TWIN CITIES GUIDE TO FAMILY ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK: June 27-July 1, 2022

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of June 27-July 1, 2022. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE. Because the parents that make up the FFTC Team are always dreaming up ways to make life easier to manage with kids, we’ve organized our summer event information by region of the Twin Cities metro area – we’ve got you covered no matter your corner!

As always, you can check our JUNE FAMILY GUIDE, our JULY FAMILY GUIDE, the ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER 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, June 27, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON MONDAY:

Toddler at Cascade Bay's Little Mates Tot Swim
Cascade Bay, Eagan

MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS FOR MONDAY: MUSIC IN THE PARKS

MUSIC MONDAY AT COMO ZOO

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Members of the very family-friendly Jack Brass Band parade through the zoo grounds and families are invited to join in. Just one reason among a dozen to spend a day at the zoo – just remember to make an advance reservation. June 27, 2022, 10am-1pm. FREE.

MONDAY MORNING KIDS CONCERT SERIES

Valley View Park, 401 W 90th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Today’s show features popular tunes from Wiggle, Jiggle & Jam. June 27, 2022. 10:30-11:30am.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON MONDAY?

EAGAN SPARK! MOBILE PUPPET WAGON

More things to do Monday night with kids:

BATTLE CREEK ICE CREAM DAY

75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and $1 ice cream at the park. June 27, 2022. 6-7pm. FIND MORE ICE CREAM SOCIALS THIS SUMMER IN THE TWIN CITIES.

SUMMER BEACH SERIES: Water ski show

Parkers Lake Park, 15205 County Rd 6, Plymouth, MN 55447
The free water ski show also features music and more entertainment. Bring your own seating and show up early for a good view! June 27, 2022, 6-9pm.

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, June 28, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON TUESDAY:

Battle Creek Waterworks Play Strucutre
Battle Creek Waterworks – Image Courtesy of Ramsey County Parks

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON TUESDAY?

WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON

Puppet shows are about 7 minutes in length and are subject to the weather. For more ideas on having fun in the parks, check out our list of 19 of the best Woodbury has to offer this summer.

EAGAN SPARK! MOBILE PUPPET WAGON

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

Puppet shows in the park are about 15-20 minutes in length. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon!

  • OASIS PARK – 1700 County Road C2 West, 9:30am
  • VILLA PARK – 2055 Cohansey Boulevard, Roseville MN, 10:30am
  • LEXINGTON PARK – 2131 Lexington Avenue North, Roseville MN, 11:30am

More fun in Twin Cities parks on Tuesday:

CAFESJIAN’S CAROUSEL – FREE RIDES!

1245 Midway Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55103
It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park, the beautiful antique merry-go-round. The daily price to ride is $3/pp but a handful of days during the summer are FREE – including  June 28. See our page on Cafesjian’s Carousel for more information. 

girl riding cafesjian's carousel at Como Park in Saint Paul Minnesota

Destination All Play at Woodhaven Park

1950 Gold Trail, Eagan MN 55122
Special activities are staffed at the park including crafts, games, snacks and beverages. June 28, 2022, 6-7:30pm. FREE.

Get our complete calendars to music, movies and more kid-friendly entertainment in Twin Cities parks!

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON WedneSDAY:

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON WEDNESDAY?

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

Want to get out and play in Roseville parks this summer? Try starting with our list of the best: Roseville Family Fun – 10 Best Parks in Roseville to Explore This Summer.

EAGAN PUPPET SHOWS IN THE PARK

WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON

More family fun ideas on Wednesday:

STORYTIME AT RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP

Storytime has returned in person to the beloved Grand Avenue bookshop. You’ll want to show up a few minutes early to get a good seat. Ongoing Wednesdays at 10:30am including June 29, 2022.

GROOVIN IN THE GARDEN AT COMO ZOO

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
FREE concerts and activities in front of the conservatory. Some food and beverages will be available to purchase. Concerts will take place in visitor center if it rains. June 29, 2022, 6pm-8pm. 

Bonus Fun: Como Zoo is open until 6pm. Make a reservation and have a day at the zoo before the concert. Or just pack a picnic and enjoy some fun playground time.

Playground at Como Regional Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Hit the playground

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, June 30, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON ThurSDAY:

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON ThurSDAY:

Featured special! Bunker Beach Waterpark Tot Time Swim

701 County Rd A, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Five dates only this summer, the giant waterpark in the Minneapolis-St Paul north metro offers a special tot swim (pre-Ks with caregivers) at a significantly discounted rate. June 30, 2022, 9:30-10:30am. $5/child, adults free. Note there is a $6 vehicle fee to enter an Anoka County park.

St Louis Park Aquatic Park
St Louis Park Aquatic Park – Image courtesy of St. Louis Park

Let’s play at the park on 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. June 30, 2022, 10am, FREE. 

WHERE CAN I FIND THE PUPPET WAGON IN THE TWIN CITIES ON THURSDAY?

ROSEVILLE PUPPET WAGON

EAGAN SPARK! PUPPET SHOWS IN THE PARK

Puppets and live musical performances in Eagan parks.

WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON

Twin Cities Fourth of July/Independence Day Event:

Plymouth HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA PARADE

Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd., Plymouth, MN 55447
Decorate bikes and strollers starting at 10am followed by a parade and live music by the Teddy Bear Band. Snacks will be served and ice cream is available for purchase. June 30, 2022 10am-noon; FREE.

Get pumped up for Independence Day with our huge roundup of Twin Cities Fourth of July events!

fun things to do in the twin cities on friday, July 1, 2022

TOT TIME OPEN Swims ON FriDAY:

Twisty Yellow Slide at Sandventure Aquatic Park, Shakopee Minnesota
Big kids will love the slide at SandVenture

Where can I find the puppet wagon in the twin cities on Friday?

Rosemount PUPPETS IN THE PARK

  • CAMFIELD PARK 14795 Canada Ave W, Rosemount, MN 55068, 9:30am
  • CONNEMARA PARK 13930 Connemara Trail , Rosemount, MN 55068, 10:15am
  • AILESBURY PARK 14238 Ailesbury Ave Rosemount, MN 55068, 11am
  • JAYCEE PARK 15425 Shannon Parkway Rosemount, MN 55068, 11:45am

Twin Cities Fourth of July/Independence Day Event:

Richfield LIL SPARKLER CELEBRATION

Richfield Community Bandshell, 636 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423
Community and family focused events that offer something for everyone — Family Night, medallion hunt, laser light show, touch-a-truck, movie in the park and kids dance. July 1, 2022.

More family fun ideas for Friday:

Pick your own delicious strawberries

A trip to the berry patch is one of our family’s sweetest summer traditions. It’s a wonderful activity that appeals to a wide range of ages and can lead to fun memories in the kitchen as you experiment with recipes for your fresh haul. We have great ideas for the best Twin Cities strawberry patches to pick your own berries.

Strawberry Patches - Best in the Twin Cities

Fun things to do this weekend in the twin cities, July 2-3, 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 outDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN THE TWIN CITIES

Here at FFTC we’re up to our ears covering more than 800 TWIN CITIES PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS in our Parks Directory. Or, to get just a taste of the best, head over to our round up of the TOP PLAYGROUNDS IN THE TWIN CITIES TO TRY THIS SUMMER.

10 Best Twin Cities Playgrounds

THE BEST TWIN CITIES OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS, WATER PARKS & SPLASH PADs

Click here for more water fun ideas.

Twin Cities-Area Library Summer 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

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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