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.


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MARCH SPECIAL EVENTS – $5-$6/PP OR LESS

3/10/18: 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.

3/16/18 & 3/17/18: Kids at the Castle: Mighty Moose | 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.

3/16/18: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays | Great River Water Park, St Paul | find Open Swim hours here | $2/pp during Open Swim hours. Further discounts: Sundays at the waterpark are just $4/pp and half-price swim is featured Mon & Wed.

3/17/18: 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 3/18/18 with An Irish Day of Dance at Landmark, 11am-5pm, $4-$6/pp.

3/18/18: Sundae Bingo | Central Park, Woodbury | 2-3:30pm | $5/pp

3/30/18: Spring into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | $6/pp

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

Riverview Theater | Minneapolis | Ongoing $2 matinees – for our complete list of places to catch movies for $5 or less, try Twin Cities Cheap Flicks.

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Spring Make Break | Michaels – check your location for details | 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.

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

Public Star Shows | Como Planetarium, St Paul | Ongoing Tuesdays starting at 5:30pm | $5/pp | Please check the schedule online for the dates and times of these shows. The earlier show is geared towards younger children; later shows appeal to older kids and adults.

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.

Theater Explorers: Storytime Drop-in | Steppingstone Theater, St Paul | Wednesdays in March: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 | $5/family | Introduce toddlers and preschoolers to theater arts through this weekly drop-in program filled with stories, songs, art projects and creative play.

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 starting 10/2/17 through April 2018 | 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 | Ongoing Mon & Wed, 9-11am | $5/child | Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games.

Braemar Field: Family Night, Edina | Ongoing Saturdays, 6:30-8:30pm | $5/pp | Stay active under the dome during the cold months with room to run and play. Temp is set at 55 degrees.

Brookview Backyard Indoor Playground, Golden Valley | Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm & Sun, 9:30am-5pm | $4-$5/pp | This brand-new, 3,000 sq ft facility opened December 2017.

Crystal Community Center Gym: Preschool Playtime  | Wed through April 11 | 10-11:30am| ages 1-5, $3/child | Jump, crawl, build and play the winter away in 3 gyms. 1 adult to every 3 kids required.

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play | Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am | $4 per child ages 1-5, 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.

Eden Prairie Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym | Mon, Wed & Fri | 9-11:15am | Best for ages 1-4; $4.50-$5.50 per child, adults 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.

Edina Community Center: Family Gym Time | Tues-Thurs | 10am-12pm; October 24 – March 22 (closed holidays) | Families with preschoolers; $3/child; $5/family | A chance to dance, run, wiggle and play.  Age appropriate equipment provided.

Hopkins Pavilion: Turf Tots | Ongoing Thurs & Fri starting March 1 2018 | 9 mon-5 years | $4/child | In the spring, playtime moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run!

Twin Cities Tot Times and other activities to do with my preschool child.

Maple Grove Community Center: Parent/Tot Time | Ongoing Mon & Wed, 10-11:30am | $3/resident youth, $3.50/non-res youth, caregivers free | Best for ages 5 & under.

Millz House (Apple Valley): Open Play | Weekdays, 9am-4pm, $6/child or $18/family & Weekends, $8/child or $24/family. Find weekend hours here. | Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts.

Plymouth Field House: Open Play | Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30am-1:30pm | $4/resident youth, $5/non-resident 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 ages 3-5.

Saint Louis Park Rec Center: Little Tot Playtime | Tues-Fri, 9:30-11:30am | Ages 1-5 with caregiver | $2 per child | Bounce in the inflatables, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet.

Savage Sports Center: Tot Time | Tue & Thurs | 9-11:30 am thru April 2018 | Ages 5 and under; $3 per child with adult | A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available. Prepaid passes can be purchased.

Shakopee Community Center – CC Kids Playtime | Ongoing Mon & Wed thru April 2018, 10-11:15am | $1 per child ages 1-5 w/ caregiver | Kids and their parents are invited to run around the gymnasium. Bring your clean trikes, riding toys, balls or use theirs.

Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, Shoreview | Open Play hours: Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm | $5.25/per child ages 1-12, adults free.


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

Explore the great outdoors in the wintertime right alongside your children! Nature centers and parks across the Twin Cities host hundreds of low-cost programs throughout the year. Please check our Family Fun Calendar for exact dates, times and costs for each family nature program.

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center | Hastings
March special: Preschool Storytime – Syrup Season | 3/16/18, 10-11am | $5/child age 2-5

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
March special: Family Fun – Signs of Spring | 3/25/18, 1-3pm | FREE

Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
March special: Eggstravaganza | 3/29/18 & 3/30/18, 10-11:30am |$5/advance, $6/door | Bring eggs to dye, go on a hunt, meet bunnies and get your face painted. Treats, too!

Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville
March special: It’s Tapping Time! | 3/24/18 & 3/25/18, 10am-4pm | FREE

Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
March special: Spring Eggstravaganza – Rock Hunt | 3/30/18 & 3/31/18, 10am-2:30pm | $5/advance, $6/door | Go rock scouting at this alternative egg hunt, meet animals, enjoy treats and craft.

Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
March special: Spring to Your Senses Puppet Show | 3/28/18, 10am-12pm | $5/pp | A show, hike, craft and snack included.

Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
March special: Egg Trail & Rabbit Habits | 3/30/18 & 3/31/18, 9:30am-12:30pm | $5/advance, $6/door | Go on a hunt, meet animals, enjoy a snack and craft.

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
March special: Saturday Family Fun Day: Snow Venture | 3/10/18, 10-11am | FREE, donations appreciated | New themes each month; dress for the weather.

Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
March special: Maple Syrup Festival | 3/18/18, 2-4pm | $5/pp | Crafts, scavenger hunt, tastings.

Warner Nature Center | Marine on St Croix
March special: Maple Syruping Day | 3/3/18, 12-4pm | $5 cash at the gate

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
March special: Puppet Story: Raccoon Time | 3/5/18, 10-11:30am | $4-$5/pp

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
March special: Read-a-Story Theater | 3/25/18, 3-4:30pm | $3/pp


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

Maple syrup events usually contain one or more of the following activities: tapping the maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it into syrup, and the best part — according to my kids, anyway — a sample of the finished product. Find a full list of family maple syruping programs HERE.

3/1/18: Nature Play: Magical March | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
3/3/18: My Preschooler & Me: Nature Discoveries – Maple Syrup | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
3/3/18: Maple Syruping Day | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix
3/3/18: Make Your Own Maple Syrup | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria
3/3/18: Maple Syrup Time | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington (also 3/10 & 3/24)
3/4/18-3/17/18: Saturday & Sunday Special: Magical Maples | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield 3/5/18:  My Preschooler & Me Puppet Escapades: Maple Syrup Magic | Gale Woods Farm
3/6/18: My Preschooler & Me Puppet Escapades: Maple Syrup | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton 3/10/18-3/31/18: Maple Syruping in Your Backyard | Fort Snelling State Park
3/10/18: Maple Syrup: Tapping Into Nature | Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake
3/11/17: Maple Syrup Festival | Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, Maple Plain
3/17/18: Maple Sap into Syrup Family Event | Maplewood Nature Center
3/17/18: Maple Syrup Festival | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
3/17/18: Maple Syrup Fun | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
3/18/18: Maple Syrup Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
3/18/18 & 3/24/18: Maple Syrup Festival | French Regional Park, Plymouth
3/26/18:  My Preschooler & Me Farm Beginnings: Sap to Syrup | Gale Woods Farm
3/27/18: Maple Syrup Tour | Cedar Farm Regional Park, New Prague


TWIN CITIES EASTER EGG HUNTS & ACTIVITIES – $5-$6/PP OR LESS

Grab your baskets and hop on over to any of these Twin Cities Easter egg hunts! For our complete list of hunts around town, including the freebies, click HERE.

3/23/18: Flashlight Egg Scramble | Savage Sports Center
3/24/18: Playground Egg Hunts | HealthEast Sports Center, Woodbury
3/24/18: Flashlight Egg Hunt | HealthEast Sports Center
3/24/18: Bunny Brunch | McRae Park, Minneapolis
3/24/18: Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast | Lyndale Farmstead Park, Minneapolis
3/24/18: Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt | Armatage Park Rec Center, Minneapolis
3/24/18: Spring Fling Egg Hunt | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis
3/24/18: Whittier Egg Hunt | Whittier Hills Park, Minneapolis
3/24/18: Lunch with the Bunny | North Dale Rec Center, St Paul
3/24/18: Natural Dye Eggs-Stravaganza | Maplewood Nature Center
3/29/18: Dusk Hunt | Merriam Park Recreation Center, St. Paul
3/31/18: Bunny Party & Egg Hunt for 6 & under | Audubon Park Rec Center, Minneapolis
3/31/18: Egg Hunt | Painter Park, Minneapolis
3/31/18: Natural Egg Dyeing | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
3/31/18: Easter Egg Hunt (←PDF Rec Guide) | Edgerton Community Gym, Maplewood
3/31/18: St. Louis Park Lions Club Egg Hunt | St Louis Park Middle School



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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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