Winter is here! Winter doesn’t really feel like it’s in full swing until we get a good snowfall, and this year that snowfall welcomed itself just in time for Thanksgiving. The days are cold, but the snow piles outside make it fun to get outside and play.
Winter Activities in the Twin Cities
When the days are just too cold and your kids are going stir crazy inside the house, check out these fun things to do in and around the Twin Cities that the whole family will enjoy! You might want to go burn off all that energy indoors you might feel the itch to do something Christmasy. There is definitely something for whatever mood you are feeling in.
Feeling artsy and want to get your creative juices flowing? Check out Simply Jane Studio! Color, paint, get a little messy and enjoy making art together. There is even a special morning just for toddlers on Thursdays from 10-12am with lots of activities available with a bit of a discount.
The Mall of America is a bustling place during the holiday season. If you feel up to facing the crowds, there are lots of great activities to participate in. Get that timeless photo taken with Santa, and now you can also help Santa and his elves find houses around the country in a Fly Over America virtual reality experience.
Check out your local library or libraries in the county. There are lots of great events for young children like baby storytime for newborns to 2 years old, family storytime, and even storytime with dancing! While you’re there you can check out some books to take home and read them together cuddled up on the couch or in bed.
Brave the Outdoors
There are some other fun activities to enjoy outside as well if the weather isn’t too frightening or chilly. Just make sure you have your warmest sweater on, your favorite boots, and your trusty hat and mittens. It’s even more fun if you stop and enjoy a hot chocolate together afterward in your favorite coffee shop.
You can’t miss the annual Holidazzle in Loring Park. A free event and great for all ages. Dress warm, grab your camera, and head out to enjoy the beautiful lights and holiday atmosphere.
If you are up for a drive, head to New Brighton to check out the incredible ice castles.Thousands of ice blocks constructed with beautiful lights to create this truly magical experience. Not only are there castles but there are also slides and fountains!
Have you invested in a sled yet? Maybe this is the year to get a couple of sleds and head to the nearest park for some downhill sledding. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous check out some of the tubings hills!
Sledding suggestions: Highland Park, St. Paul, Browndale Park and Louisiana Oaks, St. Louis Park, Sunset Hill, Golden Valley, Lone Lake Park, Minnetonka