Budget Twin Cities March Family Events & Activities

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It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find seasonal and ongoing March events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend.


Thanks to our March Sponsor, Wishing Tree Play Cafe.

Located in White Bear Lake on Hwy 96 near 35 E, Wishing Tree Play Cafe is respite of delicious food and fun play!

Wishing Tree Play Cafe


3/11: Family Dance | Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis • 6:30-8pm • $5/pp or $10/family • The focus is on teaching simple dances that everyone in the family can enjoy. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities.

3/17: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration  | Landmark Center, St Paul • 10am-5pm • $5-$7/pp • Regional and local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish Cuisine, pipe bands and children’s crafts and entertainment. The fun continues on 3/19 with An Irish Day of Dance at Landmark, 11am-5pm • $4-$6/pp.

tm american swedish institute 4 (2)3/17-18: Kids at the Castle: Witches, Feathers & Fun | American Swedish Institute,  Minneapolis • 9-10am • $8/family • Before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, and movement inspired by ASI’s exhibits. Stay to explore the castle! Suggested for ages 2-5.

3/17: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays | Great River Water Park, St Paul • find Open Swim hours here • $2/pp during Open Swim hours.

3/27-3/31: Spring Make Break | Michaels, Eagan • 30 min sessions, 10am-12pm • $2 per project • Select Michaels locations are offering weekday kids crafts over spring break in addition to their regular Saturday morning crafts.

ONGOING MARCH EVENTS & ACTIVITIES – $5-$6/PP OR LESS

Cheap Flicks: Twin Cities Movie Theater Discount Days – all seats $2-$5/pp

TwinCities Cheap Flicks

Michaels Kids Club Crafts | TC locations • March Saturdays, 10am-12p, • $2/project, ages 3+.

Anne's Family Attended A Family Fun & Fitness Friday at Great River Waterpark.FANtastic Saturdays | The Blast Indoor Playground, Eagan • 5-8pm • $4/pp ages 18 mon-12 years, all others free • Better bang for your buck every Saturday evening: $4 will get you into the Blast Indoor Playground, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids).

$4 Sundays | Great River Water Park, St. Paul • 11am-5pm • $4/pp • Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here.

My Preschooler & Me: Farm Beginnings – Spring | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Mondays in March: 3/13-3/27 • $6/pp ages 1-6 w/ adult

Raptor Center Tours | Gabbert Raptor Center, St. Paul campus of the U of M • 30-minute tours every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, ongoing Tues-Fri • $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults • Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Meet some resident raptors, get hands-on with natural materials, and visit the kids’ play corner.

Public Show: Earth, Moon & Sun | Como Planetarium, St Paul • Tuesdays: 3/14 & 3/28, 5:30-6:15pm • $5/pp

Bowl for a Buck | University of MN’s Coffman Union (Thurs, 5pm-close) & St. Paul Student Center (all day Wed) • $1 per game plus $2 shoe rental.

Friday Family Funday | Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove • Ongoing Fridays in March, 9am-8pm • $6/pp or $22/family for all members.


INDOOR PLAY $5-$6 PER CHILD OR LESS

Andover Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym & Activities | Most Mon & Tues through April 2017 • 9:30-11:30am • 6 & under w/ caregiver • $3-$4/child • Drop in for unstructured play time and special activities such as a bounce house, book swap and craft days. Be sure to check the calendar for the latest schedule.

Braemar Field: Tot Time | Edina • Mon & Wed, 9-11am • $3/child • Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games. Family Night is held Saturdays through 4/2/14, 6:30-8:30pm • $5/pp

Brookview Community Center: Preschool Playtime | Golden Valley • Ongoing Fridays through 4/21/17, 10-11:30am • $2 per child, under 1 year free • A variety of play areas will be set up for kids ages 1-5 to run, jump, crawl and roll indoors.

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play | EaganOngoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am • $4 per child, under 18 mons free • A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available to play in the gym as well as play time in the Blast Indoor playground.  For kids ages 1-5.

Eden Prairie Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym | Eden Prairie • Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9:30-11:30am (9:15-11:30 Thurs) • $4/pp ages 1-4, $5/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free • Participate in free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, tumbling mats, parachutes, music and more. For $6/pp, admission to the Prairie Play Zone indoor playground is included. Best for ages 1-4.

