There’s always something to do in the Twin Cities, and the winter months are no different! Here in the #boldnorth, we do not allow a little cold weather keep us cooped up inside. This guide to January showcases many opportunities for winter sports, plenty of bonfires and s’mores, ice castles, new plays and exhibits, and of course – the winter carnival! We’ll update with new additions as they come.
January 1: Noon Year’s Confetti Dance Party! | 10:00am-1:00pm A family event so popular, we’re doing it twice! Ring in the “Zoo” year during a special Noon Year’s Celebration on December 31 & January 1. Kidsdance, Minnesota’s favorite high-energy, interactive DJ service for kids, will be here both days with tunes, contests, and fabulous prizes! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon. FREE.
January 4: Forever Wild Family Friday: Fun on the Ice | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills Visitor Center for family fun with park activities and s’mores. Bring your skates or try one of our kicksleds. We’ll light up the lake for winter fun. All ages. FREE.
January 4-5: Championship Snocross | Varies AMSOIL Championship Snocross is the No. 1 snowmobile race series in the world, and brings together the best professional and amateur athletes in the sport.
January 5: Saturday Family Fun Day | 10:00-11:00am Bring the entire family out to experience the WILD at Springbrook Nature Center. Explore the trails, learn new skills, meet live animals and more. This month’s theme is “staying warm”! Please dress to enjoy the weather. Activities will be geared towards elementary school-aged children, but all are welcome.
January 4-5: Championship Snocross | Varies AMSOIL Championship Snocross is the No. 1 snowmobile race series in the world, and brings together the best professional and amateur athletes in the sport.
January 4-6: Land O’ Lakes Dog Show | 10:00am Watch dogs compete for Best in Show. See live demonstrations of fun activities for you and your dog at the Unleashed 1.0 Dog Expo. Meet the Breeds! Partners in Performance will feature seminars on service dogs, therapy dogs, and more. Visit the Ringside Market for all kinds of goodies for your dog.
January 12: Game Dev Day at the Works Museum | 1:00-4:00pm Learn how games are made and meet real game developers.
January 5: Winter Astronomy – Eastman Nature Center | 1:00-2:30pm Discover constellations from inside an inflatable constellation dome. Hear ancient stories about constellations and learn how to identify them. Discuss what scientists know about our solar system. Reservations required. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.
January 7: Free Skating Event | 12:00-1:30pm Celebrate the winter skating season and National Skating Month at the Burnsville Ice Center! Attendees will receive free admission, discounted skate rental and free private mini-lessons for new skaters. Lesson space is limited and based on first-come, first served.
January 10: Knee-High Naturalists: Whooo’s There? | 10:00-11:30am Discover nature with a child through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and art projects at the Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Explore the world of owls. Look at owl biofacts, learn about owl sight and head outside to look for owl signs.
January 11: Candlelight Hike at Thompson County Park | 6:00-9:00pm Walk around the lake and through the woods on candlelight hiking and snowshoe trails, and plowed walking trails. Warm up with hot cocoa and crackling bonfires. Cocoa provided. Hot food available for purchase from food trucks.
January 12: Winter Trail Days | 11:00am-4:00pm Winter Trails Day is an annual winter festival open to people of all ages to come out and try a variety of winter activities for free! Partners from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, REI, the National Park Service, Base Camp, Mississippi Park Connection, Wilderness Inquiry, Loppet Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service will come together to provide a range of activities including cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, snowshoeing, ice sculpting, fat tire biking, and more! ASL interpreters will be available.
January 12: Second Saturdays at TPT | 11:00am Get ready for the annual Second Saturdays winter carnival at TPT! This year, the carnival is bigger and better than ever. We’ll have an obstacle course bounce house. We’ll have face painting. Carnival games? You bet! Try Big Bird’s Bowl-o-rama, Super Grover’s Soda Toss, Oscar the Grouch’s Garbage Can Knockdown and more. Plus popcorn, sno-cones, hot chocolate and coffee (for the parents). The SciGirls will also be there making biodegradable icicle bird-feeders that you can use to see what winter birds live in your neighborhood!
