10/1/19: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks | SE Metro | Find a listing of parks here | Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).
10/4/19: Forever Wild Family Friday | Lebanon Hills Park Visitor Center, Eagan | 7-8:30pm
10/5/19: First Free Saturday: Clay, Tea & Books | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis | 10am-3pm | Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.
10/5/19: First Saturday Science: Upside Down | Metro State University, St Paul | 12-2pm |
The first Saturday of each month, kids explore a specific scientific field in a hands-on lab setting.
10/5/19: Home Depot Kids Workshop | TC Home Depot locations | 9am-noon | The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.
10/8/19: Ballet Tuesdays | Landmark Center, St. Paul | 12-1pm | Excerpts from the classics, perfect for budding ballerinas.
10/5/19: Start the Music! with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra | Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul | 2 sessions: 9:15 & 10:30am | Crafts, games and activities, followed by the woodwind ensemble’s accompaniment to a reimagined fairy tale in a 30-minute concert. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at the link. Also held 10/26/19.
10/12/19: Second Saturdays at TPT | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul | 8-11am | Activities are all free but reserving a time slot is required.
10/12/19-10/13/19: Highland Park Water Tower Open House | St. Paul | 9am-5pm | One of only two weekends a year the tower is open for viewing! Check out the fall colors and learn about water utility.
10/13/19: Minneapolis Institute of Art Family Day | Minneapolis | 11am-5pm | A day packed with hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts in the galleries and live cultural entertainment.
10/13/19: Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | Silverwood Park, St Anthony | 1-3pm | Join Ned the Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Try art making with a take-home activity.
10/20/19: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul | 9am-5pm | Explore the newly renovated and expanded museum free! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted.
10/20/19: Family Day at the M: We Are Now | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul | 1-4pm | Hands-on art, performances and storytelling.
10/20/19: Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka
10/26/19: Free Ink Day | Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis | 12-4pm | An all-ages intro to the art of relief printmaking. Learn More: Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
10/26/19: Saturday Family Fun: Showers of Leaves | Springbrook Nature Center
New themes each week, designed for elementary-aged kids but all are welcome. 10-11am.
Dozens of FREE Halloween events have made their way into our 2019 Twin Cities Family Halloween Guide. Find our quick list here or click on the graphic to get all the details:
- 10/6/19-10/28/19: Anoka’s Halloween
- 10/10/19-10/20/19: Waconia Scarecrow Tour, Waconia
- 10/12/19: PunkinMania | Triangle Park, Mahtomedi
- 10/13/19: Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley
- 10/26/19: Pumpkin Fest 2019 | 50th & France, Edina
- 10/25/19-10/26/19 & 10/31/19: BareBones Halloween Extravaganza | Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul
- 10/25/19: Halloween at the Creek | Plymouth Creek Center
- 10/25/19: Spooky Family Fun Night | Shakopee Community Center
- 10/26/19: Afton’s Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail | St Croix Trail through Afton
- 10/26/19: Anoka’s Grand Day Parade | Main Street & Fifth Ave, Anoka
- 10/26/19: Bruentrup Boo Bash | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood
- 10/26/19: Halloween Comic Fest
- 10/26/19-10/27/19: Main Street Trick or Treat | Downtown Stillwater
- 10/27/19: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival | Landmark Center, St. Paul
- 10/31/19: Vadnais Heights Community Halloween Party | Vadnais Heights Commons
- 10/31/19: Halloween Party | Bloomington Ice Garden
FREE TRICK OR TREATING
FREE trick-or-treating at Twin Cities area grocery stores and markets.
FREE trick-or-treating at Twin Cities shopping malls and shopping districts.
Please see our FFTC Guide to Halloween Fun in the Twin Cities for a complete listing of FREE library and bookstore Halloween programs and Halloween events at Minneapolis and St Paul Parks & Recreation Centers.
10/6/19: Fall Color Blast | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix | 12-5pm | Paddle & hike free
10/5/19-10/6/19 & 10/12/19-10/13/19: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings
10/10/19-10/13/19: Fall Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings
10/5/19: UFC Farm Supply Harvest Festival | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | 9:30am-3:30pm | Free wagon rides, dog shows, crafts & cooking demos.
10/12/19-10/13/19: Stillwater Harvest Fest, Downtown Stillwater
Barten Pumpkins | New Prague
Open mid-September through Halloween 2019, 9am to 7 pm. Free admission, thousands of pumpkins are $1 to $6. Free pony rides (see website for day and time), free hay rides (see website for day and time), free play natural play area every day.
Country Sun Farm | Lake Elmo
Open daily, 9am-7pm weekdays & 9am-5pm weekends starting Sept 19 thru Halloween, 2019. Free admission with a charge for all fall activities with the exception of the petting farm and outdoor display photo ops.
Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch | Wyoming
Open daily, Sept 21 thru Oct 31, 2019 – 9 am to dusk. PYO pumpkins/$4 ea. Weekend hayrides $3/pp.
Marshall’s Farm Market | Eden Prairie
Open daily 10am-7pm. Free admission, pumpkins range from $1-$12.
Pleasant Valley Orchard | Shafer
Open daily 10am-6pm. Admission is free; extra fee for weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch ($3/pp).
Tom’s Pumpkin Farm | Lindstrom
Open daily, 10am-dusk Sept 21 thru Halloween, 2019. Free admission, pick-your-own pumpkin and carry it out, $3.99 any size.
Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn | Shakopee
Open weekdays 11am – 6pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm. Free admission and hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field. Enjoy the working farm and free face painting on October weekends.
Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze | Lino Lakes
Fall Fun open daily, Sept 21-Oct 31, 2019; 10am-7pm. Hayride to the pumpkin patch is complimentary, pumpkins are sold by size starting at $3. You can also tour Joyer Barnyard without paying an admission fee.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts | Minneapolis | Daily, 11am-5pm
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul | Daily, 10am-6pm, suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. Seasonal events include the Fall Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day.
Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie | Ongoing Saturdays in Oct, 9am-noon | Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more.
Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St Paul | Ongoing Saturdays in Oct, 11:15am | Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.
Open House at Pond Dakota Mission Park | Bloomington | Ongoing Sundays, 1:30-4pm, please check the website first | FREE, donations appreciated | Come by the historic Gideon Pond house in the park for tours, living history lessons and other interactive activities.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul | Daily, 10am-6pm | suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. Seasonal events include the Fall Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day.
Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym | Apple Valley Community Center | Ongoing Mon/Wed/ Fri, 9:30-11am | Ages 5 & under w/ caregiver | Burn off some energy with other kids, develop motor skills and coordination. A special tot time for tykes ages 2 & under is held from 9-9:30am followed by open play for 5 & under until 11.
Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm | In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Stay for lunch — there are many tasty ethnic vendors to choose from, and several offer specials on Wednesdays. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.
MGM is also offering free fall Neighborhood Nights Thursdays, Sept 12-Oct 24, 2019 with family entertainment and puppet performances by Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre. Family Fridays run year-round with live music and other activities for families from 5:30-7:30pm at the market.
Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul | Ongoing Thursdays through April 2019, 10am-noon | The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week.
FREE WEEKLY TWIN CITIES ACTIVITIES
Free abounds in the Twin Cities. Many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer free storytimes during the week. Local coffee shops & cafes serve parents with free dedicated play spaces. Nature centers are wonderful places that offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. And dozens of St Paul & Minneapolis recreation centers offer free open gyms and tot times to run your littles ragged during the cooler months. Explore from our links below.
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