Ahh, September. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. As much as we love having the kids home from school and more free time to play, we crave the structure that comes with September. It’s time to pack away the swimsuits and sunscreen and dive into new ways to spend our quality time with the family. Let’s take a look at what’s opening this month:
TWIN CITIES SEASONAL EVENTS OPENING IN SEPTEMBER
TWIN CITIES APPLE ORCHARDS
Nothing tastes more like fall than a crunch into a fresh-picked apple from the orchard. Spending a day at one of these orchards is a tradition many Minnesota families wouldn’t miss. By September, the family-run farms are open for business: come pick-your-own apples, play in the hay and corn, visit the farm animals and enjoy the fall colors. We’ve organized our Twin Cities Apple Orchard Family Guide by region of the Metro so you can easily find a spot near you (or a new one you’d like to explore!)
FALL TOT TIMES & OPEN GYMS
Cooler temps might mean not every day is ripe for the park. Thankfully (for our sanity) there are indoor options where the kids can get their wiggles out. Tot time open gym was one of my tricks for guaranteed naptime when I had four littles under the age of 7 at home. The Twin Cities is filled with recreation centers that open their gyms – often for FREE or very little – in the fall and provide such delights as balls, ride-on toys, mats and scooters. Check out the locations opening in September (with many more to follow in October):
Minneapolis Parks: Parent & Tot Indoor Playground ( Some FREE/Some have a small fee)
Saint Paul Recreation Centers: Tot Time (FREE)
Apple Valley: Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym (FREE)
Eagan: Preschool Open Play
Eden Prairie: Tot Time Open Gym
Our complete listing of Twin Cities Tot Times & Open Gyms – plus more indoor play spaces.
FAMILY EXHIBITS, ATTRACTIONS & FESTIVALS OPENING IN SEPTEMBER
Bell Museum: Wicked Plants
Go a little bit over to the creepy side with interactive displays housed in a derelict Victorian home. Learn about dangerous plants and other “villains”. The whole museum is packed with kid-friendly exhibits plus a planetarium. Included with admission of $9-$12/pp. Opens Sept 21.
Eagan Art Block
This “super block” is home to several art organizations, green space and other local businesses. Brand new in 2019, Art Block will draw attention to them with community events throughout September. Participants include: Eagan Art House, Eagan Community Center, Caponi Art Park, Holz Farm and more. Where to find it? Eagan Art Block is bound by Wescott Road, Diffley Road, Lexington Ave and Pilot Knob Road. Runs Sept 7-22.
Free Children’s Entertainment | Edinborough Park, Edina
Ongoing Thursdays, kid-friendly diversions take to the amphitheater in the indoor park. Pair this outing with a trip to Adventure Peak Indoor Playground. Starts September 19, noon.
Minnesota Children’s Museum: Curious George – Let’s Get Curious!
The beloved monkey is BACK! Strengthen those STEM skills while palling around with George. Exhibit opens Sept 28. For your chance to visit free, plan for Sept 15 (but you can expect lines).
Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee
Sever’s has a well-known extensive menu of activities featuring their giant corn maze, corn pits, and exotic petting zoo. Admission is $17/pp ages 4 & up. Opens Sept 10, 2021.
Plus, see our complete calendar of fall family festivals in the Twin Cities – can you even handle all the corn boxes, petting farms and pumpkin patches ahead?
Sundays at Landmark | Landmark Center, St Paul
Each fall through spring, historic Landmark hosts Sunday family events. The series also includes Landmark’s popular Urban Expeditions (starting mid-January), which take you to a different country to experience the culture firsthand without leave the comfort of town and for FREE. The 2019/2020 season begins September 15.
PERFORMING ARTS OPENING IN SEPTEMBER
Opens Sept 17: Circus Abyssinia – Ethiopian Dreams | Children’s Theatre Company
The circus arts meet the rhythms of Ethiopia. Tickets: $15+
Opens Sept 23: Johnny Appleseed | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond
Audience-participation musical. PreK to 3rd grade. Tickets: $10-$12.
Opens Sept 27: Nate the Great the Musical | Steppingstone Theatre, St Paul
Junior detective Nate the Great has a new case. Ages 4+. Tickets $12-$16.
Opens Sept 29: Snow White | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Just 2 actors play 7 dwarfs, Snow White and the rest. Can’t wait to see how they do this! Ages 5+.
To plan ahead for your family’s night out at the theater, consult our complete Performing Arts Calendar.
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