Easter Sunday: A Dozen Things To Do With Kids in the Twin Cities

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Easter in the Twin Cities with KidsA lot of things close on Easter Sunday, so if you are heading out, it is a good idea to call ahead.  However, you are not stuck at home.  There are several family-friendly things to do.  Whether you are entertaining and want to show your guests around town or it’s just your family on Sunday, there is probably something for you.  Here is a list of things we’ve found that — according to their websites — are open on Easter Sunday.


Both Zoos are open.

Minnesota Zoo Farm BabiesThe Minnesota Zoo is currently celebrating spring with their Farm Babies exhibit.  Zoo hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is $7.00 and admission prices are as follows:

AgeZoo OnlyZoo + IMAX
0 – 2 yrs. oldFreeFree
3 – 12 yrs. old$12.00$18.50*
13 – 64 yrs. old$18.00$25.75*

Como Zoo is always free. This is a regular day for Como with all the usual Sunday activities.  It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  I’ve gone on Easter, and it is very busy. The shuttles are not running yet, so you will want to come early or expect to spend some time finding parking and walking from the lot to the zoo.

tm science museumMuseums

Several museums are closed, so again check our calendar and call ahead, but the following is a list of open museums.

If you are a Bank of America customer, this is the Museums on Us weekend for April.  For the Twin Cities, this normally includes the Mill City Museum (Closed Easter),  the Minnesota History Center (Open Easter) or James J. Hill House (Closed Easter).



Issie Swickle as Annie and Sunny as Sandy in “Tomorrow”  Photo by Joan Marcus

Issie Swickle as Annie and Sunny as Sandy in “Tomorrow” Photo by Joan Marcus

Easter Sunday is the last day to see Broadway’s Annie. Showtimes are 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The Mall of America is open and you can visit the Easter Bunny  if you are there between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has their Weekend Family Fun events between noon and 4:00 p.m. for drop-in family fun.  I would advise calling to double check this one.  Their website is a little vague about holiday hours.  However the other U of M venues are open.

Of course you can always go to the park.  Easter, when it’s not rainy, is usually a good day to fly a kite.  The Three Rivers parks have several free activities planned.  Check our  Free Calendar for details.



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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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