Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: May 6-10, 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 6-10, 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!)

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Monday, May 6, 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 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 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! May 6, 2024, 9-10:30am.


Twin Cities storytimes on Monday:

MONDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime with Engineer Paul at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store

Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101
Engineer Paul is fresh off the move from St Louis Park into Choo Choo Bob’s newest home in Union Depot. The longtime storyteller is already settling in and welcoming kids to story and play time at the collection of train tables. Purchase your tickets online at the link. May 6, 2024, 10:30am. $10/kids, $2/adults.

More family fun ideas for Monday: Bright blooms & more

Como Conservatory Summer Flower Show

The summer blooms are now on display in the Sunken Garden to add an extra pop of color to your day. Just one more reason Como Park Zoo & Conservatory makes for the perfect budget outing with kids. May 6, 2024, 10am-6pm. FREE.


  • Pay a visit to the animals
  • Beloved Sparky the Sea Lion shows 
  • Wander through the peaceful Japanese Garden.
  • Take a spin on Cafesjian’s Carousel.
  • Treat your kids to amusement park rides at Como Town (opening May 18 for the 2024 season).

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, May 7, 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 if it’s still just shy of playground weather:

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 7, 2024, 9am-12pm,  $4/child.

Twin Cities storytimes on Tuesday:

TUESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Family Storytime at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

9653 Keats Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
A special outdoor storytime at the park that coincides with Free First Tuesday in Washington County ParksIndoor craft or activity to follow. Dress for the elements, however in the case of extreme weather, stories will be inside Ravine Landing. May 7, 2024, 10:30am. FREE. More Washington County parks you can explore free today include:

More family fun ideas for Tuesday:

Mall of America Toddler Tuesday: Garfield Meet-and-Greet

This week, it’s a pop-up event featuring a meet-and-greet with Garfield as he promotes his new movie. May 7, 2024, 1-3pm. FREE.

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

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. PLAN AHEAD: Caponi has a whole lineup of activities scheduled this season  forest bathing, theater in the park and community hot metal pour. 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

More family fun ideas for Tuesday: Get moving with indoor activities

Open Climbing & Archery at Base Camp

6202 Bloomington Rd, St Paul, MN 55111
Open rock climbing is available on climbing walls inspired by the natural rock face of the St. Croix River bluffs near Taylors Falls. There are 16 routes to try between 24 and 32 feet high. It is required that youth are accompanied by an adult who is able to belay for them at the climbing wall. Open archery is available too. Register at the link. May 7, 2024, 6-9pm. $10/participant (adult spotters free).

Rock Climbers receiving instruction at Base Camp in Bloomington Minnesota

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

Twin Cities storytimes on Wednesday:


1023 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Interactive stories, songs & rhymes for kids ages 2-5 at one of the coolest independent toy shops in the Twin Cities. No registration required. May 8, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Outdoor nature play

Discover a new nature playground

May is a wonderful month to enjoy outdoor, unstructured play areas – before the skeeters and other bugs descend upon summer. Featured this week is the amazing DISCOVERY HOLLOW NATURE PLAY AREA within the TAMARACK NATURE CENTER property. This natural playground has been designed with all the elements kids crave: fallen logs and stumps to balance on, sticks to build forts, beautifully-engineered and arranged boulders to clamber over and a sufficient amount of sand and water to keep them entertained for hours.

Family Fun: Discovery Hollow at Tamarack Nature Center

Maker Kids at Roseville Library

2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville Minnesota 55113
Geared towards kids ages 6-11 who enjoy tinkering, crafting and making stuff. A new activity each week, space may be limited. May 8 2024, 4:30-5:30pm. FREE.
HEY TEENS! There are “maker” programs for you as well. Check them out at the Roseville Library on May 14, 21 & 28 with activities like 3-D printing. FREE. 

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gym on Thursdays:

THURSDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Kenwood Rec Center Indoor Playground 

2101 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
FINAL THURSDAY OF SPRING! Unstructured free play in the rec center gym – please sign up for a free Active Pass first. May 9, 2024, 3:15-5:15pm. FREE.

Twin Cities storytimes on Thursday:

Extra! Extra! Read all about Special Storytime Thursday!

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 9, 2024, 10am, FREE.

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). May 9, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Bookstores

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Friday, May 10, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

FRIDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Tot Times at St Paul Recreation Centers

It’s fun, unstructured, nearly always free and a total sanity-saver during our cold months. I used it routinely when my firstborn was a toddler. He thrived on the small bikes, balls, tumbling mats and other provided equipment for free physical play. The following St Paul recreation centers have tot times on Friday mornings this spring:

Indoor Toddler Activities

Twin Cities storytimes on Friday:

Fun things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities, May 11-12, 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


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


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


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.



Giant Minnesota Post Card displayed at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul.

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