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.

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Kids Obstacle Challenge is the ultimate family adventure and the only obstacle course designed for kids and parents get to run together! The course is 1.5-2 miles long with mud, water, and 13-15fun and challenging obstacles.
Register your child and you – parents/legal guardians – participate for FREE!
The Minneapolis Kids Obstacle Challenge on Saturday, August 4th will be held at Afton Alps in Hastings, MN. Participants can traverse rock walls, army crawl through mud pits, rope swing over water, scale up rugged cargo nets, and more.
Give your kids the chance to release their inner beast and push themselves, all while getting covered in mud together!
Prepare to Brave Your Adventure and have some family fun! Use promo code MUDDYFUN15 for 15% off!
To register, visit http://bit.ly/2zuDASF



7/11/18: 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 7/25/18.

Budget Twin Cities July Events

7/13/18: Friends & Family Fun Day | Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington | Tours on the half hour begin at 10am through noon | $5/pp | Turn-of-the-century fun with guided tours, vintage games and other interactive activities.

7/14/18: 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.

7/17/18: Gold Medal Beach Party | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove | 11am-1:30pm | $5/pp

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

7/20/18-7/21/18: Kids at the Castle: Cabin Creatures | 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.

Budget Twin Cities July Events


7/28/18: Public Farm Tour | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul | 10-11:30am | $7/pp OR $20/family | Meet Dodge farm’s residents and tour their barns.

7/27/18-7/29/18: Eden Prairie Players Children’s Theater: Pied Piper | Riley-Jacques Barn, Eden Prairie | $3-$5/pp, tickets at the door only.

7/31/18: Harry Potter Party! | Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul | 8:30 pm
Witches, wizards, and muggles are invited for a magical after-hours party celebrating the Boy Who Lived. We’ll have the store to ourselves for games, activities, and refreshments.  All ages welcome. Tickets are $5 and available in-store or over the phone.


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 2018 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 2018 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 7, 14 & 21, 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.

7/20/18: 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 8/29/18, 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, thru 8/8/18 | $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 | $2 per project, ages 3+. Check the link for details. Michaels is also hosting Camp Creativity at participating TC locations each Mon, Wed & Fri thru 7/27/18, 10am-noon | $4-$5 per session

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

Summer Performance Series | Caponi Art Park, Eagan | Ongoing Sundays thru 8/27/17, 6:30pm | $5/pp, under 12 FREE | A wide variety of entertainment: cultural performances, orchestra, humor and more.

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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