Budget Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities, especially after that often spendy holiday season! Our list of budget Twin Cities January events for families. 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 January Family Events & Activities page.


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1/12/19: 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.

1/13/19: Sundae Bingo | Central Park, Woodbury | 2-3:30pm | $5/pp

1/18/19: Kids at the Castle: Snowman, Snowman | 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. Also held 1/19/19.


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 in December, 10am-noon | $2 per project, ages 3+. Check the link for details.

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Sundays in January (January 6, 13, 20, 27)
9am – 11am
Snapology Discovery Center – 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Mpls, 55408
Enjoy 1 delicious beverage from Bob’s Java Hut (next door to Snapology) while your kiddo plays at Snapology for a reduced price!  Either bring your drink over to the Discovery Center to build with your child, or if they are 5+, leave them with us while you enjoy your coffee or tea over at Bob’s.

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


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
January special: Preschool Storytime – Winter Woods | 1/19/19, 10-11am | $5/child ages 2-5

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
January special: New Years Day Snowshoe Hike | 1/1/19, 10am-12pm | $5/pp | Ages 7 & up can try their hand (or feet) at snowshoeing with equipment provided.

Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
January special: Winter Beach Party | 1/25/19 & 1/26/19, 10am-1pm |$3-$5/pp | Banish winter blue making sand castles on the “beach”, play beach games and make a tropical craft. Drop in.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville
No January events are currently scheduled, but you can hike the grounds and explore the indoor exhibits.

Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
January special: Ice Fishing | 1/27/18, 1-4pmpm | $5/pp

Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
January special: Winter Open House | 1/12/19, 1-4pm | $5/pp | Snowshoeing & cider

Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
January special: Ice Harvesting Day | 1/26/18, 11am-3pm | FREE | Try your hand at cutting ice the vintage way and listen to history stories from interpreters, try a kicksled, sip on some cocoa and more.

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
January special: Saturday Family Fun Day | 1/5/19, 10-11am | FREE, donations appreciated | New themes each month; dress for the weather.

Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
January special: 19th Annual Snow Day | 1/26/19, 1-4pm | FREE | Try out a variety of winter activities.

Warner Nature Center | Marine on St Croix
January special: Dogsledding at Warner | 1/26/19, 9:45am-noon | $3/pp | The program is for all ages and includes an indoor presentation and a dogsledding ride for children 50lbs or less.

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
January special: Frozen | 1/13/19, 3-5pm | Grow your own ice crystals.

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
January special: Fireside Stories | 1/20/19, 3-4:30pm | $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 | $6 per child

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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