Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: July 25-29, 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 25-29, 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 25, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON MONDAY:

Toddler at Cascade Bay's Little Mates Tot Swim

Awesome Twin Cities Splash Pads

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 travel south of Minneapolis-St Paul to feature the fantastic splash pad at LAGOON PARK in Jordan. The park also has got a pretty nice playground, a sandy little beach and a pretty waterfall. 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.

More fun things to do on Monday:

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. This week, we’re featuring BERRY HILL FARM in Anoka because it is the LAST DAY of the season to pick raspberries here. Can’t make it out to pick today? We have more great ideas for the best Twin Cities patches to pick your own in our berry guide.

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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 2022, 11:15am. Schedule: Glenview Terrace Park, 9:45am; Scheid Park, 10:30; Lions Park, 11:15am.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022

Come to our FFTC Meetup at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
Come join the FFTC Team at Picnic Pavilion A by the Andrus Learning Center for games, books, a craft, and a special Hide and Seek game. Free  light refreshments available while they last. PLUS all the fun Arboretum activities including the Sensory Garden, Green Play Yard, Wood Duck Pond,the Harrison Sculpture Garden and more. July 26, 10am-1pm. $15/adult, kids FREE. Reservations required.

Meet Up at the Arb

TOT TIME OPEN SWIMS ON TUESDAY:

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

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

CAFESJIAN’S CAROUSEL – FREE RIDES!

1245 Midway Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55103
It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park, the beautiful antique merry-go-round. The daily price to ride is $3/pp but a handful of days during the summer are FREE – including July 26. See our page on Cafesjian’s Carousel for more information. 

girl riding cafesjian's carousel at Como Park in Saint Paul Minnesota

More FREE family fun in COMO REGIONAL PARK: I took my kids on this outing last week and was surprised how light the crowd was. We enjoyed visiting all the animals, saw the Sparky (the sea lion) show, traveled through the conservatory to see the Summer Flower Show and walked around the peaceful Japanese Garden. For notes, refer to our COMO ZOO & CONSERATORY SUMMER CHECKLIST.

Sparky performs at the Como Zoo

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. Croods 2 screens July 26, 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 27, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN SWIMS ON WEDNESDAY:

FEATURED TWIN CITIES COMMUNITY FESTIVAL:

ANOKA COUNTY FAIR 

3200 St Francis Blvd NW, Anoka, MN 55303
County fair fun! Kids will have a blast at the carnival, entering the coloring contest and working the pedal tractors. The full fair runs July 26-31, 2022. Admission is $12/adults, $5 ages 7-13 and under 7 FREE. Tickets include all grandstand shows and events for the day.

FIND OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR OF TWIN CITIES JULY FESTIVALS!

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 27, 2022, 6-7pm.

PHALEN PARK ICE CREAM DAY

1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. July 27, 2022, 4-6pm.

HIGHWOOD HILLS ICE CREAM DAY

2192 Londin Ln E, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. July 27, 4-6pm.

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

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

EAGAN PUPPET SHOWS IN THE PARK

WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON

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

Live Music & Movies in the parks ON WEDNESDAY:

Where can you find all the tunes? Here’s our quick lists in parks across the Twin Cities tonight – pack your family a picnic, throw some camp chairs or a blanket in the trunk and enjoy a free outdoor concert at the following:

Summer Music at Normandale Lake Bandshell courtesy City of Bloomington

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON THURSDAY, JULY 28, 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 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 27, 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.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON FRIDAY, JULY 29, 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 FESTIVAL: 

CRYSTAL FROLICS

Friday night fun includes inflatables, live music and entertainment at BECKER PARK and fireworks at WELCOME PARK. July 28, 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 30-31, 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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