Twin Cities WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE: February 27-28, 2021

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

This February Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers February 27-28, 2021. To find our most recent guide, click here.

Heat wave in February! This weekend will be ideal for getting outside and enjoying some of the winter classics. 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 February 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

As February draws to a close, the snow and ice are retreating with it. Many of our favorite sledding hills are bare and the neighborhood ice rinks turned to puddles. However, if you’re looking for an outdoor late winter adventure, there are still some options out there (think manufactured snow and refrigerated rinks):

Elm Creek Park Reserve Winter Recreation Area

The tubing hill at Elm Creek is still accepting reservations ($15/2 hr) as is the ski & snowboarding area.

Badlands Sno-Park | Hudson, WI

The conditions are great for this thrilling snow tubing spot just across the border in Hudson. This place gets all the thumbs up from my teens. Must reserve in advance. $21/3 hrs.

Central Park Ice Skating Loop | Maple Grove

The refrigerated, smooth serpentine loop is illuminated at night. Tunes are  piped in, too. Plus, this is a rare place to rent skates this winter if you don’t have your own. It’s also FREE!

John Rose MN OVAL Outdoor Ice Skating Rink | Roseville

The outdoor OVAL is the biggest refrigerated skating rink in North America. Open skate is $7/pp, skate rental available for $5.

Les Bolstad Snowshoe Rental | St Paul

Did you know you can rent snowshoes thru the U of M and trek around the Les Bolstad golf course during the winter? Neither did I until this season. Rentals are $8/adult pair and just $2 for kids. Must submit a reservation request in advance.

Where else can I snowshoe with my family in the Twin Cities? Check our list here.

girl with snowshoes

More Outdoor Winter Fun

Wintertime in Stillwater

There’s extra twinkle in the city’s historic downtown district this year. Chestnut Street has a pedestrian winter wonderland area where you can enjoy a free LED light show set to music. Don’t miss the brand new ICE MAZE! Now through March 2021, 5-10pm nightly.

Downtown Stillwater Minnesota lit up for the Holidays 2020

Polar Fest & Laser Light Show | Burnsville

A day of ice skating, sledding, ice bowling and snowman building (weather dependent). 11am-5pm.  Laser light show is 6pm, advance registration is required. This event is FREE!

St Louis Park Winter Art Walk

An outdoor art exhibit featuring 50 local creatives—from youth to seniors, amateur artists to professionals—who have created acrylic paintings and mixed media artwork on plywood. 

Ramsey County Fall into Winter Scavenger Hunt

Ramsey County challenges families to get outdoors and explore its parks with a new literacy-based scavenger hunt. Visit the website for details.


There’s not a speck of snow in sight in any of these 28 ideas for cozied-up indoor play and family time in February. One idea for each day of February, but most can be used all month long!

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul

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!

Indoor Play Areas Re-Opening!

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 will be limited and tickets must always be purchased in advance.

Minnesota Children’s Museum | St Paul

The Doc McStuffins exhibit is now open for play. Book your 2-hour reservation; masks are required for ages 5+. 9am-4pm, $15/pp.

Adventure Peak at Edinborough Park | Edina
Good Times Park | Eagan

InnerActive Playground | Minnetonka

Lookout Ridge Indoor Play Area | Woodbury
Maple Maze Indoor Playground | Maple Grove

Rockin Jump Trampoline Park | Eagan

SkyZone Trampoline Park | Blaine, Edina & Oakdale

Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground | Shoreview

Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground in Woodbury Minnesota

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