January 12: Winter Flower Show Opening Day | 10:00am-4:00pm The 2019 Winter Flower Show at the Como Zoo will feature purple azaleas, jewel tones with dark red cyclamen, blue pansies, dark pink/maroon oriental lilies, veltheimia, various amaryllis.
January 12: Nordic Craft – Carve Up Your Christmas Tree! | 10:00am-5:00pm Don’t throw your Christmas tree to the curb! Instead, turn it into both beautiful and functional objects for your home. From whisks, cooking utensils, and mug racks for your kitchen, to coat hooks for your entryway, and even carved animals and toy swords to delight the kids – the possibilities are endless. This class will cover basic carving skills and equip students with the knowledge to pursue it on their own! Tools will be provided. Students will leave with several complete projects.
January 12: 3M Visiting Wizards at The Works Museum | 1:00-4:00pm Enjoy hands-on demonstrations and a 30-minute Wizard show from real scientists and engineers at 3M.
January 12: Party in the Club – Teddy Bear Picnic | 10:30am-12:00pm Teddy Bear Picnic with the Teddy Bear Band! Bring your teddies for picnic games, crafts and music with the always-popular Teddy Bear Band! Hosted by Prior Lake City Government and Scott County Public Library.
January 12: Winter Open House: Snowshoes and Tracks | 10:30am-3:00pm Learn how to walk, run, and turn around on snowshoes at the Maplewood Nature Center. Learn about animal tracks and signs from self-guiding activities. A naturalist will answer nature questions, and orient you to the nature center trails. Try wood or metal snowshoes (wood snowshoes require 6+ inches of fluffy snow). Sleds available for pulling young kids. Come back inside to enjoy a cup of hot cider and warm up! Dress in layers and wear winter boots. Snowshoes available for ages 4 to adult.
January 13: The Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | 1:00-3:00pm Koo Koo Kanga Roo is the dance-a-long comedy show from Bryan and Neil, two friends who set out to experiment with live music and make it more fun. Armed with nothing more than an iPod, two mics, one giant rainbow and some gold sneakers, Koo Koo Kanga Roo puts on an all-ages dance party that invites everyone to join in. Please note tickets are required for this event. Please note tickets are required for this event.
January 13: Koo Koo Kangaroo Concert | 2:00-3:00pm Koo Koo Kanga Roo is the dance-a-long comedy show from Bryan and Neil, two friends who set out to experiment with live music and make it more fun. Armed with nothing more than an iPod, two mics, one giant rainbow and some gold sneakers, Koo Koo Kanga Roo puts on an all-ages dance party that invites everyone to join in.
January 14: Ladies Bouldering Night | 6:00-8:00pm Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Minneapolis Bouldering Project instructor Hillary will be on hand to answer questions and help provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere. All abilities welcome from the, “I’ve never done this before”, to those who want to set routes, and everyone in-between.
January 16: Preschool Party at the Science Museum of Minnesota | 9:00am-1:00pm Inspire science exploration and fun at this winter’s Preschool Party at the Science Museum! Our youngest visitors will find a day designed just for them (with no large school groups!), with hands-on science activities, arts and crafts, story time, and live science demonstrations that will spark a lifetime of science fun and learning.
January 17-20: Arctic Fever | Varies Arctic Fever is a fun winter festival for all ages designed to get families and friends outside to enjoy a Minnesota Winter. Activities include a pizza party, dog sled races, ice games, wagon rides, kids ice fishing, and more! Most events are free and accompanied by a great bonfire.
January 18: Dive In Movie | 7:00-9:45pm Head to the Tropics Indoor Waterpark for a family-friendly Dive-In Movie! The purchase of a daily pass is your ticket to the show! Guests are invited to bring their own noodles to float on.
