Spring break is right around the corner. While for your kids, this means a week of fun and freedom, for you, it means a week of finding creative outlets for all that excitement.
Spring break can be an excellent time to bond and spend some quality time together, but you need to find the perfect activities to captivate every member of your family.
That’s where we come in. All of us fun-loving parents at the Twin Cities Kids Club know all about the struggle to find the right outlets for all the individual members of your family. That is why we have gathered this list of the best things to do in Minneapolis in March.
Whether you have little kids, big kids, or a combination of both, we are sure you will find something on this list to satisfy them all.
As we all know, the weather in Minnesota can be a bit unpredictable. The well-prepared mom will be ready for anything that is thrown at her. It is good to have a few indoor options.
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is wholly devoted to serving local children, families, and the entire community of the Twin Cities.
Some of the marvelous attractions you and your family can look forward to are:
- The Betsy Tacy inspired Play Porch
- The Whiz Bang exhibit
- A towering Mankato Clinic Tree Fort Climber
- Features, exhibitions, activities, and spaces for all ages
With three floors of fun for the whole family, the Minnesota Children’s Museum is sure to please. Plus, every third Sunday of the month, you and your family can explore the museum for free.
They offer family memberships, so come on down and join today. Check out our tips here on visiting the Minnesota Children’s Museum
The Headwaters Science Museum has over 7500 square feet of fun. They have over 40 interactive and hands-on exhibits. Some of the fantastic features include:
- Live animals
- Hot air balloon
- Pitching cages
- Weekly activities that include Tots-N-Science, Science Club, and birthday party private events
If you are looking to bring the fun to you, they offer a portable planetarium to deliver the joy and majesty of space right into your home. Additionally, they have a live raptor exhibit.
The Bell Museum is Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium. Bring the family and experience the breathtaking high-tech exhibits, wildlife dioramas, outdoor learning experiences, and so much more.
You can glimpse the stars and cosmos in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. If you’re looking for a unique experience in March, check out the Audobon Yoga with movements inspired by the birds!
Do your little ones love science? Then we have a museum for you. The Science Museum of Minnesota is a place where extraordinary discoveries become an everyday occurrence. Bring your whole family and make memories that last.
Where to begin when you have so many options? Make sure you don’t miss these spectacular attractions:
- Snag a photo with the Giant Astronaut
- Climb the musical stairs and have a dance party
- Watch a show in the 90-feet high, domed screen Omnitheater
- Take in a live Science Theatre performance
- Race a tyrannosaurus rex in the Sportsology exhibit
- See the most complete Triceratops skeleton in the world
- Check out the schedule of themed events and dress up for fun
Aquariums and Zoos
If your kids love nature and animals, take them to one of the marvelous aquariums or zoos in the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Zoo is home to a lush tropical forest, amazing aviary, boreal forest, tundra, family farm, marine center, and even penguins. Grab a group and see the animals, they offer group discounts for 20 or more.
The Como Zoo features both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Your kids will be thrilled by the large cats, polar bears, primates, and aquatic animals. You will never be bored here because they feature changing seasonal plants and flowers.
Come to the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America. They have 19 species of sharks. These magnificent creatures swim through their world-famous 300 foot Ocean Tunnel. They have tanks full of over 1.3 million gallons of water and fun.
If you don’t mind a quick trip, take a drive to Duluth and visit the Great Lakes Aquarium. Learn a little bit more about the Great Lakes Basin with species found primarily in this area. It’s not all local, though; they also feature exhibits of freshwater and marine habitats from around the world.
Sometimes, you need to let off some steam. Your kids need an outlet for all the pent up energy they seem to magically acquire during days off. Check out these fun activities.
Here we have a complete entertainment destination. You and your kids will find two WhirlyBall courts, a 4,000 square foot laser-tag arena, and a restaurant complete with a full bar.
I bet you didn’t know that the world’s largest indoor amusement park if here in Minneapolis. The Nickelodeon Universe comprises seven acres full of rides, Nickelodeon characters and retail, and so much more.
You don’t want to miss the Barnacle Blast, the most extensive indoor zip line in North America. Also, check out the Dutchman’s Deck, an adventure course that features the tallest ropes course in the world.
Free Things to Do
Sometimes, the best things are free things.
St Patrick’s Day Parades
Check out one of the two St. Patrick’s Day Parades.
The Saint Patrick’s Association St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Tuesday, March 17th. This next parade will be the 54th anniversary of the ceremony.
The Irish Fair of Minnesota also produces a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade route follows along Nicollet mall, starting at 6th St and ending on 11th St. It is free and fun.
If spectacular views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline are something you are into, then the free skating at Loring Park is a can-not-miss for you. Not only is the skating open, but they have free skates to loan on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The rink is open until mid-March. Come and check out the cozy warming house and skate the day away with your family.