Twin Cities May Budget Family Events & Activities

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It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend.

5/13: Family Dance | Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis • 6:30-8pm • $5/pp or $10/family • The focus is on teaching simple dances that everyone in the family can enjoy. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities.

The Wishing Tree Play CafeWe are super excited to partner with The Wishing Tree Play Cafe for FFTC BookHounds this summer.  Join us for our weekly bookclub meeting.

5/12-14-: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival | Washington County Fairgrounds, Stillwater • 9am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun • $5/pp ages 9+, under 9 FREE • Events include Minnesota’s largest fleece competition, sheep shearing demos, animals in the barn, and more.

5/19: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays | Great River Water Park, St Paul • find Open Swim hours here • $2/pp during Open Swim hours.

5/19-20: Kids at the Castle: Wild Weather | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • 11am-noon (feel free to stay after and explore the castle) • $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. Suggested for ages 2-5.

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Explore the great outdoors right alongside your children! Nature centers and parks across the Twin Cities host hundreds of low-cost programs throughout the year. Please check our Family Fun Calendar for exact dates, times and costs for each family nature program.

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center | Hastings
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield


Cheap Flicks: Twin Cities Movie Theater Discount Days – all seats $2-$5/pp

Budget Twin Cities April

Michaels Kids Club Crafts | Twin Cities Michaels locations • Ongoing Saturdays in May, 10am-noon • $2 per project, ages 3+. Check the link for details.

tm gale woods farm 3Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista • Ongoing Saturdays in May, 9:30am-noon • $5/pp • Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required.

FANtastic Saturdays | The Blast Indoor Playground, Eagan Community Center, Eagan • 5-8pm • $4/pp ages 18 mon-12 years, all others free. Better bang for your buck every Saturday evening: $4 will get you into the Blast Indoor Playground, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids).

Anne's Family Attended A Family Fun & Fitness Friday at Great River Waterpark.$4 Sundays | Great River Water Park, St. Paul • 11am-5pm • $4/pp • Read about the kid-friendly amenities at Great River Water Park here.

May Public Shows | Como Planetarium, St Paul • Ongoing Tuesdays in May, starting 5/3, 5:30-6:30pm • $5/pp, 2 & under on laps are free.

Raptor Center Tours | Gabbert Raptor Center, St Paul campus of the U of M • 30-minute tours every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, ongoing Tues-Fri • $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults • Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit. Meet some resident raptors, get hands-on with natural materials, and visit the kids’ play corner.

Bowl for a Buck | University of MN’s Coffman Union (Thurs, 5pm-close) & St Paul Student Center (all day Wed) • $1 per game plus $2 shoe rental.

Friday Family Funday | Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove • Ongoing Fridays in May, 9am-8pm • $6/pp or $22/family for all members.


Budget Twin Cities April

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play | EaganOngoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am • $4 per child, under 18 mons free • A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available to play in the gym as well as play time in the Blast Indoor playground.  For kids ages 1-5.

Gleason’s Gymnastic School: Preschool Open Gym | Eagan • Wed 9:30-11:30am & Fri 9:30-11:30 and 12-2pm • ages 0-6  $8/child or $10/family AND Maple Grove • Wed/Fri • 9:30-11:30am • Have the run of the equipment! Kids can jump on the trampolines, launch themselves into the foam pit, walk the balance beam, follow obstacle courses, swing from the trapeze and more.

Hopkins Pavilion: Pavilion Turf Tots | Hopkins • Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm thru 5/12/17 • $4/child, caregivers free • Drop in for play with equipment including balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, blocks, and more. Suited for kids ages 1-5.

Budget Twin Cities April

Maple Grove Community Center: Parent/Tot Time | Mon & Wed, 10-11:30am • $2.50/resident youth, $3/non-res youth, caregivers free, best for ages 5 & under.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn’t enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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