TWIN CITIES GUIDE TO FAMILY ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK: October 3-7, 2022

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

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of October 3-7, 2022. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE

weekend family fun guide

For more autumn inspiration you can check our OCTOBER 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!) 

Looking for ideas on what to do with your kids in the Twin Cities this week? Definitely jump over to our TWIN CITIES GUIDE TO FAMILY ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK.

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Fun Things to do in the Twin cities on Monday, October 3, 2022

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 either FREE or at a low cost to you.

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

FEATURED TOT TIME! 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  $6/child; parents and babies under 18 months free.
Open play 9am-4pm, $6/pp.

Millz House Indoor Playground in Minnesota
Millz House, Apple Valley

Twin Cities Storytimes on Monday:

MORE FAMILY FUN IDEAS FOR MONDAY: 

FREE STORY & ART TIME AT EDEN PRAIRIE ART CENTER

Staring Lake Park Building, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. Ages 2-6 years. October 3, 2022, 10-11am. FREE.

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, October 4, 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.

FEATURED TOT TIME! BLAST AND PLAY 

Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Blast & Play Tot Time includes admission to the space-themed Blast Indoor Playground and the community center gym for open play with equipment provided. October 4, 9am-12pm. $5/child.

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

Twin Cities Storytimes on Tuesday:

SPECIAL FEATURE! Theater Explorers Storytime at George Latimer Central Library

90 West 4th Street, Saint Paul MN 55102
Teaching artists from Steppingstone Theatre for Youth provide stories, songs and play and art stations to explore independently. October 4, 2022, 10-11:30am, FREE.

More family fun ideas for Tuesday:

Twin Cities ballet “Dance with me” event

Lakeville Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
A fun-filled and highly interactive mini-show, where kids can dance alongside TCB’s professionals, and watch them perform in full costume. October 4, 2022, 10:30am. $6/pp, reserve your tickets.

MALL OF AMERICA TODDLER TUESDAYS 

This week, Santiago & his crew perform a pirate show and host a meet-and-greet. Meet at the Rotunda. October 4, 2022, 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

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Wednesday, October 5, 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 28, 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 28, 2022, 10:30am.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Bookstores

More family fun ideas for Wednesday:

Discover a new nature playground

Elm Creek Park Reserve, 13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
While we still can savor the autumn afternoons! The nature play area is just one of many things to visit within the sprawling ELM CREEK PARK RESERVEJust a short walk from the nature center building you’ll find the typical elements for nature play plus a log seesaw and a sweet little outdoor play kitchen set. You’ll likely find this spot much less crowded than the giant (but fun!) ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE PLAY AREA.

Find more twin cities nature playgrounds to visit this fall!

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, October 6, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYM ON THURSDAYS:

Twin Cities Storytimes on Thursday:

MORE Family fun ideas for Thursday: Fire Prevention Week Activities

EXCELSIOR FIRE DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE

24100 Smithtown Rd, Shorewood, MN 55331
Hey kids! Come take a ride on a fire truck! In addition, families can participate in activities, watch demonstrations and see displays related to fire safety. (Fire Safety Week is officially October 9-15, 2022.) October 6, 2022; 5:30-8pm. FREE.

Be prepared and find more upcoming Fire Prevention Week events in the Twin Cities!

Pictured here are some of the FFTC Team Kids on a visit to the MINNESOTA FIREFIGHTERS HALL & MUSEUM. Unfortunately, the museum no longer offers fire truck rides, but the exhibits are hands-on and these kids had a great visit. The website is a little tricky to follow but their social media page lists open hours the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Admission is $5-$8/pp.

Visit a fall farmers market on Thursday

MAPLE GROVE FARMERS MARKET

Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
On Thursdays, the Kids POP Club allows kids ages 4-12 to receive a $2 token to spend on fresh produce. Make a day in Maple Grove: The community center is a stone’s throw from the awesome Central Park of Maple Grove playground and green space. Hit this one up while there’s still plenty of sunshine! Farmers market runs 3-6pm on Thursdays.

MORE FUN IN MAPLE GROVE: 10 BEST PARKS IN MAPLE GROVE, MINNESOTA.

Girl by playground in Central Park in Maple Grove Minnesota

fun things to do in the twin cities on friday, October 7, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

TOT TIME OPEN GYMS ON FRIDAY:

Featured Open Gym! IGM GYMNASTICS Preschool open gym

12117 Riverwood Dr, Burnsville, MN 55337
This is a special Open Gym time reserved just for kids ages 18 months to 5 years. Work out wiggles on the trampolines, balance beams, obstacle courses and foam pit. No need to pre-register for open gyms. October 7, 2022, 9:30-11:30am, $10/child or $15/family.

Twin Cities Storytimes on Friday:

Special feature! Story Trail at Vermillion Falls Park

Vermillion Falls Park, 215 21st Street E, Hastings, MN 55033
Follow the giant picture book pages to both read a story together and explore a local park in Hastings with an exciting waterfall. The Vermillion River and its thundering waterfall gorge are among the top reasons to spend a day in Hastings. Take along our list of the
BEST THINGS TO DO IN HASTINGS, MINNESOTA, WITH KIDS to get planning! October 7, 2022. Self-guided, all day. FREE.

Vermillion Falls Hasting

More family fun ideas for Friday:

VISIT A TWIN CITIES APPLE ORCHARD

Sorry to say folks, but the clock is ticking for apple orchard season already. Browse our list of the BEST TWIN CITIES APPLE ORCHARDS to get planning for a sweet time while you can. This week, our featured apple orchard is PINE TREE APPLE ORCHARD near White Bear Lake. You don’t pick-your-own here, but your little ones should love exploring the big red retail barn and watching the equipment run. Outdoors you’ll find an orchard trail, a corn maze and a pumpkin patch (weekdays starting October 5). 450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. FREE admission, small fee for maze.

Toddler Girl selecting apples at Pine Tree Orchard in White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake

Twin Cities Early Halloween Events

PUMPKIN FEST at Tiny Diner

Tiny Diner, 1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
FRIDAY DINNER IDEA! Kids can paint pumpkins, listen to live music, face painting, fall treats and drinks and pick-your-own pumpkins. While you’re at this highly kid-friendly restaurant, enjoy reasonably-priced meals for kids 12 & under. October 7, 2022, 4pm. FREE. 

SPOOKY SANBORN 

Sanborn Park, 4242 Drew Avenue N. Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Trunk or Treat from 5pm-6pm; listen to No So Spooky Stories, participate in crafts  and a pumpkin carving contest; dress up for a costume contest, watch Frankenweenie. October 7, 2022. Event begins 5pm & 7pm movie. FREE.

Find more Twin Cities FREE Halloween Events!

Fun things to do this weekend in the twin cities, October 8-9, 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. Here’s a sneak peek of what to look forward to this weekend in the Twin Cities:

Find tons more kid-friendly events on our Twin Cities Family Fun Calendar!

weekend family fun guide

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.

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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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