Twin Cities Weekend Events Family Guide

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend!

JANUARY 19-21, 2019

For more inspiration, hop over to our Family Fun Events Calendar or our January Twin Cities Family Events Guide.


Celebrating Martin Luther King Day at Powderhorn Park

Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Celebrations in Minneapolis Parks – All Minneapolis Park observances are FREE, open to the public and appropriate for families. No reservations necessary.

11 am-2 pm: Powderhorn Recreation Center
3-4 pm: Central Gym
6:30-7:30 pm: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Find our complete listing of suggestions for spending the Martin Luther King Day break – including day camps and a family service idea – HERE.


Mon, Jan 21: Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, St Anthony  
How to entertain the kids while school’s out? Head to Silverwood Park for a FREE day of fun in the snow: kite-making, a snowman building contest, marshmallow roast and, when it’s time to warm up, an indoor concert. FREE kites to the first 40 kids who show; additional kites can be purchased for $6. 11am-4:30pm

Mon, Jan 21: Wilderness Skills | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington
Practice outdoor survival skills such as building a shelter and a fire to keep warm. Finish the workshop with a story inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | $5/pp | Reservations recommended. 2-3:30pm, $5/pp, reservations recommended.

Fri, Jan 18: The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska
Many kids are enjoying Friday off of school for the long weekend. If they can stay up an extra hour or so tonight, this festival features tons of winter fun in the park: ice skating (BYO skates, no rentals), glow bowling, a candy scavenger hunt, and a bonfire with free cocoa and smores. 6pm.

Fri, Jan 18-Sat, Jan 19: Arctic Fever | Excelsior, Shorewood & Tonka Bay
Keep the kids busy Friday night with a FREE pizza party and on Saturday with ice games, sleigh rides, dogsledding and lots more winter fun. Activities are spread throughout the three communities.


MLK Family Activities | Minnesota History Center 
Family day of music, poetry, and celebration. The VocalEssence youth choir will perform and families can drop in to work on art activities and service projects. This is your last chance to see The 1968 Exhibit before it closes Jan 21.  12-3pm, $6-12 museum admission.

Not sure your younger ones are up for a trip to the museum? Here’s why they’ll love it: Top Picks for Kids – Minnesota History Center.

Sat, Jan 19: MacPhail Free Family Music Series: The Bazillions | Minneapolis
Open houses include concerts geared towards kids (including wiggle room and close proximity to the performers onstage), a chance to play with instruments, snacks and more. 10am & 11am concerts. FREE.

Sun, Jan 20: Family Day: Onward! | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul
Explore the brand new space and get into family art-making activities. 1-4pm, FREE.

MORE IDEAS to keep you going this long weekend and beyond

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