Budget Twin Cities June Family Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find June’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.

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.

Daily Life on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park
Help out with farm chores, visit the animals and explore the restored farmhouse.
12-4pm. $5/pp at the door, 4 & under FREE.


Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow | 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.



Elm Creek Swimming Pond | Maple Grove
Chlorinated w/ sand beach, close to an elaborate playground, nature center and historic site. 9am-8pm, $5/pp.

Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond | Minnetrista
Chlorinated w/ sand beach. 9am-8pm, $5/pp.

Jim Lupient Water Park | Minneapolis

North Commons Water Park | Minneapolis

Lakeside Commons Park & Beach | Blaine
Public beach, splash pad, playground, and water rentals. $5/non-res, residents FREE

Carver County swimming beaches | 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 – Closed in 2020.
Crystal Cove Aquatic Center | Crystal | $6/pp after 5pm



MAPLEWOOD: Battle Creek Waterworks
Tot Tuesday & Thursday: Ongoing Tues & Thurs thru 2020 season, 9:30-10:30am. $2.50/pp ages 5 & under with guardian, additional fee of $4.50/pp if staying after 10:30am.

MAPLE GROVE: Wild Wednesday | Grove Cove Aquatic Center
Ongoing Wednesdays 10am-8pm. $6/pp or $22/family, all members.

ST PAUL: Como Park Regional Pool
Tot Time: Saturdays through 2020 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.

Family Fun & Fitness Fridays | Highland Pool, Como Pool & Great River Water Park
$2/pp during Open Swim hours.

CRYSTAL: Crystal Cove Aquatic Center
Little Splashers Pool-Time: Saturdays June 15, 22 & 29, 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.

SOUTH ST PAUL: Lorraine Park Splash Pool
Toddler Time: Mon-Fri 11am-12:30pm. $2/pp, caregivers and children 2-3 yrs.


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.

Budget Twin Cities April

Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals. Ongoing Saturdays starting May 9, 2020, 9:30am-noon. $5/pp.

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

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 to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. 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. $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults.

Public Star Shows | Como Planetarium, St Paul
Please check the schedule online for the dates and times of these shows. The earlier show is geared towards younger children; later shows appeal to older kids and adults. Ongoing Tuesdays starting at 5:30pm. $5/pp.

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.


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

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


Explore the great outdoors in June 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
June special:

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
June special:

Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
June special:

Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville
June special: No special events scheduled, but the nature center is open for exploration or head outside and hike the boardwalk and trails.

Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
June special:

Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
June special:

Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
June special: 

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
June special:

Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
June special:

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
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Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
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Brookview Backyard Indoor Playground | Golden Valley
This brand-new, 3,000 sq ft facility opened December 2017. Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm & Sun, 9:30am-5pm. $4-$5/pp

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

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

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

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