Free Twin Cities June Family Events & Activities

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June explodes with FREE family events that bring on summer: outdoor concerts and movies, the opening of beaches, outdoor pools and splash padsentertainment in the park and much more.  And, in order to better serve our readers, we’ve organized our usual roundup of activities by regions of the Twin Cities Metro. As always, if you don’t see a favorite event listed in YOUR hometown, please drop us a line and we’ll add it. Happy June savings from FFTC.

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul | Daily, spring/summer hours 10am-4pm | Suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate.

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

Starts 5/18/18: St Paul Music in the Parks | Daily, parks vary

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

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

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. 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, Jenga, etc.

Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul | Ongoing Thursdays, 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.

Starts Memorial Day Weekend: Minneapolis Music in the Parks | Nightly; park vary

Starts 6/1/18: St Paul Movies in the Park  | Parks and times vary, check link for schedule

6/2/18: First Free Saturday: Family Pride | 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.

6/2/18: Home Depot Kids Workshop | TC Home Depot locations | 9am-noon | The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.

Starts 6/4/18: Minneapolis Movies in the Park | Mon-Sat, movies begin 15 min. past sunset

Starts: 6/6/18: Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul | Ongoing Wed in June, 6-8pm | FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase.

Starts 6/7/18: Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows | 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis | Ongoing Thurs, 6:30pm.

6/17/18: 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 might be especially so on Father’s Day!) and you may wait in line to be admitted.

 

 

TWIN CITIES NORTH METRO SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

6/3/18 & 6/17/18: June Free Family Fun Days | Coon Rapids Dam Reg Park, Brooklyn Park | 1-3pm

Starts 6/6/18: Silverwood OnStage | Silverwood Park, St Anthony | Ongoing Wednesdays, 6:30pm

Starts 6/7/18: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Reg Park pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays, 7pm

6/10/18: Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley | 1-3pm | Drop in for art projects, a scavenger hunt, snack, and occasional special entertainment.

6/10/18: 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. Try art making with a take-home activity.

Starts 6/11/18: Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays and Movies by Moonlight to come in July & August 2018.

Starts 6/12/18: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth | Music and other live entertainment with more to follow in July & August.

6/15/18 & 6/16/18: Eidem Homestead Open House | Brooklyn Park | Fri 12-7pm, Sat 10-2 | Farm tours, hayrides & old-time demos.

6/22/18: Night at the Movies | Townsend Park, New Brighton | at dusk

6/29/18: Stories From the Porch | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | 10am-12pm | Bring your chairs or blanket for storytime on the farm (stories read at 10:15 & 11am) followed by free play. Also held 6/26/18 from 7-8pm featuring bedtime stories.

 

 

Starts 6/2/18: Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lk | Ongoing Sat, 10am-12 

Starts 6/10/18: Live @ The Rog! Performance Series | Central Park, Roseville | Ongoing Sundays

6/13/18: Concerts in the Commons | Shoreview Community Center | Ongoing Wednesdays

Starts 6/19/18: Roseville Puppet Wagon | Roseville parks | Ongoing Tues-Thurs, 9:30-11:30am

Starts 6/20/18: Discover Your Parks | Roseville parks | Ongoing Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm

6/25/18: Shoreview Puppet Wagon | Commons Park, Shoreview | 6:30pm

6/21/18: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park, North St Paul

6/22/18: Wet ‘n Wild – Outdoor Waterslide | Shoreview Community Center | 12:30-2:30pm

 

 

TWIN CITIES SOUTH METRO SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

6/1/18: Forever Wild Family Friday: Pollinators | Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan | 7-8:30pm

6/5/18: 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 (non-holiday).

6/8/18 & 6/22/18: Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Fridays, 6:30 seating, 7pm show.

Starts 6/11/18: Woodbury Puppet Wagon | Woodbury parks | Ongoing Mon-Thurs, plus, Puppet Wagon Preview Party at Kinderberry Hill, 6/7/18, with shows, crafts and popsicles.

Starts 6/14/18: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Thursdays, stay to enjoy the landscaped splash pad!

6/14/18 & 6/28/18: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series | Ojibway Park, Woodbury | Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk.

Starts 6/15/18: Music in Kelley Park | Apple Valley | Ongoing Fridays | Music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.

Starts 6/18/18: Eagan Puppet Wagon | Eagan parks | Ongoing Mon-Fri | Bring a blanket for the shows, then stay after for art projects and interactive activities.

Starts 6/18/18: Apple Valley Puppet Wagon | Apple Valley parks, ongoing Mon-Fri

 

 

Starts 6/2/18: 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.

