FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend in the Twin Cities 2022

MEA WEEKEND is October 20-23, 2022

MEA Weekend (Thursday & Friday October 20 & 21, 2022 are school breaks) is on the horizon, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend. If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access. Also, be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar and Fall Fun Family Guide for dozens more ideas.

FALL FAMILY ACTIVITIES FOR MEA WEEKEND

Pick your pumpkin – plus more fall fun festivities, many with special MEA hours!

Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings

14421 90th Street South, Hastings, MN 55033
MEA hours & activities: 10am-4pm daily. Admission includes hay rides when available, use of play equipment, a straw mountain and tire hill and petting farm. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick-your-own and call (651) 436-8385 to check the status of apple picking. $5-$7/pp admission, small extra fee for cow train, corn maze & jump pillow. Does not include anything you pick.

 

Barten Pumpkins | New Prague

5716 West 280th Street, New Prague, MN 56071
MEA hours & activities: Open 7 days/week during daylight hours with free admission! Stroll down the Pumpkin Walk, try the stilts and nature play area.

Country Sun Farm | Lake Elmo

11211 60th St. North, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

MEA hours & activities: Open Thurs-Friday, 9am-7pm & Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm. Admission is free as is visiting the animals, but expect to pay extra for a hayride ($6), to play in the corn pit, ($4), jump in the bouncer ($4) and run through the corn maze ($5). Pick out a pumpkin from their garden market.

Dehn’s Pumpkin Patch | Dayton

17270 125th Ave N, Dayton, MN 55327
MEA hours & activities: Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm & Sun 9am-6pm. Purchase a wristband (adults/$8, kids/$10) for admission to all the fun stuff: hay ride, corn pit, corn maze, inflatables & more. Pumpkins are priced at .39/lb.

Eveland Family Farm | Andover

2575 Andover Boulevard Northwest, Andover, MN 55304
MEA hours & activities: Thurs 4 – 7pm, Fri 3-7pm, weekends 10am – 6pm. Admission is $3/pp and includes a hayride, a self-guided tour of the barnyard and use of the picnic shelter. Come pick a Halloween pumpkin from their patch!

Marshall’s Farm Market | Eden Prairie

9100 Eden Prairie Rd Eden Prairie, MN 55347
MEA hours & activities: Thurs-Fri 10am-7pm & Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Halloween is celebrated all of October with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, games for kids, photo ops, and special weekend activities – even local food trucks!

Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn | Shakopee

12860 Old Brick Yard Road, Shakopee, Minnesota 55379
MEA hours & activities: Open weekdays 11am – 6:30pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm, free admission. October weekends feature PYO pumpkins and free hayrides and a free corn maze!

Pinehaven Farm | Wyoming

28186 Kettle River Blvd, Wyoming, MN 55092
MEA hours & activities: Thurs 12pm-6pm; Fri-Sun 10am-6pm. MEA Thursday admission is $10/online & $13/door; Friday admission $13/online & $16/door; weekend $16/online & $19/door. This is spendier than most pumpkin farms, but the price includes the majority of available attractions: playground equipment, mazes, all-terrain trikes, a petting farm, wagon rides and special events on select weekends.

Kids standing in front of inflated pumpkin character at Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming Minnesota

 

Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival | Shakopee

3121 150th Street West, Shakopee, MN 55379
MEA hours & activities: Special MEA hours: Thursday-Saturday: 10am-7pm. Admission is $12-$19/pp for ages 4 & up. Ticket price includes Sever’s well-known extensive menu of activities featuring their corn maze, corn pits, and exotic petting zoo. Learn More Here.

Waldoch Farm | Lino Lakes

8174 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
MEA hours & activities: Open MEA weekend 10am-5pm. Admission to the Joyer Adventure Farm includes access to the PYO pumpkin patch via hayride, entry to the Maze Area with its extensive fall activities, and will allow you to run through the corn maze and obstacle courses, play in the corn pit, use the pedal trikes and more. MEA weekend cost is $15/Thurs-Fri & $18/Sat-Sun.

