April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities!
TWIN CITIES APRIL SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE
4/1: First Free Saturday: | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month.
4/1: Home Depot Kids Workshop: | TC Home Depot locations • 9am-noon • The first Saturday of each month is workshop day at Home Depot. Kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany their kids.
4/1: Music & Melody Makers | Minnesota Youth Symphonies, St. Paul, 9-10:30am • Kids ages 3-14 can try out instruments of the orchestra, ask the musicians questions, and hear a mini-concert. Registration required here.
4/5: Let’s Get Crafty | American Girl Store, Mall of America • Ongoing first Wed/month, 4-6pm
4/7: Forever Wild Family Friday | Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, Eagan • 7-8:30pm
4/9: Rock the Cradle | Minneapolis Institute of Art, 11am-5pm • Presented by The Current and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, the day is packed with musical performances and hands-on activities. Recommended for kids ages 2-8 with caregivers.
4/15: Speak Up: All Ages Open House | Minnesota Center For Book Arts, Minneapolis • 10am-4pm
4/17: Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska • 12-6pm
4/23: Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka • 2 sessions: 12 & 2pm • Take a free, hour-long art class designed for kids ages 5+ with caregivers. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 763.323.8830 or online here.
4/28: Kids Kraft: Spring Fun | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • Get krafting the last Sat of each month Oct-April. Free; registration required.
TWIN CITIES EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS
4/20: Earth Day: Give Back to Nature | Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul • 5:30-8pm • Lend Mother Nature a hand by help with a variety of projects including litter pick-up, invasive species removal, and garden clean-up. Volunteers will grab a bite beforehand; please register in advance at the above link.
4/22: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville • 10am-4pm • Enjoy free entertainment, beat a drum in the parade, and help with planting at this annual celebration. Top off the day with a slice of cake to celebrate the nature center’s birthday!
4/22: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes • 12:30-3pm • All kinds of family fun at this Earth Day celebration: climbing wall, light refreshments, and a make-and-take earth art project.
4/22: Earth Day Cleanup & Garden Work Day | Tamarack Nature Center, 9am-noon • Volunteer for a morning at Tamarack by cleaning up the grounds and trails, as well as working in the Garden to get it ready for planting. RSVP at the above link.
TBA: Earth Day Cleanup | Westwood Hills Nature Center, St Louis Park • 1-3:30pm • Help spruce up the nature center. Hike the trails, do light maintenance, pick up litter and enjoy refreshments.
ONGOING APRIL WEEKENDS – FREE
Minneapolis Institute of Art | Minneapolis • Daily, 11am-5pm
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • spring hours 10am-6pm • suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate • Seasonal events include the Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Open year-round.
Materials Lab | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul • Open during exhibition hours, ongoing Sat/Sun, 10am-4pm • All ages can drop in and get creative with available materials and a little guidance.
Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St Paul • Ongoing Saturdays, 11:15am • Fresh entertainment weekly including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.
MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • Ongoing Saturdays, 9am-11am & 1-3pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float. Workshops also held every Tuesday & Thursday in April, 7-9pm.
Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center • 9am-noon • Ongoing Saturdays of each month enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more.
April Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park side of the river) Sundays: 4/9, 4/23 , 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center • Sundays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 3-4pm
Lowry Nature Center • Sundays: 4/9, 4/23, 12:30-1:30pm
Naturalist’s Table (Sat, 11am-3pm) & Family Funday (Sun, 12:30-3:30pm) | Carl Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis • Drop in Saturdays for naturalist-led activities or Sundays for self-guided exploration of the visitor center’s interactive exhibits.
Gideon Pond House Open House | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington • Ongoing Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm • Drop by for a house tour and living history activities.
ONGOING APRIL WEEKDAYS – FREE
Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym | Apple Valley Community Center • Ongoing Mon/Wed/ Fri, 9:30-11am • Ages: 5 & under w/ caregiver • Burn off some energy with other kids, develop motor skills and coordination. A special tot time for tykes ages 2 & under is held from 9-9:30am followed by open play for 5 & under until 11.
MOA Toddler Tuesdays, Mall of America Rotunda • Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon• Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set. You can view upcoming event details here. Make a day of it with a special Nickelodeon Universe 5-hour ride wristband ($11.95 plus tax) and a stop at the free play tables at the LEGO Store.
Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul • Ongoing Tuesdays, 3-8pm • Drop in after school or after dinner for some family time – the museum is full of highly interactive and entertaining exhibits for all.
Bloom Room Playdates | Teeny Bee Boutique, St Paul • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am
Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm • In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Stay for lunch — there are many tasty ethnic vendors to choose from, and several offer specials on Wednesdays. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.
Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • Ongoing Thursdays through April 2, 2017, 10am-noon • The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week.
Free Thursday Nights | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • Ongoing Thursdays, 5-9pm
Drop-in Playtime | Amma Parenting Center, 3511 Hazelton Rd, Edina • Ongoing Fridays, 11:45am-12:45pm • Drop-in play for newborns through walking age.
Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities – many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer FREE storytimes during the week. Click the link to read our picks.
Kid-friendly Twin Cities coffee shops and cafes with dedicated FREE play spaces.
Twin Cities Nature Centers offer FREE admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week.