Budget Twin Cities July Events & Activities

Budget Twin Cities July Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find July’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that 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 July Family Events & Activities page.


7/10/19: Daily Life on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | Noon-3pm | $5/pp at the door, 5 & under FREE | Help out with farm chores, visit the animals and explore the restored farmhouse. Also held 7/24/19.

Budget Twin Cities July Events

7/13/19: CAP Super Saturday | Caponi Art Park, Eagan | 10am-12pm, suggested donation $5/pp | Interactive performances w/ music, dance, and art activities. Explore the sculpture trails. Snacks included. Also held 7/27/29.

7/27/19: Starlab: Indoor Astronomy | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove | 1-2:30pm | $5/pp

7/18/19: Garden Party | Noerenberg Gardens, Wayzata | 6-8pm | $5/pp | Wander through the gardens and historic barn; activities will take place just for kids.

7/26/19-7/28/19: Eden Prairie Players Children’s Theater performances | Riley-Jacques Barn, Eden Prairie | $3-$5/pp, tickets at the door only.


Budget Twin Cities July Events

Elm Creek Swimming Pond | Maple Grove | 9am-8pm | $5/pp | Chlorinated w/ sand beach, close to an elaborate playground, nature center and historic site.
Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond | Minnetrista | 9am-8pm | $5/pp | Chlorinated w/ sand beach.
Jim Lupient Water Park | Minneapolis | $3-$5/pp
North Commons Water Park | Minneapolis | $3-$5/pp
Lakeside Commons Park & Beach | Blaine | $5/non-res, residents FREE | Public beach, splash pad, playground, and water rentals.
Carver County swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 2 locations, $5/vehicle permit


Shady Oak Beach | Minnetonka | $3/pp after 6pm
SandVenture Aquatic Park | Shakopee | $3-$5/pp after 5pm
St Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park | $5/pp after 4:30pm
Battle Creek Waterworks | Maplewood | $5-$7/pp after 6pm
Crystal Cove Aquatic Center | Crystal | $6/pp after 5pm


Budget Twin Cities July Events

Battle Creek Waterworks | Maplewood | Tot Tuesday & Thursday: Ongoing Tues & Thurs thru 2019 season, 9:30-10:30am | $2.50/pp ages 5 & under with guardian, additional fee of $4.50/pp if staying after 10:30am.
Como Park Regional Pool | St Paul | Tot Time: Saturdays through 2019 season, 9:30am-11am | $8/parent and child pair, $4/additional child is $4, ages 0-6. Only the splash pad is open during this time.  All are welcome to stay for open swim at 11:00am at no extra charge.
Crystal Cove Aquatic Center | Crystal | Little Splashers Pool-Time: 10:30am-12:30pm | $3/child ages 7 & under, adults free | Only the zero-depth pool will be open. Pool closes at 12:30 pm and re-opens at 1:15 pm with normal admission fees and hours.
Lorraine Park Splash Pool | South St Paul | Toddler Time: Mon-Fri 11am-12:30pm | $2/pp, caregivers and children 2-3 yrs.
St Louis Park Aquatic Center | Parent & Tot Time: Mon– Fri, 10-11am | $5/ages 1-5 yrs, $9.50/ages 6+ | Exclusive use of the shallow end of the pool with its splash features for tots and their caregivers.

7/19/19: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays (Highland Pool, Como Pool) | St Paul | $2/pp during Open Swim hours.

Wild Wednesday | Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove | Ongoing Wednesdays thru Aug 2019, 10am-8pm | $6/pp or $22/family, all members.


Riverview Theater | Minneapolis | Ongoing $2 matinees

AMC Summer Movie Camp | Apple Valley location Mon & Wed, 10am | $4 plus tax deal for ticket, popcorn & drink.

For more FREE summer movie deals, check the following link below:

Budget Twin Cities July Events

Michaels Kids Club Crafts | Twin Cities Michaels locations | Ongoing Saturdays in July, 10am-noon | $3 per project, ages 3+. Please check the link for details, classes not available at all locations.

Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | Ongoing Saturdays in July, 9:30am-noon | $5/pp | Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required.

Budget Twin Cities July Events


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.

Budget Twin Cities July Events

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.


Explore the great outdoors in July 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
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park

Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield

Maplewood Nature Center - Budget Twin Cities July Events


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.

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play | Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am | $4 per child, under 18 mons free | 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.

Millz House (Apple Valley): Open Play | Weekdays, 9am-4pm, $6/child or $18/family & Weekends, $8/child or $24/family. Find weekend hours here. | Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts.

Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground | Open Play hours: Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm | $5.25/per child ages 1-12, adults free.

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