Twin Cities Guide To Family Activities This Week: March 6-10, 2023

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of March 4-8, 2024. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE.

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For more winter inspiration you can check our MARCH FAMILY GUIDEULTIMATE TWIN CITIES WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE 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, March 4, 2024 

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Monday:

Let them bounce off someone else’s walls! Our list covers open gyms for tots across the Twin Cities where they can work their wiggles off during colder weather either FREE or at a low cost to you. SEE OUR FULL LIST OF TWIN CITIES TOT TIME OPEN GYMS THIS WINTER!

MONDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Maple Grove Community Center 

12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Tots get a designated time in the gym just for them, and it’s cheap at just $4/child, caregivers free. Kick it up a notch with admission to MAPLE MAZE INDOOR PLAYGROUND, also located within the community center. Just look at that helix slide! March 4, 2024, 9-11am.

FIND OUR GIANT LIST OF SUPER FUN INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN THE TWIN CITIES WHEN IT’S NOT PARK WEATHER!

Maple Maze Indoor Playground in Maple Grove Minnesota

Twin Cities storytimes on Monday:

Drop in to a Twin Cities Craft Shop

  • COLOR ME MINE – Walk right into the studio, pick your ceramic and get painting. Locations in Eagan, Maple Grove and Woodbury.
  • HEARTFELT offers a menu of high quality craft projects you can purchase a la carte and work on in the charming shop. My daughter loved painting and decorating her own gnome home. 4306 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55410.

two girls making crafts at Heartfelt in Minneapolis Minnesota

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Tuesday:

Tot Time open gyms across the Twin Cities are absolutely a saving grace for parents of squirrelly kids when it’s too cold or sloppy to be outdoors:

TUESDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Jumperoo at Urban Air Adventure Park

10 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
A special bounce-fest for preschoolers and toddlers ages 5 & under, Jumperoo clears the trampolines and playground of the big kids for a couple hours each Tuesday & Wednesday morning from 10am-noon. March 5, 2024, $12/child.

Twin Cities storytimes on Tuesday:

TUESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime at Cottage Grove Ravine Park

9653 Keats Ave. S. Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Pick COTTAGE GROVE RAVINE REGIONAL PARK today for a waived vehicle fee (regularly $7) and a free outdoor family storytime hosted by Washington County Libraries. March 5, 2024, 10:30-11am. FREE.

Outdoor Nature Play at Eastman Nature Center

13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
A designated time for kids to explore in the nature play area. Make time to explore the indoor nature center exhibits too. March 5, 2024, 2-3pm. FREE.

Nature Play Area at Eastman Natu

Base Camp Open Climb & Archery

6202 Bloomington Rd, St Paul, MN 55111
Base Camp is a place to try out exciting physical activities like open rock climbing and archery. Ages 5+ are invited to try scaling the indoor engineered rock walls on the first Tuesday of the month. Please pre-register. March 5, 2024, 6-9pm. $10/climber. 

Rock Climbers receiving instruction at Base Camp in Bloomington Minnesota

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM! MILLZ HOUSE OPEN PLAY

14645 Felton Court, Suite #104, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts. Cost is  $6/child; parents and babies under 18 months free. Open play 9am-4pm, $6/pp.

Millz House Indoor Playground in Minnesota
Millz House, Apple Valley

TWIN CITIES STORYTIMES ON WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: STORYTIME AT RED BALLOON

891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Storyteller Angela hosts a storytime at the charming bookshop perfect for 3s & under (but all welcome). March 8, 2023, 10:30am. FREE.

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MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS FOR WEDNESDAY:

Can Can Wonderland Miniature Golf

755 Prior Ave N Suite #004, St Paul, MN 55104
The quirkiest mini golf course in the Twin Cities is open to entertain you over spring break! Each artist-designed hole is an attraction in itself, entertaining all ages while you’re waiting in line to putt. Plus, there’s a HUGE vintage arcade, a malt shop and an on-site brewery. Open Wed-Sun, March & April 2023. $13-$15/pp.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYM ON THURSDAYS:

THURSDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM! TCO SPORTS GARDEN TODDLER THURSDAYS

Little ones with energy to spare: Come to Field 2 for indoor activities such as a bouncy house, kicking around soccer balls and open field time with room to run.  The fieldhouse is kept at 55 degrees so dress with this in mind. March 9, 2023, 9:30-11:30am. FREE!

TCO Sports Garden sign on the front of the new sports complex.

TWIN CITIES STORYTIMES ON THURSDAY:

THURSDAY FEATURED STORYTIME! LIL EXPLORER THURSDAY STORYTIME & MORE AT COMO ZOO

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Lil Explorer Thursdays
 program includes two themed storytimes. This is a fantastic free event aimed at preschoolers and includes all kinds of hands-on activities, manipulatives, games and crafts. Meet in the Visitor Center. March 9, 2023, 10am-noon. FREE.

March weather not cooperating for outdoor plans? Stay as toasty as the tropics wandering the indoor gardens and exhibits. The animal enclosures are heated, too. Please note that reservations are a must. FREE, donations appreciated.

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Knee-High Naturalists at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

860 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
Designed for kids ages 3-6, park staff will provide them with activities, outdoor walks to explore, art projects, storytimes and more. This month’s theme is “Tree Tales”. March 7, 2024, 10-11:30am. $8/pp.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023

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Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYMS ON FRIDAY:

FRIDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM! ROCKIN JUMP JUNIOR JUMPERS

Rockin Jump Trampoline Park, 2015 Silver Bell Road, Suite 195, Eagan, MN 55122
Kids up to 6 years get a special jump time separate from the big kids. Yours will love the trampolines, foam pit and soft play area as much as mine do! March 7, 2023, 2-hr sessions starting at 9 & 10am. $12/child plus $3 re-useable jump socks.

Child attempting ninja course at Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park in Eagan Minnesota

TWIN CITIES STORYTIMES ON FRIDAY:

"Maple Syrup Time" Background shows golden color of maple syrup in the shape of a maple leaf.

MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS FOR FRIDAY: MAPLE SYRUP PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

Maple Syrup Puppet Storytime at Westwood Hills Nature Center

8300 W Franklin Ave, St Louis Park, MN 55426
Open play and exploration of
Westwood Hills Nature Center, naturalist-led activities, puppet show and a hike. March 10, 2023. 10am-11am, $$5/person. Registration required.
Can’t make this program? Bookmark our page of TWIN CITIES MAPLE SYRUP FAMILY PROGRAMS for the future!

More family fun ideas for Friday: Visit a new Twin Cities nature center

Roughly two dozen nature and interpretive centers in the Twin Cities metro are just begging to get your kids excited about the natural world. Through hands-on exhibits, naturalist-led activities and plain old play, these venues make learning fun! This week we would like to introduce you to RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER within the sprawling HYLAND LAKE PARK RESERVE in Bloomington. Indoors, visitors can meet Richardson’s resident raptors, reptiles, and amphibians up close. There are many kid-friendly exhibits such as a puppet theater, child-sized tables and chairs for reading and puzzles, and aquariums at just the right height. 
SPECIAL EVENT AT RICHARDSON! My Preschooler & Me – Puppet Adventures is presented once a month, a themed program with indoor and outdoor nature exploration for kids ages 2-6 w/ caregiver. Must register in advance. March 8, 2024, 10-11am. $5/pp.

Children playing with puppets at Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington, Minnesota
Richardson Nature Center

FUN THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES, MARCH 11-12, 2023

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.

FIND TONS MORE KID-FRIENDLY EVENTS ON OUR TWIN CITIES FAMILY FUN CALENDAR!

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