Summer Resources for Families

Families often ask about summer activities for their children. We have put together a list of activities that are family friendly as well as some specific activities that support children with autism or other special needs. Not all activities on this list are free. Please contact the organizer for more details. This list is in no way exhaustive but is a fun place to start.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate @ Walker Art Center

Second and fourth Tuesdays 11 AM to 1 PM
Creative activities and art projects for adults and children ages 3 to 5
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

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Bell Museum

The Bell Museum offers Sensory-Friendly Saturdays during the school year (registration required). Throughout the year they have a variety of tools for people with disabilities or sensory sensitivities including timers, headphones, weighted lap pads and fidgets. They also have social stories on the website to prepare your child for a visit to the museum.
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, 612-624-7083,


Build and Grow Clinics @ Lowes

Offered select Saturdays at 10 AM
Hands on activities to build wooden projects.


Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store

Operating trains the front window greet customers, while free playtables await children in the back of the store. Story time with Engineer Paul offered at 10 AM various Tuesdays throughout the spring/summer.
2050 Marshall Ave, St. Paul, 651-646-5252,


Early Childhood and Autism: Expression Through Storytelling, Puppetry, Movement and Music

Designed for parents/caregivers and children ages 3-5 with autism spectrum disorder and their siblings. Workshops explore theater activities that facilitate self-expression, creativity and imagination play. Partnership between Children’s Theatre Company and Autism Society of Minnesota.
Children’s Theatre Company: 2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis, 651-647-1083 ext. 19,


Free Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning

Saturdays 11 AM to 3 PM
5699 W 16th St, St. Louis Park, 952-541-0991,


Free Kids Workshops @ Home Depot

First Saturday of every month at 9 AM
Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12.


Free Family Flicks @ Theatres at Mall of America

Saturdays at 10 AM
These films offer families affected by developmental disabilities, like autism, the opportunity to enjoy a free movie in a safe environment. Simple adjustments, like turning the sound down, leaving the lights up and offering additional staff to help with concessions, enhance the overall experience. Audience members are welcome to dance, sing and move around in response to the film. First-come, first-served as seating is limited to the theatre capacity.
401 South Avenue, Bloomington, 952-883-8901,


Hennepin County Libraries

Libraries throughout Hennepin County offer Family Story Times as well as other events. Contact your local library for schedules and lists of upcoming events.


Minnesota Children’s Museum

10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, 651-225-6000,


Minneapolis Institute of Art

Second Sunday of every month 11 AM to 5 PM Families engage in making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local musicians, dancers, and storytellers, and more.
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612-870-3000,


Minneapolis Parks & Recreation

Offers free music and movies in a variety of local parks in addition to lessons and recreation center activities for all ages.


Minnesota Science Museum

120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651.221.9444,


Tots & Trains @ Jackson Street Roundhouse

Wednesdays 10 AM to 12 PM There is an open play area with train tables and new displays always being added, and the kids can even create a craft to take home! The Jackson Street Roundhouse is part of the Minnesota Transportation Museum which is open Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturdays bus and train rides are available weather permitting.
193 Pennsylvania Avenue E, St. Paul, 651-228-0263,


Wee Wednesday @ Midtown Global Market

Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 1 PM
Showcases free educational programming such as dancing, puppet theater and live animals from Como Zoo, fun crafts and great meal deals. For ages 5 and younger.
920 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,


Summer Camps


June 5-7, 2015 (registration may have ended for this year)
Camp for those with food allergies
Voyageur Environmental Center- Mound, Minnesota


In the Company of Kids Performing Arts Center

Offers programs around acting, movement games, dance, puppetry, singing, music appreciation, comedy, and social skills for ages 4 and up. All abilities are welcome. Specific adaptive classes are offered for people with autism and developmental cognitive delays. Classes are offered year round at locations around the twin cities and include summer camps. 952-220-1676,


True Friends Camps

Camp for people ages 5 to adult who have developmental or physical disabilities or health conditions., 952-852-0101