Budget Twin Cities July 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! You’ll find July’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that 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 July Family Events & Activities page.

We are proud to have the St. Paul Saints as our July monthly sponsor.

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 7/9: Brickmania Toyworks Open House, 1620 Central Ave NE, Suite 170, Minneapolis • 10am-4pm • $5/pp or $10/group of 4 • Details: Intricate LEGO train layouts, hands-on LEGO activities and displays. This popular event is held the 2nd Saturday of each month. Read about a trip to the open house here.

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7/12: Artist-Led Explorations @ Caponi Art Park, Eagan • 10am-noon • $5/family. Details: Cultural performances designed for families to attend together. Stay to explore the sculpture park.

7/13: Daily Life on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 12-4pm • $5/pp at the door, 5 & under FREE • Details: Help out with farm chores, visit the animals and explore the restored farmhouse. Also held 7/27.

7/15: Kids at the Castle: Bountiful Bugs @ American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • 11am-noon (feel free to stay after and explore the castle) • $5/family • Details: 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.

7/22: Friends & Family Fun Day @ Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 2200 St W, Farmington • Tours on the half hour begin at 10am through noon • $5/pp • Details: Turn-of-the-century fun with guided tours, vintage games and other interactive activities.

7/30: Public Farm Tour @ Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul • 10-11:30am • $3/adults, $1.50/children, under 3 attend FREE • Details: Meet Dodge farm’s residents and tour their barns.


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.
Washington County Parks swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 5 locations • $5/vehicle.


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


Battle Creek Waterworks, Maplewood • Tot Tuesday & Thursday: Ongoing Tues & Thurs thru 2016 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 2016 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: Saturdays July 9, 16 & 23, 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 CenterParent & 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

7/15: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays (Highland Pool, Como Pool, Great River Water Park), St. Paul • $2/pp during Open Swim hours.



Riverview Theater, Minneapolis • Ongoing $2 matinees
Carmike Cinemas Summer Kids Series @ participating Twin Cities locations Mon & Thurs thru 8/4/16 • $4 deal for ticket, popcorn & drink.

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


Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul • Preview summer season: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm, Tues (starting 7/12) 10am-3pm • $5/pp during construction preview, kids under 5 free. Details: Now open at their new location!

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

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

FANtastic Saturdays @ The Blast Indoor Playground, Eagan Community Center • 5-8pm • $4/pp ages 18 mon-12 years, all others free. Details: Better 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).

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 • Details: 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.


7/7: Firefly Magic Night Hike @ Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood • 8:30-10pm • $5/child • For ages 3-10 with caregiver – includes a make-and-take, storytime and night hike.

7/8: Preschool Storytime: Who’s Coming to the Picnic? @ Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center • 10-11am • $5/child, adults free. Details: Activities include a nature story, a craft project, exploring the outdoors, and observing live animals. Call 651-437-4359 to pre-register.

7/11: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones – Summer: Jumpin’ Grasshoppers @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10-11:30am • $5/pp, both adult and ages 2+ pay.

7/25: My Preschooler & Me – Puppet Escapades: Summer at Lowry @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10-11am.

7/30: Tasty Treats From the Bees @ Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood • 10-11:30am • $5/child • Details: Sample treats pollinated by the bees and conduct a fun bee survey.

Minnesota State Parks • $5/daily vehicle pass

For more FREE summer play at Twin Cities Nature Centers, check the link below:


Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground
4580 Victoria St. N, Shoreview • Open Play hours: Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm • $5/per child ages 1-12, adults free.

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play
1501 Central Pkwy, EaganOngoing 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.

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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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