Not sure what to do today? Check out our fantastic list of storytimes and ongoing activities for you and your kids to check out around town.
Story Time at Como Zoo’s Visitor Center: Daily | Noon Join the zoo for story time everyday at 12:00! The stories feature plants and animals, and occasionally involve costumed characters.
Tail Time (Wild Rumpus Bookstore): Mondays | 10:30am Story time for babies through pre-schoolers. This fills up quickly, so arrive early – its a popular outing!
Story Time with Engineer Paul (Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store): Tuesdays | 10am Sing songs, listen to train stories, and enjoy the morning at a local favorite spot for littles. Stay afterward and play with one of the many train tables set up at the back of the store.
Book Club (Pottery Barn Kids – Galleria): Tuesdays | 11am Head over for story time each week and join the book club. They’ll give you a book club passport on your first trip and a special gift after five trips in. Free.
Storytimes at the Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul): Tuesdays-Thursday | 10:30am Storytime for various ages. Tuesdays for Baby, Wednesdays for Preschoolers and Thursdays for Toddlers. Free.
Wee Wednesdays (Midtown Global Market): Wednesdays | 10:30am-1pm 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. 5yrs. old and under.
Drop-in Baby Play Time (Amma Parenting Center): Fridays | 11:45am-12:45pm Pop in for an hour of playtime and companionship. You bring your babe, they’ll put out the toys, nursing pillows and music. No registration necessary. Free. Ages newborn to walking.
Family Fun Night (Minnesota Children’s Museum): Fridays | 5-8pm Great night out with the family including family art activities from 6-7:30pm, Bedtime Stories at 7pm. Ages 1-10. Admission: $9.95 Ages 1-101.
Tots Playtime Bowling (Pinstripes – Edina): Weekdays | 10am-Noon Kids bowl for $5 and parents bowl for Free! Cozy couches, wait staff is available if you need some coffee or a snack and bumpers and ball ramps abound. Limit 4 children per adult.
Toddler Tuesdays (Mall of America): Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Toddler Tuesdays provides events, free entertainment and discounts especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! Kids eat free with an adult meal at many restaurants. Nickelodeon Universe ride special: 5-hour toddler wristband for $11.95 + plus tax.
Free Toddler Flicks (Mall of America): Tuesdays | 11:30am Join the Theatres at Mall of America for Free Toddler Flicks every Tuesday after Toddler Tuesdays®. Enjoy a special $4 kids concession package including popcorn or a hot dog, crackers and juice pouch or water.
Science Museum Preschool Playdates (St. Paul): Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Purchase a regular priced ticket and receive a child ticket for free (ages 5 & under). Includes make and takes, theater programs and demonstrations and admission to the galleries.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Free Thursdays (Chaska): Thursdays through March | 8:00-5:30 (or sunset, whichever is later)
Free Crafts for Kids (Lakeshore Learning): Saturdays | 11am-3pm Ages 3 and up. No reservation necessary. Locations in Maplewood and St. Louis Park.
Saturday Puppet Shows (In the Heart of the Beast Theater): Saturdays through March 14th | 10am & Noon Puppet shows, followed by make and take workshops themed for that day’s puppet show (additional $5/child, $3/adult). Workshops are a family activity offered in the classroom at 11 am each Saturday morning. $8/person or whatever you can pay.
Target Free Sundays (Minnesota Children’s Museum): Third Sunday of each month Visitors can roam the Museum free of charge, every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Only a certain number of visitors are allowed in each hour – expect to wait 10-20 minutes upon arrival. Due to the number of visitors on these days, we’d suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car.