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10 Free Things to Do in February in the Twin Cities
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4 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Kids in the Twin Cities
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Visit the Magical Ice Castles

10 Free Things to Do in February in the Twin Cities

Once the holidays and hockey season are over, I tend to change my tune about winter. If you’re like-minded, we’ve got plenty of free ways to hunker down inside and wait out the rest of the cold snap. Or, if you desire to be out of doors, we’ve included some frosty winter festivals. For more ideas on planning your February family time together, check our Family Fun Calendar or our seasonal February guides:

February Family Events Guide

Free Twin Cities February Family Events

Twin Cities Winter Survival Guide

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4 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Kids in the Twin Cities

The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. Like Easter, it is calculated by the lunar calendar rather than the solar calendar – so the date changes from year to year, depending on the moon phases. Also, it is actually celebrated for 15 days. In 2020, it falls on January 25th and 2020 will be the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac.

We have a few opportunities to celebrate around the Twin Cities:

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Visit the Magical Ice Castles

Ice Castles has moved around the Twin Cities from year and to year; but it’s always a good time. In the past it has been at the MOA, Eden Prairie, Stillwater, and Excelsior. In 2020, it will be at Long Lake Park in New Brighton. Quite LITERALLY in my backyard!

Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, January 17, 2020.  It’s spectacular.  Make sure you bundle up in all your layers so that you can safely spend lots of time at the Ice Castles and  get the best value for the ticket price.

In 2013, the Mall of America was host to one of Brent Christensen’s Ice Castles. At the time I didn’t realize what I was missing out on by not visiting it. However, in 2015, I made sure to not miss out. I packed up the kids and drove out to Eden Prairie’s Miller Park just off Hwy 212.

Ice Castle Fun: 

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