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.
ST. PAUL: 2017 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 • Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/17 with FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase. • 2017 Movies in the Parks | starts 6/2/17 in various parks.
BLAINE: Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park | Select dates starting 6/14/17 including Family Fun Night (7/18/17).
COON RAPIDS: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park performance pavilion, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/8/17 – FREE.
MAPLE GROVE: Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove, includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17 and Movies by Moonlight to come in July & August 2017.
NEW BRIGHTON: Night at the Movies, Townsend Park, 6/16/17 with dates to come in July & August – FREE.
PLYMOUTH: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center, starts June 2017
ST ANTHONY: Sounds of Silverwood | Silverwood Park | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/17
NORTH ST. PAUL: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park, 6/22/17
ROSEVILLE: Roseville Puppet Wagon | Roseville parks, ongoing Tues-Thurs starting 6/20/17 – FREE, plus kickoff party 6/15/17 @ Roseville Kinderberry Hill, 6:30pm • Live @ The Rog! Performance Series, Frank Rog Amphitheather, ongoing Sundays starting 6/11/17 – FREE.
APPLE VALLEY: Music in Kelley Park | Ongoing Fridays starting 6/16/17 with FREE 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, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17 • Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks, ongoing Fridays starting 6/19/17 – both in Nicollet Commons Park, plus enjoy the landscaped splash pad – FREE.
EAGAN: Eagan Puppet Wagon | Eagan parks, ongoing Mon-Fri starting 6/12/17. Bring a blanket for the shows, then stay after for art projects and interactive activities – FREE • Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds, ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting 6/7/17. FREE family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families.
WOODBURY: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series | Ojibway Park, 6/15/17, pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk • Woodbury Puppet Wagon, Woodbury parks, ongoing Mon-Thurs starting 6/12/17. Plus, Puppet Wagon Preview Party at Kinderberry Hill, 6/7/17, with shows, crafts and popsicles. All activities are FREE.
BLOOMINGTON: Arts in the Parks includes the Monday Morning Kids Series at Moir Park starting 6/12/17, Tuesday Evening Performance Series at Normandale Bandshell starting 6/13/17, and Moonlight Movies at Red Haddox Field starting 6/10/17. All are FREE to attend.
CHASKA: Kids Entertainment Series, 6/13 & 6/27 • Wednesday Night Concerts, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/14/17.
EDEN PRAIRIE: Itty Bitty Beach Parties, Round Lake Park, ongoing Fridays with music and fun for kids • Eden Prairie Park Players Presents: Honk!, 6/16-18/17 & 6/22-25 at the Staring Lake Amphitheater • Kidstock kicks off 6/20 with entertainment ongoing Tuesdays. All events are FREE.
EDINA: Centennial Lakes Park is a haven for FREE summer entertainment! Events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater, Movies in the Park ongoing Thursday evenings starting 6/1/17, and the Farmers Market ongoing Thursdays starting 6/15/17.
MINNETOKNA: Arts in the Park events at the Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater include Theater in the Park performances of Once Upon a Mattress 6/16-17/17 and Music in the Park ongoing Tuesdays starting 6/13/17. Movies in the Park to follow in August. All activities are FREE.
RICHFIELD: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Ongoing Tuesdays at noon starting 6/13/17.
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
- SandVenture Aquatic Park | Shakopee | $3-$7/pp, discount after 5pm
- Minneapolis beaches | Lake Nokomis Main Beach & Wirth Lake Beach
- Jim Lupient Water Park (weekends until 6/10) | Minneapolis | $3-$5/pp
- North Commons Water Park (weekends until 6/10) | 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 | $5/vehicle
Early June: Anoka County beaches | 3 locations | $5/vehicle permit
6/2: Lakeside Commons Beach | Blaine | $5/non-res, residents FREE
6/2: St. Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park | $5-$9.50/pp, discount after 4:30pm
6/3: Edina Aquatic Center | Edina | $9-$11.25/pp, discount after 5pm
6/8/2018: Shady Oak Beach | Minnetonka | $3-$6/pp, discount after 6pm
6/: Carver County swimming beach lifeguards on duty | 2 locations, $5/vehicle permit – NOT UPDATED
6/9: Cascade Bay Water Park | Eagan | $6-$10/pp, discount after 4pm
6/9: Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center | $6-$9/pp, discount after 5pm
6/9: Bunker Beach Water Park | Coon Rapids | $9-$15/pp, discount after 4pm
6/9: Richfield Outdoor Pool | Richfield | $7-$9/pp, discount after 4pm
6/10: Bloomington Family Aquatic Center | $7.25-$10/pp, discount after 4pm
6/10: Bush Lake Beach | Bloomington | lifeguards 11am-7pm, $7.50/vehicle permit
6/: Battle Creek Waterworks | Maplewood | $5-$7/pp, discount after 6pm – NOT UPDATED
6/: Ramsey County swimming beach lifeguards on duty | 5 locations, FREE – NOT UPDATED
6/10: Como Regional Park Pool & Highland Park Aquatic Center | St Paul | $6-$7/pp
6/10: Minneapolis swimming beach lifeguards on duty – 7 locations, FREE
6/10: Crystal Cove Aquatic Center | Crystal | $6-$8/pp, discount after 5pm
For our master list of Twin Cities splash pads, click here.
2017 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 Library Experience – events begin June 1
- Carver County Library | Build a Better World summer reading program – starts June 1
- Dakota County Library | Begins June 7, 2017
- Hennepin County Library | Summer Learning here
- Ramsey County Library | Bookwocky Summer Reading begins June 10
- Scott County Library | Summer Spotlight – events begin June 10
- St Paul Public Library | Summer Spark – events begin June 1
- Washington County Library | Bookawocky Summer Reading – blasts off June 10
MORE TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN JUNE
6/3/17: Grimm Farmhouse Open House | Carver Park Reserve, Victoria | Saturdays through 9/2/17, 1-4pm. FREE.
6/4/17: Pierre Bottineau House Open House | Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove | Sundays thru 8/27/17, 1-4pm. FREE
6/ Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows | 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis | Ongoing Thursdays, 6:30pm. FREE. – not updated for 2017
6/ Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Backyard | St Paul | Open daily during museum hours, Included with museum admission of $10-$13/pp, mini golf for an extra fee. Read about a splashy trip to the Big Backyard here. – not updated for 2017