Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities




5/2/19: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis | 7-9pm | Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float. Cancelled for 2020 (Look for it again 5/2/2021)

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Friday, 4 May | 10:30am | Star Wars Storytime
Join us for our annual party celebrating the punniest day of the year: May the Fourth Be with You! Come celebrate all things Star Wars at a morning storytime, best appreciated by kids 3 and up.

5/3/19: Forever Wild Family Friday: Geocaching | Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan | 7-8:30pm

5/4/19: Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township | 10am-noon | Hands-on, family-friendly themed stations. Drop in anytime.


5/4/19: First Free Saturday: Everyday Extraordinary | 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 every first Saturday of the month.

5/4/19: First Saturday Science: Bug’s Life | Metro State University, St Paul | 12-2pm |
The first Saturday of each month, kids explore a specific scientific field in a hands-on lab setting.

5/4/19: MacPhail Free Family Music Series: Peter & the Wolf | MacPhail Center For Music, Minneapolis | 10am & 11am concerts | Open houses include concerts geared towards kids, a chance to play with instruments, snacks and more.

5/4/19: Home Depot Kids Workshop: Blooming Art | 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.

5/7/19: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks | Listing of parks here | Explore Washington Cty Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No permit required.

5/11/19: Second Saturdays at TPT | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul | 8-11am | Activities are all free but reserving a time slot is required.

5/11/19: Saturday Family Fun: Garden Starters | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley | 10-11am

5/12/19: Family Day | Minneapolis Institute of Art, 11am-5pm

5/18/19: Public Works Open House & Tour | Bloomington Public Works Building | 9am-noon | Get up close to that big equipment, plus displays, demos and snacks for all ages.

5/19/19: 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. Try art making with a take-home activity.

5/19/19: 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.

5/19/19: Family Day at the M | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul | 1-4pm

5/20/19: Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska | 8am-5pm

5/26/19: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia | 1-4pm | Step back into the 1850’s with Swedish immigrant family activities and tours.

5/27/19: Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis | 10:30am-3pm | Ceremony begins at 10:30am followed by live music, refreshments, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides and art activities for kids.


The following Twin Cities museums are FREE to visit:


Early May: Caponi Art Park | Eagan | Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm | FREE admission, donations appreciated | Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment.

These outdoor swimming holes typically open Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting. Make sure to double check the websites before packing up the swimsuits and heading out.

Nicollet Commons Park water feature, Burnsville (weather dependent)

tm nicollet commons park

Oak Hill Splash Pad | St Louis Park, 10am-8pm | Residents admitted free, non-residents pay $1/pp

Minneapolis Wading Pools & Beaches | Open daily 10am-9pm – please note that wading pools attached to a Minneapolis public school will remain closed until the school year is done. Beaches remain unguarded until mid-June | FREE

Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis


Spring Festivals

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5/4/19: Cinco de Mayo | West Side of St Paul | 9am-6pm | A full day of events celebrating the vibrant and diverse District del Sol neighborhood.

5/5/19: MayDay Parade & Festival | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis | Parade begins at noon at 25th Street & Bloomington Ave, festival to follow in the park with Tree Lighting Ceremony at 3pm. Get the full schedule of events here. Cancelled for 2020 (Look for it again 5/2/2021)

5/17/19-5/19/19: Art-A-Whirl | Northeast Minneapolis | Fri 5-10pm, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-5pm | Spanning the entire weekend, Art-A-Whirl is the ultimate open house for artist studios. Many offer hands-on activities or demonstrations that interest kids as well as their adults. A listing of Art-A-Whirl family offerings can be found here.

5/18/19: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins | 9am-4pm

5/18/19: Arts in the Park | Purgatory Creek Park, Eden Prairie | 9am-4pm | Local craft vendors plus music and entertainment just for kids.


Free Twin Cities May Family Events


5/11/19: Little Earth Mothers Day Powwow | Cedar Avenue Field Park, Minneapolis | Noon-9pm

5/11/19-5/12/19: Take a Mom Fishing Weekend | Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license for species that have open fishing seasons.

5/12/19: Mother’s Day Photo Booth | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton | 1-3pm | Make a memory by taking a fun picture with Mother Nature and unique props. 

5/12/19: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk of Birding Stroll | Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis | Wildflower Walk: 10am, 11am & 12:45. Birding Stroll: 6-6:45pm.

5/12/19: Family Day | MIA, Minneapolis | 11am-5pm

5/12/19: St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert | Landmark Center, St Paul | 1pm


5/11/19-5/12/19: Mother’s Day Weekend | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm | Moms free when accompanied by a child; help with spring planting and visit the farm babies.

5/12/19: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line | Minneapolis | 12:30-8:30pm | Moms ride 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 Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day.

Free Twin Cities May Family Events

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.

May Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park side of the river) select Sundays, 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center: Ongoing Sundays, 3-4pm

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.


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 Children’s Entertainment | Edinborough Park Amphitheater, Edina | Thursdays thru 5/9/19, noon.


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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