OPENING IN JANUARY – TWIN CITIES EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS
TWIN CITIES SEASONAL EVENTS OPENING IN JANUARY
Starts Jan 23: St Paul Winter Carnival
We’ve got the scoop on the coolest carnival in town! From parades and glittering ice sculptures downtown to the thrilling Vulcan snow slide at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, browse below for our top picks for FREE family fun during the run of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Thursday, January 23-Sunday, February 2, 2020:
Jan 17: Ice Castles | Long Lake Park, New Brighton
The real-life ice palaces will amaze with icy tunnels, slides, illuminated chambers, and often visiting royalty. Get your tickets online and save a bundle, even more if you can make it out on a weeknight. $6.95-$18/pp. Read our review of Ice Castles here.
Minnesota does such a spirited job of embracing the winter’s chill in January. We bundle up and head outdoors for a dozen or so festivals full of snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice sculpting, hot cocoa and bonfires – find all the dates on our Winter Family Festival Calendar.
FREE OUTDOOR ICE SKATING IN JANUARY
Millennium Garden | Plymouth
Located within the city’s beautiful Plymouth Creek Center, the pond transforms into a public ice skating rink during the month of January. Learn more about Plymouth Creek Center.
Skate the Star | Mall of America
The Mall’s outdoor ice rink is FREE to enjoy – bring your skates or rent a pair onsite ($5). The rink is located at the north entrance. Through February 2, 2020.
TWIN CITIES CULTURAL FAMILY EVENTS OPENING IN JANUARY
Starts Jan 12, 2020: Urban Expedition | Landmark Center, St Paul
Travel the globe at Landmark Center – without the jet lag! A new cultural experience each month, complete with family activities, entertainment and food, through April 5. Admission is FREE.
FAMILY EXHIBITS OPENING IN JANUARY
Starts Jan 18, 2020: Hot Wheels: Race to Exhibit | Minnesota Children’s Museum
A brand-new exhibit makes its debut alongside roomfuls of other interactive exhibits. FREE admission each third Sunday of the month (Jan 19) but come early and be prepared to wait in line.
Opens Jan 25, 2020: Audubon Animated | Bell Museum of Natural History
Have you checked out the brand new Bell Museum yet? Our family was impressed to the point of purchasing a membership so we could make a quick return. In January, visit a virtual swamp teeming with exotic birds. Included in Bell admission of $9-$1 2/pp.
TWIN CITIES PERFORMING ARTS OPENING IN JANUARY
Opens Jan 19, 2020: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis
With the help of some feathered friends, Ziggy learns “every little thing is gonna be alright” in this musical based on the song by Bob Marley. Ages 5+. Tickets $15+.
Opens Jan 24, 2020: Nick Jr. Live – Move to the Music | State Theater, Minneapolis
Sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your favorite Nick Jr. Characters. Pre-K. Tickets $23-$69. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).
Find more family-friendly performing arts outings on our Plan Ahead Calendar.