Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This March Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of March 19-20, 2022. 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.
Planning for spring break this week?
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 2022 GUIDE TO SPRING BREAK IN THE TWIN CITIES.
fun outdoor activities in the parks this weekend
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.
SOME FUN FAMILY IDEAS FOR THIS WEEKEND
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:
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 19-20, 2022. FREE admission, but a $7 park day permit is required.
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 19-20, 2022, see website for times, $5/pp. Pre-Register to guarantee your spot. Walk-ins as space permits.
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 19, 2022. 1pm-3pm, $5-$8/person. Registration required.
12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
Families will learn about trees as they hike to the “sugarbush”. Then they will tap maple trees and learn the process of turning sap into syrup, with a sample at the end. Dress for snow and mud. March 20, 2022. $8. 1pm-3pm. Registration is required – Call 651-437-4359.
7210 County Road 110 West, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Explore the sugarbush to learn the science of sugaring by identifying maple trees, tap trees, collect sap & evaporate it into syrup. Sample recipes to try at home. Supplies available for purchase. March 19, 2022. $8. 1pm-3pm. Registration is required by March 17th – Call 763-559-6700.
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.
Featured Twin Cities Park Events this weekend
Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, 13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347
Drop in to meet the resident animals, learn about programs and events. Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10am-1pm. FREE.
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 20, 2022, 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.
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 19-20.
more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids
fun indoor Activities
Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Travel the globe without hopping a plane! A new cultural experience each month, complete with family activities and entertainment. 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 all of these events is the bargain price of FREE! Sun, March 20. 1-3pm.
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 copy of the story and explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt. March 19, 9:30-11am.
Participating Michaels stores across the Twin Cities are offering free weekend “Makebreak” classes and “Take & Make” Kids Club crafts. They’re simple, yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. March 19, 3-5pm. Please check the website to see if your local Michaels is participating.
90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Fresh, family entertainment – music, storytelling, puppets and more. Check the schedule for more details, this weekend’s entertainment is “The Bug Show”. March 19, 2022, 11:30am.
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.
Always free to visit weekends
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden – adjacent to the Walker Art Center (free each first Saturday/month)
- Weisman Art Museum – located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota
- Como Park Zoo & Conservatory – note that fall & winter hours are 10am-4pm.
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.