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Twin Cities: Family Summer Bucket List

By Emily Savage

Summer is here & we tapped our amazing Twin Cities BCB Market Leader, Jesse Brine, to help us curate an awesome Top Summer Bucket List for all you MN Mamas to enjoy with your families! Jesse, 34, has two kiddos, LJ (6) and Charlie (2.5), and these are some of their favorite things to do as a family!  Be sure to check them out + let us know what you think!
And don’t forget to check our BCB site for ongoing BCB Twin Cities events here — free playdates, workouts + more!  Now that’s some summer fun!
Bunker Beach Water Park 701 County Parkway A Coon Rapids, MN 55433
My boys and I love fun in the sun and the water and what better way to spend a summer day than at a water park! Bunker Beach Water Park is MN’s largest water park with fun for everyone and is just minutes north of the Twin Cities.
Eidem Homestead 4345 101st Ave N Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Throughout the summer Eidem Homestead offers FREE ‘Stories on the Porch’ where families can cozy up and listen to a story in their jammies (for the evening sessions) or pack a snack and have a morning out (for the day sessions). Before and after the stories there’s time to visit with the animals and play on the grounds.
Twin Cities River Rats 1758 West River Rd N Minneapolis, MN 55411
Summer in MN = time on the water. If you’re not on the water it’s a blast to watch others perform on it. Twin Cities River Rats hold FREE waterski shows most Thursday evenings. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and secure a spot along the banks of the Mississippi River to watch performers as young as kiddos and as old as grandparents perform.
Can Can Wonderland 755 Prior Avenue North Suite #004 St. Paul, MN 55104
We’re always looking for rainy day activites and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Can Can Wonderland. From artist-designed mini golf, to delicious food and beverages (really yummy adult ones), plus an arcade, and FREE karaoke on Friday nights for kids!
Eastman Nature Center 13351 Elm Creek Road Dayton, MN 55369
I love to get my boys out into nature, but I’m not the best at providing educational answers to their questions. Eastman Nature Center has a TON of fun, free, and educational programing throughout the summer months. Our favorite is the ‘Feeding Frenzy’ where kids (and adults alike) get to watch as salamanders, toads, turtles, frogs, and snakes get fed right before our very eyes and sometimes they even ask for volunteers to help feed the animals!
Vali-Hi Drive In Theatre 11260 Hudson Blvd N Lake Elmo, MN 55042
My oldest son LOVES watching movies. With only 6 drive-in movie theatres left in MN we are planning on heading to the East-side to catch 3 movies for the price of 1 (ages 5 and under are free) at Vali-Hi Drive In Theatre at least once this year.
Edina Movies in the Park Maetzold Amphitheater at Centennial Lakes Park & 7499 France Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435
Have I mentioned my 6 year old LOVES movies? There are TONS of cities in MN that offer FREE movies outside and this year we’re going to head to Edina to check out what they have to offer. We’re most excited to check out Justice League on July 19th.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden 725 Vineland Pl Minneapolis, MN 55403
More fun and education outdoors happens right on the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. I’m excited to take a walking tour of the grounds, but even better is the first Saturday of each month we get FREE admission to the Walker Art Center and some amazing events. We can’t wait for July 6th when Koo Koo Kangaroo will be having a FREE performance in front of the Spoonbridge and Cherry.
Minneapolis Farmer’s Market 312 East Lyndale Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55405
Since we’re up by 7am each day, why not take advantage of a quiet morning at the Minneapolis Farmers Market? With delicious fresh food to eat, straight from the garden vegetables, and beautiful flowers to brighten up our kitchen we have plenty to take in on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
St. Paul Saints Baseball CHS Field 360 N Broadway St St Paul, MN 55101
We’re lucky enough to have 2 outdoor baseball stadiums here in MN. Even though the Twins are leading the MLB, my favorite team to watch is the St. Paul Saints. Saints games are super FAMILY FRIENDLY! Between most innings there is entertainment on the field where they pick audience members to participate, after some games they have Fan Appreciation Fireworks, and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of ‘Team Psychologist’ Bill Murray!

We hope you enjoy this round-up of super fun activities and adventures to do with your kiddos in the Twin Cities this summer!  Leave us a comment & let us know what else we should add to the list.

Jesse is our Twin Cities Market Leader.  For her, the best part about living in the Twin Cities are the lakes and parks! “There are so many great activities to do on the water in both the summer and winter and our parks system is incredible too.”  Her best #momhack to throw in your back pocket when you’re heading out on summer adventures is: always keep extra snacks in the glove compartment of your car so you can appease a fussy kiddo!
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