Twin Cities Guide To Family Activities This Week: July 18-22, 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 18-22, 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 18, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON MONDAY:

Toddler at Cascade Bay's Little Mates Tot Swim

Awesome Twin Cities Splash Pads

It’s going to be a cooker this week! What better way for littles to cool off than a classic splash pad with sprinklers, sprayers and buckets of water to dodge (nor not!)? This week we feature the fantastic splash pad at ANDREWS PARK in Champlin. But if that’s out of your neighborhood, you’re bound to find an alternative on our huge list of the 40 BEST SPLASH PADS & WADING POOLS IN THE TWIN CITIES.

Andrews Park splash pad, Champlin

Twin Cities community ice cream socials on Monday:

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 18, 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 18, 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.”

Golden Valley Puppet Wagon

Golden Valley’s Puppet Wagon hits parks on Monday and Tuesdays, summer 2022. July 18, 2022, 11:15am. Schedule: Glenviw Terrace Park, 9:45am; Scheid Park, 10:30; Lions Park, 11:15am.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN SWIMS ON TUESDAY:

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

It’s National Ice Cream Day!

What sweeter way to celebrate than with a cone or dish (extra toppings if possible)? We keep up to date a tasty list of the BEST ICE CREAM SHOPS IN THE TWIN CITIES, chock full of spots to get cones, dips, sundaes, malts, double-decker scoops, waffle cones and toppings galore. You need not limit yourself to one day of celebration this summer, of course.

ice cream

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 19, 2022, 6-7pm.

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

EAGAN SPARK! MOBILE PUPPET WAGON

Golden Valley Puppet Wagon

Golden Valley’s Puppet Wagon hits parks on Monday and Tuesdays, summer 2022. Lions Park, 9:45am; Hampshire Park, 10:30am; North Wesley Park, 11:15am.

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

Fun in Twin Cities Parks ON TUESDAY

OUTDOOR NATURE STORYTIME AT SUNFISH LAKE PARK

Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center, Sunfish Lake Park, Entry Road, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
The nature center is hosting an outdoor nature storytime featuring music and nature play recommended for ages 0-6. Plus, kids will enjoy the hands-on indoor exhibits and messy play area. July 19, 2022, 10:30-11. FREE. Learn more about things to do in
 SUNFISH LAKE PARK.

Girl digging in sandboat at the nature playground at Sally Manzara Interpretive Center in Lake Elmo, MinnesotaNature play at Sally Manzara Interpretive Center

Kids Entertainment in RICHFIELD’S VETERANS PARK

6335 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
Veterans Park (also called Veterans Memorial Park) is Richfield’s largest park. It is home to Legion Lake and several walking and biking paths, an outdoor pool, an ice arena, and a mini-golf course. KIDS ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PARK – Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 11am.

The mini golf course at Richfield’s Veterans Memorial park is on our list of the BEST PLACES FOR OUTDOOR MINI GOLF IN THE TWIN CITIES. Check that classic summer activity off your bucket list!

Girls playing mini golf at Adventure Falls Mini Golf in Minnesota
Adventure Falls Mini Golf

Tour de Rec in West Paul

Southview Park, 275 Westview Drive, West St Paul MN
will set up activities and equipment for youth to enjoy: games, sports, arts, crafts, and more. If weather is questionable, please call 651-259-2671 to hear the status of the program. Program is for ages 6-12. July 19, 2022, 12:30-1:30, FREE.

STILLWATER Summer Tuesdays

101 Water Street S., Stillwater, MN 55082
Summer movies will be held Tuesdays in
LOWELL PARK. The outdoor market opens at 5pm with lots of fun things to do and live concert from 6-8pm. Movie begin 10 minutes after sunset. Open Season screens July 19, 2022.

MORE FAMILY FUN IN STILLWATER! Check our brand new list of the the BEST THINGS TO DO WITH STILLWATER WITH KIDS THIS SUMMER!

