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.

TWIN CITIES FEBRUARY 2020 SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

Feb 1, 2020: Winter Carnival Family Day | Landmark Center, St Paul
Family activities throughout Landmark Center. 11am-5pm.

Feb 1, 2020: Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake
10am-12.

Feb 1, 2020: First Free Saturday: Cabin Fever| Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
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. 10am-3pm.

Feb 1, 2020: Home Depot Kids Workshop: Heart String Art | TC Home Depot
The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children. 9am-noon.

Feb 1, 2020: First Saturday Science: Chemical Reactions | Metropolitan State University
 Drop in, hands-on science activities for families. 12-2pm.

Feb 2, 2020: Family Fun Day: Groundhog Day | Carl Kroening Interpretive, Minneapolis Drop in for naturalist-led activities and self-guided exploration of the visitor center’s interactive exhibits. 1-3pm.

Feb 2, 2020: Open House: Year of the Rat | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville Celebrate Chinese New Year at the nature center with all kinds of rodent activities. 12:30-4:30pm.

Feb 4, 2020: Free Tuesday Washington County Parks | SE Metro, parks here
Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

Feb 7, 2020: Forever Wild Family Friday: Snow Fun | Lebanon Hills Park, Eagan Free family activities indoors and out. 7-8:30pm.

Feb 8, 2020: Second Saturdays at TPT | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul
It’s Black History Month at the studio this weekend! It’s all free but reserving a time slot is required. 8-11am.

Feb 8, 2020: Family Ice Fishing Days | Lake Rebecca, Hastings 
Please register to ensure there’s enough equipment for all. Instruction provided by the NPS. 9am-11:30am.

Feb 9, 2020: Urban Expedition: Guatemala | Landmark Center, St Paul
Travel the globe without hopping a plane through music, food, crafts and more. 1-3pm.

Feb 9, 2020: Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | Silverwood Park, St. Anthony  Join Ned the Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Make-and-take art to follow. 1-3pm.

Feb 11, 2020: Ballet Tuesdays | Landmark Center, St. Paul
Excerpts from the classics, perfect for budding ballerinas. 12-1pm.

Feb 15, 2020: Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley
Take a scavenger hunt through the galleries and do a make-and-take project. 1-3pm.

Feb 15-17: Polar Palooza Weekend | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
Crafts, games, storytime, interactive stations and more. 10am-4pm.

Feb 16, 2020: Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka
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 sessions: 12 & 2pm.

Feb 16, 2020: Family Day | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul
Explore the new space and get into family art-making activities. 1-4pm.

Feb 16, 2020: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul    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. 9am-5pm.

Feb 17, 2020: Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska | 8am-4pm

Feb 21, 2020: Free Open Studio – Watercolors | Minneapolis Institute of Art
Experiment with watercolor paints, pencils and crayons. 1-3pm.

Feb 22, 2020: SPCO Family Concert: Peter & the Wolf | Ted Mann Concert Hall
Designed for kids ages 6-12, the program is a wonderful way to introduce children to classical music. Free, but reserving tickets is a must. Concerts at 10 & 11:30am.

Feb 22, 2020: Winter Fun Kids Kraft | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee  
Ages 4-8 can take in themed stories and hands-on crafts, then explore the museum. Registration required. 10:30am.

Feb 23, 2020: ArtStart Children’s Concert | St Paul
2pm art activities & 3pm concert with St Paul Civic Symphony.

Feb 28, 2020: Free Open Studio – Sculpting | Minneapolis Institute of Art
Create a sculpture of your very own using clay, wire, and other materials. 1-3pm.

Feb 29, 2020: Free Play Snow Day | Three Rivers Parks
Make the best of our extended winter with FREE events across several Three Rivers Parks: free ski and snowshoe rentals, free beginner ski lessons, discounted tubing, free maple syrup programs, bonfires and more.


