Twin Cities Guide To Family Activities This Week: May 23-27, 2022

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of May 23-27, 2022. 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!)

Fun Things to do in the Twin cities on Monday, May 23, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Monday:

Millz House Indoor Playground in Minnesota
Millz House

More family fun ideas for Monday: 

FINAL WEEK! Free Story & Art Time at Eden Prairie Art Center

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. May 23, 2022, 10-11am.

Brush up your bike skills before summer

Before summer gets real, it might be fun to visit one of these bike parks and test out your junior cyclist’s skills. We recommend the following:

  • CARVER LAKE PARK: According to the city of Woodbury website, the bike park playground has four designated areas to teach bike skills including a bicycle playground, a tot track, pump track and a trail loop for advanced riders with 

    dirt rollers, wooden berms, and rock gardens. The park also has bike trails, a playground and a beach. More information. 3175 Century Ave S, Woodbury, MN. 55125

  • NORTHEAST ATHLETIC FIELD PARK: This would be a great “starter” bike park because the challenges are fairly simple. 1615 Pierce St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
  • WEST DRAW PARK: The bike park currently contains a pump track, dirt jumps, a mountain bike skills area and a mountain cross track. A tot track is planned for the future. 7050 Meadow Grass Avenue, Cottage Grove, MN 55016.
Carver Lake Bike Park
Carver Lake Bike Park

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Tuesday:

More family fun ideas for Tuesday: National Scavenger Hunt Day!

Did you know? Well, now you do and we just so happen to have a handy way of making the most of this day: enter our cool list of TWIN CITIES QUESTS, SCAVENGER & TREASURE HUNTS FOR FAMILIES. Our very own scavenger Joy keeps up with all kinds of hunts in Twin Cities parks and communities – both limited-time and long-term. City landmarks, public art, nature bingo, library quests and more!

Twin Cities Quests and Treasure Hunts for Families

Got Kids who love big rigs?

Otsego Touch-A-Truck

Otsego Prairie Park & Splash Pad, 13355 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Kick off the summer splash pad season with a touch-a-truck event. Visit with a K-9, watch a helicopter land and take off. See fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more. Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 6pm-7:30pm.

Get pumped up for splash pad season with our list of the 35 best splash pads in the Twin Cities!

(Also, jump down to Friday to see more splash pads opening this week in anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend.)

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Train Lovers?

GAMES GALORE AT UNION DEPOT

214 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Games Galore is BACK!  This is a great indoor activity – play giant-size versions of favorite games like chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga and more. Plus, the historic depot is great for train lovers to explore! May 25, 2022, 10am-8pm. FREE!

Games Galore

Historic Wayzata Train Depot Museum

Got a little (or big) train lover in the family? Head out to the HISTORIC WAYZATA TRAIN DEPOT MUSEUM. My kids loved the hands-on exhibits inside and the sweet model train layout outdoors. Open weekends & Wednesdays from 12-4pm with free admission.

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open gym on Thursdays:

More family fun ideas for Thursday:

Lil’ Explorer Thursdays at Como Zoo

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
The beloved (at least by my family) preschool program is finally back offering weekly themed activities to the 4-and-under set. Think sand tables, sponge painting, worm digs and interactive storytimes. Remember, a reservation to visit the Zoo is free, but required. May 26, 2022, 10am-12pm.

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 26, 10am, FREE. 

Young girl using binoculars at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, Minnesota

INDOOR MINI GOLF AT CAN CAN WONDERLAND 

755 Prior Ave N Suite #004, St Paul, MN 55104
The quirkiest mini golf course in the Twin Cities is open to entertain your kids starting at 4pm Thursday and 11am Friday 9 (avoid busy weekends and date nights!). Each artist-designed hole is an attraction in itself, delighting 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. $13-$15/pp.

fun things to do in the twin cities on friday, May 27, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

More family fun ideas for Friday: Fun in the Parks

Story Trail at Thompson County Park

360 Butler Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118
Walk at your own pace around Thompson Lake while reading picture book pages displayed along the trail. Do NOT miss the brand-new inclusive playground! May 27-30, 2022.

Community Park splash pads opening today

Weather-dependent, look for these splash pads to open for Memorial Day Weekend, and find our complete listing of Twin Cities Splash Pads to keep handy for summer:

Splash Pad at Central Park, Eagan, Minnesota
Splash Pad

COON RAPIDS Movie in the park

Sand Creek Park, 1008 Northdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN
Encanto will be screened in the park with concessions beginning at 7:45pm. May 27, 2022.

Explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with Kids

The Arb is an incredible outdoor getaway that’s full of whimsy and delight for little ones, visit after visit. A visit in late spring means the grounds are bursting with color from tulips, daffodils and crabapple trees. Kids enjoy features such as the hedge mazes, fish ponds, the Bee Discovery Center and a nature play area. StoryTime in the Andersen Horticultural Library is 10:30am, May 27. Tickets are $15/adults, kids FREE. Reserve in advance.

Gianna details all the fun stuff for kids at the link.

Fun things to do this weekend in the twin cities, May 28-30, 2022 – Memorial Day Weekend

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. This weekend, we bring you an extra day’s worth of family fun ideas for Memorial Day.

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.

TOP TWIN CITIES KID-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS

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