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, down-on-the farm fun and plenty of spring break ideas should you be sticking close to home. These are our March Top 10 Family Picks:
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 2020 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
Looking for the right camp for your kiddos this summer?
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 exhibit 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 7, 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. March 22.
- Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park: Story Walk: The Snowy Day. March 8.
- Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington: Searching for Green. March 15.
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
Regional and local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish Cuisine, pipe bands and children’s crafts and entertainment. March 17,10am-5pm, $5-$7/pp.
The fun kicks off on March 15 with An Irish Day of Dance at Landmark, 11am-5pm, $5-$7/pp.
Two parades march through the Twin Cities March 17 to celebrate Irish heritage: St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Rice Park, 12pm) & Minneapolis’ Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Nicollet Mall, 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 26, 10:30-11:45am, $22/adult-child pair, $12 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 27-April 30, included in Zoo admission.
9) More down on the farm fun
Govin’s Lambing Barn | Menomonie, WI
Cuddle up to baby lambs and their mamas, learn more about the animals and learn about spinning wool. Weekends starting March 21, $8.50-$10/pp.
To plan for upcoming farm fun, our guide to Where to Find the Minnesota Farm Babies has just hatched for 2020.
10) Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum
The newest exhibit, Hot Wheels: Race to Win, is now open for play. Bring the family free of charge March 15 – just keep in mind the masses might show up too and there may be a wait to enter the museum.