Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: July 11-15, 2022

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of July 11-15, 2022. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE. Because the parents that make up the FFTC Team are always dreaming up ways to make life easier to manage with kids, we’ve organized our summer event information by region of the Twin Cities metro area – we’ve got you covered no matter your corner!

As always, you can check our JULY FAMILY GUIDE, the ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER FUN IN THE TWIN CITIES 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, July 11, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON MONDAY:

Toddler at Cascade Bay's Little Mates Tot Swim

Twin Cities community ice cream socials on Monday:

GOLDEN VALLEY ICE CREAM SOCIAL & CONCERT IN THE PARK

Brookview Park, 200 Brookview Parkway N, Golden Valley MN 55427
Weekly concerts are held in the park; this particular date also hosts an ice cream social. July 11, 2022, 7pm.

HAZEL PARK ICE CREAM MONDAYS

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to dollar banana splits at the park each Monday. July 11, 2022, 6-7pm.

BATTLE CREEK ICE CREAM DAYS

75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and $1 ice cream most Mondays thru August. July 11, 2022, 6-7pm.

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! FIND OUR CALENDAR OF TWIN CITIES ICE CREAM SOCIALS FOR SUMMER 2022.
Kid-Friendly Theater - Kids standing by Open Eye Theare's Puppet Wagon

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON MONDAY?

EAGAN SPARK! MOBILE PUPPET WAGON

Note: Wescott Library has informed us that “we no longer have Smart Play Spots from the MN Children’s Museum, but we do have play areas in our children’s area.”

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, July 12, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON TUESDAY:

Battle Creek Waterworks Play Strucutre
Battle Creek Waterworks – Image Courtesy of Ramsey County Parks

Twin Cities community ice cream socials on Tuesday:

WAITE PARK MOVIE IN THE PARK & ICE CREAM SOCIAL

1810 34th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Free ice cream treats and games prior to a free screening of “Sing 2” in the park. July 12, 2022, 7-11:15pm.

HAZEL PARK ICE CREAM TUESDAYS

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to dollar ice cream cones at the park each Tuesday. July 12, 2022, 6-7pm.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON TUESDAY?

EAGAN SPARK! MOBILE PUPPET WAGON

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

Puppet shows in the park are about 15-20 minutes in length. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon!

  • OASIS PARK – 1700 County Road C2 West, 9:30am
  • VILLA PARK – 2055 Cohansey Boulevard, Roseville MN, 10:30am
  • LEXINGTON PARK – 2131 Lexington Avenue North, Roseville MN, 11:30am

More fun in Twin Cities parks on Tuesday:

DESTINATION ALL PLAY AT WOODHAVEN PARK

1950 Gold Trail, Eagan MN 55122
Special activities are staffed at the park including crafts, games, snacks and beverages. 
July 12, 2022, 6-7:30pm. FREE.

GET OUR COMPLETE CALENDARS TO MUSIC, MOVIES AND MORE KID-FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT IN TWIN CITIES PARKS!

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Wednesday, July 13, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON WedneSDAY:

Featured Twin Cities Community Festival:

CENTERVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE LAKE

So many fun things at this classic summer festival: today’s featured activity is a public safety night and touch-a-truck event. Families can watch K-9 unit demonstrations, see a helicopter land and get a free first aid kit. July 13, 2022, 6pm-8pm. 

Find more Twin Cities summer touch-a-truck events!

Touch A Truck Calendar for the Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area

Twin Cities community ice cream socials on Wednesday:

HAZEL PARK ICE CREAM WEDNESDAYS

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to dollar build-your-own sundaes at the park each Wednesday. July 13, 2022, 6-7pm.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON WEDNESDAY?

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

Want to get out and play in Roseville parks this summer? Try starting with our list of the best: Roseville Family Fun – 10 Best Parks in Roseville to Explore This Summer.

EAGAN PUPPET SHOWS IN THE PARK

WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON

More family fun ideas on Wednesday:

PICK YOUR OWN DELICIOUS Berries

A trip to the berry patch is one of our family’s sweetest summer traditions. It’s a wonderful activity that appeals to a wide range of ages and can lead to fun memories in the kitchen as you experiment with recipes for your fresh haul. We have great ideas for the best Twin Cities patches to pick your own berries. Featured here is BLUEBERRY FIELDS OF STILLWATER. Open now for picking, 8am-12pm. Please check website to confirm.

Fridley Wet ‘n Wild at Commons Park

555 61st Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432
A full afternoon of water fun including a giant slip ‘n slide, sprinklers, water toys, water balloons and more. The Fridley Fire Department will also bring out an engine and hose to get you extra soaked!  Registration is required. July 13, 2022, 1-4pm. Grades K-4, $10.

