June explodes with FREE family events that bring on summer: outdoor concerts and movies, the opening of beaches, outdoor pools and splash pads, entertainment 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!
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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
Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St Paul | Ongoing Saturdays, 11:15am | Fresh entertainment each week including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.
Materials Lab | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul | Open during exhibition hours, ongoing Sat/Sun, 10am-4pm | All ages can drop in and get creative with available materials and a little guidance.
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.
Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows | 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis | Ongoing Thurs starting 6/8/17, 6:30pm.
Starts Memorial Day Weekend: Minneapolis Music in the Parks | Nightly; park vary
6/1/17: Star Party | Como Planetarium, St Paul | 7-9:30pm | Activities for all ages, a mini planetarium program, and chance to look through a telescope (weather permitting).
Starts 6/2/17: St Paul Movies in the Park | parks and times vary, check link for schedule
6/3/17: First Free Saturday: Once Upon a Time | 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. Plus Gallery Admission is Free from June 1-10th for everyone!
6/3/17: 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 6/5/17: Minneapolis Movies in the Park | Mon-Sat, movies begin 15 min. past sunset
Starts 6/7/17: St Paul Music in the Parks | Daily, parks vary
Starts 6/8/17: Project Passport | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul | Ongoing Thursdays, 10-am-noon • suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate.
6/17/17: Free Day & Block Party | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul | Museum open 9am-8pm, party from 9am-4pm | Be among the first to explore the completely made-over museum – FREE! Activities spill out into the street in front of the museum. Target Free Third Sunday will continue on 6/18/17.
Starts 6/3/17: Pierre Bottineau House Open House | Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove | Ongoing Saturdays starting, 1-4pm
6/4 & 6/18: June Free Family Fun Days | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park | 1-3pm
6/8/17: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays
6/11/17: Silverwood OnStage: 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 6/13/17: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth | Music and other live entertainment with more to follow in July & August.
Starts 6/15/17: Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thurs and Movies by Moonlight to come in July & August 2017.
6/16/17: Night at the Movies | Townsend Park, New Brighton | at dusk
6/20/17: 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 6/28/17 from 7-8pm featuring bedtime stories.
6/11/17: Live @ The Rog! Performance Series | Central Park, Roseville | Ongoing Sundays
6/14/17: Concerts in the Commons | Shoreview Community Center | Ongoing Wednesdays
6/19/17: Shoreview Puppet Wagon | Shoreview parks | Ongoing Mondays
6/20/17: Roseville Puppet Wagon | Roseville parks | Ongoing Tues-Thurs starting 6/20/17, plus kickoff party 6/15/17 @ Roseville Kinderberry Hill, 6:30pm
6/22/17: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park, North St Paul
6/2/17: Forever Wild Family Friday: Campfire Stories | Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, Eagan | 7-8:30pm.
6/9/2017: Puppet Workshop @ Caponi Art Park, Eagan • 10:30am-11:30• FREE. Details: Artist guided interactive puppet making workshop. Space is limited to the first 30 participants who sign up. Stay and explore afterwards.
6/12/17: Eagan Puppet Wagon | Eagan parks | Ongoing Mon-Fri starting 6/12/17. Bring a blanket for the shows, then stay after for art projects and interactive activities.
6/12/17: Apple Valley Mobile Puppet Theater | Apple Valley parks, ongoing Mon-Fri | Stay for a free craft project following select performances.
6/15/17: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Thursdays, stay to enjoy the landscaped splash pad!
6/15/17: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series | Ojibway Park, Woodbury | Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk.
6/16/17: Music in Kelley Park | Apple Valley | Ongoing Fridays starting 6/16/17 with music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.
6/16/2017: Puppet Performance @ Caponi Art Park, Eagan • 10:30am-11:30• FREE. Details: Artist led interactive puppet performance. Space is limited to the first 30 participants who sign up. Stay and explore afterwards.
6/19/17: Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Fridays
Starts 6/1/17: Entertainment at Centennial Lakes Park | Edina | Almost daily events including movies in the park (Thursdays, dusk), live music, kids entertainment (Tuesdays, noon) and farmers markets.
