Looking for things to do beyond shopping in the Albertville-St Michael area? Bargain-hunters often zero in on this area for the Albertville Premium Outlets mall, but there’s so much more going for it. We have loads of ideas for entertaining kids in these communities plus neighboring Buffalo, Elk River, Hanover, Otsego and Rogers, Minnesota. Read on for seasonal events, the best parks, fun attractions and family dining.

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Find this week’s Albertville, Minnesota-area, family fun including the nearby northwestern suburbs of the Twin Cities: Buffalo, Elk River, Hanover, Otsego, Rogers & St Michael. Find our full Twin Cities Family Fun Calendar here.


Winter in the Albertville area: Sledding, snow tubing, skiing & ice skating 

Outdoor Ice skating rinks in the Albertville Area

ALBERTVILLE: CENTRAL PARK is the place for free outdoor ice skating in the city of Albertville. The park includes one full size hockey rink, a half size hockey rink and a pleasure skate rink. 5801 Lander Avenue NE, Albertville MN.

ST MICHAEL: The lower segment of RECREATION CENTER PARK contains, during the winter, hockey rinks, a pleasure ice skating rink and a warming house. Call (763) 496-6820 for any questions. 3316 Lander Ave NE, St Michael, MN 55376. Seeking an indoor ice skating option? The ST MICHAEL ICE ARENA  typically offers public open skate hours on the weekends for around $5. (No skate rental available.) Skate hours are published on their social media page.

The best sledding hills in the Albertville Area

sledding hills

Winter festivals & activities in the Albertville – St Michael area

Buffalo Kites on Ice

Sturges Park, 401 Lake Blvd S, Buffalo, MN 55313
Kites fill the sky above Buffalo Lake, kite building workshop for kids, food trucks, hot chocolate and treat vendors. February 10, 2024, 11am-3pm, FREE. Find more WINTER FESTIVALS near the Albertville – St Michael area, Minnesota.

Kites on Ice - Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar


Christmas & holiday events in the Albertville – St Michael area

Albertville Christmas in the Park

Central Park, 5801 Lander Ave. NE, Albertville MN
So much fun in the park to kick off the holiday season: a Christmas tree lighting with Santa & Mrs Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, smores over the fire and warm beverages. December 3, 2023, 2-4pm.

Buffalo Deck the Halls 

Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
Santa arrives at 3pm to kick off the family fun that ends with a tree lighting at 5pm. December 2, 2023.

Elk River Santa in the Park

Rivers Edge Commons, 679 Main St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
Join Santa in the Park for the annual tree lighting. Families will have an opportunity for a photo with Santa Claus, free petting zoo, kids craft station, carolers and shopping. Reservations required to visit with Santa. December 2, 2023. 2pm-5pm, FREE.

Rogers Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

21st Century Event Center, 12716 Main Street, Rogers, MN, 55374
Hot cocoa, cookies, caroling and a special activities beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the tree lighting at 7:00 p.m. December 1, 2023; 6pm-8pm.

Victorian Caroling at Historic Hanover Bridge

Millpond Trail, Hanover, MN 55341
Sing-along Christmas carols, llamas in their seasonal best, hot cider and cookies and photo opportunities with St Nick are all part of this Victorian-inspired holiday festival. Located at the historic Hanover Bridge. December 1, 2023, 6-8pm. FREE.

St Michael Winterfest & Tree Lighting

Town Center Park, 11800 Town Center Drive NE, St Michael MN
So good they brought the festival back for a third year! Santa, Mrs Claus & reindeer will be there and the holiday tree will shine. Lots of activities: caroling, bingo, storytime, smores over the fire and hot beverages. December 2, 2023, 3-6pm.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s 

20200 Rogers Dr, Rogers, MN 55374
Make your reservation to meet with Santa and get a free photo. Plus, browse Santa’s Toy Shop and take in the other fun attractions at Cabela’s. November 4-December 24, 2023.

Santa at Nathes 101 Market

8980 Quantrelle Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330
An afternoon of fun with Santa at the market: a digital photo, face painting, a Santa ornament and treats. December 2, 2023, 1-5pm. $7/family.

