50 Free Things To Do in November in the Twin Cities: Kids & Family Events

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: 

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Want to find free things to do in the Minneapolis-St Paul area this weekend? Find our current WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE, packed with suggestions.


Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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.

Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks 

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.

Forever Wild Family Friday 

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 open houses

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.

November Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Park locations
Drop in for free nature programs at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK & RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. New themes each week. Sundays, Nov 7-29, 1-3pm.

November Family Funday 

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.

Free Story Saturday at Manor Park

Manor Park | Abbott Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Storytime in the park with a craft. Resgistration preferred. Nov 20, 10am.

Puppet Adventures & Let’s Get StARTed

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.

Free Admission to Minnesota State Parks

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

Holiday Walk in the Woods Open House 

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.

Holidazzle Yeti

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.

Here Comes Santa Claus


Free Story & Art Time at Eden Prairie Art Center

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. Mondays starting Nov 1. 10-11am.

Walker Art Center First Free Saturday 

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.

Walker Art Center
Stopping at a Listening Station

Mess Hall Art Experiences Grand Opening

Mess Hall, 906 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Free (messy) art projects, treats & other activities to celebrate the art space opening. Nov 6, 12-3pm.

Young Builders & Designers Build-Off Challenge

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.

Ballet Tuesday at Landmark Center

Dancers perform excerpts from the classics. Perfect for budding ballerinas. Nov 9, 12-1pm.

Northern Clay Center Holiday Open House Workshop 

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.

Free Family Art Day with RumRiver Art Center

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

Try Hockey for Free Day

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.


Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays 

Back in-person entertainment. Meet Bubble Guppies in West Market Square and more. Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon.

Free Children’s Entertainment at Edinborough Park

Edinborough Park Amphitheater | 7700 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 
Kids entertainment in the indoor amphitheater. Thursdays, Nov 4 & 18, 11:30am.


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 events we hope to return in 2022

Free 3rd Mondays | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
For family-time inspiration, check out 10 Things For Kids: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 

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

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