Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This April Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of April 22-23, 2023. 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 EARTH DAY WEEKEND here in the Twin Cities – if you’re interested in observing, we’ve got a list packed with events around the Metro as well as DIY EARTH DAY suggestions.
FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN TWIN CITIES 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: IT’S EARTH DAY IN THE TWIN CITIES!
While this is a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, it is also the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the long-awaited spring. Check out some of our Twin Cities Earth Day ideas:
ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES METRO: Earth Day Park Cleanup Events
Check our list of park cleanup events you can sign up or grab your own gear and head out to clean up your own neighborhood or maybe just your backyard!
Did you know there are 9 Minnesota State Parks & State Recreation Areas within an hour’s drive of the Twin Cities? Admission is free for all on Saturday in honor of Earth Day. Hit the link to explore – we’ve hit up all of them and recommend what not to miss in each with kids.
Try visiting a new park or nature center!
Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details. All of these locations have outdoor trails to hike and fun indoor exhibits. 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. For more about these, find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.
FEATURED TWIN CITIES PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Eden Prairie: Eco Expo
Eden Prairie Center at 8251 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Drop into Eden Prairie Center between 10am and 6pm and check out the Family Fun Zone of the Eden Prairie Eco Expo to learn how bees make honey, what bees and butterflies eat, how to protect our water from invaders and test your recycling and racing skills. April 22, 2023; 10am-6pm.
100 85th Ave. N.W., Fridley, MN 55432
Peruse outdoor and environmental exhibits, participate in an interactive nature hike and other family-friendly activities. Food trucks onsite. April 22, 2023; 11am-2pm.
3554 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Help spread native seeds, including flower seeds, sedges and grasses. Afterwards, enjoy a simple picnic lunch (i.e. hot dogs, chips and a drink). April 22, 2023, 9am-noon. FREE.
Lino Lakes: Family Earth Day Celebration
Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
Make an earthy art project, explore the trails and visit the booths of the Eco-Fair. Plus a bounce house for the little ones and refreshments for all. Vehicle fee: $6. April 22, 2023; 1-4pm.
4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Self-guided nature exploration, a scavenger hunt, and art activities and participate in the park clean up. 11am-3pm, FREE. April 22, 2023; 11am-3pm. Registration is required.
Richfield: Earth Day / Arbor Day Celebration
Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield 55423
Visitors are invited to help clean up litter, participate in a prairie restoration project and visit the booths of an Earth Day fair. Food Trucks onsite. FREE. April 23, 2023; 1pm-4pm.
Roseville: Earth Day Celebration
Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113
This annual event traditionally includes live music, storytelling, earth-friendly activities, crafts and tours. April 22, 2023; 10am-2pm.
Victoria: Earth Day Adventure
Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386
Participants will go on a hunt for clues in the form of Earth Day riddles to learn ways to help the Earth. April 22, 2023; 1-4pm. FREE.
MORE IDEAS FOR THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES WITH KIDS
Meet the Spring Farm Babies!
Located at 109th Ave and Hwy 169 in Brooklyn Park
A wristband will include access to the fuzzy farm babies and the play area with activities like a corn pit and hay bale maze. Pictured is my little one loving on the bunnies. April 22 & 23, 9am-5pm. $12-$12/pp.
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. Make and take with you a fiber craft. April 22, 2023, drop in between 9:30am-12pm. $6/pp.
MORE FREE OR LOW COST THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES
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 an Earth Day themed storytime for kids. April 22, 2023, 11am-noon. FREE.
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 23, 2-4pm. Please check the website to see if your local Michaels is participating. FREE.