Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities this Week: February 26-March 1, 2024

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of February 26-March 1, 2024. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE

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For more winter inspiration you can check our MARCH FAMILY GUIDEULTIMATE TWIN CITIES WINTER SURVIVAL 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, February 26, 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 during colder weather either FREE or at a low cost to you. SEE OUR FULL LIST OF TWIN CITIES TOT TIME OPEN GYMS THIS WINTER!

A few Monday regulars are closed today in honor of President’s Day, but the following are hosting regular tot times:

MONDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Parent/Tot Open Gym at Rosemount Community Center

13885 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068
Fun and FREE, youngsters 5 & under can play with balls and large motor equipment. Drop in Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:30-11am. February 26, 2024.

Twin Cities storytimes on Monday:

MONDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Family Storytime with Learning Tree Yoga

Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St N, Shoreview, Minnesota 55126
Stories plus yoga designed for kids ages 2-5. No registration necessary, just limber up a little and join in. Doesn’t the Shoreview Library look cozy? February 26, 2024, 10:30-11am. FREE.

Children's section at Shoreview Library, Minnesota

Jolly Pops at Oakdale Library

1010 Heron Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128
Dad-band favorites the Jolly Pops perform with their puppets and will keep you smiling all morning long. No registration necessary, just show up and rock out. February 26, 10-11am. FREE.

Fun things to do in the  Twin Cities on Tuesday, February 27, 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 when it’s too cold or sloppy to be outdoors:

TUESDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Jumperoo at Urban Air Adventure Park

10 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
A special bounce-fest for preschoolers and toddlers ages 5 & under, Jumperoo clears the trampolines and playground of the big kids for a couple hours each Tuesday & Wednesday morning from 10am-noon. February 27, 2024, $12/child.

Twin Cities storytimes on Tuesday:

TUESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Highland Park Preschool Storytime

1974 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul MN 55116
Stories, songs, rhymes and more to build literacy skills in little ones. Meet in the children’s area. February 27, 2024, 10:30-11:30am. FREE.

Girl playing at Highland Library in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bookworms Story Hour at Eastman Nature Center

13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
This is a special story hour designed for parents to attend with their preschoolers hosted by Eastman Nature Center. February’s theme is Nature’s Gifts of Color. A short exploratory time outdoors follows the stories. Both adult and child register and pay. February 27, 2024, 10-11am. $6/pp.

Eastman Nature Center

Black History Month Film Festival: Soul

Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
The final film in the series lineup, this one is most appropriate for kids as it is rated PG and produced by Pixar. Discussion to follow the movie, but you can always duck out. February 27, 2024, 5-7:30pm. FREE.

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: 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 Wednesday mornings this winter:

Indoor Toddler Activities

Twin Cities storytimes on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Library Storytime at Oakdale Discovery Center

4444 Hadley Avenue N, OakdaleMN 55128
Join a librarian for a special last-Wednesday-of-the-month storytime at the nature center (through May). Perfect for preschoolers up to age five, February’s theme is “colors”. Plan to stick around to explore the hands-on exhibits. February 28, 2024, 10:30am. FREE. 

Girls exploring at the Oakdale Discovery Center in Oakdale Minnesota
Oakdale Discovery Center
 

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Indoor activities 

Try a new indoor playground

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 for its indoors-but-outdoor feel: soccer turf, multi-level basketball hoops, huge jumping pillow, play equipment and ability to entertain a wide range of ages. Open daily, 7am-9:30pm, $12/pp ages 1-17. Admission is bought online in advance, space may be limited.

FIND OUR FULL LIST OF MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL AREA INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS TO EXPLORE THIS WINTER!

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gym on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: Millz House Open Play

14645 Felton Court, Suite #104, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts. Cost is $8/child; parents and babies under 18 months free. Open play 9am-4pm.

Millz House Indoor Playground in Minnesota

Twin Cities storytimes on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytimes in the parks & independent bookstores

Tiny Tot Storytime at Big Hill Books

405 Penn Ave South, Minneapolis MN
Gather for a charming, volunteer-led storytime at this new independent bookstore. If you can’t make it this week, storytime is hosted each Thursday morning. February 29, 2024, 10:30-11am. FREE.

Storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Storyteller Angela hosts a storytime at the charming bookshop perfect for 3s & under (but all welcome). February 29, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

Nature Storytime at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Nature stories and an activity for kids led by garden naturalists – meet inside the trailhead (and dress for the weather). February 29, 2024, 10-10:30am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Thursday: World cultures & nature play

KidsJam with Schubert Club Museum

Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
This month, kids can listen to, learn about and play games related to percussion instruments played in cultures around the world.  The SCHUBERT CLUB MUSIC MUSEUM is hands-on fun our own kids have enjoyed. February 29, 2024. FREE, but registration required. Act quickly as these seats fill fast. There is a second session of this KidsJam event on Friday, March 1.

Girl trying bell tree at the Schubert Club Museum in Saint Paul, MN

Drop In Discovery at Minneapolis Parks

Nature games and activities presented by community parks in Minneapolis. Drop in for free fun in the parks. Here’s the Thursday schedule:

Lil Explorer Thursday at Como Zoo

Lil Explorer Thursdays program is a fantastic free event aimed at preschoolers and includes all kinds of hands-on activities, manipulatives, games, storytimes and crafts. Meet in the Visitor Center. February 29, 2024, 10am-noon. FREE.

Free Thursday Night at American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Have your kids ever thought it would be awesome to explore a castle? Here’s their chance (and yours) while the very family-friendly AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE offers FREE admission every Thursday after 3pm. There is a rotating family gallery kids will enjoy playing in and nooks and crannies to explore. February 29, 2024.
PAIR A VISIT WITH DINNER: Our kids have enjoyed the Swedish meatballs at FIKA Cafe in the museum. Plus happy hour pricing from 3 until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.Dala Horse at American Swedish Institute

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Friday, March 1, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

FRIDAY 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. March 1, 2024. 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 Friday:

Science Museum of Minnesota OmniFest

120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
 OmniFest screens five films back-to-back daily with fascinating themes such as space exploration and exotic wildlife. You can preview the lineup here. Each film is priced at $9.95/pp – this doesn’t include admission to the Science Museum exhibits (a worthwhile add-on if you’ve got an entire afternoon and several extra dollars to spend). Now through April 7, 2024.

Fun things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities, March 2-3, 2024 

Too many fun things to list here, I’ll tell you that – and it’s President’s Day weekend so there’s extra space to fill. So we publish a separate guide each weekend with up-to-the-last-minute ideas for spending family time together.

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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.

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

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