2018 Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities

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How will you be celebrating Dad this Father’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make his day extra special:

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Father’s Day Events • Father’s Day Gifts


6/17: Make a Dad’s Day Card @ Lakeshore Learning, Maplewood or St. Louis Park  • 11am-3pm  • Details: Drop in. Ages 3 and up.

6/17: Free Day and Block Party @ Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul • 9am-8pm • Details: Check out all the new additions. This is a special day for all!  Just  reserve your free tickets ahead.  The block party is completely free and runs from 9 am-4 pm on West 7th Street.

6/18: Target Free 3rd Sunday @ Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul • 9am-8pm (extended hours) • Details: Check out all the new additions. This is the first Free 3rd Sunday after the renovation, so you will need to reserve your free tickets ahead.

6/18: Nature’s Best Dads @ Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 3pm-4pm • Details: The weekly Free Family Fun Day will focus on dads in nature this week.


Cub Father’s Day @ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley • 9am-6pm • Details: Dads are in FREE! BOGO admission at IMAX. Free cookie for dad with purchase of coffee at Penguin Cafe & Wild Java.

Father’s Day Weekend @ Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • Details: Another recently renovated attraction to check out. Dads are free when accompanied by a child; help with building and repairs around the farm, care for the livestock and more activities.

Father’s Day Discount @ SandVenture Aquatic Park, 1101 Adams St, Shakopee • 11 am-7 pm • Details: Free admission for parents.


6/16: Father’s Day Robotics Workshop @ Snapology • 1-3pm • Details: Build an awesome helicopter and race car! Build, program, and interact with robotic vehicles, add sounds and sensors, make them move. $20.

6/17: Father’s Day Celebration @ American Girl Store • 3:30-4:30pm • Details: Dad and daughter mean in the bistro with games and crafts. $28/pp.


6/16-6/18: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Take a stroll across the bridge to seek out the Family Activities Area with birdhouse-building, games, and a family photo opp. While in the area, arm yourself with 10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

stone arch bridge

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6/17: Brunch & Braids Boot Camp @Wishing Tree Play Cafe • 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am • Details: $30 Registration Fee includes Braid Boot Camp Class taught by stylists from White Bear Lake’s Urban Edge Cuts, One admission to the Play Café (dads are always free), Two traditional crepes, Free hot coffee for dad, An organic juice box for daughters

6/18: Ski Otter’s Water Ski Show @ White Bear Lake’s Little Goose Lake • 6 pm • Details: Little Goose Lake is located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and County Road F in White Bear Lake.

Take a Hike @ various parks around the Twin Cities • Trails are usually open from sunrise to sunset • Details: Some of our favorite trails include

(Made from supplies around your house)

father's day gifts


  • “Love You To Pieces” Picture Frame• Build a square with popsicle sticks and glue. Around the square glue puzzle pieces to cover the popsicle sticks.   Cut out a nice label and write “Love You to Pieces”.  Glue it on the bottom of the frame.

    Gifts for Father's Day

  • Dad Poster • Cut out large letters for D-A-D.  Approximately 4 inches wide by 6 inches high.  Ask each child why he/she loves dad and write on strips of paper.  Glue all pieces to a large piece of poster board.  Add a string on the back to hang it on the wall.

father's day gift

  • Nuts About Dad• Fill a clean jar with Dad’s favorite nuts.  Use this label that reads, “We’re Nuts about you Dad” and paste it on the front with washi tape or glue.

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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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