Budget Twin Cities January Events & Activities

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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 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.Budget Twin Cities January Events


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1/1: New Year’s Snowshoe Hike | Eastman & Lowry Nature Centers • 1-2:30pm • $5/pp

1/14: Family Dance | Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis • 6:30-8pm • $5/pp or $10/family • The focus is on teaching simple dances that everyone in the family can enjoy. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities.

Budget Twin Cities January Events

1/20: Kids at the Castle:  | 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.

1/20: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays | Great River Water Park, St. Paul • $2/pp during Open Swim hours.


Riverview Theater | Minneapolis • Ongoing $2 matinees

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

FANtastic Saturdays | The Blast Indoor Playground | Eagan Community Center • 5-8pm • $4/pp ages 18 mon-12 years, all others freeBetter bang for your buck every Saturday evening: $4 will get you into the Blast Indoor Playground, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids).

$4 SundaysBudget Twin Cities January Events | Great River Water Park, St. Paul • 11am-5pm • $4/pp • Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here.

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket | Como Planetarium, St Paul • Ongoing Tuesdays, 5:30pm • $5/pp

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 January, 9am-8pm • $5/pp or $19/family for all members.


1/2: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Winter at Gale Woods  | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • $4/pp ages 1-9 plus caregiver.

1/3 & 1/4: Nature Adventurers: Puppet Play | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield • $8/pair, ages 3-5 plus caregiver.

1/9: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones – Winter | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • $5/pp ages 2-5 plus caregiver.

1/10: My Preschooler & Me: Early Explorers – Winter | The Landing, Shakopee • $5/pp ages 2-5 plus caregiver.

1/11: My Preschooler & Me: Bookworms Story Hour – Winter | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.

1/14: Saturday Family Fun Days: Snowshoe Trek | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley • $4/pp or $16/family max.

1/19: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Winter | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • $4/pp ages 2+ with caregiver.

1/20: Preschool Story Time: Winter Fun | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings • $5/child

1/23: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Winter at Lowry| Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.

1/23 & 1/27: Puppet Story Time: Subnivean Surprise | Westwood  Hills Nature Center, $4-$5/pp

1/24: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Winter at Eastman | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.

1/24 & 1/25: Nature Adventurers: Animal Tracking | Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield • $8/pair, ages 3-5 plus caregiver.

1/28: Fur Trade Heritage | Maplewood Nature Center • 2-3pm • $5/family


Budget Twin Cities January Events

Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground | Open Play Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm • $5/per child ages 1-12, adults free.

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play | Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am • $4 per child, under 18 mons free • Details: A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available to play in the gym as well as play time in the Blast Indoor playground.  For kids ages 1-5.

Eden Prairie Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym | Mon-Fri, 9:30-11:30am (9:15-11:30 Thurs) • $4/pp ages 1-4, $5/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free • Details: Participate in free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, tumbling mats, parachutes, music and more. For $6/pp, admission to the Prairie Play Zone indoor playground is included.

Hopkins Pavilion: Play Place | Mon-Fri now thru March 1, 2017, 9-10:30am & 10:30am-noon • $3/child ages 9 mon-5 years • Details: Through the end of February, Play Place is a drop-in program where kids can play with equipment including balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, blocks, and more.

Plymouth Field House: Open Play | Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30am-1:30pm • $4/resident youth, $5/non-resident youth, caregivers free • Details: 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 through March 25, 9:30-11:30am • $2/child ages 1-5 w/ caregiver • Details: Bounce in the inflatables, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet.

Andover Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym & Activities | Most Mon & Tues through April 2017 • 9:30-11:30am • 6 & under w/ caregiver • $3-$4/child • Details: 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.

Maple Grove Community Center: Parent/Tot Time | Mon & Wed, 10-11:30am • $2.50/resident youth, $3/non-res youth, caregivers free • Details: Best for ages 5 & under.

Braemar Field: Tot Time, Edina | Mon & Wed, 9-11am • $3/child • Details: Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games.

Gleason’s Gymnastic School: Preschool Open Gym| Eagan • Wed 9:30-11:30am & Fri 9:30-11:30 and 12-2pm • ages 0-6  $8/child or $10/family AND Maple Grove • Wed/Fri • 9:30-11:30am
Details: Have the run of the equipment! Kids can jump on the trampolines, launch themselves into the foam pit, walk the balance beam, follow obstacle courses, swing from the trapeze and more.

Budget Twin Cities January Events

Brookview Community Center: Preschool Playtime | Fridays thru March 31, 2017, 10-11:30am • $2 per child ages 1-5, under 1 year free • Details: A variety of play areas will be set up for kids to run, jump, crawl and roll indoors.

Braemar Field: Family Night, Edina |Saturdays through April 2, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm • $5/pp • Details: Stay active under the dome during the cold months with room to run and play. Temp is set at 55 degrees.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn’t enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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