Twin Cities Southeast Metro: Things To Do This Summer

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Twin Cities Southeast Metro: Things To Do This Summer – Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount & Woodbury.

School’s out and your family is just itching to explore beyond the backyard. We have the scoop on your community entertainment – live music in the parks, family festivals, swimming and splash pads, the puppet wagon and lots more to keep you busy this summer.

Get started planning your best summer!

Everything under the sun you need to know about family fun this summer in the Twin Cities. 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, community entertainment and local festivals with our Ultimate Summer Events Guide.

Family Fun Twin Cities Ultimate Guide to a Summer to Remember

TWIN CITIES southeast METRO SUMMER EVENTS 2022

APPLE VALLEY

Apple Valley parks – summer events

Music in Kelley Park

6855 Fortino St, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Free summer concerts in the park, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.
Starts June 17, 2022. Ongoing Fridays thru Aug 12, 6-9pm.

Apple Valley community parks:
  • APPLE VALLEY PUPPET WAGON: Mon-Fri followed by a traveling puppet wagon show craft. June 13- August 5, 2022.
  • SUMMER PARKS PLAYGROUND PROGRAM – just $6/session for supervised programming 4 days per week at three Apple Valley parks. Plus, pop-up playground programs on select Fridays. Please see the PDF for the details.

Apple Valley summer festivals

Apple Valley Freedom Days

Carnival, Music in the Park,  Family Fun Night and the Freedom Days Parade. June 30-July 4, 2022.

Apple Valley swimming pools

APPLE VALLEY FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER

14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124
The outdoor swimming facility includes multiple waterslides, a diving well and a lazy river for soaking up the sun. A new “spray ground” has opened! $11/until 5pm and just $6/after. Open June 9 – August 28, 2022. 

Redwood Community Outdoor Pool

311 150th St. W. Apple Valley, MN 55124
Open June 9-August 28, 2022, 12:30-4pm. Just $5/pp. 

Apple Valley splash pads

  • KELLEY PARK splash pad – 6855 Fortino St, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Apple Valley summer library events

The GALAXIE LIBRARY is a branch of the Dakota County Library system. We recommend this library for its creative Play and Learn Space. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: Read, write, draw and play during Summer Discovery, starting June 13, 2022.

Burnsville

Burnsville parks – summer events

Want to get out and play in Burnsville parks this summer? Try starting with our list of the best: BURNSVILLE FAMILY FUN – 9 Fun Parks To Explore This Summer.

Twin Cities Southeast Metro: Things To Do This Summer

Burnsville community parks

NICOLLET COMMONS PARK

12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
The public space is part of the area Burnsville calls the “Heart of the City“. Families will love the park’s amphitheater where the city hosts summer concerts, movies and story
times. There is also room to picnic and a beautiful water feature to splash in.

Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville

Burnsville nature playgrounds

TERRACE OAKS NATURE PLAY AREA

12700-12750 Co Rd 11, Burnsville, MN 55337
Burnsville’s first official nature play area offers features that include painted animal tracks to follow, tree cookies and sticks for building, logs and rocks for climbing and jumping and log trails.

Burnsville summer festivals

PARTY ON THE PLAZA

Nicollet Commons Park
A day-long community event with live music, craft vendors, kids’ activities and more. June 9, July 21 & August 25, 2022.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BURNSVILLE

Nicollet Commons Park
Features family crafts and  cultural entertainment. July 16, 2022. 

Burnsville swimming & beaches

CRYSTAL BEACH PARK

1101 Crystal Lake Rd E, Burnsville, MN 55306
The park is located on an isthmus between Crystal & Keller Lakes in Burnsville. Its highlight is a swimming
beach open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.  The park has a concession stand where visitors can rent canoes or paddle boards. Other family-friendly amenities include a large playground, space to picnic, and a hard-surface trail.

Find more of the best Twin Cities beaches and playgrounds.

Burnsville splash pads

  • BURNSVILLE LIONS PLAYGROUND splash pad (located in Cliff Fen Park– 120 Cliff Rd E, Burnsville, MN 55337)
  • NICOLLET COMMONS PARK operates a gorgeous, landscaped water feature (weather dependent). Pick a Thursday for Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hours in Nicollet Commons Park beginning in June.

Twin Cities Southeast Metro: Things To Do This Summer

Burnsville summer library events

The BURNHAVEN  LIBRARY is a branch of the Dakota County Library system. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: Read, write, draw and play to keep up your skills during Summer Discovery. Starts June 13, 2022.

cottage grove

Cottage Grove parks – summer events

RECREATION AT RIVER OAKS

11099 US-61, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Free activities such as BINGO, tie-dyeing and spin art. June 10, July 15 & Aug 12, 2022.

