No matter the season — and, lucky us, we get four of them here in Minnesota! — there are countless ways to have fun with your family in the Twin Cities. Get started planning your adventures below:
Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities
Grab your baskets and get ready for the hunt! Kids all over the Twin Cities can scramble through the spring weather (take that as you will) in search of eggs, bunnies, candy and all sorts of treasures. We list both free and paid hunts along with other helpful hints.
Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds
Spring is the perfect time to seek out playgrounds that incorporate natural elements into their design. Kids get the opportunity to interact with the landscape and, perhaps, develop a greater appreciation for it. Find out where they can dig that stream, climb that tree, follow that path, and build that fort this spring.
Spring Family Festival Calendar
After our long winter’s rest, the Twin Cities is awake with a full lineup of spring family festivals. Get started planning those beautiful spring weekends right here.
Maple Syrup Programs
Sweet spring opportunities to learn about and participate in the maple syruping process at nature centers and parks across the Twin Cities.
Family-Friendly Spring Farmers Markets
How much more fun does it sound to bring your kids along to one of these Twin Cities family-friendly spring farmers markets as opposed to dragging them to the local supermarket? Many are stocked with activities to keep the youngest shoppers happily occupied.
Opening in Spring
When SPRING FEVER has officially hit and kids are literally bounding out of the house, you’re going to want that list of opening attractions in your back pocket. Start planning for sunnier days!
Spring Holidays & School Breaks
Twin Cities Ultimate Summer Guide – beat boredom and fill your long school break days exploring the best the Twin Cities has to offer in the way of parks, swim spots and festivals.
Twin Cities Water Fun
As the line between late spring and early summer starts to melt away in the rising temps, it’s time to find a new splash spot in the Twin Cities. Look no further for a round up of outdoor swimming pools, beaches, water parks and splash pads.
Splash Pads & Wading Pools
Created especially for those with younger swimmers, browse these simple spots where you might beat the heat.
Twin Cities Parks Search
Discover a new outdoor play space from over 700 entries! Looking for specifics like a beach & playground, a bike trail or the perfect spot to pitch a tent? Search by all of these amenities and more – even by city or region of the Twin Cities Metro. Plus, find park hours, fees, directions, pictures and other extras.
Summer Family Festivals & Parades
Summer is full to bursting with family festivals and community parades. Take notes with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cities
Family Guide to the Minnesota State Fair
One of our favorite summer traditions, we aim to cover everything for families from crowd tips to corn dogs and everything FREE in between.
Free Summer Entertainment
Keep the family busy all summer long with free movies, music, puppets and other programming in the parks. We separate these lists by region of the Twin Cities Metro so it’s easy to find the fun in your own backyard.
Summer Dining with Kids
Enjoy a flavorful family summer with kids – made considerably 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.
TWIN CITIES FALL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Twin Cities Guide to Fall Fun – family time can become precious little once school begins; make the most of this beautiful, colorful, and often fleeting season.
Twin Cities Apple Orchards
Twin Cities-area apple orchards begin throwing their doors open to usher in the picking season during the final days of summer. Find an old favorite or a new destination to spend a crisp and sweet fall day with the family.
Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches
The forecast is gorgeous fall weekends ahead to hit a local pumpkin patches Even if you’re not in the market for a jack-o-lantern, these patches are crammed full of fall fun from corn mazes and farm animals to hayrides and train rides. One of our absolute favorite ways to make fall memories with kids.
Twin Cities Halloween Events
We are just “dying” to share all the frightful Halloween fun in the Twin Cities: parties, costumes, trick-or-treating and other family shenanigans.
Fall Family Festival Calendar
The Twin Cities does our gorgeous fall season in a major way, celebrating the last sunny days before winter with a bumper crop of fall festivals.
Fall Holidays & School Breaks
TWIN CITIES WINTER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Twin Cities Winter Survival Guide
Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter with our kids? FFTC’s Winter Survival Guide has something for everyone, from those who want to get out and play in the snow to those who’d rather take a break from it.
Christmas & Holiday Events
Tis the season for never-ending holiday and Christmas activities around the Twin Cities including Holiday Light Displays, holiday shopping ideas, meet-and-greets with Santa and spirited stage performances.
Free Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
Strap on your skates and hustle the kids out to enjoy a classic Minnesota winter activity. As most of the rinks on our list are located in city parks, there’s no charge for the skating. If you don’t own a pair of skates, a handful offer rentals or free loaners.
Sledding Hills Guide
Sledding hills can’t really be beat in the outdoor winter fun department. They are free and abundant, and come in all shapes and sizes. Check our list for tips on where to find the best slopes plus links to find snow tubing spots.
Winter Family Festival Calendar
Because festivals aren’t just for summer here in Minnesota. We embrace our winter with a lifestyle that includes recreating in the snow: take a sleigh ride, build a snowman, try a new winter sport, and warm up around a crackling bonfire. We’ll show you where to find the festivals that celebrate our freezin’ season.
Winter Holidays & School Breaks