There are many organizations that recommend eating dinner together as a way to stay connected as a family, but somehow that just doesn’t work at my house – too many people with schedules that are to varied.

Instead we make a commitment to spending time together on a regular schedule doing something fun.  When the kids were younger it was every week, now that I have a teen and tween it is at least once a month.

We choose a specific event or attraction for the following month and put it on the calendar.

If you struggle to find something fun to do with your kids I encourage you to take a look through this list. There are attractions open all year long as well as seasonally. Now matter what age your children, what you like to do or where you live, there is sure to be something your family will enjoy.

My family and I have enjoyed visiting many of these locations and you will find my review below those attractions.

If you are looking for local events there are several websites that do an excellent job of providing information:

Minnesota Parent

Explore Minnesota

If you have an attraction you would like to see added to this list, please let me know by email at dmarcottefreelance(at)live(dot)com.


American Swedish Institute

Baaken Museum

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Bell Museum of Natural History

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Children’s Museum

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Dakota City Heritage Village

Firefighters Hall and Museum

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Fort Snelling

Read My Review

Hennepin History Museum

 Jackson Street Roundhouse

James J Hill House

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Mill City Museum

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minnesota History Center

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Minnesota Streetcar Museum

Science Museum

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The Landing

The Works

Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum

Walker Art Museum

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Wayzata Depot & Towne Trolley

Weisman Art Museum

 Playing Inside

Adventure Peak

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Chuck E Cheese

Grand Slam

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Pump It Up

Sky Zone

Vertical Endeavors


Water Parks

Apple Valley Water Park

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Bunker Beach

Cascade Bay

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Highland Park Aquatic Center

St. Louis Park Aquatic Park

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The Groves

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Water Park of America

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Indoor Attractions

Basilica of St. Mary

Children’s Theatre Company

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Crystal Caves

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IMAX Minnesota Zoo

IMAX Science Museum

Gangster Tours from Landmark Center

Guthrie Theatre Play

Landmark Center

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Lego Land

Mall of America

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Mid Town Global Market

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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Minnesota Lynx Game

Minnesota Orchestra Family Program

MN Gophers Games

Nickelodeon Universe

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Orchestra Hall

Orpheum Theatre

Raptor Center

Sea Life

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State Capitol Tour

State Theatre

Sunken Garden @ Como Zoo

The Soap Factory

Timberwolves Game

Uncle Sam Worked Here – Landmark Center

Urban Expedition at Landmark Center

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Vikings Game

Wabasha Street Caves

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Wild Game

 Outdoor Attractions

Boom Island

Bruce Vento Nature Center

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Caponi Art Park

Cafesjians Carousel

Como Zoo & Conservatory

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Eloise Butler Wildflower and Butterfly Sanctuary

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Farmers Market

Franklin Steele Square

Hidden Beach Cedar Lake

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Holz Farm

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Island Lake

Minnesota Zoo

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Osceola & St Croix Valley Railway

Padelford Boat Cruise

Richardson Nature Center

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Saints Game

Schultz Lake Beach

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Segway Tour

Severs Corn Maze

Stone Arch Bridge

Tamarack Nature Center

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Three Rivers Park

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Twins Game

Valley Fair

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Valley Scare

Wood Lake Nature Center

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