January 18: The Big Chill | 6:00pm Head to Firemen’s Park for an evening of winter fun. Ice skate on the Clayhole (weather permitting) to DJ music and participate in fun friendly winter ice activities including glow in the dark bowling, candy scavenger hunt and more. Enjoy free s’mores over the bonfire and hot chocolate sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. Bring your skates (no skate rental available) and come out for some Minnesota fun. FREE.
January 19: Wild Kratts: Creature Power! Exhibit – Opening Day | 9:00am-8:00pm Step into the world of Wild Kratts in this brand new exhibit at the Minnesota Children’s Museum! Immerse yourself in animal habitats from around the globe, discover incredible creature powers and go a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans. This is the first time the popular show has been brought to life as a museum experience. Don’t miss it!
January 19: Indoor Astronomy at Richardson Nature Center | 2:00-3:30pm Learn about the night sky in an inflatable planetarium. Study the constellations, listen to star stories and create your own constellations. Reservations required.
January 19: Frost Fest | 1:00-3:00pm Head to the Groveland Recreation Center for a fun neighborhood winter celebration featuring free hot chocolate, treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes, ice skating, games & activities, and more! Rent skates for free.
January 19: Take a Kid Ice Fishing at Pickerel Lake | 1:00-3:00pm Ice fishing is a quintessential Minnesota winter sport. Have you ever walked on a frozen lake? Fished through the ice? You can do that and more at our ice fishing events. On this day it isn’t even necessary for an adult to have a fishing license, as long as they are accompanied by a youth age 15 or younger. We supply the bait, poles, tackle, encouragement, and instruction so all you need to do is show up and join us on the ice. We even drill the holes through which you fish, but you can drill your own if you wish! Be sure to join a ranger in a shelter and while warming up view the mysterious world below the ice through an underwater camera. FREE.
January 19: MacPhail Free Family Music Series: The Bazillions | 10:00am-12:00pm A free, family event for music-loving families and those who want to explore music for the first time! The centerpiece of this series is a live concert. Before and after each concert, the musicians will give free sample lessons to kids and adults on the instruments featured in the concert. Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® staff will also be on site to engage families in a music-themed art project. Light refreshments will follow the concert. FREE.
January 19-21: MLK Weekend + “The 1968 Exhibit” Closing Family Activities | 12:00-3:00pm Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on the legacy of 1968 with art activities, service projects, and performances throughout the weekend. Plus, stop in to see The 1968 Exhibit before it closes.
January 20: Princess Brunch | 13:30am-1:00pm Crafts, music, and visits from Olaf, Princess Anna, and Princess Elsa, plus the chance to win an American Girl doll and other prizes. Event is free with brunch purchase at Lord Fletcher’s. Call to reserve your spot.
January 21: Wilderness Skills at Richardson Nature Center | 2:00-3:30pm Learn survival skills. Work together to build a shelter and practice fire building techniques. End by a warm fire with a story inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reservations recommended.
January 21: Women’s Climbing 101 | 6:00-8:00pm Women, take yourself to new heights and learn the ropes through hands-on experience in our Climbing Cave. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to soar! All equipment provided. Led by Minneapolis Bouldering Project instructor Hillary. Sign up early because these classes are popular!
January 24-27: Champions of Magic | Times Vary Direct from London’s West End, the Champions Of Magic team present incredible illusions with supercars, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction involving the entire audience that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. The tour features original magic that can’t be seen anywhere else, in an explosive show to entertain the entire family.
January 24-27: U.S. Pond Hockey Championships @ Lake Nokomis | Times Vary Celebrate hockey “the way nature intended” on a Minneapolis lake with players reuniting with their youth and friends over a weekend when time can stand still and we can all be kids for three days. The champions do not win prizes, but go down in history with their names etched into the Golden Shovel, a symbol of our lifelong love and passion for the purity of this outdoor game.