Starts 6/2/18: Grimm Farmhouse Open House | Carver Park Reserve, Victoria | Ongoing Sat, 1-4pm

Starts 6/3/18: Entertainment at Centennial Lakes Park | Edina | Events Sun-Thurs including movies in the park (Thursdays, dusk), live music, kids entertainment (Tuesdays, noon) and farmers markets.

Starts 6/5/18: MOA Summer Toddler Tuesdays, Mall of America Rotunda | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon | Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set.

6/8/18: Moonlight Movies | Red Haddox Field, Bloomington | Ongoing Fri & select Saturdays, 9pm

Starts 6/10/18: June Free Family Fun Days | Richardson Nature Center | Ongoing Sundays, 3-4pm

Starts 6/11/18: Arts in the Parks: Monday Morning Kids Series | Moir Park, Bloomington | 10:30am

Starts 6/12/18: Kids Summer Movie Escape | CMX Cinemas – Mall of America & Burnsville | Ongoing Tues-Thurs, doors open at 9:30.

Starts 6/12/18: Tuesday Evening Performance Series | Normandale Bandshell, Bloomington | 7pm – also live music during Thursday Night Blockbuster Series (7pm).

6/12/18: Kids Summer Entertainment Series | Firemen’s Park, Chaska | Ongoing Tues, 10:30am – also Clayhole Concerts, Wednesdays starting 6/13/18. Ice Cream Social & Beach Bash 6/13/18, 6pm

6/12/18: Music in the Park & Farmers Market | Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater | Ongoing Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

6/12/18: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Richfield | Ongoing Tuesdays, noon. Evening Series, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/7/18, 7pm.

6/15/18-6/17/18 & 6/21/18-6/24/18: Eden Prairie Park Players Presents: Beauty & the Beast | Staring Lake Amphitheater

Starts 6/19/18: Kidstock | Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30am

Starts 6/27/18: Creative Kidstuff Concerts | Shops West End, St Louis Pk | Ongoing Wed, 10-11am.

TBA: Theater in the Park | Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater


TWIN CITIES JUNE FAMILY FESTIVAL CALENDAR – FREE ADMISSION

6/1/18-6/2/18: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul

6/1/18-6/2/18: Johnstock | Johnson St NE, Minneapolis

6/1/18-6/3/18: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France, Edina

6/2/18: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington

6/2/18: Art in the Hollow | Swede Hollow Park, St Paul

6/2/18: Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul

6/2/18: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | Como and Carter Avenues, St Paul

6/2/18-6/3/18: Discover Aviation Days | Anoka County Airport, Blaine

6/2/18-6/8/18: I Love Burnsville Week

6/3/18: Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul

6/3/18: Rhubarb Fest | New Brighton History Center Museum, New Brighton

6/6/18-6/10/18: Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville

6/7/18-6/10/18: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park

6/7/18-6/10/18: Hugo Good Neighbor Days | Hugo

6/9/18-6/10/18: Art on the Lake | Excelsior

6/9/18-6/10/18: Deutsche Tage | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul

6/9/18-6/10/18: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove

6/10/18: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

6/10/18-6/17/18: Buffalo Days | Buffalo

6/10/18: Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie

6/12/18-6/16/18: Farmington Dew Days | Farmington

6/13/18-6/16/18: Faribault Heritage Celebration | Faribault

6/13/18-6/17/18: St. Louis Park Parktacular | St Louis Park

6/14/18-6/16/18: Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park

6/14/18-6/16/18: Fridley Fest (formerly ’49er Days) | Commons Park, Fridley

6/14/18-6/17/18: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park, Cottage Grove

6/14/18-7/4/18: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake

6/15/18-6/16/18: Northern Spark | Minneapolis

6/15/18-6/17/18: Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis

6/16/18: Maker Fest | Rondo Library, St Paul

6/16/18: Midsommar CelebrationAmerican Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

6/20/18-6/24/18: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights

6/21/186/23/18: Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center

6/21/18-6/23/18: Twin Cities Jazz Festival | St Paul

6/21/18-6/24/18: Oakdale Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale

6/21/18-6/25/18: Rosefest | Roseville

6/22/18-6/24/18: Kaposia Days | South St Paul

6/22/18-6/24/18: Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park, Blaine

6/23/18: Minnetonka Summer Festival | Civic Center Campus

6/23/18: Midsommar Dag | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia

6/23/18-6/24/18: Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton

6/23/18-6/24/18: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds

6/24/18: Scandinavian Summer Fest | Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

6/26/18-7/4/18: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley

6/29/18-7/3/18: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI


TWIN CITIES BEACHES, POOLS, WATER PARKS & SPLASH PADS – many with FREE ADMISSION

TWIN CITIES JUNE FARMERS MARKETS FAMILY ACTIVITIES – FREE

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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