Twin Cities WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE: JUNE 26-27, 2021

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

weekend family guide

This June Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers June 26-27, 2021. To find our most recent guide, click here.

As always, you can check our June Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar for more fun ideas on what to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with your kids!

kid surrounded by chalk

weekend festivals for the family

Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul

In 2021, WaterFest will take place over 9 days with self-directed learning opportunities and activities throughout the week. You can get a map of this year’s festival events at the link. All weekend, 11am-6pm.

Columbia Heights Jamboree

Jamboree, carnival and a parade. Fireworks on Saturday evening in Huset Park.

Roseville Rosefest

Weekend events include Theater in the Park, Rosefest Campfire & Backyard Campout and performances by the Teddy Bear Band.

Oakdale Summerfest

Live music, kids events, food trucks and more in Walton Park.

Blaine Festival

Family beach party, carnival, petting zoo, dance party and parade. All weekend in Aquatore Park.

South St Paul Kaposia Days

Parade, kids fishing clinic, kite fly, pancake breakfast and fireworks. All weekend.

Minnetonka Summer Festival

Inflatables, live music, food trucks and fireworks. All activities are free except food! June 26, Civic Center, 4pm-10:30pm. 

Plan ahead for fun-filled family festivals in the Twin Cities with our complete June festival HERE.

fun outdoor activities in the parks

Saturday Farm Days

GALE WOODS FARM invites you and your kids to visit the animals and explore the barn, gardens, greenhouses and pastures. Reservations required. June 26, 9am-12pm, $5/pp.

Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Meeting Chickens


Borrow a Bike at Battle Creek Park

BATTLE CREEK REGIONAL PARK will have bikes available to borrow in a variety of styles and sizes. We include this park as having one of the best bike trails for families in St Paul. June 26, 11am-3pm.

Nature Centers Without WallS

Activities may include animal interactions, outdoor displays, nature challenges and checking out free exploration materials. Held SATURDAY ONLY at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK (Brooklyn Park). HELD SUNDAY at RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER (Bloomington), MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK, LOWRY NATURE CENTER (Victoria) & EASTMAN NATURE CENTER (Maple Grove). June 26-27, 1-3pm, FREE.

Eastman Nature Center
Eastman Nature Center

Try visiting a new park or nature center!

Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details on which buildings are open; all of these locations have outdoor trails to hike. Did you know that several of these nature centers have natural playgrounds nestled within them? You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces. This weekend’s featured photo comes from the nature play area at LOWRY NATURE CENTER.

Collage of children playing on the outdoor nature playground at Lowry Nature Center in Victoria, Minnesota
Lowry’s Nature Playground

Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.

Minneapolis Movies & Music in the Park events

Spider-Man Far From Home will be screened in BRYANT SQUARE PARK as part of the annual Minneapolis Music & Movies in the Park events. June 26, dusk.

The Jolly Pops, a fun & family-friendly band, will perform a set at the LAKE HARRIET BANDSHELL. Maybe hit the LAKE HARRIET BEACH & playground first to make a day of it? June 27, 2pm.

Lake Harriet Park Movie Night

Cool off this weekend in the twin cities

As the line between late spring and early summer starts to melt away in the rising temps, it’s time to visit your favorite splash spot – or find a new one! Jump over to our complete TWIN CITIES ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST BEACHES, POOLS, WATERPARKS & SPLASH PADS or continue for a few ideas:

  • Swimming pools are always a hit for their slides and fun features. Have you tried CASCADE BAY WATERPARK in Eagan yet? There’s a great splashy area for toddlers and a mini golf course.

  • Don’t forget that splash pads are a perfect place to cool off without the full investment of a day at the pool. This week we highlight the splash pad at HUSET PARK WEST in Columbia Heights. Scoot through the spraying hoops and watch out for the dump buckets (or don’t!) A playground and picnic shelter are located conveniently nearby. Get our huge list of the best 35 Splash Pads & Wading Pools in the Twin Cities!

always free or low cost things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities

Como Harbor at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

The seals at Como Zoo have gotten a beautifully updated habitat – come see them swim in their underwater viewing area! We visited last week and loved it. Note that Sparky the Sea Lion shows have not yet resumed and reservations to visit the zoo are still required.

Always free to visit weekends:

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