Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This May Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of May 14-15, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here. For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, check our MAY FAMILY EVENTS GUIDE , our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR.
Spring festivals this weekend in the twin cities
Fun, fresh family entertainment springing up in various corners of the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area! For our full list, jump over to our 2022 TWIN CITIES SPRING FESTIVAL CALENDAR.
Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
Individual artists and galleries are back showcasing their finest for your family to enjoy. Find a map here. Some FREE, family-friendly highlights we’ve enjoyed:
- FREE GLASSBLOWING DEMOS: Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, 2213 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Sat & Sun, 2-4pm.
- MAIL ART CARDS: NE Tree House, 326 Monroe St NE Minneapolis, MN 55413. Sat-Sun, 1-3pm.
- TOYS TO LIFE with Father’s Figures: Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413.
Historic Eidem Farm, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Help out in the garden, greet new farm babies, walk the trails and learn through interpretive signage. Help usher in spring! May 21, 11am-2pm. FREE.
Featuring an arts and craft fair and activities for kids. May 21, 9am-4pm, FREE admission.
FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN THE PARKS THIS WEEKEND
Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in parks across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro.
SOME FUN FAMILY IDEAS FOR THIS WEEKEND
Try visiting a new park or nature center
Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details on which buildings are open; all of these locations have outdoor trails to hike. Did you know that several of these nature centers have natural playgrounds nestled within them? You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces. This weekend’s featured photo comes from the nature play area at MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER. Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.
Visit a Minnesota State Park
Eight Minnesota state parks are located within 60 miles of the heart of Minneapolis and St Paul; an hour’s drive or less. The current cost of a daily vehicle permit is $7. We share a few highlights of each HERE. This week’s featured photo is from INTERSTATE STATE PARK in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. This pretty river town is packed with things to do with kids and families. And at just under an hour away, it makes the perfect day trip from the Twin Cities.
FEATURED TWIN CITIES PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Join naturalists for free, drop-in and kid-friendly programming at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK (Brooklyn Park) and RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER (Bloomington). Explore the indoor exhibits while you’re at it. No reservations needed. May 22, 2022. 1-3pm. FREE.
5116 N Mississippi Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Explore seasonal themes through self-directed scavenger hunts, nature walks, and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. Pre-registr
Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center, Sunfish Lake Park, Entry Road, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
The nature center hosts free programming for families on Sundays during the month of May. Plus, kids will enjoy the hands-on indoor exhibits and messy play area. May 22, 2022, 10:30-11. FREE. Learn more about things to do in SUNFISH LAKE PARK.
Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Hands-on living history programs fun and free of charge. New themes each week; this weekend try your hand at building a kid-sized log cabin. May 21, 1-4pm, 2022, FREE (donations appreciated).
MORE IDEAS FOR THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES WITH KIDS
Got Kids that love big rigs?
Southdale Center Parking Lot, 10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435-2402
Dump trucks, construction equipment, police cars, firetrucks and a variety of other large vehicles will be open to climb aboard in the mall parking lot. May 21, 10am-12pm.
1831 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids MN
Take a tour of the Public Works facility and check out snowplows, tractors and other big rigs. Kids can learn about the city’s Recycling Center and other community services. May 21, 10am-12pm.
Perry Park, 3700 New Brighton Road, Arden Hills, MN 55112
Got kids who are just crazy about getting up close to big rigs? Celebrate National Public Works Week in Arden Hills by getting a close-up look at some of your favorite vehicles, including a fire engine, squad car, boat, snowplow, and more. Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 10am-1pm.
Visit a spring farmers market
Picture Books on Parade presents a self-guided Story Stroll as you enter the Midtown Farmers Market. Each week will feature a new picture book by a local artist. May 21, 8am-12pm.
FIND MORE FRESH FUN AT FARMERS MARKETS ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES THIS SPRING! More markets opening this weekend:
- ROBBINSDALE FARMERS MARKET: 9am-12pm. Lakeview Terrace Park, 3769 Crystal Lake Blvd, Robbinsdale, MN 55422.
more free or low cost things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities
12200 Singletree Ln, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
61 Little Canada Rd W, St Paul, MN 55117
11129 162nd St W, Lakeville, MN 55044
7545 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
7941 Southtown Dr, Bloomington, MN 55431
Join Bowlero on May 21 & 22 for a day of family fun on the lanes. Includes one hour of free bowling/shoe rentals for children under 18 years old, a discounted adult rate and other specials. PLEASE SEE INDIVIDUAL BOWLERO LOCATIONS FOR DATES, TIMES & DETAILS!
More free to visit weekends:
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Weisman Art Museum (closed until Fall 2021)
- Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
- Caponi Art Park
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden