Twin Cities Monthly Family Guides

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Get inspired for family fun and plan ahead with our Monthly Family Guides. Find things to do in the Twin Cities with kids in every month, every season, every age, guaranteed.

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    Things To Do in January in the Twin Cities, Minnesota

    Amidst a Minnesota January, we embrace our chilly weather by getting out and playing in the ice and snow. Bundle up and arm your family with our JANUARY FAMILY GUIDE and you’ll be loving the season, too (or at least loathing it a little less).

    Family Winter Survival Guide 

    Filled with all the best ways to get through the long Minnesota winter wrapped up in one neat package. Find a thrilling new sledding and tubing hills, free skating rinks with beautiful backdrops and tips on how to make the best of snow days off from school. For those that would rather stay cozy, choose from indoor playgrounds guaranteed to wear our your most stir-crazy of kids as well as family-friendly museums and other snug attractions.

    Guide to the Best Sledding Hills in the Twin Cities

    Skip right to hills of all shapes and sizes guaranteed to satisfy from tot to teen. We love this winter outing because most of the time it is FREE and provides a little work-out to wear-out our kids.

    Skate the Twin Cities: Where to Find the Outdoor Ice Rinks 

    Strap on some skates and take a spin. The rinks are listed by community of the Twin Cities metro making it super easy to find one near you. Again, this activity makes for a very budget-friendly outing as most community outdoor ice rinks are FREE.

    Frosty winter festivals in January

    Expect a flurry of winter festivals and snow fun days including the hometown St Paul Winter Carnival to heat up the January doldrums. Find more details about these events on our Winter Festival Calendar.

    Things to do in February in the Twin Cities, Minnesota

    Twin Cities February Family Events

    February is still going strong with WINTER FESTIVALS that make the best of our cold and snow. Try snowshoeing, sledding, skating, skiing, ice fishing and other winter sports touted in our FAMILY WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE. If you can’t beat it, join it, right? Layer up with our FEBRUARY FAMILY GUIDE and head out; spring is right around the corner.

    For those families who’d rather hibernate we offer 28 DAYS OF COZY INDOOR PLAY IN FEBRUARYThere isn’t a speck of the white stuff in any of these ideas. Instead, choose from all the snug:

    Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds & Play Areas Guide 

    Escape the elements while still allowing kids a place to burn off that extra energy. We list more than 30 indoor play spaces where it’s A-OK to climb the walls and bounce on the, uh, furniture.

    Twin Cities Storytimes

    The best list of toddler and preschool story times hosted at highly kid-friendly venues such as libraries and independent bookstores.

    Family-friendly coffee shops & cafes 

    Indulge in your cozy while the kids play. 

    Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks & Pools 

    Make a splash indoors and swim away the cold weather blues.

    Finally, feel the love in February with our list of TWIN CITIES FAMILY VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS.

    Things to do in March in the Twin Cities, Minnesota

    Spring makes its tentative arrival and our MARCH FAMILY GUIDE details all of the fun of preparing for it.

    Maple Syruping with Kids

    March is maple syrup month in Minnesota. Learn about the process at nature centers around the Twin Cities. These programs are presented in a very hands-on and engaging way, ideal for kids to attend with their caregivers.

    Twin Cities St Patrick’s Day Events 

    Irish or not there are plenty of ways to join in the festivities. We’ve rounded up the parades, dance performances and other ways to acknowledge these roots.

    Spring break in the Twin Cities

    Choosing a staycation in the Twin Cities for Spring Break? FFTC has you covered with our SPRING BREAK FAMILY GUIDE, hand-picked activities from our own personal family arsenals to beat boredom.

    Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities 

    We’ve got the largest list of hunts you’ll find covering communities across the Twin Cities, willing to bet on it. Ready your baskets; Easter will be celebrated March 31 in 2023.

    Easter egg hunts & activities in the Twin cities

    Things to do in April in the Twin Cities, Minnesota

    April absolutely blooms in Minnesota with celebrations of spring. Grab our APRIL FAMILY GUIDE and head outside to soak in all the SPRING FAMILY FESTIVALS in the Twin Cities metro.

    Twin Cities Earth Day Events 

    Listen to your Mother (Earth – and otherwise) and give her some TLC this month. Events around town designed to teach stewardship for parks and green spaces are the hallmark of this holiday.

    Spring nature play

    Does your spring fever have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Enter our list of NATURE PLAYGROUNDS IN THE TWIN CITIES and a roundup of NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTERS to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world.

    Find the Minnesota Farm Babies

    Fuzzy bundles typically arriving in the Twin Cities in very late March through mid-May. We can’t get enough of the sweet baby lambs, chicks, goats and other little ones you’ll find on our list.

    Things to do in May in the Twin Cities, Minnesota


    Ease into May in Minnesota, one of our most beautiful months. The sun is shining, the bugs aren’t a force yet, and you can just about see summer vacation on the horizon. Start planning those gorgeous days with our MAY FAMILY GUIDE and other spring essentials.

    Twin Cities Parks Search

    When spring fever has officially hit and kids are literally bounding out of the house, you’ll want this tool in your back pocket. Discover a new outdoor play space from over 700 entries! Plus, find park hours, fees, directions, pictures and other extras.

    Spring Festival Calendar

    Family weekends are begging to be planned. After our long winter’s rest, the Twin Cities is awake with a full lineup of spring family festivals and events.

    Minnesota attractions opening in May

    Seasonal spots throw open their doors for business in May. Find out what’s Opening in May: Twin Cities Events & Attractions as well as Greater Minnesota Attractions. It’s time to play that road trip!