Find more places to visit Santa in the Albertville area

Christmas & Holiday Lights Displays in the Albertville – St Michael Area

  • ELK RIVER: The city publishes a map of holiday light displays for an easy DIY tour.
  • ST MICHAEL: The STMA Holiday Lights Tour is a route that includes 8 of the best holiday lights displays in the St Michael area – make sure to check the link for a map plus pictures and descriptions so you can preview your family’s tour. These winners simply dazzle.


Christmas and Holiday Guide Twin Cities

More winter fun near Albertville

For more outdoor winter fun in the Twin Cities check out our round up of free outdoor ice skating rinks our Winter Survival Guide and our Winter Family Festival Calendar – all filled with ways to enjoy the cold season.

Summer in Albertville-St Michael: Festivals & Activities


Albertville Friendly City Days

Albertville’s annual summer festivals includes a carnival running Thu-Sun; Saturday kids events including a fire truck display, Kiddie Parade, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, and a “Toddler Town” activity area. June 7-11, 2023.

Albertville Lions Summer Concert Series

Lions Depot in Central Park, 5801 Main Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301
Free live concerts in the park – bring your own seating and refreshments, or purchase grill items at the farmers market. Thursdays starting June 15, 2023, 6-8:30pm.

Albertville Central Park – summer activities

Central Park, 5801 Main Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301

  • READING IN THE PARKKids in eighth grade & under are invited to attend storytime in the park followed by the chance to take home a free book. Wednesdays, June 21-August 2, 2023. 9-10am. The program also takes place at ST MICHAEL TOWN CENTER PARK (Tuesdays, June 13-August 1, 2023, 9am) and HANOVER SETTLERS PARK (Thursdays, June 15-August 3, 2023, 9am).
  • KIDS DAY AT ALBERTVILLE FARMERS MARKET – Pick this day to bring the kids to the farmers market so they can have the run of the mobile ninja gym, meet a deputy and his K9, pet some animals and maybe try some new veggies. July 6, 2023, 3-6pm. FREE.
  • ALBERTVILLE PENNY CARNIVALYes, carnival games and prizes for just a penny! July 15, 2023, 10-12pm.


Buffalo Days

Highlights of the city’s summer festival: the requisite carnival Wed-Sun, a kiddie parade on Thursday, Friday fireworks at dusk and a Grand Parade on Saturday at 6pm. June 11-18, 2023.

Buffalo Concerts in the Park

Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
Thursday nights from June 29 through August 31, 2023.


Family playing in public splash pad in Buffalo, Minnesota. Text: Family Day Trip: Buffalo, Minnesota.

Elk River

Elk RiverFest

18599 Gary St, Elk River, MN 55330
Families with young ones will definitely want to check out the Kids Zone in Orono Park with face painting, inflatables, petting zoo, skatepark show and more. July 29, 2023, 10am-2pm.

Elk River Entertainment in the Park

Woodland Trails Regional Park, 20135 Elk Lake Rd NW, Elk River, MN 55330
Kid-friendly entertainment on Thursdays from 10:30am to 11:15am. June 15 through August 10th, 2023.

Elk River Riverfront Concert Series

Rivers Edge Commons Park, 679 Main St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
A series of tribute bands and cover bands play Thursday nights at 7pm. June 15 through August 17, 2023.


Hanover Harvest Festival

Tons of old-fashioned kids carnival games (for a small fee), a mobile video game truck, cow pie bingo (?), classic car show, petting zoo, garden tractor pull, fireworks and lots more. August 5, 2023.

Hanover Concert in the Park Series

Settlers Park, 11230 5th St NE Hanover MN 55341
Dates for live music in the park: June 16, July 13 & August 9, 2023. Enjoy a free summer concert outdoors in the park!


Splash & Play Tuesdays

Otsego Prairie Park & Splash Pad, 13355 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Cool off in the park’s splash pad and enjoy kids entertainment on select Tuesdays at 10am. We’re talking a kids DJ, theater in the park, a free color run, visit from the Raptor Center and more. 


