Family Fun Twin Cities 2018-19 Winter Survival Guide

Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter with our kids? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Survival Guide has something for everyone, from those who want to get out and play in the snow to those who’d rather take a break from it, to those who need a place to plop their kids for a few hours for everybody’s sanity:



These are well worth the effort to leave the house! And if you need more options, we have a DiREctOrY to peruse and a CaLEndAr to explore.


There are so many options around the Twin Cities that you won’t be able to hit them all during break. Take your pick from our master list or search by region of the metro!

Winter Break Survival Guide

North Metro Indoor Playgrounds
South Metro Indoor Playgrounds
East Metro Indoor Playgrounds
West Metro Indoor Playgrounds


Ideas on where your kids can get super crafty (and super messy without YOU having do be on cleanup detail!)

  • Color Me Mine, Eagan & Maple Grove | Studio fees include use of paints, studio space, and the firing.
  • Heartfelt, Minneapolis | Drop-in Crafts were created to invite you to come in and get creative whenever you can. Click on the link to see what Lisa and her staff are offering.
  • Michaels | Drop in for Kids Club, Saturdays 10am-12pm for simple, inexpensive crafts.
  • Simply Jane, Minneapolis | Toddler Time Thursdays, 10am-noon let littles experiment with paint, play with toys, books, dress-up and more. The studio also offers drop-in painting for all ages.

Winter Break Survival Guide


We’re always adding to our list of Twin Cities Museums & Historic Sites – browse it for something unexpected!


  • Roller Garden, St. Louis Park
    You will want to check this link out.  They have so much planned for Winter Break including a Wheel of Fortune party, Glow Day, Candy Cane Day, Star Wars Day, Balloon Day, and more.
  • Skateville, Burnsville
    Special hours during winter break.
    $7/person +rental
  • Saints North, Maplewood
    Open for some extra fun during winter break
  • Wooddale Fun Zone, Woodbury
    The big kids can skate and the little ones can clamber around the giant play structure



If it’s wintry, you can take advantages of these different outdoor ideas:


  • Trapp Farm Park | Eagan | $4/pp – no tow ropes at this facility; the use of your own sliding craft is not permitted. Opens Dec 22.
  • Trollhaugen Snow Tubing | Dresser, WI | At this location, a hill for small children is not provided.  They do not recommend children under 42 inches use their tubing hills. Expected to open Dec 2.
  • Green Acres | Lake Elmo | $5-$17/pp, tubing offered in 2 hr increments

For further inspiration, try our Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide.


Find our list of Twin Cities-area free outdoor ice rinks here. And don’t forget about Wells Fargo WinterSkate, open for the season in downtown St. Paul. Skate FREE and receive free skate rental with a WF card ($4 rental w/o card). Across the river at Holidazzle in Loring Park, you can also skate free (free skate rental included) on an illuminated rink!


Ice Fishing is another options you can enjoy with your kids.  Here are some of the best Twin Cities Lakes for ice fishing according to Game and Fish Mag.

  1. Bald Eagle Lake in White Bear Lake
  2. Lake Owasso in Roseville
  3. Lake Phalen in St. Paul
  4. St. Croix River on the border, Hudson Wisconsin
  5. Spring Lake in Prior Lake
  6. Lake Harriet in Minneapolis
  7. Lake Minnetonka in Minnetonka

ice fishing outdoor activities


Embrace our cool MinneSNOWta culture with a full lineup of outdoor festivals that feature sledding, skating, snow sculpting, and other winter delights as the main event!

Winter Break Survival Guide



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