January 25-26: Anoka Winterfest | Times Vary Celebrate Anoka’s winter wonderland with indoor and outdoor activities including bonfires, sledding and ice skating (bring your own), city vehicles display, KidsDance DJ, dog sledding demonstrations, arts & crafts, indoor mini golf, floor games, face painting, Kubb, selfie stations, prize drawings, characters, and more!
January 25-26: CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo | 7:30pm Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo showcases champion cowboys from around the United States competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding or bull riding, while the ladies will be vying for the championship title in barrel racing. The top two in each event will return for a second time to go head-to-head to determine the night’s champion. Before the rodeo each night beginning at 6 p.m., fans are invited to come early and partake in the interactive activities for all ages including pony rides, all access meet-and-greets with cowboys and entertainers, hopping in the clown’s barrel for photos, sitting on Sonny the bull in the bucking chutes, or getting up close and personal with the Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo animal superstars.
January 25-27: Twinsfest | Times Vary TwinsFest will feature interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field. As in years past, more than 60 current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend.
January 26: Lego Meet Up at the Works Museum | 1:00-4:00pm Explore LEGO engineering challenges led by LEGO hobbyists and see large LEGO creations.
January 26: Family Snowshoeing with Hot Cocoa | 1:00-2:30pm Explore snow banks, search for animal tracks and warm up with hot cocoa afterward at French Regional Park. Equipment provided. We will hike if no snow. Reservations required.
January 26: January Kids Kraft – Dinofeet! | 10:30-11:15am Roar your way into the new year with a dino-mite Kids Kraft! Join us to make some dino-feet then stomp your way into the galleries for a prehistoric tale. Kids craft is FREE, but registration is required. Scott County Historical Society. FREE.
January 26: Art Sled Rally | Times Vary Mass sledding spectacle, in part, for the history of mass winter events at Powderhorn Park that began around a hundred years ago. FREE.
January 26: Kids Day at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival | 2:00-6:00pm Hosted by Saint Paul YMCA, Kids’ Day is filled with fun and interactive activities for kids of all ages! Watch the Grand Day Parade, participate in the Puzzle Contest and enjoy live kid-friendly entertainment in Landmark Center and Kellogg Park. Join us for kid-friendly fitness classes & activities presented by the Saint Paul YMCA. Schedule of events coming soon.
January 26: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | 12:00-4:00pm Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, and a marshmallow roast. FREE.
January 27: Polar Palooza Family Fun | 12:00-3:00pm This event will be family friendly, with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, sledding, Kidsdance as our DJ, warming house and other activities will be taking place. Food and drink available for purchase. All activities are FREE.
January 27: Skate with a Cop & Firefighter | 1:00-4:00pm Bring your family and get to know the first responders at our Skate with a Cop, Skate with a Firefighter event at McColl Pond. Savage Police and Fire departments are teaming up with Parks and Recreation for an opportunity for the community to see them in a fun environment. Enjoy ice skating on McColl Pond (skates not included), a campfire, s’mores, hot chocolate, and crafts. Registration is not required. FREE.
January 27: S’mores and More | 2:00-4:00pm Give your child a wonderful winter experience at Farmington Parks and Recreation’s third annual event at the Rambling River Park Warming House and outdoor rink. There will be skating games, music, S’mores, hot cocoa, and don’t forget your skates! FREE.
January 27: Winter Scavenger Hunt – Coon Rapid Dam Regional Park | 1:00-3:00pm Explore through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. Drop in anytime. FREE.
January 5: Minnesota Polar Dash | 8:00am Welcome to the 11th annual Polar Dash on January 1st, 2018! 1800M, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. Compete in one of our two CHALLENGES! Yeti Challenge (1800M, 5K & 10K) -OR- Mt. Everest Challenge (1800M, 5K & Half Marathon). Complete the challenge and earn 4 medals (3 distances & 1 challenge medal)! All adult registrations get a performance fleece or jacket, medal, and post-race hot chocolate! Register a youth and they get a Polar Dash hat,
January 5, 12, 19, and 26: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.
