TWIN CITIES SEASONAL EVENTS OPENING IN MARCH
Starts March 2: The sap starts flowing when temps are close to 40 during the day and below freezing at night. Parks and nature centers across the Twin Cities then spring into action to capture the sap and offer maple syruping events to families. Three Rivers Parks maple syrup events lead the pack in early March. To get our complete listing of events check our maple syrup page.
Opens March 16: Spring Flower Show | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
A trip to Como’s indoor gardens can instantly lift the spirits in those first few fickle weeks of spring in Minnesota. What else might your kids enjoy at Como? Consult our Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Spring Checklist for 10 ideas.
More blooms: The Spring Flower Show at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum opens March 1. $15 for adult admission to the grounds; kids are FREE. Tip: Visit March 18 (third Monday of the month) and adults are FREE as well.
Of course, there’s no need to ration yourself to ice cream only during the summer months. There are dozens of Twin Cities ice cream shops that are open year round (get our list of favorite shops to get a fix). Some, however, do hibernate during the winter and emerge fresh in the spring including:
- Adele’s Frozen Custard (Excelsior): March 1
- Cup and Cone (White Bear Lake): March 6
- Conny’s Creamy Cone (St Paul): mid-March
- Dairy Queen free cone day: March 20
FAMILY FARM FUN
Opens March 22: Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo
Come out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals at the zoo — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest. Get hands-on with the babies, and enjoy out the other spring activities at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. If the weather cooperates, the outdoor nature playground will absorb the rest of your kids’ spring fever. Through April 30, included in Zoo admission.
Opens March 23: Lambing Time on the Farm | Govin’s Meats & Berries, Menomonie WI
March 30: Spring Into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Celebrate new life on the farm through crafts, cooking and games. Meet farm animals and participate in educator-led programs. Activities are geared toward preschoolers and kindergartners.9:30am-12pm, $5/pp.
TWIN CITIES CULTURAL FAMILY EVENTS IN MARCH
It’s always lucky when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend. In 2019 we get it on a Sunday. There lots of fun happening around town – including three parades and some celebrations. Our top picks:
PERFORMING ARTS OPENING IN MARCH
Opens March 6: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory | Orpheum
Get 50% off tickets for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the March 13, 7:30 pm Kids Night performance. BUY NOW. Use Code: VIOLET. (Tickets still available as of 2/3/2019).
Opens March 14: Disney on Ice – Mickey’s Search Party | Target Center
Want to score a discount? Goldstar is offering tickets up to $13 off – hit the link to get them through our affiliate link.
FAMILY EXHIBITS OPENING IN MARCH
Opens March 1: Cosmic Junkyard coming to Imaginopolis | Minnesota Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum’s Imaginopolis is turning into a cosmic junkyard. Visitors can play, build and create their own stories using materials that look like cosmic debris while surrounded by the sights and sounds of space.
Opens March 15: Brave the Rainforest Adventure | Sea Life, Mall of America
Face cockroaches, piranhas, pythons, crocs and other creepy critters with new pop-up tanks, a creature meet & greet area, special weather effects, and more all in the 1.3 million gallon Aquarium’s newest adventure. The new exhibit opens March 15 and is included with regular Sea Life admission rates of $15-$25/pp (save when purchasing online).
MARCH LAST CHANCE!
Closes March 2: Night Trains | Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St Paul
Enter a magical world of model trains. Overhead lights are turned down low and the models’ streetlights and buildings are glowing. Saturday only, 6-9pm, $15/pp, family rates available, kids under 5 FREE.
Closes March 3: Minneapolis WinterSkate | Loring Park
Our pick of the free outdoor rinks hosts free skating daily plus a good supply of free loaner skates and a toasty warming house.
Closes March 9: Ice Castles | Excelsior
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.
Closes March 20: American Girl Store | Mall of America
Get your shopping done (in person) at the MOA location while you can.