Free/Low Cost Activities in Minnesota

As you spend time with your new-to-country friends, here are some ideas of fun things to do together:

  • Winter sports: sledding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating, ice fishing
  • St. Paul Winter Carnival

    St. Paul Winter Carnival

  • Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival
  • Science Museum of MN – only $3 with EBT card or other low income programs; jump on the light rail to get there!
  • Minnesota Zoo – free admission with EBT card or other low income programs; take the bus there!
  • Como Zoo – free admission. The conservatory is a nice break from winter weather!
  • Make cookies
  • Invite them to your family Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years
  • Make “snow ice cream” – google the recipe, or hit the link!
  • Stove-top popcorn & games – some good low English level games are: Mastermind, Candyland, Dominoes, Checkers, Memory, Chess, Uno…ask them to teach you a game too!
  • Build snowmen, snow forts, snowball fights
  • Cook a meal together – teach them your recipes & learn theirs
  • Como Zoo Conservatory

    Decorate the Christmas tree together – great opportunity to explain your family traditions

  • Watch a movie in their language (one of their movies or look for movies with subtitles)
  • Go out for tea or coffee
  • Find a local newspaper in their language and show them how to get it
  • Minneapolis Art Institute – free admission
  • The Works Children Museum – $4.25 per ticket with EBT card or other low income programs
  • Take the family on a day trip to the North Shore (Duluth)
  • Take advantage of free events at the Minnesota History Center
  • Attend a local sporting event
  • Shovel snow together & make hot chocolate from scratch and homemade marshmallows
  • Coloring
  • Visit the frozen falls at Minnehaha Falls
  • Build a blanket fort & have an indoor scavenger hunt
  • Take a drive to look at all the holiday lights & decorations in the neighborhood
  • Make homemade ornaments & Christmas cookies together
  • Go to story time at your local library with the kids
  • Find indoor playground or rec center with open gym time near you
  • Toddler Tuesdays at Mall of America: free entertainment for toddlers and preschoolers every Tuesday
  • Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market: free entertainment for children and free kids’ meal with purchase of an adult meal at several Midtown restaurants
  • Attend free classes/activities for all ages at Midtown Global Market
  • Check out a free Museum Adventure pass at your local library
  • Pack a sack lunch and attend Ballet Tuesdays (free!) at Landmark Center