Twin Cities Deals: March Events & Activities 2022

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Minneapolis-St Paul area. Most of these Twin Cities deals for family events cost just $5 or less per person (we add in a few exceptions when we’ve spotted a deal we think is worth sharing.) We understand the need to budget. Between the three FFTC Team members, we’re taking on family fun with a total of twelve kids! For more ideas on Twin Cities deals and FREE family outings, check our:

Twin Cities Deals & Discounts – March Family Events

Twin Cities Special Family Events – $5/pp or less

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Both of these events are held at St Paul’s Landmark Center and feature local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, cuisine, pipe bands and children’s crafts.

Kids at the Castle: Dragons

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
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. March 18-19, 2022. $8/family.

Twin Cities Movie Discount Days

Treat yourself and little ones to a trip to the movies! We’ve compiled a list of Twin Cities movie theaters that offer discounts ranging from $3-$6 daily. Tip: Tuesdays are the most common day of the deal for movies.

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Twin Cities Deals & Discounts for Active Play in March

Active kids need a place to spend their energy, especially during the cold months in Minnesota. Where do we take our own kids when we want a deal or need to stick to a budget? (Hello! Our team members have four kids each!) Some of our go-to ideas for discounted active play in March include:

Great River Water Park – Discount Swimming

270 N. Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Read about the splashy, kid-friendly amenities and find January discount days at Great River Water Park
here. Discount admission is currently offered Mon/Wed/Fri 9-11am, Fri after 5pm & Sat after 4pm. Just $4/pp. 

More discount swimming deals

Discount Bowling at the University of Minnesota Student Centers

University of Minnesota Coffman Union (Mpls)  & St. Paul Student Center
Kids love to bowl and this is a great place to do it cheap! Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Sun/$3pp per game, Thursday/$1pp per game. Shoes $2 (Free on Fridays).

INDOOR PLAYGROUND DEALS – $5-$6 PER CHILD OR LESS

Instead of climbing our walls during the winter, we have our kids climb around the many Minneapolis-St Paul area indoor playgrounds – several of which offer good deals or discount hours. They can scramble, swing and slide their wiggles right out! For our full listing of Twin Cities indoor playgrounds, jump over to our INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS GUIDE. See your best bet for discounted play at the locations listed here:

Brookview Backyard Indoor Playground

316 Brookview Parkway S, Golden Valley, MN 55426
Scramble around the indoor playground when it’s too cold to play outside. Please see website for current hours. $4.50-$5.50/pp.

Maple Maze Indoor Playground

12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Twilight hour is discounted to $3.50/child, one hour before close, 7 days/week.

Millz House Open Play

14645 Felton Court, Suite #104, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Open play at the showroom – playsets, basketball and other games. Weekdays, 9am-4pm (12 on Wed), $6 per child.

The Blast Indoor Playground

1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Blast & Play (Tues/Thurs) includes admission to The Blast Indoor Playground and the gymnasium. $5 per child, under 18 mons free.

The Lookout Indoor Playground

485 Gorman St., Shakopee, MN 55379
The indoor playground within the community center features a variety of play equipment for ages 10 and under. Just $3 per child.

Tropical Adventures Indoor Playground

4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
A tropical-themed jungle of an indoor playground. Combine your visit with a swim at the indoor waterpark! $6/child to age 12.

INDOOR OPEN PLAY DEALS – Tot Times & Open Gyms

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! This is a great discounted play option for little ones in the Twin Cities.

Andover Community Center

15200 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304
Tot Time Open Gym runs Mon/Wed/Fri, March 21-30, 2022. 9am-12pm. $5/child, ages 6 & under w/ caregiver.

HOPKINS PAVILION Turf Tots

11000 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55343
Drop-in and play with fun, gross motor equipment like bounce houses, a climbing wall, sport balls, crawl tunnels, blocks, trikes and more. No registration necessary. The program is for children 5 and under. Mon-Fri, 9am to 2pm thru May 6, 2022. $5 per session per child.

SAVAGE SPORTS CENTER Tot Time

Heads up those with squirrelly kids in the Twin Cities southwest metro! At open Tot Time, preschoolers 5 & under can play on inflatables, with balls and bats and more. All gym equipment provided. Ongoing Tues & Thurs in March 2022. $3/child.

More indoor play options can be found at:

Twin Cities Deals & Discounts for Nature Play in March

Explore the great outdoors in the early springtime 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.

Other FREE nature play opportunities you might want to check out:

March FAMILY NATURE PROGRAMS – $6/pp or less

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

12805 St. Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings offers a themed Preschool Storytime one Friday/month for ages 2-5. March 25, 2022, $6/child.

Eastman Nature Center 

13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton MN 55369
Along with fun indoor nature exhibits, Eastman offers a birding program this month for those 10+. March 31, 2022, $5/pp.

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center

13765 Staring Lake Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
FREE Nature Rocks Open Houses are hosted each Saturday in March 2022. Meet animals and learn about programming. 10am-1pm.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center Open House

2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113
Mark the calendar for a FREE and family-friendly maple syrup program. March 26-27, 2022, 12-4pm.

 

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

10360 W River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
The park offers Free Family Fun Days (drop in between 1-3pm) on Sundays in March. 

Richardson Nature Center 

8737 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
Richardson Nature Center offers drop-in free family fun days in March.

Springbrook Nature Center

100 85th Ave., N.E. Fridley, MN 55432
Take to the trails on a Lantern Light Hike and warm up at a bonfire. March 11, 2022, $5/pp. 

Wargo Nature Center

Wargo Nature Center offers Nature Play for ages 2-5 first/Thur/month ($3/pp). March 3, 2022.

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake hosts Saturday & Sunday Specials nature events that cost just $3-$5/pp to attend. This month’s family activity is Magical Maple Syrup. Ongoing Sundays in March, 2022, $5/pp.

More family nature play deals & discounted events

Raptor Center Tours

Gabbert Raptor Center, 1920 Fitch Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
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 corner. 30-minute tours offered Tues/Wed/Sun in March 2022. $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults.

March is Maple Syrup Month in Minnesota!

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.

Twin Cities Deals we hope to return in 2022

Como Planetarium public star shows | Como Planetarium, St Paul
The 5:30 show is geared towards pre-K kids; call first to confirm (651) 293-5398. Ongoing Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. $5/pp, 2 & under on laps are free.

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