March Weekend Family Fun: So Long, Winter!

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend! So Long Winter!

March 14-15, 2020

Get out and enjoy the gorgeous springlike weather this weekend! For more inspiration, check our March Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.

MAPLE SYRUP SEASON

We’re upon the season of flowing sap and maple syrup. Get up close to observe this sweet process at an event at these Twin Cities parks or see our weekend picks below:

Tamarack Nature Center: Sap into Syrup
Sign up for one of three sessions. Learn all about tapping trees, collecting sap and making syrup. March 14, 1-3:30pm, $7/person.

Fort Snelling State Park: Maple Syrup in Your Backyard
Learn about the equipment necessary and process for tapping maples in your own backyard. March 15, 1-2:30pm. FREE with $7 state park vehicle permit.

Eastman Nature Center: Sap to Syrup
All ages drop in program. Discover maple syruping history and techniques. Taste the final product. The 15th is bilingual. March 15, 1pm-4pm, FREE.

Baker Outdoor Learning Center: Family Maple Syrup
March 15. $6/pp includes tasting syrup on pancakes.

Wood Lake Nature Center: Saturday & Sunday Special: Magical Maples
Hike into the woods to help collect and boil syrup and learn a little history. March 14 & 15, 3-4:30pm, $3/pp.


IRISH, ANYONE?

Get a little St Patrick’s Day preview this weekend! 

An Irish Day of Dance | Landmark Center, St Paul.
Sunday, March 15, 11am-5pm, $5-$7/pp.

Irish Heritage Weekend | James J Hill House, St Paul
Explore the Irish heritage of the Hill family on a themed guided tour of the historic mansion. 1-5pm, $8-$12/pp.

PLAN AHEAD: ST PATRICK’S DAY PICKS

Two St Patrick’s Day parades march through the Twin Cities on March 17 to celebrate Irish heritage. Whether or not it’s in your blood, there’s plenty of spirit across the Twin Cities around St Patrick’s Day.

MORE WEEKEND IDEAS

Free Ink Day | Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis

Free Ink Day is a program hosted three times annually at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. It’s the perfect way for an interested person of any age to dabble in printmaking without committing to a full class. Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. Hit the link for tips on bringing youngsters. March 14, 12-4pm.

Highpoint: 10 Free Things to Do in March in the Twin Cities

Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka
Take a free, hour-long art class designed for kids ages 5+ with caregivers. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 763.323.8830 or online. March 14, 2 sessions: 12 & 2pm

Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul
Explore the newly renovated and expanded museum free, including the new exhibit Hot Wheels: Race to Win! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted. Sun, March 15, 9am-5pm.

Spring at Como Zoo & Conservatory

A trip to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory can instantly lift the spirits in those first few fickle weeks of spring in Minnesota. Here’s what you can catch blooming in the month of March – the cost is only what you choose to donate:

  • The Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s Sunken Garden is a beautiful blast of color and the blooms instantly transport you to gardening season. Opens March 28.
  • Como’s Lil Explorer Thursdays program, featuring free weekly themed hands-on activities for preschoolers, runs through April 2020.
  • Storytime is offered for kids at noon every day in the Visitor Center.

Como in Spring: 10 Free Things to Do in March in the Twin Cities

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Find hundreds more things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul with kids!

During this cold weather, find tons of fun indoor games for kids you can play right at home.


 

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