Twin Cities Guide To Family Activities This Week: October 30-November 3, 2023

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of October 30-November 3, 2023 – the week of Halloween!. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE.

For more autumn inspiration you can check our NOVEMBER FAMILY 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, October 30, 2023Tot 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.

See our full list of Twin Cities Tot Time Open Gyms this fall!

MONDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Andover Community Center Tot Time 

15200 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304
HALLOWEEN EVENT TODAY! Kids ages 6 & under can drop in for free play time and a craft. Feel free to wear your Halloween costume! October 30, 2023, 9:30-11:30am. $5/child.

Twin Cities Storytimes on Monday:

MONDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Costume Parade & Storytime at Rum River Library

4201 6th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
After a not-so-scary story, kids can show off their costumes in a parade around the library.

Twin Cities Halloween events

Minneapolis is spooky city when it comes to kids Halloween parties. You can choose from free gatherings with all the treats, games and costume parades at the following community parks:

Logan Park Tiny Tot Halloween Party

Logan Rec Center, 690 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
During Logan’s regular indoor playground time for kids up to age 6 with the addition of a Halloween themed bounce house, snacks, refreshments, treat bags, & coffee. October 30, 2023, 10am-noon. FREE.

Pearl Park Halloween Costume Parade

Pearl Park, 414 Diamond Lake Rd E, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Halloween costume parade, freeze dance, and treats. Best for kids 10 and under with parents. October 30, 2023, 5:30-7pm. FREE.

Matthews Park Halloween Party and Parade

Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Tricks and treats, games and goodies. Seward neighborhood parade starts at 5pm. Party goes until 6:30pm. October 30, 2023.

With lots more fun to come – can you stand the suspense? Check our guide to all the family Halloween fun in the Twin Cities to prepare. If you dare.

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Find Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween All October Here.

Fun things to do in the Twin cities on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

It’s Halloween in the Twin Cities!

Most of the community Halloween parties and events take place the weekend before, but there’s still plenty to do on October 31st, a Tuesday this year. If you dare, browse some ideas for only slightly spooky Halloween fun:

Mall of America Toddler Tuesday Halloween Treat Trail

Purchase your toddler’s discounted ride wristband for Nickelodeon Universe ($14.99) and in addition to unlimited select rides, kiddos can trick-or-treat around the amusement park from 10am-12pm.

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 playground season has come to an end.

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

It’s fun, unstructured, nearly always free and a total sanity-saver during Minnesota’s chillier 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 Tuesday this fall:

Indoor Toddler Activities

Twin Cities Storytimes on Tuesday:

TUESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Halloween storytimes & costume contests at Dakota County libraries

Start the day with Halloween-themed storytimes and a chance for kids to show off their costume at three Dakota County libraries: APPLE VALLEY WESCOTT (10am), BURNSVILLE BURNHAVEN (10am) &  LAKEVILLE HERITAGE (11am). Suggested age range 2-6 years.

IKEA – Kids Eat FREE!

8000 Ikea Way, Bloomington, MN 55425
Bring the kids in costume on Halloween. Sign up for the (free) IKEA Family program and get two free kids meals per adult entree purchased in the cafe. Plus, members can drop their kids in the play area for up to 2 hours of supervision. October 31, 2023.

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: Gleason’s Gymnastics Open Gyms

2015 Silver Bell Rd #180, Eagan, MN 55122
So flipping fun! This used to be a family go-to when the cold set in and my kids needed to get their wiggles out. Yours will love the opportunity to bounce on trampolines, scoot through obstacle courses, and play on the gym equipment. Register in advance for a discount. And hey, teens and tweens! There’s an open gym for you, too. November 1, 2023. Preschool open gym: Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:30 – 11:30am. Pre-register: $10/child; $15/family ($13/$20 at the door).Collage of Preschool Open Gym at Gleason's Gymnastics School in Minnesota

Twin Cities Storytimes on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Red Balloon Bookshop Storytimes

891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
We love to feature independent bookshops and encourage you to explore and support them. Red Balloon offers baby & toddler storytime each Wednesday. Get there early for the best seating! November 1, 2023, 10:30am.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Bookstores

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Indoor activity ideas

Children’s Pool Hour at Great River Water Park

270 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104
Monday, Wednesday and Friday hours are “children’s pool only” from 9am-10am at this perfect little indoor splash spot. And admission isn’t bad either – $7/pp or $25 for a group of 5. November 1, 2023.

