Budget Twin Cities November Family 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 November’s seasonal and monthly sponsor 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 November Family Events & Activities page.


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This month, we are thrilled to partner with  kiddywampus as our monthly sponsor.

Kiddywampus is one of our favorite local hangouts with our kids (it’s where we held our Monster Bash this year).

It’s a great place to create, play, move, and stock up on Christmas presents–whether hand-made or purchased.


11/12: Brickmania Toyworks Open House, 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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11/12: Family Dance @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis • 6:30-8pm • $5/pp or $10/family • Details: The focus is on teaching simple dances that everyone in the family can enjoy. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities.

11/18: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays @ Great River Water Park, St. Paul • $2/pp during Open Swim hours.

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11/18: Kids at the Castle: Let’s Talk Turkey @ American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • 11am-noon (feel free to stay after and explore the castle) • $8/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.


ONGOING NOVEMBER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES – $5/PP OR LESS 

Riverview Theater, Minneapolis • Ongoing $2 matinees

Michaels Kids Club Crafts @ Twin Cities Michaels locations • Ongoing Saturdays in November, 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 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).

Anne's Family Attended A Family Fun & Fitness Friday at Great River Waterpark.$4 Sundays @ Great River Water Park, St. Paul • 11am-5pm • $4/pp • Details: Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here.

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.

Friday Family Funday @ Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove • Ongoing Fridays in November, 9am-8pm • $5/pp or $19/family for all members.

TWIN CITIES EARLY HOLIDAY EVENTS – $5-$10/PP OR LESS

11/13: Family Day: Celebrations of Light @ American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • 12-5pm • Included with museum admission of $5-$10/pp • Details: Explore Nordic holiday traditions, see the historic Turnblad Mansion decked out for the season, and join in family craft activities.

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11/22-1/1/17: Holiday Lights in the Park @ Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul • Nightly 5-10pm • $10 cash per vehicle at gate or $8 online ticket only • Details: All of the net proceeds from the event will be distributed to a community non-profit. 60 holiday light sculptures and animated displays entertain guests as they cruise through the park in the evening hours.

11/26: Julgladje! @ American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • 12pm • $3-$6/pp • Details: An annual holiday musical performance hosted by Ross Sutter and friends.

TWIN CITIES PARENT & CHILD NATURE PROGRAMS – $5/PP OR LESS

11/7: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall at Gale Woods  The Little Hutch on the Pasture @ Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 1-9 plus caregiver.

11/8: My Preschooler & Me: Bookworms Story Hour – Fall – Move On with Migration  @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.

11/8: My Preschooler & Me: Early Explorers – Fall – Turkey Time @ The Landing, Shakopee • 10-11:30am • $5/pp ages 2-5 plus caregiver.

11/8 & 11/9: Nature Adventurers: Digging for Dinosaurs @ Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield • 10-11:30am • $8/pair, ages 3-5 plus caregiver.

11/10: Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids – Fall – Nighttime Animals @ Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park • 9:30am-12pm • $5/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver, under 2 free.

11/12: Saturday Family Fun Days: @ Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley • 10-11am • $4/pp or $16/family max.

11/12: Nature Family Fun w/ ECFE: @ Maplewood Nature Center • 10-11:30am • $5/ per child with caregiver.

11/14: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones – Fall – Animal Homes @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10-11:30am • $5/pp ages 2-5 plus caregiver.

11/16: My Preschooler & Me: Natural Wonders – Fall – Animal Adaptations  @ Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake • 10-11:30am • $5/pp ages 3-6 plus caregiver.

11/17: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall – Winter on the Way @ Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2+ with caregiver

11/22 & 11/23: Nature Adventurers: Digging for Dinosaurs @ Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield • 10-11:30am • $8/pair, ages 3-5 plus caregiver.

11/23: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall at Eastman – Turkeys @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.

11/28: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall at Lowry – The Turkey Who Wanted to Fly @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.

11/28: Puppet Story Time: Hibernation Hijinks @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 10-11am • $4/pp res, $5/pp non-res.

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INDOOR OPEN PLAY – $5 PER CHILD OR LESS

Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, 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 • Ongoing 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.

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.

Maple Grove Community Center: Parent/Tot Time • Ongoing 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 • Ongoing Mon & Wed, 9-11am • $3/child • Details: Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games.

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 • Ongoing 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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