Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This June Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of June 11-12, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here.
School’s out for summer! We are so excited to be on track towards a fun season out and about with our families – and we hope this weekend’s guide can inspire you as well. For more ideas on spending family time together this weekend, check our JUNE FAMILY GUIDE our 2022 ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER IN THE TWIN CITIES or our Family Fun Calendar.
Twin Cities festivals this weekend for the family
ALBERTVILLE: FRIENDLY CITY DAYS
Carnival runs Thu-Sun; Saturday Events for Kids including fire truck display, Kiddie Parade, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, and Toddler Town. All weekend, June 11-12, 2022.
BLAINE: DISCOVER AVIATION DAYS
Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport Rd NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Free celebration of aviation – donation requested to cover parking. June 11, 2022.
CHAMPLIN: FATHER HENNEPIN FESTIVAL
651 West River Road. Champlin, MN 55316
Carnival, ice cream social, kids fishing, kids bingo, fireworks. All weekend, June 11-12, 2022.
EXCELSIOR: ART ON THE LAKE
Water Street, downtown Excelsior
HUGO: GOOD NEIGHBOR DAYS
Hanfil Fields, 7032 137th St N, Hugo, MN 55038
Parade, carnival rides, petting zoo, live music and fireworks. All weekend, June 11-12, 2022.
Maple Grove: CHALKFEST AT ARBOR LAKES
All weekend, June 11-12, 2022.
SPRING LAKE PARK: TOWER DAYS
Festival at Lakeside Lions Park features interactive lumberjack shows, bingo, outdoor movie, live music and other kids activities. All weekend, June 11-12, 2022.
St Paul: DEUTSCHE TAGE
A sampling of German food (not free), culture, music and games. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales: Medieval to Modern. Feel encouraged to dress up! All weekend, June 11-12, 2022.
Plan ahead for fun-filled family festivals in the Twin Cities with our complete June festival HERE.
FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN TWIN CITIES PARKS THIS WEEKEND
Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in parks across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro.
SOME FUN FAMILY IDEAS FOR THIS WEEKEND
Twin Cities – Get Outdoors Day Events
Regularly $7 per vehicle, admission is free to encourage families to get out in Minnesota State Parks & Recreation Areas on National Get Outdoors Day. We’re lucky here in the Twin Cities to have 8 Minnesota State Parks within 60 miles of the heart of the Metro and many an easy day trip’s away.
FEATURED TWIN CITIES PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
The SHOREVIEW branch of the RAMSEY COUNTY LIBRARY will have bikes available to borrow in a variety of styles and sizes. Try one and bike your way around SHOREVIEW COMMONS PARK with its gigantic, brand new destination playground!
Try visiting a new park or nature center!
Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details on which buildings are open; all of these locations have outdoor trails to hike. Did you know that several of these nature centers have natural playgrounds nestled within them? You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces. This weekend’s featured photo comes from the DISCOVERY HOLLOW nature play area at TAMARACK NATURE CENTER in White Bear Lake. Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.
Cool off this weekend in the twin cities
As the line between late spring and early summer starts to melt away in the rising temps, it’s time to visit your favorite splash spot – or find a new one! Jump over to our complete TWIN CITIES ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST BEACHES, POOLS, WATERPARKS & SPLASH PADS to see what’s already open. Ready to welcome swimmers this weekend are:
- Minneapolis wading pools NOT attached to a public school are now open. Many of them are no-frills with a standard depth of about 18″ but a few have been updated with fun spray features and zero-depth entry. All are located adjacent to a playground, rest rooms and space to spread out with a picnic. And all are FREE! Find our complete list at the link.
Friday, June 10, 2022
- SHADY OAK BEACH – 5200 Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345
- CASCADE BAY WATERPARK – 1360 Civic Center Dr, Eagan, MN 55122
- RICHFIELD OUTDOOR POOL – 630 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423
Saturday, June 11, 2022
- BATTLE CREEK WATERWORKS – 2401 Upper Afton Rd E, Maplewood, MN 55119
- COMO REGIONAL PARK POOL – 1151 Wynne Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
- HIGHLAND PARK AQUATIC CENTER – 1840 Edgcumbe Rd, St Paul, MN 55116
- CRYSTAL COVE AQUATIC CENTER – 4848 Douglas Dr N, Crystal, MN 55429
- JIM LUPIENT WATERPARK – 1520 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
- WEBBER NATURAL SWIMMING POOL – 4330 Webber Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55412
For our master list of Twin Cities splash pads, click here or tap on the frog below:
More things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids
VISIT A SPRING FARMERS MARKET
Picture Books on Parade presents a self-guided Story Stroll as you enter the Midtown Farmers Market. Each week will feature a new picture book by a local artist. June 11, 2022, 8am-12pm.
Water Works Park, 333 1st St S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Music and movement for everyone in the family. Two performances (10:15 and 11:15) along with a craft table and instrument exploration. June 11, 2022, FREE.
Ramsey County Library Summer Reading Kickoff Events
3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood Minnesota 55109
Get a load of the Mixed Nuts Comedy Show – age-appropriate humor, and audience participation. June 11, 2022, 2pm.
2576 Mounds View Boulevard, Mounds View Minnesota 55112
KidCreate Studio presents a dragon craft. June 11, 2022, 1-3pm.
2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville Minnesota 55113
The Raptor Center will be displaying their bald eagle for a show about native raptors. June 11, 2022, 10:30am.
Railroad Park, 4752 Hwy 61 N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
The Jolly Pops band and their zany puppets perform in the park, then drop into the White Bear Lake library branch to pick up summer reading supplies. June 11, 10:30am.