Budget Twin Cities February Family Activities and Events

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! Our list of budget Twin Cities February family activities and events all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities February Family Events & Activities page.

This month is brought to you by GoodKids!

BookHounds Storytime is BACK!
For the month of February in  preparation for National Reading Month (March), our friends at GoodKids are hosting a special storytime for your whole family with authors and book lovers from around the Twin Cities. 

BookHounds ClubHouse: GoodKids, 4758 Banning Ave, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110

BookHounds Storytime Schedule 
Saturdays in February, 10 am


2/9/19: Family Dance | Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis | 6:30-8pm | $6/pp or $12/family | The focus is on teaching simple dances that everyone in the family can enjoy. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities.

2/10/19: Sundae Bingo | Central Park, Woodbury | 2-3:30pm | $5/pp


Winter Festivals

2/2/19: Frosty Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul | 10am-2pm | $4/pp or $16/family | Classic winter activities, boot hockey, ice mini golf, winter art activities and nature discovery stations.

2/9/19: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park | 10am-3pm | $3/pp | Snow sculptures, ice fishing, a snow hill and games for kids.


Twin Cities movie discount days | Treat yourself to a trip to the movies! We’ve compiled a list of Twin Cities cinemas that offer discounts ranging from $2.50-$6 daily. Tip: Tuesdays are the most common day of the deal.TwinCities Cheap Flicks

Great River Water Park | St Paul | 11am-5pm | Daily admission is $5-$6/pp or $24/family up to 5 members | Read about the kid-friendly amenities and find discount days at Great River Water Park here.

Michaels Kids Club Crafts | Twin Cities Michaels locations | Ongoing Saturdays, 10am-noon | $2 per project, ages 3+. Check the link for details.

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. Meet some resident raptors, get hands-on with natural materials, and visit the kids’ play corner.

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 February, 9am-8pm | $6/pp or $22/family for all members.


February Family Activities

2/9/19: Samantha & Victorian Valentines | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria | 12:30-2:30pm | $3-$5/pp | Make handmade valentines as the American Girl Samantha would have.

2/15/19: Kids at the Castle: Love Monsters | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis | 9-10am (feel free to stay after and explore the castle) | $8/family | Before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, and movement inspired by ASI’s exhibits that will encourage creative young minds. Suggested for ages 2-5. Program is also held 2/16/19.


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
February special: Preschool Storytime: Wonderful Woodchucks | 2/15/19, 10-11 | $5/child age 2-5

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
February special: Embrace the North Festival | 2/16/19, 1-3pm | FREE

Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
February special: Ice Art | 2/3/19, 10-11:30am | FREE

Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville
February special: Nature Center Open House | 2/10/19, 12:30-4:30pm | Have fun learning about Chinese New Year customs. FREE

Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
February special: Kicksleds & Snow Snakes | 2/10/19, 1-2:30pm | $5/pp

Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
February special: Hoot Along with ECFE | 2/23/19, 10am-11:30am | $5/per child up to age 5

Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
February special: Winter Exploration Snowshoe Hike | 2/2/19, 2-3:30pm | $5/pp | Outdoor winter activities for ages 5+ that change weekly.

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
February special: Saturday Family Fun Day | 2/9/19, 10-11am | FREE, donations appreciated | New themes each month; dress for the weather.

Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
February special: Nature Play: Bear-y Fun | 2/7/18, 10-11:15am | $6/pp ages 2-5 with adult

Warner Nature Center | Marine on St Croix
February special: Family Snow Fun | 2/2/19, 10am-12pm | $5-$7/pp | Ages 2-8 will have fun trying out a snowshoe walk and campfire.

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
February special: Wood Round Valentines | 2/10/19, 3-4:30pm | $5-$7/pp

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
February special: Winter Survival | 2/24/19, 1-3pm | $3/pp


Tot Times and Open Gyms typically include a time for non-structured play in community center gyms where items such as balls, wheeled toys, tumble mats and other playthings are furnished. Attendance is usually limited to preschool-aged and under with caregivers. Naptime following (almost) guaranteed!

Andover Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym & Activities | Most Mon & Tues, 9:30-11:30am | $3-$4/child, ages 6 & under w/ caregiver

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play | Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am | $4 per child, under 18 mons free. Also includes admission to The Blast Indoor Playground.

Eden Prairie Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym | Mon-Fri | 9:30-11:30am (9:15-11:30 Thurs) | Best for ages 1-4; $4/pp ages 1-4, $5/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free. $6 includes admission to Prairie Play Zone Indoor Playground.

Crystal Community Center Gym: Preschool Playtime | Ongoing Wed, early October-mid April, 10-11:30am | $3/child ages 1-5

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, Wed 9-1 | $6 per child or $18/family

New Brighton Community Center: Preschool Open Gym | Mon & Wed excluding holidays and school breaks, 10:30am-1:30pm | $6/child, preschool & under with caregiver, admission to Eagles Nest Indoor Playground included.

Shakopee Community Center – CC Kids Playtime | October – April 2019, 10-11:30am | $1 per child ages 1-5 w/ caregiver

Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground | Open Play hours: Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm | $5.50/per child ages 1-12, adults free.

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