Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: September 12-16, 2022

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of September 12-16, 2022. 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 SEPTEMBER FAMILY GUIDE, the ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FALL 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, September 12, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYMS ON MONDAY:

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

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.

Twin Cities Storytimes on Monday:

MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS FOR MONDAY:

Opening Day + 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. September 12, 2022.

Fun Things to do in the Twin cities on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYMS ON TUESDAY:

The start of fall means open season for a new round of Tot Time open gyms across the Twin Cities. A saving grace for parents of squirrelly kids when playground season has come to an end.

The Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Central Park, Eagan MinnesotaThe Blast Indoor Playground

Twin Cities Storytimes on Tuesday:

MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS FOR TUESDAY:

St Louis Park FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE

Fire Station 1, 3750 Wooddale Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55416
This annual open house features kid-friendly activities, including Sparky the Fire Dog and a squirt house, along with fire truck displays. There will be hot dogs, chips, cookies and water available. September 13, 2022, 5pm-8pm, FREE.

PLAN AHEAD TO SEE THE BIG RIGS! Consult our list of places this fall that feature the chance for kids to touch-a-truck and explore other exciting vehicles.

Touch A Truck Calendar for the Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area

Fun Things to do in the Twin cities on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYMS ON WEDNESDAY:

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. September 14, 2022. Preschool open gym: Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:30 – 11:30am. Pre-register: $8/child; $10/family ($10/$15 at the door).Collage of Preschool Open Gym at Gleason's Gymnastics School in Minnesota

Twin Cities Storytimes on Wednesday:

SPECIAL FEATURE! storytime at RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP

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! September 14, 2022, 10:30am.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Bookstores

MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS FOR WEDNESDAY:

Music Together at Plymouth Farmers Market

Parkers Lake Park, 15205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447
Music Together (fun musical activities for kids) will be at the Community Table during the farmers market. Plus, kids will enjoy running around the playground. September 14, 2022, 2:30-6:30pm.

EXPLORE MORE TWIN CITIES FALL FARMERS MARKETS & ACTIVITIES! 

Twin Cities Fall Farmers Markets

FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES ON THURSDAY, September 15, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYM ON THURSDAYS:

Twin Cities Storytimes on Thursday:

MORE Thursday fun in twin cities parks:

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 storytimes. Remember, a reservation to visit the Zoo is free, but required. September 15, 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. September 15, 2022, 10am, FREE. 

Thursday Featured community festival:

North St Paul Fall Round-up Parade

The parade will make its way down 7th Ave. E. in  downtown North St. Paul. The parade offers family fun for all ages,  including a community celebration at the end of the route. September 15, 2022. Parade begins at 6pm.

Fun things to do in the Twin cities on Friday, September 16, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYMS ON FRIDAY:

ROCKIN JUMP JUNIOR JUMPERS

Rockin Jump Trampoline Park, 2015 Silver Bell Road, Suite 195, Eagan, MN 55122
Kids up to 6 years get a special jump time separate from the big kids. Yours will love the trampolines, foam pit and soft play area as much as mine do! September 16, 2022, 2-hr sessions starting at 9 & 10am. $12/child plus $3 re-useable jump socks.

Child attempting ninja course at Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park in Eagan Minnesota

Twin Cities Storytimes on Friday:

Special storytime! Preschool Storytime at Carpenter St Croix Nature Center

12805 St. Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
These special storytimes for ages 2-5 at the nature center are held once a month. In September, the theme is Orchard Fun. Please call ahead to register as space is limited. September 16, 2022, 10-11, am. $6/child.

More family fun ideas for Friday:

Kids at the Castle at American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Music, movement and play aimed at kids ages 2-5 presented in a real castle! This month, Kids at the Castle is inspired by ASI’s featured exhibition The Morning Dip. September 16, 2022, 9-10am. $8/family, museum admission included.

FRIDAY Featured community festivals:

SEVER’S FALL FESTIVAL Opens

3121 W 150th St, Shakopee, MN 55379
A full lineup of fun – obstacle course, corn maze, petting zoo, magic shows, zip line, playground and jumping pillow; additional activities extra. Open Fri-Sun & MEA Weekend, $19/pp online or $23/pp at door.

EXCELSIOR APPLE Day

The Happy Apple Kids Corner is open this Friday. Listen to local music and try out regional food vendors. Tots will love the Happy Apple Kids Corner, parents may like the artisan vendors, music and street dance. 9am-10pm (events also run Saturday, Sept 17).

VISIT A TWIN CITIES APPLE ORCHARD THIS WEEKEND! Apple-picking could make a picture-perfect family fall outing. Browse our list of the BEST TWIN CITIES APPLE ORCHARDS to get planning for a sweet time.

Girl eating apple picked from a tree: "Twin Cities Apple Orchards - Family Fun Twin Cities"

FUN THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES, SEPTEMBER 17-18, 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. 

weekend family fun guide

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