Budget Twin Cities March Family Events & Activities


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 family events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend.

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

3/9/19: 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.

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

3/15/19 & 3/16/19: Kids at the Castle: Over & Under the Snow | 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.

3/15/19: 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.

3/16/19: 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 3/17/19 with An Irish Day of Dance at Landmark, 11am-5pm, $5-$7/pp.

3/30/19: Spring into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | $5/pp

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

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

Spring Make Break | Michaels – check your location for details | 30 min sessions between 1-3pm | $2-$5 per project for materials | 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+.

Preschool Storytime & 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.

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

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 thru April 2019 | 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 thru April 2019 | $5/child | Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games.

Braemar Field: Family Night, Edina | Ongoing Saturdays thru April 2019, 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 | Ongoing Wed, early October-mid April, 10-11:30am | $3/child ages 1-5

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.

Hopkins Pavilion: Turf Tots | Ongoing Thurs & Fri thru April 24, 2019 | 9 mon-5 years | $4/child | In the spring, playtime moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run!

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.

Plymouth Field House: Open Play | Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30am-1:30pm thru March 2019 | $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, Nov-May 2019 | 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 2019 | 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 | Open Play hours: Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm | $6/per child ages 1-12, adults free.

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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 | 3/15/19, 10-11am | $5/child age 2-5

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
March special: Family Fun – Swirls & Spirals in Nature | 3/10/19, 1-3pm | FREE

Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
March special: Sap to Syrup | Sundays in March thru 3/24/19, 1-4pm | FREE

Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville
March special: It’s Tapping Time! | 3/23/19 & 3/24/19, 10am-4pm | FREE

Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
March special: Animal Story Hour | 3/3/19, 3:30-4:30pm | $5/pp | Stories, animals & activities.

Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
March special: Sap Into Syrup Family Event | 3/23/19, 1-3pm | $5/child | Ages 6+ can tap and taste.

Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
March special: Searching for Green | 3/17/19, 3-4pm | FREE

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
March special: Saturday Family Fun Day | 3/9/19, 10-11am | FREE, donations appreciated | New themes each month; dress for the weather.

Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
March special: Maple Syrup Festival | 3/17/19, 2-4pm | $5/pp | Crafts, scavenger hunt, tastings.

Warner Nature Center | Marine on St Croix
March special: Maple Syruping Day | 3/2/19, 12-4pm | $5 cash at the gate

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
March special: Puppet Story: Raccoon Time | 3/4/19, 10-11:30am | $4-$5/pp

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
March special: Owl Howl | 3/3/19, 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. Most cost between $5-$6 and many are FREE to attend.



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