May at Home in the Twin Cities

Family Exploring in May

Welcome to May in the Twin Cities – which still finds much of our time shuttered spent at home. While our homes are typically our sanctuaries from the every day “busy” of work, school and activities, we’re still faced with doing all three in our place of peace. How to cope? FFTC has put together some tools for a May at Home (mostly).

Tools for a May at Home

What can I do with my family this May at home?

  • Our Family Fun at Home Calendar – we’re keeping track of activities you can participate in from home until social interaction restrictions lift. Browse it for family-friendly online events.
  • Family Boredom-Busters – It’s inevitable during this stretch, there WILL be boredom to bust. Arm yourself with this guide to banishing it and enjoying family time together!
  • School at home – tips for moving the classroom to at home and online. Plus, ideas on how to structure your time.
  • Let’s celebrate! – Project the positive and remember there’s much to celebrate in May: make it Mother’s Day, Memorial Day Weekend, and 29 more days of family celebrations.

Celebration Balloons against white brick wall

While most of us agree this period in our lives can be challenging and overwhelming, we can also look to it as a blessing. This is a great time to read, exercise, create new habits, enjoy family time, and watch spring happen.

Searching for Spring

What can I do with my family this weekend? More than ever in May, Minnesotans typically stampeding out the door to find signs of spring weather – but this year we’re hunkering down at home. You can still social distance this month and enjoy the benefits of fresh air and sunshine at parks across the Twin Cities. 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!

While nature centers across the Twin Cities are shuttered into May, trails are still beckoning to those seeking fresh air.

Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Parks are encouraging families to get out for a walk or bike ride, a healthy way to combat these stressful times. All park locations remain open in April. Buildings, including nature centers, will be closed to the public until further notice.

Historic Pierre Bottineau House
Image courtesy of Three Rivers Park District

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!

Planning for Summer 2020

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.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekendis May 23-25 in 2020. Sticking around town? We’ve saluted a few of the larger celebrations and special events, plus have the scoop on seasonal attractions opening this weekend.

Mother’s Day Events

Hey, Dads! Mother’s Day is May 10, 2020. We have several events already on the calendar and more may still show up. We’ll update this article as we go.


May 24, 2020: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia

May 25, 2020: Memorial Day Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis 

May 30, 2020: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge


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