April Weekend Family Fun: Tree Hugging

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend!

April 27-28, 2019

Showing your love for Mother Earth continues this weekend with several Earth & Arbor Day family events (think tree planting, birding and energy conservation made kid-friendly). For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, check our April Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.


Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration – Friday, April 26

Treehuggers of all ages can celebrate Arbor Day by helping to plant 200 new specimens, playing lawn games, climbing trees, and lots more. There’ll be music and food, too. The party takes place in Theodore Wirth Park between Wirth Lake Beach and JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden. 4-8pm. FREE.

Party for the Planet | Como Zoo & Conservatory 
Tons of free activities will take place throughout the weekend at, focusing on creative ways to conserve energy. Sat & Sun, Apr 27-28, 10am-4pm, FREE.

Arbor Day Celebration | McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center, Savage
Educational activities and a raptor program. Sat, Apr 27, 10am-12pm, FREE.

Nature Art – May Day Baskets | Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis
Sat, Apr 27, 2-3pm, FREE.

Migration Celebration | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley
A birding festival for the whole family featuring live birds from the U of M’s Raptor Center. Sat, Apr 27, 9am-12pm. FREE.

The Great Minnsect Show | University of Minnesota, STP campus
Sat April 27: The first annual event features interactive bug displays, insect-themed games and other educational activities. 9am-3pm, FREE.


Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, April 27

We adore ourselves some family owned and operated little book havens. Please go out and support them if you can on April 27 – Independent Bookstore Day – in the Twin Cities. Want to discover a new spot? We’ve listed some of our favorite neighborhood shops with weekend events below:

Como Town Amusement Park opening weekend – Saturday, April 27

The park consists of a collection of rides that will suit most tastes, from a very mild train to a mildly thrilling roller coaster. Kids up to about 12 years old will be entertained for hours running between the attractions, cooling off (when summer hits) in the Splash Zone and taking part in special events. Choose to purchase an unlimited ride wristband ($15.95-$21.95) or purchase individual points if treating the kids to a couple rides is part of a package day at Como Park Zoo. Weekend hours only in April, 10am-5pm.

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