Family Sports & Fitness – Family Friendly Activities to Get Moving

Family Fun Twin Cities - Family Sports & Fitness

Family Sports and Fitness are a great way to spend time together. A 2018 study has found that fathers who exercise raise healthier children – even into adulthood. Why not find fun ways to set that good example. We keep a running list (haha punny) of events that have been submitted to us here.

If you have a sporting event you would like to share, please keep in mind our parameters and mission. Events must be something that can be participated in as a family and it must be a stand-alone event with no long-term commitment. Please feel free to email Joy with your submissions 

November Events

Washington County Story Strolls

“Recipe Rambles” are located at Big Marine Park Reserve and Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. The Story Adventure Trail at Big Marine Park Reserve is currently featuring Swirl by Swirl, by Joyce Sidman. (If you enjoy the book and want to own it, you can support both Family Fun Twin Cities and the independent bookstore of your choice by purchasing through our link.)

Learn more about Recipe Rambles and Story Trails here.

Fridley Turkey Leg 5K

Run a 5K on your own schedule and course (but you’ll get bonus points if you use Fridley trails) any time between 11/1/21 and 12/31/21. Everyone who completes their 5K will get a t-shirt. Registration: $14/pp for individuals; $12/pp for groups of 3 or more.

Nutcracker Turkey Trot 2021

Nutcracker Turkey Trot 2021 - Minnesota Ballet Theatre & School, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Minnesota Ballet Theatre & School (Eden Prairie, MN) Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with MBT the 2nd Annual Turkey Day 5K in Eden Prairie! Thursday, Nov 25, 2021 / 8:30am | FREE – Register here.

December Events

December 5th: U.G.L.Y. Sweater Dash

Louisiana Oaks Park, 3520 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426
5K all ages through Louisiana Oaks Park and the lighted trees of Oak Hill Park. Where your ugliest sweater. 5:30pm Registration: $35-$50/pp.

Outdoor Ice Rinks Traditionally Open Mid-December

However, it is weather dependent, so stay tuned. We’ll update as we know more. Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks.

Sledding is an Excellent Exercise for Any Age.

The Twin Cities has plenty of hills just waiting for enough snow to cover them. Twin Cities Guide to the Best Sledding Hills.

9 Anytime Family Fitness Ideas:

  1. Go Bowling. Our junior reporter, Andy shared his favorite kid-friendly bowling alleys: A Strike of Fun: Twin Cities Bowling Alleys.
  2. Take a Family Bike Ride.
  3. Play Backyard Games Together60 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids
  4. At Home Activities: 45+ Fun Physical Activities for Kids of All Ages, Categorized.
  5. Explore Local Parks. Don’t know where to start? We have over 400 park reviews in our directory.
  6. Go Swimming. Or even just play at an Indoor Water Park any time of year. In the summer months pick from outdoor Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads.
  7. Go mini golfing. The Twin Cities has both indoor and outdoor options: FFTC’s Guide to Mini Golf Courses in the Twin Cities.
  8. Grab some Frisbees and try disc golf. There are plenty of free courses in local parks: Disc Golf in the Twin Cities.
  9. Try Archery. Although there is an initial cost to starting up this sport, it could be fun for the whole family. Some ranges are only open April to November, but others are year round. Archery Ranges around the Twin Cities.


  1. The YMCA offers streaming videos for all ages. Most of this is adult-oriented, but they have a series of youth soccer videos.
  2. Core Power Yoga has on demand classes.
  3. Go Noodle is recommended by schools for helping kids stay active in small places.
  4. 12Bursts Program is recommended by Three Rivers Parks, for staying active at home: “Our partners at Cycle Health launched a fun new initiative the whole family can do at home! The 12Bursts program encourages physical activity through 12 activity “bursts” of five minutes each. Complete each day’s free Daily Dozen challenge in whatever way best fits your schedule. No special skills or equipment required. Learn more and get started today!”
  5. Play Ball! Minnesota Virtual Academy Webinars – Free webinars from Twins staff and Play Ball! Minnesota partners.


July 9, 2022: Twin Cities Color Run

Minnesota State Fair Grounds | More Information. Read more about Gianna’s experience with the Color Run.

Group posing with colorfully dyed Color Run t-shirts after the race
… and you end the color run like this.
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