Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best stuff going on in the Twin Cities during the month of March: maple syrup programs, Easter egg hunts, down-on-the farm fun and plenty of spring break ideas should you be sticking close to home.
1) Maple syruping events
Sap from maples flows best from mid-March to mid-April when temps are close to 40 during the day and below freezing at night. Parks and nature centers across the Twin Cities then spring into action to capture the sap and offer maple syruping events to families. Some are fancy affairs complete with pancake breakfasts. Others are more educational than they are tasty. For a complete list of syruping events in the Twin Cities, visit our maple syrup page. All are great ways to spend time outside with the family.
2) Spring break staycation ideas
Often the best school breaks spent with the family are out exploring just beyond the reaches of your own backyard. If you aren’t planning to travel, we have listed one idea for each day off you might have in our 2019 Spring Break Guide. A sampling of what you may find brand new to explore:
- inexpensive craft camps
- stacks and stacks of free events at your local library
- artsy mini golf
- indoor waterparks
- open gymnastics times to burn off extra energy
- spring farm activities
3) Brave the Rainforest Adventure | Sea Life, Mall of America
Face cockroaches, piranhas, pythons, crocs and other creepy critters with new pop-up tanks, a creature meet & greet area, special weather effects, and more all in the 1.3 million gallon Aquarium’s newest adventure. The new exhibit opens March15 and is included with regular Sea Life admission rates of $15-$25/pp (save when purchasing online).
4) First Free Saturday: Film Fair | Walker Art Center
It’s a junior film festival for the museum’s youngest critics. Plus art activities and a chance to experience the galleries free of charge. March 2, activities from 10am-3pm.
5) Searching for spring
Seeking signs of spring as much as we are? Get started on the hunt with FREE events at the following Twin Cities nature centers:
- North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis: Family Funday -Spring Arts & Animals, 3/31/19
- Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park: Family Fun: Story Walking, 3/10/19
- Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington: Searching for Green, 3/17/19
- Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley: Saturday Family Fun, 3/9/19
6) Show your Irish (or have fun pretending)
Whether or not it’s in your blood, there’s plenty of spirit across the Twin Cities around St Patrick’s Day.
- St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration | Landmark Center, St Paul | March 16,10am-5pm | $5-$7/pp | Regional and local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish Cuisine, pipe bands and children’s crafts and entertainment. The fun continues on 3/17/19 with An Irish Day of Dance at Landmark, 11am-5pm, $5-$7/pp.
- 2 parades march through the Twin Cities March 16 to celebrate Irish heritage: St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Rice Park, 12pm) & Minneapolis’ 50 Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Marquette Ave, 6:30pm). Families are invited to participate in this parade ($25) or spectate for free.
7) Preschool Spring Festival | Heartfelt, Minneapolis
Each month, Heartfelt offers sweet, themed Preschool Festivals aimed at kids ages 2.5 & older to enjoy alongside a caregiver. The month of March brings back their annual Spring Festival complete with a craft, snack and a comfortable, child-friendly environment to spend some time. For more crafting opportunities, the shop offers a menu of daily drop-in projects that change monthly. It’s the perfect cure for a craft-challenged mom with all the best intentions. March 20 or 21, 10:30-11:45am, $18/adult-child pair, $10 per additional sibling, advance registration required.
8) Sweet farm babies
Come on out and meet the fuzzy new arrivals of Minnesota Zoo’s Farm Babies — lambs, chicks, piglets, goats and all the rest. In addition to getting hands-on with the babies, there are tons of other activities to enjoy out at the Wells Fargo Family Farm area of the zoo. If the weather cooperates, the outdoor nature playground will absorb the rest of your kids’ spring fever. March 22-April 30, included in Zoo admission.
9) More down on the farm fun
Spring Into Farming | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Climb right into the stalls and coops to meet the spring babies, cook in kitchen, explore on your own or through educator-led programs. Drop in as you wish and dress to be outdoors. March 30, 9:30am-2:30p, $5/pp. To plan for upcoming farm fun, our guide to Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies has just hatched for 2019.
10) Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum
The newest exhibit, Wild Kratts: Creature Power!, is now open for play. Bring the family free of charge March 17 – just keep in mind the masses might show up too and there may be a wait to enter the museum. Double your deal with Cosmic Junkyard coming to Imaginopolis at the museum March 1. Kids can play, build and create their own stories using materials that look like cosmic debris while surrounded by the sights and sounds of space. Far out!
BONUS! Free Play Snow Day | Three Rivers Parks | Make the best of our extended winter with FREE events across several Three Rivers Parks: free ski and snowshoe rentals, free beginner ski lessons, discounted tubing, free maple syrup programs, bonfires and more. 3/16/19.