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Get inspired for family fun and plan ahead with our Twin Cities Monthly Family Guides.

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Things To Do in January in 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 – 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.

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.

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

Winter Festivals


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Things To Do in February in Minnesota

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 29 Days of Cozy Indoor Play in February (2020 is a leap year!). There 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.

Top Storytimes in the Twin Cities – 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.

Spend a lovely weekend with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of all the Valentine's Day activities in the Twin Cities - many of them FREE. Here are 10 ideas to get you started


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Things To Do in March in 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.

Twin Cities St Patrick’s Day Events – Irish or not there are plenty of ways to join in the festivities.

Choosing a staycation in the Twin Cities for Spring Break? FFTC has you covered with our Spring Break Family Guide, hand-picked activities to beat boredom.


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Things To Do in April in 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 including:

Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities – We’ve got the largest list of hunts you’ll find covering communities across the Twin Cities. Ready your baskets; Easter will be celebrated April 12 in 2020.

Twin Cities Earth Day Events – Listen to your Mother (Earth) and give her some TLC this month.

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 and outdoor education centers to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world.

Finally, go Find the Minnesota Farm Babies – fuzzy bundles arriving in the Twin Cities this April.


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Things To Do in May in the Twin Cities

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 Events 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.

Spring Festivals

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.


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Things To Do in June in Minnesota

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 with our Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Twin Cities.

ultimate summer guide

Beat boredom and fill your long school break days exploring the best the Twin Cities has to offer. Get started with our Summer Fun Bucket List: 100+ Ideas for Your Family 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.

Free Summer Entertainment – 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.

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, fro-yo and more.


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Things To Do in July in Minnesota

July in Minnesota bursts with opportunities for family fun all month long – take notes with our handy July Family Guide. It’s packed with planning tools such as our Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Twin Cities, Summer Fun Bucket List and Twin Cities Water Fun Guide. (See June for details.)

Huge in the Twin Cities during July is our complete listing of Twin Cities Independence Day & Fourth of July events. We burst with pride for our local communities all month long.

Also, got a weekend? There’s a parade for that.

Is the local park getting a tad old by mid-July? Seek out a new spot to play on our list of the 20 Best Playgrounds & Beaches to Try This Summer. Or use our Twin Cities Parks Search to choose from hundreds of new green spaces.


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Things To Do in August in 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. 

Don’t miss summer’s fair-well bash, the great Minnesota State Fair, 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.


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Things To Do in September in 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 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.


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Things To Do in October in Minnesota

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 Twin Cities Halloween Guide (if you dare!) our Top Fall Family Fun Guide or our October Family Guide. In Minnesota, we like to cling to our autumn adventures until the last of the leaves have fallen.

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.


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Things To Do in November in Minnesota

November in Minnesota brings many early holiday events to the Twin Cities including community tree lighting festivals and other events to kick off the season. But before we dip into the holidays, savor our November Family Guide to enjoy the last drops of fall.

During the Thanksgiving break you may be in need of extra inspiration for family time. How about ways to give back or volunteer with the kids? It’s easier than you think!

Colder weather has us moving inside and in search of Indoor Play & Activities for Kids:

Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities – 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.

Indoor Toddler Activities


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Things To Do in December in Minnesota

The festivities never end during the month of December. Our Twin Cities Holiday Christmas & Holiday Guide is filled with hometown festivals at their holiday best. Find holiday tree lightings, skating events, meet and greets with Santa, places to shop and many more jolly ways to kick off the holiday season in 2020.

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