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, July 14, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON ThurSDAY:

St Louis Park Aquatic Park

More family fun ideas for Thursday:

Meet a Mermaid at SeaLife, Mall of America

Come face-to-fin with a real mermaid during this limited time event. Watch as one swims amongst the tropical fish of Rainbow Reef and meet a mermaid on dry land. 9:30a-2:30p on Thursdays and Fridays, Sundays and Mondays from July 14 to August 5, 2022. A special event ticket is required, see the link to secure yours.

CONCERT AT EIDEM FARM

Historic Eidem Farm, 4345 101st Ave North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Bring a picnic! Live kid-friendly music from The Teddy Bear Band and an ice cream truck will be on the scene. July 14, 2022.

Learn more about a fun visit to Eidem Farm in Brooklyn Park.

Featured Twin Cities Community Festival:

MAPLE GROVE DAYS

Today’s big deal is the Maple Grove Days Parade. The parade route is  along 89th Avenue from Zachary Lane to Elm Creek Blvd. Maple Grove Days runs from July 13-17, 2022. Find more events at the link.

Find our complete calendar of Twin Cities July festivals!

Twin Cities community ice cream socials on Thursday:

HAZEL PARK ICE CREAM THURSDAYS

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to a dollar surprise ice cream treat at the park each Thursday. July 14, 2022, 6-7pm.

PERSHING PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL

3523 W 48th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Another summer evening with music, face painting, crafts, rides for kids and FREE Sebastian Joe’s ice cream. Same treats, different park. July 14, 2022. 6:30-8pm.

WINDOM SOUTH PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL

5821 Wentworth Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Bring an picnic dinner and enjoy ice cream, music, kids games and more in the park. July 14, 2022, 6-8pm.

WAITE PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL

1810 34th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Free ice cream treats and activities while parents can learn about fall youth sports and program registration at Waite Park. July 14, 2022, 7-9pm.

STILLWATER COMMUNITY ICE CREAM SOCIAL

101 W. Pine Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
The ice cream social will be held on the grounds of the historic Washington County Courthouse. The event is part of the rousing Stillwater Lumberjack Days community festival. July 14, 2022.

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! FIND OUR CALENDAR OF TWIN CITIES ICE CREAM SOCIALS FOR SUMMER 2022.
Kid-Friendly Theater - Kids standing by Open Eye Theare's Puppet Wagon

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON THURSDAY?

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

EAGAN SPARK! PUPPET SHOWS IN THE PARK

Puppets and live musical performances in Eagan parks.

WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON

fun things to do in the twin cities on friday, July 15, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON FriDAY:

Twisty Yellow Slide at Sandventure Aquatic Park, Shakopee Minnesota
Big kids will love the slide at SandVenture

Featured Twin Cities Community Festivals: 

CHASKA FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL

Firemens Park, 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318
Live music, kids activities in the park and fireworks. CHASKA FIREMEN’S PARK also boasts one of the loveliest beaches in the Twin Cities, complete with a curving boardwalk, splash pad, playground, paddle boats and concessions.

STILLWATER LUMBERJACK DAYS

Stillwater never misses the mark when it comes to a festival, summer or winter. Find on Friday lumberjack shows, mini golf, sidewalk art, live music and more in beautiful downtown Stillwater. July 15, 2022.

Where can I find the puppet wagon in the twin cities on Friday?

Rosemount PUPPETS IN THE PARK

  • CAMFIELD PARK 14795 Canada Ave W, Rosemount, MN 55068, 9:30am
  • CONNEMARA PARK 13930 Connemara Trail , Rosemount, MN 55068, 10:15am
  • AILESBURY PARK 14238 Ailesbury Ave Rosemount, MN 55068, 11am
  • JAYCEE PARK 15425 Shannon Parkway Rosemount, MN 55068, 11:45am

Fun things to do this weekend in the twin cities, July 16-17, 2022

Too many fun things to list here, I’ll tell you that. So we publish a separate guide each weekend with up-to-the-last-minute ideas for spending family time together. 

children in a family bike ride

FAMILY FUN ALL WEEK IN THE TWIN CITIES

Ideas to pull out of your “back pocket” nearly any day of the week!

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Here at FFTC we’re up to our ears covering more than 800 TWIN CITIES PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS in our Parks Directory. Or, to get just a taste of the best, head over to our round up of the TOP PLAYGROUNDS IN THE TWIN CITIES TO TRY THIS SUMMER.

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