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. Coffee for adults! October 4, 2023, 10am-12pm. $10-$13/pp or $35/family pack.

Girl by train car at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, MN

Toddler Day Open House at the Raptor Center

1920 Fitch Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Here’s your chance to attend a preschooler-friendly open house at this University facility that treats hundreds of injured raptors each year. On the schedule: mini-tours, storytime and a coloring activity. November 1, 2023, 10-11am. $10/adult; up to 2 kids FREE.

Collage of visit to Raptor Center in Saint Paul Minnesota: Left: two bald eagles; Right top: little girl playing with eagle puppet. Right Bottom young by examining wing and nest.

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Thursday, November 2, 2023

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: TCO Sports Garden Toddler Thursdays

STARTS THIS WEEK! Little ones with energy to spare: Come to Field 1 for indoor activities such as a bounce 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. November 2, 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: Family Storytime at New Brighton Library

Stories, songs, and rhymes aimed for kids ages 2-5. Stay and explore the nooks of the library, tucked into the NEW BRIGHTON COMMUNITY CENTER – even make a day of it at the EAGLES NEST INDOOR PLAYGROUND ($7/child). November 2, 2023, 10:30am.

New Brighton Library

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 offers weekly themed activities to the 4-and-under set. Think sand tables, sponge painting, worm digs and storytimes. November 2, 2023, 10am-12pm. FREE.

First Thursday Nature Play at Wargo Nature Center

7701 Main St. Lino Lakes, MN 55038
Designed for kids ages 2-5 with caregiver, each first Thursday program includes outdoor play, exploration and stories. Register ahead on the Anoka County Parks website – spots fill fast. November 2, 2023, 9-10am or 11am-12pm. $5/child plus tax.

Try a new indoor playground from our huge list!

For Minnesota parents it’s a must to know where to escape the elements and still keep those kids active and having fun. During the months of November through March we feature the best indoor playgrounds in the Minneapolis-St Paul area in the hopes of helping you discover something new: This week we highlight GOOD TIMES PARK in Eagan. A self-use park, Good Times has an outdoor feel with its jungle gyms, unwalled pillow jumper, basketball court and plenty of open turf for family games. Open daily, 7am-9:30pm. $11/child for all-day play. 3265 Northwood Circle, #100, Eagan, MN 55121.

Kids climbing on indoor playground at Good Times Park in Minnesota

Pumpkin Smash & Bash

Countryside Park, 6240 Tracy Ave. South, Edina, MN 55436
Bring unpainted pumpkins for games and smashing before composting. The fire department will be dropping some pumpkins from a tall ladder. Until next year, Halloween! November 2, 2023. 4-6pm. 

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Friday, November 3, 2023

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week


FRIDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: 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 $3/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! November 3, 2023, 9-10:30am.


Maple Maze Indoor Playground in Maple Grove Minnesota

Twin Cities Storytimes on Friday:

FRIDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Stories & Crafts with the Museum of Russian Art

Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Read “Hedgehog in the Fog” with the museum and then create artwork inspired by the story. November 3, 2023, 10-11am. FREE, but registration required.

More family fun ideas for Friday: Nature play 

Forever Wild Family Friday with Dakota County Parks

Thompson County Park, 1200 Stassen Ln, West St Paul, MN 55118
Dakota County parks are host to free activities the first Friday of every month. This month the Raptor Center visits with live birds. Plus, the park features a great playground. Meet at Dakota Lodge in the park. November 3, 2023, 6-7:30pm.

Fun things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities, November 4-5, 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. Here’s a sneak peek of what to look forward to this weekend in the Twin Cities:


weekend family fun guide

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