Budget Twin Cities September Events & Activities


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.

TWIN CITIES SEPTEMBER 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS – $5/PP OR LESS

Sept 20-21: Kids at the Castle: Sigrid & the Dragon | American Swedish Institute
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.

Budget Twin Cities September Events - American Swedish Institute


TWIN CITIES SEPTEMBER 2019 SEASONAL EVENTS – $5-$6/PP OR LESS

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.

Twin Cities Apple OrchardsTwin Cities Pumpkin Patches

Starts Sept 7: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine
Admission includes activities like tractor trikes, wagon rides, a slide and the 33rd annual Great Scarecrow Display. Open daily 10am-6pm. $6/pp.

Starts Sept 28: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings
Admission includes hayrides, run of the playground and tire hill, petting farm, magician, music and other live entertainment. 10am-6pm, $4-$5/pp.

Sept 28-29: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley
$5/pp covers activities like the corn maze, corn pit, bouncy pumpkin and more.

Apple orchard and pumpkin patches – September 2019:

Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings
Includes orchard activities such as the tire hill, playground, petting farm & live entertainment. Extra fee for additional activities (available weekends only). Daily, 10am-6pm. $5/pp ages 5+, $4/pp under 5.

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

Eveland Family Farm | Andover 
Includes a hayride, kids corn maze and self-guided tour of the farm. Open late Sept-Halloween. Weekdays 3 – 7pm, weekends 10am – 6pm. $4/pp.

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


ONGOING SEPTEMBER 2019 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES – $5/PP OR LESS 

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.TwinCities Cheap Flicks

Starts Sept 6: Disney’s Enchanted Tales | Marcus Theatres (Elk River, Rosemount)
Screening classics like Cinderella, Peter Pan & Little Mermaid. Weekends only – Sept 29, 2019. $6/pp.

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. Saturdays in September, 9:30am-noon, $5/pp.

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line rides, Minneapolis
Ride a historic streetcar along the lake. 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 weekends thru Sept 28, 2019 & 1-4pm & Tuesdays thru Sept 24, 2-5pm.

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

Great River Water Park, St Paul | 11am-5pm
Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here. Daily admission is $5-$6/pp or $24/family up to 5 members

Public star shows | Como Planetarium, St Paul
The 5:30 show is geared towards pre-K kids; call first to confirm (651) 293-5398. Ongoing Tuesdays in September, 5:30-6:30pm. $5/pp, 2 & under on laps are free.

Story & Art Time | Eden Prairie Art Center 
Sensory play & artmaking. Ongoing Tues thru Dec 3, 9:30-11am & Sat thru Nov 23,10-11:30am. Drop-in fee is $6/child.

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. 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 & weekends 12:30-3:30pm. $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults.

Budget Twin Cities September Events - Raptor Center

Bowl for a Buck | University of Minnesota
Coffman Union (Mpls): 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
The 2019 season begins Sept 23. $6/pp or $22/family.


TWIN CITIES PARENT & CHILD SEPTEMBER 2019 NATURE PROGRAMS – $5/PP OR LESS

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


INDOOR OPEN PLAY – $5-$6 PER CHILD OR LESS

Tot Times and Open Gyms typically include a time for non-structured play in community center gyms where items such as balls, wheeled toys, tumble mats and other playthings are furnished. Attendance is usually limited to preschool-aged and under with caregivers. Naptime following (almost) guaranteed!

Brookview Backyard Indoor Playground
Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm & Sun, 9:30am-5pm$4.50-$5.50/pp.

Eagan Community Center
Preschool Open Play also includes admission to The Blast Indoor Playground. Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am. $4 per child, under 18 mons free.

Eden Prairie Community Center
Tot Time Open Gym – best for ages 1-4. $6/pp includes admission to Prairie Play Zone Indoor Playground. Mon-Fri, 9:30-11:30am. $4/pp ages 1-4, $5/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free.

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

Millz House | Apple Valley
Open play at the showroom – playsets, basketball and other games. Weekdays, 9am-4pm, $6 per child.

New Brighton Community Center
Preschool Open Gym also includes admission to Eagles Nest Indoor Playground.
Mon & Wed excluding holidays and school breaks, 10:30am-1:30pm. $6/child, preschool & under with caregiver, admission to included.

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

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