50 Free Things To Do In February In the Twin Cities: Kids & Family Events

With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team are always scouting out ways to score a good deal. 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 winter in Minnesota, here’s what the month ahead will bring.

For more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events for kids and families in February visit our: 

Weekend Family Guide - Family Fun Twin Cities Banner.

Want to find free things to do in the Minneapolis-St Paul area this weekend? Find our current WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE, packed with suggestions.

Twin Cities Winter Festivals with Free Admission in February 2022

Twin Cities Minnesota Festivals banner showing Rice Park in St. Paul Minnesota in the Winter - Family Fun Twin Cities

THROUGH FEBRUARY 5, 2022: St Paul Winter Carnival

  • Snow Park at the State Fairgrounds: Chill out at the Fair viewing the results of the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting CompetitionsSculptures will be on display at the Fair through the run of Winter Carnival.
  • Winter Carnival ice sculpture carving and displays in Rice Park.
  • Frozen Family Fun Night at Landmark Plaza. Feb 1.
  • Winter Carnival Kids & Family Day – Feb 5 at Landmark Center.

February 4, 2022: Robbinsdale Fire on Ice

February 4-6, 2022: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

February 5, 2022: Anoka Winterfest

February 5, 2022: Apple Valley Mid-Winter Fest

February 5, 2022: Chanhassen Febuary Fest (Feb Fest)

February 5, 2022: Crystal Winterlude

February 5, 2022: Fire & Ice at Luxton Park

February 5, 2022: Plymouth Fire & Ice Festival

February 5, 2022: Columbia Heights SnowBLAST 2022

February 5, 2022: Burnsville Polar Fest

February 5, 2022: Maple Grove Wonders of Winter

February 12, 2022: Buffalo Kites on Ice 

Kites on Ice - Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

February 12, 2022: Brooklyn Park Winterfest

February 13-28, 2022: Stillwater Winterfest

Downtown Stillwater Minnesota lit up for the Holidays 2020

February 19, 2022: Dodge Nature Center Winter Fun Festival

February 19, 2022: Embrace the North Festival (Coon Rapids)

Twin Cities February Free outdoor Fun in the parks

There is so much FREE family fun to be had out in Twin Cities-areas parks during the winter months if you’re willing to bundle up your team and brave the chill. Community free outdoor ice skating rinks are open daily, many with warming facilities and lighting. You can browse our DIRECTORY OF FREE ICE RINKS IN THE PARKS HERE or click below on the graphic of our own little skaters. And how about throwing a sled down one of the abundant TWIN CITIES SLEDDING HILLS? Winter fun in the parks at its absolute best!

Featured Free Fun in Twin Cities Parks

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Seasonal events in February include the Winter Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden. Warm up with the indoor exhibits. Currently, the Zoo & Conservatory are open by reservation only. Make yours today, they fill fast. Suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. 10am-4pm.

Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks 

Explore Washington County Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No vehicle permit required. Find a listing of parks here. Feb 1, 2022.

Forever Wild Family Friday 

Lebanon Hils Regional Park, Eagan
Explore trails and a bonfire. Meet at the visitor center. Feb 4, 2022, 6-7:30pm

Pond Dakota Mission Park open houses

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. Saturdays, Feb 5-26, 2022. 

Ramsey County Winter Recreation Sampler

Keller Regional Park – Golfview, Maplewood Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109
Free winter fun for all ages! Try out kick-sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and more. Feb 5-6 & 12-13, 2022. 11am-4pm.

February Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Parks locations
Drop in for free nature programs at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK & RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. New themes each week. Sundays, Feb 6-27, 2022, 1-4pm.

Puppet Adventures & Let’s Get StARTed

Silverwood Park | 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Take in a puppet show followded by make-and-take nature-inspired art. Feb 13, 2022, 1-3pm.

