50 Free Things to Do in April: Twin Cities Family Events

April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities! This includes several free EASTER EGG HUNTS & EVENTS you might be interested in hopping on over to. Make sure to check our TWIN CITIES APRIL FAMILY GUIDE, our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES and our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for a complete listing of events around town.

Want to find free things to do in the Minneapolis-St Paul area this weekend with your kids? Find our current TWIN CITIES WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE, packed with suggestions.

children in a family bike ride

Twin Cities April Free outdoor Fun in the parks

There is so much FREE family fun to be had out in Twin Cities-areas parks during the early spring months if you’re willing to perhaps bundle up your team and brave the indecisive weather. Here’s a sampling of the best free events Twin Cities-area parks have to offer in April:

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Seasonal events in April include the Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden. Warm up with the indoor exhibits when the weather isn’t cooperating. Currently, the Zoo & Conservatory are open by reservation only. Make yours today, they fill fast. Suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. 10am-4pm.

Free Twin Cities April

Forever Wild Family Friday 

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Learn about how April showers wake up the park through games & other activities. Meet at the visitor center. April 1, 2022, 6-7:30pm

Pond Dakota Mission Park open houses

Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Hands-on living history programs fun and free of charge. New themes each week. Saturdays, April 2-30, 2022. 

Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks 

Explore Washington County Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No vehicle permit required. Find a listing of parks here. April 5, 2022.

April Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Parks locations
Drop in for free nature programs at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK & RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. New themes each week. Sundays in April 2022, 1-4pm.

Nature Rocks! Eden Prairie Outdoor Center Open House

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, 13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347
Drop in to meet the resident animals, learn about programs and events. Saturdays, April 2 & 9, 2022, 10am-1pm.

Puppet Adventures & Let’s Get StARTed

Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Take in a puppet show followded by make-and-take nature-inspired art. April 10, 2022, 1-3pm.

Photo Collage of kids enjoying Silverwood Park in St. Anthony Minnesota -- Girl in a pink dress dancing in field of yellow flowers, girls skipping rocks, girls in the doorway of a tiny art house

Family Funday: Weather Wonders

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN, US 55430
Try out experiments, play games, and make art to explore such weather as wind, clouds, and rain. April 10, 2022. 1-3pm.

Free Twin Cities Nature Centers

Nature and outdoor interpretive centers are wonderful places that offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. Find our complete listing of TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS.

FREE EARTH DAY EVENTS IN THE PARKS

Wargo nature center FAMILY EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
This annual event has included service projects, trivia, picnics, gardening seminars, naturalist programs, Earth Day games and activities, including a NEW Earth Day sound garden. April 23, 2022; 12:30pm-3pm. Learn more about the WARGO NATURE CENTER including the fun nature-based playground.

North Mississippi Regional Park Earth Day Celebration

4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN, US 55430
Self-guided nature exploration, a scavenger hunt, and art activities. April 23, 2022. 11am-3pm.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113
This annual free event traditionally includes live music, storytelling, earth-friendly activities, crafts and tours. It also observes the nature center’s birthday, so grab some cake. April 23, 2022; 10am-2pm. Learn more about HARRIET ALEXANDER NATURE CENTER.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Free Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Events - April 2022

Easter egg hunts & activities in the Twin cities

Make sure to check our GIANT list of Twin Cities Easter egg hunts & activities for all the details on these free events.

Minneapolis & St Paul free Easter Egg Hunts and events

April 4-13, 2022: Lyndale Farmstead BUNNY TRAIL

APRIL 6, 2022: East Phillips Park EGG-SCAPE ROOM

APRIL 7, 2022: Powderhorn Park SPRING BUNNY HUNT

APRIL 7, 2022: East Phllips Park EGG HUNT

APRIL 9, 2022: FARVIEW Park SPRING EGG HUNT

APRIL 9, 2022: HARRISON Park SPRING EGG HUNT

APRIL 9, 2022: McDonough Rec Center GIANT EGG HUNT

APRIL 14, 2022: Merriam Park DUSK egg HUNT

APRIL 15, 2022: WEBBER Park EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: Waite Park eASTER EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: Van Cleve Park SPRING EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: Audubon Park BUNNY PARTY & EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: MILL CITY CHURCH NORTHEAST EASTER EGG HUNT

Twin Cities North Metro Easter Egg Hunts and events

APRIL 2, 2022: HIDE AND PEEP EGG HUNT AT NORTHTOWN MALL

APRIL 9, 2022: SPRING LAKE PARK EASTER EGG HUNT

APRIL 9, 2022: Grace Church Roseville EASTER SCAVENGER HUNT

APRIL 15, 2022: ANDREWS PARK EASTER EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: CORCORAN EASTER EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA AT AAMODT’S APPLE FARM

