Twin Cities Weekend Family Guide: April 24-25, 2021

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

weekend family guide

This April Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of April 24-25, 2021. 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 or our Family Fun Calendar. We keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs – whether you’re keeping close to home — or it’s time for a break from it. 


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:

Free admission to Minnesota State Parks 

Did you know there are 8 Minnesota State Parks & State Recreation Areas within an hour’s drive of the Twin Cities? Admission is free for all on Saturday! Hit the link to explore.

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!

Earth Day Family Events
Earth Day Clean Up at Minneapolis parks

Caponi Art Park Opens | Eagan

Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying a walk through the sculptures at Caponi Art Park. All weekend, FREE. Want to know where you can find more sculpture parks near the Twin Cities? Hit the link for more ideas.

Nature Center Without WallS

Activities may include animal interactions, outdoor displays, nature challenges and checking out free exploration materials. Held at Richardson Nature Center (Bloomington) & Mississippi Gateway Regional Park (Brooklyn Park). April 24, 11am-2pm. FREE.

Family Funday | North Mississippi Regional Park

Explore seasonal themes through self-directed: scavenger hunts, nature walks, and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Search keyword “family funday” to register on MPRB website. April 24, 1-3pm, FREE.

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.

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 things to do this weekend: Out & About in the Twin Cities

Twin Cities Spring Baby Animals Festival | Brooklyn Park

Final weekend! A wristband will include access to the fuzzy farm babies, the play area and a hayride. Pictured is my little one loving on the bunnies. Open weekends, April 9-25, 2021. 

Meeting the spring babies
Farm Babies | Minnesota Zoo

The barn is back open in 2021 for you to meet all the fuzzy, cuddly newborns. Tickets are included with Zoo admission and are in limited supply. Now thru May 16.

Night Trains – Final Days! | Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St Paul

The lights are turned down and the buildings and street lights glow with models of operating vintage passenger trains and a make believe village decorated for the holidays. Through April 24, 2021. $15/pp, tickets purchased online.

Independent Bookstore Day Passport Program

Independent Bookstore Day 2021 is April 24th. 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. Because we are still dealing with the need for social distancing in 2021, families can pick up their passport beginning April 18th and can visit bookstores any time during that 7-day period to get stamped.

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

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul

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! The animal exhibits are heated, too. Reservations are currently required to visit; make yours early. 


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