Things To Do This Weekend: Twin Cities Northwest Metro, March 16-17, 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 March 16-17, 2024. Not finding the city you’re searching for? We also cover fun family events in the areas of:

Welcome to March in the Twin Cities!

In March we’re springing on you a fresh mix of things to do this weekend indoors and out. For more ideas, hop over to our March Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar. We try to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s size, budget, styles and other 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 Northwest Metro parks.

Featured family fun ideas for this weekend: It’s maple syrup month!

"Maple Syrup Time" Background shows golden color of maple syrup in the shape of a maple leaf.

We’re upon the season of flowing sap and maple syrup in Minnesota. Get up close to observe this sweet process at an event at these Twin Cities parks or see our weekend schedule below for MAPLE SYRUP FAMILY PROGRAMS:

Journey Into the Sugarbush at Eastman Nature Center

13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN 55369
EASTMAN NATURE CENTER offers a naturalist-led exploration of the sugarbush and the process of tapping maples trees and turning sap into syrup. Registration is required for 1 hr 15 min slots. March 16 & 17, 2024, starting at 9:30am on Saturday and 1pm Sunday. $6/pp. 

Maple Syruping at Baker Outdoor Learning Center

2309 Baker Park Road, Maple Plain, MN 55359
It’s worth a trip out to BAKER OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER northwest of Minneapolis-St Paul to take in a spring maple syrup program. Learn about maple tree tapping and boiling sap into syrup. Then, taste test to see if you can tell grocery store syrup from the real stuff. Outdoor program. Registration is required by two days prior. March 17, 2024, slots from 3-5pm. $6/pp.

MORE MAPLE SYRUP THIS WEEKEND: With this mild winter we’ve experienced, the sap gets flowing even sooner. Find more tapping programs in the Twin Cities Metro this weekend on this quicklist or our guide to MAPLE SYRUP PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES:

Volunteer showing girls how to tapa maple tree at a Warner Nature Center maple-syruping event, Minnesota

More park events this weekend in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro

Free Family Fun Day at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

10360 W River Rd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
This weekend, take a “green” scavenger hunt in the park and search for signs of spring. Check in at the visitor center to learn more about what you might find at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARKMarch 17, 2024, 1-3pm. FREE admission.

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

St Patrick’s Day Weekend Fun!

It matters little if you are, in fact, Irish. All are welcome to join in the  St Patrick’s Day festivities in the Twin Cities.  Find more activities in our ST PATRICK’S DAY ROUNDUP

Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

40th Avenue NE & Van Buren St., Columbia Heights MN
The 54th annual parade kicks off at the above intersection at 6pm. March 16, 2024.

Text: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day: Background: shamrocks, rainbows, Irish dancers and two people drinking green shakes

March Lowe’s Kids Workshop

11201 Fountains Dr, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Free Lowe’s kids workshops are geared towards your “mini-DIYer” about age 4-11. Caregivers will need to remain onsite to supervise. This month at Lowe’s Maple Grove, build a flower-shaped birdfeeder. Learn more about Lowe’s Kids WorkshopsMarch 16, 2024, 10am. FREE.

Gril with Lowe's Kids Workshop Kit and Hammer

Avant Garden Bookstore: Children’s Storytime

215 E Main St, Anoka, MN 55303
Kids will enjoy a storytime just for them, their grown-ups might appreciate that that the bookstore is also a coffee shop. Ongoing Saturdays. March 16, 2024, 10am. FREE.

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