30 Things To Do in the Twin Cities Before Labor Day: Ideas to help you make the most of what’s left of summer! One each day through Labor Day.
Start your Saturday morning on the farm – GALE WOODS FARM in Minnetrista, that is – where kids can explore the barn to meet animals! Participate in seasonal activities such as assisting with chores or harvesting from the gardens. Cost is $5/pp, register in advance.
Pick-your-own fresh produce and visit the Joyer Barnyard at Waldoch Farm Garden Center. The animals are out during Waldoch’s retail hours and there is no charge to view them. Visit on weekends in the fall for mazes, pumpkins and hayrides.
New in 2021, get FREE admission every day to the Dakota County Fair ($5 parking) and visit the Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. The turn-of-the-century town will be bustling this time of year.
Plan a family meal at a new restaurant – perhaps one from our list of 10 Spots for Outdoor Dining with Kids in the Twin Cities? We promise, each one gives littler diners some breathing room and parents perhaps more peace of mind. Pictured below, the Tiny Diner in Minneapolis has an outdoor patio where kids are to welcome wander through garden paths while waiting for their tasty $5 meals.
Your beachy days in Minnesota are numbered. Discover a new swimming spot with this list of 10 Beaches and Playgrounds to Try This Summer.
Thursday nights on the Mississippi means the Twin Cities River Rats perform their awesome summer water ski show. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, shows begin at 6:30pm. Catch them down at 1758 West River Rd N, Minneapolis.
Irish Fair of Minnesota kicks off on Harriet Island Regional Park across from downtown St Paul. Note that this year, admission is $15/advance for ages 13+. This includes all the performances and cultural exhibits.
Happy birthday to the Minnesota Children’s Museum! Celebrate with a free block party with outdoor activities and nearly-free admission to the indoor exhibits. 10am-3pm.
Spend some time downtown Minneapolis with the kids – there’s more things to do with them than you might think: 10 Free Things To Do with Kids in Downtown Minneapolis this summer!
Explore an amazing natural playground for kids where they can clamber up rock walls, tend a garden, dig channels in the sand, hide out in caves and lots more | Discovery Hollow at Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake.
Battle Creek Waterworks in Maplewood offers a Tot Tuesday special, only $2.50/pp ages 5 & under with caregiver, 9:30-10:30am. Find more tot swim specials here while the weather’s still good for a splash!
Take a ride on the retro Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, shuttling passengers on a scenic route between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Wednesday afternoons are the only weekday you can ride from 1-4pm ($2.50/pp). Stay in the neighborhood to explore the Linden Hills neighborhood or grab an ice cream cone at Bread and Pickle on the lake.
Lots of last chances this month. Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour concerts wrap up at Burnsville’s Nicollet Commons Park today. Bring your picnic, rock out to the Teddy Bear Band, then cool off in the most gorgeous splash pad in the Twin Cities!
Could this really be one of the last Fridays before school? Sensing a theme here. How about a Movie by Moonlight at Town Green, Maple Grove? Bring a blanket, bug spray and snacks.
Have you brought your kids to the Mill City Museum area of Minneapolis yet? If not, don’t wait a minute longer. The museum remains closed, but there is lots to do and see in the area including the historic Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Farmers Market and the St Anthony Falls Lock & Dam.
Plan an afternoon at William O’Brien State Park (easy bike trails, swimming, maybe snag a last-minute campsite if you’re lucky?) All it costs is a $7 state park vehicle permit. Find more Minnesota State Parks to visit an hour’s drive or less from the metro area.
Need some AC? It always seems that summer cranks up the heat one last time before chilling out into that sublime fall weather. Try one of these 10 Free Air-Conditioned Family Outings – we’ve listed libraries, free museums, storytimes and mall play areas.
Discover outdoor and indoor fun at one of these beautiful Twin Cities Nature Centers. Did you know the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area has more than two dozen of these interpretive sites?
Wednesday nights in summer mean Eagan’s Central Park Festival Grounds are buzzing with activity: Market Fest runs 4-8pm with live music and other family interactives plus a chance to shop fresh local produce and other products. If you’re in need of cooling off, Central Park has a great splash pad.
Planning to visit the Minnesota State Fair this year? Find 50 Things To Do while you get-together, most of them FREE, all of them designed to make your day a truly family affair.
Go enjoy a new one with this list of our 10 of the Best Twin Cities Playgrounds – race your kids on the Schaper Park Challenge Course, splash your way around Round Lake Park or explore tre-imagined French Regional Park.
Taylors Falls makes a perfect end-of-summer road trip. Explore beautiful Interstate State Park, a quirky sculpture garden, a thrilling alpine slide and lots more. Can’t make it before school begins? Taylors Falls is gorgeous dressed for autumn, too.
Pond Dakota Mission Park hosts an open house each Sunday from 1-4pm – a hidden treasure tucked into an urban landscape. Take a guided tour of the historic Pond house and join in hands-on activities.
Whip up a batch of these ice cream cookie sandwiches, plus discover a tasty new Twin Cities ice cream shop. We tried rolled ice cream (find it at Wonder Ice Cream, St Paul) for the first time this summer!
Kids Entertainment at Centennial Lakes Park is coming to a close this summer – catch it before it moves indoors and make a day of it at the park with more outdoor activities such a lawn games, paddleboats, a maze, and a farmers market.
Rent a surrey or paddleboat from Wheel Fun Rentals and take a spin around the lake – Calhoun, Como, Harriet and more. Our personal favorite location is at Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield with close proximity to Malt-T-Melt’s gourmet grilled cheese and a round of mini golf.
ecause some of us can’t get enough of the Minnesota State Fair, here are 20 Ideas for Free Family Fun at the great get-together.
Apple-picking season has begun at many Twin Cities apple orchards. Find a dozen delicious destinations at the link.
Three Rivers Parks presents Free Family Fun Days at two parks in their system each Sunday in September. Choose from MISSISSIPPI GATEWEAY REGIONAL PARK in Brooklyn Park or RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER in Bloomington. Drop in from 1-3pm for free family nature activities.
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