Nature Rocks! Eden Prairie Outdoor Center Open House

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center | 13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347
Drop in to meet the resident animals, learn about programs and events. Saturdays, Feb 5-26, 2022, 10am-1pm.

Family Ice Fishing

Lake Rebecca, 415 Lock & Dam Road, Hastings, MN
Learn to ice fish with Park & Rec staff with equipment provided. Please register. Feb 12, 2022, 10-11am.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center Open House

2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113
Celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the tiger with free family activities. Feb 13, 12:30-4:30pm.

Free Play Snow Day 

Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386
Take a day to embrace winter with a free daily pass to the park’s archery range and ski trails, plus free ski equipment rentals, a warm campfire and s’mores at the Carver Ski Trailhead. At Lowry, free snowshoeing, kicksledding and meet a raptor between 1-3PM. Feb 26, 2022.

Family Funday: Outrageous Owls

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court Minneapolis, MN 55430
Dissect an owl pellet, make owl art, and find out how to look for owls in your neighborhood. Drop-in, but must register. Feb 27, 1-3pm.

Free Twin Cities Nature Centers

Nature and outdoor interpretive centers are wonderful places that offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. Find our complete listing of TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS.


Free Story & Art Time at Eden Prairie Art Center

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. Mondays, Feb 1-22, 2022, 10-11am.

Walker Art Center First Free Saturday 

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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. Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and pick up an art kit to take home. Tickets must be reserved online in advance. Feb 5, 2022, 10am-3pm.

Walker Art Center
Stopping at a Listening Station

Ballet Tuesdays

Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Excerpts from the classics, perfect for budding ballerinas. Feb 8, 12pm.

Articulture Free Studio Art Day

2613 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Registration required. Feb 12, 2022, 1-3pm.

Virtual free Family Art Day with Rumriver Art Center

Take a free art class from the comfort of your home.  Register for Zoom link. Feb 19, 2022, 11am-12pm.

Urban Expedition: China & Greece

Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W, St Paul MN 55102
Travel the globe and learn about a new culture without hopping a plane! Experience through music, food, crafts and exhibits. Sundays, Feb 20 & 26, 2022. 1-3pm. 

Kids Craft To Go with Scott County Historical Society

Stop by the museum to pick up a take-home activity kit, instructions and supplies provided. Kits can be picked up Monday-Friday, February 21-25, from 9am-4pm.

More twin cities free family entertainment in February

Free Valentine’s Day Events

Jump over to our big list of Twin Cities Valentine’s Day events for kids and families.

Free Special Events for Families!

Friday Family Movie Night at Edinborough Park

7700 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Free admission to the family movie Sonic the Hedgehog. Feb 11, 5:30pm.

STEM Family Day at Mill City Museum

Activities throughout the museum tie in the history of flour mills on the riverfront to STEM. This place is a “blast” for kids – and this year, the event is FREE! Feb 19, 12-3pm.

Top 10 Family Picks: February in the Twin Cities

ONGOING February WEEKDAYS & Weekends – FREE Events

Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays 

Back in-person entertainment. Meet Bubble Guppies in West Market Square and more. Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon.

Free Children’s Entertainment at Edinborough Park

Ongoing kid-friendly performances at the amphitheater. Thursdays, 11:30am.

Saturday Vibe at George Latimer Central Library

Fresh, family entertainment – music, storytelling, puppets and more. Check the schedule for more details. Most Saturdays in February, 11:30am.

Twin Cities Museums with Free Admission


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.

free events we hope to return in 2022

3 thoughts on “50 Free Things To Do In February In the Twin Cities: Kids & Family Events”

  1. Thank you for putting a site like this together. It can take a great deal of effort to find activities for those looking to save money. I hope a warm hearted thank you from my family to all of yours on your team help inspire many more events posted in the future. If you ever need an addition to your effort I would gladly like to assist in what your doing. Take care!

  2. Thank you, Dominic.

    We’ve all been in the same place and that is why this site has become a labor of love for all of us.

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