Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Weekend: January 22-23, 2022

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekenD!

This January Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of January 22-23, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here.

Woke up to a chill in your bones this morning? It’s official: winter is upon us in the Twin Cities. The task now is figuring out the best way to go about embracing it this weekend!

What we appreciate after the holidays have wrapped is frugal entertainment. Most of our ideas for this weekend’s list of things to do in the Twin Cities are FREE or $5/pp and under to attend. For more wintry inspiration, hop over to our JANUARY FAMILY EVENTS 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.

Guide to January in the Twin Cities Minnesota. Family Fun Twin Cities. - Background of two kids at the top of a sledding hill.

Winter Festivals & Lights Displays this weekend in the twin cities

Rounded up for you here are the best of the Twin Cities’ weekend winter festivals – ways to get out and play in the elements with your family! For more frosty festival fun jump over to our Twin Cities Winter Festival Family Calendar.

Twin Cities Minnesota Festivals banner showing Rice Park in St. Paul Minnesota in the Winter - Family Fun Twin Cities

2022 Art Shanty Projects

4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Back on the ice for 2022! Not only are these unique ice houses designed by local artists, they are strongly encouraged to be interactive and fun! Great for families with kids. Weekends only, 10am-4pm. FREE admission.

Man dressed as pirate in front of his Art Shanty, Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Minnesota
One of our favorite ice shanties from 2020!

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. Now through March 2022, 5-10pm nightly.

Ice Castles

The magical Ice Castles will be held in New Brighton again this year. Once inside, explore the ice palaces for as long as you’d like! Read our review of Ice Castles here. Weekend admission, $16-$22/pp.

Ice Castle Beauty - Twin Cities Winter Family Festival Calendar

Community Winter Festivals

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The fun winter festival returns with frosty activities featuring colorful kites and FREE s’mores by the fire to warm up throughout the day. Jan 22, 2022, 12-4pm, FREE admission.

Springbrook Nature Center Winterfest

100 85th Ave NW, Fridley, MN 55432
Past activities at this festival have included snowshoe and story hikes, carnival games, shelter building, bonfires and more. Jan 22, 2022, 12-3pm, FREE.

White Bear Center For the Arts Winter Open House

4971 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Snow sculpting, dogsledding and more free activities at this winter festival for families. Jan 22, 2022, 1-3pm, FREE admission.

St Louis Park Winter Fun Day

Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S., St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426
Bonfires, sledding, snowshoeing, music, hayrides, and cocoa & smores. Jan 22, 2022, 12-4pm, FREE.

Coon Rapids Snowflake Days

The community parade runs Feb 2 at 6pm. Create your own snow sculpture and enter it for a chance to win a prize. Jan 22-Feb 6

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 the parks.


The snow is here to stay — at least for the next few months (or so…). What better way to enjoy than hitting up one of these sledding hills (free!) or snow tubing hills (not free). Most of the sledding hills on our huge list are located within city public parks. Several free ice skating rinks across the Twin Cities are flooded and ready to go, too. Try one of these outdoor ice skating rinks with a pretty backdrop:

People skating the canals of Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, Minnesota.
Ice skating at Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Please make sure to double check operating hours before heading out!

Featured Twin Cities  Park Events this weekend

Ice Harvesting Day

Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
Learn how ice was traditionally harvested as part of
Bloomington Winter Fete. Cut and weigh ice blocks, try a kicksled and more icy activities. Note: this is a free, very popular event that requires reservations and fills quickly. Check website for space availability. Jan 22, 10am-2pm.

Ramsey County Winter Recreation Sampler

Lake McCarrons County Park, 1795 North Rice Street, Roseville, MN 55113
Free winter fun for all ages! Try out kick-sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and more. Jan 22-23, 2022. 11am-4pm.

Snowtime Saturday at Staring Lake

13765 Staring Lake Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Try a bunch of winter outdoor activities at the Outdoor Center: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and kick sleds. All equipment and brief instruction included. Jan 22, 10-11am. $11/family, must register one member.


Sunfish Lake Park & Sally Manzara Nature Center | 3554 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
No registration is needed, just show up to explore nature. This weekend’s theme is winter shelter building. Jan 22, 2022, 10-11am.

January Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Parks locations
Drop in for free nature programs at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK & RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. New themes each week. January 23, 2022, drop in between 1-4pm (see link for schedule). FREE admission.

Family Fun Day: Northern Life

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct. Minneapolis, MN, US 55430
Learn about how animals in Minnesota have found ways to survive the winter cold by taking a closer look at animal bodies and behaviors while walking the park trails. Jan 23, 2022, 1-3pm. FREE, but registration is required.

Kicksled Open Rink

Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386
Kicksledding is a funcold weather activity to enjoy on frozen Crosby Lake. Learn about kicksledding history and techniques. Reservations required by 24 hours prior. Jan 23, 2022, $5/sled (two people per sled recommended).

Two girls kicksledding on ice

more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids

Many families feel more comfortable with a little extra armor during the Minnesota winters. We’ve beefed up our annual Winter Break Survival Guide to help you make the most of the season whether you want to get out and play or stay in and be cozy.

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