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 family fun ideas, check our Family Fun Calendar and other January Guides:
TWIN CITIES JANUARY 2020 SPECIAL EVENTS – $5/PP OR LESS
Jan 11, 2020: Family Dance | Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis
The focus is on teaching simple dances that everyone in the family can enjoy. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities. 6:30-8pm, $6/pp or $12/family.
Jan 17-18, 2020: Kids at the Castle: Winter Wonderland | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis 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. 9-10am (feel free to stay after and explore the castle). $8/family.
ONGOING JANUARY 2020 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES – $5/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.
Great River Water Park | St Paul
Read about the kid-friendly amenities and find discount days at Great River Water Park here. 11am-5pm. Daily admission is $5-$6/pp or $24/family up to 5 members. Discount days: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays: $2/person 3rd Friday of the month, 1/2 Price Days: 1/2 price admission every Monday & Wednesday & $4 Sundays: $4/person on Sunday.
Michaels Kids Club Crafts | Twin Cities Michaels locations
Ongoing Saturdays in January, 10am-noon. $3 per project, ages 3+.
Public star shows | Como Planetarium,
The 5:30 show is geared towards pre-K kids; call first to confirm (651) 293-5398. Ongoing Tuesdays in January, 5:30-6:30pm. $5/pp, 2 & under on laps are free.
Raptor Center Tours | Gabbert Raptor Center, St Paul campus of the U of M
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. 30-minute tours every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, ongoing Tues-Fri & weekends, 12:30-3:30pm. $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults.
Bowl for a Buck | University of Minnesota
Coffman Union (Mpls): 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
$6/pp or $22/family.
TWIN CITIES JANUARY 2020 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.
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
January 2020 special: New Years Day Snowshoe Hike
Ages 7 & up can try their hand (or feet) at snowshoeing with equipment provided. Jan 1, 10am-12pm. $5/pp.
Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
January 2020 special: Winter Beach Party
Banish winter blue making sand castles on the “beach”, play beach games and make a tropical craft. Drop in. Jan 24 & 25, 10am-1pm. $3-$5/pp.
Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville
No January events are currently scheduled, but you can hike the grounds and explore the indoor exhibits.
Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
January 2020 special: Ice Harvesting Day
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. Jan 25, 10am-3pm. FREE.
Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
January 2020 special: Winterfest
Outdoor games & activities to celebrate the season. Jan 18, 10am-3pm, FREE.
JANUARY INDOOR OPEN 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 runs most Mon & Tues. 9:30-11:30am. $3-$4/child, ages 6 & under w/ caregiver.
Braemar Field: Tot Time | Edina
Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games. Ongoing Mon & Wed, 9-11am thru April 2020, $5/child.
Braemar Field: Family Night | Edina
Stay active under the dome during the cold months with room to run and play. Temp is set at 55 degrees. Ongoing Wed in January, 6-7pm. $5/pp.
Brookview Backyard Indoor Playground
Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm & Sun, 9:30am-5pm$4.50-$5.50/pp.
Crystal Community Center Gym: Preschool Playtime
Preschool Playtime runs ongoing Wed thru mid April. 10-11:30am. $3/child ages 1-5.
Eagan Community Center
Preschool Open Play also includes admission to The Blast Indoor Playground. Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am. $4 per child, under 18 mons free.
Eden Prairie Community Center
Tot Time Open Gym – best for ages 1-4. $6/pp includes admission to Prairie Play Zone Indoor Playground. Mon-Fri, 9:30-11:30am. $4/pp ages 1-4, $5/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free.
Maple Grove Community Center
Parent & Tot Time is best for ages 5 & under. Ongoing Mon & Wed, 10-11:30am. $3/resident youth, $3.50/non-res youth, caregivers free.
Millz House | Apple Valley
Open play at the showroom – playsets, basketball and other games. Weekdays, 9am-4pm, $6 per child.
New Brighton Community Center
Preschool Open Gym also includes admission to Eagles Nest Indoor Playground. Mon & Wed excluding holidays and school breaks, 10:30am-1:30pm. $6/child, preschool & under with caregiver, admission to included.
Saint Louis Park Rec Center
Little Tot Playtime: Ages 1-5 w/ caregiver bounce in the inflatables, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet. Tues-Fri, 9:30-11:30am, Nov-May 2020. $2 per child.
Savage Sports Center
Tot Time includes a variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available. Prepaid passes can be purchased. Ages 5 & under. Tue & Thurs, 9-11:30am thru April 2020. $3 per child with adult.
Shakopee Community Center
Kids Playtime runs October – April 2019. 10-11:30am. $1 per child ages 1-5 w/ caregiver.
Shoreview Community Center
Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground open play. Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm. $6/per child ages 1-12, adults free.
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