Things To Do This Weekend: Twin Cities Northwest Metro, Jan 6-7, 2024

Things to do in the Twin Cities Northwest 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 Albertville, Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Crystal, Elk River, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Otsego, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Rogers & St Michael.

This guide covers the weekend of January 6-7, 2024. Not finding the city you’re searching for? We also cover fun family events in the areas of:

It’s time to kick off the new year right with a host of fun indoor and outdoor activities to choose from this weekend. Who appreciates frugal entertainment after the holidays have wrapped? Most options for this weekend’s list of things to do in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro are FREE or low cost to attend. For even more ideas, hop over to our JANUARY FAMILY EVENTS GUIDE, our ULTIMATE WINTER FUN GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. We try to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s unique needs.

Fun outdoor activities in the Twin Cities Northwest 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 parks.

Some fun family ideas for this weekend: No snow, but it’s still winter!

Winter Survival at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

10360 W River Rd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
This family-designed program will teach winter survival skills such as fire and shelter construction and model layering techniques to keep you snug while you’re playing outside all winter long. Ages 4+. Reservations by two days prior. January 6, 2024, 1-3pm. $6/pp.
MORE AT MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY: Drop in for FREE nature programming on Sunday – learn how to track animals during the winter. Drop in between 1-3pm. January 7, 2024, FREE. Learn more about the park.

“Snowshoe Adventure” in Three Rivers parks

Originally designed to be a snowshoe trek, these may wind up as hikes, but remain a chance to explore the prairie and woods of the parks led by a naturalist. Each lasts 1.5 hrs, costs $6/pp and requires reservations in advance. Please see the link to sign up. Two locations this weekend in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro:

Snow tubing update in the Northwest Metro

The two major (and only – could someone reach out and correct me if this is wrong?) snow tubing venues in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro are currently busy at work trying to manufacture the stuff Mother Nature hasn’t yet blessed us with.

  • ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE: Tubing is currently closed. Should conditions allow it to open, tubing hours are 10am-9pm weekends, $17/2 hrs.
  • WIRTH PARK WINTER RECREATION AREA: As of this publishing, the tubing hill is scheduled to be open Jan 6-7, 10am-6pm. Last year, 2-hr passes were $17/pp but we have seen it discounted as recently as last week.

Kids climbing the tubing hill at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, MN

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

Need indoor activity ideas? Try a new indoor playground

Plymouth Community Center, 14800 34th Avenue North, Plymouth
For Minnesota parents it’s a must to know where to escape the elements and still keep those kids active and having fun. During the dark winter months we shout out the best indoor playgrounds in the Minneapolis-St Paul area in the hopes of helping you discover something new. This weekend we highlight the KUBE Indoor Playground in Plymouth. Kids Ultimate Backyard Experience (or KUBE) brings backyard fun indoors with playhouses, ramps, slides towers with ladders. Best for ages 2-12. $6-$8/child. 

Kids Ultimate Backyard Experience (KUBE) in Plymouth, Minnesota



Free Indoor Movie: Minions Rise of Gru

1000 School St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330
Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs to watch a flick on the Field House turf. Concessions for purchase. January 6, 2024, doors open at 6:30, movie at 7pm. FREE.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

6701 Boone Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
15800 Grove Cir N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
1705 Annapolis Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55441
Kids can put together simple DIY projects the first Saturday of the month for free. This month kids can craft a mini Home Depot delivery truck. January 6, 2024, 9am-12pm.

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