Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: May 9-13, 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 9-13, 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 9, 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: 

PRE-K MONDAY AT THE WORKS MUSEUM

9740 Grand Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420
Pre K Mondays are perfect for your 3-5 year future engineers. Honestly, the museum is fun for most ages any day of the week, but this special Monday offers half-price admission for kids ($5.50) and a special activities for preschoolers. May 9, 2022, 9am-3pm.

Toddler playing a large harp at The Works Museum in Bloomington Minnesota

Free Story & Art Time at Eden Prairie Art Center

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. May 9, 2022, 10-11am.

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. Just remember, reservations are still required to visit. Daily, 10am-6pm. FREE. Other fun things to do at or near Como Zoo:

  • Pay a visit to the animals.
  • Beloved Sparky the Sea Lion shows are back for the season!
  • 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 14 for the 2022 season).

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Tuesday:

More family fun ideas for Tuesday:

Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays 

This week, Duniya Drum & Dance presents a special performance in the Rotunda. May 10, 11am-12pm. 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

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: this year, Caponi will celebrate its 30th anniversary with yoga in the park, forest bathing, theater in the park and a 30th celebration bash on June 5. Open Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm. Admission is always FREE unless noted for a special event.

Opening in May - Twin Cities Area Attractions

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.

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

More active family fun ideas for Wednesday:

JOY OF THE PEOPLE FREE PLAY PICK UP SOCCER

This safe, monitored unstructured time allows kids to participate organically in a healthy environment. FREE, but please register online. Held at two locations:

  • ST PAUL: South St Anthony Park community center (outdoors). 4-6pm. 890 Cromwell Ave #1515, St Paul, MN 55114
  • WOODBURY: Indoors. 3:30-5:30pm. 2122 Wooddale Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125.

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

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, May 12, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open gym on Thursdays:

More family fun ideas for 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 12, 10am, FREE. 

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

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 13, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

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

Friday Fun at Augsburg Adventure Park

7000 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
This week features Storytime with a Firefighter – each week (thru Aug 26) will bring unique entertainment to the all-inclusive playground, followed by open playtime. May 13, 2022, 10am. FREE. Learn More About Richfield’s Augsburg Adventure Park.

Fun things to do this weekend in the twin cities, May 14-15, 2022

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.

TOP TWIN CITIES KID-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS

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

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

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