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 


We recommend calling ahead to verify activities or registering so you will get notice of cancellations.

Summer Fitness in the Park

st. paul fitness in the parks
Image courtesy St. Paul Parks

These park systems are offering Fitness in the park classes all summer. Click the STARS for more information.


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.

Girls Playing on the Beach at Big Marine Park in St. Croix Minnesota
Make a Day of It: Bring your suits along for a visit to Big Marine Park.


June 5th: Kids Adventure Mud Run

Oakwood Park, Cottage Grove | $20 | Kids ages 6-12 attempt challenges like army crawls, slack lines, running ramps, net climb, tire run, spider webs, rock wall, hanging noodle dash and swinging ball. Register for half-hour time slot#550911-01 to -04.

June 5th: Walk for Wishes

Minnehaha Regional Park | $20 | Walk For Wishes® is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the more than 500,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds to fulfill future wishes of children with critical illnesses. It’s a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, companies, donors and friends. Register Here.

June 5th: Trinity Gardens Walk the Park

Trinity Park, Brooklyn Park | FREE | Join a noncompetitive, family-friendly marked route forming a 1 and 2-mile circular walk. This event is open to any who wants to enjoy a relaxing walk or play activities at Trinity Gardens park. Learn More.

June 5th: Parent & Child Yoga Classes

The Gardner Schools of Eagan (9am-10am) and Minnetonka (11am-noon) | FREE | Community Parent & Child yoga class events for children ages 1 to 5 and their families. Mats available for kids. Adults please wear masks. RSVP or 952-259-0139.

June 10th-Aug 12th: Walker SculpTours

Walker Art Center’s SculpTour is a workout/dance tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The all-abilities choreographed workout is 40 minutes and will be led during 6 Thursday evenings this summer. FREE, but Registration is Required.

June 12th: Young Mudder

Valley Place Park, Crystal | $25 | Kids ages 6-12 can get down and dirty as they run a muddy obstacle course. West Metro Fire will spray down participants before heading home. Live DJ. Register for Event #S17021A1.

July Events

July 10th: 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.

July 17th: Kids Duathlon: Bike it. Run it. Du it.

Colby Lake Park, Woodbury | $15 | Kids ages 6-12 bike 1.5 miles and run approximately 3/4 mile race. Participants bring their own bike. Register for  #550911-05.

July 31st: Spud Run

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklyn Park | $15-$30/pp | 5K for ages 10+; Tater Run for Ages 6+ and Tot Dash for Ages 5 and Under. Register for  #190000-01 through 03.

August Events

August 7th: Tiny Tot Triathlon

HealthEast Sports Center, Woodbury | $6/child and a helper | Kids ages 2-5 ride their own bike/riding toy and run through the splash pad. Register for  #550916-01 through 08.

August 12th: Zombie Apocalypse Chase

Carver Lake Park, Woodbury | $20 | Kids ages 8-12 find and safely return 30 plutonium rocks hidden around the park area while dodging made scientists. Participants encouraged to dress in their best zombie costumes. Register for  #550911-06.


  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



  1. Explore Local Parks. Most of them are open. Just try to choose activities that include social distancing. Hiking and biking are ideal activities. We have over 400 park reviews in our directory!.
  2. Drills: Little league is back in 2021, but we still plan to incorporate these baseball drills into our day. Leave us a note if you have drills you like.
  3. At Home Activities: 45+ Fun Physical Activities for Kids of All Ages, Categorized.
  4. Backyard Activities60 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids
  5. Bike: The Best Minneapolis Bike Trails for Families
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