January 9-31: Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 5K & 10K | Times Vary This is a 5K virtual run (or walk) to honor all law enforcement everywhere. When you participate you get an awesome medal! At least 15% of every registration is donated to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), whose mission is “Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.”
January 18-19: Ski Rennet Race | Times Vary Bundle up for two days of racing on world-class trails with challenging climbs and scenic views of Hyland Lake Park Reserve! An all-day party with free activities for all ages includes music, fat bike and cross-country ski demos, a sponsor village with food, and more. 5K of guaranteed, man-made snow ensures this race is held in almost any condition.
January 20: Lake Minnetonka Flurry Scurry 5K Fun Run | 9:00am The annual Lake Minnetonka Flurry Scurry 5K takes place in conjunction with the North American Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Minnetonka. A family-friendly run, this is a fun event for all ages and runners of all levels!
January 26: Securian Winter Run | 9:00am Securian Financial Group embraces what Winter Carnival is all about – enjoying Saint Paul’s great outdoors, all year long. The Securian Winter Run features four races: the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Run – each starting at Securian Center on the corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets. The starting gun for the Half Marathon will go off at 9 a.m., while the 5K, 10K and Kids races will begin just minutes later.
Join us for a Moms’ Morning Out at Projects in Person – PIP! Grab your girlfriends and snag tickets to our Brunch & Build event, for a morning of socializing, yummy food & coffee, building your choice of a hanging shelf or hanging banner with the PIP crew, and, of course, swag! More details to come but be sure to save the date on your calendar!
Tickets for this event are VERY limited and will go on sale in mid-January.
Curious what the event might be like? Check out last year’s Brunch & Build Moms’ Morning Out with PIP Event Recap!
American Sign Language Interpretive Day at Como Zoo January 6 | 10:30am American Sign Language Interpretive Day takes place on the first Wednesday of every month Como will have an American Sign Language interpreter on-site interpreting our public Zoo and Conservatory talks. These ten-minute talks will be interpreted between the hours of 10:30AM-1:15PM.
Winter Trail Days January 12 | 11:00am-4:00pm Winter Trails Day is an annual winter festival open to people of all ages to come out and try a variety of winter activities for free! Partners from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, REI, the National Park Service, Base Camp, Mississippi Park Connection, Wilderness Inquiry, Loppet Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service will come together to provide a range of activities including cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, snowshoeing, ice sculpting, fat tire biking, and more! ASL interpreters will be available.
Sensory Friendly Mornings January 13 | 7:00-10:00am Head to the Como Zoo for an inclusive experience designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. There will be designated quiet spaces, sensory story time, and other adjustments that will make this time sensory friendly.
Winter Explorations for Teens on the Autism Spectrum January 13 | 12:30-3:30pm Try kicksledding and go for a snowshoe hike (if conditions allow). Look for animal tracks and other clues. Make friends and practice communicating your needs during safe, off-trail adventures away from the comforts of home. Participants must be able to demonstrate self-care skills without assistance, independently follow adult direction and safety rules, and show readiness for large group participation, including always remaining with the group. Co-taught with Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) educators. Reservations required.
ASL Day at the Excelsior Ice Castles January 19 | 10:00am-10:00pm (check back for confirmation – expected to open by January 11)
Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Science Museum of Minnesota January 20 | 9:00am See a lights-up, sound-down Omnitheater show at 9 a.m., visit the exhibit galleries before they open to the public, retreat to a designated quiet space to relax and recharge, and enjoy lighter crowds.
Sensory Sundays at Urban Air Adventure Park | Select Sundays An event specifically designed for children with Autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park without loud music, flashing lights and to have a lot of fun! See calendar for timing and details.
Sensory Jump Night @ Pump It Up Third Tuesday of Every Month | 6:00-8:00pm During this evening event, the play areas are reserved for kids on the autism spectrum and their families. Kids have a great time meeting new friends. Jump, slide and play with sensory-friendly games in a safe and controlled atmosphere.
