Family Fun Twin Cities Winter Break Survival Guide

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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:

This post is sponsored by Outdoor Empire.

A good fishing rod can make all the difference between success and failure during your next trip. If you select a model well-suited for your fishing style and target species, you’ll not only catch more fish, you’ll have a better time while on the water too. On the other hand, if you pick a rod poorly suited for your needs, you’ll catch less fish and suffer from fatigue and frustration.

Personal preference obviously plays a large role in rod selection, but you must know where to start your search. Fortunately, Outdoor Empire’s 2017 Fishing Rod Buyer’s Guide will help you find the best rod for your fishing needs and explain some of the most important things to consider when making your choice.


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 SKATINGWinter Break Survival Guide

  • 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


Winter Break Survival Guide


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 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!

Winter Break Survival Guide


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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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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