Things to do this week in Minneapolis & St Paul with your kids!
This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of March 21-25, 2022. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our Weekend Family Guide.
As always, you can check our MARCH FAMILY GUIDE, our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING 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 (pretty much) guaranteed!
Planning for spring break in the twin cities this week?
Why spring break? Because a Minnesota winter wrapping up is worth celebrating. Craft a fun staycation “Spring Break Trip” for your own family whether you have big kids or little kids. Be tourists right in the Twin Cities! Think mini golf, trampolines, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, museums and more. Get some inspiration from our 2022 GUIDE TO SPRING BREAK IN THE TWIN CITIES.
Fun Things to do in the Twin cities on Monday, March 21, 2022
A classic! Enjoy a free small vanilla cone at participating non-mall Dairy Queen locations. All day, limit one per person. And, in anticipation of warmer days ahead, we’ve updated our big list of 2022 FREE CONE DAYS & FREE ICE CREAM SOCIALS IN THE TWIN CITIES.
7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. Dress to get creative. No registration required. March 21, 2022, 10-11am.
Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, March 22, 2022
The following four branches of the Saint Paul Public Library offer storytime for kids today:
- ST ANTHONY PARK: “Ruby’s Spring Show” w/ outdoor and indoor activities, 10am-12pm.
- RONDO COMMUNITY: 10:30am
- HIGHLAND PARK: Tot Time in the gym at 9:30am followed by storytime at 10:30.
- ARLINGTON HILLS: Storytime begins at 10:30 with Tot Time in the gym to follow until noon.
The following six branches of the Anoka County Library offer storytimes this Tuesday. Space is limited and registration is required.
- JOHNSVILLE (Blaine): Baby storytime, 10:15am
- CENTENNIAL (Circle Pines): Baby storytime, 10:15am
- NORTH CENTRAL (Ham Lake): Family storytime, 10:15am
- NORTHTOWN (Blaine): Family storytime, 10:15am
- RUM RIVER (Anoka): Baby storytime, 10:30am
- ST FRANCIS: Family storytime, 10:30am
- NORTHTOWN (Blaine): Baby storytime, 11am
- CENTENNIAL (Circle Pines): Toddler storytime, 11:15am
The following four branches of the Carver County Library offer storytimes today. No registration is necessary.
- CHANHASSEN: Family storytime, 10:30am
- CHASKA: Family storytime, 10:30am
- WACONIA: Lapsit storytime, 10:30am
- NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA: Spring storytime with take-home craft, 10:30am
The RH STAFFORD (Woodbury) branch of the Washington County Library offers Tuesday storytime at 10:30am. Registration is required and spots are limited. If you can’t snag one this week, plan ahead for next!
This week, the Rince na Chroi Irish dancers come to the mall to present a live performance and mini lessons. March 22, 11am-12pm. FREE!
Traditionally, Tuesday is the day of the deal at Twin Cities-area movie theaters. While we can’t guarantee a kid-friendly flick will be screening at your local cinema, we do keep track of a list worth checking out. $5 movies are offered across theaters in communities like Minneapolis, St Paul, Eagan, Shakopee, Woodbury and more. Pass that popcorn!
Fun things to do in the twin cities on Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Landmark Center, 75 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55102
Experiment with dozens of instruments from around the world. Get your hands on keyboards, drums and other interactive exhibits. We visited the newly remodeled space last summer and really enjoyed it. Museum is open Wednesdays from 12-4pm (and Thurs/Sat/Sun). Admission is always FREE!
Oxford Community Center, 270 N. Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Back open for splishing and splashing is the zero-depth entry play structure, diving pool and waterslides. Check our big list of indoor pools and waterparks for more indoor swimming opportunities. Savings tip: Swim between 9-11am on Mon/Wed/Fri and pay just $4/pp! Regular admission $7/pp.
Fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, March 24, 2022
7700 York Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435
The Teddy Bear Band performs a free set for kids at the indoor park’s balmy amphitheater. This could be a nice break from a zany run around the giant ADVENTURE PEAK INDOOR PLAYGROUND, also housed within Edinborough Park and reasonably priced at $8/child for hours of energy-busting fun. March 24, 11:30am-12:15pm.
Central Park, 2893 145th Street West, Rosemount MN
Walk an outdoor trail and read from giant picture book pages displayed in the park. March 24, all day. FREE. Activity is also offered March 25 & 26.
fun things to do in the twin cities on friday, March 25, 2022
12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
The CARPENTER-ST CROIX VALLEY NATURE CENTER offers a themed storytime once per month for kids ages 2-5. This month’s topic is maple syrup. Registration is required. March 25, 10am. $6/child. If you can’t make storytime, the nature center is always free to visit, whether checking out the indoor displays or exploring the topography of the valley along the river.
Find yourself a sweet MAPLE SYRUP FAMILY PROGRAM in the Twin Cities before they’ve tapped out for another spring!
13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN 55369
On a spring break staycation this week? Take the family to EASTMAN NATURE CENTER to choose a nature challenge to complete together. Use a custom map of the terrain to collect raw materials and learn about the area’s natural resources. Ages 6 & up. March 25, 4-5:30pm. $8/pp.
DINNER IDEA! Family Friday Night at Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake Street. Minneapolis, MN 55407
We enjoy this kind of family dinner out best because there is absolutely, positively something at one of the market vendors to please everyone in your party. Plus, the atmosphere is casual and there’s live music. Onstage tonight is a mini Flint Hills Family Festival. Your kids can get up and dance the meal away. March 25, 5-7pm.
Family Fun All Week in the twin cities
Ideas to pull out of your “back pocket” nearly any day of the week!
Top Twin Cities Kid-friendly museums:
- BAKKEN MUSEUM – STEM-based fun
- BELL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
- MILL CITY MUSEUM
- MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
- MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER
- THE WORKS MUSEUM – engineering exhibits for kids
Best indoor playgrounds & play areas in the Twin Cities
We cover the top places for the indoor fun your kids are craving: climbing, sliding, jumping, crawling and just plain blowing off some steam.
Best Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities
11000 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55343
Drop-in and play with fun, gross motor equipment like bounce houses, a climbing wall, sport balls, crawl tunnels, blocks, trikes and more. No registration necessary. The program is for children 5 and under. Mon-Fri, 9am to 2pm thru May 6, 2022. $5 per session per child.
Heads up those with squirrelly kids in the Twin Cities southwest metro! At open Tot Time, preschoolers 5 & under can play on inflatables, with balls and bats and more. All gym equipment provided. Ongoing Tues & Thurs (March 22 & 24) 2022. $3/child.
Early spring is an exciting time to visit a Twin Cities area nature center, fresh with the promise of a new season and programming. But, as we know, March weather can be as temperamental as a toddler. Good thing these interpretive venues can be nearly as fun indoors as out.