Family Weekend

Spending the weekend in Minneapolis with the kids? Skip the major planning and try our family weekend itinerary - fit for everyone!

Hotel: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Why The Depot Minneapolis hotel? This historic hotel has what every family needs when they visit Minneapolis. The Depot is located right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. That means less time piling the kids into the car and more time enjoying Minneapolis. 

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Day 1

Breakfast: Hell’s Kitchen

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, this beautiful underground, chef-owned restaurant is known for its “damn good food: unique but not fancy, interesting but not fussy.” Don’t get confused, this restaurant has been slinging hash years before Gordon Ramsay’s show of the same name. With a weekend brunch, a build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar and stack of other menus that are to-die-for, no one in the family will be left unsatisfied. Hell’s Kitchen is number 3 of our 52 weeks in Minneapolis special!

Hell's Kitchen signature homemade peanut butter

Mid-morning: Stone Arch Bridge

Take a walk along the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown. One of the most iconic landmarks in Minneapolis, the Stone Arch Bridge is a former railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi River and connects you to some of the most beautiful parts of the city. This bridge is unique in that it is the only arched bridge made of stone on the entire length of the Mississippi River! Who knew? Enjoy the city skyline above, rushing river below and the beauty of fresh air. 

Stone Arch Bridge, Photo by Mpls Parks and Rec.

Lunch: The Old Spaghetti Factory

Located just a few blocks from a Metro Transit Light Rail stop, this Italian eatery and family favorite is conveniently located for your next adventure and has a menu that the kids are sure to love. Hop on the Blue Line after your meal and make your way to the Mall of America for the rest of your night! Take a peek and their various menus before heading over.

Old Spaghetti Factory lasanga

Afternoon: The Escape Game Minneapolis, MOA

What better way to spend an afternoon than some immersive teamwork with the family! Hop off the light rail at the Mall of America (MOA) and head on over to The Escape Game, an interactive experience designed to engage your problem-solving skills in a fun and unique way. The Escape Game Minneapolis features four far-out game themes. Choose from Mission: Mars, Gold Rush, Prison Break, and The Heist. Got some time before dinner? Check out everything else the mall has to offer. From the LEGO Store, Nickelodeon Universe and SEA Life Minnesota to the American Girl store, GameWorks, and Crayola Experience, MOA has plenty in store for everyone.

The Escape Game Minneapolis

Dinner: The Rainforest Café, MOA

A wild place to eat! This rainforest-themed restaurant offers American fare and cocktails amid jungle flora and animatronic animals. The perfect place for the family, adults will wind down with delicious food and drink while kids revel in the outdoor décor and enjoy the company of realistic jungle beats. Check out their detailed menu along with the kids menu before arriving!

Day 2

Breakfast: Hen House Eatery

Enjoy breakfast made with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients all day at the Hen House Eatery. Open until 2pm on weekends, this eatery prides themselves on their good eats, sweet treats, gluten-free options and locally grown fixings. Also located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, getting to and from with ease is a perk.

Mid-morning: Mill City Museum

Built into the ruins of Gold Medal Flour, what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located along the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Visitors of all ages can learn about the connected histories of Minneapolis, the river and the flour industry. 

Mill City Museum

Lunch: Red Cow North Loop

Just a 15-minute walk from the Mill City Museum, Red Cow North Loop has everything you need to fill the family after a morning of fun. From delicious appetizers, unique burgers to mouth-watering salads and so much more, it’ll be near impossible to make a choice! The restaurant offers gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary-restrictive options. 

Red Cow North Loop

Afternoon: Attend a professional sports game or a theater performance

With six professional sports teams in Minnesota, you’re bound to find a game coinciding with your visit! Our five major sports facilities are all located in near proximity, if not right next to, the Metro Transit light rail, making for an easy commute to the game. Depending on the time of year, check the schedules of the MN Vikings, MN Twins, MN United, MN Wild, MN Timberwolves and 4-time WNBA champions, the MN Lynx

Minnesota Lynx

Not feeling a sports game or just bad luck that there are no home games that weekend? Check out Children's Theatre Company for some out of this world performances! Perfect for the kids and like a walk down memory lane for adults, CTC performances are engaging and, most importantly, fun! 

Cinderella at CTC

Dinner: Surly Brewing

What a better way to end the weekend with a few pints for the grownups and some delicious food for all. With patio dining and what might best be described as a huge back yard, Surly has everything you need - plus kid menus! From a tantalizing menu and award winning brews to fire pits and yard games. As of March 30, 2018, Surly Pizza Upstairs is open for business. Replacing the previous upstairs restaurant, Surly Pizza Upstairs hosts a multitude of delicious choices that will leave you full, happy and never wanting to leave! 

Surly Brewing Beer Hall Food