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 2020 FAMILY WINTER FESTIVALS & FUN DAYS – FREE ADMISSION

Free February Twin Cities Family Events & Activities

Feb 1, 2020: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth
Feb 1, 2020: Fire & Ice at Luxton | Minneapolis
Feb 1, 2020: Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen
Feb 8, 2020: Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove
Feb 8, 2020: Anoka Winterfest | Greenhaven Golf Course
Feb 8, 2020: Kites on Ice | Downtown Buffalo
Feb 9, 2020: Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center
Feb 15, 2020: Embrace the North Festival | Coon Rapids Park, Brooklyn Park
Feb. 22, 2020: Winter Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul
Feb 29, 2020: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul


TWIN CITIES 2020 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

Jump over to our big list of Valentine’s Day events and family activities in the Twin Cities.

Feb 1, 2020: Kids Workshop: Heart String Art | TC Home Depot locations | 10am-12pm

Feb 8, 2020: Love Local Open House  | Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis  
Artist-led Valentine activities: printed postcards, handmade heart-shaped paper, pop-up cards. 10-2pm.

Feb 12, 2020: Valentine Cardmaking | Arlington Hills Community Center, St Paul
Ages 6+ can make cards for special someones. 4:30-5:30pm.

Feb 12, 2020: Valentine’s Day Art Class | Hazel Park Rec Center, St Paul
A creative Valentine’s Day project for kids ages 3-6. 6:15-7:15pm.

Feb 12, 2020: Valentine’s Day Craft | Highwood Hills Rec Center, St Paul
Ages 5-12 can drop in to create a homemade valentine craft. 5-6:30pm. This free event also takes place at Battle Creek Rec Center on Feb 13 at 2:30pm and Palace Rec Center Feb 10-12 at 3:30pm.

Feb 13, 2020: Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating | Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center, St Paul
Ages 5-12 can drop in and decorate cookies. 4-5pm.

Feb 14, 2020: Free Open Studio: Printmaking | Minneapolis Institute of Art 
Use the open studio time to create your own unique, printed Valentines. 1-3pm.

Feb 7, 2020: Valentine’s Day Party | Palace Rec Center, St Paul
Valentine music, activities, crafts and snacks for all ages. 5:30-7:30pm.

Feb 13, 2020: Valentine’s Day Skating Party | Webber Park, Minneapolis
Music, cookies, hot chocolate and a photo booth. 5-7pm.

Feb 14, 2020: Valentine’s Day Party | Loring Park, Minneapolis
Games, crafts and music for all ages. 3:30-5pm.

Feb 8, 2020: Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance | Lynnhurst Park, Minneapolis
Families can celebrate with D.J. music, food, crafts and games. 1pm-3pm.


ONGOING FEBRUARY 2020 WEEKENDS – FREE

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

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul
Seasonal events include the Winter Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Daily, 10am-4pm, suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate.

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

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | TC locations
Ongoing Saturdays in Feb, 10am-3pm.

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

February Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Richardson Nature Center select Sundays in Feb, 3-4pm

Open House at Pond Dakota Mission Park | Bloomington
Come by the historic Gideon Pond house in the park for tours, living history lessons and other interactive activities. Ongoing Sundays in Feb, 1:30-4pm, please check the website first. FREE, donations appreciated.


ONGOING FEBRUARY 2020 WEEKDAYS – FREE

Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym | Apple Valley Community Center
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. Ongoing Mon/Wed/ Fri, 9:30-11am.

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

Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul
Ongoing Tuesdays in Feb, 3-8pm.

Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
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. Ongoing Wednesdays in Feb, 10:30am – 1pm.

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

Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
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. Ongoing Thursdays through April 2020, 10am-noon.

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


FEBRUARY 2020 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.

Free January Family Events - Story TimesTop Kids Storytimes in the Twin CitiesKid-friendly Twin Cities Coffee Shops
Twin Cities Nature CentersFree January Family Events - Open Gym TimesSt Paul & Minneapolis Free Tot Times

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