Family-Friendly Summer Activities: North Metro

  • 06/22/22

Summer 2022 is officially here! Is your crew itching to explore beyond the backyard? You're in luck! We have the scoop on your community entertainment – live music in the parks, family festivals, swimming and splash pads, and lots more to keep you busy this summer.

 

Andover

ANDOVER FAMILY FUN FEST

Sunshine Park, 1900 Crosstown Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304

Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides. July 8-9, 2022.

 

Blaine

PERFORMANCE IN THE PARK

Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Dr NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Live summer entertainment, many acts very kid-friendly. Tuesdays (kids night) & Thursdays, 6pm begins June 14, 2022.

 

BLAINE FESTIVAL

Aquatore Park, 9191 Lincoln St NE, Blaine, MN 55434
The includes a family beach party, carnival, petting zoo, and dance party. June 24-26, 2022.

 

LAKESIDE COMMONS PARK

3020 Lakes Pkwy, Blaine, MN 55449
Public beach, splash pad, playground, and water rentals. $5/non-res, residents FREE. The beach opens June 1, 2022.

 

Brooklyn Park

CENTENNIAL PARK

Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

 

BROOKLYN PARK REC ON THE GO

Varying locations

A free program at rotating parks for kids ages 5–18 (or younger with parents!) Offerings include art, science, water days, sports, group games and slime. June 20-Aug 11, 2022. Free summer meals & snacks served to kids and families. Learn more about Rec on the Go in Brooklyn Park and register for your location.

 

BROOKLYN PARK COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTER

Brooklyn Park Community Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443

  • TUESDAY MUSIC ON THE LAWN – Ongoing concerts. July 6-27 & Aug 10-17, 2022.
  • Kids can enjoy fishing in the stocked sunfish pond! 

 

Coon Rapids

COON RAPIDS DAM REGIONAL PARK

9750 Egret Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
It’s always exciting to take a walk over the rushing dam! There’s also a visitor center to explore, a nature play area, and playground equipment. Anoka County charges a $6 vehicle permit fee.

 

BUNKER BEACH WATER PARK

701 County Rd A, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Holding onto the title as Minnesota’s largest outdoor water park! The fun features include a wave pool, lazy loop river, twisted towers, and an adventure pool. Admission is $10-$16/per person taking into account a twilight special rate beginning at 4pm. June 10-Sept 5, 2022.

 

Fridley

SPRINGBROOK NATURE CENTER

Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85th Ave NW, Fridley, MN 55432
The centerpiece of the new nature playground is a sandy play space kids can pump their own water into! PS: Dress for a mess. Plan to spend time in the nature center exploring the exhibits.

 

2022 FRIDLEY SUMMER COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES

Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85th Ave NW, Fridley, MN 55432

Concerts are held at Springbrook Nature Center, commons Park and Civic Campus – with a kids concert featuring Kids Power with Rachel on August 5th at 11am at Springbrook. The remainder of the concerts are on Tuesdays at 7pm.

 

FRIDLEY ’49ER DAYS

Commons Park, 555 61st Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432

The annual summer event celebrates with a festival and parade. June 16-18, 2022.

 

Maple Grove

ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE

12400 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Elm Creek has it all! The largest in the Three Rivers Parks system, it contains a nature center, miles of hiking and smooth biking trails, a sand-bottomed swimming pond, a huge playground, disc golf, archery, and a variety of wildlife.

  • ELM CREEK PLAY AREA – One of two largest playgrounds in the state!
  • EASTMAN NATURE CENTER – Hands-on exhibits for kids, a puppet theater, and costumes. 13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

 

MAPLE GROVE TOWN GREEN PARK

Town Green Park, 7991 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN.

 

ELM CREEK SWIM POND

12420 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Located within the sprawling ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE, the pond is chlorinated, guarded and has a sandy bottom and beach. No charge to enter the park, but $5/per person to swim. 

 

New Brighton

NEW BRIGHTON STOCKYARD DAYS

Long Lark Park, 1500 Old Hwy 8, New Brighton, MN 55112

New Brighton’s largest community-wide event includes a grand parade, duck races, fireworks, and a youth fun zone.  Aug 11-13, 2022.

 

LONG LAKE REGIONAL PARK

1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton, MN 55112
The large beach makes the list of the top 20 beaches in the Twin Cities! Beach season is Memorial Day – Labor Day, 2022. FREE.

 

Plymouth

SUMMER BEACH SERIES

Includes a bonfire at EAST MEDICINE LAKE PARK (June 3), a water ski show at PARKERS LAKE PARK (June 27) and a night of music at Medicine Lake (Aug 12) 2022.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA PARADE

Join in the bike parade! June 30, 2022, 10 am–12 pm.

PLYMOUTH KIDS FEST

Activities include inflatables, games, face painting and other entertainment. Hilde Performance Center. Aug 4, 2022, 5-9pm.

 

What are your favorite summer activities in the North Metro? We would love to hear! 

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