Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: July 4-8, 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 4-8, 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 4, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON MONDAY:

Toddler at Cascade Bay's Little Mates Tot Swim
Cascade Bay, Eagan

Twin Cities Independence Day/Fourth of July Events:

Where can you find the fireworks displays and community festivals to in honor of Independence Day in the Twin Cities? Consult our list of cities to find one near you:

  • APPLE VALLEY: Johnny Cake Ridge Park East, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Arrive early for a pre-fireworks family party beginning at 6pm; fireworks at 10pm.
  • BLAINE: National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave NE Blaine, MN 55449. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • CHANHASSEN: Lake Ann Park, 1456 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • COON RAPIDS: Coon Rapids Ice Center, 1100 Crooked Lake Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • EAGAN: 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • EDEN PRAIRIE: Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55346. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • EXCELSIOR: Excelsior Commons, 135 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331. South Lake Minnetonka – fireworks at 9:45pm.
  • FOREST LAKE: Lakeside Memorial Park, 95 E Broadway Ave, Forest Lake, MN 55025 – fireworks at 10pm.
  • LAKEVILLE: Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • MAPLEWOOD: Hazelwood Park, 1663 County Rd C E, Maplewood, MN 55109. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • ROSEVILLE: Central Park, 2540 Lexington Avenue North, Roseville, MN 55113. Fireworks over Bennett Lake at 10pm.
  • STILLWATER: Lowell Park, 201 Water St N, Stillwater, MN 55082. Fireworks at dusk.
  • ST LOUIS PARK: Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426 – fireworks at dusk.
  • WOODBURY: M Health Fairview Sports Center, 4125 Radio Dr., Woodbury, MN 55129. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • WHITE BEAR LAKE: Manitou Days Fireworks – Memorial Beach, 4980 Lake Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.  Fireworks, Flyover & Music 8pm-11pm.

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON TUESDAY:

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

More family fun ideas for Tuesday:

FREE TUESDAY at WASHINGTON COUNTY PARKS 

Explore Washington County Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No vehicle permit required. Find a listing of parks here. This might be the perfect day to visit LAKE ELMO PARK RESERVE SWIM POND for free! The chlorinated pond has a sand bottom and beach. July 5, 2022. 

water safety
Lake Elmo Park Reserve – Swim Beach

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 5, 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 6, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON WedneSDAY:

Featured Twin Cities Community Festival:

Lakeville Pan-o-Prog Ice Cream Social

20150 Highview Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
The community festival includes an ice cream social with free ice cream and cookie dough plus carnival games and live music. 1-3pm.

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 STRAWBERRIES

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 strawberry patches to pick your own berries.

Strawberry Patches - Best in the Twin Cities

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, July 7, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON ThurSDAY:

St Louis Park Aquatic Park

Featured Twin Cities Community Festival:

Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days Ice Cream Social & Vehicle Fair

Citizens Independent Bank, 3700 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Free Johnny Pops, face painting and live music to enjoy PLUS the vehicles your kids want to explore: an ambulance, police car and fire truck. July 7, 2022, 4-6pm. FIND MORE TWIN CITIES TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENTS THIS SUMMER!

Touch A Truck Calendar for the Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area

 

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 8, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON FriDAY:

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

Twin Cities community ice cream socials on Friday:

Hiawatha School Park Ice Cream Social

4305 E 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Free fun in the park: ice cream, bounce houses and a movie (American Underdog; The Kurt Warner Story.) July 8, 2022. Likely 7:30-9pm.

Duluth & Case Rec Center Ice Cream Day

1020 Duluth St, St Paul, MN 55106
Free outdoor games and an ice cream treat for kids ages 7-17. Must register beforehand. July 8, 2022. 1:30-2:30pm.

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
FFTC kids at Open Eye Figure Theater’s annual ice cream social.

Featured Twin Cities Community Festival:

Andover Family Fun Fest

Look for family entertainment Friday night including magic & juggling shows, a street dance & inflatables (for a small fee). July 8, 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

Storytime in the Park

Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8. New Brighton, MN 55112
Stories for kids, with a craft or nature activity to follow. July 8, 2022, 10:30am. FREE.

Fun things to do this weekend in the twin cities, July 9-10, 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.

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