Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Weekend: June 10-11, 2023

children in a family bike ride

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

This June Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of June 10-11, 2023. Find our most recent guide 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 2023 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

Saturday events for kids include a fire truck open house, kids pedal tractor pull, and a carnival. The parade runs Sunday. All weekend, June 10-11, 2023.

CHAMPLIN: FATHER HENNEPIN FESTIVAL

651 West River Road. Champlin, MN 55316
Carnival, ice cream social, kids fishing, kids bingo, fireworks. All weekend, June 10-11, 2023.

EXCELSIOR: ART ON THE LAKE

Water Street, downtown Excelsior
Over 120 artists displaying their crafts, live music and a kid’s corner on Saturday. June 10-11, 2023.

MORE TO DO IN EXCELSIOR: While shopping Art on the Lake, take a break and jump on the historic EXCELSIOR STREETCAR LINE at Water Street for a trolley ride. The ride is about 15 minutes long and costs $3/pp to ride. All aboard!

Old street car with boy in front

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 10-11, 2023.

MAPLE GROVE: CHALKFEST AT ARBOR LAKES

Downtown Main Street between Elm Creek Boulevard and Arbor Lakes Parkway
The public is invited to come watch as amazing works of chalk art are created in the shopping district. All weekend, June 10-11, 2023, 10am-5pm.

MINNEAPOLIS: Open Streets East Lake 

East Lake Street from 2nd Ave S to 22nd Ave S East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408
The streets are closed to motor vehicles and open for pedestrians and cyclists to explore area businesses (many of which will have some kind of family-friendly activity to draw you in.). June 10, 2023.

SPRING LAKE PARK: TOWER DAYS

Lakeside Lions Park, 7840 Pleasant View Dr, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

Festival at Lakeside Lions Park features interactive lumberjack shows, bingo, outdoor movie, live music and other kids activities. All weekend, June 10-11, 2023.

ST PAUL: DEUTSCHE TAGE

A sampling of German food (not free), culture, music and games. This year’s theme is German InnovationFeel encouraged to dress up! All weekend, June 10-11, 2023.

Plan ahead for fun-filled family festivals in the Twin Cities with our complete June festival HERE.

June Festivals in the Twin Cities

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

National Get Outdoors Day – Saturday, June 10, 2023

National Get Outdoors Day - School’s Out For Summer!

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.

Minneopa State Park

FEATURED TWIN CITIES PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

Edina Model Yacht Club Parade of Boats

Over 100 unique radio-controlled electric, steam and wind-powered model boats will be on display in the pavilion or on the water for visitors observe, presented by the Edina Model Yacht Club. While in the park, enjoy the lawn games, paddleboats, ponds and trails of the beautiful CENTENNIAL LAKES PARK. June 11, 2023, 10am-4pm.

Borrow a Bike at Keller Regional Park

2039-2099, US-61, Maplewood, MN 55109
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation
 will have bikes available to borrow in a variety of styles and sizes. Try one and bike your way around KELLER REGIONAL PARK. June 10, 2023, 11am-5pm.

Second Saturday at Grimm Farmhouse

Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386
Step back in time with interpreters and old fashioned lawn games. June 10, 2023, 1:30-4pm.

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.

Kids playing in muddy stream at Discovery Hollow, Tamarack Nature Cente

COOL OFF THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES

How to cool off family-style this weekend? We have the rundown of the best swimming beaches in the Twin Cities metro area. You can find them all in SPLASH HAPPY: 2023 GUIDE TO BEACHES, POOLS, WATERPARKS & SPLASH PADS IN THE TWIN CITIES

Featured Twin Cities Beach: Lake Minnetonka Regional Park Swim Pond 

4610 County Rd 44, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Akin to the popular pond at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, the swimming at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is also in a man-made, chlorinated facility with well-marked areas of varying depth. While you’re in the neighborhood, there’s lots to do within a 10-minute drive from the park: the sprawling
 CARVER PARK RESERVE next door houses the LOWRY NATURE CENTER, two nature playgrounds, and an archery practice space where kids under 16 are admitted free with a paid adult. $6/pp daily plus tax or $20/pp season pass.

Featured Twin Cities Splash Pad: M Health Fairview Sports Center Splash Pad

4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55129
This weekend’s featured splash pad is the spray zone at M HEALTH FAIRVIEW SPORTS CENTER in Woodbury. Located conveniently next to MADISON’S PLACE inclusive playground!

MORE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES WITH KIDS

VISIT A SPRING FARMERS MARKET

Richfield Farmers Market – Master Gardeners Kids Activities

Veterans Park, 64th Street & Portland Ave S, Richfield 55423
Special activities with Master Gardeners take place each 2nd Saturday at Richfield Farmers Market. Plus, live music and the chance for kids to pick out a free $5 worth of fresh goods through the Power of Produce club. June 10, 2023.

Make a Day: The Richfield Farmers Market is held in the same park as the Wheel Fun Rentals 18-hole mini golf course and malt shop. Kids will have a ball, plus there’s a large playground at Veterans Park.

FIND MORE FRESH FUN AT FARMERS MARKETS ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES THIS SPRING!

Girl cooking with vegetables from the farmers market:

MacPhail Center for Music KidsFest

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 10, 2023, 10am-12pm. FREE.

Library Summer Reading Kickoff Events

North St Paul Library Summer Reading Kickoff

2300 North St. Paul Drive, North St. Paul MN 55109
A special performance to usher in the summer library reading season. June 10, 2023, 1:30pm.

Oakdale Library Kickoff to Summer Party

1010 Heron Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128
Pick up your summer reading logs and join in games and crafts on the lawn. June 10, 2023, 10am-12pm. FREE.

Mounds View Library Summer Kickoff with Kidcreate

2576 Mounds View Boulevard, Mounds View Minnesota 55112
KidCreate Studio presents a free donut craft. June 10, 2023, 2-4pm.

White Bear Lake Library Summer Kickoff

2150 2nd Street, White Bear Lake Minnesota 55110
Brodini Comedy Magic Show performs, then drop into the White Bear Lake library branch to pick up summer reading supplies. June 10, 2023, 2pm.

ALWAYS FREE OR LOW COST THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES

Minneapolis Institute of Art June Family Day

2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Includes hands-on art activities, live music and dance, artist demos and special tours designed for kids. June 11, 2023, 10am-5pm.

Always free to visit weekends:

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