Winter Break Resources

Winter Break Resources for Families

Winter Break Resources for Families
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Minneapolis Public Schools will be on Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 23 – Friday, Jan. 3. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 6.  Below are some resources for families during break.

Programs and Activities

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 

Recreation Centers are open during Winter Break (all recreation centers closed on Dec. 25 and Jan.1) for free, supervised, drop-in activities. Find a full list of recreation center locations, visit

Hennepin County Library
Libraries in Minneapolis are open over Winter Break and have fun events and activities for youth and families. Find library locations and hours at

Boys and Girls Club – Jerry Gamble
Open December 26 and 27 and January 2 and 3 from 9 AM- 5 PM. Activities will be social recreation, physical education and possible field trips as well. $5 for for non-members.

YWCA Minneapolis Winter Break Fun
Arts and crafts, games and activities for students K-5th grade. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided. Scholarships available and Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) accepted.
Open December 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31 from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact Children’s Center directly to reserve a space:

  • YWCA Minneapolis Midtown:  612 215-4328
  • YWCA Minneapolis at Abbott Northwestern Hospital:  612 863-0971

Additional resources

Many community organizations offer out-of-school programs for youth, including:

Other needs

  • United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. Assistance is available in all languages. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. United Way 211 can connect families with resources and information including food and clothes. Call 211 or 651.291.0211.
  • MPS Family Resource Center provides school-based resources and social services for families and students at Minneapolis Public Schools. The Family Resource Center is available by appointments and by walk-ins. For more information and office hours call 612.668.4281.