Sensory-Friendly Story Time Second Thursday of Every Month | 9:30am Story Time will take place before the store opens to the general public. No music until after the store opens…except for the songs we’ll sing together! Small fidget objects will be available for children to hold if they choose. There will be a clear schedule for story time with visual cues. As with all of our storytimes, this is a no judgment zone! We all have unique needs and ways of expressing ourselves, and we at Wild Rumpus welcome and celebrate those differences.
Sensory-Friendly Saturdays at Select Dakota County Libraries | 10:30am Explore books, music, movement and play in a sensory-friendly setting that welcomes children ages 3–8 of all abilities including those who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are sensitive to sensory overload. One registration required per family. An adult must accompany each registered child. Siblings welcome.
TPT Second Saturdays Sensory-Friendly Hour | 12:00-1:00pm Each month TPT opens up our studios in Lowertown St. Paul for a morning of PBS Kids cartoons on the big screen, meet & greets with PBS Kids characters like Daniel Tiger, Sid the Science Kid, and Buddy the Dinosaur, and fun activities like instrument making and carnival games. If that weren’t enough, the SciGirls squad are always on hand with all sorts of STEM-related games and activities to educate your child.
Sensory-Friendly AMC Movies Second and Fourth Saturday of Every Month | Times Vary AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.
Sensory-Friendly Movies at Marcus Theatre Select Saturdays | 10:30am We understand that sometimes it is difficult or uncomfortable for families with special needs children to attend movies together. Marcus Theatre’s Reel Movies for Reel Needs is a specially designed program to serve families with special needs such as autism or other challenges, who seldom attend movies. Reel Movies for Real Needs creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – lower sound, lights up – where families with children who need accommodations will be able to share the experience of seeing family-friendly films at a theatre. A select first run movie is featured one Saturday each month at a convenient 10:30 AM showtime.
Night Trains Saturdays, November-February | 6:00-9:00pm Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make-believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.
Ice Castles in Excelsior Expected to open January 11 | TBD
Science Fusion at the Science Museum of Minnesota Saturdays, January 12-February 2 | 12:00pm Meet professionals who are making a living doing science, do hands-on science activities, witness the possibilities of STEM careers, see live entertainment, and much more.
Saturday, January 12: African Americans in Science
Saturday, January 19: Latinx Americans in Science
Saturday, January 26: Native Americans in Science
Saturday, February 2: Asian Americans in Science
Bring the whole family to these fun events! You get four free kids admissions (ages 17 and under) with each full-priced adult admission!
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Children’s Theatre Company January 15-February 24 | Times Vary It is hard enough for Mr. Popper, a modest painter, to support himself and his wife, and the unexpected addition of ten penguins makes it even tougher. But then! The imaginative Popper turns his talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. They sing! They dance! They become a theatrical sensation and give a must-see penguiny performance! Applause! Applause! This play shows you a wild and witty way to follow your dreams.
Three Snow Bears – Stages Theatre Company January 18-February 18 | Times Vary Ride along with us this winter through the magnificent Arctic landscape as a young Yup’ik girl embarks on a heroic sled-dog journey to save her village. On the search for the reasons of the widening river, she meets a raven, a hare, a baby seal and finally three snow bears. Join us as an endearing Baby Bear and a determined Yup’ik girl meet center stage in our world premiere musical.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival January 24-February 3 | Times Vary Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has brought family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. Through city-wide special events, fun activities and more, the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation celebrates winter like only Minnesotans can! Most events are FREE, open to the public, and will take place in downtown Saint Paul, near Rice Park and Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
The Biggest Little House in the Forest – Children’s Theatre Company January 29-March 10 | Times Vary A Children’s Theatre Company original production for the littlest theatre-goers! Meet Bernice the butterfly, who discovers a vacant house one day and makes it perfect just for her. Before long, a menagerie of creatures begin moving in one by one. While it’s difficult for Bernice, she accommodates…until…she can “bear” no more. Together they discover when you open your heart, there’s always room for more. The audience joins this newfound family of delightful critters to bring it all to life. Get ready for a pillow fight, bubble bath, and dance party as you help them create a very special version of Home, Sweet Home.
