Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This April Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of April 23-24, 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 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 suggstions.
EARTH DAY ALL WEEKEND 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!
Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center, 3554 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Join one or all Earth Day events to help plant native oak trees and seedlings, spread grass and flower seeds and clear buckthorn. RSVP is required by April 18th and a picnic lunch will be available at noon. Learn more here. Saturdays, April 23 & 30 and May 7, 2022; 9am-12:30pm.
LINO LAKES: FAMILY EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
This annual event has included service projects, trivia, picnics, gardening seminars, naturalist programs, Earth Day games and activities, including a NEW Earth Day sound garden. Call 763-324-3350 for details and to sign up. April 23, 2022; 12:30pm-3pm.
4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN, US 55430
Self-guided nature exploration, a scavenger hunt, and art activities. 11am-3pm, FREE. April 23, 2022; 11am-3pm.
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 23, 2022; 10am-2pm.
SAVAGE: ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
McColl Pond Environmental Learning & Event Center, 13550 Dakota Ave., Savage, Minnesota 55378
The City of Savage is brining back its annual Arbor Day celebration at McColl Pond. Enjoy hands-on activities from the Wildflower Early Learning Center, tree care and garden presentations, a story time and tree-themed nature hike. FREE & drop in. Schedule of events here. April 23, 2022; 9am-2pm.
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
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
Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Hands-on living history programs fun and free of charge. New themes each week. April 23, 2022, 1-4pm.
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 24, 2022. 1-3pm. FREE.
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.
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 $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.
The barn is back open in 2022 for you to meet all the fuzzy, cuddly newborns. Tickets are included with Zoo admission.
Love books, reading, and shopping local?
The Twin Cities is excited to promote Independent Bookstore Day on April 30th in 2022. On this day each year, many local bookstores participate in a fun passport program. Families can pick up a passport at participating stores and then get it stamped at as many stores as they can visit to qualify for prizes. Families can pick up their passport beginning April 23rd (this Saturday!) and can visit the bookstores any time during that 7-day period to get stamped. Jump over to find our list of participating independent booksellers.
Get the market season rolling with kids activities from 10am-12pm, a free outdoor yoga class, vendor demos and sampling. Plus, shop fresh and locally grown produce and other products.
More free or low cost things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities
Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Travel the globe without hopping a plane! A new cultural experience each month, complete with family activities and entertainment. April 24, 1-3pm. FREE.
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 provides STEAM activities for kids. April 24, 2022, 11:30am.
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 24, 2-4pm. Please check the website to see if your local Michaels is participating.