Spring break is a full week off for kids (and sometimes even longer), and in Minnesota is typically in March.
Whether your kids’ week off is in early or late March (or even April), this guide should help you think of fun things to do!
Basically I’ve compiled multiple guides from my site – some listing fun things to do in Minnesota, discounts for fun, and even things kids can do at home when they’re bored.
And at the end I have some free spring cleaning resources for your family too (for your kids to help you with, of course! ha).
Highlights for spring in the Twin Cities:
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit – Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul. Now through May 8th. Go for FREE on the first Sunday of the month! Or save the MOST on tickets with my exclusive code. Just go to mcm.org and use my code TCFM to save $3 per admission on tickets IN-PERSON. You can also use that code to save $20 on a membership either in-person or online. (Note that my code is only good for ticket purchases in-person at this time due to COVID restrictions. Just mention my code when you purchase your tickets.)
Sundays at Landmark – Landmark Center, St. Paul. There are Urban Adventure days and other events throughout the month – all free.
Como Zoo – Always free, though donations appreciated. In St. Paul. Must make a reservation.
Visit a library! Libraries are full of books and movies, but also storytimes and other special events!
Scheels – Located in Eden Prairie, this store is like an amusement park. It has a ferris wheel, aquarium, candy store – lots of fun! We visited when it opened in 2020 and things that were closed then (like the ferris wheel) are now open!
For events happening this month and ongoing:
This calendar includes local events (& deals!) for the current month, and is updated regularly.
Staycation & Short Trip Ideas in Minnesota
Austin, MN – We had a perfect weekend getaway here!
Duluth, MN – I grew up here, but visit here often with my kids. I’ve written many recaps of our visits including Spirit Mountain, Glensheen Mansion, the Vista Fleet, North Shore Railroad and Great Lakes Aquarium.
Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington – We stayed here twice and love how there’s so much to do on-site!
Radisson Blu Hotel at the Mall of America – We also stayed here twice and love how it’s so nice and connected to the Mall of America for unlimited fun.
Shafer, MN – You have to stop at the free Franconia Sculpture Park! Less than an hour from the Twin Cities.
This lists every place a family can find fun in Minnesota, organized alphabetically by category! Cities/locations are included.
Originally created as a list by one of my readers, I then expanded this list and published it here. Then another reader created an interactive spreadsheet for me to include! It’s all here:
All the ways you can save money at places all around the Twin Cities, compiled here.