Gleason’s Gymnastic School: Preschool Open Gym | Eagan • Wed 9:30-11:30am & Fri 9:30-11:30 and 12-2pm • ages 0-6  $8/child or $10/family AND Maple Grove • Wed/Fri • 9:30-11:30am • Have the run of the equipment! Kids can jump on the trampolines, launch themselves into the foam pit, walk the balance beam, follow obstacle courses, swing from the trapeze and more.

Hopkins Pavilion: Pavilion Turf Tots | Hopkins • Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm starting 3/2/17 • $4/child, caregivers free • Drop in for play with equipment including balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, blocks, and more. Suited for kids ages 1-5.

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Maple Grove Community Center: Parent/Tot Time | Mon & Wed, 10-11:30am • $2.50/resident youth, $3/non-res youth, caregivers free, best for ages 5 & under.

Plymouth Field House: Open Play | Ongoing Mon, Wed, Fri through 3/31/17, 10:30am-1:30pm • $4-$5/youth, caregivers free • 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. Best for kids ages 3-5.

St. Louis Park Rec Center: Little Tot Playtime | Ongoing Tues-Fri through March 25, 9:30-11:30am • $2/child • Bounce in the inflatables, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet. For ages 1-5 with caregiver.


TWIN CITIES MAPLE SYRUP FAMILY ACTIVITIES – $5-$6/PP OR LESS

Maple Syrup Time • $5/pp • Learn about the maple syruping process, tap a tree in the sugar bush, collect sap, bring it to the evaporator and sample!
• Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 3/4, 3/11 & 3/25, 2-3:30pm
• Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 3/5, 1-2:30pm

Maple Syrup: Tapping Into Nature • $5/pp
• Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake • 3/11, 3/15 & 3/18
• Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague • 3/24 & 3/25

Maple Syruping in Your Backyard | Fort Snelling State Park • Sat/Sun, March 4-26, 1-2:30pm • FREE with $5 state park vehicle permit.

3/4: Maple Syruping Day | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix • 12-4pm • $5/pp • Lots of family activities for all ages.

3/11: Saturday Family Fun Days: Spring, Sugar & Stories | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley • $4/pp or $16/family max.

3/18: Maple Syrup Festival at Eastman, Dayton • 1-4pm • $5/pp • Play games, watch the syruping process and get a taste of the final product.

3/18: Sap Into Syrup Family Event | Maplewood Nature Center, St Paul • 2-3:30pm • $5/child • Details: Learn about the tools used to tap trees and taste test a variety of syrups.

3/18: Saturday Special: Magical Maples | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield • 10-11:30am • $3/pp

3/19: Maple Syrup Festival | French Regional Park, Plymouth • 1-4pm • $6/pp includes sampling with pancakes. Also held 3/25.

3/19: Maple Syrup Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes • 2-3:30pm • $5/pp + tax • Learn about the syrup process, do some maple crafts, participate in a spring scavenger hunt, and taste some maple treats.

3/20: Puppet Storytime: Maple Syrup Mystery | Westwood Hills Nature Center, St Louis Park • 10-11am • $4-$5/pp, under 2 free • The Westwood puppets tell a syrupy story in their animated and comical style, then naturalist led activities will follow to highlight the story. Register at the above link. Also held 3/24/17.

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TWIN CITIES PARENT & CHILD NATURE PROGRAMS – $5-6/PP OR LESS

3/6: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Spring | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
3/7 & 3/8: Nature Adventurers: Magical Maples | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
3/13: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones – Spring | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria
3/14: My Preschooler & Me: Early Explorers – Maple Syrup | The Landing, Shakopee
3/16: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades Spring | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington
3/17: Preschool Story Time: Syrup Season | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings
3/17: My Preschooler & Me: St Patrick’s Day Celebration | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
3/21 & 3/22: Nature Adventurers: Storybook Hike | Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
3/25: Nature Family Fun: Maple Sap Into Syrup | Maplewood Nature Center
3/27: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Spring | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria
3/28: My Preschooler & Me: Bookworms Story Hour Spring | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton



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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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