Starts 6/3: 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 6/3/17: Grimm Farmhouse Open House | Carver Park Reserve, Victoria | Ongoing Saturdays, 1-4pm
Starts 6/11/17: June Free Family Fun Days | Richardson Nature Center | Ongoing Sundays, 3-4pm
Starts 6/6/17: MOA Toddler Tuesdays, Mall of America Rotunda | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon | Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set.
6/10/17: Moonlight Movies | Red Haddox Field, Bloomington | Ongoing Fri/Sat, 9pm
6/12/17: Arts in the Parks: Monday Morning Kids Series | Moir Park, Bloomington |10:30am
6/13/17: Tuesday Evening Perform Series | Normandale Bandshell, Bloomington | 7pm and Moonlight Movies at Red Haddox Field starting 6/10/17. All are FREE to attend.
6/13/17: Kids Summer Entertainment Series | Firemen’s Park, Chaska | Ongoing Tues, 10:30am
6/13/17: Music in the Park | Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater | Ongoing Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
6/13/17: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Richfield | Ongoing Tuesdays, noon
6/14/17: Creative Kidstuff Concert Series | The Shops at West End, St Louis Park | Ongoing Wed thru 8/16/17, 10-11am.
6/14/17: Clayhole Concerts | Firemen’s Park, Chaska | Ongoing Wednesdays | 7pm
6/16-18 & 6/22-25: Eden Prairie Park Players Presents: Honk! | Staring Lake Amphitheater
6/16 & 6/17: Theater in the Park performances of Once Upon a Mattress | Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater | 10:30am & 7pm
6/20/17: Kidstock | Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30am
Drop-in Playtime | Amma Parenting Center, Edina | Ongoing Fridays, 11:45am-12:45pm | Drop-in play for newborns through walking age.
TWIN CITIES JUNE FAMILY FESTIVAL CALENDAR – FREE ADMISSION
6/2-6/4: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France | Family highlights: Live music and a Kids Zone filled with art activities, inflatables and a shady place to rest.
6/3/17: Art in the Hollow| Swede Hollow, St. Paul • 10am-5pm • Family highlights: Over 50 visual & performing artists, many creating works on site.
6/3/17: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | Como and Carter Avenues, Saint Paul, Minnesota, St. Paul • 10am-5pm • Family highlights: Boy Scout Troop 17 and Cub Scout Pack 22 will have fun activities for kids from 10 am to 3 pm at the corner of Como Avenue and Luther Place. Go for a climb on a tower and if the weather is good, take a pinewood derby car for a spin!
6/3/17: Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul | 11am-4pm | Family highlights: Celebrate clean lakes and outdoor rec with family canoeing, fishing lessons, crafts, games, interactive exhibits and more.
6/3-4: Flint Hills International Children’s Festival Family Weekend | Downtown St Paul | Family highlights: The whole shebang, from outdoor artist performances to the exhibit and activities tent, is great for kids. Get tips for bringing the whole family at the link.
6/3-9: I Love Burnsville Week | Family highlights: Minnesota Riverfront Park Grand Opening (6/3), skateboarding shows and Friday Fest (6/9).
6/4/17: Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul | Family highlights: Plenty of kids activities in the Family Fun District (for a fee), but no charge to enjoy the live music and parade.
6/7-11: Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville • Family highlights: Carnival runs Thu-Sun; Saturday Events for Kids including fire truck display, Kiddie Parade, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, and Toddler Town. Miss Albertville Royalty candidates sponsor root beer floats at the Lions Shelter at 11:00 a.m.
6/8-11: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park | Family highlights: Festival at Lakeside Lions Park (6/11/17, 10am-dusk), parade and movie in the park.
6/8-11: Hugo Good Neighbor Days | Hugo | Family highlights: Parade and fireworks.
6/9-11: Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls | Family highlights: Kids parade through Taylors Falls.
6/10-11: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove | Family highlights: A Chalkfest Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music and food.
