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Twin Cities Curfew Times
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New Years Eve — 2019 Twin Cities Family Events
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Happy New Year at Home

Twin Cities Curfew Times

As our kids get older, we start to navigate the tricky balancing act of giving them room to exercise independence while also keeping them safe and properly monitored. While ultimately only a parent can decide how to do this, we have some guidance with curfew times. This information comes in particularly useful on certain holidays – like New Years Eve, Independence Day and Halloween.

Note that if your kids are out in parks, the park may have a different closing time from the city curfew. We try to list those times in our park directory entries.

Hennepin County Curfew Times

Hennepin County has a county-wide curfew (Ordiance 16) with staggered start times based on age and whether it is a weekday or weekend.

  • Under Age 12: 9pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 10pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 12-14: 10pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 15-17: 11pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; Midnight-5am Friday & Saturday.

These curfew times cover the following cities: Minneapolis, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover, Hopkins, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetonka. Minnetrista. Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, St. Anthony, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland

Mall of America Curfew:

While the mall falls under the jurisdiction of the City of Bloomington and County of Hennepin, they have their own policy for weekends. On Friday and Saturday evenings kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older from 4 p.m. until close. They also enforce this rule on busier shopping holidays.

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Ramsey County Curfew Times

In Ramsey County, each city sets its own curfew hours. However, most of the cities have chosen uniform 10am for under 16 and Midnight for 16 and 17 year-olds. When in doubt, that seems to be a good assumption. 

  • Saint Paul: Under 15 – 10pm-4am; 15-18 – Midnight to 4am.
  • Arden Hills: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (Ordinance 620.02)
  • Falcon Heights: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (City Code 30-1)
  • Gem Lake: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (Ordinance 86, Sec 8.1)
  • Lauderdale: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (Title 5-5-1)
  • Little Canada: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am.
  • Maplewood: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (Ordinance 24-271)
  • Mounds View: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (Ordinance 703.01)
  • New Brighton: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (City Code 18.4)
  • North Oaks: Under 16 – 10:30pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (Ordinance 130.01)
  • North Saint Paul: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (City Code 130.15)
  • Roseville: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am
  • Saint Anthony: See Hennepin County Curfew. St. Anthony straddles Hennepin & Ramsey Counties and has adopted the Hennepin curfew times city-wide.
  • Shoreview: Under 16 – 10pm-5am; 16 & 17 – Midnight to 5am. (Municipal Code 608.030)
  • Spring Lake Park SPL is in both Ramsey & Anoka County and follows Anoka County’s curfew rules (Ordinance 130.67):
    • Under Age 12: 9pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 10pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
    • Age 12-14: 10pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
    • Age 15-17: 11pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; Midnight-5am Friday & Saturday.

Minnesota State Fairgrounds Curfew

While, the fairgrounds is considered its own municipality, I believe it follows St. Paul curfew times, based on this Star Trib article. However, if your child is there as a representative of 4H, they have an 11pm curfew according to this guide. Anne tells me that she has never had an issue being a teenager at the State Fair herself or as the mom of a teenager dropping off as young as 13 to work. No one has ever hassled them for being there until close (which is midnight most nights).

Anoka County Curfews

Anoka County’s Ordinance #95-2 controls curfew times. They follow the staggered times of many of the other metro counties.

  • Under Age 12: 9pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 10pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 12-14: 10pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 15-17: 11pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; Midnight-5am Friday & Saturday.

These curfews apply to Andover, Anoka, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey, Spring Lake Park, St. Francis

Carver County Curfews

According to Carver County Ordinance 130.04 its curfew hours are:

  • Under Age 12: 9pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 10pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 12-14: 10pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 15-17: 11pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; Midnight-5am Friday & Saturday.

These curfew times apply to the following cities and towns: Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Cologne, Hamburg, Mayer, New Germany, Norwood, Norwood Young America, Victoria, Waconia, Watertown, Young America.

Dakota County Curfews

Dakota County Ordinance 122 is the same as the Hennepin County curfew ordinance. Curfew ends at 5am and starts at the following staggered times.

  • Under Age 12: 9pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 10pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 12-14: 10pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 15-17: 11pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; Midnight-5am Friday & Saturday.

These curfew times apply to the following cities and towns: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Castle Rock, Coates, Eagan, Farmington, Hampton, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Miesville, New Trier, Northfield, Randolph, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Vermillion, West St. Paul, Douglas, Empire, Eureka, Greenvale, Hampton, Marshan, Nininger, Randolph, Ravenna, Sciota, Vermillion and Waterford.

Scott County Curfews

Scott County’s curfew follows the age appropriate times.*

  • Under Age 12: 9pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 10pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 12-14: 10pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 15-17: 11pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; Midnight-5am Friday & Saturday.

*Scott County Cities may have their own curfews. New Prague’s city code requires children under 16 to be off the streets from 10pm-6am Sunday through Thursday and 11am-6am on Friday and Saturday and kids who are age 16 to 18 have a curfew of 11pm to 6am Sunday through Thursday and 12pm-6am on Friday and Saturday. I don’t know which code trumps for the under 12 group, but I’d tend to err on the side of caution and have them in by 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends.

These curfew times apply to the following cities and towns: Belle Plaine, Elko New Market, Jordan, New Prague, Prior Lake, Savage, and Shakopee.

Washington County Curfew Times

Washington County’s curfew are:

  • Under Age 12: 9pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 10pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 12-14: 10pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; 11pm-5am Friday & Saturday.
  • Age 15-17: 11pm-5am Sunday-Thursday; Midnight-5am Friday & Saturday.

These curfew times apply to the following cities and towns: Afton, Bayport, Baytown, Birchwood, Cottage Grove, Dellwood, Denmark, Forest Lake, Grant, Grey Cloud Island, Hastings, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Landfall, Mahtomedi, Marine on St. Croix, May, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Pine Springs, St. Mary’s Point, St. Paul Park, Scandia, Stillwater, West Lakeland, Willernie, Woodbury.

White Bear Lake is partly in Washington County, but it has its own curfew hours, listed above under Ramsey County.


These curfews have realistic exceptions for things like employment, school events and travel. Follow the links for more details on your municipality.

Happy New Year at Home

Not looking to go out, but still want to celebrate the New Year? Here are some ideas to make your own Ball Drop.

ball drop marshmallow pops for New Year’s Eve

Who doesn’t love a chance to eat marshmallows? And these are so pretty! Wouldn’t they be delicious dipped in chocolate fondue?

Build a New Year’s Eve Ball Drop with LEGO Bricks

You’ve got some time on your hands, why not do a building project together?

 

DIY Tutorial: New Year’s Eve Tinsel Ball Drop

Grab some tinsel off the tree and make your own ball drop!

If you are looking for activities away from home, we’ve rounded up these  Twin Cities Family Events to greet 2019.


How Do You Like to Spend You New Year Holiday at Home?

We like to eat Fondue and play Apples to Apples. I know it’s not very inventive, but the kids really love the tradition.

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