Twin Cities WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE: JUNE 26-27, 2021
Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This June Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers June 26-27, 2021. To find our most recent guide, click here.
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.
Jamboree, carnival and a parade. Fireworks on Saturday evening in Huset Park.
Weekend events include Theater in the Park, Rosefest Campfire & Backyard Campout and performances by the Teddy Bear Band.
Live music, kids events, food trucks and more in Walton Park.
Family beach party, carnival, petting zoo, dance party and parade. All weekend in Aquatore Park.
Parade, kids fishing clinic, kite fly, pancake breakfast and fireworks. All weekend.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Minneapolis wading pools are fun, free and some are splash and elaborate. Find our complete list at the link.
- We include our family favorites in our list of 20+ BEACHES, PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS TO TRY THIS SUMMER. Last weekend my kids hit up LONG LAKE REGIONAL PARK BEACH – a sandy winner.
- 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
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: