Twin Cities Family Community Entertainment, Summer 2019


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There is so much fun to be had out in our local communities. There is something to do every day of the week during the summer – and most of it is FREE! The libraries have programming all summer.  You can find out more information about all the different summer reading programs we found for Twin Cities families. Don’t forget to explore your own community for fun in your local parks where you can find festivals, music or maybe even the puppet wagon.

Twin Cities Free Summer Entertainment in the Parks

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL

Lake Harriet Park Movie Night


TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO

BLAINE

BROOKLYN CENTER

  • Earle Brown Days Festival celebrates with a parade; Centennial Park offers entertainment, food trucks, youth activities, community market, fireworks and more. June 20-22.

BROOKLYN PARK

  • Eidem Homestead: Visit an Open House with farm tours, hayrides & old-time demos (June 14-15, Fri 12-7pm, Sat 10-2) Bring your chairs or blanket for Stories From the Porch (stories read at 10:15 & 11am) followed by free play (June 18, 10am-12pm. Also held June 25 from 7-8pm featuring bedtime stories.)
  • Tater Daze Festival: Community Parade (Thur), live music and fireworks

COON RAPIDS

FRIDLEY

MAPLE GROVE

  • Arbor Lakes: Chalkfest (June 8-9) Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music, food and sidewalk chalk art.
  • Town Green: Sounds of Summer starts June 10 and includes Kids Have Character, ongoing Thursdays and Movies at Sunset to come in July & August 2019.

OTSEGO

PLYMOUTH


TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO

NEW BRIGHTON

ROSEVILLE

  • Central ParkLive @ The Rog! Performance Series ongoing Sundays starting June 9
  • Rosefest: Free family skate at Roseville Skate Center; Community Theatre, Great American Campout and campfire; Touch a Truck and children’s concert & parade. June 24-July 4.
  • Roseville Parks: Roseville Puppet Wagon roves ongoing Tues-Thurs starting June 18, 9:30-11:30am. During Discover Your Parks ongoing Wednesdays starting June 19, enjoy family activities, refreshments and a bounce castle.

SHOREVIEW

ST ANTHONY


TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO

BURNSVILLE

COTTAGE GROVE

  • Cottage Grove City Hall Amphitheater: Summer Concert Series starts June 20, 6:30pm
  • Highlands Park: Splash Pad Special Events ongoing Fridays starting June 14, 11am-noon
  • Hamlet Park: Pop-Up Splash Pad includes water games w/ the fire dept & treats | 6/20/19, 6pm
  • Kingston Park: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest celebrates with a free kids tractor pedal pull, free petting farm, self-guided StoryWalk through the festival, and Water Wars water balloon station (small fee). June 13-14.

EAGAN

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

ROSEMOUNT

WASHINGTON COUNTY PARKS

Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks | Find a listing of parks here | Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month, 6/4/19

WOODBURY

  • Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series: Hosted this year at Lake Middle School. Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk.
  • Skoolie Bus Education & Fun: District 833’s Community Education has transformed a school bus for community learning to offer convenient, affordable activities for kids to do on weeknights, non-school days, summer, and even weekends.
  • Woodbury Parks: Woodbury Puppet Wagon presents shows ongoing Mon-Thurs, plus Puppet Wagon Preview Party at Kinderberry Hill, 6/5/19, with shows, crafts and popsicles.

TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO

BLOOMINGTON

CHASKA

EDEN PRAIRIE

EDINA

  • Centennial Lakes Park: A haven for FREE summer entertainment! June events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater, Movies in the Park ongoing Thursday evenings, and the Farmers Market. Open for June are the park’s paddle boats, putting course & lawn games.

GOLDEN VALLEY

MINNETONKA

NEW HOPE

RICHFIELD

  • Veterans Park: Kids Entertainment in the Park held ongoing Tuesdays starting June 11, Evening Series is held ongoing Thursdays starting June 6, 7pm. Don’t miss getting your fresh produce at the weekly farmers market (Saturdays) – let the kids have the run of the large playground while you shop.

SHAKOPEE

ST LOUIS PARK

VICTORIA

  • Carver Park Reserve: Step back in time at the Grimm Farmhouse Open House with interpreters and old-fashioned lawn games. Ongoing Saturdays starting June 1, 1-4pm. While in the park, make a stop at the Lowry Nature Center – free family programs are often offered – and it’s always free to explore the nature-themed playgrounds.

UNIVERSE IN THE PARKS

June Universe in the Park 2019 | 8:30-10pm | See our out-of-this-world Universe in the Park article to get more details on these stargazing opportunities. $7 vehicle permit required in state parks, no fee at nature centers.


2019 SUMMER LIBRARY READING PROGRAMS & SUMMER LIBRARY EVENTS

Unlike school, there is no “summer break” at your local library! Dozens of branches across the seven-county library system are rolling out even more activities, entertainment and reading incentives during the summer months. Nearly every day of the week you can find programming for kids, tweens and teens: outdoor StoryWalks, STEM workshops, storytimes, crafting, magic shows, mini-camps and more. Find your local branches and full summer schedules below:


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