Here’s the sweet stuff going on in the Twin Cities during the month of February.
This month is brought to you by GoodKids!
BookHounds Storytime is BACK!
For the month of February in preparation for National Reading Month (March), our friends at GoodKids are hosting a special storytime for your whole family with authors and book lovers from around the Twin Cities.
BookHounds ClubHouse: GoodKids, 4758 Banning Ave, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
BookHounds Storytime Schedule
Saturdays in February, 10 am
1) St Paul Winter Carnival family events
- Ice Sculpture Garden – Take a walk through Kellogg Mall 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 – Kellogg Mall buzzes with a MN Made Market, live music and food trucks. Warm up inside Landmark Center with entertainment and events for all ages. Feb 2, noon-5pm.
2) February winter festival picks – find our calendar HERE
The hardy Minnesota spirit is still going strong during the month of February. Here are three we think are worth braving the chill:
Frosty Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul | Classic winter activities, boot hockey, ice mini golf, winter art activities and nature discovery stations. 2/2/19, 10am-2pm | $4/pp or $16/family
February Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen | Ice skating, a smores roast, sleighrides and a medallion hunt. 2/2/19, 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. 2/16/19, 12-4pm, 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 Rice Park or even the Winter Carnival! Skating is free for all, $4 skate rental for non-WF customers. Open through Feb 3.
- 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 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 9, 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.
2/9/19: Love Local: MCBA Open House | Minnesota Center for Book Arts at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis | 10-2pm | FREE | Artist-led Valentines-themed activities: letterpress printed postcards, handmade heart-shaped paper, pop-up cards, and more.
2/10/19: Family Day: I Heart Art | Minneapolis Institute of Art | 11am-5pm | FREE
2/15/19-2/16/19: 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 16: Tropical Beach Party | Minnesota Zoo | Pretend you’re seaside in the huge indoor sandbox.
2/17/19: Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka | 2 sessions: 12 & 2pm | 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.
6) STEM family events
Get youth introduced to STEM-related careers in super fun environments! The following events take place Saturday, Feb 9 and both venues are a bit hit with kids:
- Feb 9: 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.
- Feb 16: 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) Omnifest | Science Museum of Minnesota
Celebrating 20 years of family films on a giant scale. Screening this year are Ring of Fire (volcanoes), Tornado Alley, The Greatest Places, Journey to Space & National Parks Adventure. $9.95/Adults; $8.95/Children; Free with membership (one per day) – does not include admission to the museum. This outing might along make a great February date night!
8) Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters | SteppingStone Theatre, St Paul
SteppingStone continues its tradition of offering a production in February to observe Black History Month. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, based on a traditional African folktale, runs Feb 1-24 and is recommended for kids in 3rd grade & up. Pay-as-you’re-able show is presented Feb 3 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. For more festivals in the month of February, check our Winter Family Festival Calendar. 2/10/19, 12:30-4:30pm, FREE.
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.