Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Weekend: March 18-19, 2023

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

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This March Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of March 18-19, 2023. To find our most recent guide, click here.

The weather will continue to be kind for us this weekend! For more ideas, hop over to our MARCH FAMILY GUIDE or our packed FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. We keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs – whether you’re keeping close to home — or it’s time for a break from it.


There is plenty of stuff to do if you plan to be a tourist in your very own Minneapolis-St Paul metro this Spring Break. Think mini golf, trampolines, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, museums and more. Get some inspiration from our 2023 GUIDE TO SPRING BREAK IN THE TWIN CITIES.

Spring Break in the Twin CIties


Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in parks across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro.


We’re upon the season of flowing sap and maple syrup in Minnesota. Get up close to observe this sweet process at an event at these Twin Cities parks or see our *sweet* weekend schedule below for MAPLE SYRUP FAMILY PROGRAMS:

"Maple Syrup Time" Background shows golden color of maple syrup in the shape of a maple leaf.

Fort Snelling State Park maple syrup program

101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul, MN 55111
The park has a long annual tradition of offering
maple syrup programs to Twin Cities-area folk and making them kid-friendly. Our family enjoys spending time in this, one of several urban-area Minnesota State Parks, mostly hiking and biking the trails along the Minnesota River. There’s exciting HISTORIC FORT SNELLING atop the bluff to explore, too (currently closed for the season but hiking around the buildings can be interesting). March 18-19, 2022. FREE admission, but a $7 park day permit is required. SORRY, THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL.

Sunday Special: Magical Maples at Wood Lake nature center

6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
Hike into the woods to help collect and boil syrup in a pot or boiling vessel, and learn a little history and how maple syrup is made.
March 19, 2023, see website for times, $5/pp. SORRY, THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL.

Westwood Hills nature center maple syrup program

8300 W Franklin Ave, St Louis Park, MN 55426
Tap a tree, collect the sap and take it to the cooker. Discover how to turn sap to syrup.
March 18, 2023. 10am-11:30am or 1pm-2:30pm, $5/person. Registration required.

Maple Syrup Festival at Baylor Regional Park

9406 10775, County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN 55397
Families can experience the process of maple syrup making from tapping to boiling during this program. All ages. March 18, 2023, 11am-3pm, $10/pp. Registration required.

Maple Syrup Festival at Eastman Nature Center

13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN 55369
Explore the Eastman sugarbush, help collect sap, watch maple syrup cooking at the cauldron and learn about maple syrup science, history and the impact of climate change.
March 18, 2023, 1-4pm. FREE. 

These programs are just a taste (pun intended) of all the maple syrup programs scheduled for this weekend! Consult our master list for the rest.

Volunteer showing girls how to tapa maple tree at a Warner Nature Center maple-syruping event, Minnesota


Family Funday – First Day of Spring

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN, US 55430
Seek the signs of spring through nature and art activities and games. Registration required. March 18, 2023, 1-3pm. FREE.

North Mississippi Regional Park hides behind the I-94 freeway wall only a few miles north of the bustling downtown. It offers particularly close views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding woods and prairie. North Mississippi is the home of the CARL KROENING INTERPRETIVE CENTER and is a favorite of our team’s kids. You can read more about the interpretive center at the link above. A variety of free programs are offered year-round at the park and can be registered for at MPRB Online Recreation Services.Mississippi River

LAST CHANCE! Hyland Hills Ski Area Closing Weekend

8800 Chalet Road, Bloomington MN 55438
It’s your last chance to hit the slopes before winter is officially DONE at Hyland Hills. Ski and snowboard from 9am-5pm March 19, 2023.


St Patrick’s Day Weekend Fun!

It matters little if you are, in fact, Irish. All are welcome to join in the spirit the weekend following St Patrick’s Day in the Twin Cities. Some ideas to get you started:

FRIDAY EVENT! Can Can Wonderland Goes Green on the Green

Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Avenue North, Suite #4, Saint Paul, MN 55104
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Can Can Wonderland will turn all lights green on its putting green. Live Irish Music starts at 6pm by folk duo An Cuann and Sparkle Fox will offer face paint, glitter beards, and more from 6-8pm. The restaurant will offer food & drink specials all day. My kids absolutely love this indoor mini golf & arcade venue. Opens 11am on Friday, March 17. $12/cover for ages 6+. Mini golf $13-$15.

Ride the Shamrock Train

Minnesota Transportation Museum, 193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130
Jackson Street Roundhouse will go green for St. Patty’s Day. Family fun will include 15 minute train rides, storytelling, hands on train fun and green snacks on the train. March 18, 2023 10am-pm. $$50/family; adults $16; seniors $13; children:$11; toddlers $8.

An Irish Day of Dance at Landmark Center

75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Experience exciting Celtic music and dancing the day following St Patrick’s Day. March 19, 2023. $7-$9/pp.
While you’re exploring Landmark Center, stop in at the
GALLERY OF WOOD ART with its kid-friendly “Touch This!” exhibit and the SCHUBERT CLUB MUSIC MUSEUM to see the instrument “cyclone” and hands-on activities. Admission to these museums is the bargain price of FREE! 

Girl trying bell tree at the Schubert Club Museum in Saint Paul, MN
FFTC kids making music at the Schubert Club Museum

More cozy indoor activities this weekend in the Twin Cities

Storytime in the Gallery

Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Currently, the museum is offering a FREE Storytime in the Gallery the third Saturday of the month with no charge for adults to accompany their kids. Take home a take-and-create bag. March 18, 10:30-11am.

Saturday Vibe with Leonardo’s Basement

George Latimer Central Library, 90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Fresh, family entertainment – this weekend, makerspace Leonardo’s Basement hosts a “Build What YOU Want” event for kids. March 18, 2023, 11am-12pm. FREE.

So much more than shopping at SCHEELS!

8301 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Who knew you could spend the day being entertained at the sporting goods store? This generation’s variety features a 65-foot Ferris wheel, mini-bowling, a candy shop, archery range and arcade. No trouble getting the teens to join me on this outing! Visit anytime.

FFTC Kids riding the indoor Ferris Wheel at SCHEELS Eden Prairie

Always free to visit weekends

Find hundreds more things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul with kids!

During this cold weather, find tons of fun indoor games for kids you can play right at home.

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