Pre K Program at The Works Museum Select Mondays | 9:00am-12:00pm Pre K Mondays feature special activities just for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. Kids are natural engineers – experience the amazing fun of hands-on engineering together! Encourage your Pre K student to explore his or her curiosity and design, build, and create.
Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark 2nd Tuesday of every month | 12:00pm The Saint Paul Ballet performs excerpts from the company repertoire each year, highlighting events for their coming season. They are held the second Tuesday of the month at noon from October through May. FREE.
Toddler Tuesdays at MOA Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment, and discounts, especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! FREE.
Tent Tales for Tykes Tuesdays | 12:30pm Head over the L.L. Bean’s Adventure Dome Tent for storytime after Toddler Tuesdays in the L.L.Bean store! During each session, you’ll explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts provided by Creative Kidstuff! Recommended for children ages 3-6. Caretakers must remain on-site and are welcome to join in the fun or spend the time shopping.
Storytime with Engineer Paul at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store Tuesdays | 10:00am Engineer Paul hosts a storytime full of songs and smiles. Afterward, enjoy the morning exploring and playing with the various train sets and tables at this fun train store. FREE.
Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market Wednesdays | 10:30am-1:00pm Wee Wednesdays showcase free educational programming, fun crafts, and great meal deals each Wednesday morning at Midtown Global Market! Dance with them, experience live puppet theater, learn to cook fun items together in the kitchen, and even pet live animals from the Como Zoo. FREE.
Tots & Trains at Minnesota Transportation Museum 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month | 10am-12pm Explore the Jackson Street Roundhouse & Museum with your little one. Check out their open play area full of train tables. Create a themed craft to take home. Cuddle up and listen to a train-themed story read by one of the museum’s passionate volunteers. Snacks for the kids and coffee for the parents are provided.
Play Area Storytime at Burnsville Center 3rd Thursday of every month | 10:00-11:00am Join Pretty Awesome Appearances at Burnsville Center’s Play Area for a storytime on the third Thursday of every month at 10am with a special guest appearance by one of our favorite princesses or superheroes (This event is FREE and includes free treats and coupons from a variety of Burnsville Center retailers). The event runs from 10-11am and includes a meet & greet, photos, and storytime.
Kids at the Castle: Third Friday Playdates (American Swedish Institute) In the hour before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, movement and crafts inspired by ASI’s current exhibits- activities that will encourage creative minds and active hands. Recommended for ages 2-5. $5 per family. Registration not required; check in at the Information Desk by 11 a.m. on the day of the program. Adult accompaniment required.
Free First Saturdays at Walker Art Center 1st Saturday of every month | 10:00am-3:00pm Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kid’s films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available or bring something from home to snack on in the lounge or in the garden.
Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center! FREE.
Kid’s Club Workshops at Michaels Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3 and up. All supplies included.
Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Saturdays | 11:00am-3:00pm Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.
MIA Family Day 2nd Sunday of every month | Times Vary On the second Sunday of every month, you’ll have a blast making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local musicians, dancers, and storytellers, and more at the Minnesota Institute of Art! FREE.
Sundays at the Landmark Select Sundays | Times Vary Sundays at Landmark is a series of cultural and art events that are designed to entertain, enrich and educate an audience. All programs begin at 1 pm unless otherwise noted and are kid friendly and open to the public! FREE.
Three Rivers Park District: FREE Family Fun Days Sundays | Times Vary Three Rivers offers family fun at Kroening Interpretive Center or Richardson Nature Center. Discover all the fun that life in and around the river and woods has to offer. FREE.