Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Weekend: May 7-8, 2022

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

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This May Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of May 7-8, 2022 – Mother’s Day Weekend! Treat that most special of ladies – you call her Mom – to a day out this weekend. We’ve got some ideas around town to make her day extra special.  For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, check our MAY FAMILY EVENTS GUIDE, our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES or our well-stocked FAMILY FUN CALENDAR.

Twin Cities Mother's Day Weekend Ideas

A great Mother’s Day gift could be as simple and spontaneous as a fun outing. Some ideas if you’re stumped:

Mother's Day Events in the Twin Cities - Table display with flowers, a photo of mom and daughter painting and a

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend

Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license for species that have open fishing seasons. (Kids under 16 can fish without a license all the time). Dad will still need a license to fish (unless you choose a State Park). Find our list of the best fishing holes for families in the Twin Cities.

Take Mom to the Farmer’s Market

Mill City Farmers Market opens outdoors today! We love this particular market for its location near all sorts of walkable, family-friendly attractions. Maybe Mom would like to shop for ingredients for a special dinner, then take a stroll across the STONE ARCH BRIDGE or around GOLD MEDAL PARK? Or make a day of it at the super fun MILL CITY MUSEUM!

girl standing by stone arch bridge
Stone Arch Bridge

Twin City Model Railroad Hobby Show & Sale

Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Falcon Heights, MN 55108
Operating train layouts plus Storytime with Engineer Paul (formerly of Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, for those who recall) at 10am and 12:30pm. May 7, 2022, 9am-2pm. $6/pp, kids under 8 FREE!

Pick out a sweet treat for Mom

Most Moms I know have a sweet tooth in there somewhere. Treat yours to a trip to one of our favorite independent candy stores. We love the retro-flavored Blue Sun Soda & Sweets Shop (Spring Lake Park & Richfield) and the goodies are endless at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store (Jordan).

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store
Our Jr. Reporter Andy doing research on his Candy Store article.

Go Out of This World with a planetarium show at the Bell Museum

Four intriguing shows to choose from, plus the museum to explore. Our kids love the made-over Bell Museum – have you checked it out yet? Learn more about taking kids here. You can bundle a show with the museum or purchase tickets separately. All weekend, $6-$17/pp. Reserve yours in advance.

Girl by large mastodon diorama at Bell Museum of Natural History.

Take Mom on a Bike Ride

I asked my tween daughter what SHE would choose to do on Mother’s Day and she picked a bike ride. Great idea! We have compiled a list of the Best Bike Trails for Families in Minneapolis & a version of St Paul’s Best Bike Trails for Families as well.

FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN THE 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

Nature Center Without WallS at Lowry Nature Center

7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386
Take Mom on a nature outing! Program may include animal interactions, outdoor displays, nature challenges and checking out free exploration materials. Held at LOWRY NATURE CENTER. May 8, 2022
, drop in between 1-3pm. FREE.

Outdoor Fun & Art at Silverwood Park

Silverwood’s naturalists present Puppet Adventures around the park followed by a nature themed make-and-take craft. Take some time to explore the park’s sculpture trail. May 8, 2022, 1-3pm. FREE.

FEATURED TWIN CITIES  PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

Springbrook Nature Center Enivornmental Fun Fair

All kinds of fun to usher in spring: environmental educators, interpretive trail walks, and hands on activities plus the nature center indoor exhibits and outdoor nature play area. May 7, 2022, 10am-1pm. FREE.

SATURDAY MORNING ON THE FARM

Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Rd 110 W, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Explore the barn, gardens, greenhouses and pastures and visit the new spring animals! Reservations recommended as they tend to fill fast. May 7, 2022, 9:30am-12pm. $5/pp.

Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista

Staring Lake Animal Open House

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, 13765 Staring Lake Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Meet a variety of reptiles, raptors and mammals that call the Outdoor Center home. Plus, face painting, activities at the Observatory, a food truck and more. May 7, 2022, 1-4pm. FREE.

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY WITH THREE RIVERS PARKS

Join naturalists for free, drop-in and kid-friendly programming at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK (Brooklyn Park) and RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER (Bloomington). Explore the indoor exhibits while you’re at it. No reservations needed. May 8, 2022. 1-3pm. FREE.

Take a Wildflower Walk or Birding Stroll

ELOISE BUTLER WILDFLOWER GARDEN & BIRD SANCTUARY in Minneapolis has opened its trails for the season. This would be a beautiful, peaceful place to take a hike with Mom. Print out and bring along this scavenger hunt!
P.S. We LOVE scavenger hunts! So much, in fact, that we’ve collected a big list of the best ones across parks in the Twin Cities!

Twin Cities Quests and Treasure Hunts for Families

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

MEET THE SPRING FARM BABIES!

LAST CHANCE – FINAL WEEKEND! TWIN CITIES SPRING BABY ANIMALS FESTIVAL

Located at 109th Ave and Hwy 169 in Brooklyn Park
A $13 wristband will include access to the fuzzy farm babies, the play area and a hayride. Pictured is my little one loving on the bunnies. Event will run weekends, April 16-May 8, 2022.

Meeting the spring babies

MINNESOTA ZOO’S FARM BABIES

The barn is back open in 2022 for you to meet all the fuzzy, cuddly newborns. Tickets are included with Zoo admission.

FIND MORE CHANCES TO MEET FUZZY MINNESOTA FARM BABIES!

Baby chicks in an incubator:

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

Walker Art Center First Free Saturday

725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month plus art activities and take-home art kits. Don’t forget to explore the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! May 7, 2022, 11am-5pm.

MACPHAIL FREE FAMILY MUSIC SERIES: The Jolly Pops

Another free family music event has returned! MacPhail’s series features two 30-minute kid-friendly performances, snacks and a chance to craft an instrument. No tickets necessary. Ma7 7, 2022, concerts at 10:15 & 11:15am. FREE.

MICHAELS SUNDAY MAKEBREAK

Participating Michaels stores across the Twin Cities are offering free weekend “Makebreak” classes and “Take & Make” Kids Club crafts. They’re simple, yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. This weekend, make a Mother’s Day frame to gift. May 8, 2022, 2-4pm.

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