Find your way through a corn maze

In case you need a little extra challenge (stress?) in your life, we’ve got a round up of 11 corn mazes we see fit for families. In our experience, this activity is a big hit with the tweens! We recommend checking out the Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze for Minnesota’s largest corn maze plus tons of fun fall activities for all ages.

corn maze

Twin Cities MEA Halloween & Fall Festival Picks

So many not-so-scary ways to celebrate with the family! Need a complete list of the different options? We have it for you in our monster Twin Cities Halloween Fun Guide. Notable special events during MEA Weekend include, organized by regions of the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area:

Minneapolis & St Paul MEA weekend  Halloween events

Minneapolis: Transylvania Trolley

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line | 4200 Queen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Non-scary Halloween trolley ride. Wear your costume and get a treat! Oct 22, 2022, 12:30-4pm. $3/pp, under 3 free.

Minneapolis: Trick ‘r Trolley

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 4200 Queen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Ride, story and treat. Sells out fast. Pre-purchase tickets here. 1, 2 & 3 pm, $5/pp. 

Twin Cities Northwest Metro Mea Weekend Halloween Events

Blaine: Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt & Dance

Tom Ryan Park | Blaine
Flashlight pumpkin hunt, outdoor dance, S’mores, Halloween Games. Costume Contest. Fee includes a treat bag, one pumpkin, one craft, and refreshments. Registration required. Oct 21, 2022, 7-8:30pm, Price: $20-$21/pp.

Brooklyn Center: Halloween Party 

Centennial Park
Ages 2-12 can trick-or-treat down the trail before doing a little BOOgie at the amphitheater.  Oct 21, 2022, 5:30-7:30pm. $2/child.

Osseo: Osseo Lions Halloween Event

Central Ave., Osseo, MN 55369
Trick or treat up and down Central Avenue from 11am-noon and end at the park for more fun and games. Oct 22, 2022,  11am. FREE.

Anoka: Light Up The Night Parade 

Anoka Main Street, 1922 1st Ave. S., Anoka, MN 55303
Lighted floats parade down the darkened streets of Anoka. Oct 23, 7pm-10pm.

Maple Grove: Halloween Family Fun Day

Weaver Lake Park | Maple Grove
Activities, crafts and treats aimed at kids ages 2-8. Oct 22, 2022, $6/child; pre-registration is required.

Twin Cities Southeast Metro MEA Weekend Halloween Events

Lakeville: Haunted Forest

Steve Michaud Park | Lakeville
Trick-or-treat through a maze made for little kids. Bigger kids can explore a Haunted Forest Trail, watch a Haunted Bonfire Puppet Show, go on a Halloween Hayride and grab a free pumpkin. Oct 22, 2022, 5:30pm-8:00pm. $10/vehicle.

Savage: Halloween Bash 

Costumes, food, music, games, inflatables, and of course candy. This event happens rain, snow, or shine. Savage Sports Center, Oct 22, 2022, 5pm-8pm.

Twin Cities Southwest Metro Mea Weekend Halloween Events

St Louis Park: Westwood Annual Halloween Party

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
Come in costumes and enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Oct 21-22, 2022 Friday or Saturday 6:30-9:30pm, $11-$13/pp, pre-registration required. 

Get crafty over Mea Weekend Break

Fall Crafts at Heartfelt | Minneapolis

4306 Upton Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55410
We love this cozy space in the Linden Hills neighborhood. You can craft alongside your kids, choosing from their menu of fall projects (see website for details). Drop-Ins will be accommodated as space allows, but reservations are recommended. Call 612-877-8090. Thurs-Sat of MEA weekend, 10am-4pm.

two girls making crafts
FFTC kids building a fairy house at Heartfelt Crafts

Twin Cities MEA Weekend at your local library

Don’t forget about your local library branch for tons of FREE programming over MEA weekend break (plus hours of book browsing, storytimes and Play & Learn spots). 

ANOKA COUNTY LIBRARIES

DAKOTA COUNTY LIBRARIES

CARVER COUNTY LIBRARIES

HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARIES

RAMSEY COUNTY LIBRARIES

WASHINGTON COUNTY LIBRARIES.

