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.
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 Orchards||Twin 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.
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.
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+.
Public star shows | Como Planetarium,
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.
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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