Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This April Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of April 9-10, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here.
For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, hop over to our APRIL FAMILY GUIDE, our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. We make it our business to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs.
Twin Cities Spring break in april?
There is plenty of stuff to do if you plan to be a tourist in your own city this Spring Break. Think mini golf, trampolines, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, museums and more. Get some inspiration from our 2022 GUIDE TO SPRING BREAK IN THE TWIN CITIES.
fun outdoor activities in the parks this weekend
Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in parks across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro.
SOME FUN FAMILY IDEAS FOR THIS WEEKEND
Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers; all of these locations have outdoor trails to hike and fun, kid-friendly indoor exhibits. Did you know that several of these nature centers also have natural playgrounds nestled within them? You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces (pictured below the amazing DISCOVERY HOLLOW NATURE PLAYGROUND at Tamarack Nature Center). Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.
FEATURED TWIN CITIES PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Dress to be outdoors; the program starts with a puppet show and follows with a nature themed art project. April 10, 2022, drop in between 1-3pm. FREE.
Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Rd 110 W, Minnetrista, MN 55364
This wonderful working farm is a great place for kids to get close and in barns (that’s my delighted daughter pictured). Read about a spring visit to the farm here. Spots will fill quickly. If you can’t make it to one of the farm tours, stop over for a self-guided walk around the grounds; Gale Woods is a public park and welcomes visitors. April 9, 2022, drop in between 9:30am-12pm. $5/pp.
401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Each Sunday explore living history – currently the programs are being held outside so dress for the weather. Enjoy hands-on activities and walk on the trails. April 9, 2022. Drop in from 1-4pm, FREE or suggested donation of $2/pp.
Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, 13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347
Drop in to meet the resident animals, learn about programs and events. April 9, 2022, 10am-1pm. FREE.
Join naturalists for free, drop-in and kid-friendly programming at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK (Brooklyn Park) and RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER (Bloomington). Explore the indoor exhibits while you’re at it. No reservations needed. April 10, 2022. 1-3pm. FREE.
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN, US 55430
Explore seasonal themes through self-directed: scavenger hunts, nature walks, and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. Pre-registr
Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities
Grab your baskets and get ready for hunt! Our GIANT LIST has captured Easter egg hunts & activities all across the Twin Cities. The following events are just a few of the early activities taking place this weekend (find nearly 20 hunts this weekend in our complete guide). We have tried to list events on this weekend guide that are still offering spots, but please check before heading out!
Top Easter egg hunts – Minneapolis & St Paul
Harrison Park, 503 Irving Ave N., Minneapolis, MN, US 55405
Family-friendly fun, including springtime activities, games, giveaways, and an egg hunt. Activities are best for ages 1 – 12, but all families are welcome. April 9, 2022, 1-3pm. FREE. Register for Harrison’s spring hunt here.
McDonough Recreation Center, 1554 Timberlake Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55117
This annual event is back and in person. Unlimited openings. Drop-in, no registration (but we still recommend checking the link the day of the event). FREE. April 9, 2022, 1-4pm.
Top Easter egg hunts – Twin Cities North Metro
Lakeside Lions Park, 7840 Pleasant View Drive, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
Egg hunts for three age groups: Ages 2-4 at 12:40pm, ages 5-7 at 1pm and ages 8-12 at 1:20pm. Arrive by 11:30 to sign in your child. April 9, 2022, Free.
Podvin Park, 1700 9th Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
An Easter egg hunt, snacks and games. Please register. April 10, 2022, 1-3pm, FREE.
Top Easter egg hunts – Twin Cities South Metro
Ames Soccer Complex, 1300 145th Street East Co. Rd. 42, Rosemount, MN 55068
Kids 1-10 will be divided into 3 age groups to hunt for treats. Please bring your own bag. 9:30 am for kids with last name starting A-L; 11am for kids with last name starting M-Z. Donations appreciated. April 9, 2022, FREE.
1103 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Activities include games, crafts, a bounce house, vehicle display, llamas to pet, face painting, visits with the Easter Bunny and a big Easter egg hunt. Please register each participating child. April 9, 2022, 1-4:30pm. $5/child.
more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids
InnerCity Tennis’ Super Saturdays Program is a chance for Twin Cities families to bring kids of all ages to learn tennis fundamentals for from trained staff. The entire 12 court facility is provided for this program at no charge. April 9, 2022. Ages 3-10 play from 3-4pm. Ages 11-18 play from 4-6pm.
Learn more about Inner City Tennis programs for the family.
Participating Michaels stores across the Twin Cities are offering free weekend “Makebreak” classes and “Take & Make” Kids Club crafts. They’re simple, yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. April 10, 2022, 3-5pm. Please check the website to see if your local Michaels is participating.
90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Fresh, family entertainment – music, storytelling, puppets and more. Check the schedule for more details, this weekend’s entertainment is Family Storytime. April 10, 2022, 11:30am.
always free or low cost things to do this weekend
MUSEUMS WITH FREE ADMISSION
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden – adjacent to the Walker Art Center
- (free each first Saturday/month)
- Weisman Art Museum – located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota
Find hundreds more things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul with kids!