Discover a new local museum over MEA Weekend

Bakken Museum | Minneapolis

Explore the electricity exhibits at this super kid-friendly museum. For tips on visiting with kids, try our list of 10 THINGS FOR KIDS AT THE BAKKEN MUSEUM. Open MEA Weekend, 10am-5pm. Reserve your timed tickets online, $9-$11/pp.

Family experimenting with the Theremin at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bell Museum | St Paul

Enjoy science-related family fun in the education wing, a special display in Collections Cove, and some favorite Solution Studio challenges. Make sure to add on a planetarium show! Open MEA Weekend, 10am-4pm. Advanced tickets not required. $9-$12/pp.

Mill City Museum | Minneapolis

This museum was designed with care to include exhibits that appeal to a wide range of ages. Kids will love the water play room and other activities they can get their hands on. Check our list of 10 Things for Kids at Mill City Museum before you head out.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Free every day of the week and stuffed with ways to make art-going a family experience. Open MEA Weekend, Thurs-Fri, 10am-5pm.

Minnesota History Center | St Paul

Nearly all the exhibits at the museum are hands-on and very family friendly. Discover our Top Things for Kids at the Minnesota History Center. Open MEA Weekend, 10am-4pm (Sun 11am). $8-$12/pp.

Science Museum of Minnesota | St Paul

Packed full of interesting exhibits including Ultimate Dinosaurs, Sportsology, and the Human Body Gallery. Add on a show at the Omnitheater. Open MEA Weekend, Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri-Sat (9am-8pm), Sun 9am-5pm). Tickets must be reserved in advance. $12.95-$18.95/pp plus parking.

The Works Museum | Bloomington

MEA Break Camps are offered Oct 21-22 if you need to drop the kids off; or visit the museum as a family over the weekend. Open MEA Weekend Thurs-Fri 9am-3pm & Sat 10am-4pm. $11/pp.

Twin City Model Railroad Museum | St Paul

Halloween Night Trains begins October 15, 2022 and is a fun reasons to view model trains over MEA Weekend. $15/pp with discounts for groups of 4 or more.

Photo Credit: Twin Cities Model Railrod Museum

Check our directory for other kid-friendly museum ideas.

More ideas for MEA Weekend 2022 in the twin cities

Explore a Local Toy Store

We have some great locally-owned Toy Stores in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Find a new game for family-game night or some gear to explore the parks.

Explore a Local Castle

American Swedish Institute’s Family Gallery

ASI’s Family Gallery currently presents the exhibit Water, sky & me. Dress up like creatures in the ocean, collect fruit from the forest floor, or play in outer-space. Drop in to play when exploring the Turnblad Mansion as a family. Located in Minneapolis. Open MEA Weekend, Thurs-Sun. $6-$12/pp, under 6 are free.

MEA Weekend at the Castle!

Explore Local Sports on a Budget

Hey! Find more activities for your tweens and teens on a page specially dedicated to them! Or browse some of these ideas:

BOWLING: University of Minnesota St Paul Student Center

Bowl for just $1/pp plus $2/shoe rental on Thursdays or rent shoes free on Fridays. 8am-8pm, later Fri & Sat.

HOCKEY: St Louis Park Rec Center Youth Open Hockey

Kids can bring their own equipment for to play hockey (adult supervision recommended). $5/ages 6-15. Thursday & Friday, October 20 & 21, 2022; 9:301m-11:30am.

SWIMMING: Great River Water Park

Admission is $7. There’s a great zero-depth entry splash and play pool for younger ones! Located at Oxford Recreation Center, St Paul.

MEA events we hope to see return in 2022

Be a Farmer for the Day

Harvest Days | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River

I took my kids to Harvest Days on a blustery MEA day. It was wonderful. We had a great time working with the bulls and visiting the historic farmhouse. We made cornhusk dolls, explored the property and played with kittens. Then, on the way out, we went Christmas shopping through their visitor’s center. Expect even more to enjoy at the farm this year with their expanded visitor center. 10am-5pm, $8-$12/pp.

Free Family Art Day with Rumriver Art Center

2665 4th Avenue, Anoka MN 55303
Learn to draw a haunted house from the comfort of your own home. Registration required for Zoom ink. Oct 23, 10am, FREE.

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