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Family Activities in the Twin Cites (Minneapolis/St Paul)
Fun Things to Do for Kids and their Families in Minneapolis and St. Paul Area
Ever begin to run out of ideas for things to do with your kids or loved ones? Well look no further! I'm compiling a list of fun activities in the Twin Cities area.
The page includes categorized listings of fun things to do with the family, broken down by price. Everything from free to $10, or more, dollars per person.
Fun, Fun, Fun!
A big challenge is coming up with things to do, on the spur of a moment or when funds are low.
As far as the Twin Cities are concerned, the biggest challenge isn't finding something the kids will enjoy doing, it's figuring out how to fit it all in.
There is just so much to do!
Free Things to Do - Free (or some times a donation)
These are the free things to do.
- Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory provides a balanced combination of fun, family and education. It's mission is to inspire our public to value the presence of living things in our lives. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days a year and admissi
- Mall of America
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. *Most retail stores are closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Summer Mall Hours (May 31 - August 30, 2008) Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- Baker Park Reserve
Located on Lake Independence, Baker Park Reserve's 2,700 acres offer diverse outdoor activities in natural surroundings. You can golf at Baker National Golf Course, explore a creative play area, picnic and swim, or bicycle on paved trails that wind t
- Minnesota Transportation Museum
The Minnesota Transportation Museum invites travelers of all ages to experience the changing world of transportation.
- Eden Prairie Center's Soft Play Area
For all of you south-suburbanites, check out the soft foam play area at Eden Prairie Center! It's located on the lower level near Kohl's and has a Minnesota-living theme. Some of the play structures include a snowmobile, tent, hills and jet ski. It
- Choo Choo Bobs Train Sore
This Grand Avenue train store is chock full of fun and toys! It hosts free storytimes at 10 a.m. on select Tuesdays and Saturdays - Engineer Paul usually hosts them each week, but it's best to call or check the schedule in the website's Events sectio
- Hennepin County Library - Birth to 6 - Storytimes
Family Storytime at Hennepin County Libraries For children age 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with your children. No registration required.
- Imagination Saturdays - Michaels Craft Stores
Michaels Kids Club meets each Saturday at Michaels stores; kids ages 5-12 are invited to join one of four 30-minute sessions at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. Typically, projects cost $2 per project, per child. However, some Saturdays ar
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Admisssion is always free, every day, except on Mondays when it's closed, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis. On select Sundays, they host Family Days, which feature special activities for families to enjoy together! Otherwise, brows
- Minneapolis Movies in the Park Series
Free movies in the park. Watch movies with your loved ones for free, while sitting under the stars. *Bring a comfortable seat, but not a lawn chair (more like a beach chair). It really keeps your back/butt from hurting.
- U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
This fun and free event occurs every winter in January. "Hockey. The way nature intended. Outdoors in the crisp winter air, skate blades gliding on the fresh ice below, with the sounds of clacking sticks and the smell of grilling bratwurst filling t
- Events at the Minnesota State Capitol - MNHS.ORG
Tons of free events at the state capital. They rotate events monthly. Hourly tours are free as well. Location: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul MN 55155 Phone: 651-296-2881
- Midwest Mountaineering: Demo Kayak and Canoe for Free
Test-paddle boats for absolutely Free. We bring the boats, paddles, and personal flotation devices.
Cheap Things to Do - $1 to $9 per person
- The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park
Tour only - $6/person Cost increases from here as you add more options, such as a lunch or hayride.
- Science Museum of Minnesota - Minnesota's Favorite Museum
Exhibits Only Adult - Cost from $11.00 Child (4-12), Senior (60+) Cost from $8.50
- Minnesota Children's Museum
Ages 1 - 101: $7.95 (If you're under 1 or over 101 years of age, sorry) On December 12, 1981, the first children entered the original Children's Museum, known as "Minnesota's AwareHouse," in downtown Minneapolis. A picture of the original Children
- Foshay Tower
$7 per person Built in 1929 at the then-astronomical cost of $25 million and modeled on the Washington Monument, the Foshay was the brainchild of plumbing magnate Wilbur Foshay, who went to prison for fraud a year after it was built. The Foshay wa
- Bell Museum
Adults: $5 Children 3-16: $3 Children under 3 years: Free Seniors 62+: $3 The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History was established by state legislative mandate in 1872 to collect, preserve, skillfully prepare, display, and interpret our st
- St. Paul Saints Baseball
General Admission Adult $5.00 Youth (14 & Under) $4.00 Bleacher Reserved Adult $8.00 Youth (14 & Under) $7.00
- Minnesota History Center
At the History Center's museum, enjoy lively exhibits that feature such varied objects as an authentic birch bark canoe, a printing press from the early 1800s, Minnesota Twins' World Series memorabilia, Burma Shave signs, a recreated barbershop and a
- The American Swedish Institute
In 1908, the Turnblads-a Swedish immigrant family-completed the construction of their castle-like mansion on Minneapolis' Park Avenue. Just twenty-one years later, they gave it all away to the community, founding the museum and cultural center that w
- The Bakken Museum - Home
The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for science and its potential good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism. The Bakken Museum got its name from Earl Bakken, who co-founded Medtronic in 1949. Bakken was b
More Expensive Things to Do - $10 to $25+
These are the more costly adventures. Hopefully you get what you pay for!
- Minnesota Zoo
Age Zoo Only Zoo/Imax Theatre 3-12 $8.00 $14.00 13-64 $14.00 $21.00
- Valley Fair Amusement Park
Regular (Ages 3-61 & 48" & taller in shoes) $36.95 Junior/Senior (3 years & older and less than 48" tall in shoes, or 62 years & older) $14.95
- Minnesota Indoor Water Parks (including Hotels)
All of the indoor water parks in Minnesota. Costs, hours of operation and locations vary.
- Rent a Canoe or Paddle Boat on Lake Calhoun
On July 5, 1911 Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles were linked by canal. The gentle waters and picturesque setting that this effort made possible created an excellent opportunity for canoeing and kayaking.Please call (612) 823-5765 for more informati
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