Get a jump start on June! It’s packed with parks hosting FREE summer entertainment for families, tons of places to splash about and cool off, and FREE library summer reading events that will keep them busy until school calls again.
Starts June 1: Movies in the Park | Ongoing Fridays
Starts June 6: Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, ongoing Wednesdays with FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase.
Starts June 18: Roaming Rec with St Paul Parks & Recreation
Music & Entertainment in the Parks | Daily with FREE concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Check the link for a complete listing of events & locations.
BLAINE: Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park | Select dates starting 6/13/18
COON RAPIDS: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Reg Park pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/7/18, 7pm
MAPLE GROVE: Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/14/18 and Movies by Moonlight to come in July & August.
NEW BRIGHTON: Night at the Movies | Townsend Park, New Brighton | 6/22/18, at dusk
OTSEGO: Otsego Summer Entertainment in the Park | Prairie Park | Starts 6/12/18, 10 am
PLYMOUTH: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth | Music and other live entertainment starting 6/12/18.
ST ANTHONY: Silverwood OnStage | Silverwood Park | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/6/18
NORTH ST. PAUL: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park, 6/21/18
APPLE VALLEY: Music in Kelley Park | Apple Valley | Ongoing Fridays starting 6/15/18 | Music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.
BURNSVILLE: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/14/18, stay to enjoy the landscaped splash pad! Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks | Ongoing Fridays, 6:30 seating, 7pm show.
COTTAGE GROVE: Tunes Into Twilight Summer Concert Series | City Hall Amphitheater | Starts 6/21/18, 6:30pm. Splash Pad Special Events are held at Highlands Park ongoing Fridays starting June 15, 11am-noon
EAGAN: Eagan Puppet Wagon | Eagan parks | Ongoing Mon-Fri starting 6/18/18 | Bring a blanket for the shows, then stay after for art projects and interactive activities. Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds, ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting 6/6/18. FREE family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS: Free Summer Events in the Park | South Valley Park | Select Tuesdays starting 6/12/18.
ROSEMOUNT: Puppets in the Park | Rosemount Parks | Ongoing Fridays starting 6/22/18. Also Movies in the Park (one Friday/month June-Aug) & Summer Music in the Parks in Central Park, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/14/18.
WOODBURY: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series | Ojibway Park, Woodbury | Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk. Woodbury Puppet Wagon | Woodbury parks | Ongoing Mon-Thurs, plus, Puppet Wagon Preview Party at Kinderberry Hill, 6/7/18, with shows, crafts and popsicles.
BLOOMINGTON: Arts in the Parks includes the Monday Morning Kids Series at Moir Park starting 6/11/18, Tuesday Evening Performance Series at Normandale Bandshell starting 6/12/18, and Moonlight Movies at Red Haddox Field starting 6/8/18. All are FREE to attend.
CHASKA: Kids Summer Entertainment Series | Firemen’s Park | Ongoing Tuesdays starting 6/12/18, 10:30am & Wednesday Night Concerts, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/13/18.
EDEN PRAIRIE: Kidstock | Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30am
EDINA: Centennial Lakes Park is a haven for FREE summer entertainment! June events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater, Movies in the Park ongoing Thursday evenings, and the Farmers Market. Open for June are the park’s paddle boats, putting course & lawn games.
GOLDEN VALLEY: Concerts in the Park | Brookview Park | Ongoing Mondays starting 6/4/18, 7pm.
MINNETONKA: Arts in the Park events at the Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater include Theater in the Park performances and Music in the Park ongoing Tuesdays.
NEW HOPE: Movies in the Park | Civic Center Park | 6/22/18
RICHFIELD: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Ongoing Tuesdays at noon starting 6/12/18.
SHAKOPEE: Huber Park Performance & Event Series | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/18.
TWIN CITIES BEACHES, POOLS AND WATER PARKS
Memorial Day Weekend:
- Dakota County beaches | 2 locations, FREE
- Three Rivers Park District Beaches | 7 unguarded locations, FREE
- Minneapolis beaches | Lake Nokomis Main Beach & Wirth Lake Beach
- Jim Lupient Water Park (weekends until mid-June) | Minneapolis | $3-$5/pp
- North Commons Water Park (weekends until mid-June) | Minneapolis | $3-$5/pp
- Elm Creek & Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond lifeguards on duty | Maple Grove | $5/pp
- Washington County Parks swimming beach lifeguards on duty | 5 locations | $7/vehicle
Early June: Anoka County beaches | 3 locations | $6/vehicle permit
6/1/18: Lakeside Commons Beach | Blaine | $5/non-res, residents FREE
6/2/18: St. Louis Park Aquatic Park | $5.50-$9.50/pp, discount after 4:30pm
6/2/18: Carver County swimming beach lifeguards on duty | 2 locations, $5/vehicle permit
6/2/18: Cascade Bay Water Park | Eagan | $7-$11/pp, discount after 4pm
6/4/18: SandVenture Aquatic Park | Shakopee | $3-$7/pp, discount after 5pm
6/8/18: Edina Aquatic Center | Edina | $9-$11.50/pp, discount after 5pm
6/8/18: Shady Oak Beach | Minnetonka | $3-$6/pp, discount after 6pm
6/8/18: Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center | $6-$10/pp, discount after 5pm
6/8/18: Bunker Beach Water Park | Coon Rapids | $9-$15/pp, discount after 4pm
6/8/18: Richfield Outdoor Pool | Richfield | $8-$10/pp, discount after 4pm
6/9/18: Bloomington Family Aquatic Center | $7.25-$10/pp, discount after 4pm
6/9/18: Bush Lake Beach | Bloomington | lifeguards 11am-7pm, $7.75/vehicle permit
6/9/18: Battle Creek Waterworks | Maplewood | $5-$7/pp, discount after 6pm – NOT UPDATED
6/9/18: Ramsey County swimming beach lifeguards on duty | 5 locations
6/9/18: Como Regional Park Pool & Highland Park Aquatic Center | St Paul | $6-$7/pp
6/9/18: Minneapolis swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 7 locations, FREE
6/9/18: Crystal Cove Aquatic Center | Crystal | $6-$8/pp, discount after 5pm
Milton Honsey Outdoor Pool | New Hope – closed for the 2018 & 2019 season.
For our master list of Twin Cities splash pads, click here.
2018 SUMMER LIBRARY READING PROGRAMS & SUMMER LIBRARY EVENTS
Unlike school, there is no “summer break” at your local library! Dozens of branches across the seven-county library system are rolling out even more activities, entertainment and reading incentives during the summer months. Nearly every day of the week you can find programming for kids, tweens and teens: outdoor StoryWalks, STEM workshops, storytimes, crafting, magic shows, mini-camps and more. Find your local branches and full summer schedules below:
- Anoka County Library | Summer at Your Library – kickoff parties begin June 5
- Carver County Library | Libraries Rock Summer Reading – starts June 1
- Dakota County Library | Summer Discovery – begins June 6, 2018
- Hennepin County Library | Summer Learning here
- Ramsey County Library | R.E.A.D: My Summer Library Experience – begins June 9
- Scott County Library | Summer Spotlight – events begin June 9
- St Paul Public Library | Summer Spark – events begin June 1
- Washington County Library | Kids Summer Reading
MORE TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN JUNE
Starting June 2: Grimm Farmhouse Open Houses | Carver Park Reserve, Victoria | Ongoing Sat, 1-4pm. FREE.
Starting June 7: Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows | 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis | Ongoing Thursdays, 6:30pm. FREE.