36. Take the kids to the Castle
On the third Friday of every month, the American Swedish Institute runs the Kids at the Castle program, which provides activities for children ages 2-5 that range from circle time to music and crafts. Have more than one child in the family? ASI charges a blanket five bucks that covers them all!
Travel the world without leaving the enclosed comfort of Midtown Global Market. The internationally themed building houses more than 50 vendors from around the world selling food, clothing, jewelry, and art. For those on a lunch break, finding ethnic eats is easy for under $10. If your plan veers more towards toddler-taming than tasting, come to the market on Wee Wednesdays every week from 10:30am-1pm for free live puppet shows, dancing, and cooking projects.
Just across the street from Lake Harriet lies Lyndale Park Rose Garden, the second-oldest public rose garden in the US. It features more than 100 varieties of plants -- most of them roses -- and accompanying fountains, offering an array of beautiful colors and flowery aromas.