Things To Do With Teens & Tweens

Are you met with ever more eye rolls when you announce that it’s time to go find some fun as a family? Is it getting more and more challenging to design a family outing that makes all the ages happy? FFTC understands; navigating the tween and teen years is something we’re doing right alongside you.


Some tips

We are new to this part of parenting ourselves, but we’re collecting ideas here as we find them. Double digit parenting seems to come with a stronger divergence among individual opinions of age appropriateness. We will do our best to cater to a wide variety of attitudes, but ultimately, we depend on our own instincts on whether something is family friendly. We do rely heavily on Commonsense Media‘s ratings. For books, we like the Scholastic‘s age and interest level ratings. For YA book reviews, check out Minneapolis blog, Proper Noun.

Active Family Fun with Teens & Tweens

In our experience, tweens and teens love a good physical challenge. Besides these specific lists, we keep a calendar of family-friendly sporting events – like races and benefit walks. These events are perfect for families with older kids.



Disc Golf

Fight or Flight Academy


Mini Golf

Roller Skating

Schaper Park & Challenge Course, Golden Valley

Skate Parks

Steep Sledding & Tubing Hills


Trampoline Parks

Water Parks & Swimming

Wheel Fun Rentals


Book Stores Specializing in Young Adult Books

Red Balloon Bookshop

Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

Creative Outings

Pinot’s Palette


Gaming & Toy Stores for Teens & Tweens

Fantasy Flight Games | Roseville

Source Comics & Games | Roseville

Museums and Historical Places

Many museums and historic places are better suited to older kids.

Seasonal Fun With Teens & Tweens

Fall: Pinehaven Farm – Deadend Hayride

Stage and Music

The Garage | Burnsville
All ages, alcohol and smoke free music venue.

Como Zoo’s Music Under Glass Series | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
While this program is open to all ages, teens and adults are more likely to appreciate the music and atmosphere of music in the conservatory. Sundays, January – early March.

Ordway | St Paul
The Ordway is home to the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, some Schubert Club concerts and traveling shows. Children must be over six to attend most Ordway events, but many of them are best shared with your older children.

Splurge Outings With Teens & Tweens

Escape Frenzy | Minneapolis
This live puzzle game may be too much for sensitive children, but a lot of fun for kids who enjoy puzzles. Parental participation is required for children under 16 and other age restrictions apply.

Escape Game | Mall of America
Escape Game has several exciting escape rooms to choose from – The Heist, Mission: Mars, Gold Rush, Prison Break, and their newest, Special Ops – all great for teens! 

Flyover America | Mall of America
While this ride was appealing to my six-year-old, it did not lose its excitement for our tween or the adults.

Missing Pieces Escape Room | Edina

SMAAASH | Mall of America
This new restaurant/gaming facility at the Mall of America has an adult atmosphere but also has games and activities that would appeal to older kids as well as their parents.

X-Games | US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Four days of extreme sports competitions such as skateboarding, BMX biking and motocross plus a diverse lineup of music performances. August 1-4 2019. Admission is FREE to the public Aug 1, 5-11pm. Kids general admission tickets start at just $12/pp.


Homework Help for Teens & Tweens (and Parents):

If you are finding it increasingly difficult to help with homework, remember that Hennepin County Library has tutors available online every day of the week from 1-11pm. You do need a library card.











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