Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities


February has us swooning with all the FREE family events and activities it has to offer. From Valentine’s Day events to festivals that do their best to embrace the winter in Minnesota, here’s what the month ahead will bring.


This month is brought to you by GoodKids!

BookHounds Storytime is BACK!
For the month of February in  preparation for National Reading Month (March), our friends at GoodKids are hosting a special storytime for your whole family with authors and book lovers from around the Twin Cities. 

BookHounds ClubHouse: GoodKids, 4758 Banning Ave, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110

BookHounds Storytime Schedule 
Saturdays in February, 10 am


TWIN CITIES FEBRUARY SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

2/1/19: Forever Wild Family Friday: Sledding Party | Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Eagan | 7-8:30pm

2/2/19: Winter Carnival Family Day | Activities throughout Landmark Center & Rice Park.

2/2/19: Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake | 10am-12

2/2/19: First Free Saturday: Cabin Fever | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis | 10am-3pm | Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.

2/2/19: SPCO Family Concert | Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis | Concerts at 10 & 11:30am | Designed for kids ages 6-12, the program is a wonderful way to introduce children to classical music. SPCO’s Xplorchestra! program will be held 2/9/19.

2/5/19: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks | SE Metro, find a listing of parks here | Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

2/9/19: Second Saturdays at TPT | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul | 8-11am | It’s Mardi Gras at the studio this weekend! Play carnival games, make a mask, jump in the bounce house and do the cake walk. It’s all free but reserving a time slot is required.

2/9/19: Saturday Family Fun: Nature’s Valentine | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley | 10-11am

2/9/19: Family Ice Fishing Days | Lake Rebecca, Hastings | 9am-12pm | Please register to ensure there’s enough equipment for all. Instruction provided by the NPS.

2/10/19: Urban Expedition: Palestine | Landmark Center, St Paul | 1-3pm | Travel the globe without hopping a plane through music, food, crafts and more.

2/10/19: Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley | 1-3pm | Take a scavenger hunt through the galleries and do a make-and-take project.

2/10/19: ArtStart Children’s Concert | St Paul | 2pm art activities & 3pm concert with St Paul Civic Symphony.

2/10/19: Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | Silverwood Park, St. Anthony | 1-3pm | Join Ned the Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Make-and-take art to follow.

2/10/19: Open House: Year of the Dog | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville | 12:30-4:30pm | Celebrate Chinese New Year at the nature center with all kinds of canine activities.

2/12/19: Ballet Tuesdays | Landmark Center, St. Paul | 12-1pm | Excerpts from the classics, perfect for budding ballerinas.

2/17/19: Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka | 2 sessions: 12 & 2pm | Take a free, hour-long art class designed for kids ages 5+ with caregivers. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 763.323.8830 or online here.

2/17/19: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul | 9am-5pm | Explore the newly renovated and expanded museum free! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted.

2/18/19: Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska | 8am-4pm

2/23/19: Winter Fun Kids Kraft | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee | 10:30am | Ages 4-8 can take in themed stories and hands-on crafts, then explore the museum. Registration required.

2/24/19: Family Fun Day: Owls – What a Hoot | Carl Kroening Interpretive, Minneapolis | 1-3pm | Drop in for naturalist-led activities and self-guided exploration of the visitor center’s interactive exhibits.


The following Twin Cities museums are FREE to visit:

Metro-wide free outdoor ice skating rinks are open daily; many have warming facilities and lighting, some have free skates to loan! Find our directory of rinks here or below on the graphic. Twin Cities sledding hills are also in abundance, and we’ve got plenty of free options for you.


FEBRUARY FAMILY WINTER FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS – FREE ADMISSION

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

2/9/19: Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove
2/2/19: February Festival 
| Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen

2/2/19: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth
2/2/19: Winter Carnival Family Day | Landmark Center, St Paul
2/10/19: Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center
2/16/19: Embrace the North Festival | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
2/23/19: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul


TWIN CITIES VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS – FREE

Spend a lovely weekend with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of all the Valentine's Day activities in the Twin Cities - many of them FREE. Here are 10 ideas to get you started

2/2/19: Kids Workshop: Heart Candy Box | TC Home Depot locations, 9am-12pm

2/9/19: Crafts For Kids: Valentine Mobile | TC Lakeshore Learning locations, 11am-3pm | Ages 3+

ONGOING FEBRUARY WEEKENDS – FREE

Minneapolis Institute of Arts | Minneapolis | Daily, 11am-5pm

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul | Daily, 10am-6pm, suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. Seasonal events include the Winter Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day.

Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul | 11:15am | Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | TC locations | Ongoing Saturdays, 11am-3pm

Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center | 9am-noon | Ongoing Saturdays of each month enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more.

February Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park side of the river) Sundays: 2/10, 2/24, 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center: Sundays: 2/3, 2/17, 2/24, 3-4pm

Naturalist’s Nature Table (Sat, 11am-3pm) & Family Funday (Sun, 12:30-3:30pm) | Carl Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis • Drop in Saturdays for naturalist-led activities or Sundays for self-guided exploration of the visitor center’s interactive exhibits.

Gideon Pond House Open House | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington | Ongoing Sundays, 1:30-4pm | Drop by for a house tour and living history activities.


ONGOING FEBRUARY WEEKDAYS – FREE

Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym | Apple Valley Community Center | Ongoing Mon/Wed/ Fri, 9:30-11am | Ages: 5 & under w/ caregiver | Burn off some energy with other kids, develop motor skills and coordination. A special tot time for tykes ages 2 & under is held from 9-9:30am followed by open play for 5 & under until 11.

MOA Toddler Tuesdays | Mall of America Rotunda | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon | Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set. Upcoming event schedule here.

Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul | Ongoing Tuesdays, 3-8pm | Explore the highly interactive and kid-friendly exhibits.

Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm. In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Stay for lunch — there are many tasty ethnic vendors to choose from, and several offer specials on Wednesdays. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.

Games Galore | Union Depot, St Paul | Ongoing Wednesdays, 10am-8pm | Play giant-sized versions of classic games including chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes and more.

Free Twin Cities December Family Events

Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul | Ongoing Thursdays starting through April 2019, 10am-noon | The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week.

Free Children’s Entertainment | Edinborough Park Amphitheater, Edina | Thursdays, noon.


FREE WEEKLY TWIN CITIES ACTIVITIES

Free abounds in the Twin Cities. Many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer free storytimes during the week. Local coffee shops & cafes serve parents with free dedicated play spaces. Nature centers are wonderful places that  offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. And dozens of St Paul & Minneapolis recreation centers offer free open gyms and tot times to run your littles ragged during the cooler months. Explore from our links below.

Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin CitiesKid-friendly Twin Cities Coffee Shops
Twin Cities Nature CentersSt Paul & Minneapolis Free Tot Times

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