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Family Activities in the Twin Cites (Minneapolis/St Paul)

Updated on August 27, 2011

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.

More Expensive Things to Do - $10 to $25+

These are the more costly adventures. Hopefully you get what you pay for!

Need more ideas? - Here's some more resources

Teaching Kids To Love The Earth
Teaching Kids To Love The Earth

A fun book to help you teach your kids about the environment. Very nice!

Exploring the Twin Cities with Children
Exploring the Twin Cities with Children

This is one of the best books out there for great activities in the Twin Cities. Well worth it!


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I would add Canterbury Park for summer, inexpensive activities. Thursday nights they have buck night with $1 pop, $1 nacho and $1 hotdog...hopefully they keep doing that in 2013!

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      fitforafeast lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for offering budget solutions for things to do with kids, very helpful!

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      hayhay77hayhay 5 years ago

      k. I'm So Sick Of People Being So Inconsiderit ... (Spelling)? Lol .. This Is Not Cool .. This Page Made Me Cry . ! not Okay ! ! ! ! .. -__-

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      What a totally hot idea! This is so cool to actually "visit" another state.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Wonderful list of Twin Cities family activities! You've done a great job of putting together activities the whole family will enjoy!! Kudos on being featured on the 50 States monsterboard!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such good information on family activities.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens idea.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Looks like a great place to stop adn see things. Thanks

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      Dmarcotte 6 years ago

      What a great lens - I really like how it is organized.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Great ideas!! I featured this lens on my own lens titled "Fun Valentine's Ideas in the Twin Cities"

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You certainly seem to have it all here and Groupon's too!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We are so lucky to live in MN, so many great family things to do. Awesome lens!

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      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      Excellent listing of fun family stuff to do around town! I would just add two things within the MOA (Mall of America): the ever-popular Nickelodeon Universe theme park, and American Girl Minneapolis - the place of dreams for little girls! Your fun lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      These are absolutely wonderful ideas! I love Valleyfair in the summer, they're always adding new things and the rides are awesome. Wonderful ideas - great lens! I featured it on my lens titled The New Alpine Coaster in Duluth, MN - all the fun things to do in minnesota :)

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well, I have heard so much about the Mall of America -- I think I would HAVE to head there first -- let me wait until that monthly royalty check comes in!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! So many activities to do with the family. I do hope we could come visit the twin cities this year.

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      triathlontraini1 7 years ago

      @KarenHC: It's like a microcosm of the US. Lots to do! :)

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      I grew up in Minneapolis, and read with nostalgia your list of activities for families in the Twin City area. I remember going to Como Park Zoo and the Institute of Art and other museums when I was young. We also had a canoe on Lake Harriet, just a short walk from our house. It's a very family-friendly area!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Good collection of things to do here - I'm sure this would be helpful for parents!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a really nice lens full of great info for travelers! There is a ton of stuff to do here!I'm adding it as a Featured Lens on my Northwest Angle of Minnesota lens.

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      MinneapolisHotels 8 years ago

      The depot hotel in Minneapolis has an indoor water park and ice rink - would fit in the $10-25 section.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I can hardly wait to visit the twin cities.

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      Barkely 9 years ago

      Wonderful list, I've never been, but hope to go in the next few years. Thanks for adding this lens to the Fun For Kids group.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I spend most of the month of July in Minnesota (up around Fargo). Unfortunately I didn't get to the Cities this trip. Minneapolis is one of my favorite cities. I love the south, but I would rather be in Minnesota in the summer.


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      The-Bohemian 9 years ago

      and for over the top arts: the ordway theater! Hope to see you in New Ulm one day. Lets host a squidoo party here at The Bohemian!

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      Sherry Venegas 9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Where was this lens in 2001! My kids still say there is nothing in MN. I had a good time and we have a colorful photo scrapbook from that summer. Good info, I will need it later. I'm going back!

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      Great lens! We've enjoyed a bunch of these things and I worked at the Foshay Tower a hundred years ago. Another great place to visit is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum out near Chaska.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a great lens! 5 Stars and Favored!

      Happy Earth Day!

      From the Woodmice in the Stone Wall.

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Great recommendations!

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      Good advice happy-jack! :)

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      happy-jack 9 years ago

      Open your contact button and get the full

      pleasure of Squidoo. Thank you and great lens

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      WhitePineLane 9 years ago

      Fun lens! Welcome to the Tweeners group! Check out my lens Northern Minnesota: Exploring the Iron Range and the Arrowhead with Your Kids!