Hopkins Center for the Arts ("HCA") is the home of Stages Theatre. It is also a fun, free way to do the art gallery thing without making it overwhelming. The gallery is always free to visit and has rotating exhibits from mostly local artists. Find current and upcoming exhibits here.
Take a Walking Art Tour When You Visit Hopkins
Hopkins, itself, is a fun city of visit besides Stages and the HCA, you can take a walking art tour down Mainstreet. The art changes annually, but you can find the latest installations here, including a map and descriptions so you can take a self-guided tour.
Birthday Parties at Hopkins Center for the Arts
The building has several different spaces that can be rented for private events. Some of them would be more practical for a family birthday party budget than others. Perhaps a small party could also be combined with a Stages show. Find rooms, rates and other details here.
Find More Birthday Party Ideas in our guide: Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids.
3 More places to visit in Downtown Hopkins
If you want to make a day of Downtown Hopkins, you may want to visit these family-friendly places as well.