Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: May 13-17, 2024

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of May 13-17, 2024. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE. We’ve got you covered no matter your corner of the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area!

As always, you can check our MAY FAMILY GUIDE, the 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 guaranteed (or close to it!)

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Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Monday, May 13, 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 cooler weather either FREE or at a low cost to you. A few options continue to wind down for their break during the late spring & summer so take note!

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 reasonable 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! May 13, 2024, 9-11am.

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

Twin Cities storytimes on Monday:

MONDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime at Augsburg Adventure Park

7000 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423
Drop into the Adventure Park for a half hour of stories followed by free play. Perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and hosted every Monday in May. May 13, 2024, 10am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Monday: Meet the farm babies

Minnesota Zoo’s Farm Babies

FINAL WEEK! Time is flying by this spring. It’s already last-chance to meet all the fuzzy, cuddly newborns. Tickets are included with Zoo admission. $16-$22/pp plus $7 parking.

FIND MORE CHANCES TO MEET FUZZY MINNESOTA FARM BABIES!

Baby chicks in an incubator:

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time open gyms across the Twin Cities are absolutely a saving grace for parents of squirrelly kids when it’s still just shy of playground weather:

Tot Time Open Gyms on Tuesday:

TUESDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: The Rookery Activity Center in Lino Lakes

Rookery Activity Center, 7690 Village Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
A special Tot Time held in the gym for ages 1-10. Make sure your little ones wear socks for the bounce house! May 14, 2024, 9am-12pm,  $4/child.

Twin Cities storytimes on Tuesday:

TUESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Wild Rumpus Storytime

2720 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410
This popular story time for toddlers & preschoolers is awesome. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store! May 14, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

Girl standing in front of the tiny people door at the Wild Rumpus Bookshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota
A special purple door just for short people

More family fun ideas for Tuesday:

Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays 

This week in the Rotunda, in honor of Mother’s Day, it’s time for Mommy & Me yoga classes. These are designed for toddlers to participate in right alongside their caregiver. May 14, 2024, two classes: 10 & 11:15am. FREE.

HOT TIP! WHEN YOU VISIT, TAKE ALONG OUR MALL OF AMERICA GUIDE: FLOOR BY FLOOR.
Family fun Twin Cities' Guide to the Mall of America - floor by floor - Title backdrop Pineapple Poppers ride at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
Family fun Twin Cities’ Guide to the Mall of America

Family nature play on Tuesday

Explore Caponi Art Park

1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
Wander the trails through the quirky sculpture park at your own leisure. Bring a picnic lunch and make an afternoon of it. Open Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm. Admission is always FREE unless noted for a special event.

WANT MORE SCULPTURE IN YOUR LIFE? We’ve got a list for that. Rounded up for you and yours are 12 SCULPTURE PARKS IN MINNESOTA TO VISIT WITH KIDS.

sculpture gardens

Otsego Touch-A-Truck

Otsego Prairie Park, 13355 90th Street NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Besides the Touch-A-Truck event, families can bring a picnic and play on the playground. Bring your own remote control car to race it on the park’s RC race track. May 14, 2024.

Touch A Truck Calendar for the Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Preschool Playtime at New Brighton Community Center

Preschool Playtime in New Brighton is double the fun because it includes open play in the gym w/ equipment and inflatables AND admission to EAGLES NEST INDOOR PLAYGROUND. This special indoor playtime is held each Mon & Wed when school is in session. May 15, 2024. 12-3pm, $8/child. 400 10th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.

Twin Cities storytimes on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Themed stories, songs, puppets and other preschool pleasures. Red Balloon also hosts many weekend family events celebrating local authors. May 15, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

ExploraTots at Como Regional Park

Como Streetcar Station, 1224 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55117
Nature play stations include a story, a hike, and a take-home activity. Must register in advance, space is limited. Don’t grab a spot? Plan ahead – this event is held monthly. May 15, 2024, 10-11:30am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Cool transportation!

Tots & Trains at Jackson Street Roundhouse

193 Pennsylvania Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55130
Your little train lovers will go nuts for this playdate! Tinker around with train tables and interactive displays. Run through real passenger train cars. Create a craft to take home and listen to a transportation-themed story. May 15, 2024, 10am-12pm. $9-$15/pp.

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gym on Thursdays:

THURSDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Open Playtime at Otsego Prairie Center

8899 Nashua Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330
This is the final week for kids up to age five to enjoy time playing games, making crafts and listening to stories. Open Playtime will resume in the fall. May 16, 2024, 10-11:30am. $3/child.

Twin Cities storytimes on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Garden Storytime at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55405
A naturalist hosts a different nature themed story each week within the Garden followed by an activity. Meet just outside the Visitor Shelter. Bring a blanket to sit on. May 16, 2024, 10am, FREE.

More family fun ideas for Thursday: Nature play

Lil Explorer Thursday at Como Zoo

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Lil Explorer Thursdays
 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. May 16, 2024, 10am-noon. FREE.

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Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Friday, May 17, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

Twin Cities storytimes on Friday:

FRIDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime at Barnes & Noble Galleria

3230 Galleria Edina, MN 55435
Kids! Come for story time and book browsing. May 17, 2024, 10am, FREE.
 
 

More family fun ideas for Friday: Nature play

My Preschooler & Me at Richardson Nature Center

8737 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
A chance to play and learn right alongside your preschooler – this month’s theme is May Flowers. Learn about how spring rains help the flowers grow. Dress to be mostly outdoors and register ahead. May 17, 2024, 10-11:30am. $6/pp.

Eco Art at Silverwood Park

2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Kids ages 7-12 can create bird and seed mosaics together with their caregiver while learning from a park naturalist. Must register ahead. May 17, 2024, 9:30-11am. $8/pp.

Girls looking at ducklings and mother duck at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony, Minnesota

More family fun ideas for Friday: Check out a new playground!

Friday Fun at Augsburg Adventure Park

7000 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
This week features Read-a-Story Theater. Select Fridays & Saturdays (thru Aug 23) will bring unique entertainment to the all-inclusive playground, followed by open playtime. May 17, 2024, 10am. FREE. Learn more about Richfield’s Augsburg Adventure Park.

Art-A-Whirl Weekend

Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
Individual artists and galleries are back showcasing their finest for your family to enjoy. In our experience, it is easier to enjoy Art-A-Whirl with kids who are a little older. But it’s certainly doable with younger ones – and Joy has written down her tips for bringing them along over here: 4 STRATEGIES FOR DOING ART-A-WHIRL WITH KIDSMay 17-19, 2024. FREE admission.

Fun things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities, May 18-19, 2024 

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 Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities

Kids bursting with extra energy (and their caregivers who often can’t keep up) will appreciate all the free and low-cost TOT TIME OPEN GYMS across the Twin Cities. Especially so when the weather is cold and we can’t just head down the street to the park. Most often, these unstructured programs offer balls, other gross motor play equipment, and room to run. Find our list of the communities that offer special open gym time this spring:

Oplen Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities, Minnesota - Family Fun Twin Cities

Twin Cities-Area Library 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

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.

Indoor Playgrounds in the Twin Cities, Minnesota - Child Playing in a Ball Pit

TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS AND NATURE PLAY

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, April weather can be as temperamental as a toddler. Good thing these interpretive venues can be nearly as fun indoors as out.

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

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