Here’s the sweet stuff going on in the Twin Cities during the month of February.
Featured Family-friendly Movie Series | Local Marcus Theatres | Relive the magic of your favorite Disney films on the big screen during the Enchanted Tales Film Series featuring “The Lion King” February 1-2, “Sleeping Beauty” February 7-9 and “Pocahontas” February 14-17. Admission to any film in the series is just $6! The fun continues with the Kids Dream Family Film Series featuring “Playmobil: The Movie” February 21-23 and “Abominable” February 28-March 1, plus more great flicks in March and April! Admission to these films is just $3. Participating theatres include Marcus Oakdale, Rosemount and Soutbridge Crossing (Shakopee) Cinemas.
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- 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.
- Snow Park at the Fairgrounds – including the thrilling Vulcan Snow Slide (as pictured)
- Winter Carnival Family Day – Rice Park buzzes with a MN Made Market, live music and food trucks. Warm up inside Landmark Center with entertainment and events for all ages. Feb 1, noon-5pm.
2) February winter festival picks – find our complete calendar HERE
The hardy Minnesota spirit is still going strong during the month of February. Here are several we think are worth braving the chill:
Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen
Ice skating, a smores roast, sleighrides and a medallion hunt. Feb 1, 12-3pm. FREE.
Polar Fest | North River Hills Park, Burnsville
Snow painting, sledding, ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, mite hockey games, a softball tournament, Kidsdance DJ and food trucks. Feb 8, 11am-2pm. FREE.
Hiawatha Heartwarmer | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis
Winter activities (skating, bonfire, horse-drawn hayride, snow sculptures, etc.) for the whole family. Warm up inside with hot drinks and music. Kids can craft or dance to a DJ. Feb 8, 12-3pm. FREE.
Embrace the North Festival | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park
Try out activities like snowshoeing and dog sledding, and play winter games. Warm up around the campfire. Feb 15, 12-4pm, FREE.
Winter Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul
Live DJ, bonfires and outdoor heaters, horse-drawn sleigh rides, icy games, snow sports, nature activities and crafts. Food & beer available. Feb 22, 3pm-6pm. FREE.
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 CHS Field. Skating is free for all, $5 skate rental for non-WF customers. Open through Feb 22, 2020.
- 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 make-and-take crafts with cocoa.
- Central Park Ice Skating Loop | Maple Grove
Skate a leisurely serpentine loop illuminated at night and in close proximity to fireplaces indoors and out. Skating is free, bring your own skates or rent a pair for $6.
- Centennial Lakes Park | Edina
Skate a lovely network of canals and ponds with a deluxe warming house. Skating is free, rent a pair of skates for $6.
4) Valentine’s Day events
The whole family can feel the love with these activities designed to be shared with children. Make sure to check our complete listing of Valentine’s Day family events in the Twin Cities.
Love Local Open House | Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis
Artist-led Valentines-themed activities: letterpress printed postcards, handmade heart-shaped paper, pop-up cards, and more. Feb 8, 10-2pm, FREE.
Kids at the Castle: Hearts & Hugs | American Swedish Institute
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. Feb 14 & 15, 9-10am, $8/family.
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:
Tropical Beach Party | Minnesota Zoo
Pretend you’re seaside in the huge indoor sandbox, included with zoo admission. $14-$20/pp plus parking. Starts Feb 15, 2020.
Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka
Take a free, hour-long art class designed for kids ages 5+ with caregivers. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 763.323.8830 or online here. Feb 16, 2 sessions: 12 & 2pm
6) STEM family events
Get youth introduced to STEM-related careers in super fun environments! The following events are a bit hit with kids:
- Tech Fest | The Works Museum, Minneapolis
Tech-y TC experts convene at the museum to give demonstrations, answer questions, and play games with families. Feb 8, 10am-4pm. $9/pp in advance, $12/door.
- STEM Family Day | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Activities throughout the museum tie in the history of flour mills on the riverfront to STEM. This place is a “blast” for kids! Feb 22, 11am-3pm. $6-$12/pp.
7) Last call for winter!
Before they melt away, catch these winter attractions.
Super Slide | CHS Field, St Paul
Make way for the Super Slide! The summer home of Saints Baseball is hosting winter activities open through Feb 10, Tues thru Sun. Tickets are $10/adults, $7/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. Thru Feb 22.
Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
The annual pop-up exhibit mixs art with the hardiness of Minnesotans and our unique love of ice fishing. The unique icehouses, designed by local artists, are strongly encouraged to be interactive — herein lies the fun of bringing the whole family out to see them. Runs weekends thru Feb 9, 10am-4pm. Donations appreciated.
February 22 is the day when you can dabble in the sport of hockey! The nation-wide event gives kids (ages 4-9) a shot at experiencing the basics of hockey without financial commitment. It’s strictly for fun! Plus, coaches will be on hand to offer tips and provide equipment. Please see the link for participating rinks.
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 $5-$6 per pair to explore the property. Feb 2, 12:30-4:30pm, FREE.
Looking for more ways to observe the Lunar New Year with kids?
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.