6/10-11: Art on the Lake | Excelsior | Family highlights: Get creative in the Kids Art Tent and treat the whole family to a discounted cruise on the Steamboat Minnehaha ($5/pp).
6/10-11: Deutsche Tage | St. Paul • Family highlights: A sampling of German food (not free), culture and games.
6/10-11: Northern Spark | Green Line (Mpls – St. Paul) • 8:59 pm to 5:26 am • Family highlights: This overnight festival of art is probably best to share with the older kids.
6/13-17: Farmington Dew Days | Farmington | Family highlights: Tour the Dakota City Heritage Village on Friends & Family Fun Day (6/16/17, 10am-noon, $5/pp).
6/14-17: Faribault Heritage Celebration | Faribault • Family highlights: Carnival, live music, coloring contest and kids fun run.
6/14-18: Buffalo Days | Buffalo • Family highlights: Wed-Sun: Carnival, Thu: Kiddie Parade (6:30): Fri: Fireworks (dusk); Sat: Grand Parade (6pm).
6/14-16/2018: Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park | Family highlights: Parade (Thur), free root beer float social, live music and a movie in the park. In 2018, Tater Daze has a new home at the Community Activity Center.
6/15-18: St. Louis Park Parktacular | St. Louis Park | Family highlights: Both the Grand Day Parade (noon-2pm) and Kidtacular Family & Kids Activities (2-6pm) are 6/17/17. Activities are free or low cost.
6/15-18: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park | Family highlights: Free kids tractor pedal pull, free petting farm, self-guided StoryWalk through the festival, and $3 tethered hot air balloon rides (ages 10+).
6/15/17-7/4/17: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake | Family highlights: Movie on the beach, sandcastle contest, Family fun night, and free pontoon rides.
6/16-18: Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis | Family highlights: Take a stroll across the bridge to seek out the Family Activities Area with birdhouse-building, games, and a family photo opp.
6/17/17: Maker Fest | Sun Ray Library, St Paul | 12-4pm | Local “makers” meet to showcase their crafts and allow you a chance to get hands-on too.
6/17/17: Fridley Fest (formerly ’49er Days) | Commons Park, Fridley • Family highlights: This shortened version will still have a parade, kids fun run, food and music. Fireworks are still possible. Stay tuned.
6/21-25: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights | Family highlights: Jamboree Parade and FREE activities in the park including rock climbing, an obstacle course, and an art class.
6/22-24: Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center | Family highlights: A full Saturday of fun in Centennial Park with a petting zoo, crafts, family games, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice cream and more.
6/22-24: Oakdale Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale | Family highlights: A parade, fireworks, live music and kids events.
6/22-26: Rosefest | Roseville | Family highlights: Skate for FREE at the Roseville Skating Center or hit up Family Fest at Central Park, roast smores around the campfire at Harriet Alexander Nature Center and get up in some big rig. Annual Rose Parade is held 6/26/17.
6/23-25: Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park, Blaine • Family highlights: Family beach party (6/23), carnival, petting zoo, dance party.
6/23-25: Kaposia Days | South St Paul | Family highlights: Try your hand at kids carnival games at Central Square, catch the parade and fireworks.
6/24/17: Midsommar Dag | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia | 10am-4pm | Family highlights: Tour the historic buildings FREE, complemented by kids “Immigrant for a Day” activities plus Swedish music and dance.
6/24/17: Minnetonka Summer Festival | Civic Center Campus | 4-10:45pm | Family highlights: Inflatables, petting zoo, family music, and fireworks. All activities are free except food!
6/24-25: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds | Family highlights: Art activity tents sponsored by the Eagan Art House.
6/24-25: Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton • Family highlights: Kids Spin Art, live music, raptor demos & strawberry shortcake eating contest.
6/25/17: Scandinavian Summer Fest | Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis | Family highlights: Potluck lunch, children’s parade at 11:45am, music and maypole dancing.
6/27-7/4: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Johnny Cake Ridge Park E | Apple Valley
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