Trying to keep your kids busy and at the same time maintain your sanity? I know it can be hard during winter time and that's why I prefer to take mine out of the house as often as possible. Otherwise they'll turn everything upside down. Sure this will keep them busy but spirited as they are, they will drain my energy pretty quickly.
Taking them to the museums is a good option and the Twin Cities have many interesting museums to visit. Some of them can be visited for free and others have special free day admission.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory - free daily admission though a small donation is suggested.
Winter hours (October – March) 10am – 4pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts - free daily admission. Hours: see here for more details. Try to visit it during the second Sunday of the month for the Family Day.
Weisman Art Institute - free daily admission. Hours: see here for more details.
Minnesota State Capitol - free daily tours. The State Capitol is currently undergoing a major restoration and repair effort which is limiting access to some public spaces. Weekday guided tours are currently suspended however weekend guided tours are available through Spring 2015. Self-guided walking tours of the Capitol Mall remain available. Hours: Saturday 10 am-2 pm; Sunday 1-3 pm
NWA History Center - free daily admission but donations are appreciated .The NWA History Centre was established in 2002 with the mission to preserve and display the memory of Northwest Airlines' exciting and colorful history. The History Centre contains "something for everyone" who has even a passing interest in commercial aviation and, specifically, the 13 airlines that comprise the Northwest Airlines family. Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Bell Museum of Natural History - every Sunday. Hours: Sun. noon-5 pm
Walker Art Center - first Saturday of the month. Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
Walker Art Center - every Thursday evening. Hours: 5 - 9 pm
Minnesota History Center - every Tuesday evening. Hours: 5 - 8 pm
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - every Thursday: November through March. Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm.
Minnesota Children's Museum - every third Sunday of the month. Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Labels: Free Local Activities, Indoor Activities for Kids