Rockin’ Rogers

Thursday Family Night has a kid band, a local band, carnival, and kid games. Parade Saturday at noon. Don’t miss all the summer festival fun in Rogers. June 15-17, 2023.

St Michael

St Michael Daze & Knights Festival

Bounce in the inflatables (grab a wristband), listen to live music, hunt for the medallion, and play family Bingo. August 11-12, 2023.

Albertville-St Michael area swimming, beaches & splash pads

Beebe Lake Park & Beach

7250 10th St NE, St Michael, MN 55376
The park has a popular unguarded beach with nearby restrooms and shady areas where you can spread your blanket. Our visit confirmed that the sand is clean and the water is clear. The sand covers both the shore of the beach and the roped in areas of the water. The county has enacted a 5mph speed limit for boats in the area of the beach, keeping the wake down – ideal for your younger swimmers. Open 6am-half hour after sunset. FREE.

We rate Beebe Lake Beach one of the best beaches in the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area! Find more of the best at the link.

Orono Park Beach

18599 Gary Street, Elk River, MN 55330-5600
You won’t want to miss cooling off during the summer in Orono Lake, a widening in the Elk River.  There’s a well-kept and sandy beach, exciting new destination playground, splash pad for pre-swimmers, covered picnic pavilions, a little nature play area and a skatepark. Arm yourself with a picnic and prepare to spend the whole day!

Otsego Prairie Park Splash Pad

13355 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Another splash pad option in the Albertville-St Michael area. This park also has nice playgrounds and picnic areas. Open daily 9am-9pm Memorial day into September as weather permits.

St Michael Town Center Park Splash Pad

4320 Landmark Drive NE, St. Michael, MN 55376
The area’s newest splash pad opened in 2021. The one has a giant dump bucket for maximum thrills.

Downtown Buffalo Splash Pad

Buffalo’s splash pad is made up of simple fountains within easy walking distance of downtown. Families will find nearby picnic tables and a the music trail full of oversized instruments.

Buffalo MN splash pad
Buffalo MN splash pad and music trail

Fall in Albertville-St Michael: Festivals, activities & Halloween events


Fresh Acres Farm Fall Festival

8102 72nd St NE, Monticello, MN 55362
The largest pumpkin patch and corn maze in the Albertville-St Michael area features an annual fall festival ripe with activities for all ages. A wristband includes access to  wagon rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, the playground, corn pit and cannon. Get your Halloween jack-o-lantern! Open September 9 thru October 29, 2023 Fridays 11-4pm, weekends 10-6 plus MEA. $12/pp ages 4-69.
SUNFLOWER FIELD open this fall 7 days/week, admission FREE with donation requested. $2/stem to cut-your-own bouquet. FIND MORE TWIN CITIES PUMPKIN PATCHES IN THE ALBERTVILLE-ST MICHAEL AREA.

Albertville Premium Outlets Mall-o-Ween

6415 Labeaux Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301
Trick-or-treat at nearly 20 participating retailers. 3-6pm, FREE.

Family Youth Community Connections Halloween Event

5959 Main Avenue NE, Albertville MN
A free event for families that includes a not-so-spooky haunted house, treat bags, a straw bale maze, games, lives music and both indoor and outdoor activities. October 28, 2023, 10am-1pm. FREE.


Deer Lake Orchard

1903 10th St SW, Buffalo MN 55313
Apples both u-pick and pre-picked, live music on fall weekends, a corn maze to meander through, wagon rides, a little train, animals to meet…all the classic orchard activities you’d hope to find. Open starting September 9, 2023. Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Activities $4 each or $20/wristband.

Woods’ Edge Apples Orchard

1901 50th St NE, Buffalo, MN 55313
A small, family-run farm and orchard where you can pick your own apples this fall. Plus, u-pick raspberries and sweet resident goats to greet you. Slow down your pace out here in the Twin Cities northwest suburbs. FIND MORE TWIN CITIES APPLE ORCHARDS NEAR ALBERTVILLE-ST MICHAEL.

