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 examples of healthy lifestyles, get moving with the entire family and have some fun together. Bonus, you avoid childcare expenses when you workout together. 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
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Active Play & Sports Summer Camps
April Sports & Fitness Fun
Washington County Story Strolls
The Story Adventure Trail at Big Marine Park Reserve is currently featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. (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.)
Get Ready for Baseball Season
Want to work on batting skills before the outdoor baseball season begins? We’ve collected a list of Twin Cities Batting Cages.
May Special Events & Fun Ideas
May 5, 2022: Bike Rodeo
Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Bring your bikes to City Hall to get ready for a summer of biking. Experts will be available to check your helmet and bike! Kids can bike a safety skills course and an obstacle course! Door prizes. Helmet sales. Learn more here.
May 8th: Mother’s Day POUND® Fitness Class
Staring Lake Park Amphitheatre, 14800 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347
Have fun with an energetic POUND workout led by Eden Prairie Community Center instructors. FREE, Drop In. 4pm-5pm.
May 15, 2022: MN Walk to End HIV
Minnehaha Park, 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
The walk is a fundraising event. To join, sign up, create a team and begin fundraising! The event will have food trucks, yoga, wellness and self-care exhibits, a DJ and more. Learn more about the MN Walk to End HIV here.
May 21, 2022: Women Run The Cities
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417
Honor your physical, mental and emotional fitness with an all-women’s 5K, 10K or 10 mile run benefiting Girls on the Run. Celebrate post-race with a brunch bar and festival. Participants earn a finish line medal and technical Storm Creek® lightweight crew. Invite your girlfriends, family or colleagues – Women Run the Cities isn’t just an event, it’s a movement.
NEW in 2022! Kids 18 years of age and under run free in Twin Cities In Motions events. Register Here.
May 21, 2022: Daisy Dash
Rosland Park, 4300 W 66th St
Minneapolis, MN US 55435
Fundraiser to provide support, advocacy, awareness and training about perinatal mental health in Minnesota. 9:45am: All-ages kids fun run and obstacle course ($15); 10:30am: 5K run/walk/ride ($35) or join virtually and run on your own ($35). Register here.
May 22, 2022: Steps for Autism in Minnesota
Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55103
With a prevalence rate of one in 36 in Minnesota, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the state. To help improve the lives of people with autism and their families, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) invites individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and community groups to register for free and build teams to raise money to support AuSM’s programs and services. 9am-12pm (rain or shine). Learn more here.
June Exercise Fun
Fitness in the Park Opportunities
Each Summer, park systems around the Twin Cities offer free, drop-in group fitness classes. These are great opportunities for families. Kids ages 10+ (and sometimes younger) are welcome to join their parents or they can play on the playground while Mom and/or Dad gets a workout with a supportive community.
We’ll list links to local programs as they are announced. Feel free to leave a comment if we miss one.
Year Round: St. Paul Fitness in the Parks:
Free outdoor exercise programs in the summer months and inexpensive indoor programs in the cooler months. Find a calendar of current offerings here.
June 11, 2022: Kids Adventure Mud Run
Oakwood Park, 7851 Harkness Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Kids will compete in army crawls, slack lines, running ramps, net climbing, a tire run, a rock wall, hanging noodle dash and dodging swinging balls, ending the challenge with a mud pit. 9am-10am. $21.00 Register for Event #550911-01.
June 11, 2022: Walk The Park
Trinity Gardens Park, 9041 Prestwick Pkwy, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Go on a 1 or 2-mile non-competitive walk and participate in family and community fun. 9am-11am. FREE. Drop In. Learn More Here.
July Fitness Events
July 4, 2022: Red White & Boom – Kids Sparkler Dash
Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
4 Mile run for adults and bigger kids. Plus the TC Kids Sparkler Dash featuring mile, half mile and pre-K dashes.
NEW in 2022! Kids 18 and under run FREE in Twin Cities In Motions events. Register Here.
August Family Exercise
October 2, 2022: Twin City Marathon Family Events
State Capitol Grounds, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155
Free Kids events for all ages Diaper Dash to 5K plus family activities. 8pm-12pm. FREE. Register for Family Events Here.
12 Anytime Family Fitness Ideas:
- Go Bowling. Our junior reporter, Andy shared his favorite kid-friendly bowling alleys: A Strike of Fun: Twin Cities Bowling Alleys.
- Take a Family Bike Ride.
- Play Backyard Games Together: 60 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids
- At Home Activities: 45+ Fun Physical Activities for Kids of All Ages, Categorized.
- Explore Local Parks. Don’t know where to start? We have over 400 park reviews in our directory.
- 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.
- Go mini golfing. The Twin Cities has both indoor and outdoor options: FFTC’s Guide to Mini Golf Courses in the Twin Cities.
- Grab some Frisbees and try disc golf. There are plenty of free courses in local parks: Disc Golf in the Twin Cities.
- 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.
- Try Ziplining! We Like Kerfoot Adventure Park.
- Join A Family-Inclusive Community Center. Find a List of Family-Friendly Community Centers Here.
- Visit A Challenge Course:
Anytime Online Offerings:
- The YMCA offers streaming workout videos for all ages. Most of this is adult-oriented, but they have a series of youth soccer videos.
- Core Power Yoga has on demand classes.
- Go Noodle is recommended by schools for helping kids stay active in small places with fun exercise videos (some of them featuring Koo Koo Kangaroo!). One of our favorite ways to make screen time a little healthier.
- 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!”
- Play Ball! Minnesota Virtual Academy Webinars – Free webinars from Twins staff and Play Ball! Minnesota partners.
Exercise with Kids in the Parks:
Most local parks have a variety of sports facilities just waiting for family fun. Consider it your free family health club in the fresh air. You don’t need to keep a great deal of equipment in your car. Many can be used with just an inexpensive playground ball or soccer ball and can be adjusted for family members of all ages. Make this part of your summer lunch routine by choosing a park that offers Free Summer Meals for Kids.
Here is a list of our favorite ways to break a sweat in the park:
- Volleyball. Nets are up in local parks for most of the warmer seasons.
- Basketball. Almost all parks have basketball courts. Practice shots, play a game of HORSE or Around the World or just do some dribbling drills.
- Baseball or Kickball. If you don’t want to carry all the baseball gear, just bring along a playground ball and make it a family game of kickball.
- Dodgeball. Any park with approximately 30 square feet of open space can host a dodgeball game.
- Soccer. Another sport that only needs an open space to practice.
- Gaga Ball. More and more parks are adding gaga pits.
- Racquetball. Even if a park doesn’t have racquetball courts, you can practice against a brick wall.
- Pull Ups on the monkey bars. A few minutes of play with your kids will work your arm muscles.
- Swings. Whether you are pushing your kids or swinging yourself, the swings can be a muscle strengthening exercise.
- Run. Do fun styles like high knees or butt kicks. Or do a other fun races like bear crawl or crab walk.
- Open Gym. Saint Paul and Minneapolis, in particular, offer regular open gym times at most of their recreation centers.