Twin Cities Guide To Family Activities This Weekend: April 16-17, 2022

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

weekend family guide

This April Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of April 16-17, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here.

For more ideas 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. It’s Easter weekend here in the Twin Cities – if you choose to celebrate, you might be interested in checking out our giant list of TWIN CITIES EASTER EGG HUNTS & ACTIVITIES.

Easter egg hunts & activities in the Twin cities

Easter Egg Hunts & Events in the Twin Cities This Weekend

Hold onto your Easter baskets, kids, because we’ve got nearly 35, YES, 35 (!) egg hunts listed in our giant guide taking place just this weekend across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area. You can scramble for eggs and treats and get your photo snapped with the Easter Bunny in every corner of the Twin Cities. We’ll share a few of the more unique hunts below; for more Easter ideas this weekend, check out the following:

Some unique egg hunts this weekend in the Twin Cities!

Minnesota Transportation Museum’s Bunny Train

193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130
The Bunny Train will be departing the Jackson Street Roundhouse for 15-minute rides sweetened with Easter treats. Plus the usual hands-on train exhibits and storytelling the museum is well-known for. April 16, 2022, 10am-4pm. $50/family pass.

BUNNIES ON BIKES

Lake Nokomis Park, 4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Pre-register to bike to Lake Nokomis and receive a bike-decorating kit (including a bike basket), eggs to put in the basket, a book and snacks (donuts, coffee, juice box). Take a spin on the Bike Skills Course with your newly decorated wheels. Pre-registration required. April 16, 2022, 8:45am-12pm, $5/pp.

EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA AT AAMODT’S APPLE FARM

6428 Manning Avenue North, Stillwater, MN 55082
Aamodt’s Easter event includes an egg hunt with 2000+ candy-filled eggs (3pm), visits with the Easter Bunny (12-4pm) and an Easter scavenger hunt all day with prizes. Plus, live music from 2-5PM and food for purchase. 12-4pm. April 16, 2022, FREE!

MINNESOTA BALLET EASTER EGG HUNT 2022

Minnesota Ballet Theatre & School, 14675 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
An egg hunt with candy and prizes. Dance with a bunny ballerina. Take a photo in the photo booth. Bring your own basket and dress for an outdoor event. Best for families with kids ages 0-9. 11am. $5. Tickets Required.

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

Try visiting a new park or nature center!

Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details on which buildings are open; all of these locations have outdoor trails to hike. Did you know that several of these nature centers 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. The featured photo this weekend comes from the nature play area at WARGO NATURE CENTER. Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.

Girl swinging on Rope at Maple Hollow in Wargo Nature Center in Minnesota
Kids love playing outdoors at Maple Hollow Nature Play Area

This weekend’s nature center activities feature:

Eco-Art Party at Eastman nature Center

13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Drop in to create and your own art creation on the front lawn. The indoor exhibits and outdoor nature play area are great fun, too! April 17, 2022, 1-3pm. FREE.

Free Family Fun Days with three rivers parks

Free programming this weekend at Richardson Nature Center (Bloomington) & Mississippi Gateway Regional Park (Brooklyn Park). April 17, drop in anytime between 1-3pm.

FEATURED TWIN CITIES  PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary – Now open for the 2022 season!

This is a lovely, peaceful oasis within the sprawling THEODORE WIRTH REGIONAL PARK in Minneapolis. Hit the link to find tips for visiting and a printable scavenger hunt to take along.

How about a spring scavenger hunt in the parks?

We’ve rounded up the best printable hunts across the Twin Cities to make the most of your park exploration.

Twin Cities Quests and Treasure Hunts for Families

more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids

Meet the Spring Farm Babies!

Down on the Dodge Farm Tour

1701 Charlton St, West St Paul, MN 55118
Time to meet the babies in the big red barn – lambs, chicks and piglets! Please register online for this mostly-outdoors event. April 16, 2022, $5/pp.

Family Activities at Dodge Barn, Dodge Nature Center, South St. Paul, Minnesota
Dodge Barn

Twin Cities Spring Baby Animals Festival

Located at 109th Ave and Hwy 169 in Brooklyn Park
A $13 wristband will include access to the fuzzy farm babies, the play area and a hayride. Pictured is my little one loving on the bunnies. Opening day is Friday, April 15, 2022, and event will run weekends, April 16-May 8, 2022.

Meeting the spring babies

Minnesota Zoo’s Farm Babies

The barn is back open in 2022 for you to meet all the fuzzy, cuddly newborns. Tickets are included with Zoo admission.

Find more chances to meet fuzzy Minnesota farm babies!

Baby chicks in an incubator:

more free or low cost things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities

Storytime in the Gallery

Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Currently, the museum is offering a FREE Storytime in the Gallery the third Saturday of the month with no charge for adults to accompany their kids. Take home a copy of the story and explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt. April 16, 2022, 9:30-11am.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

The Conservatory and Visitor Center of Como Park Zoo are particularly wonderful places to spend a chilly spring day. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a tropical vacation, particularly when you visit the colorful, balmy Spring Flower Show. The animal exhibits are heated, too. Reservations are currently required to visit; make yours early!

Young girl visiting the Como Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota
Como Conservatory

MUSEUMS WITH FREE ADMISSION

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