    Things to do in June in the Twin Cities, Minnesota

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    Summer in the Twin Cities is off to a bang with sunny park outings, pool days and community entertainment springing up every weekend on the calendar. How to choose from all the family activities? Bookmark our handy JUNE FAMILY GUIDE and start planning.

    Our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER FUN IN THE TWIN CITIES will help beat boredom and fill your long school break days exploring the best the Twin Cities has to offer.

    Summer Fun Bucket List: 100+ Ideas for Your Family

    Keep handy this list (which includes outing ideas as well as activities you can carry out at home) and other summer essential reads:

    Twin Cities Water Fun Guide: Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads

    June welcomes the opening of the swim spots. Our guide lists everything you need to stay cool all summer long: pool and beach opening dates, current admission prices, spots to swim for FREE and more summer inspo.

    Free summer entertainment in YOUR community! 

    Keep the kids busy all summer long with free movies, music in the parks, puppets and other community programming. We separate these lists by region of the Twin Cities Metro so it’s easy to find fun in your own backyard.

    June Family Festivals 

    It’s the start of outdoor festival season in Minnesota! Get your fill of June family outings with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cities.

    June Festivals in the Twin Cities

    Things to do in July in the Twin Cities, Minnesota


    July in Minnesota bursts with opportunities for family fun all month long – take notes with our JULY FAMILY GUIDE tools such as our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER FUN IN THE TWIN CITIES, SUMMER FUN BUCKET LIST and TWIN CITIES WATER FUN GUIDE. (See June for details.)

    Twin Cities Independence Day & Fourth of July events

    Huge in the Twin Cities during July is our complete listing of ways to observe our nation’s birthday. We burst with pride for our local communities all month long. Also, got a weekend? There’s a parade for that.

    Best Playgrounds & Beaches to Try This Summer

    Is the local park getting a tad old by mid-July? Seek out a new spot to play on our list of more than 25 exciting playgrounds and beaches. Or use our Twin Cities Parks Search to choose from hundreds of new green spaces.

    Summer Dining with Kids

    Enjoy a flavorful summer with the kids – made much more relaxed with outdoor dining options. We list our favorite spots for a patio meal, best food trucks, ice cream shops, pizza farms, fro-yo and more.

    Things to do in August in the Twin Cities, Minnesota


    August is ripe with family events to keep summer good until the last drop. Just ask our AUGUST FAMILY GUIDE how to make the most until school starts. There’s plenty of time to find a splash spot, free entertainment in the parks, or an August festival this month. 

    Minnesota State Fair – a guide for families

    Don’t miss summer’s fair-well bash, the Great Minnesota Get-Together, of course. Our guide will help you track down all the best free family entertainment and attractions. If the fair’s not your scene, we’ve got a list of 30 Things To Do in the Twin Cities Before Labor Day.

    Things to do in September in the Twin Cities, Minnesota


    With the ending of summer comes the treat of cooler days, brilliant colors and a harvest of Twin Cities fall festivals and activities. Get all the details in our SEPTEMBER FAMILY GUIDE.

    Top Fall Family Fun in the Twin Cities 

    What’s your favorite flavor of fall fun? A trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch? Maybe a shuffle through the fall colors or a run around the corn maze? You’ll find all the activities wrapped up in here in addition to our FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL CALENDAR.

    Twin Cities Apple Orchard Guide 

    Skip right to the scoop on the best orchards for a family outing. The perfect fall day starts right here.

    Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches

    In search of the perfect jack-o-lantern? This guide has got you covered.

    Top 10 Twin Cities Corn Mazes 

    We’re glad that corn mazes come in all shapes and sizes because we acknowledge that they’re not for everyone.

    Things to do in October in the Twin Cities, Minnesota


    Maple Tree in October

    It’s SCARY how much there is to do in the Twin Cities during the month of October. Too much to list here, so jump over to our OCTOBER FAMILY GUIDE or any of these heavy-hitters:

    Twin Cities Halloween Guide

    If you dare…Eeek! It’s Halloween in the Twin Cities – and we have a MONSTER GUIDE filled with all the best Halloween fun to be had for the family.

    Top Fall Family Fun Guide

    In Minnesota, we like to cling to our autumn adventures until the last of the leaves have fallen. Our Fall Family Festival Calendar is a super popular and easy way to find all of the best autumn adventures wrapped up into one guide. Apples, pumpkins, corn mazes, hayrides, scarecrows, fall colors – did I miss anything?

    Things to do in November in the Twin Cities, Minnesota


    Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to November in the Twin Cities Banner

    Before we dip into the holidays, savor our NOVEMBER FAMILY GUIDE to enjoy the last drops of fall.

    Twin Cities early holiday events

    November in Minnesota brings much early holiday festivity to the Twin Cities including community tree lighting festivals and other events to kick off the season.

    Thanksgiving break ideas

    During the school break we’re always in great need of extra inspiration for family time. How about ways to give back or volunteer with the kids? It’s easier than you think!

    Indoor Play & Activities for Kids. Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities

    Colder weather has us moving inside and in search of indoor games and activities. Free or low cost open gyms have been our saviors when park time has come to a close but we’ve still got squirrely tots on our hands.

    Things to do in December in the Twin Cities, Minnesota


    The festivities never end during the month of December. Our Twin Cities CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY GUIDE is our gift to your and yours. Find holiday tree lightings, skating events, meet and greets with Santa, places to shop, festivals at their holiday best. and many more jolly ways to kick off the holiday season in 2023.

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