Welcome to July in the Twin Cities! We’re still finding much of our time spent at home or close to it. Amidst the disappointment of having many of our treasured summer traditions cancelled (see you in 2021, Minnesota State Fair!) we’re seeking out ways to salvage the season and enjoy time outdoors with our family. Read on for park ideas, nature play, beaches open this summer and a do-it-yourself Fourth of July:
Enter our Summer to Remember Family Adventure!
FFTC is taking back the year of 2020 starting NOW! We invite you to help us make a “Summer to Remember” with our fun family challenge. Enter your adventures each week to win prizes from our fantastic partners: Wheel Fun Rentals, Kerfoot Canopy Tours, Snapology, and SweetSpot Baseball. Each week is a new opportunity to win! Enter 6 adventures to be entered into our grand prize drawing from Kerfoot Canopy Tours: a family pack worth worth $360.Sign up at this link: https://www.familyfuntwincities.com/summer-to-remember-adventure/
Tools for an Ultimate Summer to Remember
FFTC has put together some tools and boredom busters for a July when we’re missing some of our traditional summer activities. Where to start? Our Ultimate Summer Guide is here for you when you’re ready to plan into July and beyond. Inevitably, there will be some closures, changes and cancellations. Please always call or check ahead to confirm an activity before heading out.
We’ve got our 50 Summer Bucket List Ideas for 2020 fresh and ready to go! Most of these ideas are activities you can do right at home or in your backyard.
Community summer events & entertainment
There is loads fun to be had out in our local communities this summer. There is something to do every day of the week – and most of this community entertainment is FREE! Local parks are buzzing with festivals, community theater, farmers markets and the puppet wagon. Live music is performed most nights of the week. The beaches and pools are awaiting swimmers. Bike trails beckon. And don’t forget – the libraries have programming all summer.
Nature Play ideas
You can still social distance this month and enjoy the benefits of fresh air and sunshine at parks across the Twin Cities. Our Parks Search tool includes more than 800 local and regional parks & playgrounds to explore. Or, if you need to stick close to home, we’ve compiled more than 65 Fun Nature Play Ideas for Kids. Many of these you can do right in your own backyard. Beat boredom with a big dose of green!
Swimming & water fun
Splash spots are opening up across the Twin Cities! Want to know your options? Look no further than our huge round up of outdoor swimming pools, beaches, and splash pads. Note that many may be unguarded this summer.
Minnesota State Parks
State parks, recreation areas, and other public lands remain open to the public in April, but visitor centers are closed until further notice. State parks naturalist programs have been temporarily suspended. Are you familiar with the state parks of the Twin Cities Metro? Read up and plan for your family’s next nature adventure!
Celebrate family in July