Here’s the sweet stuff going on in the Twin Cities during the month of February.
In celebration of our “Bold North” selves and the chance to host the Super Bowl, winter entertainment has been expanded in the Twin Cities.
Make way for the Super Slide! The summer home of Saints Baseball is hosting winter activities to supplement Super Bowl season. Alongside the 40-foot slide will be an ice fishing pond and other entertainment. Open through Feb 10, Tues thru Sun. Tickets are $10/adults, $5/children and are good for unlimited rides during a one-hour slot. The Green Line light rail transit will bring you directly to CHS Field in downtown St Paul.
2) St Paul Winter Carnival family events
- Ice Sculpture Garden – Take a walk through Rice Park and pick out your favorite ice creation. As of Feb 1, all the sculptures have been completed and will be on display through the run of Winter Carnival (or as weather permits!) At night, the ice is illuminated and especially magical.
- Winter Carnival Ice Palace – The long-awaited palace towers 70 feet over Rice Park and comes to life daily with light shows at 5:30 & 7:30pm. Tip: Word is the Palace is difficult to access with strollers due to crowds. Also be aware that the public is not permitted to walk inside the structure.
- Snow Park at the Fairgrounds –
- Winter Carnival Family Day – Rice Park buzzes with a MN Made Market, live music, food trucks and Olympic Team USA’s Winterfest. Warm up inside Landmark Center with entertainment and events for all ages. Feb 3, noon-5pm.
3) Last chance for ice rinks
Mid-February is when we typically see our outdoor skating rinks turn slushy. Get out for a spin (use our handy rink-finder if you’re looking for something local) on the ice while you can! Here are a few of the fancier offerings in the Twin Cities:
- Wells Fargo WinterSkate, St Paul | Skate with a backdrop of a lit-up Rice Park or even the Winter Carnival! Skating is free for all, $4 skate rental for non-WF customers. Open through Feb 11.
- Minneapolis WinterSkate, Loring Park | Now through early March, the refrigerated rink hosts free skating daily plus a good supply of free loaner skates. Also some extras in the month of February: figure skating lessons, outdoor movies and even the Super Bowl screened on Feb 3.
- Central Park Ice Skating Loop, Maple Grove | Skate a leisurely serpentine loop illuminated at night and in close proximity to a roaring fireplace in the adjacent indoor pavilion. Skating is free, bring your own skates or rent a pair for $6. Extra in February: Wonders of Winter held in Central Park Feb 3, 11am-3pm, with fireside storytelling and smores, ice skating, wagon rides and lots more.
- Guidant John Rose Minnesota OVAL, Roseville | Skate outdoors on the largest refrigerated rink in the country. If you make it over before Super Bowl weekend is through, nighttime skating is illuminated with holiday lights. Open skating is $6/pp, skate rental $4.
4) Valentine’s Day family events
The whole family can feel the love with these activities designed to be shared with children.
2/10/18: Valentine’s Family Fun | The Landing, Shakopee | 10-3pm | $8/pp, 2 & under free | Create Victorian-era Valentines, ride a kicksled, or try snowshoeing. Tour Eagle Creek Village and build kid-sized log cabins.
2/12/18: Pre-K Days: Love Bugs | Base Camp, Bloomington | $10/child ages 2-5 | Sessions include free play, circle time, games, story and a craft project – this month, come make a homemade Valentine.
2/16/18-2/17/18: Kids at the Castle: Love Monsters | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 9-10am | $8/family | Before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, and movement inspired by ASI’s exhibits that will encourage creative young minds. Recommended for ages 2-5.
If you’ve got the long Presidents Day weekend to while away with the kids, you might be looking for a way to get out and make the most of it. Personally, by mid-February I’m sick to death of outdoor activities and would prefer to pretend I’ve flown south. Here are some suggestions if you’re feeling likewise:
Starts Feb 17: Tropical Beach Party | Minnesota Zoo | Pretend you’re seaside in the huge indoor sandbox.
2/17/18-2/19/18: Winter Safari Weekend | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul | 10am-4pm | Escape the cold and take a safari through the tropics. Special Zookeeper talks and storytime. FREE.
6) STEM family events
Get youth introduced to STEM-related careers in super fun environments! The following events take place Saturday, Feb 24 and both venues are a bit hit with kids:
- Tech Fest | The Works Museum, Minneapolis | 9am-4pm | $9/pp in advance, $12/door | Tech-y TC experts convene at the museum to give demonstrations, answer questions, and play games with families.
- STEM Family Day | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis | 11am-3pm | $6-$12/pp | Activities throughout the museum tie in the history of flour mills on the riverfront to STEM. This place is a “blast” for kids!
7) Rock the Cradle | Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Current’s annual music festival for the 8-and-under set arrives at the Mia to beat the mid-winter blues. Rock the Cradle can be a touch crazy, in our opinion, so keep that crowd level in mind before heading out. Feb 11, 11am.
8) Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | SteppingStone Theatre, St Paul
SteppingStone continues its tradition of offering a production in February to observe Black History Month. Roll of Thunder, based on the Newbery-winning novel, runs Feb 9-March 2 and is recommended for kids in 3rd grade & up. Pay-as-you’re-able show is presented Feb 11 only, 3pm.
Plan ahead with a full schedule of Twin Cities family theater events on our Performing Arts Calendar.
9) Open House: Chinese New Year | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the nature center with all kinds of canine activities. If there is snow, youth-sized snowshoes (no adult sizes) are available to rent for $15 per pair to explore the property. The open house is free. For more festivals in the month of February, check our Winter Family Festival Calendar.
When we can handle stir-crazy, tusseling children around the house no more, there are plentiful play spaces in the Twin Cities to absorb their need to run, climb and jump. These havens are organized in our guide by areas of the metro and also includes a link to find Tot Times, Open Gym and Swim Spots.