Buffalo Trick-or-Treat

Downtown Buffalo, 505 2nd Ave S, Buffalo, MN 55313
Trick or treat at participating businesses on the last Saturday in October. Wear your costume to receive a free treat. October 28, 2023, 1-3pm. 

Elk River

Elk River Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Collect treats at participating downtown businesses in Elk River plus photo opportunity at Rivers Edge Commons Park and a petting zoo. October 27, 2023, 2-6pm. FREE! FIND MORE TRICK-OR-TREAT & HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN THE ALBERTVILLE-ST MICHAEL AREA.


Otsego Prairie Festival

Prairie Park, 13355 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Start off with a hearty pancake breakfast then catch entertainment, live music and fireworks at dusk in the park. September 16, 2023.

St Michael

St Michael Fire Department Open House

216 Main St S St. MichaelMN  55376
In honor of Fire Prevention Month, visit with firefighters and see their trucks up close. Enjoy a hot dog lunch and activities for kids. October 7, 2023, 10am-1pm. FREE.

St Michael Cinema Trick-or-Treat & Movie Event

4300 O’Day Ave NE, St Michael, MN 55376
Local businesses will have a trick-or-treat trail set up for the first 500 kids to gather goodies followed by a free Halloween kids movie. October 21, 2023, 9am-11am. FREE.


Oliver Kelley Farm

15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN
The farm, owned and operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, transports visitors back in time and lets them get hands-on with animals, farm chores, cooking and harvesting. Operation is April through October as most of the activities take place outdoors. $8-$12/pp.

Two girls watching horses at Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River, Minnesota

The Selfie Co.

5703 Lachman Ave NE Suite 100, Albertville, MN 55301
Make an appointment to ham it up in front of the camera at the Selfie Co. Use our Exclusive Discount Code “FFTC“.

Cabela’s Rogers

20200 Rogers Dr, Rogers, MN 55374
You need not be a bona fide outdoor enthusiast to enjoy an outing to CABELA’S. There are several attractions in the store that appeal to all ages: a target arcade gallery, giant “conservation mountain” covered with (taxidermy) animals for a scavenger hunt, a walk-thru aquarium, fish feeding shows and a general store for treats. We occasionally feature store events, such as Santa’s Wonderland, on our family fun calendar. Plus great shopping, of course.

Space Aliens Bar & Grill

11166 County Rd 37 NE, Albertville, MN 55301
Extraterrestrial enthusiasts unite at
SPACE ALIENS BAR & GRILL over burgers and arcade games. This joint is an ideal place to take kids for a bite to eat and a play break after shopping at the nearby ALBERTVILLE PREMIUM OUTLETS. The large Galaxy Game Room features classic & contemporary games. Tuesday kids special: $2.99 Cadet Menu pizzas and a free game card with the purchase of an adult meal. Open Tues-Sun. FIND MORE DINING SPOTS NEAR ALBERTVILLE, MINNESOTA, WHERE KIDS EAT FREE OR CHEAP!

Space Aliens Grill & Bar in Albertville, MN

St Michael Cinema & Drive-In

4300 O’Day Ave NE, St Michael, MN 55376
Ooh la la! The ST MICHAEL CINEMA offers a Parisian-inspired courtyard to nosh on snacks and, during the temperate months in Minnesota, a drive-in for outdoor movies. Cheap flicks: matinee price tickets: $5.59/all ages daily, kids tickets are always $5.59. Vikings games are screened Sundays FREE and are first come, first seated.

Peekabooboo’s Play Cafe

5985 Large Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301
This cozy little cafe is the perfect indoor play space for tots and preschool kids. Kids can play all day for $11.50.

