Free Weekend Events and Activities: 1/24 – 1/26/14

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We’ve rounded up the latest free weekend events, activities and crafts going on at various locations in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area and also nationwide from 1/24-1/26. Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to this list.

Your turn: What other free weekend events and activities do you know of?

Nationwide Events

Barnes & Noble LEGO Movie

Barnes & Noble
Check your local Barnes & Noble for events. Most stores have story times once or twice per week.

Some special events this month include:

Cabela’s offers various samples and demonstrations each weekend. Events vary by location, so check for details at your local store.

free crafts for kids at Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft for kids from 11am-3pm. Find a Lakeshore Learning Store near you.

  • Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet this Saturday

Store Events   Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn
Adults are invited to free workshops at Pottery Barn on Saturdays or Sundays. Find a Pottery Barn location near you.

  • Design Your Dream Bedroom: Sunday at 10am

Target sponsors free and reduced-priced admission opportunities at museums and cultural events nationwide. Select your city to find participating venues and their next scheduled discount day. In the Twin Cities area:

Twin Cities Events

Laura’s Picks

St. Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival — All Weekend
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival started January 23 and runs through February 2. There are about a bazillion things to do, many of them free. has a roundup of major events, and both and Family Fun Twin Cities highlight family-friendly activities and events.

Adult Learning - 2014 Community Wellness Day

Community Wellness Day at Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine – Saturday from 9am-1pm
Free cholesterol and blood sugar readings are provided, plus listen to keynote speakers on minimizing stress and jump-starting a healthy year. Free open swim coupons will be distributed at the event (open swim is from 1:30-3:30pm). A full schedule of events and activities is here.

Fridley Winterfest

Fridley WinterFest — Saturday from 1-4pm
From the website: “Enjoy a wild winter afternoon at Commons Park with the entire family. Sleigh rides, ice games, dog sled rides, and snowball launching are just a few of the many outdoor activities you can participate in. Afterward, keep warm at the huge bonfire while enjoying s’mores. Crafts, refreshments, BINGO, games and dancing located indoors at the Fridley Community Center.”

PBS Kids Writers Contest Kickoff

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Kick Off Event at the Mall of America – Sunday from 1-3pm
Celebrate the largest annual national contest of its kind for kids in K-3rd grade. Write, illustrate, dance to live music by The Bazillions, and meet WordGirl at the Rotunda in the Mall of America.

On-Going Events




  • Free Family Flicks (Theatres at Mall of America): 10am
  • Kids Gaming (Hosmer Library – Minneapolis): 10am-12pm (through 2/22)
  • Saturday Live! (Central Library – St. Paul): 11:15am-12pm (through 2/22)
  • Deer Watch (Eastman Nature Center – Dayton): 4-5pm (through 1/25)


Need More Ideas?

There are a bunch of other fabulous websites that highlight free activities in the Twin Cities metro area:

You can also check the MELSA calendar for free events at your local library.


  1. Michele Sailor says

    Local author of two children’s books, The Patient Leaf and Max, Michele Klecker-Sailor
    Will be appearing, along with other local authors, at Chapter 2 Books in Hudson for Author Fest
    Saturday, February 15 from 11am-1pm
    Come meet and greet local authors, show them some love this Valentine’s Day Weekend.
    This event is Free. The author’s will have their books available for purchase!

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