Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This March Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers March 5-6, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here.
This weekend will be ideal for getting outside and enjoying a break from the cold. We also offer a mix of things to do this weekend indoors. There’s lots to choose from! For more ideas, hop over to our MARCH FAMILY GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. We try to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs – whether you’re keeping close to home — or want a break from it.
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
March is traditionally the best time to tap maple trees in Minnesota. The weather is ideal for maple sap when we reach that freeze/thaw period of the winter – where there are warmer daytime temperatures (near the 40s), but then below freezing temps overnight. Maple syrup family programs are starting at parks and nature centers across the Twin Cities this weekend – sweet! Here’s the schedule:
- BAKER OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER – March 6, 2022. $5/pp.
- CARPENTER-ST CROIX VALLEY NATURE CENTER – March 6, 2022. $8. 1pm-3pm. Registration is required.
- EASTMAN NATURE CENTER – March 5-6, 2022. $5/pp, registration required by 1 day prior.
- EDEN PRAIRIE OUTDOOR CENTER – Bring a flashlight and the big kids; this program is after dark. March 5, 2022. $12/family.
FORT SNELLING STATE PARK – FREE admission, but a $7 park day permit is required. March 5-6, 2022.
- FRENCH REGIONAL PARK – A geocaching maple syrup program. March 6, $10/pp. Register by 2 days prior.
WOOD LAKE NATURE CENTER – March 6, $5/pp. Pre-register to guarantee your spot.
Featured Twin Cities Park Events this weekend
401 East 104th Street, Bloomington, MN
A guide will help you gather items to create campfire starters. March 5, 2022, drop in 1-4pm.
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 5, 2022, 10am-1pm.
more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids
On the fence about making the investment to put your kid in hockey? We understand. We’ve been there ourselves. And we highly recommend you give the sport a try for free first. The event gives kids (ages 4-9) a shot at experiencing the basics of hockey without financial commitment. Plus, coaches will be on hand to offer tips and provide equipment. Hit the link to find participating locations around the Twin Cities metro area. March 5, 2022.
Stay Cozy – Fun Indoor activities
KEEP WARM WITH ARTS & CRAFTS, KID FLICKS & CONCERTS and INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS!
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 6, 2-4pm.
1459 St Clair Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
The ArtScraps Reuse store is a little treasure trove of crafting materials you can browse and purchase for a fraction of what you’d spend at a chain craft store. Take your haul home and get creative!
Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
It’s not always easy to enjoy art with little ones (or grade schoolers or tweens, for that matter), but Walker attempts to make it a more inclusive experience during their First Free Saturdays. The museum buzzes with art-making workshops, kid films, scavenger hunts in the galleries and live performances that stretch young attention spans and might spark conversation about the art. March 5, 2022, 10am-3pm, FREE.
We’re excited for the return this weekend of SPCO’s free family programs including a Family Concert that introduces kids ages 5-12 to classical music in an interactive, storytelling style. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. March 5, 2022.
The Conservatory and Visitor Center of Como Park Zoo are particularly wonderful places to spend a cold winter day. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a tropical vacation! The animal exhibits are heated, too. Reservations are currently required to visit; make yours early!
We’ve updated our huge master list of Twin Cities indoor playgrounds & play areas to give you some options when the kids need to climb up someone else’s walls. Please remember that capacity may be limited.
Join us Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays thru March 6, 2022, to view favorite family flicks! Grab the family and head to your nearest participating Marcus Theatres® location. FREE tickets to the show are available this weekend – just click here to redeem vouchers.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog plays March 5-6, 2022. Popcorn & drink specials: $3/each.
More Things to do this weekend
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
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.