Welcome to an unprecedented April in the Twin Cities – an April the majority of us will spend our time shuttered at home. While our homes are typically our sanctuaries from the every day “busy” of work, school and activities, we’re suddenly faced with doing all three in our place of peace. How to cope? FFTC has put together some tools for an April at Home (mostly) .
Tools for an April at Home
What can I do with my family this at home?
- Our Family Fun at Home Calendar – we’re keeping track of activities you can participate in from home until social interaction restrictions lift. Browse it for family-friendly online events.
- Family Boredom-Busters – It’s inevitable during this stretch, there WILL be boredom to bust. Arm yourself with this guide to banishing it and enjoying family time together!
- School at home – tips for moving the classroom to at home and online. Plus, ideas on how to structure your time.
- Let’s celebrate! – Project the positive and remember there’s much to celebrate in April: make it a DIY Easter, Earth Day, and 28 more days of family celebrations.
While most of us agree this period in our lives can be challenging and overwhelming, we can also look to it as a blessing. This is a great time to read, exercise, create new habits, enjoy family time, and watch spring happen.
Searching for Spring
What can I do with my family this weekend? More than ever in April, Minnesotans are usually stampeding out the door to find signs of spring weather – but this year we’re hunkering down at home. You can still social distance this month and enjoy the benefits of fresh air and sunshine at parks across the Twin Cities. Or, if you need to stick close to home, we’ve compiled more than 65 Fun Nature Play Ideas for Kids. Many of these you can do right in your own backyard. Beat boredom with a big dose of green!
Twin Cities Nature Centers
While nature centers across the Twin Cities are shuttered into April, trails are still beckoning to those seeking fresh air. Many are also reaching out through social media to bring the outdoors to you while at home. Some virtual options:
- Richardson Nature Center: Watch their Facebook page for Storytime at Lunchtime, a read-aloud with a naturalist.
- Lowry Nature Center: Offers weekday livestreams of nature education posted on their Facebook page.
- Wargo Nature Center: Has recently posted an online puppet show, videos from naturalists, and nature enrichment activities.
- Maplewood Nature Center: Check out their Signs of Spring BINGO. Feel free to take a self-guided hike on the grounds.
Three Rivers Parks
Three Rivers Parks are encouraging families to get out for a walk or bike ride, a healthy way to combat these stressful times. All park locations remain open in April. Buildings, including nature centers, will be closed to the public until further notice.
Minnesota State Parks
State parks, recreation areas, and other public lands remain open to the public in April, but visitor centers are closed until further notice. State parks naturalist programs have been temporarily suspended. Are you familiar with the state parks of the Twin Cities Metro? Read up and plan for your family’s next nature adventure!
Easter egg hunts & more April holidays
COVID can’t quarantine the Easter bunny! While hunts across the Twin Cities have been halted, we can still celebrate spring egg hunts and other activities at home. This year, our master hunt list features tips we’ve collected for having the very best DIY Easter egg hunt ever!
But why stop with Easter? Perhaps now more than ever we’re all in need of a reason to celebrate. We’ve got 30 of them in April! 30 Days of Family Celebrations in April, to be exact. Discover little-known “holidays” such as World Penguin Day and No Housework Day!
Earth Day events in April
The pandemic has rained on our Earth Day parade here in the Twin Cities. However, any day on the calendar can be ideal for caring for our Mother Earth. Start at home or in your backyard helping to teach your littles to be good stewards of the land with22 Ways to Create a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day.