Cottage Grove summer festivals

Strawberry Fest

9195 75th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Cottage Grove celebrates in Kingston Park with a free kids tractor pedal pull, free petting farm, carnival, annual Monster Bash Parade, fireworks, hot air balloon rides, Water Wars water balloon stations and more.
June 16-19, 2022.

Cottage Grove splash pads

  • HIGHLANDS PARK Splash Pad – 6975 Idsen Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Cottage Grove bike trails

Cottage Grove Bike Park

Currently recruiting all mountain biking enthusiasts – including young ones, the bike park is 2.4-acres of fun: a pump track, dirt jumps, skills area and a four-cross track. Admission is free.

Cottage Grove summer library events

The PARK GROVE LIBRARY is a branch of the Washington County Library system. We recommend this library for its preschool-friendly Play and Learn Space. They also offer preschool story times and preschool drop-in play times. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: Summer Adventures at Your Libary.

Twin Cities Southeast Metro: Things To Do This Summer

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Eagan parks – summer events

Want to get out and play in Eagan parks this summer? Try starting with our list of the best: Eagan Family Fun: 10 Best Parks in Eagan to Explore This Summer.

Eagan Market Fest

The Eagan Central Park grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families. Get some fresh produce and let the kids enjoy the splash pad. Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting June 1, 2022.

Eagan Splash Pad
Eagan Central Park splash pad

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in the Dakota County park system. Bring your family for miles of trails, lakes, swimming, camping and free nature programs.

Eagan community parks
  • SPARK! MOBILE PUPPET WAGONBring a blanket for the 20-minute shows, spread throughout ten of  Eagan’s parks and the Westcott Library. Mon-Fri starting June 20, 2022.
  • SPARK! IN THE PARK – Puppets and live musical performances in Eagan parks and the Eagan Art House. Thursdays, June 23-Aug 4, 2022 6:15pm.
  • NATURE NICHE: ($5) nature programs in 4 Eagan parks select dates. June 28-Aug 15, 2022. Most programming is 5:30-6:30pm.

Eagan summer festivals

Eagan LakeFest

Blackhawk Park, 1629 Murphy Parkway, Eagan MN
Activity booths centered around fishing and live reptiles, nature coloring pages, kids plays about protecting lakes, and a visit from the Fire Department’s rescue boats. Fishing equipment provided.  June 4, 2022, 11am-3pm.

July 4th Funfest

Parade, carnival, music and fireworks. Eagan Community Center festival grounds. July 3-4, 2022.

Eagan swimming & beaches

Schulze Lake Beach, Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Schulze Lake Beach

860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123 
The beach is just one of the gems in
LEBANON HILLS REGIONAL PARK. We’ve included in on our list of the top picks for beaches in the Twin Cities.

Cascade Bay Water Park

1360 Civic Center Dr, Eagan, MN 55122
The outdoor destination water park in Eagan includes zero depth entry and a splashy play area for little ones, large leisure pool, the lazy river tube ride, Sandpiper Beach, seven waterslides and a miniature golf course. Little Mates Preschool Swim offers exclusive water time to children 0-6 years old between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m., every day except Wednesdays, $4/child. Open June 10-Aug 28, 2022.

Cascade Bay Waterpark, Eagan

 

Eagan splash pads

  • EAGAN CENTRAL LPARK Splash Pad – located next to a fun outdoor challenge course! 1507 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121.
Splash Pad at Central Park, Eagan, Minnesota
Splash Pad

 

Eagan historic sites

Holz Farm Park

4665 Manor Dr, Eagan, MN 55123
At historic Holz Farm, visitors can experience what life was like on the farm between the Great Depression of the 1930s through the 1940s World War II era. A number of special events are held at the park throughout the year. Expect down-on-the farm fun with a little bit of history mixed in
.

Holz Farm

Eagan summer library events

The WESCOTT LIBRARY is a branch of the Dakota County Library system. The library is large, bright with murals and packed with interactive materials for kids. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: Read, write, draw and play to keep up your skills during Summer Discovery. Starts June 13, 2022.

While the Space has changed since these photos, Wescott Library still has play areas in its children’s area.

inver grove heights

Inver Grove Heights parks – summer events

Need inspiration to get out and play in Inver Grove Heights parks this summer? Begin with our list of the 10 Best Parks in Inver Grove Heights & South St Paul.

