Couldn’t we all use a little help getting through the long Minnesota winter with our kids? Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break 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:
WINTER BREAK CAMPS
12/22/18: Holiday Workshop – How The Grinch Stole LEGOS® | Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 12:30-3:30pm | $30 per child (Ages 4-8) | Children will create an awesome make/take Lego® ornament, play Grinch games, build Whoville and more in this Grinch-tastic workshop! Pre-Register Here.
12/26/18: Mini-Figure Olympics | Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 1-4pm | $30 per child | During this workshop Snapology will let participants play with their secret stash of mini-figures…from movie characters, ninjas and Lego City characters to sea creatures, Star Wars and Superhero figures! Put the mini-figures through Olympic-style games and challenges to see who gets the gold medal. Pre-Register Here.
12/27/18: Superhero STEM Workshop | Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 1-4pm | $30 per child | In this super fun workshop, students will learn about gravity, force, motion, robotics and coding as they build shields, hero hideouts and super robotic vehicles! Pre-Register Here.
12/28/18: Adventures with Star Wars Workshop | Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 9am-12pm | $30 per child | If you love Star Wars®, this is the workshop for you. Participate in Star Wars® themed activities using LEGO® bricks and other interactive learning tools, build scenes from the movie, build robotic vehicles, lightsabers, you name it…May the force be with you. Pre-Register Here.
1/2/19: Science of Slime Workshop | Crystal Recreation Center, 4800 Douglas Dr. N, Crystal | 9am-12pm | $33 per child | Allow your child to cultivate their love of science through hands-on experimentation with no`n-toxic chemistry! In this workshop, students will learn the basic science behind their favorite slimy polymer and how the magic is all in the ingredients. This is not your average slime workshop; your child will walk away from the Snapology Science Lab with clear knowledge about the chemistry behind slime and clean hands! Pre-Register Here.
1/2/19: Escape Snapology | Crystal Recreation Center, 4800 Douglas Dr. N, Crystal | 1pm-4pm | $33 per child | Your team will have 60 minutes to discover clues, solve puzzles, answer riddles, and manipulate contraptions in order to complete any assigned tasks and to ultimately unlock the door to escape Snapology! The team that escapes the fastest is given ultimate bragging rights…until their record is crushed by a new team! In Escape Snapology, students will play various escape games using S.T.E.A.M. skills and, in our longer programs, students will have the chance to design their own escape game. Pre-Register Here.
1/2/19: Mega Machines Robotics | Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 1pm-4pm | $30 per child | In Snapology’s Mega Machines workshop, your child will create some of their favorite motorized vehicles. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, pulleys, cranks, and programming as they build a space rover and a race car. Your child is sure to have fun as they build, learn, and play. Pre-Register Here.
1/3/19: Jr. Engineers & Animal Science Workshop | Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 9am-11am | $20 per child | Young students will start by building fun and simple models using DUPLO® blocks. By playing with and manipulating the models, they experience pulleys, levers, gears, wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Then the group will switch gears and learn about reptiles and mammals in build snakes and mice as they learn what makes them different.. Pre-Register Here.
1/4/19: Drones, Slime Escape Room OH MY! | Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 1pm-4pm | $40 per child | Each hour of this 3 hour workshop, students will get to have an awesome time making slime, flying drones and figuring out our Escape Room puzzles with this awesome sampler workshop. Pre-Register Here.
PAVEK MUSEUM OF BROADCASTING
12/27-28/18: Winter Break Spy Camp | Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, 3517 Raleigh Ave, St. Louis Park | 10am-2pm | $75 per child | Learn about eavesdropping and secret communications technology, the basics of espionage and its history through activities and presentations. Explore cyphers, passive listening devices, triangulation, jamming, frequency hopping, and encryption. Assemble your own concealed listening device and 2-way communicator. Sign up: (952) 926-8198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAINT PAUL PARKS
NORTH MISSISSIPPI REGIONAL PARK
NMRP is managed by the Minneapolis Parks Department. You can register kids ages 6-12 for naturalist-led day camps on no school days to explore outdoors, get messy and learn by doing. Dress for the weather and a mess. Camps are based out of Kroening Interpretive Center. Please pack a lunch, snack and water bottle.
WILD WINTER SURVIVAL • W-F December 26th-28th 8am-4pm • Develop your wilderness skills by learning to trek through snow on snowshoes, craft survival shelters, track animal signs and more. We’ll explore outdoors, play games and make art. Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild winter world? Registration Fee $90. Activity #87904
FROZEN PLANET • W-F December 2nd-4th 8am-4pm • Are you curious about the wonders of the cosmos? Then, embark on an adventure through the cold depths of outer space…with the help of your imagination. Learn about amazing astronomical phenomena, complete missions with your crew and conduct experiments for extreme environments. Sign up to be the ultimate space explorer! Registration Fee $90. Activity #93993.
December 28, 2018 • 1:30-4:30pm • GamerBlast Drop-In @ Shakopee Library • ages 7-14 • Blast your winter break boredom with this free drop-in program featuring games, games, games! Fight your way to the top for free prizes & snacks in the Super Smash Bros Tournament, make & take some Minecraft snacks & projects, go on a Pokemon scavenger hunt, and more! FREE
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!
BE CREATIVE Ideas on where your kids can get super crafty (and super messy without YOU having do be on cleanup detail!) VISIT A LOCAL MUSEUM We’re always adding to our list of Twin Cities Museums & Historic Sites – browse it for something unexpected! COZY UP INSIDE
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.
Special hours during winter break.
Open for some extra fun during winter break
The big kids can skate and the little ones can clamber around the giant play structure
Ramsey County Library events
Hennepin County Library events
Dakota County Library events – DCL has a some ideas for Winter Break Fun
Washington County Library events
Carver County Library events
Scott County Library events
Anoka County Library events
Ideas on where your kids can get super crafty (and super messy without YOU having do be on cleanup detail!)
VISIT A LOCAL MUSEUM
We’re always adding to our list of Twin Cities Museums & Historic Sites – browse it for something unexpected!
COZY UP INSIDE
If it’s wintry, you can take advantages of these different outdoor ideas:
GO SLEDDING OR SNOW TUBING
- 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
- City of St. Paul sledding hills | List of available sledding hills in St Paul
- Elm Creek Park Reserve | Dayton | $15/pp for 2 hrs increments between 10am-9pm
- Buck Hill | Burnsville
- Ekobacken | Forest Lake
- Thomas Wirth Park Winter Recreation Area | Minneapolis
For further inspiration, try our Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide.
GO ICE SKATING
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 through Feb 11, 2018. 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!
GO ICE FISHING
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.
- Bald Eagle Lake in White Bear Lake
- Lake Owasso in Roseville
- Lake Phalen in St. Paul
- St. Croix River on the border, Hudson Wisconsin
- Spring Lake in Prior Lake
- Lake Harriet in Minneapolis
- Lake Minnetonka in Minnetonka
OUTDOOR WINTER FESTIVALS
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!