With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team sure are THANKFUL for a good deal, especially as the holidays are upon us. For hundreds more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events for kids and families in November visit our:
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 NOVEMBER FREE FUN IN THE PARKS
1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Seasonal events include the Fall Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden. Come visit the seals at Como Harbor, their brand new habitat! 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.
Explore Washington County Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No vehicle permit required. Find a listing of parks here. Nov 1, 2021.
Lebanon Hills Regional Park | 860 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
Explore trails and a bonfire. Held at the Lebanon Hills Park Visitor Center. Nov 5, 6-7:30pm.
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, Nov 6-27. Note: Nov 13 is geared towards adults. Drop in from 1-4pm.
North Mississippi Regional Park | 5116 N Mississippi Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Become a nature detective & make an animal track to take home. Registration required. Nov 14, 1-3pm.
Manor Park | Abbott Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Storytime in the park with a craft. Resgistration preferred. Nov 20, 10am.
Silverwood Park | 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Take in a puppet show followded by make-and-take nature-inspired art. Nov 21, 1-3pm.
A Black Friday tradition. Explore one of the many Minnesota State Parks within an hour’s drive of the Minneapolis-St Paul area without a day pass. Nov 26.
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 Twin CIties Early Holiday Events in November
The Twin Cities sparkles in late November & early December as community holiday trees are lit up across the Twin Cities. We have gathered a complete list of those events in our Holiday Tree Lighting Guide. Find our quick list below of FREE events!
Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Tree Lighting Events in November
APPLE VALLEY: Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov 23)
BURNSVILLE: Winter Lighting Ceremony (Nov 24)
EDINA: Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov 26)
Shoreview: Holiday Lighting Event (Nov 15)
TAYLORS FALLS: Taylors Falls Lighting Festival (Nov 26-28)
WAYZATA: Light Up the Lake Celebration (Nov 26)
Twin Cities Holiday Festivals with Free Admission in November
The Woods Gifts | Woodbury & Maple Grove locations
Visit with Santa and his reindeer at this annual Holiday shopping event. Activities include, a visit from Santa and his reindeer, stories, face painting, and food demos. November 20, 2021, 9am-3pm.
Peavey Plaza, 1101 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The festival won’t take place at Loring Park until mid-December, but visit Peavey Plaza to see a 17-foot tall Yeti made entirely of upcycled materials! this interactive and illuminated installation will be on display November 26-December 3, 2021.
TWIN CITIES NOVEMBER FREE FUN WITH THE ARTS
7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. Mondays starting Nov 1. 10-11am.
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. Nov 6, 10am-3pm.
Mess Hall, 906 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Free (messy) art projects, treats & other activities to celebrate the art space opening. Nov 6, 12-3pm.
Van Cleve Park | 901 15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Register for this free LEGO design & build challenge sponsored by Weisman Art Museum. Ages 9-13 invited. Nov 6, 2-4pm.
Dancers perform excerpts from the classics. Perfect for budding ballerinas. Nov 9, 12-1pm.
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
A hands-on workshop and holiday shopping event. Make your own candy dish in preparation for the Holidays. Sunday, November 14, 2021.
This is now a virtual art lesson you can enjoy from the comforts of home. In November, learn to draw a Thanksgiving turkey. Register for the Zoom link. Nov 20.
twin cities free family entertainment in November 2021
Free Special Events
This program gives kids (ages 4-9) a shot at experiencing the basics of hockey without financial commitment. Plus, coaches will be on hand to offer tips and provide equipment. Nov 6, see link for participating rinks.
ONGOING NOVEMBER WEEKDAYS – FREE
Back in-person entertainment. Meet Bubble Guppies in West Market Square and more. Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon.
Edinborough Park Amphitheater | 7700 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Kids entertainment in the indoor amphitheater. Thursdays, Nov 4 & 18, 11:30am.
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.