your kid be blessed with a birthday month that begs for some outdoor fun, look no further than one of these beautiful city or regional parks. As a bonus, most options are very reasonable price-wise. Please see our Birthday Parties in the Parks page.

SKATING

Braemer Arena | Edina
Open skating parties for birthdays or teams with meal options | $99 & up

Burnsville Ice Center | Burnsville
Open skating parties | All ages | $40 & up

Cheap Skate | Coon Rapids
Roller skating and bounce house parties plus a meal | All ages | $9.95 per person & up

Roseville Skating Center/ MN OVAL | Roseville
You can rent a banquet room during a public skating session for your birthday celebration. Skating can be both indoors or outdoors on the OVAL | All ages | $6/open skate, $4/skate rental

Vadnais Sports Center | Vadnais Heights
Ice skating during public open skate times or reserve the ice for a private party | All ages | $3/child, skates included, private parties $200.

Wooddale Fun Zone | Woodbury
Roller skating and soft play zone party packages | All ages | $149 & up

SWIMMING

Battle Creek Waterworks | St Paul
Outdoor waterpark open for summer swimming parties | All ages | $99 & up

Bunker Beach Water Park | Blaine
Outdoor waterpark open for summer swimming parties | All ages | $100 & up

Como Park Pool | St Paul
Swimming parties with extras including a birthday cake, June-August | $12-$16/pp, shelter rental extra

Great River Water Park | St Paul
Indoor swimming parties with extras including a cake and time in the party room | All ages | $12-$16/pp

Highland Park Aquatic Center | St Paul
Swimming parties with extras including a birthday cake, June-August | $12-$16/pp, shelter rental extra

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Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies in 2019

As soon as I can smell the wet earth and the sun is still shining at 6pm, I’m ready for a spring farm fix. Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest — plus farmhands of all ages can partake in waking up the barns for spring.

I had no idea there were this many places to find Minnesota Farm Babies!

TWIN CITIES AREA FARM ACTIVITIES

Starts March 22: Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley | 9am-4pm | Included in Zoo admission of $12-$18/pp + parking | In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. 5 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts.

March 30: Spring Into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | 9:30am-2:30pm | $5/pp | Celebrate new life on the farm through crafts, cooking and games. Meet farm animals and participate in educator-led programs. Activities are geared toward preschoolers and kindergartners.

Starts April 6: Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | Weekly on Saturdays 9:30am-noon | $5/pp | Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals. Read More

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