Twin Cities Guide To Family Activities This Week: February 19-23, 2024

Things to do this week in Minneapolis & St Paul with your kids!

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of February 19-23, 2024. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE.

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For more winter inspiration you can check our FEBRUARY FAMILY GUIDEULTIMATE TWIN CITIES WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for more fun ideas on what to do this week in the Twin Cities with your kids – satisfaction guaranteed (or close to it!) 

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Monday, February 19, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Monday:

Let them bounce off someone else’s walls! Our list covers open gyms for tots across the Twin Cities where they can work their wiggles off during colder weather either FREE or at a low cost to you. SEE OUR FULL LIST OF TWIN CITIES TOT TIME OPEN GYMS THIS WINTER!

A few Monday regulars are closed today in honor of President’s Day, but the following are hosting regular tot times:

MONDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Tot Times at St Paul Recreation Centers

It’s fun, unstructured, nearly always free and a total sanity-saver during our cold months. I used it routinely when my firstborn was a toddler. He thrived on the small bikes, balls, tumbling mats and other provided equipment for free physical play. The following St Paul recreation centers have tot times on Monday mornings this winter:

Indoor Toddler Activities

Twin Cities storytimes on Monday:

Traditionally, we list library storytimes here, however, libraries across the Twin Cities are closed to observe President’s Day.

MONDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Train-tastic Storytime with Engineer Paul at Choo Choo Bob’s

1665 West End Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Engineer Paul’s train-tastic storytime is a delight for train lovers of any age. Our littles grew up with Choo Choo Bob’s original shop in St Paul so we are delighted it found a new home. February 19, 2024, 10:30am.

More ideas for President’s Day in the Twin Cities: Try a new indoor play space

President’s Day Open Play at Plymouth Community Center

14800 34th Ave N, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447
Here’s a sweet score on indoor play while the kids have a school break – $10 wristbands permit access to inflatables in the fieldhouse, the KUBE Indoor Playground and open gym time. A full day of fun that should wear the kids out! February 19, 2024, 9am-2pm. $10/child.

Kids Ultimate Backyard Experience (KUBE) in Plymouth, Minnesota

President’s Day Open Gym at IGM Gymnastics

12117 Riverwood Dr, Burnsville, MN 55337
Your little balls of energy will FLIP for open gym at IGM Gymnastics in Burnsville. At this special school-break session they can try out trampolines, the foam pit, balance beams and the springy gym floor. Not limited to preschoolers! You can bring your big kids as well. February 19, 2024, 9:30-11:30am. $15/child, $10/sibling.

President’s Day Open Swim at Great River Water Park

270 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104
The zero-depth entry splash pool is perfect for tots trying to get used to the water and there are two tube waterslides for the big kids. Special Open Swim hours at Great River Water Park will be February 19, 2024, from 1:30-5:30pm. Regular admission of $7/pp or $25/group of 5 applies.

Families swimming playing at the Great River Waterpark in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Marcus Theatres Kids Dream Family Film Series

Join us Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (and President’s Day Monday) thru March 3, 2024, to view favorite family flicks! Head to your nearest participating Marcus Theatres® location. 2 FREE tickets to the show are available this weekend – just click here to redeem vouchers.

  • Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken – February 16-19, 2024. Popcorn & drink specials: $3.50/each. Participating theatres include Marcus Oakdale, Rosemount and Southbridge Crossing (Shakopee) Cinemas.

DID YOU KNOW? There is a series of streets in Northeast Minneapolis named after the first 32 US Presidents? Yes, geographically laid out in order of election, yet there is no one artery that passes through each of the streets. My kids and I have picked a section to drive (as President’s Day doesn’t often bring pleasant weather to stroll in) and practiced naming the executive officers. You can plan your route here. (A few streets actually meander their way a surprising distance into the northern suburbs, but they’re tougher to follow.

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Tuesday:

Tot Time open gyms across the Twin Cities are absolutely a saving grace for parents of squirrelly kids when it’s too cold or sloppy to be outdoors:

TUESDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Blast & Play at Eagan Community Center

Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Blast & Play Tot Time includes admission to the space-themed Blast Indoor Playground and the community center gym for open play with equipment provided. February 20, 2024, 9am-12pm. $5/child.


The Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Central Park, Eagan Minnesota

Twin Cities storytimes on Tuesday:

TUESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Family Storytime at Woodridge Park

9000 90th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Singing, literacy and playing are all part of this indoor storytime at the park followed by a related activity for kids up to age 6. February 20, 2024, 10:30-11am. FREE.

Drop In Discovery at Minneapolis Parks

Nature games and activities presented by community parks in Minneapolis. Drop in for free fun in the parks. Here’s the Tuesday schedule:

El Rio Vista Community Center Movie Night

179 Robie St. E., St. Paul, MN
Put on your PJs, grab your coziest blanket and get ready for a movie night (TBA – check the event page) on the big screen. February 20, 6-8pm. FREE.

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: Preschool Playtime at New Brighton Community Center

Preschool Playtime in New Brighton is double the fun because it includes open play in the gym w/ equipment and inflatables AND admission to EAGLES NEST INDOOR PLAYGROUND. This special indoor playtime is held each Mon & Wed when school is in session. February 21, 2024. 12-3pm, $8/child. 400 10th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.

Twin Cities storytimes on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Family Storytime with the Minnesota DNR

North St Paul Library, 2300 N St Paul Dr, North St Paul, MN 55109
A park naturalists presents a special storytime about Minnesota’s environment for ages 2-5. February 21, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Nature play

Toddler Day Open House at the Raptor Center 

1920 Fitch Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Meet a resident raptor, listen to stories and make a craft during this kid-friendly open house style event.  The Raptor Center, located on the St Paul campus of the U of M treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. For ages 5 & under. Learn more about visiting the Raptor Center with kids. February 21, 2024, 10am-12pm. $10/adults, up to two kids FREE, additional child $7.50

Raptor Center, Saint Paul

ExploraTots at Como Regional Park Park

Streetcar Station, 1199 Midway Pkwy, Saint Paul, MN, 55103

Nature play stations include a story, a hike, and a take-home activity appropriate for the age range of 3-5 years. Must register in advance, space is limited. Don’t grab a spot? Plan ahead – this event is held monthly. February 21, 2024, 10-11:30am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Indoor activities

Mid-week is excellent to spot trains in the Twin Cities if that’s what your little ones (or big ones) are into. Here’s a couple of places to consider; plan ahead and find more on our article MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL, A TRAIN LOVERS DESTINATION:

  • TOTS & TRAINS AT JACKSON STREET ROUNDHOUSE – Play at the train tables, run through a read train car, hear a train-themed story and more. Located in St Paul. February 21, 2024. $9-$15/pp or $45/family.
  • GAMES GALORE AT UNION DEPOT – Play life-sized versions of favorite games like chess & Connect Four in the historic depot, then watch some of the modern trains roll in outside. February 21, 2024, 10am-8pm. FREE.
Girl by train car at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, MN

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gym on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: TCO Sports Garden Toddler Thursdays

1490 Co Rd E East, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
Little ones with energy to spare: Come to Field 1 for indoor activities such as a bouncy house, kicking around soccer balls and open field time with room to run.  The fieldhouse is kept at 55 degrees so dress with this in mind. February 22, 2024, 9:30-11:30am. FREE.

TCO Sports Garden sign on the front of the new sports complex.

Twin Cities storytimes on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Storyteller Angela hosts a storytime at the charming bookshop perfect for 3s & under (but all welcome). February 22, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Bookstores

More family fun ideas for Thursday: Free museum visits 

Here’s a chance to visit a couple of family-friendly Twin Cities museums FREE today.

Free Thursday Night at American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Have your kids ever thought it would be awesome to explore a castle? Here’s their chance (and yours) while the very family-friendly AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE offers FREE admission every Thursday after 3pm. There is a rotating family gallery kids will enjoy playing in and nooks and crannies to explore. 
PAIR A VISIT WITH DINNER: Our kids have enjoyed the Swedish meatballs at FIKA Cafe in the museum. Plus happy hour pricing from 3 until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.Dala Horse at American Swedish Institute

Free Thursday Night at Walker Art Center

725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
We recommend this chance to visit the Walker for free with older children or teens who enjoy art in a less hands-on experience. For a more kid-friendly (and still admission-free) opportunity, make sure to visit the first Saturday of each month for special programming. February 22, 2024, 5-9pm.


Girl by large wooly mammoth diorama at Bell Museum of Natural History.

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Friday, February 23, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

Twin Cities storytimes on Friday:

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