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The Best Family Activities in Minneapolis for MLK Weekend

A long weekend is the perfect occasion for spending more time with your family. The kids are out of school, you’re off work, and there are plenty of activities happening around the Twin Cities to keep everyone entertained. From immersing your family in the history of Martin Luther King Jr. to enjoying the outdoors, here are five fun activities you can do this weekend:

1. Celebrate MLK at the Minnesota Historical Society.

From Saturday through Monday, the Minnesota Historical Society is hosting family days full of music, poetry, and celebration in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be a choir performance, puppet theater, poetry reading, and more. It’s also your last chance to view “The 1968 Exhibit” before it closes, which features art, fashion, history, events, and stories from that pivotal year.

Plus, you can give back to your community by helping assemble roadside kindness kits for Small Sums, a non-profit that serves adults experiencing homelessness.

You can get tickets for the event here.

2. Enjoy the day at Mall of America (plus ice skating!).

From the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park to the Sea Life Aquarium, Mall of America has a plethora of fun things to do for the whole family.

While you’re at the mall, swing by Fourpost on Saturday or Sunday to check out HWMR’s BE the Change pop-up. Shop their classic collection of hoodies, hats, tees, and more. HWMR’s goal is to celebrate the life, legacy, and dream of Martin Luther King Jr., by promoting a true sense of community, shared values, and collective economics. In the spirit of community support, they’ll also be joined by Butters by Jay, which specializes in handmade, all natural skincare products. Fourpost member Dearest Baker will be creating limited edition, MLK-inspired macarons for the occasion.

And don’t miss your chance to go ice skating at the mall. You can Skate the Star every day until January 27. This Saturday, they will be serving up free hot cocoa and giving out free skate rentals from 12 pm to 2 pm.

3. Visit one of Minneapolis’ best museums.

Minneapolis has a number of great museums where you can see world-class art, learn about science and history, and enjoy interactive exhibits.

If you have young kids, consider taking them to the Minnesota Children’s Museum. It’s free on every third Sunday of the month—this coming Sunday! Plus, they’re opening a new Wild Kratt’s Creature Power exhibit on January 19, where your kiddos can explore the secret lives of amazing creatures, immerse themselves in animal habitats from around the globe, and discover incredible creature powers.

The Minnesota Museum of American Art is also hosting a free family day on January 20. There will be activities for all ages, including an interactive storytime, clay figure workshop, candle-making class, and weaving demo.

The Science Museum of Minnesota is a great place to bring the kids, as well. They have multiple exhibits on topics, such as race, Native Americans, the human body, dinosaurs, and more.

4. Take your kid ice fishing on Pickerel Lake.

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors this weekend, why not try a quintessentially Minnesotan winter sport? The park rangers at Pickerel Lake are hosting a free ice fishing event for you and your kids. They supply the bait, poles, tackle, encouragement, and instruction, so all you need to do is show up and join them on the ice.

5. Visit your local farmers market.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a farmers market. Explore the Northeast Winter Market this Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. It will feature music on vinyl by The Ring Toss Twins, kids activities and entertainment, as well as over 35 local vendors.

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Follow us on Instagram @wearefourpost and let us know!