- The Minnesota Zoo has plenty of fascinating exhibits, inside and out, for a fun time no matter what the weather is.
- The Children's Museum of Minnesota is open extended hours for the weeks of March 11-14 and March 25-30 - they will be open Monday and all week until at least 6 p.m. nightly.
- The Works in Bloomington is open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and all weekend in Spring Break.
- The daytime St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Paul, and the early evening parade in Minneapolis, are both on Saturday March 16.
- Get the bikes out and go for a ride. Need tires or a tune-up? Bike shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
- Hang out at the park, depending on the weather you could be sledding or playing at the playground. (Here's suggestions for sledding hills in Minneapolis and St. Paul). Your local park, or visit one of Minneapolis' larger parks. Minnehaha Park is always pretty, but watch out for all that mud...
- And if the weather is mild, older kids can visit one of Minneapolis' parks skate parks, or one of the other indoor or outdoor skate parks around the cities.
- Or a water park - many local water parks have extra Spring Break hours. It's easier than driving to the Wisconsin Dells.
- The Minnesota Arboretum is open daily, adult admission is $12, and it's excellent value for children - kids under 12 are free. Everyone is free on Thursdays in March, and at the weekend, the Arboretum has free family activities.
- Spring sunshine? Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and visit one of the Twin Cities ice cream parlors.
- Take in some history at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, which currently has the "Then Now Wow!" exhibit, an interactive exhibit aimed specially at kids.
- Or the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. If your kids say that history is booooooring, both the Minnesota History Museum and the Mill City Museum sites mix up interesting history for the adults, with lots of interactive, and hands-on activities for kids.
- Como Zoo is always free, and there are daily story times, opportunity to meet the zookeepers, and learn more about the different animals in the Zoo's enrichment programs.
- Depending on the weather, skiing and snowboarding could either be is pretty much done, or still going strong! If your kids want one last chance to play in the snow, Wild Mountain and Afton Alps are usually the last two local holdouts, staying open for one more week, with skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Kids have to be 42" tall and over 4 years old to go snow tubing.
- Movie theaters across the Twin Cities are catering to kids with child-friendly movies during the day. Of note is the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis is running kids' matinees all Spring Break long, and their discount prices (the movies are shown a few months after their original release) will make parents happy.
Here's some ideas for things to do with children during Spring Break.
And a list of cheap children's activities, including ones where the parents can get coffee while the kids play, and the best place for cheap art project supplies, can be found here.
Or how about getting out of town? If you and your family want to hit the road, here's some places to visit at Spring Break in Minnesota.