January Weekend Family Fun: Feeling Frugal

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend!

JANUARY 5-6, 2019

What we appreciate a whole lot of after the holidays have wrapped is frugal entertainment. All our ideas for this weekend’s list are FREE or under $5/pp to attend. For more inspiration, hop over to our Family Fun Events Calendar or our January Twin Cities Family Events Guide.

Sat, Jan 5: First Free Saturday: Sharing Stories | Walker Art Center
It’s not always easy to enjoy art with little ones (or grade schoolers or tweens, for that matter), but Walker attempts to make it a more inclusive experience during their First Free Saturday program. The museum buzzes with art-making workshops, kid films, scavenger hunts throughout the galleries and live performances that stretch young attention spans and might spark conversation about the art.Make a day of it by popping over to Loring Park after for free ice skating. 10am-3pm. FREE admission.

Sat, Jan 5 & Sun, Jan 6: Minneapolis WinterSkate | Loring Park
We’ve picked this location over St Paul’s WinterSkate because Minneapolis offers FREE loaner skates in a wide range of sizes. Lace them up in the comfort of a spacious heated warming house before taking a spin on the refrigerated rink. Sat, 9am-9pm & Sun, 10am-6pm.

Where else can you skate for free this weekend? Try our Twin Cities rink-finder.

Sat, Jan 5: DaVinci Fest | Stillwater High School
An annual art and science fair on steroids – or so it sounds from the website. Go for interactive exhibits, demos, performances and make-and-takes. 1-5pm, admission is free.

Sun, Jan 6: Free Family Fun Day: Snow Sculptures | Richardson Nature Center
If you can’t scrape together enough of the white stuff this weekend, the indoor exhibits at the nature center will entertain, including a mural scavenger hunt that wraps around the lower level, a puppet theater, and live animals. The family program runs 3-4pm.

Sun, Jan 6: $4 Sundays | Great River Water Park, St Paul
This indoor facility has a fun splashy activity pool for the youngest kids, two enclosed waterslides, a lap pool and diving boards — and the prices are the best in town. There’s a sauna, too, if you need to warm up. Read about our trip to Great River Water Park here.

Find more indoor water park options to splash away your winter blues here.

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