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 20, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN SWIMS ON WEDNESDAY:

FEATURED TWIN CITIES COMMUNITY FESTIVAL:

MINNEAPOLIS AQUATENNIAL

The exciting Minneapolis Aquatennial Torchlight Parade will be held on the 20th (with fireworks on the 23rd, see our weekend guide.) Parade route is Nicollet Avenue, 12th Street to 4th Street in Minneapolis. Start time is 7:30pm. You have questions about Aquatennial and we have answers. Find them all in our 2022 MINNEAPOLIS AQUATENNIAL GUIDE FOR FAMILIESParade July 20, 2022.

FIND OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR OF TWIN CITIES JULY FESTIVALS!
Purple Fireworks over Minneapolis, Minnesota
Image courtesy of Minneapolis Downtown Council

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 20, 2022, 6-7pm.

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

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

EAGAN PUPPET SHOWS IN THE PARK

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

Eagan Family Fun - Things to do with Kids Around Eagan, Minnesota

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.

This week, we’re featuring THE BERRY PATCH, a berry-picking operation out of Forest Lake in the Minneapolis-St Paul northeast metro. Make sure to call ahead as hours can change daily depending on the crop’s availability.

FFTC Team kids picking berries at The Berry Patch, Forest Lake

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN SWIMS ON THURSDAY:

St Louis Park Aquatic Park
St Louis Park Aquatic Park – Image courtesy of St. Louis Park

Twin Cities Movies in the Park on Thursday:

St Paul Movies in the Park

Highland Pool House, 1333 Montreal Ave, St Paul, MN 55116.
St Paul screens free summer movies across several recreation centers, community centers and at the historic Pavilion at Como Park. This week screens Jumanji: The Next Level. July 21, 2022.

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 21, 2022, 6-7pm.

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.

Want to get out and enjoy Eagan parks this summer? Start with our list of the BEST PARKS TO EXPLORE IN EAGAN, MINNESOTA. You’ll choose from destinations that include a splash pad, nature playground, challenge course, bike park, sculpture garden and more!

Eagan Family Fun - Things to do with Kids Around Eagan, Minnesota

WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON

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.

TWIN CITIES RIVER RATS WATERSKI SHOWS

West River Road, Minneapolis
Amazing free waterski tricks to amuse you Thursday evenings on the Mississippi River. Make sure to bring your own seating (get there early for the best viewing) and consider bringing a picnic dinner as well. Ongoing Thursdays in July 2022, 6:30pm.

TWIN CITIES NORTH METRO WATER SKI SHOW: Can’t make it to Minneapolis? There’s another free water ski show going on tonight up north – CENTERVILLE MAIN STREET MARKET & WATER SKI SHOW. 7145 Main St, Centerville, MN 55038.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON FRIDAY, JULY 22, 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: 

SLICE OF SHOREVIEW DAYS 

3611 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN
Fun family events for Friday: chalk art in, climbing wall, trampoline, carnival rides and live music all in
ISLAND LAKE COUNTY PARK. July 22, 2022.

More family fun in Shoreview, Minnesota: Find the best parks, nature playgrounds and beaches: THE BEST PARKS IN SHOREVIEW, MINNESOTA, TO VISIT THIS SUMMER!

Shoreview Commons Park

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 23-24, 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!

BEST OUTDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN THE TWIN CITIES

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.

10 Best Twin Cities Playgrounds

THE BEST TWIN CITIES OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS, WATER PARKS & SPLASH PADS

Click here for more water fun ideas.

TWIN CITIES-AREA LIBRARY SUMMER STORYTIMES

Your local library is a wonderful place for kids to curl up for a storytime, browse books, play with educational toys and games and slow their pace. We cover more than 100 Metro area library branches in our GUIDE TO TWIN CITIES LIBRARIES: MAPPED. Or, pick from this quick list to find library storytimes and events:

101 Twin Cities Libraries - Mapped

TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS AND NATURE PLAY

Summer is an exciting time to visit a Twin Cities area nature center, fresh with the promise of a new season and programming. These interpretive venues can be nearly as fun indoors as out.

TOP TWIN CITIES KID-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS

BROWSE OUR BIG LIST OF TWIN CITIES MUSEUMS TO VISIT WITH KIDS!

Giant Minnesota Post Card displayed at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul.

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