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 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.
9/10: 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.
9/10: 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.
9/16: 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 • 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.
9/18: FFTC’s 2nd Annual Orchard Crawl • 1-4pm • $5/pp or $20/family • Family highlights: Ticket includes a hot dog lunch, craft activity, corn maze and much more – split between 2 east metro apple orchards, Whistling Well Farm and Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard.
ONGOING SEPTEMBER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES – $5/PP OR LESS
Riverview Theater, Minneapolis • Ongoing $2 matinees
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 9/24, 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.
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).
Public shows @ Como Planetarium, • 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 • 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.
TWIN CITIES PARENT & CHILD NATURE PROGRAMS – $5/PP OR LESS
9/8: Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids – Fall – Creepy Crawlies @ Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park • 9:30am-12pm • $5/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver, under 2 free.
9/10: My Preschooler & Me: Nature Discoveries – Apples & Fall Fun @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 10-11:30am • $5/pp
9/12: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones – Fall – Honey Harvest @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10-11:30am • $5/pp ages 2-5 plus caregiver.
9/13: My Preschooler & Me: Early Explorers – Fall – Busy Bees @ The Landing, Shakopee • 10-11:30am • $5/pp ages 2-5 plus caregiver.
9/14: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall at Eastman – Squirrels @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.
9/14: My Preschooler & Me: Natural Wonders – Fall – Pond Explorers @ Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake • 10-11:30am • $5/pp ages 3-6 plus caregiver.
9/22: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall at Richardson – Super Sneaky Spies @ Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.
9/26: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall at Lowry – Apples Abound @ Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.
9/27: My Preschooler & Me: Bookworms Story Hour – Fall – Buzzing Bees @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 10-11am • $4/pp ages 2-6 plus caregiver.
INDOOR OPEN PLAY – $5 PER CHILD OR LESS
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.
Saint Louis Park Rec Center: Little Tot Playtime • Ongoing Tues-Fri thru May 9, 2017, 9:30-11:30am • $2 per child • Details: Bounce in the inflatables, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet. Ages 1-5 with caregiver.
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.