Things to do in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro this weekend – with kids & family!
This Weekend Family Guide includes events and activities near the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Afton, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Farmington, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, West St Paul & Woodbury.
This guide covers the weekend of January 6-7, 2024. Not locating the city you’re looking for? We also cover tons of fun family events in the areas of:
What we all can appreciate after the holidays is frugal entertainment, right? Most ideas for this weekend’s list of things to do in the Twin Cities are FREE or low-cost to attend. Get your new year off to a smart start with a mix of fun indoor and outdoor activities to choose from in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro. For 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 needs – whether you’re keeping close to home — or need a break from it.
Fun outdoor activities in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro parks this weekend
We’re bringing you the scoop on dozens of outdoor activities this weekend in Twin Cities parks carefully curated on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. Here’s a sampling of our top picks in your area of the metro:
Some fun family ideas for this weekend: Winter activity update!
Ice rink update in the Southeast Metro
The cold is finally starting to creep into the Twin Cities – creating conditions that are friendly to flooding local ice rinks. If your community is not yet ready, there are a couple refrigerated options in the Southeast Metro:
- Winter SKOLstice ice rink at Viking Lakes – You can ice skate for free on the SKOLstice Market Rink (5-10pm Sat & until 9pm on Sun, BYO skates or rent a pair for $5). Ice is scheduled to be open January 6 & 7, 2024. Please check the website to confirm as status may change with the weather. 2685 Vikings Cir, Eagan, MN 55121.
- M Health Fairview Sports Center Outdoor Rink – Skate rental is available for $6 if need be in the Sports Center. Open 4-9:30pm on weekends. 4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury MN 55129.
INDOOR OPTION: National Skating Month Free Open Skate
Schmitz-Maki Arena, 114 Spruce St, Farmington, MN 55024
Skate indoors for free with donation of a non-perishable food shelf item. January 7, 2024, 1:30-3pm.
Snow tubing update in the Southeast Metro
The two major snow tubing venues in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro are currently busy at work trying to manufacture the stuff Mother Nature hasn’t yet blessed us with much of.
- BUCK HILL, Burnsville: The tubing lanes are currently open and were discounted to $18/2 hrs when we last checked for winter break hours. There is an onsite restaurant for your warm-up and snack-craving needs.
- TRAPP FARM PARK, Eagan: As of this publish date, the tubing hill remains closed, but it appears tickets are available starting January 13. Just $5/pp, must purchase online.
More outdoor activities this weekend
415 Lock & Dam Road, Hastings, MN
Learn to ice fish with Park & Rec staff with all equipment provided free. Please register. January 6, 2024, 9am-12pm.
More ideas for things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with kids – Southeast Metro
Need indoor activity ideas? Try a new indoor playground
3265 Northwood Circle, #100, Eagan, MN 55121
Minnesota parents unite and agree – it’s essential to know where to escape the elements and still keep their kiddos burning off energy. During the months of November through March we feature the best indoor playgrounds in the Minneapolis-St Paul area on our site, hoping to help you discover something new. This weekend we highlight Good Times Park in Eagan. It has a unique outdoor feel with its jungle gyms, unwalled pillow jumper, basketball court and plenty of open turf for family games. You’ll forget there’s snow on the ground outside for a few hours, we promise. Purchase Play Today passes online in advance. A one-day pass is $10.95+tax per child under 18. Bonus for Mom & Dad: Good Times Park added a gourmet coffee station last year!
MORE INDOOR PLAY SPACES IN THE TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO:
- APPLE VALLEY: Millz House
- BURNSVILLE: Grand Slam Sports
- COTTAGE GROVE: The Little Village
- EAGAN: The Blast Indoor Playground
- WOODBURY: Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground
Home Depot, 3220 Denmark Ave, Eagan, MN 55121
1300 Mendota Rd E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
8334 Tamarack Village, Woodbury, MN 55125
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.