Things to do in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro this weekend – with kids & family!

the Twin Cities at different seasons

This Weekend Family Guide includes events and activities near the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Blaine, Centerville, Forest Lake, Fridley, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Oakdale, Scandia, Shoreview, St Anthony, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake. 

This guide covers the Memorial Day weekend of May 25-26, 2024. Not finding the city you’re searching for? We also cover fun family events in the areas of:

Welcome to May in the Twin Cities!

For more inspiration on spending family time together this spring weekend, check our MAY FAMILY EVENTS GUIDE , our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR.

Schubert Club Music Museum

FamilyJam is a new free program for kids and families at the Schubert Club Music Museum in St. Paul's Landmark Center which comprises short 25-30 minute concerts followed by Music Museum activities, including hands-on instrument playing, instrument demonstrations and musician meet and greets. All FamilyJam concerts and Music Museum admission are free. Registration is required.

Twin Cities Northeast Metro Family Fun Calendar

Fun activities in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro parks this weekend

The following is just a sampling of all we’re keeping track of across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in the Northeast Metro parks. Here’s where you can find some nature-adventure this weekend:

Campfire Program: Bugs!

Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Avenue North, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
All are invited, registered campers and visitors alike, to a campfire program hosted by Bruce the Bug Guy. If you like bugs, this show is for you! There is bench seating; you’re welcome to bring camp chairs or blankets. Also in the park are two playgrounds near picnic areas if you’d like to make an evening of it. May 25, 2024, 7-8pm. $7 vehicle permit required.
MORE AT LAKE ELMO PARK RESERVE: In June, the sand-bottomed swim pond at the park will open. We rate this among the best beaches in the Twin Cities to bring kids!

Family roasting marshmallows around a campfire at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
Lake Elmo Campers can choose between rustic, modern, rv sites and equestrian campgrounds

More ideas for things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with kids – Northeast Metro

Swimming season: Beaches, pools, waterparks & splash pads opening Memorial Day Weekend 2024

Why not while away the holiday weekend at the beach? Many in the Minneapolis & St Paul metro are open for FREE swimming, splashing and all-around FUN starting Memorial Day Weekend. You’ll find our complete listing in SPLASH HAPPY: A GUIDE TO WATER FUN IN THE TWIN CITIES. Find our local Northeast Metro splash spots here:


Ramsey County beaches are open sunrise to sunset (park hours). Lifeguards on duty 12-8pm starting early June. Find more information on the Ramsey County beaches information page.

Lake Johanna is one of the best beach beaches in the Twin Cities for kids!


Washington County Beaches are open 9am-8pm. A $7 vehicle permit is required w/ the exception of Point Douglas Beach. Each first Tuesday of the month is FREE entry day!

Find more Twin Cities outdoor swimming pools & waterparks to splash the summer away!

Cirque Italia Water Circus

Maplewood Mall, 3001 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood, MN 55109
Under the big top, four days only, it’s a unique circus featuring exciting live acts performed over a stage of water. Rain, fountain and bubble effects add to the aquatic theme. May 23-26, 2024. Saturday shows at 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30pm. Sunday shows at 1:30 & 4:30pm. Tickets $15-$55.

Family Fun Day at Maplewood Hy-Vee

2501 White Bear Ave N, St Paul, MN 55109
Just a little something to jump start your summer – yes, come jump in the inflatables, enjoy some food and live music this weekend. May 25, 2024, 11am-3pm.

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