The FFTC team parents 12 children collectively – we understand the need for ways to save while still getting out to experience what the Twin Cities has to offer in the way of FREE family fun. What can we do that’s free and fun? And how do we find these activities? The Twin Cities offer hundreds of ways to have fun with kids for free or cheap!
FREE FAMILY FUN - YEAR-ROUND
- Try starting with our Family Fun Events Calendar. Free events make up the majority of the calendar; budget events (less than $10/pp) make up nearly all the rest.
- Our monthly guides include a free list and a budget list of events around town. The current month’s guide is always easily located on our homepage.
We share techniques for finding free and cheap entertainment on the most limited budgets, including finding how to apply for Limited Income programs at several Twin Cities attractions such as the Minnesota Children’s Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Because dining out can be considered family fun…right? All of our entries have been personally verified and are updated regularly. Time to plan that family dinner date!
It may seem like many of the best Birthday Freebie deals are for ages 13 and up. If you look around, there are some good deals for kids, too. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Birthday Freebies that kids can get right here in the Twin Cities.
How thrifty is it to simply discover a new outdoor play space? Our Parks Search is loaded with over 700 entries, the majority of which are completely free to visit. Looking for specifics like a beach & playground, a bike trail or the perfect spot to pitch a tent? Search by all of these amenities and more.
There’s never any charge to explore at one of these Twin Cities-area nature centers or green playgrounds.
Enjoy free play nooks to park the kids while you attempt to unwind with a warm cup and a snack.
Free storytimes – often made extra animated with songs, crafts and even critters (!) can make a perfect outing without spending a penny.
FREE FAMILY FUN - SPRING
Grab your baskets and get ready for the hunt! Kids all over the Twin Cities can scramble through the spring weather (take that as you will) in search of eggs, bunnies, candy and all sorts of treasures. We’ve got a master list of free hunts along with other helpful hints.
After our long winter’s rest, the Twin Cities is awake with a full lineup of spring family festivals, most of which offer free admission and activities. Get started planning those beautiful spring weekends
The produce isn’t complimentary, but the markets often attract shoppers (and their minis) with free live music, demonstrations, samples and activities to keep kids entertained.
FREE FAMILY FUN - SUMMER
Swim, bowl, find art and nature and read on the cheap with these free and cheap summertime favorites.
Created especially for those with younger swimmers, browse these simple spots where you might beat the heat – for FREE.
There is typically no charge to spread out on the sand and while away the day in the water or spend the summer swinging on the monkey bars. We’ve assembled a lineup swimming holes we think are worth checking out, most of which are free to enjoy. For more options, let us introduce you to our Parks Search.
Classic outdoor flicks under the stars or features screened while escaping relief from the summer heat, here’s where to catch the free movies over summer break.
The parks literally sing during the summer in the Twin Cities. Free kids entertainment, pop-up performances, puppet shows and more are presented all across the metro area. We’ve organized our list by region so you can easily find fun close by.
Get to know the best of our local music community. Whatever your favorite genre, you’ll probably find a local band to love. These performances are perfect to combine with a summer picnic.
You need not qualify for any aid programs to enjoy free summer meals in the parks and other community gathering spots. Get your kids out for a bit every day while also making sure they get a reasonably healthy meal.
Parades are some of the best free family fun in the summer. And chances are, there’s a free festival with your family’s name on it for every single weekend during the long break. We keep on top of them all.
Summer is a great time to explore downtown Minneapolis. Thursdays are the best day, but any day of the week will offer some free family fun.
Yes, folks, it is absolutely possible to attend the Minnesota State Fair as a family without spending a dime. Of course, it’s an unlikely and difficult proposition to consider. Instead, we focus on strategies for getting discount admission and finding free family fun across the Fairgrounds.
FREE FAMILY FUN - FALL
Have no fear- all the events listed in this Halloween guide are free. Dress up and bring your treat bag.
We’ve harvested two dozen orchards and patches that offer free admission, and many of them also offer kid-pleasing, free activities like hayrides, mini corn mazes, petting farms and more.
Although we have some splurges on this list, the majority of self-guided fall color tours are free and a beautiful way to enjoy a beautiful day before the cold and snow sneak in.
FREE FAMILY FUN - WINTER
FUN THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO AT HOME
Our great big list of indoor games is mostly made up of Free activities you can do without any special equipment. We also include a list of board games you would only need to purchase once.
This is another list of games to pull out when you just want to sit and relax while your kids play.
Take boredom busting out to the yard with these games.
Get them moving with these ideas.