Budget Twin Cities September Events & Activities

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Budget Twin Cities September Events

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find September’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 September Family Events & Activities page.


9/9/17: 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.

9/15/17: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays | Great River Water Park, St Paul | $2/pp during Open Swim hours.

9/15/17: Kids at the Castle: Sounds in the City | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis | 11am-noon (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 September Events - American Swedish Institute

9/17/17: Choo Choo Bob’s Meet-and-Ride | St. Croix Railroad, Hudson | 12-4pm | $5/pp or $20/family up to 6. Cast members of the Choo Choo Bob show are not in attendance.

9/19 & 9/26: Big Bird and Elmo in “One World, One Sky” | Como Planetarium, St Paul | 5:30pm | $5/pp, under 2 free. Followed at 7 pm by “Seasonal Stargazing”, a program appealing to all ages.


Visit our complete listings of Twin Cities Apple Orchards and Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches for more fall outing ideas. Most farms offer FREE admission and charge only a small fee for hayrides, playgrounds and other activities.

FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple OrchardsPick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches

9/9-9/30: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine | Open daily 10am-6pm | $6/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes activities like tractor trikes, wagon rides, a slide and the 33rd annual Great Scarecrow Display.

9/24/17: FFTC’s 3rd Annual Orchard Crawl | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings | 10am-3pm | $5/pp in advance, $7 at the door

9/30/17: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings | 10am-6pm | $4-$5/pp | Family highlights: Admission includes hayrides, run of the playground and tire hill, petting farm, magician, music and other live entertainment.

Apple orchard and pumpkin patches – September:

Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings | Daily, 10am-6pm | $5/pp ages 5+, $4/pp under 5, includes orchard activities

Emma Krumbee’s Orchard & Farm | Belle Plaine | Scarecrow Festival daily, 10am-6pm | $6/pp

Eveland Family Farm | Andover | Weekdays 3 – 7pm, weekends 10am – 6pm | $3/pp includes a hayride, kids corn maze and self-guided tour of the farm.

Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest | Jordan | 9am-6pm | $2/pp or $5 per car


Afton Apple Orchard

image courtesy aftonapple.com


Riverview Theater | Minneapolis • Ongoing $2 matinees

Budget Twin Cities September Events - Riverview Theater

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line rides, Minneapolis | Ongoing weekends in September, 12:30-7:30pm | $2/ride pp or $5 day pass, under 4 ride free. Excelsior Streetcar Line rides, Excelsior | Ongoing Saturdays thru 9/30/17, 1-4pm.

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

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

$4 Sundays | Great River Water Park, St Paul | 11am-5pm | $4/pp | Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here.

Public shows | Como Planetarium, St Paul | Ongoing Tuesdays in September, 5:30-6:30pm | $5/pp, 2 & under on laps are free. Call first to confirm (651) 293-5398.

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 September Events - Raptor Center

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.


Budget Twin Cities September Events - Nature Playgrounds


Explore the great outdoors 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


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) | Best for ages 1-4; $4/pp ages 1-4, $5/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free | 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.

Hopkins Pavilion: Play Place & Turf Tots | Ongoing Thurs & Fri now through February 2018 | 9 mon-5 years; Play Place is $3/child, caregivers free9am-noon | Through the end of February, Play Place is a drop-in program where kids can play with equipment including balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, blocks, and more. In the spring, the playtimes moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run!

Maple Grove Community Center: Parent/Tot Time | Ongoing Mon & Wed, 10-11:30am | $3/resident youth, $3.50/non-res youth, caregivers free | Details: Best for ages 5 & under

Millz House (Apple Valley): Open Play | Weekdays, 9am-4pm | $6 per child

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

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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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