Find More Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas here: Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide


These northwest suburbs are only a short drive from the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area, but offer the impression of more space to spread out and recreate. In a roughly six square mile radius are friendly city parks, quiet bends along the Mississippi and a scenic reserve packed with wildlife. Some parks not to miss when searching for things to do with kids outdoors in the Albertville-St Michael area:

Free Family Fun:


Boulevard Bar & Grille

3395 Coon Rapids Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Day/Time: Sunday, All Day
Deal: Kids Eat Free. Kids 12 eat free from the kids menu – one child’s meal with each adult entrée purchased.
Verified: 7/19/22

Broadway Pizza

11822 Aberdeen Street NE, Blaine MN 55449; (763) 755-5080
3420 129th Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448; (763) 421-2503
13705 27th Avenue North, Plymouth, MN 55441; (763) 551-0155

21431 141st Avenue N, Rogers, MN 55374; (763) 428-3013
: Monday, 5pm-7:30pm

Deal: Free kids menu item with purchase of an adult entrée. 
Verified: 3/5/24

Broadway Pizza

11186 Commerce Drive, Champlin, MN 55316; (763) 433-9228
Day/Time: Tuesday, 5pm-7:30pm

Deal: Free kids menu item with purchase of an adult entrée. 
Verified: 3/5/24

Chatters Restaurant & Bar

4181 Cedar Street, Monticello, MN 55362 (763) 271-0070
Day/Time: Tuesdays; 4pm-Close
Deal: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal, 1 child per adult.  
Verified: 2/18/22

Lucy’s Burgers

4365 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE. Ste. #102, Blaine, MN 55449; (763) 762-7140
Day/Time: Mondays, 5pm-8pm
Deal: One free kid’s meal per paying adult.
Verified: 3/5/24

Pizza Ranch

13797 Jay Street NW, Andover, MN 55304; (763) 710-4555
12443 Champlin Drive, Champlin, MN 55316; (763) 444-1344
19141 Freeport St NW, Elk River, MN 55330; (763) 441-3000
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4pm-7:30 (or 8pm depending on location)
Deal: Kid’s Night: One child 12 & under per paying adult. 
Verified: 2/18/22

Robert’s at Medina

500 Hwy 55, Medina, MN 55340; (763) 478-6661
Day/Time: Tuesdays @ 4pm
Deal: Enjoy a FREE kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree!
Verified: 2/4/24

Space Aliens Grill & Bar

11166 CR-37, Albertville, MN 55301; (763) 497-6718
: Tuesday Evenings

Deal: $2.99 kids pizza & free game card with purchase of an adult meal.
Verified: 2/24/24

Sunshine Factory Restaurant

4100 Vinewood Lane, Plymouth MN, 55442; 763-535-7000
Day/Time: Sundays after 4pm
Deal: Kids eat free – kids 10 & under get one free meal per adult meal purchased. Not valid for teams or large groups.
Verified: 3/5/24

Willy McCoy’s

5651 La Centre Ave, Albertville, MN 55301; (763) 515-3600
13655 Martin St NW, Andover, MN 55304; (763) 767-6333
12450 Business Park Blvd N, Champlin, MN 55301; (763) 422-5020
6415 Highway 10 NW, Ramsey, MN 55303; (763) 717-8916

Day/Time: Sundays, 5-8pm
Deal: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Also 95¢ wings all day.
Verified: 3/5/24


Wyndham Garden Otsego-Minneapolis

9200 Quaday Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330
This is a solid choice for a family-friendly hotel if spending time in the Albertville-St Michael area. Shopping at Albertville Premium Outlets? The hotel is about a 15 minute drive away. And attention swimmer-hopefuls: you do not need to book a room at the hotel to use the
WILD WOODS WATERPARK. This small water park has a tot area and water slides for bigger kids. Admission is $20/swimmer; $10/non-swimmer. Open swim hours: Fridays 4-9pm; Saturday 9am-9pm; and Sunday 9am-4pm.



The Albertville-St Michael area is one of dozens of communities we cover. FAMILY FUN TWIN CITIES tries hard to be the best resource when it comes to finding things to do with your kids and family in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area of Minnesota. We strive to include and share activities and events we have personally experienced with our own kids in tow (all 12 of them!) We call the Twin Cities HOME and are excited to share the area with you! Visitors to the Albertville, Minnesota, area also might want to consider these Twin Cities attractions:

Find things to do this weekend in the Albertville – St Michael area on our Northwest Metro Weekend Family Guide!

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