Cabin Fever? Winter Activities for Families

Explore Some Free Family Friendly Activities around Town

Let’s face it.  Kids need to get out of the house and explore their world, but it isn’t always easy to navigate an activity when you have a child who struggles with behavioral or sensory issues.  Check out some great nearby opportunities at libraries and other community gathering spots.  And even though this is winter in Minnesota, there are plenty of great activities at the parks, many of which have great indoor nature centers where you can warm up, check out a salamander, or touch some wolf fur. You never know what might spark your child’s interest!


Hennepin County Libraries

The libraries have tons of activities for folks of all ages and stripes.  Your kids could learn something new or make friends with others who have similar interests. Sample activities include:

  • Storytime – Most libraries
  • K-12 Homework Help – Most libraries
  • Chess Club – Minneapolis Central
  • Library Lab for Kids – Fandoms, Games and Play – Minneapolis Central
  • Teen Centers – Oxboro, Brooklyn Park, Central, Franklin, and more
  • Game On! Gaming Club – Nokomis
  • Nature Activities – Nokomis, Webber Park, Brookdale, and more
  • Arts & Crafts – Excelsior, Central, and more
  • Teen Tech, Anime and Fandom – Brooklyn Park, East Lake, Franklin and more

Free Family Arts Activities

Minnesota has so many wonderful arts organizations. Check out these informal, kid-friendly settings where kids can enjoy all kinds of arts activities – many of them free.

Schubert Club FREE Sensory Friendly Family Concerts

  • Next concert features Nirmala Rajasekar on Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 at 10:30am
  • Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, St. Paul

SPCO FREE Family Concerts

  • Next concerts are on Feb 2 at 10:00 and 11:30 am
  • Ted Mann Concert Hall, Mpls; Tickets are free (limit 4) but reservations are required



Even though not all museums are free, many offer one free day weekly or monthly.


Parks and Nature Centers around Town:

Check out your local city parts or Three Rivers District Parks activities in Hennepin County

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Bloomington) – hands on indoor exhibit plus free snowshoe hikes

Woodlake Nature Preserve (Richfield) – interactive exhibit and outdoor trails


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