Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.


Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

PicMonkey Collage eidem farm

5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

The Wishing Tree Play CafeWe are super excited to partner with The Wishing Tree Play Cafe for FFTC BookHounds this summer.  Join us for our weekly bookclub meeting.

5/6-7: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line | Minneapolis • Runs weekends starting 5/6, 12:30-8:30pm; Mon-Fri begins 5/26, 6:30-8:30pm • $2/pp, under 4 FREE.

5/13: Wheel Fun Rentals | Como Lake

5/15: Como Town Amusement Park | St Paul • weekday seasonal hours begin for Como Town, find them at the link here. Splash Zone opens Memorial Day weekend.

Family Fun Twin Cities at Como Town

Frog Hopper Giggles

5/20: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Nokomis

5/27: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Harriet

May is also an ideal month to get out before the skeeters and enjoy the many Twin Cities-area Nature Playgrounds.


5/27: Sibley House Historic Site | Mendota • Sat/Sun, 1-4pm • Special event: Family Art Day, 7/8, FREE.

tm gibbs farm pioneer sampler5/27: Gibbs Farm | Falcon Heights • Weekends & select Fridays through Oct 29, 2017, 10am-4pm • $5-$8/pp • Take a themed guided tour or attend one of Gibbs Farm’s special events throughout the season.

5/27 – Memorial Day Weekend | Historic Fort Snelling, Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5 • $6-$12/pp • Explore the historic buildings, chat with costumed interpreters, watch cannon and musket firings, and join in historic games. Kids can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt.


5/20: Nicollet Commons Park water feature, Burnsville (weather dependent)

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5/26: Oak Hill Splash Pad | St Louis Park, 10am-8pm • no staff or admission until June 5 after which staff member is present and $1/non-resident is charged, residents admitted free.

5/27: Minneapolis Wading Pools • Open daily 10am-9pm • FREE (Beaches also open, but unguarded until 6/10/17.)

5/27: Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis • pre-season 5/27-29 & 6/3-4, 1-7pm • FREE
5/27: Anoka Aquatic Center
| Anoka • See all hours here • $4-$7/pp
5/27: Elm Creek Swimming Pond | Maple Grove • 9am-8pm • $5/pp
5/27: Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond | Minnetrista • 9am-8pm • $5/pp
5/27: Grove Cove Aquatic Center Outdoor Pool | Maple Grove, 11am-6pm • $6-$7/pp or $22-$25/family
5/27-29: Jim Lupient Water Park pre-season | Minneapolis, 1-7pm

Jim Lupient Water Park

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn’t enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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