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.
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.
Water Parks & Swimming
Book Stores Specializing in Young Adult Books
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
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 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.
TWEEN & TEEN RESOURCES
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.