South Valley Park

2810 70th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
TERRIFIC TUESDAYS run select Tuesdays June 21-July 26, 2022. Come to the park for kids entertainment – storytellers, live music & Zoomobile.

Inver Grove Heights community entertainment

  • FOOD TRUCK DAYS: The trucks roll up to Veterans Memorial Community Center for food and family fun. July 21 & Aug 18, 2022.

Inver Grove Heights bike trails

Harmon Park Reserve

1642 Upper 55th Street East, Inver Grove Heights MN
It’s the best in the Heights – the family will love the 4.3 mile mountain biking course that winds through Harmon Park.

Mississippi River Greenway

The paved bike trail makes its way south into Inver Grove Heights from South St Paul. Jump on at the Kaposia Landing trailhead and coast along the Mississippi to the historic Rock Island Swing Bridge in SWING BRIDGE PARK, Inver Grove Heights. A one-way trip is 7 miles.

Inver Grove Heights summer library events

The INVER GLEN LIBRARY is a branch of the Dakota County Library system. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: 2022’s program is Summer Discovery.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS

Mendota Heights Parks – Summer Events

Tour de Rec

Drop in to Mendakota Park for this FREE program on select Tuesdays. Park staff will provide activities and equipment, including games, sports, arts, crafts, and more. Best for ages: 6-12.

  • June 28: 1:30-2:30pm at Mendakota Park
  • July 26: 1:30-2:30pm at Mendakota Park
  • Aug 9: 1:30-2:30pm at Mendakota Park

rosemount

Rosemount parks – summer events

Rosemount Central Park

Rosemount community parks

Rosemount summer festivals

Leprechaun Days

Celebrate with Midsummer Faire in Central Park, the Grand Day Parade and Family Fun Night. July 23-30, 2022.

Rosemount splash pad

Rosemount summer library events

The ROBERT TRAIL LIBRARY is a branch of the Dakota County Library system. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: 2022’s program is Summer Discovery.

West St. Paul

West st. Paul Parks – Summer Events

Tour de Rec

Drop in to West St. Paul parks for this FREE program, traveling to various city parks on select Tuesdays. Park staff will provide activities and equipment, including games, sports, arts, crafts, and more. Best for ages: 6-12.

  • July 12: 1:30-2:30pm at Harmon Park
  • July 19: 12:30-1:30pm at Southview Park
  • Aug 2: 12:30-1:30pm at Harmon Park
  • Aug 16: 12:30-1:30pm at Southview Park

West St. Paul Splash Pad

HARMON PARK splash pad – 230 Bernard St W, West St Paul, MN 55118.

woodbury

Woodbury parks – summer events

Woodbury parks have much to explore – get started with our list of 19 of the best Woodbury has to offer this summer.

Woodbury community parks
Woodbury Puppet Wagon Evergreen West Park
Image via Woodbury Twitter Feed.
  • STARLIGHT CINEMA OUTDOOR SERIES: The free movie series is hosted at Ojibway Park. Select Thursdays, June 9 – Aug 4, 2022. Activities start at 7pm. 2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125.

Woodbury summer festivals

Woodbury Days

Buttons required for many events ($5/pp or $15/4-pack – children’s coin hunts, workshops and art activities), petting zoo, magic shows and Grande Parade. Learn more at the page. Ojibway Park. Aug 19-21, 2022.

4th of July Hometown Celebration

Fireworks at HealthEast Sports Center, 10pm. 

Woodbury swimming & beaches

Carver Lake Park

3175 Century Ave S, Woodbury, MN 55125
Offers a family-friendly swimming beach along with a volleyball court, a picnic area, an accessible playground, and a 5 1/2 mile bike trail. This park has hosted a
family campout in years past.

Woodbury splash pads

M Health Fairview Sports Center Splash pad

4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125
A splash pad and
MADISON’S PLACE PLAYGROUND combine to create one of the most popular playgrounds in the metro. Madison’s Place is an all-inclusive playground with sun-shaded play decks, swings, sensory play equipment and ramps for wheelchair access.

HealthEast Sports Center splash pad, Woodbury

 

Woodbury summer library events

The RH STAFFORD LIBRARY is a branch of the Washington County Library system and is located in lovely indoor Central Park. (Tip: if you need some AC this summer, combine a trip to the library with a run around LOOKOUT RIDGE INDOOR PLAYGROUND, also calling Central Park home.) The library’s summer events can be found online here.

Summer reading program: Summer Adventures at Your Libary. Starts June 1, 2022.

Central Park, Woodbury

150+ things to do this summer in the twin cities with kids!

 

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