APRIL 16 & 17, 2022: LARGEST EGG HUNT IN BLAINE

APRIL 17, 2022: EASTER AT CREATIVE CHURCH Fridley & Maple Grove

Twin Cities South Metro Easter Egg Hunts and events

APRIL 9, 2022: inver grove heights EGG HUNT

APRIL 9, 2022: ROSEMOUNT LIONS CLUB SPRING EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: NEWPORT LUTHERAN CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: SOUTH ST PAUL GIANT EGG HUNT

APRIL 16, 2022: RICHFIELD EGG SCRAMBLE

Twin Cities West Metro Easter Egg Hunts and events

APRIL 16, 2022: HAMEL LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT

Free Twin Cities family artS events - April 2022

Michaels Sunday Makebreak

Participating Michaels stores across the Twin Cities are offering free weekend “Makebreak” classes and “Take & Make” Kids Club crafts. They’re simple, yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Sundays in April, 2022, 2-4pm.

Free Story & Art Time at Eden Prairie Art Center

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. Mondays, April 4-25, 2022, 10-11am.

Walker Art Center First Free Saturday: Hello Poet!

Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family. Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and pick up an art kit to take home. April 2, 2022, 10am-3pm.

Walker Art Center
Stopping at a Listening Station

Eden Prairie Art Center Youth Open House

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
Teacher demonstrations, art activities for kids, and face painting. April 9, 1-4pm.

Virtual free Family Art Day with Rumriver Art Center

Take a free art class from the comfort of your home.  Register for Zoom link. April 9, 2022, 11am-12pm.

Ballet Tuesdays

Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Excerpts from the classics, perfect for budding ballerinas. April 12, 2022, 12pm.

Storytime in the Gallery

Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Currently, the museum is offering a FREE Storytime in the Gallery the third Saturday of the month with no charge for adults to accompany their kids. Take home a copy of the story and explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt. April 16, 2022, 9:30-11am.

Urban Expedition: Italy

Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W, St Paul MN 55102
Travel the globe and learn about a new culture without hopping a plane! Experience through music, food, crafts and exhibits. April 24, 2022. 1-3pm. 

FREE Twin Cities ART MUSEUMS TO VISIT

More FREE Twin Cities family entertainment - April 2022

Free Special Events for Families!

Music & Melody Makers

Minnesota Youth Symphonies, 790 Cleveland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55116
Kids ages 3-14 can try out instruments of the orchestra, ask the musicians questions, and hear a mini-concert. Registration required. April 2, 2022.

First Free Sundays at Minnesota Children’s Museum

Free days are BACK at the museum and we’re super excited about it! Explore the exhibits, including Thomas and Friends admission-free the first Sunday of each month thanks to Securian Financial. Reservations required. April 3, 2022.

Bell Museum April Star Party

Bell Museum of Natural History, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
Explore the night sky with the aid of pros and a telescope on the museum’s outdoor observation deck. Recommended for families with kids ages 7+. FREE, but please register. April 8, 2022, 8:30-10pm.

Waldoch Farm Open House

8174 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN, 55014
Kids can plant a spring pot and visit the baby farm animals in the Joyer Barnyard. Free this weekend only. April 23-24, 2022.

ONGOING April WEEKDAYS & Weekends – FREE Events

Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays 

Back in-person entertainment. Ongoing Tuesdays in April, 10am – noon.

Saturday Vibe at George Latimer Central Library

Fresh, family entertainment – music, storytelling, puppets and more. Check the schedule for more details. Saturdays, April 9-30, 2022, 11:30am.

FREE WEEKLY TWIN CITIES ACTIVITIES

Free abounds in the Twin Cities. Many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer free storytimes during the week. Local coffee shops & cafes serve parents with free dedicated play spaces. Nature centers are wonderful places that  offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. And dozens of St Paul & Minneapolis recreation centers offer free open gyms and tot times to run your littles ragged during the cooler months. Explore from our links below.

Events we hope to return later in 2022

Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township
Hands-on, family-friendly themed nature stations. Drop in anytime.

Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska 
Free admission to explore the arboretum, 8am-5pm.

Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul | Ongoing Tuesdays, 3-8pm | Explore the highly interactive and kid-friendly exhibits.

Home Depot Kids Workshops | TC Home Depot locations
The first Saturday of each month is workshop day at Home Depot. Kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany their kids.

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | TC locations | Ongoing Saturdays, 11am-3pm

Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Ongoing Thursdays starting through April 2019, 10am-noon | The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week.

Second Saturdays at TPT | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul
Activities are all free but reserving a time slot is required.

Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm. In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Stay for lunch — there are many tasty ethnic vendors to choose from, and several offer specials on Wednesdays. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.

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  4. Hello,
    If we are putting on a free event and want to make people are of it, do we just leave it in this comment box? It is May 7th.
    Thanks!
    Carolyn

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